I was invited by my good friend Pam to join her for an anual BBQ for a local LongArm Quilters Guild. This event is held at the home and studio of Judy Irish, well known and admired Long Arm Quilter and teacher. I also must say without a doubt the most gracious of ladies.
She opened her studio for touring and even encouraged us to post pictures and blog about it.
I was welcomed by all the lovely ladies from this group even though I don't have a LongArm and quilt on my trusty Bernina (short arm..lol). Thank you again Pam for sharing this great group of ladies with me.
I took a Machine Quilting class from Judy a couple of years ago and when I was struggling to move forward with my quilting. I felt stuck, afraid to venture into more complicated design than spirals and stippling.
Judy encouraged me to just try new things and keep at it and I would get better, I must say she took the fear away and I have since been much less critical of each little stitch and improved. Her work is all free-motion and spectacular. In her studio hang many quilts (from the rafters...love it!) and all her many awards.
Her stash is admirable as is her attitude about organization.
I will let a few pictures speak now.
Thank you Judy for welcoming me into your studio. You are an inspiration.
I will not stress about piles of fabrics and messy corners in my sewing studio ever again. I will embrace this as creativity.How can you be creative with everything put away. Some of my best fabric combinations have happened when fabrics have been thrown into piles randomly.
Here are a couple of Judy's new Lone Star quilts. She is currently teaching this at a local shop.
|Very whimsical using chickens and eggs and dots..oh my!! Love It !!!|
|Judy has a real talent for using those large scale prints..isn't this one awesome??|
|Took this as we left... what a great day it was..and I have been invited to visit again...soo happy : )|
|note..my new ironing board cover :-)|
|One perfect block|
|Here it is completed. Isn't this a cheerful quilt.Love It!|