Monday, July 8, 2013

What I am working on now.

If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook you will have noticed that this quilt is in the works.  It has been fun to work on and I have a surprise design in the works which will be revealed when I finish this up.  Hopefully I will finish this week, lofty goal I know.  When I post pictures of my work, most comments are so positive, but every now and again I get comments that are just ignorant.  Maybe they don't mean to be, maybe I am just reading into it - but it is hard sometimes to understand why people have to give their opinion if it is negative.  If you don't like something - don't comment, right?  Treat other people the way you want to be treated, and be happy for other people's successes.  It's really simple - my parents taught me that.  I will just say this - I don't quilt to cuddle with my projects, I quilt to show off my quilting. So if you think it looks "too stiff" then my quilting is not for you and please do not tell me you think that way.  There is a reason I use two layers of batting for all my quilts. Anyway - off my soap box.  I do not know why the "negative nellie's" bug me so much, but sometimes they do!  I am human. 

Well, I just bought this camera- it is my first DSLR. Here's hoping that I will take incredible pictures of my quilting to share with you.  I will get it just in time to take pictures of this beauty once it is finished! Yay! 

One more thing, you will not want to miss out on our Clearance Page - we just added over 100 items there!

75 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

I love your quilting..........I also know I would not want to do it on every quilt that I own but this is your style of quilting and I love seeing the close snaps of how you have quilted things.......If I was in the USA I would love you to quilt one of my quilts........

I have the same life rule as you.....If you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all..........I tell my kids this all the time.....

Have fun with your new canon....I love mine.......

Elizabeth said...

Dear Judy

I would love to have two of my quilt tops, quilted by you (I wish I could..) Your quilting is amazing, some quilts are made to love and others are work of art! I drool, dream and is inspired each and everytime you post your photo's on your blog. For those who do not realize the art of it, let them walk in your shoes first, it is not as easy as it looks.

Keep a little sunshine in your pocket!

Best Wishes.

Elizabeth

ladmquilter said...

Your work is amazing, don 't let others bring you down. I look forward to all of your post your quilting is simply beautiful.

ladmquilter said...

Your work is amazing, don 't let others bring you down. I look forward to all of your post your quilting is simply beautiful.

Joan said...

Your quilt is beautiful and the quilting is amazing.

Sharon said...

Are you kidding!? This is amazing...I really like it when the quilting creates a distinctive secondary design, like two quilts in one.

Karen said...

oh, I love your quilting - it is amazing - people are funny aren't they. Your quilting is to be admired and looked at - sure not the same as the old quilt that the dog and I enjoy snuggling with on the couch watching TV. You are amazing. I love seeing photo's of what you do.

Noela said...

I agree with Chooky that if you don't have something nice to say then don't comment. Your quilting is fantastic and I love the close-ups you show. Gives all of us something to aspire to although I know I may never get there I can always dream that maybe one day. Thank you for sharing. Hugs......

Diane E W said...

I think there are two kinds of quilts, the ones you look at and the ones you cuddle, some people don't know the difference. They're the losers. I started longarming (is that correct) a couple of years ago and I have learned so much from you and your blog post. Can hardly wait for your book to come out. You could keep everything you do a secret but thank you so much for sharing with the ones of us who appreciate it.

felice said...

Amazing!

Sooli said...

Your quilting is inspired! I'm always impressed with your posts, I love what you do with your quilting, you have that wonderful ability to change a flat piece of fabric to something completely different. Keep up the good work, ignore the odd negative nelly, some people are only happy making others unhappy. Quilt on!

Sandi said...

Judo,

Your work is amazing and speaks for itself, don't let the naysayers get you down, sometimes it is pure jealousy that makes them say those things.

I've always admire your photography and am a believer that there are those who take snapshots and those who take photographs.

You can have a top notch camera and take a snapshot and have an inexpensive one and take amazing photograph. You have a good eye as attested by your quilting designs.

