Judith Shapiro
  • 73, Female
  • Riva, MD
  • United States
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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?
28 years
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Hand applique
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.
Do you have a website?
http://Quilts and Beads.com

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At 9:35pm on December 28, 2013, Vickie Smith said…

Hello Judith, welcome to MQP.  Hope you enjoy the site.  There is a lot to see, fun groups to join and friends to meet.  Your work is amazing.


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