Thursday, December 4, 2014

Patchwork Professional and another finish.

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Okay, first things first.  I had a happy mail day this week when I received my copy of Patchwork Professional. I was asked a few months ago if I would like to be featured in their magazine. Of course I would!  It's a beautiful magazine and they did a fabulous job with the article.  Now, I just need to brush up on my German to read it. ;-)  The title of the article is Judi Madsen - The Queen of Quilting.  Wow, that's quite the title and honor. I certainly wouldn't call myself that, but I thank them just the same.  I still have to pinch myself every time I think about where quilting has taken me.  An article in a German quilting magazine?  That is totally cool and it makes the quilting world that much smaller.  I love that quilting brings a common interest to so many of us throughout the world.
   
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Okay, so I have finished this fun quilt.  Jan asked me to quilt this before Christmas so that she could give this Simpson's themed quilt to her son as a gift. What a labor of love.  I know he will treasure it forever.  He better!  Jan - I have a sister who would love it if he doesn't. ;-)

I have to apologize that I didn't get better pictures of this quilt.  It was raining and foggy when I finished this quilt and it's the same today.  I grabbed a couple quick shots with my phone and then headed off to the post office to ship it off.  

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Anyway, the thread was Glide - love that stuff.  I used Magna-glide for the bobbin and I love the combination.  The tension was perfect throughout the quilt.  I used two layers of batting - 100% cotton and Hobbs 80/20 blend.  This gives the quilt a wonderful texture.  

The quilting was a lot of straight lines and I did what I could to keep it simple.  I had to refrain from quilting too much so that this quilt would be able to be cuddled with. 

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Pretty sure this is my favorite border design that I have come up with.  I really love how it frames out the quilt and compliments the flying geese throughout the quilt design.  

I love it and I hope you do too!  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gratitude

I love clouds.
 Today is Thanksgiving here in the US.  This holiday has always made me reflect on those things I am grateful for.  I try to be grateful throughout the whole year, but this day helps me to say out loud the things I am grateful for.  I hope you will bare with me as I share some of those things.
  
Zions National Park, Utah
I am grateful for this beautiful earth because everyday I am reminded of the love that God has for us.  I am grateful for my husband and children and their unconditional love.  They love me despite my weaknesses and imperfections. 
I am grateful for my parents and Clint's parents and for our extended family.  We moved to Saint George and thought we would be all alone, but have been blessed to have both families visit a lot.
I am grateful for a house to live in, food to eat and clothes to wear. I realize that just the necessities in life are taken for granted when I think of people around the world who don't have as much. I pray that I will always be grateful for those things.  
I am grateful for my love of quilting.  
I am grateful to all of you who I have met throughout this past year since I started teaching.  I can't thank you enough for coming to my classes and making me feel so at ease when truthfully I have been scared out of my mind nervous to be standing in front of you.  
I am grateful for the years of support from all of my readers and followers. Thank you! 

There are so many more things that I could say I am grateful for, but these are the ones that stand out today. I want to wish all of you celebrating today a Happy Thanksgiving! To those of you not celebrating today I wish you a wonderful day and weekend. Thanks for listening. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

My first time to Nashville.

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A few weeks ago I was preparing for a trip to Nashville.  I was playing with silk too!  The project above was made from left over blocks from the "secret project" that will be shared sometime in February.  I gave this little beauty away on Instagram (@judiakagreenfairy) and hopefully the new owner will love it as much as I do. 

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The back of this little beauty is fantastic.  I never tire of the beautiful texture that quilting makes. 

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So, Nashville.  Yep - I am not a country music fun, except for George Straight - Pure Country and all.  I flew through Denver and saw the most amazing clouds.  It is always a treat to be in the clouds and enjoy the beauty of this earth.  
Why Nashville?  I went to film an online class that should be available sometime in February. 

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It was beautiful there.  I was able to catch the last part of Fall there.  We have some yellow trees around us in St. George, but I haven't seen any beautiful red trees like this one. 

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This was my view for two days. In a studio filled with cameras and the all watching eyes from those ladies in the back.  See the guy on the right?  His name is James and he thought that quilting was pretty cool.  He asked for my sample when I was finished filming.  How could I say no?  He told me that he is going to frame it.  So sweet of him. 

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Meredith Schroeder, me, Elaine and Lynn from AQS Publishing.  These ladies are incredible and it was so fun getting to know them better in the two days I was there. 
 
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I am really excited for the class to come out and I will be sure to tell you when it is available. It was a great learning experience for me and I still have to pinch myself when I think of all the amazing opportunities I have had because of my quilting.

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I didn't have time to really see everything around Nashville, but I did happen to check out the Grand Ole Opry.  It was pretty amazing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MQX open for registration!

Quilting from my Secondary Quilting class. 

Okay, so I have finally updated my Teaching/Events page to reflect my teaching for next year up until June 2015. MQX has opened registration and my 3 hands-on classes are already filled - sorry about that, but I have 6 other lecture/demo classes that will be a lot of fun and I hope to see you in New Hampshire.  
If you can't make it to the East Coast, then I will be in Paducah (pinch me) and Salt Lake City in April and May. I am also heading to Canada again in June. I will let you know when these other venues open up registration for my classes.  I am excited for the Spring, it is going to be a lot of fun!  In the meantime, I have a lot of quilting to do!