a day with judy irish :: Okan Arts
a day with judy irish

a day with judy irish


I bought a StashFest Experience with Judy Irish last year because I heard she was wicked funny. Today Trish Vickery and I headed to her studio in Arlington for a class on free motion quilting.

Judy has won umpteen ribbons for her phenomenal quilting and is often the long arm quilter for the colorful quilts in Kaffe Fassett’s books.
An ex-art teacher, Judy sketches wonderful designs for her free-motion quilting.
Our lunch break included a visit to the fish pond in front of Judy’s quilting studio. Over 40 koi and one big white carp rushed to the surface, knowing we would have food for them.
Our afternoon exercise included making a koi pattern with tracing paper and then stitching the design with variegated thread on black cotton.
Judy sent us on our way with encouragement to keep doodling to develop our own stitching designs, to practice our free motion stitching daily, and to enjoy quilting without worrying about perfection.

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