Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas in July with Patchwork Christmas!

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Okay, so I had the bug to make another Patchwork Christmas and I wanted to make this new quilt in a totally different colorway. I wanted to have the Christmas Tree looked like it was flocked by using white, blue and grey fabrics.  Of course I used a Fat Quarter Bundle from Green Fairy Quilts. The bundle used is called Forest Frost Glitter by Sentimental Studios, which unfortunately we don't have any more, but worked perfectly for this tree. This pattern is so fabulous and right now I have it on sale for only $5! As well as all my patterns for the month of July.

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All of this quilt top was made using my stash of fat quarters, except of course the yardage for the binding and the red border.  The fabric used for the presents came from Basic Grey Christmas prints. I quilted it using a cute Christmas tree edge to edge panto by Patricia Ritter. 

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This picture does not show the glitter in the fabric as well as I would like, but in person it glistens and is so beautiful - like freshly fallen snow, something I hardly get to see because I live in the desert. 

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The candy cane binding was the perfect finish to this adorable quilt.  I had so much fun making this quilt again, and I hope that you enjoy making yours too!  Make sure to share your quilt on social media using the hashtags #patchworkchristmas and #patchworkchristmasquilt and #judimadsen

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I am always grateful for my darling husband, Clint - he's in the background a lot, but it's fun when I can actually get a picture of him. He's a great holder for my quilts! 

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This is the original quilt, which I love, but now I have 2 quilts to love, use and enjoy during the Christmas season. It will be here before you know it! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Earth Laughs in Flowers by Dawn Gerber

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(Disclosure for new followers: This is free motion ruler work and non-computerized quilting.)

I'm so happy to finally be able to share this quilt with you.  The is an original design by Dawn Gerber.  She did an amazing job creating this fabulous quilt and her applique is perfect! It was a pleasure and a challenge to work on this quilt.  Here is Dawn's own words on her original design:


"Yes, the quilt is an original design.  My Great Aunt Amy, a Pennsylvania Dutch farmers’s wife, had the most extraordinary combination vegetable/ flower garden.  A beautifully arranged vase of flowers always graced her kitchen table from spring through autumn.  Unfortunately, I’m lacking the artistic ability to translate my memories into realistic fabric flowers.  Therefore, I tried to make them the bright, happy splash of color I remember.  Great Aunt Amy, like her flowers, seemed to always be laughing.  Hence, the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. 

She would place her surplus vegetables by the roadside to sell.  She didn’t have the time or inclination to just sit, so she would place some money with her vegetables if change was needed.  On a few occasions, the money and vegetables would disappear.  Great Aunt Amy’s response: “If they’re hungry, they are welcome to it.  If they are thieves, that’s their problem, not mine.  I wish them well.”  A great life philosophy.

I surrounded each vase with an octagon in honor of the stop sign.  When leaving my gym in the morning, there is a two stop sign intersection that many see / feel as a four way stop.  After yet another exercise in defensive driving, I started to plan how to join my blocks.  The question, “Do you see an octagonal stop sign here?”was still looping through my brain.  By the time I was finished with my first octagon, I was over the stop sign thing.  Now they are just a special frame for Great Aunt Amy’s flowers."
Thanks Dawn!
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Now I can talk about my part of this beautiful quilt. This picture shows the quilting detail a little better.  I loved that I basically had a blank canvas to play on.  The quilting inspiration came as I was up close and personal with the quilt while it was on the frames. I did not plan anything ahead of the quilt, but I did have a picture of the quilt so I could reference the layout while it was on the frames.

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I wanted to show you the "before" on the flower blocks.  I used 2 layers of batting to help make the texture pop.  In this case I used 100% cotton and 80/20 cotton/poly blend.

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As you can see I did a lot of pebbling.  This created the perfect textured background for the flower blocks.  The background on the flower blocks was divided by 2 different fabrics and the seams were pressed open.  The way I quilted this made it so I didn't have to stitch in the ditch, which is difficult when seams are pressed open. Going in between the appliqued flowers was time consuming, but worth the effort.

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Each one of the blocks created a line that I could follow and divide to make a bit of a quilting sash detail. The on-point squares created the perfect setting for feathers motifs and worked well with the other feather motifs in the quilt top.  I used my QuickMark ruler and my A1 ruler for my marking and straight stitching.  I used my favorite disappearing purple marker for all the marked lines.

