Who is Judy B

I started sewing, making rag dolls and dolls clothes sometime early on using a treadle sewing machine which is now in my hallway, and I watched as Mum made clothes for herself and all of us kids.

After I got married I made rag dolls, soft toys and Christmas decorations for sale, then in 1984 a friend wanted to start a patchwork class. I agreed to go along to make up the numbers, and make some cushions for Christmas presents. By lesson three I was hooked!

The next term, the friend left town and left me teaching her next class. I was about three stitches ahead of the class!

I haven’t stopped making quilts since, but also still made dolls, some bears, lots of Christmas decorations. After selling work through shops and at craft fairs for a long time, I found having to mass produce items was hard work, parting with quilts heartbreaking, and there was little time to play with new ideas.

I’m not good at following directions and always had to try something a bit different, and I started designing quilts in a small way almost as soon as I made my first block. I began teaching patchwork and quilting before I had made a quilt even, then started designing dolls from scratch instead of severely altering some one elses pattern, which lead me to  conducting doll workshops.

Now I spend time playing with designs, then publish the patterns for quilt projects, rag dolls, bears, Christmas decorations and other crafty stuff as well as offering a variety of classes and workshops, so that others can make the projects, instead of me making dozens of similar items.

Sometimes I make the quilt and write the directions at the same time. With the help the help of Electric Quilt I can even publish patterns for quilts I haven’t made yet! Perhaps one day I will follow my own directions to make up these designs. (I’m still not good at following directions though, even when I have written them!)

Tutors are welcome to use my patterns for classes, providing that every student purchases a copy of the pattern. You may also make up kits if you include a pattern as part of the kit.

5 thoughts on “Who is Judy B

    • Maia

      When I started Stuff-Ups I wasn’t going to make it public, just make it a personal record, but I sometimes get queries about what I have done in the past, so thought I would make it available for everyone. So glad you are enjoying the updates.

      Judy B

  1. Hi Judy
    I can’t believe I have just discovered your blog. It was only this afternoon that I was showing my friendship group in Melbourne a photo of the drunkard’s path quilt that I made in your class at Roxby Downs back in the 90’s. One of our group is in the process of making her own quilt using the drunkard’s path block so I told them that you had inspired us with over 100 hundred different layouts using this block. Thank you for so generously giving inspiration, back then, to an isolated group of women. You will be pleased to know that the Roxby Patchwork group is still going from strength to strength.

    • Great to hear from you! Some of the Roxby Downs girls come to the Golden Harvest Quilter’s retreats at Pt Hughes each year, though most of them are moving south too ….. but not quite as far as you!

      Judy B

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