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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Make new friends but keep the old, One is silver the other Gold

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 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 it!) and all her many awards.
Her stash is admirable as is her attitude about organization.
I will let a few pictures speak now.
At first glance one would think that this was unorganized. Judy, who offers no apology (and good for her!) knows where everything is and after wandering around for a few minutes it is clear that there is organization happening here. Her piles of fabrics are not random, but related. There is a very relaxed attitude in this space which on second look, is very creative.
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 : )
Ok. Shifting gears a bit...
I have been working on a model for the shop where I work. The Cherry a la Mode line from Ryley Blake Designs, designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, arrived  and wehen I saw the free project sheet I asked if I could make the model.
I finished sewing on the final borders yesterday morning and rushed to get pictures to share. new ironing board cover :-)

One perfect block

Here it is completed. Isn't this a cheerful quilt.Love It!
Well, friends, thats all for now. Hope you are having a good weekend and those on the east coast.. Stay Safe and you are in my thoughts.


  1. love your post kay!! xoxo pam

  2. Love your sweet quilt Kay. It was nice to meet you!

  3. I love the cherry quilt! Sounds like you had a fun time at Judy's!

  4. Great post Kay! So glad you got to see Judy's studio! That quilt is darling!

  5. How inspiring, Kay, I really don't know where to start... Judy's studio: Oh my! thanks for sharing these very wise insights. And wow, I will never look at my scattered piles the same again, :) --- and that is truly one perfect block: so sweet! And what a lovely quilt: Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. YOur quilt is adorable Kay! I love it! Especially the little surprise border fabric! Judy seems to be an amazing person... but I would be afraid to try to find my way through her stash!!!hehe