Who is Judy Mathieson?
I became interested in quilt making in 1973 while completing a BS degree in Home Economics (Textiles and Clothing) at California State University, Northridge. Since 1983 I have lectured and conducted workshops in 48 states and 6 Canadian provinces. Also several times in Japan, Australia, Scotland, New Zealand and England.
My work has won numerous prizes at Houston Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Quilt National, Visions, Road to California ,NQA, and many other shows. My husband Jack and I lived for 30 years in the Los Angeles Area. In 1996 we moved to Sebastopol, 50 miles north of San Francisco. Jack is a retired systems manager. We have two grown sons, one grandson and two very important border collie dogs.
Mariner's compass quilt designs and their many variations were my specialties when I was traveling to teach. I use various methods of piecing including freezer paper foundations that eliminate stitching through the paper. Star designs were the subjects of the three “how-to” books published with C&T Publications. I have made many quilts featuring dogs and sheep since my husband enjoys training his dogs for local sheep herding competitions.
After 30 wonderful years I decided to retire from the active teaching of quiIt making. I still participate in two large quilt guilds in the Santa Rosa area. I have been stretching the possibilities of my work by taking many classes with quilt artists and entering gallery shows with a local art quilt group called Pointless Sisters.
I have recently dabbled in broken dishes mosaic -which is very much related in the design sense as quilt making. However working with textiles is still the work I love best as I continue to produce many comfort quilts as well as artquilts.