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Show 2113: TQS Quilting Legend 2017

Featuring: Judith Baker Montano

Posts On: December 17, 2017


Judith Baker Montano, our TQS Quilting Legend for 2017, was born in Alberta, CA. After completing a Fine Arts Degree from Chico, CA, she became a mentee of Bill Johnson, illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post. Through trial and error she created her own techniques for crazy quilting that she incorporated into art to wear, as well as other items for stitch enthusiasts to make.

Join Alex and Ricky as Judith gives a tour of her home and studio, which are filled with works of her own and friends. Judith loves exotic pattern, color, and texture and most recently has been working on a series of landscapes based on her personal photos. She also shares some of her techniques for manipulating photos and creating the backgrounds for those landscapes.

In her garden, Judith chats about her home and her multi-cultural family. She comes from a long line of gardeners and never wanted to be a fiber artist. She considers her garden an "English" garden in La Veta, CO, and it has been an inspiration for her photography and art work.

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Judith Baker Montano

From Chapter One:

Judith Baker Montano takes Alex and Ricky on a tour of her home and studio. They look at the evolution of her work.

From Chapter Two:

We then tour the studio that was designed to hold her 5-day workshops. She shares a current work-in-progress and demonstrates how she manipulates photographs for her work. Judith also demonstrates a technique she learned from Yvonne Porcella for burning the edges of silk fabric.

From Chapter Three:

Alex and Ricky chat with Judith in her garden where they learn about her home and her multi-cultural family.

From Chapter Four:

Judith takes Alex and Ricky for a walk around La Veta Lake with her dogs. She finds great inspiration for her work walking along the paths and fields.

#21 sarah21 2018-01-25 00:42
Wonderful, wonderful show. I am so inspired by Judith and her crazy quilting and her fabulous landscapes too! Congratulations Judith for being TQS Legend 2017 and perhaps an Aussie Legend too! Real pleasure to watch! Thanks Sarah21
#20 eileenkny 2018-01-03 15:40
Thank you for sharing this wonderful artist with us! I am in awe of her talent and personality.
#19 EditorAnne 2018-01-02 04:08
Such an interesting woman! I really enjoyed this show.
#18 RebeccaVT 2017-12-26 11:57
What a wonderful tribute to a most inspiring woman! I have a few of Judith's books and love her work, but only had a hint (from a previous episode) about her fascinating life. Those last shots outside with the wind blowing--I felt like I was right there with all of you. You truly brought the beauty of La Veta to us. Thank you Judith Baker Montano and thank you TQS!!!
#17 Elizabeth 2017-12-26 08:27
Amazing lady, I want to learn from her.
#16 CMOELLERS 2017-12-22 06:23
Judith, I am so delighted you are this year's TQS Star. You are a wonderful person and so very talented. I learned so much from you when I attended the Cottage Retreat this year. It was fabulous!!! You opened up my world to watercolor and wonderful ways to great art with your crazy quilting. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. You are a special gem in the fiber arts world.
#15 Maureen Ashlock 2017-12-20 17:53
I remember when Judith came to our quilt guild in Springfield, MO, to teach her undersea silk ribbon and embroidery technique. It is wonderful to see her home and new working studio.
#14 luvquilting 2017-12-19 15:53
Wow! The TQS Legend show is always great, but this one is exceptional! Very well done!
#13 NanaPie 2017-12-18 19:26
A terrific show! Thanks, TQS!
#12 Sewdreamy 2017-12-18 12:54
What a wonderful show and excellent choice for this year's quilting legend. So wonderful to have a fiber artist for this choice. Someday I have to make it to La Vita.
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