Well, it’s very exciting that the Mars rover Curiosity has landed with newer high tech equipment ready to beam us back some new pics of the Martian landscape, but my guess is it’s still going to look a bit stark. I made this quilt after the first rover landed on Mars in 2004 and all [...]
I’ve had so much going on the last couple weeks it’s been hard to sit down and write. Between my recent travels, I sold two quilts to a friend/collector who’s moving to England and sent my daughter Indigo off on a last minute month long trip to help her get set up in her new [...]
After the quilting was finished, I marked out the finished size: 24″ x 60″, sewed a tight straight stitch just inside the marked line, then trimmed it to size. To finish the edge, I chose 3 different cords that picked up the colors in the quilt and used them to make a couched twisted cord binding. [...]
Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of me! will be heading to Houston for International Quilt Festival! Tweet
I am very excited to announce that 5 of my quilts will be in an exhibit at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY with the Chicago School of Fusing gals; Laura Wasilowski, Frieda Anderson, Melody Johnson, Emily Parson, Anne Lulle and Jane Sassaman opening July 15 and running through October 4, also exhibiting with us is [...]
Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me! detail In August I am teaching one of my favorite classes Painting Imagery for Art Quilts at the Create Retreat in Lisle, Illinois, just outside Chicago. I love to teach this class not only because I love to paint, but also because I love seeing peoples amazement when [...]
The day Melly Testa told a small group of us that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, we started a massive email exchange brainstorming and designing a quilt that she could wrap herself in while going through chemo. We wanted a way to show Melly how much we loved her and no matter how [...]
Two months ago I began this painting for a quilt, unfortunately it got put on hold because several writing projects came up. I have been very quiet the last two weeks because I had to get back to work on it full time to make the deadline for it this week. When I prepare a [...]
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 [...]
Really, I always feel a little shy when it comes to promoting stuff like this, it’s so hard to toot your own horn, but I taped a new DVD with Interweave when I was in Cleveland last month. It is due to hit the store shelves in a couple weeks. Below is the outside cover [...]
Well, now I can tell you that this detail shot is from a tree skirt I designed and made for the new Quilting Arts Gifts magazine. This tree skirt was made like a whole cloth painted quilt, but it could also be made by applique if that is the way you like to work. This [...]
I have been interviewed for the Dinner at Eight Artists blog, coinciding with the Beneath the Surface Exhibit that will be opening at IQF Long Beach July 23-25. My 3 of Swords quilt will be part of this traveling exhibit.
Complimentary Encounter, Judy Coates Perez 12″ x 12″ I made this little quilt for an exhibit that friends were putting together for the Dallas Quilt Show earlier this month. Some how in the midst of everything I forgot to post about it. I started this little whole cloth quilt by drawing my design on paper [...]
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 [...]
Each day gets a little better and then I get hit with a wopper every now and then that sets me back. Today has been a hard day but mostly because I am feeling overwhelmed by my daughters on going health problems and the health insurance issues that go with it. I can handle an [...]
I am having a really hard time in my personal life right now which has lead to some sleepless nights. The other night at 2 am, I pulled out a large piece of cotton batting and started pouring lots of diluted red textile paint on it which was left over from a bunch of almost [...]
I just thought I would let you know, I created one long blog post about making my last quilt, Oh Deer, Look What’s Become of Me! over on the Painted Threads Project blog so you can read about the making of it in chronological order.
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 [...]
I just self published this little portfolio of my art quilts and mixed media work using Blurb. I have seen several people write about using Blurb on their blogs and thought I would try it out myself. You can preview the book here. The book is 7 inches square, 40 pages long, printed on premium [...]
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 [...]
Arbol de Vida won 3rd place Innovative,and Moon Garden won an Honorable Mentionat Pacific International Quilt Festival, happening this weekend in California.
I designed my label by taking parts of my original drawing and combining it with the quilt info in photoshop. I printed the design out on paper and laid a piece of white fabric over it and traced it with a fine Prismacolor pen. I filled in the drawing with the Prismacolor pen and a [...]
I went to the photographer yesterday and had the quilt shot, I had him photograph the back too. You can see my favorite binding technique is to do a faced binding on the back. I still have to do the label, but at least I now have a jpeg to send in with the show [...]
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 [...]