Friday, May 16, 2014

Quilt Guild meeting with Judy Martin

Last night my large quilt guild, Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild, met.  Our speaker was Judy Martin, who has written over 16 quilt books, mainly on Log Cabin style quilts.

Judy was well organized in her presentation.  She started with hand outs, that listed each basic block (she had samples of each), and where to find the pattern, if there was one.  She also listed each quilt she showed, and also listed what blocks were used, and what book the pattern came out of. 

***If you want to know what book a quilt came out of, contact me, and I'll let you know.

Let the photos begin.....

Traditional Log Cabin, Judy Martin
 This next quilt was the cover for her first book.  The title is pieced into the quilt, since she, and the lady who was helping her, didn't know how to put the title on the page, in front of the quilt.  The quilt was made exactly 10 times larger than 8.5 x11 (cover size). 
Log Cabin Quilts (cover quilt), Judy Martin
Sisters Log Cabin, Judy Martin

Big Sky Log Cabin, Judy Martin

Stone Cottage (she says this is super easy to make) Judy Martin

Green River Log Cabin, Judy Martin
The next quilt took her 24 years to make.  It was supposed to be a baby quilt for her daughter, hand quilted. Her daughter just turned 24, and asked her to finish the quilt.  See, we all have UFO's sitting around.
Appalachian Log Cabin (daughter's baby quilt), Judy Martin
Riverbed, Judy Martin

Grandpa's Log Cabin, Judy Martin (funny colors for a grandpa)

Paducah Log Cabin, Judy Martin

Wilderness Log Cabin (stars in blocks), Judy Martin

Spring Valley Log Cabin, Judy Martin
The next quilt is stunning.  One of the ladies in our guild had made one and brought it for show-n-tell (sorry, didn't get pictures of show-n-tell quilts).
Pioneer Log Cabin, Judy Martin
The next few quilts look like curved piecing, but, they are not. 

Door County Log Cabin, Judy Martin

Playful Spirit, Judy Martin

Snake River Log Cabin (Asian fabrics), Judy Martin

Mariposa Log Cabin (looks like winding ways) Judy Martin

Aspen Log Cabin (simulates Orange Peel), Judy Martin
You know I loved the next quilt.  She said you could make it, using any 12" block you wanted for the center squares.

Main Street Log Cabin, Judy Martin
Honeymoon Log Cabin, Judy Martin
I have a close up picture of the log cabin block in the next quilt.  She made the log cabin using 'logs' of fabric.
Kentucky Log Cabin, Judy Martin

up close of Kentucky Log Cabin block, Judy Martin
Now for the last few quilts.

New England (stars), Judy Martin

Sequoia Stars (she says this goes together very quickly) Judy Martin

Loveland Log Cabin, Judy Martin

Mount Shasta Star, Judy Martin

Lakeshore Log Cabin, Judy Martin

Starlight Log Cabin (Lone Star), Judy Martin

Sun Valley Log Cabin (Starburst) Judy Martin
If your quilt guild is looking for speakers, I recommend Judy Martin.  She was educational, informative, and fun. 

Judy Martin
Judy also showed several block variations that she has made, including blocks that have not made it into her books so far.  I fell in love with one of the blocks (pinwheels and bright colors, what's not to love?), and she gave me permission to take a picture of the block.
Pinwheel Log Cabin (2007) by Judy Martin
And, what's a post on this blog without a vintage sewing machine?  Here is the little Necchi hand crank that Judy brought.  This one is her sisters, since, she got hers at age 2, and the poor machine couldn't survive a child that young.
Judy Martin's sisters Necchi childs hand crank sewing machine


  1. Oh my gosh - you had a great speaker and what eye candy to drool over!

  2. Thank you! Those quilts are gorgeous, you're so lucky to have met her. I think I'm jealous :)

  3. Thanks for the show. I do know Judy Martin's name from years of reading the QNL and QuiltMaker Magazine. She's a well known quilter. How wonderful to have seen the show! And now you've shared some of the magic. Loved seeing all the pattern combos and colors of her quilts. And thanks for the stories, too. (My grandson was a whole year old when he got his "baby" quilt - at least he wasn't 24. I feel better now.)
    Cute little machine! I guess your friend used hers up.

  4. Thanks for the inspiring photos!

  5. Lucky you to have Judy Martin speak at your guild. I have always liked her choice of scrappy fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a terrific quilt show! How fun to see all these quilts in person!

  7. Amazing what can be done with variations of block cabins. Must have been a very interesting and fun evening.

  8. So many amazing quilts. What a versatile block the log cabin is. The book cover quilt is great.

  9. Beautiful pictures, and I love Judy Martin. I have followed her for a long time and am always amazed how she can come up with so many Log Cabin patterns year after year. Her instructions are wonderful and very accurate..wish I could have been there for your meeting..

  10. Such great log cabin quilts! I love the tulip one. =)

  11. Those are awesome log cabins, I especially like the ones that look like circles. Great little kids sewing machine. My son in law has a hand crank sewing machine he bought while he was in Scotland that I would love to have.

  12. Those quilts are beautiful and love that Necchi!

  13. Thanks for the update on Judy Martin. I am sorry I missed her lecture. Great pictures.


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