Thursday, April 10, 2008

Blogland Royalty Visits

I have always considered Judy Laquidara as one of Blogland's quilting royalty, not only for her wonderful website but as the ringmaster of our Stash Quilts ring, the author of Nine-Patch Extravaganza and many individual commercial patterns, and the generous provider of lots of free patterns and directions. Imagine my surprise and joy when I attended my guild meeting this morning and found that she was our speaker!!! I had missed last month's meeting so didn't really know what was planned for today (should have read my newsletter more closely, huh?) Let me tell you, her quilts are even more gorgeous and amazing in person than they appear in the book and on the web. They are just stunning. And her machine quilting is to die for. We all enjoyed her program so much. And--she is working on a second book! Yay!



















I came right home and got out my copy of her book and tried to decide which one to start on first. The patterns lend themselves so well to stash-busting.

Thank you so much for all your positive and encouraging comments about our kitty Natasha's fight with diabetes. You'll never know how much I appreciate it. I kinda just knew there were lots of animal lovers out there in quilty blogland! She seems to be doing pretty well, although her blood sugar count is higher than the vet would like. But her ketones are back to normal and that's a good thing. I'm sure it will take some tweaking of her insulin dosage to get things just right.















Natasha is the blondie in the first photo. She has reclaimed her favorite chair and is recuperating near the window where she can also keep an eye on the robins who have been very active in the backyard lately. Of course, alpha cat Rocky would not be ignored LOL! He's not happy with all the attention Natasha is getting, but he is putting up with it!

18 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh lucky you to meet Judy in person!! I too admire her enormous talent, vision and energy.... she gets so much done, it's rediculous..

Karen said...

Goodness, imagine walking into a guild meeting and there is Judy ! What a special treat. That Rocky looks like a character.

jovaliquilts said...

Judy Lacquidara, what a treat! She really has been very generous with her help on the web.

Jacquie said...

Judy was in Kansas City and I missed it. ARRRRG! I agree with you 100%...she's fabulous and has been such a help to novices like me.

Gretchen said...

What a great surprise at your guild meeting. I am glad Natasha is on the mend. My mom's cat had diabetes and got used to the shots and did quite well. Rocky looks like he's thinking of trouble to get into LOL!

CONNIE W said...

Vera, thanks for the photos. Judy is one of my *real life* buddies and her move to MO was my loss, your gain. We used to get together for lunch and now try to meet up at the Paducah show. She was my inspiration to get my Millennium longarm even. Connie

Silverthimble said...

Lucky thing you didn't miss this guild meeting! How lucky to have Judy speaking to your guild and seeing her quilts in person!

JudyL said...

Thank you, and thanks for the photos! I enjoyed my trip tremendously!

Finn said...

Sooo happy to hear that Natasha is on the mend. She's looking mighty fine in that chair *VBS* Watch out robins!
Love the little 'whipped up' scrappy quilt...such fun to do that occasionally.
And Judy L as a speaker...oh you lucky girl!! The quilts look fab! Hugs, Finn

Valerie said...

I have really enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Libby said...

I don't think Rocky is jealous . . . he's just saying that he wants you take good care of his buddy *s*

Wendy said...

What a wonderful surprise to have Judy show her quilts at your guild meeting.

julieQ said...

Wow, how lucky to hear Judy L in person! and see her quilts. I am so glad you got to do this!

Mary said...

Well that was a fun surprise to have Judy speak at your guild. I have met her in person but haven't seen her quilts *live*. I can imagine how wonderful it was to attend her presentation.

Good luck with the diabetes management.

anne bebbington said...

That was lucky finding Judy there and not realising she would be - the border on that top quilt is awesome!!! - reminds me of the very luxurious giant rugs you find in stately homes amazing!!!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt pictures. They are very inspiring. Which one are you going to make?

Elaine Adair said...

How much fun is this? We get two blogs for the price of one! Hey, I just MUST make a quilt from her book!!!

Thanks for the photos.

Anonymous said...

I saw your blog and I love it!

So I found this really inspirational and fun video online about quilting, and I thought you might like to watch it, especially since the ladies in it are in a group, and you're so into activities with others and all. The link is:

http://www.klru.org/docubloggers/?p=125

Hope you enjoy it!

-Noelle