Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I was introduced to quilting by a friend in the early 80s - and what a blessing! My husband and I separated and I took off a week from work and made a quilt top in that time.
I have since married a wonderful man who supports me in all of my artistic endeavors. Two years after we were married I had a very serious accident and left my job at the US Supreme Court. Looking back, I believe that without that accident and being bound to a wheelchair for many years, I would still be working and not nearly as happy as I am today.
I have followed many pathways from traditional to art clothing to litiurgical banners for the national Cathedral as well as chasubles as vestments.
I was alerted by the shop owner where I was teaching that a "very important" and recognized teacher would be taking my class and to pay special attention to her-but I hope tht I give all of my students special attention!
The class was wonderful and Anne Connery the noted Baltimore album teacher became my closest friend and muse. I was drawn into the symbolism and artistry of the album quilts and became very, very committed to making them. I became a local teacher of album quilts and then taught at the Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy in Williamsburg, VA. Being a generalist, I have taught many different techniques, but nothing that I enjoy as much as applique. As a teacher, I try to take the fear from the "A" word.
Although I typically have not entered competative shows, I have had quite a number of solo shows from Washington State to Washington, DC.
Upon finishing my first Baltimore Album quilt I wandered into a bead store and fell in love with the beads and the owner - Theodora of Theodorah's Beautiful Beads. Within a month I was teaching classes and my work once again took a turn toward highly embellished quilts as well as sculptural peyote neckpieces.
I am presently replicating The John Wesley Baltimore Album Quilt which I found as the result of giving a talk at the Asbusry Methodist village in Gaithersburg, MD. It was from 1849-50. Strangely, I found that quilt just the day after my tenure as artist in residence at the Wesley theological Seminary in Washington ended. I was bereft, but God must have had a plan...all 25 blocks are now finished and I am working on a book which will include the patterns.
Quilting has made life wonderful.
I get to rise every morning and create something beautiful or meaningful. We create our own happiness - don't we?!
How many quilts have you made?
6 Album quilts and I don't really know how many others.
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
I enjoy the process of making them, but enjoy others work imensely.
How long have you been a quilter?
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Why do you quilt?
My quilts tell a life story. Someone once said to me; Judy, everything has meaning to you -and I enjoy expressing life through my work.