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!  
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! 

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!  

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New Pattern! Gypsy Revealed!!!!

It is finally done!  Gypsy is done!  This quilt has been in the works for over 2 years.  It was drawn, then sat and waited for its turn to be made up by me.  I know I wanted to create a pattern that I could play with the quilting design. I also knew this pattern would be a fabulous quilt to piece in any fabric choice.
So, I used V and Co's Ombre fabric for the colors in this quilt - watch for a kit soon. I used 9900-98 white by Moda for the background fabric.  The batting is 2 layers of bleached 100% Hobbs Cotton and the thread I used is Fil-Tec (HabnDash) Glide 60.  

Isn't this texture amazing?  I used a ton of thread and took over 4 months to quilt this out.  It didn't take me 4 months, but it was on the racks for that long.  I am assuming, because I didn't keep track, that there is over 100 hours of quilting on this quilt. I plan on entering this quilt into some shows to see how it does.

What I love about the quilt is the Ombre affect. I planned out to have each block be dark in the corners and go light in the opposite corner. You can see that in the picture above.

The sash was my favorite part to quilt.  The quilting design was inspired by the cross motif that I drew on the quilt top and the design developed from there. I mean, check out that center motif!  Ahhh, I love it!

The corners were fun, but severely confusing at times.  I had to take a lot of pictures of my drawings for reference.

Ooooh!  I love it.  Can you tell I am happy to be DONE with this quilt?  YAY!

The binding was a miracle in itself, I did the Ombre affect again with dark and lights. I used the two main colors of the quilt and ended up with 2 corners exactly in half. Not planned, I am not that good. HA!  I love happy accidents.

The back texture is always fun.

Okay, so buy your pattern now because it is on sale for an introductory price for a limited time! You can buy the PDF here and get working on your #gypsyquilt right now!  Or buy the paper version, here - knowing it will ship on March 5th.

Thanks everyone! I hope you love this quilt as much as I do! 

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!