“Fabulous Fabric” Tips from Judy

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Blythe's Updates, Judy's Tips | 2 Comments

I found this composition book titled Quilts January 1986 in a box we took to the storage unit in Juneau when we got overwhelmed trying to clean out Dad’s house after he sold it. Lots more things still to go through, but I’m glad this caught my eye on my last visit to Juneau. In […]

My love for quilters

In this five-year project to document mom’s quilts (in full disclosure, I certainly haven’t worked on this full time for five years!), I have reached out many times to mom’s circle of quilting friends for clues and advice. These were people who took her classes, made quilts for her books, joined her on adventures, and […]

501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks still a fan favorite

I just ran across this blog post from a Allison, a quilter from the U.K. who used patterns from Judy’s 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks for her quilted banner. The book is still in print through Judy’s publisher, Martingale. I still see the book in use in a lot of quilt shops; it’s a great reference. […]

Using this Site

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Blythe's Updates | 2 Comments

After showing this site to several people in the last few weeks, I realized that accessing the photos for each quilt is not particularly intuitive. If you click on “Quilts” and then click on the picture of the quilt you’d like to know more about, you’ll link to a page with all the information I […]

Red Wagon Patterns

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Blythe's Updates, Sleuthing | No Comments

Mom made several quilts using Red Wagon patterns. While researching a couple of later appliquéd quilts I ran across “Trains,” a pattern by Linda Brannock, which I’m sure was the source of Mom’s quilt “Trains in the Rain.” I just added that reference to the description of the quilt. Mom’s notes from that time period […]

501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks still a great reference book

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Blythe's Updates, Judy's Books | No Comments

Martingale, the wonderful publisher of my mom’s books, has a blog called “Stitch This” with news about their authors, books, and projects for quilters, knitters, crafters and other folks who like to create things with their hands. Karen Soltys posted a nice review of 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks, a comprehensive reference for quilters. I […]

Quilt appraisals – an art, a science, and a great learning experience

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Appraisals, Blythe's Updates | No Comments

It’s been a year since I last posted on this site. Time really does fly. In the interim, I found a wonderful quilt appraiser, Beverly Dunivent, who agreed to come to Anchorage last October and, like the miller’s daughter in Rumplestiltskin, kept her in a hotel room in Anchorage for two weeks to appraise the […]

The Shirtstack Challenge

The Shirtstack quilt was made through a challenge with Michel Landerman and Jeanie Smith. Here are the original instructions for the challenge, issued on May 28, 2009: Hi Ladies,   OK, so here come the rules for the challenge.  This is very stressful.  I think we all like this quilt, so there’s not much mucking […]

Book Titles

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blythe's Updates, Sleuthing | 2 Comments

Mom had lots of computer files for a book that began with “50Sens,” but for some reason I thought that was a work in progress. They are actually the files for her last book, The Big Book of Patchwork, which is subtitled “50 Fabulous Quilts from Judy Hopkins.” The working title of the book was “50 […]

More on Handy Andy – and a question for quilters

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Blythe's Updates, Sleuthing | No Comments

I’ve added some more information to the Handy Andy quilt. Mom notes that it was her fourth quilt, and that the white fabric with light blue flowers was “used for rice bags at BA wedding” – my first wedding, in 1980. It also says it was hand quilted and I had put it in the […]