It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

It feels especially poignant to write this post given the recent attack at the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France earlier this week. I remember that beautiful location in front of the grand cathedral so well from our previous trip last spring. I hate to admit this very thing crossed our minds when we were at […]

The Gigahertz Awards

On Thursday, Phil and I took a bus to Karlsruhe where we would spend the next several days of or trip. The reason me and Phil went back to Germany was so he, along with his fellow Hub band mates, could receive the prestigious Gigahertz Lifetime Achievement Award for their work in experimental electronic music at […]

A visit to a Roman Villa, an art store and the city of Luxembourg all in one day, pinch me!

Day 2 ‎⁨On our second day in Germany, Birgit and Thilo brought us to Villa Borg which is a reconstructed Roman Villa in ⁨Perl⁩, ⁨Germany⁩ close to the Luxembourg border. The present structures stand on the original foundation walls dating to the 2nd or 3rd century. During excavation they also found iron age and neolithic […]

Peace, love and happiness in the heart of bourbon country

Last week I had the privilege to teach at Ephemera Paducah, and what a great time I had at this wonderful art and mixed-media supply store, workshop space and retreat facility. Besides being the home of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah also has a thriving arts community which could be one of the leading factors […]

Felted wool ornaments for the holidays

It’s that time again! and I don’t know about you, but and I need a good distraction!! I love making felted wool ornaments for Christmas. I think it must have something to do with seeing the beautiful rich colors and feeling the soft wool in my hands, and stitching them is so easy. These make […]

Sorry, but I have to rant

It’s hard to be calm when I see my way of livelihood about to be obliterated by this administration if they pass the GOP’s *tax* bill. Small businesses will be going under everywhere you look. Sadly, if it goes through, I may no longer be able to afford to teach. I’m sure I’ve said it before, […]

My big adventure down under began with teaching at Quilt Symposium, Christchurch

I’m back from a month away and am finally getting back on top of things. I have so much to share from my trip to Christchurch; teaching at Symposium, then traveling through New Zealand for 2 weeks, teaching another class north of Auckland, and then flying to Australia to visit friends in Adelaide and Melbourne […]

10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks workshop in Sacramento

As much as I love traveling to fun places to teach, there’s nothing better than teaching close to home! This weekend I taught a 2 day class at Meissner’s Sewing in Sacramento. This is my second time teaching at Meissner’s, it’s such a great place for workshops. They have a nice big classroom with a […]

Liberty Assaulted

Liberty Assaulted 26” x 34”   I feel very strongly that racism, calculated deception and dishonesty won the presidency for Trump. His administration is an assault on people of color, women, the poor, education, science, facts, the environment and the personal freedoms and rights that made America the land of the free.   This is […]

And the winner is…

Gabriele! She is lucky number 5 . and she has won a free copy of Melanie Testa and Carol Soderlund‘s wonderful new book; Playful Fabric Printing!   Stay tuned for my next post from my recent 3 day workshop 10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks in Mobile, Alabama. Keep creating, Judy ABOUT JUDY Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, […]

From Yosemite to Craft Napa, surrounded by inspiration

Last Friday Phil and I drove to Los Angeles so he could perform at the Disney Cal Arts Redcat theater with a group called the Hub, that he’s been creating experimental digital music with since the 1980’s. We chose to drive down for the weekend so we could drive back and make a detour to […]

Blessing in the wind: making prayer flags at quilt festival

I’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 […]

Tea for 23

At Festival on Wednesday I taught Tea & Ephemera, this is a fun class with momentary periods of creative frenzy. Here everyone is printing thermo-fax images on their fabric. This is followed by drawing on tea bags, collaging them along with a variety of other printed and textured papers onto fabric, painting and coloring the tea […]

It’s been a productive week! Finishing the red vase

This week, in between packing up supplies for teaching at International Quilt Festival, this is about half of what I’ve had to pull together for all my classes, 4 other boxes have been shipped, . and finishing a cable sweater I’ve had in the works for 2 years, did I ever mention how much I […]

Blue vase painted with acrylic inks

Back in April I taught an acrylic inks workshop at the Focus on Fiber Florida retreat in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and I had the opportunity to extend my stay by 3 days to paint and spend time on my own work. I made the sketch on the left as an idea for overpainting a […]

It’s pumpkin time!

Fall is in the air! The weathers turning, it’s cool outside and we actually got some sprinkles of rain today in drought stricken Northern California. I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year and I love having the symbols of fall, like pumpkins and gourds, decorating my house. A few years ago ,I began making […]

And the winner is…

Congratulations Barbara Grandon! You are lucky number 13 🙂 and the winner of Deborah Boschert‘s new book Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch!  

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch

If you don’t know Deborah Boschert,  and her wonderful work already, I’d love to introduce you to my friend and her new book. Deborah and I have known each other for at least 10 years. This is us in the green room of Quilting Arts TV, 4 years (and 20 pounds) ago. I was thrilled to receive an […]

10+ Techniques with Acrylic Inks in San Luis Obispo, CA and a New Quilt for Yvonne

On August 12-13, I’ll be teaching a 2-day acrylic inks workshop in San Luis Obispo at SLO Creative Studio. I’m really excited about this not only because it’s a beautiful area of California and I get to visit an old high school friend, but also because it’s my favorite class to teach! There really is nothing better than […]

Sometimes you just have to go with flow

I have to admit that my heavy teaching schedule so far this year has wiped me out and I’m spending most of my time catching up with home life and not being all that creative in the studio. This is a very normal pattern for me that happens when life is too busy. I try […]

Spring is off to a very busy start

and it’s not going to slow down any time soon. I’m a little slow to post this month due to all the prep work I’ve been doing for my crazy teaching schedule this April and May. I’ve also been finishing a quilt for an exhibit, gathering supplies, shipping supplies, burning CD’s, and preparing stacks of handouts, but I’ve had […]

What I did on my Christmas vacation

Since I didn’t have any teaching gigs in December, it turned out to be a very productive month. I wrote an article for the upcoming March issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. I completed another big project that I’m not quite ready to reveal, I’ll tell you about that after Craft Napa. I used some of the thermofax screens […]

Have you ever thought of printing a photo on a tea bag?

well, as odd as it may seem I have, and here’s why; tea bags are a light weight, strong paper with a lovely tea stained patina that gives them a vintage distressed look. Best of all, teabag paper is so thin, that when adhered to fabric, the tea bag blends right into the surface and has a ‘workable’ surface […]

Creative Journeys Blog Hop

I want to let you know about the new ebook Creative Journeys by Australian art quilter Lisa Walton. Lisa’s book is an introduction to a range of mixed media and surface design techniques for textiles with simple steps and photos for each. The techniques demonstrated are; using an assortment of Fabric Paints in a variety of different surface […]