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Show 2110: Creating Collage and Fabric with Your Computer

Featuring: Judy Ahlborn

Posts On: November 5, 2017


Judy Ahlborn grew up surrounded by a family of artists. It’s no wonder with her love and of painting, sewing, and computers she ended up with a degree in Textiles and Technology. After her retirement from a career in computer science, she came back to art by creating collage style quilts using software. In this show, Judy uses Photoshop to create background fabric. She then layers it with paint and thread stitching through which she achieves a subtle, translucent quality. She completes the work by adding Peltex and backing fabric. She finishes the edge with a non-traditional binding technique.

In the After Set, Judy demonstrates her other talent as she demonstrates the acrobatics that she keeps up with this day.

And follow along with the TQS cameras as Ricky and Justin share their town of La Veta, Colorado.

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Links to Artists:

Judy Ahlborn

From Chapter One:

Alex and Ricky learn about Judy's background and discover how she came to quilting. Then they take a look at her work.

From Chapter Two:

Judy creates a design in Photoshop that is then transferred to a background fabric. Additional designs are transferred to chiffon and then applied to the background fabric. This layering process continues until she is satisfied. It is at this point that she adds paint and thread stitching. In the end, the piece achieves a subtle and translucent layered quality.

From Chapter Three:

Once the artwork of her piece is finished, Judy completes the sandwich by adding layers of Peltex batting and a backing fabric. The whole piece is then satin stitched around all the edges in several successive rounds. Judy says that this technique is a great way to finish an art piece using a non-traditional binding.

From Chapter Four:

Judy shares a technique for using Photoshop to create your own striped fabric.
Then the TQS cameras follow along as Ricky and Justin share their town of LaVeta.

After Set:

Judy’s parents were acrobats. She grew up with gymnastics. The family worked in an amateur circus and Judy still keeps up her acrobatics to this day.

Products/Artists/Books Mentioned:

Sharpie extra fine marker
Acrylic Craft paint


#12 lulumoon 2017-11-16 14:16
Awesome techniques - super excited to try my hand at creating patterns in photoshop again. LOVED seeing Ricky and Justin's beautiful town of La Veta!!! Truly a paradise!
#11 Kay W 2017-11-13 06:26
You have described how you make your quilt art before but seeing each step of the process was great. I especially loved the Europe pieces.
#10 Sue81007 2017-11-10 14:31
That was cool! Thanks Judy! You gave me an idea for a project I'm working on.
#9 Judy Ahlborn 2017-11-08 17:32
Thanks to all! So happy you enjoyed the show!
In response to #4 phreckles - I use the regular weight HeatnBond (not the HeatnBond Lite). I just use a polyester chiffon. For the satin stitch finish, I use the default length for the first time around, and then I set it to a .4 stitch length for the second two times around.
#8 sunshinerandall 2017-11-07 19:03
All I can say is WOW! I want to try it! It looks like so much fun - I'll have to try something similar because I'm not a photoshopper or Spoonflowerer.
#7 TamaraL 2017-11-06 23:43
So fun to see Judy on The Quilt Show. Judy taught Photoshop at my art-quilting teaching studio and she is truly a pro. Technically savy, personable; she really knows how to describe those seemingly tough concepts to quilters. I only wish I had her teach this art-quilting concept in my studio!
#6 carolp612 2017-11-06 17:05
Sweet presenter. I know I won't ever try this technique but I'm sure it's for someone out there. I LOVED Ricky and Justins tour and talk of their town. Beautiful area!
#5 Sewdreamy 2017-11-05 15:04
What a wonderful show! I really enjoyed all of it. Will most definitely be making some designs using her methods. La Vita is beautiful.
#4 phreckles 2017-11-05 11:43
Very good show with no problems on my iPad. I would like to know what weight of HeatnBond, what kind of Organza (silk, polyester?) and the stitch lengths used for edging?
#3 mkdquilts 2017-11-05 10:54
We are working on the problem. Sit tight and try back a bit later. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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