Our July 14 speaker, Judy Mullen, began her life-long love affair with fabric when her mother taught her to sew doll clothes. It led Judy to share her knowledge by teaching sewing and quilting for over 30 years.
Judy has a long list of national and international accolades she has received through the years as a master in “wearable art” quilting. The most prestigious competitions of them all, as far as the lifelong quilter and former president of the Manteca Quilters Guild is concerned, were the 2006 and 2007 Bernina Fashion Show. For one thing, the competitions were not open to just anybody. Participation was by invitation only. And invitation came only after a quilter submitted a portfolio of her work for consideration.
At each of the two competitions, only 40 international designers were chosen to be in the show, which premiered both years at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
At the 2006 show ,called “Magnifique,” her design titled “Grace Comes in Silken Splender” (shown at left) won the coveted Crème de la Crème Award – the best of the best. It was the judge’s only award, and the first ever for a first-time designer.
Judy is a founder and chairperson of Central Valley Wearable Artists and a past board member of the Norther California Quilt Council. She completed the NCQC judging couse in 2001. Judy teaches, lectures, and judges at guilds throughout California. Recently she has joined the staff of the West Coast Quilt Judging Academy, where she prsents the Wearable Art component.
This proud grandmother of 5 lives in Manteca, enjoys teaching and presenting trunk shows of her wearable art and quilts, and motor home travel with her energetic Yorkie, Rocko, and her golf-obsessed husband of “fore-tee” plus years. Her talk on Juy 14 is “Wearabe Art for Everyday Life.”
Judy’s class on July 15 is “More than a Vest.” There are samples at the guild meeting to try on for proper sizing.