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Quilt-Along with Judy Laquidara

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Judy Laquidara

Thanks Michele for inviting me to be a guest blogger. I’m so glad I found your site!

I’ve been quilting for three decades (and saying that makes me feel very old!) While wasting away a lunch hour one day, I came across a little quilt shop, went in and . . my world was forever changed!

It was there I learned to quilt. We were taught to do all hand piecing and hand quilting. Things have changed!

All of my piecing is now done by machine, mostly on old Singer 301 machines and all my quilting is done on an APQS Millennium, unless you want to count the hand quilting project I started in 1995 that still isn’t finished! Let’s not count that one though, ok?

My favorite quilts to make are those using simple blocks, often nine patches, with pieced sashing and/or pieced borders. This quilt was made using simple friendship star blocks and sashed with pieced sashing. The story about this quilt, affectionately called "The Boomerang Quilt" can be read here.

Boomerang – pink – quilt

Boomerang – pink – quilt

I use Electric Quilt 6 software and highly recommend it for anyone wanting to do any designing. There are other drawing/designing programs that may work just fine but EQ is what I am comfortable using.

The very first quilt I designed was Glistening Rose Garden which was designed and made for the Big Horn Quilt Challenge in 2004. Using EQ and getting advice from friends, as many as 50 variations of the quilt were printed and taped around my sewing room walls. These designs were studied for days before making a decision on the actual quilt. Once this quilt was entered in the challenge, where it won first place, and then entered in other shows, I began receiving requests for the pattern.

Glistening Rose Garden

Glistening Rose Garden

I had never thought of myself as a designer, only that I had needed an original design to showcase those challenge fabrics! As you can see, the quilt is made of simple nine patch blocks with a pieced sashing and pieced borders. Another very similar quilt which is Celebration of Freedom. Simple blocks, pieced sashing and pieced borders can make very interesting quilts! These type quilts can be made by a beginning quilter but can also be fun for an experienced quilter.

Celebration of Freedom

Celebration of Freedom

On the recommendations of friends and several shop owners, a few of my designs were sold as individual patterns. A dream came true when my first book, Nine Patch Extravaganza, was published by American Quilter’s Society in 2007. The manuscript for my second book has been submitted and the book should be out in 2010.

Nine Patch Extravaganza

Nine Patch Extravaganza

On my blog, Patchwork Times, there’s plenty of quilting going on, recipes (I love to cook also!), along with a few stories of my everyday life. Stop by and visit when you have a chance. The emphasis on the blog lately has been about stashbusting. We share weekly stash reports every Sunday. Free patterns are posted occasionally, and we sometimes do what I call "Quilt for an Hour" projects, where instructions are given for sewing one hour each week day, and after 15 – 20 hours, we have a completed top.

Quilt for an Hour

Quilt for an Hour

Once a month, there’s a Quiltathon, where quilters prepare ahead of time as much as they can so they can concentrate on sewing the entire weekend. We share our progress along the way. The next Quiltathon is scheduled for February 21 and 22.

We’re about to finish up a Block of the Month on the blog. The 11th of 13 blocks is currently available. The final two blocks, sashing and setting instructions will be posted over the next couple of months.

Block of the Month

Block of the Month

Beginning today (how’s that for enticement to visit my blog?), we’re starting a Quilt-Along. This is the quilt we will be making for our first Quilt-Along. The top will finish at 71-1/2" x 86-1/2". Visit the blog to sign up and start quilting along with us!

Bears in the Farmhouse – striped bear paw

Bears in the Farmhouse – striped bear paw

Judy Laquidara
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This post was published on February 10th, 2009. Post topics: Free Projects, Guest Bloggers, Quilt Gallery. Post tags: .

4 Responses to “Quilt-Along with Judy Laquidara”

  1. Molly Fryer says:

    Judy–Love your life!! Just kidding!! I like mine just fine. I admire your determination and the results in the form of a quilt. I know I would get lots more done if I didn’t love TV. But hey–I do- what can I say.

  2. Judy, Love your quilts and quilting! It is good to read more about you.

  3. Gayle McFarlain says:

    Judy, Please contact me regarding a possible program for our guild in Westlake, Lake Charles Nov. 5. My friend Shari Paulsen tell me you will be in the area visiting your mother at that time. Looking forward to your response. Gayle.

  4. Peggy Luck says:

    I am the program chairperson for 2010-2011 for our guild. I’d like to talk to you about doing a program for our guild in Liberal, Kansas. We meet on the first tuesday of the month at 7:00p.m. Are you available for lectures/workshops in Kansas. I’ll look forward to hearing from you. Respectfully, Peggy Luck

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