Thursday, February 28, 2013

Here I am, checking in again!

Thelma's quilt 
I feel like I haven't been too good with blogging the past little while and here I am, just checking in again. I am getting piecing (can you believe it ;-), quilting, editing, and designing done. I am also writing an article for Machine Quilting Unlimited - it is crazy around here (when is it not?) I just want you to know that I am alive and kicking and I really cannot wait to finish this quilt.  Thelma is waiting patiently for this finish and I am officially 2/3rds done! Yay!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Triple Ribbon Winner!

Star Prancer
Picture provided by Jan - thanks!

So, do you remember Star Prancer?  Well, it just won 3 ribbons at Jan's local quilt show.  I am so happy to share this with you.  It received Best Machine Quilting, 1st Place for Bed Quilts, and Best of Show!  That's a triple ribbon win and I am so happy to be a part of the quilt! Thanks for sharing in mine and Jan's happiness!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Checking in....

what's on the frames now 
I did not get much done last week since we were on a little family California getaway - but, I am well rested and tan (hooray) and gearing to go!  The quilt that is currently on the frames is amazing!  I'm 25 hours in and still have a lot more to go.  I can not wait to finish this one.  So, back to the schedule and back to getting some quilty things done.  

And, thank you so much for the love about my book cover!  I'm still excited about it!  I just cannot wait to hold one in my hands!

Monday, February 11, 2013

My book has a cover!

Okay, it's starting to look official and I can hardly contain my excitement!  My book comes out Fall 2013 and I will keep you updated on when you can pre-order it! Eek! I am so excited and I have been doing the happy dance all evening - and you can't even wipe the grin off my face! Thank you AQS!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thank you!

I have had some pretty amazing emails the last few weeks, as well as wonderful comments on my blog and other outlets like Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook.  A nice email always comes during times when I am feeling overwhelmed with the things that I have to do and it reminds me of the amazing people I am blessed to know through this amazing internet.  This incredible quilting community is full of sweet and amazing people and I am proud to be part of it.  I wanted to write a thank you to all of you who have ever contacted me, commented on my quilting, read my blog and told your friends about my blog.  It means so much to me and as I have been reading emails and comments today I have been overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for you.  I am sorry if I don't get back to everyone, I really am.  I know I have said my life is a little crazy (and I am not complaining) but it just seems to get more and more busy with each passing year. I just want you all to know that I am grateful to you. So, THANK YOU!  You really keep this girl going when the times get tough!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My quilting is in a magazine!

That's my name in a magazine! 
There is something so great about seeing your name in print, in a national magazine and knowing that your work will be appreciated by lots of quilters. I have to admit that the feeling never gets old and thinking back to when I started this quilting journey, I never thought this would be possible. So, at times I just have to pinch myself to make sure it is real.

Photo courtesy of American Patchwork & Quilting.
Last August I quilted a quilt that I knew I could not share for a long time, so I am happy to now share the quilt with you. I knew the quilt would be in the April issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, but I had no idea it would be the 20th Anniversary Issue - doubly cool!

Photo courtesy of American Patchwork & Quilting.
This super cute quilt is designed by Holly Hickman, she works for Moda and I was lucky enough to be asked to quilt it. Holly wanted the background of the quilt to look like tree bark.  So, I had my sister (thanks Jess) sketch out the tree bark on the quilt top.  She did a very rough sketch, then I added the detail to the quilting as I went along. The end result is definitely worth the effort I went to in added detail. ;-)

I had so much fun quilting this up, the lines and filler design are all free motion quilting.
The tree knots turned out so cool!

 It is so great to share this project with you, finally.  So, if you have the magazine - look it up on page 75 and if you want to make this darling quilt - we have kits in the shop here

In other news, we have a giveaway going on here, I have a quilt on that is going to be amazing (I can't wait to share that with you) and I am pretty sure next week I will have a cover of my book with more info when it comes out. I can not wait to share that with you, so stay tuned! ;-) 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Romania Charity Video is here......

We want to thank all who donated quilts this year, and also thank you to all who donated money for food.  We were able to purchase and hand out a lot of food thanks to your generosity!  Clint took his Dad this year and just got back a few days ago.  Clint said it was very cold, and heartbreaking to see so many living out on the streets.  Most of the people you see in this video are orphans who have grown up to have kids of their own.  Some orphans are lucky enough to be taken care of until their early teens, but at that time they're unfortunately released to the streets where they have to make it for themselves.  These are the types of people we met on this trip, street orphans who have grown up and started lives of their own.

We did film all the quilts being handed out, but unfortunately it was very dark due to poor living conditions, so much of our video was unusable.  We want to focus our next trip on purchasing and handing out more food to more people, and having extra food to leave with our contact in Romania to hand out long after we leave.  If you'd like to donate to our charity, please visit our charity page here.  100% of your donations go towards this cause.  

Here's the video from January 2013 -

Friday, February 1, 2013

Quilt News...

Every now and again it is fun to let you know what has happened with the quilts I have quilted.  This was Thelma's quilt and I showed off my quilting here.  Thelma let me know that this quilt received a 3rd place ribbon in the large wall hanging category in the Road to California show.  It is so exciting to have my quilting showcased in a quilt show and even better when it receives a ribbon.  So, congrats to Thelma! I was so thrilled to be a part of this quilt.
And, do your remember Dear Jane?  I remember her!  I think this quilt has made its rounds around the internet.  I am still getting questions about this quilt.  So, here's the latest news and probably the most exciting news I have ever received about a quilt - I'll just let you read the email I received:

Dear Judi,

We are having a 150th birthday Celebration of Jane Stickle's Quilt this
summer at Vermont Quilt Festival. You quilted about the most beautiful Jane I've ever seen,
and I'd love to include it in the exhibit. However, I have no way to get in touch with the maker.
Would you please send me her contact info?

I'd be ever so gratelful!

Thank you!
Brenda Papadakis
Author, Dear Jane  

This was such a wonderful email and I feel honored to be a part of the this quilt.  I would like to help Brenda exhibit this quilt, but I can not for the life of me remember Gwen's contact information (it has been 2 years since I quilt this).  So, here's a small plea to Gwen - I hope you read this - please send me your contact info so I can get you in touch with Brenda and let's get your amazing quilt to the 150th birthday Celebration of Jane Stickle's Quilt! Such a huge honor! I am so excited about this!  Gwen, you can email me at judi(at)greenfairyquilts(dot)com - or if any of you know Gwen, tell her to contact me!  Thanks so much!