Friday, May 26, 2017

Star Xing! The First Real Glimpse!

So, my book, Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen has been out since December and because life is crazy, I still have a couple of quilts that I have not shared from the book.  I am happy to introduce to you Star Xing!  This is a fabulous design that I am very proud of.  You will find the design on the CD that comes with my book.  The piecing as well as the quilting instructions are both on there.

This is the second quilt I have made of Star Xing, I go into detail on why I chose to make 2 quilt tops in the book, so you can read that there. Thelma was kind enough to save me from a timing bind and piece this quilt top as well as another design, which will be shared at a later date.  She is an excellent piecer and I was so grateful for her help.

The quilting was so much fun on this quilt.  I won't lie, it took a long time, but I think the end result was definitely worth it.

I had a lot of fun with the Secondary Designs on this quilt top.  The piecing and the quilting work magically together on this design.  I love everything about this quilt.

Isn't that texture just scrumptious?

I love the quilting design on this particular row on the quilt.

On-Point Square Cross-Hatch filled in?  Yes, please! I love the look of it!

It also looks pretty amazing on the back as well.

This is a great example of why I love solid backings on my quilts.

So, so pretty!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Star Xing and I hope you want to make one of them yourself!  It sure is a lot of fun putting this quilt top together. The quilting is just icing on the cake!  However, if you aren't planning on quilting it quite like mine, this design can stand on it's own and would look beautiful in bright, bold fabrics with a not-so-solid background. 

Secondary Designs Cover
If you haven't gotten my book yet, you can order a signed copy, here

Thanks everyone!  Stay tuned for my next client quilt - it's almost finished and it's a beauty!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fabulous Background for Applique DVD available now!

Okay, so if you haven't had the chance to take my class, Fabulous Background Quilting for Applique yet, now is the time!  You can own it on DVD and watch it from the comfort of your own home and big screen TV.  Now, that would be something. ;-)

Judi's iquilt class
I walk you through an amazing border design, 3 simpler background designs, then finish off with 3 more amazing background designs.  You are going to love it!  This will take your quilting to the next level! You will be so excited to get started! 
So, you can get the copy of your DVD here!  Enjoy! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Spirit Quilt Kit

Free Spirit Quilt Kit 
Free Spirit Quilt Kits are available on my website!  If you loved my original design, you will love making this beautiful quilt top.  Available here

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free Spirit! Final Reveal and New Pattern.

Hi Everyone!  I am so happy to be able to finally reveal "Free Spirit" to you.  This project has been a long, labor of love and I am so thrilled with the results of this quilt. The design is exactly how I envisioned.  Well, maybe a tad bit better because I didn't realize the quilting potential when I first drew out my design.

Okay, so the blocks are big, but not too big.  Putting together 9 blocks for a quilt top is really fun. I chose some of my favorite colors and opted for a grey background fabric instead of my "staple," white. It worked out pretty great if you ask me. 
I can't get enough of this quilt, believe me, I had to narrow 40 pictures down to 10 for this post.  It was hard to do. There are 4 colors in the quilt top, including the background, with 2 versions of the block.  I love how the colors in the block really pop!  The Free Spirit block was so fun to put together, so I know you will enjoy making your own. 

I had a lot of fun quilting this one.  There is plenty of play area for quilting on this quilt top.  I really enjoyed making the blocks pop, and creating a secondary pattern on the quilt.
I used a 40wt White Glide thread, for the top and Magna Glide bobbins for the bottom of the quilt.  I lost count of how many bobbins I went through.  Let's just say it was a lot. 

My new favorite thing to do is use solid fabric and a contrasting thread.  It really shows off the quilting.  It was so much fun to do the background fill in the navy fabric. The squares on point in the pink fabric worked perfectly in the design.  The quilting took the block to a whole new level and gave it character. It was like drawing in all the designs on the fabric.  

The simple cross-hatch in the green was perfect. 

Super close up.  Can you see why I love contrasting thread?  Seriously. It was so much fun. 

The back turned out amazing, oh, and I played with the binding.  I used each of the main colors of the quilt top and made a 6 inch section binding, now that was fun. I did hand bind the binding this time, I plan on entering the quilt into a show or two. 
Isn't that lovely?  I always love the solid backs, shows off the quilting! I really hope you like my new design, Free Spirit, it was a lot of fun putting together.  I made a second version of the quilt, for all of you who don't plan on quilting your quilt as densely as I have.  You can purchase the paper pattern here, these will ship the first part of next week.  Or, if you want to get started on your quilt top now, you can purchase the PDF version, here.  

Oh, and you may notice that I have a new website.  I needed a place to have my newer patterns, my teaching schedule, blog and all of the quilting supplies that I use and love in one place.  This does not replace Green Fairy Quilts, but gives me a territory to talk more about quilting and my designs in one spot. I hope you take a moment to look around.  I will be adding more things to the site and have some exciting things happening this year, so I will keep you updated on all of the fun happening. Thanks for all the love and support you have given me throughout the years, you really are the best!