Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free Spirit! Final Reveal and New Pattern.

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Hi Everyone!  I am so happy to be able to finally reveal "Free Spirit" to you.  This project has been a long, labor of love and I am so thrilled with the results of this quilt. The design is exactly how I envisioned.  Well, maybe a tad bit better because I didn't realize the quilting potential when I first drew out my design.

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Okay, so the blocks are big, but not too big.  Putting together 9 blocks for a quilt top is really fun. I chose some of my favorite colors and opted for a grey background fabric instead of my "staple," white. It worked out pretty great if you ask me. 
 
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I can't get enough of this quilt, believe me, I had to narrow 40 pictures down to 10 for this post.  It was hard to do. There are 4 colors in the quilt top, including the background, with 2 versions of the block.  I love how the colors in the block really pop!  The Free Spirit block was so fun to put together, so I know you will enjoy making your own. 

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I had a lot of fun quilting this one.  There is plenty of play area for quilting on this quilt top.  I really enjoyed making the blocks pop, and creating a secondary pattern on the quilt.
 
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I used a 40wt White Glide thread, for the top and Magna Glide bobbins for the bottom of the quilt.  I lost count of how many bobbins I went through.  Let's just say it was a lot. 

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My new favorite thing to do is use solid fabric and a contrasting thread.  It really shows off the quilting.  It was so much fun to do the background fill in the navy fabric. The squares on point in the pink fabric worked perfectly in the design.  The quilting took the block to a whole new level and gave it character. It was like drawing in all the designs on the fabric.  

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The simple cross-hatch in the green was perfect. 

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Super close up.  Can you see why I love contrasting thread?  Seriously. It was so much fun. 

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The back turned out amazing, oh, and I played with the binding.  I used each of the main colors of the quilt top and made a 6 inch section binding, now that was fun. I did hand bind the binding this time, I plan on entering the quilt into a show or two. 
 
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Isn't that lovely?  I always love the solid backs, shows off the quilting! I really hope you like my new design, Free Spirit, it was a lot of fun putting together.  I made a second version of the quilt, for all of you who don't plan on quilting your quilt as densely as I have.  You can purchase the paper pattern here, these will ship the first part of next week.  Or, if you want to get started on your quilt top now, you can purchase the PDF version, here.  

Oh, and you may notice that I have a new website.  I needed a place to have my newer patterns, my teaching schedule, blog and all of the quilting supplies that I use and love in one place.  This does not replace Green Fairy Quilts, but gives me a territory to talk more about quilting and my designs in one spot. I hope you take a moment to look around.  I will be adding more things to the site and have some exciting things happening this year, so I will keep you updated on all of the fun happening. Thanks for all the love and support you have given me throughout the years, you really are the best!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Quilt Joy visiit recap!

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Hi Everyone!  I hope you are well.  I just got back from a trip to Lousiville, KY at Angela Huffman's Quilted Joy Studio.  What a wonderful experience that was. I felt so welcome and I really enjoyed meeting so many wonderful quilters. Angela is the perfect host and the studio ran so well! 

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Here I am with the fabulous Angela!  She is so nice, I had a great time getting to know her better. 

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It was really fun seeing students finished projects of my iquilt class, Quilting Makes a Difference.  Angela had them hanging for our viewing pleasure.  They did a wonderful job on their projects! 

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I taught Wednesday through Saturday, so it was busy and I was tired, but thankfully I was able to get out and see the city on Saturday night.  The bridges over the Ohio River were amazing.  I wish I could have gotten better pictures, but we were in the car. 

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Angela showed us the home of the Louisville Slugger, that was really neat.  The bat is huge!  So much fun learning a little history about their city. 

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My fabulous sister Amy, also known as my "Sistant" was so fun to have on this trip.  She is a riot and she keeps me going.  She knows what I need before I need it and I couldn't travel without her!  Love you girl!  We had fun walking through a 24/7 museum.  This tornado was made out of everything, it was pretty awesome to look at.

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I loved the beautiful setting in this room. These portraits were abandoned places, I forgot to get the name of the photographer, this picture doesn't do them justice.  They were quite remarkable. 

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Of course, I couldn't travel to teach if it weren't for this guy.  He is amazing and I can not imagine life without him.  He runs our business, takes care of the kids and always makes sure my luggage is paid for and also makes sure I am checked onto every flight.  He is so amazing in so many ways, I just hope he knows I grateful I am to him for all he does for me and our little family. 

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Since getting home I have been able to get more of my quilt finished.  I have decided on a name for this quilt, it will be called "Free Spirit," and the pattern will be available soon.  I can't wait to share the finished project with you all!  

Okay, so if you want to keep up with me on a more daily or weekly basis, find me on Instagram or Facebook!  Take care friends!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cover Girl and some exciting work!

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It is always a wonderful feeling to be asked to contribute to a magazine, but an even better feeling when you end up being Cover Girl.  My quilt, "This Way" is being feature in the March 2017 American Quilter magazine.  This pattern is found on the CD Rom on new book, Secondary Designs with Judi Madsen, but for March - you can find the piecing instructions in the magazine.

I shared more of this design here. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. 

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Okay, so my newest design, not named yet - is in the works and I absolutely love it.  This is going to be a fabulous pattern that will release in a month or so.  I can't wait to share it with you.  It does take me a while to get these amazing patterns out, much like my Bohemian quilt, but it is always worth it.

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As you can see, the quilting is taking me a bit of time. 

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I love close ups of my quilting.  Proof that it is hand guided ruler work mixed with a little free motion quilting. 

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The secondary design in this quilt is amazing and I really can't wait to see it all finished.  I am almost halfway through the quilting.

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And, it's that time of year.  My first teaching trip will be in Louisville, KY - info here.  I'll be there next week.  Should be a lot of fun. 

Also, those of you who want to hang out in Salt Lake City should come and join me in 1 or all of my 11 lecture/demo classes at the HMQS/UQSM show, info here.  Just find my last name, MADSEN for all of my classes on the 4th of May through the 6th.

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Join me in Louisville!

Judi Madsen Machine Quilting Camp at Quilted Joy 

Hey all!  It's that time of year again where I head out to spend some time with amazing quilters and we do all things quilty and learn some fabulous quilting designs!  I will be headed to Louisville, KY in a few weeks and there are a few open seats left for March 3rd and 4th!  This is a lecture demo style boot camp with lots of fun and amazing designs!  It is going to be wonderful!  I hope to see you there!  Info can be found here

See you soon! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fabulous Background Quilting for Applique! My newest iquilt class!

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Hi Everyone!  I hope you are well!  I have had a little break after the New Year, but I am so happy to announce that my newest class, Fabulous Background Quilting for Applique, is available now at iquilt.com.  The designs are amazing and I know you will love taking this class from the comfort of your own home.

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You will start with easier background designs and work your way to 3 more complex designs like the one shown above, but don't worry - I walk you through each one and I know you will love it!  You can sign up today, here.

Enjoy!