Monday, October 5, 2015

All in the Studio.

So, I haven't been able to share complete projects with you because I am working on my book, but I figured a couple of sneak peeks would be fun.  First things first though, I am completely distracted by beautiful fabric.  If you know me, it's been hard to keep bundles of fabric in my studio.  I end up giving them away because I can't get to the projects away. So, I have made myself a new goal!  The goal is to keep the fat quarter bundles that I can't live without. I do, after all - co-own a quilt shop. ;-) Good Karma is one of those bundles I can't live without, isn't the fabric just gorgeous?  It is sitting in my studio just looking pretty and waiting for the project to be made into.

So, this is my first sneak peek.  Gorgeous, eh? 
I finished last week and the quilt turned out fantastic, and huge!  I don't know why I made the quilt so big, but I am happy to be finished with it.  I can't wait to share the entire project with you, but you'll have to wait. It will be worth it, I promise. 

To keep my own sanity in the studio, I always try to have a "want to" project going.  This want to project is the Metro Medallion quilt by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I am going to make a queen size quilt for my bed.  I am looking to update the colors in my room and I love the colors I have chosen for this project.
You can also see another peek of one of my other quilts for my book. 

Life is busy, but it sure is fun. This little boy is the light of my life - his father's too.  We are so happy to have another year with him home while his older siblings are in school.  This picture was taken last week when we went to Superior Threads to get thread for our customers.  He was so helpful.  He looked for the numbers on the So Fine thread, I told him how many to put in the basket and he pulled the whole order for me.  It took twice as long, but it was so worth it.  Love this boy.  

I hope you are enjoying October so far, I can't believe it is October already.  Time moves too quickly, but we are doing our best to enjoy the journey. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Minnesota info.

Madsen Flyer 1-SAN

Hi everyone!  Sorry this is so late, but here is the info on my Minnesota trip coming up very soon!  The details are available on the flyer above - just note that the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday dates are off.  It is the 26, 27th and 28th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Well, hello there!

Judi Madsen Quilting 
I don't even know where to start with this post.  It has been so long since I have even looked at my blog.  It seems that every time I thought to blog - I just didn't have anything to say. Weird, eh? 

I feel like most of my attention is on Facebook and Instagram.  I am sad that I haven't been on here for so long, but hopefully that will change. If not, follow me on Facebook and Instagram - I post there. ;-)

So, why has it taken me so long to post?  Well, truthfully - I haven't had a project I could share.  I have been working on quilts for my next book and I have had to keep the sneak peeks to a minimum.  The above picture is a reflection of how the book process is going.  Looks great, right?  Well, that's because you haven't seen the entire quilt.  It's probably not what people would consider a bad quilt, but for me - it wasn't good enough.  I just can't justify sharing a quilt in my book that isn't my version of perfect.  It's tough though, because it's a quilt that took over 40 hours of quilting.  So, committing to redo the quilt is going to be hard.  

On top of that, I have just been in a creative funk.  Seriously.  I spent the spring time traveling to teach and being gone, too much.  So, I have really, really enjoyed my time with my family this summer. 

No worries though, I am back in the studio - trying to get projects finished and I am fighting through the burnout I have felt this past 6 months. I have a teaching event coming up in October in Minnesota and that should be really fun. It just seems that time moves too quickly and trying to keep up with deadlines and schedules can be a little tricky, but I am doing the best I can.  

Thank you to all of you for your patience with me on this blog.  I look forward to sharing projects as I complete them, I have some customer quilts coming up so I will be able to share those as I finish. We'll talk soon.       

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Quilting Bee, Niagara Falls

Last month I had the best opportunity to go and teach at the Quilting Bee in Fonthill, Ontario Canada.  I was lucky enough to meet Kelly at Market a couple years ago and we have been planning this teaching trip for a while now. I think this is the cutest fabric store I have ever been to, seriously. They have a lot of amazing fabric, kits and fun gadgets - be sure to visit if you are in the area or check out their online store.
See, I told you it was the cutest store ever!  The ladies working there are super nice as well.  In the four days I was there I got to know Lisa and Nellie - they were so kind to me. Thanks ladies!

This is my first group of ladies and I had the best time with them.
Me and Kelly, love this lady.  She is so sweet, and made me feel right at home. I will cherish her friendship for a long time. 

This is an example of my Fantabulous Fillers class.  I made this especially for Kelly. She said she is going to frame it ;-)  Love it! 

It was an amazing 4 days of teaching and I was lucky enough to witness this fabulous sunset on one of the nights I was there.  There is beauty to be found everywhere.
The best part of my trip was having the family with me.  It was so wonderful being able to teach and come back to the hotel with my family waiting for me.  So much better than sitting in a lonely hotel room with my heart aching for them. Lucky for us, Fonthill is close to Niagara Falls.  It was absolutely gorgeous there, our first time visiting (the view from the Canadian side is amazing).  The weather was so nice as well. 

The view from our hotel.  Simply gorgeous! 

The clouds were a gift on Friday night as we took the kids on the Ferris Wheel.  I am so grateful that teaching has given me the opportunity to travel and see places that I have always wanted to see. Taking my family is an added bonus.

I hope you are having a great summer.  It is going too fast!