You picked my favourite brand of camera I have different much older model, have fun with your new tool.

Sandi said...

Sorry, I hit the o not I Judi!

My Sew Imperfect Life said...

Just wanted to chime in with the others and tell you that I adore your quilting. I've never posted here before but I always read your posts and admire your work greatly. You are truly an artist, and the people who can't see that your work is art are probably those who think a quilt is just a blanket! Xo

My Sew Imperfect Life said...

Just wanted to chime in with the others and tell you that I adore your quilting. I've never posted here before but I always read your posts and admire your work greatly. You are truly an artist, and the people who can't see that your work is art are probably those who think a quilt is just a blanket! Xo

Patti said...

Negative comments are spawned from ignorance, no doubt. It's recognizing the difference between art and utility. Your quilting abilities are a gift. Keep honing and developing your gift. I am thankful that you share it with the rest of the world. Your work is worth striving towards and very inspirational. I'll just wish for lots of broken threads and eyelashing for the naysayers tee hee!

Ramona said...

Your quilting is absolutely stunning. Please keep sharing your gifts for those of us who love to see your work.

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Your quilting is gorgeous, pure eye candy!!
Obviously, those making the negative comments are missing the whole aspect of the fact, the quilting is an art form in its own right. They're just ignorant and obviously were never taught the saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".
Judy, you keep doing what you have an extraordinary talent and passion for. We never ever tire of looking at your exceptional work. And I know I speak for many when I say we eagerly await the next blog post that you put up.

Sandy D said...

Amazing Judi. I love seeing your work.it is beautiful.

kristie said...

Judi....don't listen to those negative nellies! Your work is amazing! I bet they don't have a book published!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I am in awe of your quilting Judi and hope you keep showing it - and now even more so with your new camera!

Michelle Jensen said...

Well said. Umm, to add to the positive comment box :) I love your quilting!! I am a new long arm quilter and right now I am in the process of quilting a double wedding ring... Oh boy it is a tad bit out of my skill level, good thing it is my quilt and too bad it is my quilt because I put so much time into piecing it, lol. Anyway, I love coming on here for inspiration and thank you for always sharing. I am using a double batting for the first time btw. I hope it will turn out okay. I hope that I am loading it right with the taughtness of the quilt? All of this stuff is new stuff for me.

Well very cute quilt you have there and it looks so neat once rolled up because you can really see all the quilting on the back.

Michelle Jensen said...

Well said. Umm, to add to the positive comment box :) I love your quilting!! I am a new long arm quilter and right now I am in the process of quilting a double wedding ring... Oh boy it is a tad bit out of my skill level, good thing it is my quilt and too bad it is my quilt because I put so much time into piecing it, lol. Anyway, I love coming on here for inspiration and thank you for always sharing. I am using a double batting for the first time btw. I hope it will turn out okay. I hope that I am loading it right with the taughtness of the quilt? All of this stuff is new stuff for me.

Well very cute quilt you have there and it looks so neat once rolled up because you can really see all the quilting on the back.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Your quilting inspires me--and I can't imagine taking time to leave negative comments since sometimes I am so rushed that I don't always leave comments even when I love what I see. Therefore, my attitude would be if someone has time to make negative comments, the real issue has nothing to do with a blog post but a lot to do with the issues of the person making the comment.
You do amazing work!

Furball Farm Quilting said...

Sometimes I think it is just plain "envy" that motivates these type of people to offer their opinions. You know what they say about opinions don't you??? (Opinions are like assholes........ everyone has one, and they usually stink!!!!) Hope that bought a smile........ no offense to those with a delicate nature,.......... but thats a thought I have to myself when the "psychic vampires" touch my life.
cheers

Cathy H said...

Love the quilt pattern and your quilting is fantastic it gives the quilt a real wow factor.........

Caroline said...

Your quilting inspires me to keep trying - thank you.

Cathy H said...

I have just read Furball Farm comment....it bought a smile to my face.....love it..how true....

