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A Perfect 10: Quilt Studio Bliss

10 Oct 2010

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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on 11 Oct 2010 8:38 AM

Wow - so beautiful!  Can't wait to see the whole thing in Studios.  Thanks for sharing your weekend.  

on 11 Oct 2010 9:03 AM

What a wonderful way to celebrate 10 years of Quilting Arts!  Thanks for sharing!

on 14 Oct 2010 4:29 PM

Ooh...those are some beautiful studios! I'm trying to get an open studio weekend started with my local art association, you've rekindled my interest! Maybe you'll have an open studio your self in...a year ...or two???? ;-)

on 17 Oct 2010 9:36 AM

Great pics, Pokey!  I love the idea positioning a dowel under the table for batting, fusible, etc., and the deep shelves for bolts of PFD is brilliant.  I'm preparing to renovate my studio work space so these ideas are timely.  

finncoffey wrote
on 15 Apr 2015 10:23 PM

Where can you buy the bracket for the batting? That is a great idea!

finncoffey wrote
on 15 Apr 2015 10:26 PM

Beautiful.  Where can one get the brackets for the batting?