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The detail is just so fun and amazing.  I had so much fun connecting each one of the quilting elements together with each advance of the quilt.

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I used Glide 60 wt thread for the top and bottom threads.  I really like the 60 wt thread now, it's my new favorite weight of thread because it's the perfect thickness for detail, not too thin and not too thick. It hides well in the fabric too.

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The frames and feather motif around the scalloped flower edge is the perfect touch.

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The corners as well as the outside border was so much fun.  It definitely took the most time, but was totally worth it.
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This shows the border design a little better as I was finishing off the quilt.

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My goal for this quilt was to play in the background while enhancing the applique work. Everything about this quilt works together and I am so proud to have been a part of it.

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The back!!

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I always love the texture created on the back of the quilt.

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Well, there you go! I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures and enjoying my journey of this beautiful quilt. Every quilt that I quilt is another link on my creative journey, I give my absolute best to each one and I hope that the next quilt will be even better!

For my friends in Canada, I will be heading back to Sparrow Quilt Co. this October.  All the info is at the link here.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

MQX Quilt Festival, here I come!


MQX is coming up and I wanted to make you aware of the classes I will be teaching.  I will be there April 11-14, 2018 and I am looking forward to it! You can see a list of all my classes here.  Please read on as I will go over each class, so that you can decide which class/classes are best for you! I hope to get you a little excited about them as well!  
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Bohemian Quilting.  I will be offering this class as a hands-on experience as well as a lecture/demo class.  We go over the quilting design strategy that I used when I made this beautiful quilt.  While it does talk specifically about this design, you will leave with several new designs that can be implemented in your other quilt designs.  It is a must! 

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One of my favorite classes to teach is Wide Open Borders.  This class goes over these amazing designs that I have used on quilts with large borders and plain fabric.  This class will give you the confidence to try complex design, but you will find out how easy it will be for you.  If you are wanting to step up your quilting game, this class is definitely for you.  Info here

If you are stuck on design and want to bring a quilt in for my first reaction design suggestion, then you will want to take my lecture class, Design Discussion. I will give your quilt full attention for a few minutes and you will leave knowing what to do with your quilt!  You will also be able to take ideas down from the other suggestions I give to the other students.  It will be a fabulous class!  


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Smashing Sashings is a wonderful class if you are looking to get fabulous new ideas for those quilts with large sashings.  These designs also double as quilt borders, so it's a 2 for 1 special!  The designs are amazing and I will got through each one during my lecture/demo class.  You don't want to miss this class



Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen is a new class! I haven't even given a sneak peek of this one.  I want you to be pleasantly surprised with the new designs I have come up with and to also enjoy the discussion we have about Secondary Designs, which is my favorite way to quilt! You definitely don't want to be left out of this class

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Be the first to see my Gypsy Quilt in person at the show!  I will have my quilt with me and those of you in my classes will get a glimpse at this beauty in real life!

Another one of my classes is Modern Meets Traditional class, it is a wonderful class with fabulous design ideas, including my nesting diamond and square designs.  You don't want to miss this one either!

Quilting with Shapes is another fabulous class with lots of ideas for those quilts that you have no idea how to quilt.  I will go over fun design ideas for triangles, squares and hexagons.  This is a super fun class!

I hope that helps you narrow down what classes you would like to take with me.  I look forward to seeing you in April!  It will be here sooner than we know it! 



Saturday, February 24, 2018

Gypsy Simplified

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So, you saw my latest post and my beautiful Gypsy quilt, I hope.  If not, you can read all about it here. I made a second version of this quilt pattern because I realize that not everyone will be quilting the pattern like I did on the original quilt.

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I also took out some of the smaller piecing; keeping the original block in tack, but taking out some of the extra work in the block. This version is also great for a stash busting quilt project.  I needed 2 fat quarters for the main color in the block, then a small amount of fabric, or 1 fat quarter for the rest of the colors in the block.

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I quilted this with my computerized quilting machine using my design, Feather Curl Border which can be found here for all you computerized quilters out there. While we are on that note, I now offer edge to edge computerized quilting, all that info can be found here.

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The back of the quilt was fun to put together.  I pieced some fat quarters together, then added some yardage. The texture is amazing!

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So, whether you are looking for a quilt to do detailed quilting, or a quilt with simpler quilting on it, this pattern will work for both.  I hope you enjoy both versions of Gypsy.  It is available in PDF and paper versions.