Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quiltsy Cares' Judy Messenger 3-24-2015

Today's spotlight is on Judy Messenger of FabriArts and the quilt she made will be donated to Quilts of Valor, Canada www.quiltsofvalour.ca/.

She calls the quilt "Canadian Wave"....the red pointed strips are reminiscent of the points of the maple leaf on the Canadian flag, and as she was designing the layout, she thought of a "wave" at a sporting event. This is her way of sending that wave to a wounded service member!

When asked why Quilts of Valor, Judy replied "Quilts are one small way of showing our injured Canadian Armed Forces service members and our veterans their sacrifices are recognized by Canadians. The Quilts of Valor group at a local quilt shop was the first group of fellow quilters that I joined back in 2009 when I started getting serious about quilting. It was great to get together with other talented quilt artists and learn from them, as well as providing a service to our Canadian Forces members! The quilt shop where we met has since closed, but I've recently found another QoV group to get together with!

Quilts of Valor has participated at "Quilts at the Creek" quiltsatthecreek.wordpress.com/ , and the outdoor quilt show at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto since the show's inception in 2012, with a lovely display of quilts hanging in the grove. Canadian Wave will probably hang at Quilts at the Creek this summer before it's given to the local QoV rep.

Judy lives in Toronto, Ontario Canada for most of the year, but is lucky enough to spend much of the summer and autumn months at their cottage on Lake Muskoka, in Ontario's cottage country. Of course she moves her quilting studio with her!

She made my first rag quilt in 2001, and made many rag quilts for family members, and for Project Linus.  She started her first bed quilt in 2002, but didn't finish it until 2007, after she got more confident with her free-motion quilting, although she did continue to make rag quilts and other "quilt-as-you-go" quilts during those years. Judy is an active member of 3 local quilt guilds and helps with the organization of the guild quilt show and Quilts at the Creek.

Known as Judith to fellow Quiltsy members, she opened FabriArts late in 2012 after participating in a local craft show for the first time.  She has been a member of the Quiltsy Team since about November 2013.  She feels it is a great group of fellow quilting enthusiasts, who all support each other!

 Her favorite things to make for her ETSY shop are baby quilts and her fabric postcards. She thinks it is fun to work with bright fabrics for the baby quilts, fabrics that don't go with the decor in either her house or cottage! The fabric postcards are little art projects where she can try new techniques or stitch with some of her extensive fiber collection.

You can find Judy here:

Etsy store: FabriArts
Blog: jmstitching.wordpress.com/
Website: www.fabriarts.com/

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011


Sally said...

Wonderful cause and incredibly beautiful quilt, Judith!!! Your donation will be so appreciated.

Kathy Kinsella said...

Such a beautiful quilt! This will be treasured by the person receiving it. You are a wonderful quilter, Judith!

Pamela said...

I love this - it is so unique and will be a wonderful donation!

Nancy said...

Lovely tribute

Sues said...

Stunning quilt and wonderful cause.

StephsQults said...

Wow, fabulous quilt! One very lucky person will get that. Great cause too.

teachpany said...

Stunning! Whomever receives this will be so honored!

moosecarol said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt and a very deserving charity!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute quilt, and a wonderful cause! Thank you Judith!

Chris V said...

What a lovely quilt and write up of the Quilts of Valor.

Jayne said...

Beautiful post! Such beautiful work and dedication!