I’m so impressed!

In 5 days time, my 12 fabulous students made finished quilt tops starting with a bolt of white cotton fabric!

A week ago I taught a week long Paint and Printapalooza workshop at the Woodland Ridge retreat, which is located in the town of Downsville, Wisconsin. The accommodations there are first class, with big bedrooms and bathrooms, each with a jacuzzi tub and separate shower, and for the workshop space there are two large working studios. The facility is surrounded by rolling, green hills, prairies, red barns, beautiful flowers and loads of butterflies.

Wisconsin was a wonderful break from all the smoke that has blanketed the west coast for the last month and a half.

On the first day, after a delicious breakfast, we headed for the studio…

and began the process of adding color to white PFD fabric using acrylic inks and a variety of different application techniques; from brushing on color, scrunching and folding fabric, to adding salt, and pole wrapping. Check out the lovely results from a few of the samples made that day.


At the end of the day we had a bit of show and tell to see what everyone made. Each person had a wall full of samples.

On our second day, we explored stamp making using craft foam,

and carving large white erasers.


Charlotte, who recently retired from a career in forestry, brought a cut log to print!

I think that was just the coolest idea!


On the third day, we began printing with thermofax screens.

It was so exciting to see all the different ways each students line of fabric progressed. Two of my students enjoyed this part of the process so much they decided to keep making fabric instead of sewing blocks.


Next we looked at the fabrics to find focal points to be the center of each block unit,

and discussed making rules for oneself as a way to narrow down choices and to create cohesion in the finished quilt.

The next part of the process was to look at coordinating fabrics to make the bordering pieces for each central block, and to build the negative space between each block unit. Many people introduced commercial *neutral* fabrics at this point to work with the colorful patterned fabrics made earlier in the week.

The local quilt shop in nearby Menomone had some great black and white prints that were perfect complements to the bold painted fabrics.  Woodland Ridge owner, Chris Daly, also stocks a gorgeous supply of hand-dyed fabrics that were handy when a couple students needed a little bit of extra fabric to round out their palette of coordinating fabrics.


Then we pulled out the sewing machines and began building our blocks.


In order to make the quilt tops come together the blocks were built into larger units by adding bands of fabrics in a chosen *neutral* color.  Once the blocks were built into larger units with additional borders, the units were sewn together to create the top.

Lynn was probably the student who felt most out of her comfort zone during the week, and yet she was the first one to have a completed top!


Nancy took her quilt design in a different direction by working with diamond shaped blocks that will be joined together in the round for a table topper.


I worked on creating neutral gray fabrics that could be used for negative space on my quilt. I had one commercial fabric with script on it, and the rest were screen printed with designs I made from my sons physics notes, that I printed geometric diagrams on top of.


It was so fun watching each students work develop in a unique way.


After I covered instruction on basting, quilting and alternative bindings, the first fully constructed quilt was made by Joni.

Let me say that again, this is Joni’s very FIRST quilt!!! She’s not a quilter, she just came along with her friend Deborah who belongs to an art quilt group in Madison and had signed up the class. Once again I’m amazed!


Time to hang the show!

And admire the finished tops.

Deborah decided she wanted to work small and was able to finish quilting her piece.


Cindy was not ready to sew her block units together at the time of the outdoor hanging, but you can see she’s going to have a gorgeous quilt top when she’s finished.

Update: Cindy just sent me a photo of her finished quilt top, ready to be quilted. 










Nona completely finished her quilt as soon as she got home and has already had it hanging in a local show!!




and Rebecca


What a fantastic time we had! There is nothing like having a full week to work through a process. I love the energy and enthusiasm of this marvelous group of women, and I have to give a big thank you to Chris Daly, owner of Woodland Ridge, who made it all possible.

If this workshop looks like fun to you, I’m teaching a 2-day Paint and Printapalooza workshop that will focus on creating hand-painted and printed fabric, and a 1-day Make an Impression! stamp making and printing workshop at Craft Napa in January.


I’m also teaching 2 very popular workshops: Tea & Ephemera and Blessings in the wind Mixed-media Prayer Flags, at Ephemera Paducah in October. These are my last scheduled workshops for the year outside California, so don’t miss your chance to sign up.

Keep creating,


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

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

October 27 Meissners, Sacramento, Fiesta Ornaments


January 16-20 Craft NapaPaint & Printapalooza, Collage, Paint, Create!, Make an Impression! 


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.


7 Responses to “I’m so impressed!”

  1. Wowie, zowie! That is a whole lot of eye candy! Made my heart sing.

    • I’ve never had the opportunity to take this workshop through a full week until now, so I had no idea what to expect at the end, and I was blown away by the outcome! ❤️ I look forward to the opportunity to do it again!!

  2. Barbara Fox says:

    Wow! An astounding amount of amazing printing in such a short time. I the labyrinth stamp one of yours? I see in recurring in different workshops of yours. If so, where did you find it…

    • Barbara Fox says:

      I forgot to check the ‘please notify me with followup comment’ box. Please leave a comment at my email if that will work. Thank you.

    • Barbara, yes, the labyrinth is a thermofax screen I made. I sell my my screens in workshops, one of these days I’ll get my website set up for sales, in the mean time if you’re interested in buying a thermofax screen of the labyrinth it’s $10 (plus $5 shipping).

  3. Ryllis Robertson says:

    Wow I really love these they are different again.❤️❤️❤️
    Love Ryllis from Brisbane. When are you coming back..?

    • Hi Ryllis,
      Kerry Glen and I have talked about organizing a NZ/AU trip in Feb 2020. I’m going to write a post about this next to see what kind of interest I can generate and get some workshops booked. 🙂

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