Judy Masur is a Challenge 1 finalist in our Professional category. Her entry-round quilt is titled “Ancient Pots”.
Judy says: “My friends and family have been most supportive of my participation and success so far. I have a comparatively small circle of online friends, so rounding up votes will be a challenge for me.”
Judy tells us how inspiration for her quilt struck her in an unexpected place: “It is interesting how the fabrics I am using in this challenge came to me the week before I got the results letter. I was working full time hours at Spring Quilt Market and had been debating for three days whether to spend the money to go in as a shopper since I would only have about three hours inside Market. On Saturday, I decided I wanted to go ahead and look. It was the first time I have ever been near Quilt Market and I wanted to experience it from all sides. I was NOT planning to actually spend any money there. Well, I walked past the Art Gallery Fabric display and had heart palpitations. I just stopped for a minute to look. A customer was just leaving and offered me her chair and I rejected the invitation, but her encouragement and the beautiful fabric convinced me to sit. Well, the line of solids that they had was just so rich and beautiful that I asked for a pack of the blues. But they only had one left and it was full yard cuts, not ½ yards, a bit out of my price range. Well, to make a long story short, I ended up with that blue bundle anyway, along with the earth tones and the reds.
Now, I did not look at that stack of fabric to design the quilt, but as the design came together, those fabric bundles screamed at me from inside the bag. When I removed them from the bundles and laid them out, I knew that the whole project was meant to be, from the challenge block and the name of the quilt, to the rapid design session to the fabric at hand directly from Market. The line of fabric is not yet shipped to the stores, so there is no other way I could have found the depth in color without that chance meeting at the Art Gallery booth.”
On her Challenge 1 experience thus far: “I was so thrilled at getting the chance to participate in this first challenge round that I started working as soon as the email arrived. It was in my in box about 6:30 pm and I basically had the design done by 9:30. Just a second look the next day and a little tweaking and I’m ready to start sewing. No challenges so far, but as I begin to piece together this next challenge quilt, the smaller blocks will present a bit of a challenge for me, as appliqué is my favorite technique. I love the results of graphically pieced quilts, so I am challenging myself to work in that arena. The biggest issue for me is the bulk created when piecing many small pieces into a block. I have read various posts on the internet and talked with some of my friends who do a lot of piecing. I think that I will try pressing my seams open to help with this issue. I don’t like using pins so much, so not having the nesting seams will slow my progress in the piecing. In spite of this concern, I am having fun with the project. This is the first time I have made this Storm at Sea Block. I am making it a bit smaller than my usual piecing experience as well, so those diamonds will be a bit of a challenge for me. I have completed a test block, bonded with my fabric choices and now I am ready to start. Since I have a very limited supply of the fabric and no way to obtain more, I am going to try to be very careful in this step.” Good luck, Judy!
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