Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bohemian! New Pattern!

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Yay!! Bohemian is finally finished and the pattern is complete and off to the printer. I am excited that I can now share this quilt in its entirety with you.  If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, I am sure you have seen snippets of this quilt which may or may not have been frustrating. ;-)  Thanks for being patient with me as I worked hard to get this quilt finished and the pattern written. I hope you love this quilt as much as I do.

A couple of things about the quilt:  I pulled fabric from my stash to complete the quilt top, using what I had and mixing designers and manufacturers. I wanted this quilt to have four basic colors. I love how the orange, blue, yellow and turquoise green work so well together.  I used Moda Bella Solids 9900-97 for the white background fabric, which works out perfectly when I want to show off my quilting. 
 
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I used two layers of batting.  I used Hobbs bleached 100% cotton for the top layer and Hobbs cotton wool blend for the bottom layer.  I really love the combination of those two battings.  It gives the quilting a little more pop, especially when I quilt densely. I used Glide thread for the top and Magna Glide classic bobbins for the bottom.  I love the combination of the two and I ended up with perfect tension on this quilt.  That is always a bonus. ;-)

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The center medallions were really fun to design and quilt up.  It pulls in the designs from the outside border area and compliments the quilt design nicely. 

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When I design a quilt, I plan on creating space for the quilting.  The quilting on Bohemian is not how I planned it though - I changed my design as soon as I started working on the quilt. 

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The border squares really look amazing going around the pieced blocks.  I really hope that you can see this quilt and all its possibilities.  You don't have to quilt it like me to make a beautiful quilt top. However, if you want to make the quilt top - then learn how to quilt it like me, I will have a class available starting next year sharing the quilting process and all the details and quilting designs of this quilt.  I will keep you posted on that. 

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Love. 

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I had a lot of fun with the backing fabric.  A fun chevron from Riley Blake.
 
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The texture on the quilt is just fabulous.  I am so excited to have this quilt finished and hanging out in my studio to enjoy.  I look forward to sharing the quilting process of this quilt in the classroom - I also plan to enter this quilt into quilt shows as a competition quilt.  We will see how it goes.
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 So, I have the paper patterns available as a pre-order here.  These paper patterns will ship starting the week of the 20th this month.  If you want it sooner, you can get the PDF version here. Also, be sure to share your quilt with me using the hashtags #bohemianquilt and #judimadsendesigns - I look forward to seeing your quilt tops. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summertime.

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Since I have been home from traveling, I have been able to spend time in my studio again.  It has been so amazing - just being able to create again.  Noah loves to be in my studio and comes up to me and asks me to see my "kilt."  He is also known to say, "Mom - your kilting is so beautiful." I love that my kids have an appreciation for my quilting and this kid just melts my heart.  Seriously.

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Lili convinced me that I needed to make her a skirt.  This girl lives in skirts and this new addition is a favorite already.  The fabric I used is from VandCo's Simply Color line for Moda.  I love how it turned out.  Best part of making the skirt was being able to spend time in the studio with my daughter. 

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I am also working on my second book, so there are secret projects in the works.  I was so thrilled when the above block came together perfectly. I knew I wanted the lines in the fabric to go the same direction, but the fact that they match up perfectly was a fun bonus.  I love it when that happens.

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I also put together a wall backdrop for my studio.  I plan on being able to take picture of my quilts and hopefully stage my quilts.  I plan on figuring this out so that I can showcase my quilts and quilting better. 

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When I am not working, we are making time to play with the kids. I love the summertime.

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I am also enjoying the beautiful skies from my rooftop. 
I hope your summer is going fabulous! Stay tuned for a new pattern release.  I can't wait to share Bohemian with you!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Quilting Bee! Here I come!

Please join me at the Quilting Bee in Ontario, Canada.  This is going to be a blast and I look forward to seeing you all there!  It's only 4 weeks away, call to reserve your spot!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

May

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Photo courtesy Amber Wallis, Carly Grace Photography
 It has almost been a month since I posted last.  It has been an incredibly busy May and I figured I would cover all the highlights from this month in one post. Sorry if you feel I have abandoned you readers - I think about you often. ;-)

First things first, my Micah turned 8 years old this month.  It was a pretty special birthday too because he was baptized on the same day. We are pretty proud of our little guy.  He has a tender heart and and cried tears of joy when he was baptized, it was so sweet. It was a really special day for us.
 
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We had a lot of family in town for the baptism so we had a barbecue and pool party to celebrate.  Micah figured it was the best birthday ever.  I think so too!  One I won't soon forget.

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This month's rain was welcome since we are in a drought, so that means the clouds put on quite a show.  If you follow me on Instagram (@judiakagreenfairy) you will see how much I appreciate clouds. ;-)

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May also meant that I would be teaching at HMQS in Salt Lake City.  This is a shot of the incredible Rocky Mountains as I was driving to the venue one morning (don't worry I clicked the camera button from memory).  I am so grateful to all of you who came to my classes, I met so many wonderful quilters there.
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I also turned 34 during the show.  I was feeling a little down and out before my first class because I really wanted to be with Clint and the kids. My April schedule was pretty busy, which made me feel extra homesick. So, when my students started singing Happy Birthday to me before my the start of my first quilting class, I started to cry.  I realized that I am so blessed and even though I wasn't with family, I was with people who care about me and share a love of quilting with me. I can't thank you enough for making me feel so special.  Really, thank you so much.
  Also, thank you to my mom and my sisters for making me feel special too. You are the best.

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I was lucky enough to hang out with the Sew Kind of Wonderful girls at the show.  I love you ladies!

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I made it home in time for Mother's Day.  Clint and the kids spoiled me.  These beautiful Gerber daisies were just what I needed to make me smile.

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Breakfast.  My cute daughter made this waffle for me.  She is a sweetheart.

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Clint and I wanted to take our kids to the Payson Temple Open House.  It is a beautiful temple and I am so glad we made time to go.  This picture of the kids capture their personalities perfectly.  Noah is being difficult, Jonah can't see (the sun is too bright), Micah is the charmer and Lili can't see and struggled to smile for the camera.  I am so grateful for each one of these little people. They make life fun, crazy, interesting and frustrating all at the same time.  I am so glad we get to journey through this life together.

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I have been making progress on my Bohemian quilt.  I hope to finish it soon and have patterns out by sometime this summer.  The quilting is turning out to be quite fabulous and I cannot wait to finish it and share it with you.

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I traveled to Amarillo, Texas last week to teach at the Quilt Finishers of Amarillo Guild. The day was so beautiful when I arrived, I could see for miles because the skies were endless.  It was so incredible.
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Here's an example of the quilting I shared with the ladies in my classes. These were cut up and given away to some of the lucky ladies in class.  

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It was a wonderful group of ladies and I can't thank you enough for inviting me to come.  Also, thank you Janet for arranging everything and to Angie and Dan for making me feel so welcome and helping with the camera and quilting machine. I had a wonderful time in Texas.

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I am looking forward to a break from traveling for the next several weeks.  I am happy to say that I have started running again and thankfully the morning sunrise makes it worth the pain.  ;-)

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I have a lot to accomplish this summer, deadlines to meet - but the best part is doing what I love.  Designing, piecing and quilting - what could be better than that for a profession?

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Also, we plan on having a fabulous summer with these kiddos.  School is out and they are growing up way too fast.

Until next time. Have a great weekend.