BedTime Quilting said...

Yeah, the comments probably stem from ignorance of not realizing what you do is an art...not merely a utility to bind three ( or FOUR) layers together to make a quilt to cuddle on the couch with. Granted, I would love to cuddle on the couch with one of your quilts and stare and touch...and stare at the amazing handiwork. It's amazing to me that you can make such stunning secondary designs on other people's creations. That's pretty awesome and an area I lack talent in.

amy said...

holy freaking GORGEOUS! one day, judi...you will quilt one of my quilts. I dream about it. one day these kids won't be eating me out of house and home and i'll be sending one your way!!

Quiltinchen said...

Hi Judi,

Don't care about the negative comments. Look, you have "visitors" from all over the world who really like what you are doing!

To be honest I prefer more "widely" all-over quilting. But I think that is because I am still in the beginning of quilting, or because of the missing time. Since the quilting machine is not at my home and I have a fulltime job I move on to quilting that's done in a day or a weekend.

BUT: I love what you do! It looks so perfect to me and I hope I will be able to quilt just a bit as you do.

Take the negative comments as acknowledgement. People are jealous for what they can't afford themselves. So don't let them make you feel responsible for that.

I really love what you do and I really look forward to your book! :)

Thanks for sharing your work and thoughts with the "whole wide world" and me. :)

Chris

Leeanne said...

We can say don't let peoples comments or opinions affect you, but like you say we are human & most of us can be affected by others words. My comment is as always, your quilting ROCKS!!!!!

Christine Robinson said...

Unfortunately you can't please all the people all of the time. You quilt in your own style and that is what is important - it is your creation and unlike anyone else's. Why would you have a wait list if your quilts were not beautiful?
I don't longarm but love to read your blog as i see lots of things i aspire to.
It's hard to ignore negative comments but weigh them against all the positive feedback you get!

FML Crochet said...

My first thought as I looked at your picture was "this woman is amazing". But I think that of all your pictures and quilts. You are extremely talented and I cannot believe someone would leave a negative comment. As a human I'm sure it bugs you but please focus on all the positive ones. Your work is wonderful!!!

Carla said...

Just beautiful! Love the quilt itself with the Kaffe Fasset fabrics!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Your tip on how to treat others is so true Judi...and very simple. I just love that quilt! Your work is just amazing.

Rebecca Stevens said...

Judi, don't change a thing you are doing. Your quilts are truly inspirational and works of art. I have used that phrase so often-"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"-that some of my closest friends say well, she doesn't like it, she didn't say anything. And, please, please keep sharing with us.

Always In Stitches said...

I feel your pain. Remember you are the one in charge. Your are a very talented quilter whom I admire. Those who are invited to your blog and don't like what you do can just quietly move on. There are plenty of other quilters that may quilt the way they want. So to those negative people...move on...

Silvana Vituriano said...

Your work is very beautiful, do not worry about the negative reviews. I'm anxious for the release of your book!!!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Judi, I can't wait to see this one finished! I'm already drooling at your snapshots. :)
By the way, I agree re the negative Nellies, I never understood that either. I read lots of blogs and see so many beautiful things and also so a lot of things that aren't "my taste", but I certainly don't tell anyone that! It makes you wonder if these people would actually say that to your face or if they just do it because it's online and somehow feel like it's okay? Either way, it's not!
Amanda

BarbaraShowell said...

ARGHHHHH! This is so pretty it HURTS me! I love the dense quilting and the puffy pop outs. Your quilting is a huge inspiration. Perhaps some of the negativity is just the way the written word comes out sometimes, and if not, it's ok. The majority wins. Have fun with that new camera.

Jacqueline said...

I have told you this before and I will say it again. Your quilting ability is more than amazing. It is unbelievable. You are a Picasso with thread. Don't let someone's negative comments hurt, just keep doing what you love and sharing your talent with the rest of us.

Christa Marcotte said...

