The Work

Time for healing and support


I know my blog posts have been a little sporadic lately, I don’t know about you, but it feels like there is a lot going on in my life right now. One of the things I have been preoccupied with is my friend Melly Testas health, I would love for all of you to keep […]

One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages

Garden Visitors

Virginia Spiegal is lending her fund raising expertise once again to the American Cancer Society with a one day mixed media fiber art auction on Wednesday February 16th. I am donating two 5″ x 7″ collages to the auction Bluebird Garden Visitors The goal – Raise $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in just one […]

A rare solstice lunar eclipse!


Wheel of Time, detail, 1999 Judy Coates Perez Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For the ancient Celts it was a significant holy day because it meant that the sun would begin it’s return, bringing longer days and potential warmth. Because of this, the solstice represents new beginnings […]

My other love… pottery


In my conversation with Lesley I mentioned that I used to do pottery when I lived in Austin. I love working in ceramics, making the basic form and then carving the surface. Much like when I make an art quilt, I paint the fabric and then quilt the surface. I love that extra layer of […]

Lark Prize Bonanza!


While I have been buried in a pile of paper work this week, I received a wonderful distraction, a big box filled with books from Lark Publishing for my prize from the “Quilt it” contest. This is great there are several books in here that have been on my wish list for some time, so […]

3 of Swords


I finished the quilt, except for the sleeve, I will be stitching that on over the next day or so while I am at the PAQA sponsored Alyson Stanfield artist marketing retreat in Wisconsin. Before hand stitching, the red painted batting was machine stitched with two threads threaded through the needle to get a bolder […]

Yipee! Take These Broken Wings has won!


My quilt Take these Broken Wings won grand prize in the Lark Books “Quilt it” contest! You can see its construction here.

A deer in the road


My friend Jamie Fingal, sent me these photos form Road to California this weekend showing my Deer quilt hanging in the Solid Expressions exhibit. I think it coordinates very nicely with the lovely traditional patchwork next to it. Thanks Jamie!

Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me! makes it’s debut this week

Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me!

at Road to California in the Robert Kaufman Fabric exhibit “Solid Expressions“, these are all quilts using Kona Solid fabrics. This quilt is whole cloth painted on Kona “Ivory”. I wish I could be there to see the other quilts in the exhibit too. Anyone who’s going please leave me a note about the show […]

Moon Garden won a ribbon at festival!


My quilt Moon Garden has won an honorable mention in the painted category at International Quilt Festival. If you are at festival make sure you ask someone to show you the back of the quilt, so you can see all the hidden images quilted into the background. I probably won’t have time to post until […]

The Auction Opens Today!


The Fifth and Final Reverse Auction featuring my artwork “I Beelieve” opens today at 10 a.m. CST. 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. The minimum donation drops each day; wait too long and my artwork might be gone!

Fiberart For A Cause reverse auction Preview opens today

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Fiberart For A Cause Reverse Auction Set to Raise Funds for the American Cancer Society Fiberart For A Cause will hold its fifth Invitational Reverse Auction from March 24-26, 2009. The Preview opens today: Natalya Aikens, Gerrie Congdon, Marjorie DeQuincy, Rayna Gillman, Carol Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie Monday, Judy Coates Perez, Leandra Spangler and […]

Whahoo PIQF!


Arbol de Vida won 3rd place Innovative,and Moon Garden won an Honorable Mentionat Pacific International Quilt Festival, happening this weekend in California.

Blue Vessel


After making the first vessel I realized that I needed to change a few things in the construction process. I used a fused hinge method to put the base on this new vessel. This was the method I used making the Dream Houses. It made construction much easier with less bending of the panels when […]



For sometime I have wanted to try making some vessels. I have several ideas I want to explore. Besides trying different shapes, I of course want to include metal. I suppose it would have made sense to make one without adding metal first to try and work out the logistics of how to put one […]

Better Photos of Moon Garden

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I went to the photographer yesterday and had the quilt shot, I had him photograph the back too. I still have to do the label, but at least I now have a jpeg to send in with the show entry form.

The big reveal


I am finally at the point when I feel comfortable showing the latest quilt. I sort of feel some strange superstition that if I show too much too soon, it will be doomed to failure. I never really know if it will come out how I want it to, until the very end. Sorry, the […]

Women Packing Irons Reception

CSOF reception

Here’s Anne, Frieda and I before the reception started. Ann and Laura were off teaching and Emily had not yet arrived. There was a very good turn out and I was too busy chatting to remember to take other photos. The Quilt National Exhibit is really good, one of the best collections of work I […]

Coming to a show near you…


Several of my big quilts will be going to a few quilt shows this year as part of a special exhibit with the Chicago School of Fusing. The first show Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XIX is coming up this week, February 21 – 24, followed by an exhibit at Denver National Quilt Festival III May 1-4, […]



I made this tote from some collaged and painted fabric that I made. It is the same technique I used for making the fabric for the houses. There will be an article on making this fabric in the April/May Cloth Paper Scissors.

Finished postcard

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It has been a long time since I have seen this old girl. This is the quilt I made for the traveling exhibit Women of Biblical Proportion. It was made in 2003 and just arrived home yesterday. This exhibit traveled to 40 venues in 25 states over the last four years. Together with The Men […]

Advent Calendar


This is the Advent Calendar I designed for Quilting Arts Gifts.Here are a few detail pictures you can’t see in the magazine.I used old family Christmas photos, pictures of retro toys,and details from quilts I have made.

Pressing Matters Exhibit at the Greater Chicago Quilt Exposition


Earlier this year I was extremely honored to join the talented faculty of the prestigious Chicago School of Fusing as an adjunct professor of special studies. As a member of the faculty I will have the privilege of joining them in a special exhibit at the Greater Chicago Quilt Exposition Thursday November 8 – Sunday […]