A Perfect 10: Quilt Studio Bliss

Judith Trager’s Maine Coon, Pumpkin, sleeping on the job on top of Judith’s art quilts.

I had a sublime 10/10/10 weekend. Just perfect, and much of it had to do with Boulder’s city-wide Open Studios program that take place four weekends a year (this being one of them). Imagine more than 100 mixed-media, photography, drawing, painting, quilting, weaving, encaustic, assemblage, felting, and jewelry artists opening their doors for you to stop by, talk, rifle through their supplies, get nosy about their process, and buy art.

I visited seven studios, two of which were art quilters–Barbara Frey and Judith Trager.

A quilt Barbara made after her father’s passing.

Barbara has what every art quilter wants: a spacious studio with gobs of lighting, windows with panoramic views of tree tops, tiled flooring, and more than 650 square feet to dye, paint, stamp, stitch, and play with fabric––plus a washer/ dryer for dying fabrics, and a comfortable and inspiring sitting area for reading and gathering ideas. I don’t want to give too much away as I’m fairly positive we’ll be featuring her in an upcoming issue of Studios, but let me give you a sneak peek:

Isn’t this smart? Right below Barb’s fabric cutting table, she stores a fat bolt of batting on a dowel, making it easy to access and cut.

Another clever decision: build custom-sized shelves to perfectly suit the widths of fabric bolts. (As you can probably surmise from the shot above, Barbara does a lot of fabric dyeing!)

More clever thinking: Some of Barbara’s finished fabrics serving double duty as curtains to cover some of her supplies on shelving.

I then traveled to south Boulder to visit the home and studio of art quilter Judith Trager. Her quilts permeate every room in her home. Take for instance her kitchen (which I covet):

Judith has easy access to her studio. You enter her front door, take a sharp left, and you’re there!

(Notice “Pumpkin,” the sleeping cat in the distance.)

And when you walk through the front door, you are greeted with this breath-taking vision:

We’ll be sharing more in-depth profiles of both of these artists and their studios, but in the meantime, I thought to share a piece of art I bought from assemblage artist Patricia Chapman. It just spoke to me and I thought it would make a great addition to my office!





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