If there was not negative people in the world the rest of us would all look plain. They make the positive people shine. Don't let them bring you down. You're glass is always half full!!Theirs are always half empty!!

Susan Arnold said...

Your quilting is absolutely gorgeous and has been inspirational for me. I consider you one of my 'quilt gurus', because the designs you use are not difficult--it's how you combine those designs that make your quilting so special. As for those that don't like dense quilting, just add more space between the stitches.

do_the_beach said...

I think it's beautiful! Just ignore the naysayers and keep on quilting!

Melanie said...

Hi Judy!
I'm a HUGE fan of your quilting!!! Please don't let the negative folks get you down.
Keep up the great, amazing work!
Melanie

Linda R said...

Are you Kidding me!?? Someone had the nerve to say something negative about YOUR quilting.I cannot imagine anything but jealousy being behind it. You are THE most incredible quilter I have ever seen. You should be sooo PROUD of your work. I only wish one day you could do one of my quilts. I can always dream....

Leila said...

I love all the secondary designs your quilting creates!

gloria g. said...

I was taught, if you can't say anything NICE, then don't say ANYTHING at all......love your work. You are a true artist. Keep up the good work, and just hit delete the negative remarks! Just my humble opinion......from a longarm quilter myself.

gloria g. Hemingway, SC

Susan Lawson said...

Can't get enough of your quilting! it's absolutely beautiful. BTW, can't friend you on FB, you've reached your limit of 5000 friends! :(

weedabble said...

The unfortunate thing about the information age, is that anyone has access to a platform, and it is a means for them to be "heard", when, really, their opinions really have no value or merit.
The wonderful thing about the information age, is that everyone has access to wonderful blogs like yours, that share your knowledge, and talent, and inspire the rest of us to try to emulate your beautiful creations.
I'll take the wonderful things in life anytime....thanks Judi, for the inspiration, and sharing!

Jan said...

Oh my gosh, the back of that is going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Hey, don't let negative Nancy get to you. I DO understand what they may be saying as my mom gave me a quilt that was amazingly quilted, and had lots of it. It is a very heavy quit and it is not cuddly, but oh wow, is it gorgeous! Maybe they were just trying to say that. Whatever though, you ROCK and don't worry about it. What you do, you are the best at. Period!!!!!

brownj6610 said...

I don't know how anybody could find anything negative to say about your quilts. They are so beautifully executed. Keep up the nice work.

Hildy said...

Your quilts are pieces of art! Don't care about nasty comments, some people are just jealous.

Teresa Silva said...

I agree! If someone comes to you they are obviously in for the fabulous quilting and not the cuddle factor. I quilt like that too. I like to see the quilting as it really makes the quilt in the end! Keep doing what you're doing because it is awesome and we all look up to you!

Joyful Mom said...

You are an amazing artist Judi! Every picture you share is inspiring. I hope you'll be able to quilt one of my quilts soon. Hugs!

Dawn Hendrix said...

once again ya BLOW me away.. simply FABULOUS!!!! keep on doing what you do.. you inspire me! Thanks

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Judi. Love the design and wish I could quilt like that!
I know what you mean about negative comments but you CAN delete them - it's your blog after all!
xx

Bonnie said...

I love your quilting and am grateful to follow your blog and all the beautiful eye candy you post. You have such incredible talent! Don't let anyone bring you down, even for a second. Most of us would love to quilt like you, though few can realize such a dream. Thank you for sharing all you do and giving me something to strive for :)

kristyne said...

In a word - stunning. Wow. Your top-stitching is simply incredible. I have so much admiration and respect for your talents to be able to see that design in all that "blank space". So happy to are willing to share with the world. :)

xo k

Diane said...

Your quilting is exquisite!

Kate said...

Your quilting is so nice for the type of quilts you do! I like "stiff" quilts, but only if they match the style of the top. Yours always match. (Mine...don't. I'm still practicing, but hope to be as good as you sometime.)

