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 that led to so much beautiful work being created in my workshops there.

Our first workshop was Tea and Ephemera, which is a great intro to mixed-media fabric creation, giving students an opportunity to learn a variety of ways to put imagery on fabric.


Now I must temporarily pause this blog post for a taste of bourbon.

My lovely host and owner of Paducah Ephemera, Kristin Williams (on the left), had me and my friend of the art quilt world Cathy Neri, over to her house for a fabulous dinner prepared by her husband John, and lucky me John also makes the best Manhattan!

I love bourbon and I think a Manhattan is the perfect cocktail, so what better way to celebrate being in Kentucky than having one made by a local! John’s Manhattan was made all the more extraordinary with the inclusion of Black Walnut bitters, which I immediately ordered on Amazon as soon as I got home. 🙂


On Saturday and Sunday we made prayer flags, and when you see such lovely fabrics like these being made, you know their gonna be good!

The fabrics above were made using acrylic inks to color the fabric and to stamp them with rubber, foam and wood stamps.

Next we moved on to printing additional imagery with thermofax screens.


I never tire of seeing all the beautiful variations of painted and printed fabrics.


After all the printing is complete, we crop the flags to size and then add words and messages of intent.


Then we hung all the gorgeous flags on the fence to flutter in the breeze and send out messages of positivity into the universe.

Look at all this beauty!


What a blast!

Next time you’re in Paducah be sure to stop in Kristin’s fabulous store/workshop space Ephemera Paducah.

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.


6 Responses to “Peace, love and happiness in the heart of bourbon country”

  1. Jeannie says:

    Yowza! What gorgeous cloth and flags. I so wish I could have been a little bee on the wall at your dinner. Bourbon, friends, and food – a fantastic way to end a day. Thanks for always inspiring and sending love out into the Universe.

  2. Raedean Kidwell says:

    I loved the read and the pictures were both spectacular and inspiring. Thank you for your inspiring words and personality.

  3. Bea says:

    We had dinner with your parents in Springdale outside of Zion last week. What a lovely experience! It was a chance encounter that we enjoyed very much…

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