Thursday, December 14, 2017

New product! The QuickMark Ruler!

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited to introduce to you my first ever designed ruler - the QuickMark Ruler! This has been in the works for a while, so I am happy to let you know that it is finally available.  I designed this ruler so that I could have more options with marking while working on my quilts.  You know that I mark A LOT when I quilt and that isn't going to change for my custom quilting, so this ruler is perfect for what I need. 

QuickMark Ruler by Judi Madsen

I have been having fun using my new ruler on my newest design, "Gypsy" which will be available as a pattern soon. I will keep you up to date on all of that.  In the meantime, you can get your ruler here.

Happy Quilting! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Patchwork Christmas Pattern Release!

Hi Everyone!  I am so excited to tell you about my newest pattern, just in time for the Holidays - Patchwork Christmas! This quilt was a long time coming for me.  I have always wanted to make a Christmas quilt, but in the recent years I haven't had the time.  Well, I made the time this past week and I am so excited about this beautiful quilt.  It is funny how inspiration comes at the most random time. This quilt was originally going to be just the red and white star blocks using my stash, so a fun and simple quilt, but as I started drawing the quilt out - the thought came to mind to create a tree with ornaments and presents in front of the star blocks.  So, Patchwork Christmas was born and let me tell you, it has been fun watching it come together. 

I started this quilt last Friday and finished yesterday.  It is a beautiful pattern and I know you will love making this quilt as much as I did!  I realize that Christmas is very soon, but you can piece this quilt in no time! It took me about 12 hours of piecing to put the top together. 

I visited my local quilt store and found this beautiful ornament backing from StudioE fabrics. The rest of the quilt top fabrics were pulled from my stash, this quilt is very fat quarter friendly.  The quilting was done on my computerized A1 quilting machine - I now have 2 machines, one for my custom work and one for edge to edge computerized quilting.  The quilting pattern is Christmas Doodles by Patricia Ritter and it is really super cute.

Patchwork Christmas by Judi Madsen
So, you can get the PDF pattern right away and get sewing on your own quilt top, or you can order the paper pattern - but that won't ship until the week of December 4th. I have them both available, as well as my other patterns at Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices.  So, for $4.95 - you can load up on all of your favorite patterns!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Progressive Detail Quilting iquilt class now available for download!

Today is the day my "Progressive Detail Quilting" has become available over at iquilt.  Hooray for good news!  I filmed this class a little under a year ago, so I am happy to say that it is now available

This class goes over the "progressive detail" of quilting for one project, but 3 different - or progressive ways - to quilt them.  The quilt design is available with your class purchase in the download materials.  The above quilt is the "finale" as it is the most detailed project in the class.  Don't worry, you can do this - I walk you through the easier versions of this project and you will have the confidence at the end to attempt this gorgeous design.

Like my classes before, I hope you will have the confidence to try new things, get out of your comfort zone and have a lot of fun with my designs.

The quilting texture is just amazing.  I really look forward to seeing all of your projects as your share them on iquilt. You can purchase the class, Progressive Detail Quilting,  here.

Judi's iquilt class
Also, if you haven't had a chance to take my "Fabulous Background Designs for Applique" class, the link is here. This is also a wonderful class.

Thanks, as always for your support!  I really hope you enjoy the classes. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kyoto Gardens finished!

Okay, so this fabulous quilt is called Kyoto Gardens from the book, Stellar Quilts by Judy Martin, found here. Jan pieced this quilt and took a little liberty with the design and added borders and things that she wanted for her master bedroom quilt.  It is a beautiful design and quilt that I had a lot of fun quilting. The quilt is around 94 x 104, so it is big.
I love this center part of the quilt.  I had a lot of fun playing in this area.

This is one layer of batting, Hobbs bleached 108 wide cotton. It worked out perfect for the quilting and for the size of the quilt.

I used Glide thread and bobbins for the thread on this quilt.  I had two thread colors, Cream and Military Gold.

There was a lot of ruler work, so I used my A1 ruler and my favorite disappearing purple marker to make the designs come to life.  Those items are found here.

You can see in the above picture that the outside cream borders were different sizes, but I wanted to be able to have the same quilting all the way around the quilt.  In the bigger area, I added a few more lines and details, but a few squares in - that way the design could flow better.  I hope that makes can see how the design gradually becomes bigger.

I used the pieced squares in the red border fabrics to come up with the on-point square designs.  I think it worked out perfectly.

I have to say I did have a lot of fun with these border treatments.  I allowed the piecing to do the talking and filled in the rest with quilting designs that fit the quilt.


I love how the corner design makes a geometric heart shape.  Just perfect!

Here's another look at the quilting detail on the entire quilt. 


I have to admit, ruler work is hard, time consuming and sometimes just plain old boring!  But, the end result is always worth it and I am so happy with how this design worked out for this quilt.

The stars look so amazing, not a lot of detail, but just enough lines and fillers to make the piecing stand out.  I always want the piecing to shine and have the quilting just add to it without taking away from it.

Ahh, that texture is so amazing! I love it!

Jan also made two pillow shams, this is going to be an amazing set up on her bed!

Okay, I hope you enjoyed that quilt.  It really was a lot of fun quilting - now on the next project!  I am also getting ready and excited for my classes in Paducah, I hope to see you there - info here. 

One more thing, my books and dvd's are on sale and the sale ends todayish... be sure to order yours if you haven't had a chance yet.