Patsy said...

Absolutely captivating! I love your quilting on this quilt!

wolfiestitchin said...

I said it since I found you, that your quilting is magnificent and I'm in awe of your talent. In fact, when I grew up I want to be like you ROFLMAO (oh never mind, I am very much grown up). Here in Sweden we have a cartoon "Bamse, the strongest bear in the world" and he have a saying "om du inte kan säga nåt snällt, så säg inventing alls". Roughly translated "if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing". It's easy to say "don't mind the other side" but I do know how much it hurts when people are less than kind about you and your creations. But, I think that there are many more of us that loves what you are doing (I can spend soooo much time trying to figure out how on earth you do it) than there are nasties out there. HUGS from Sweden!!

Rose E. Glasses said...

You were eloquent, educational and respectful. Not only talented in your art, but also in your journalism.

Your sharing is a gift.

NMSue said...

I LOVE your quilting. Don't let all the negativity hurt you. You have lots of fans out there.

Barbie Mills said...

I'm surprised that I missed this until now... I also love your quilting. My husband's cousin works with your brother-in-law apparently, and I'll admit I was almost a little star-struck when I found out. =) I'm at the point where the quilting I do is functional, and my clients mostly just want their layers held together, so I don't get a lot of opportunity to practice detailed quilting.

So here's my question, I have noticed that you use two layers of batting. You said that there is a reason you do that, what is it? What do you like so much about it? Just curious.

This quilt you're doing right now is JUST GORGEOUS. One of my friends is making a similar quilt for her daughter, I love the design, and your quilting is creating such a wonderful secondary design, I love it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful, inspiring work.

Now to end the longest comment I've ever left....

the mrs said...

I think your quilting is amazing! The way you can turn a beautiful quilt into a work of art; the way you can see intricate designs in an otherwise blank space; the way your love adds life to a quilt (kind of like adding love to a meal). Nevermind the Negative Nellies!

Katie Ringo said...

Have fun with your new camera! I recommend getting the Canon 50mm F1.8 lens to do some nice closeup shots with awesome bokeh. It's an inexpensive must have in your camera bag.

Vicky said...

Yeah, what everyone else said! The majority of my quilts I want softer so they will drape nicely on the bed. But there are one or two special quilts that would be so enhanced by your type of quilting. In my opinion, not every quilt needs custom quilting, just like not every quilt needs a border. Your work is stunning!!

Lynette (NZ) said...

Beautiful - I always LOVE to see your work. like the peak of the back too :-)

bmayer said...

Your work is absolutely stunning! Always. Having said that, if you (or any other blogger on any subject) has a comment section attached to your(their) blog, you should expect and accept all comments. That is not a license to leave mean spirited, hurtful words, but a difference of opinion should not be looked upon as being necessarily ignorant. If you only want positive comments, isnt that kind of like fishing for compliments? You dont need to! (I hope that doesnt sound negative!) Your work is wonderful, and you should KNOW that, and not let others opinions diminish that!!!

J-Quilts said...

I shouldn't let that Facebook comment get to you it sounded to me like she could not even have been a quilter certainly not one who has attended any quilt shows....

Love your work I aspire to it all the time

J-Quilts said...

I shouldn't let that Facebook comment get to you it sounded to me like she could not even have been a quilter certainly not one who has attended any quilt shows....

Love your work I aspire to it all the time

capriciousgg said...

Judy,
Long time follower, first time commenter. :) Just wanted to chime in with the others! Please don't take the mean spirited commentators on Facebook to heart. It's facebook. Your posts are public and, therefore, are reaching people who may not even like quilting. They may neither understand your passion for quilting nor appreciate the beauty of your work. Or, as others have said, they say mean things because they are spiteful and jealous of how talented you are. You have such an amazing gift for quilting and I, for one, am so incredibly grateful that you share you works with all of us. Please keep the photos coming! You are so amazing! :)
Cheers!
Mel Wise