Fiesta Ornaments just in time for the holidays

I taught my last workshop of the year at Meissners Sewing in Sacramento this weekend and it was so fun to teach my holiday inspired project of Fiesta Ornaments.

I began teaching this as a workshop after I wrote an article for the first issue of Quilting Arts Gifts Magazine in 2007.

Since that article was first published, I replaced the use of batting with heavy weight double sided fusible interfacing to give the ornament more stability and structure.


This is a really a fun project and they look great on Christmas trees, because they are so colorful and the embossed aluminum really catches the light.

I’m often asked if sewing metal will hurt their sewing machine, and I can assure you it won’t. Sewing through aluminum craft metal sheets are easier to sew through than denim.

Look at all these gorgeous ornaments!

Stay tuned for my next post that will be a tutorial on making felted wool ornaments!

This week I’m off to Chicago to meet up with a couple of my dear friends from my old Austin, TX art quilt group to go to SOFA, the Sculptural Objects Functional Art exhibition at Navy Pier. I’m so looking forward to some girlfriend time, and get inspired by the best of the best mind blowing fine craft from around the world.

Keep creating,


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


January 16-20 Craft NapaPaint and Printapalooza (a few spots open), Collage, Paint, Create! (Sold out), Make an Impression! (a few spots open) 

May 17-18 Meissners, Santa Rosa, TBA


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.



2 Responses to “Fiesta Ornaments just in time for the holidays”

  1. Jeannie says:

    Have fun in Chicago! You have worked so hard this year, a vacation with girlfriends sounds perfect. I still haven’t attempted the Fiesta ornaments (or the deer tree skirt), but they are on the list. Your students created some gorgeous ones. Safe travels!

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