Blessing in the wind: making prayer flags at quilt festival

blessing-in-the-windprayer-flags-1I’ve been really looking forward to sharing the photos from the Prayer Flags class with you, not only because it is such an optimal time to make them with all the turmoil over the election among other things, but because the flags my students made came out amazing!!!


We began by creating colored fabric using acrylic inks.
We painted, scrunched, sponged and folded to create unique colorful textured fabrics.

Then we used stamps and thermofax screens to add patterns and symbolsprayer-flags-3 prayer-flags-4 prayer-flags-5


then we added words of affirmation and hopeprayer-flags-6 prayer-flags-6-1 prayer-flags-6-2 prayer-flags-6-3 prayer-flags-6-5

An important step in the design process is croppingprayer-flags-7

Cut a window in a piece of paper the size of the finished flag and move it around the fabric to find the best composition before trimming the extra fabric away.

The last step was arranging the flags on the ribbon before hanging.

Several people in class wanted to keep working on their flags at home before stringing them, so I don’t have photos of everyones flags, but I think you’ll agree, the ones that finished are gorgeous!!!








I don’t think I’ve ever been more thrilled on the first full run through of a new class as this one. It took the full 6 hours and I had to keep everyone on their toes to get through all the steps on time, but everyone who wanted to finish their flags in class did. Although, when we were stamping no one wanted to stop and move on to the next step, lol, I think we could easily have kept working a few more hours.

Since this is a new class, the only time I’m scheduled to teach it again so far is at Craft Napa in January. I would love to have you make flags with us, we need them more than ever right now. Please think about joining in, there’s still a few spots open. There’s even more incentive to go to Craft Napa, you might win the golden ticket, see below for details.

Now on to the show…

On Saturday I had the opportunity to see the quilts and visit with a few more friends. If you’ve never been to International Quilt Festival this may give you an idea how big it is.qf-show
At this point, I’m standing in the center of the show floor, which is the size of 9 football fields. The top photo is looking to the right toward exhibits and to the left in the bottom photo toward the vendors. Comfortable shoes are a must!
The show is so large that some people find some pretty unusual ways to make it easier to find each other. 🙂

It was so great to see my good friend Kathy York’s special exhibit with all her bright and cheerful artquilts.

and also to see my friend Denise Oyama Miller’s special exhibit. Denise is a member of the Northern California SAQA group I belong to.denise-oyama-miller
Andrea Brokenshire is another friend I know from when I lived in Austin. She always credits me with teaching her how to paint, but I think it’s more like,

I taught her some of the basics and encouraged her to keep at it because I saw she had the potential to do great work. Now she wins ribbons left and right for her gorgeous floral painted quilts.


liz-and-ruthI always love seeing Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler in the Artistic Artifacts booth.
They have an exciting new business venture called Textiles West at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, check it out!


indigo-and-lauraIt’s always lovely to see my dear friend Laura Wasilowski from my Chicago days, sitting here with my daughter Indigo. I miss getting together with the Chicago School of Fusing gals!

As we were visiting with Laura, who should we see shopping in the booth?
the ever funny and talented Melinda Bula from my neck of the woods here in Northern California.

While we were at festival, Indigo was on a mission to find needle felting supplies, because she wanted to try her hand at making some little needle felted creatures like she’d been seeing in her Instagram feed from Japan. This is her first attempt! indigo-needlefelted-chipmunk
Holy cow, raising that girl in an art factory sure paid off! 🙂


New Announcement for Craft Napa 2017!


a note from Pokey:

A number of quilting, collage, and surface design workshops have sold out but there are still plenty of spots in several workshops if you would like to join us and jumpstart your creative new year! To sweeten the deal, during the Welcome Reception where we will have swag bags galore, a lucky Craft Napan will receive a candy bar with a winning golden ticket tucked inside. What does the golden ticket entitle one to? How about having all of your workshops reimbursed and paid for?!*  So why wait? Sign up for Craft Napa today!

I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

January 12-15  Craft Napa – registration closes mid December
Jan 12 Painting Imagery with Textile Paints
Jan 12 Fast and Fun Foam Stamps
Jan 13 Paint and Print-a-palooza
Jan 14 Blessings in the Wind, mixed-media prayer flags

May 5-7 Paint and Print-A-Palooza 3 day workshop, SLO Creative Studio, San Luis Obispo, CA

Keep creating, Judy

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

One Response to “Blessing in the wind: making prayer flags at quilt festival”

  1. chyfey says:

    Double holy cow ,THATS her first one……..
    And you can never have too many prayer flags especially beautiful ones like these.

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