Monday, May 2, 2016

Still catching up.

First off, thank you so much for your love on my new book coming out this fall!  I am excited for September and I hope you all are to.  The pre-orders are pouring in and I can not thank you enough for your support!  

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Okay, so in between Spokane and MQX - which I will blog about later - I had preparations for some of my new classes.  The above picture is for my Wide Open Borders class.  This is such a fun quilting design and the sample was really fun quilting up.  I love it when I can use bright So Fine thread to just play with.  I quilted this sample with 2 layers of Hobbs cotton/wool blend batting and it looks fabulous.  The fabric is Moda Bella Solids white, which I love.

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The above sample is for my Smashing Sashings class, also new.  I am teaching these 2 classes as well as 10 others in Canada in the next couple of weeks.  All the info for Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton can be found here and all the info for Whirls n Swirls in Oshawa can be found here.
Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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We also celebrated our 14th Wedding Anniversary as well as our daughters 11th birthday.  She was born on our Anniversary.  Clint and I took a trip together in January to cover our anniversary celebration this year so that we could be here for Lili's birthday.  It was a great day and was made even better with the sunset we had, totally roof worthy. It is a special treat when the kids get to go up on the roof with me. 

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Lili was gifted these fabulous shoes for her birthday.  I am trying to convince her friends father that I need my own pair as well.  Aren't they fabulous?

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We also celebrated Easter together and I made the kids take a picture with me.  Clint was so good and patient with me as I made him take a million pictures.  It really is so hard to get 4 kids happy and smiling at the same time. 

Until next time!  I hope this catching up is fun for you - it is for me.  I have missed being on this blog. Talk soon!

Monday, April 25, 2016

My Second Book is available for Pre-Order!

Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen 
Okay, so this is getting real.  My second book, Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen was a labor of love, frustration, and down right exhaustion - but, I am happy to say it is in the editing process and is finally available as a pre-order.  It will be available in the Fall - hopefully September - I don't want to jinx myself by giving a specific date.  Y'all know how that went with my first book. ;-)

This new book has 6 original projects with start to end instructions from the piecing to the quilting.  I go over every single line quilted in this book.  I hope it will be a book that you will be inspired by and that will be very useful to you.  The designs are amazing, of course I am a little biased - the one you see on the cover is my "North Star" quilt. I will be giving more details on the book and its' projects when the book comes out, but hopefully this teaser is enough to make you want it! I know I can't wait to have it in my hands.  

So, a couple of things - you can order an autographed copy of my book on sale now and wait for it to come out and we will ship it as soon as we have it by clicking on the link here

Or, you can buy a plain old copy without an autograph from Amazon here.  

It's up to you!  I am so excited!   

Oh, and one more thing, if you haven't had a chance to take my online iquilt course, Quilting Makes a Difference, you should!  It is a fabulous class!  


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spokane

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So, this year has been crazy - so crazy that I haven't kept up with this blog.  Not a new story, but I am sorry I have neglected you all out here in blogville.  The above picture tells the story of my life for the past several months, this was the last quilt I finished for my next book, Secondary Quilting with Judi Madsen, which - hopefully will be out this fall. I will keep you updated on the exact date and pre-purchase opportunities, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the sneak peek of Star X-ing, one of my favorite projects from my book.

I finished my book and submitted it to AQS with only days to spare before I left for the INMQ guild in Spokane, Washington where I taught 5 longarm classes and was treated like a queen for 2 and a half days.  The ladies there treated me to sites around Spokane and the best dinners I have had in a long time.  We went to The White House in Post Falls, Idaho where I ate Greek food for the first time - it was fabulous.  We also went to a lot of other restaurants that were excellent.  Thank you Anita, Beth, Susan and the other ladies whose names have escaped me - I am so sorry.

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We walked around Downtown Spokane and this old mill was so fabulous - I had to take a picture of this alley way. 

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The clock tower and Spokane River were a hit.
 
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My trunk show was so fun!  I am always so grateful to each quilt guild that takes me in and treats me so well. We had some good laughs and I loved being able to share Bohemian and all of my other designs with them.
 
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Typically during my teaching on the last day, I get a little slap happy and ditsy and the Triple PPP's in this quilting drawing is an example of my craziness.  I really hope the ladies had a good time and here's a shout out to all of you from the INMQ guild who get this fun little joke.
 
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I had a wonderful time, so grateful for the opportunities I get to teach and even though it is hard for me to leave my family - they are really supportive of me and encourage me to do my best. Plus, seeing the sunrise from a plane - that is pretty awesome. 

Okay - so I figured I would do a little catching up on the blog with a few posts instead of a super long post - so stay tuned for all the catching up I am going to be doing in the next few days or weeks.  



Monday, February 29, 2016

A little MIA going on here.


Hey everyone!  So sorry I have been a lame blogger as of late.  I have been extra busy with writing my second book and I just got back from a family vacation to Oceanside, California. It was a much needed break from my relentless schedule this past month.  

I was hoping to keep this blog up, but it is so hard now.  I am sure most of you know how hard it can be to keep everything up, especially writing.  It is amazing how social media like Facebook and Instagram can take over and blogging ends up taking the back burner.  I miss the days of quilting, sharing and talking about my patterns and all of the other fun quilty talk that I have written on this blog through the years.  This year is going to be so busy for me, but I hope that in the future I will be able to calm things down and get back in the studio to spend time creating and sharing more on this blog like I have in the past. 

I have to say that I feel extremely blessed with the successes I have had with my quilting adventure and I thank God everyday for all He has given me.  I had no idea what life would be like now almost 8 years ago when Clint and I started this adventure together.  I still feel like I have a hobby that is currently on steroids. Hehe. But, in the midst of the many blessings, I have felt overwhelmed and stressed.  I am sure that many of you can relate because life can be so full of things that need to be done.  For the most part I have felt that I have kept a balance.  A balance of God, family, quilting, teaching and everything else that comes with this life experience.  I feel a little unbalanced right now with the deadlines looming and the teaching circuit coming around the corner, but my plan is to get through the next 6 months the best I can.  After that I hope to take it a little bit slower and enjoy the journey more. 

Thank you all for following me and for your words of encouragement.  Thank you for buying my patterns, my book, and my iquilt class.  Thank you for coming to meet me and take my classes as I have been able to travel around the country and around the world.  It's been amazing and I keep going because of all of you.  Because of my demanding schedule right now I hope you understand why it has been a little silent around here, but I want you to know that I am thinking about you readers.  

In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram and on Facebook. If you are just looking to just follow my quilting and everything that goes with it - my Judi Madsen artist page is the best place to be.  If you want a more personal view of my life, then Instagram (@judiakagreenfairy) is where you want to follow me.  I share my faith, my family, quilting and travels there.  I thought about separating my Instagram account, but for me, my Instagram account is where I want to share who I am, not just share my quilting.  

I will be sure to keep you up on all the major events and news that comes in.  I hope to be able to share the cover of my second book soon!  I will let you know when my book will be available for pre-sale.  I am pretty proud of it, and I really think you are going to enjoy the projects I have for you.  They are fantastic! 

We'll talk soon!  Thanks for listening.