Hello World!

Judy Murrah published books

"Jacket Jazz" series

Hello. I’m Judy Murrah. Since I was a child, I’ve created with needle, thread, fabric, glue, paper and paint. After earning a BS degree in Education with a minor in Art, I first taught elementary school and then Art in middle school. It wasn’t long after I married that we started a family, so teaching gave way to being a full-time mother. But, shortly after our third child was born, I started to teach quilting in the Adult Education program at our church. This local teaching led to a 30-year career teaching quilting and related arts nationally and internationally. My successful “Jacket Jazz” book series was published via five different “wearables” books plus two other “how-to” quilt-related books.

My career as an International Quilt Show planner paralleled my teaching, writing and designing. Then, six years ago, duties as Vice President of Education and Administration for Quilts, Inc. took precedence over my teaching. I miss the contact with my students, but being on the team that creates three Quilt Festivals and two Quilt Markets each year takes much time and effort.

 My friend and Art Coach, Lesley Riley, prompted me start a blog. With some trepidation and encouragement and help from my new friend, Tom Russell, here I am taking the plunge to reach out to you. My goal is to build a creative community of students and contemporaries. 
One of my favorite sayings is “Everything old is new again.” I’m ready now to create new art, and I hope you will come along with me as I try new ideas plus teach old ones that may be new to you. We can see what’s in my studio and I will provide free projects to create while learning together and inspiring each other.  I’m hoping to connect with you while giving myself a chance to play while creating my platform and voice once again.  Come along.  Let’s see what we can do.
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56 Responses to “Hello World!”

  1. tom murrah Says:

    Fantastic! Just think of all the new stuff I’ll learn…good deal
    and it’s just beginning. Old becomes NEW!
    me

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  2. Tom Russell Says:

    Hi Judy, Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of blogging.

    I’m so excited for you. My seat-back and tray table are in the upright position and my seatbelt is secure, so let’s get started! I’m ready for this adventure to begin. 🙂

    Congratulations!!!!

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  3. Denny Says:

    Looks great so far! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be creating and sharing.

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  4. Anne Andrew Says:

    What a way to start the New Year – a new blog and chance to learn something else that’s new(even if it is old!)
    Best wishes from Australia for a great 2012 for all us like-minded quilters and crafters
    Annie A

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  5. Patricia Eaton Says:

    Judy, When my friend, Tom, says VISIT…well, I try to visit. So, welcome to the world of blogging. In your post, you said “everything old is new again.” And, so true. I saw somewhere the other day that “old is the new NEW.” Well, there we are! As Tom says, hearing from your blog readers is a really enjoyable thing and I agree totally, so I hope you ENJOY reading comments on your blog in very good health and happiness in 2012 and I’ll enjoy reading your posts. Happy New Year! pat eaton

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  6. Lynn Kelly Says:

    What a coach you have in Tom!

    I’m anxious to go along for this ride. I too, grew up with a needle in my hand..knit, crochet, tat, sewing, quilting, weaving, and all bring me different kinds of pleasures. But it mostly is in the ‘doing’ and not in the end result. A bad day can be made tolerable with a short set of stitching!

    Working for Quilts, Inc. has to be fun, exhausting, and challenging. Talk about exposure to creativity! Wow!

    Lynn

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  7. Carole Doyle Says:

    Looking forward to reading more! Tom Russell is doing a great job of publicizing and promoting your new blog!

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  8. Nicki Lee Says:

    Welcome to the Blogging World Judy! I just read Tom’s wonderful experience helping you out and am so excited for you that you will be sharing what you love with the rest of us. I look forward to reading about your adventures and learning from all your creativeness. Best Wishes for a fabulous 2012!

    Nicki Lee

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  9. lindaschiffer Says:

    OH, hello right back, Judy! 🙂 I’ve been a fan of your wearable books ever since they were published originally – how nice to find you venturing into the blogoshpere! 🙂 Welcome!

    🙂 Linda

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  10. Brenda Wall Says:

    Your new blog is so promising and with Tom how couldn’t it be. He is an inspiration to us all. Good luck and I look forward to your future blogs.

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  11. Leslie C Says:

    I came here from Tom’s place, and I am really looking forward to your blogging journey! Anything crafting that includes needles, fibers, fabric, embellishments(!) is great fun for me! Let the good times roll…

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  12. Helen Rode - professional long-arm quilter, Fredericksburg TX. Says:

    From one of your fans …tell me “what is old?” I still wear the jacket I made over 15 years ago – and still get compliments everytime I wear it! Looking forward to your blog. Helen Rode

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  13. Jayardi Says:

    • • • Tom sent me over, so I thought I would say hi. HI!

    I’m curious, did you know he hadn’t put two and two together until yesterday?

    I look forward to seeing more posts and learning from you.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      I really didn’t think there was a two and two to put together. My books are out of print and I haven’t been on the teaching circuit for several years. Tom is such a hoot. What a fun guy to have around. I’ll look forward to having you around, too.

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  14. Marilyn CLULOW Says:

    Congratulations Judy! I am meeting you for the first time through Tom’s blog. I was just asking the Universe for a blog such as yours promises to be and ta da there you were. I feel so lucky to be at the the inception .I am 76 and old but everyday I feel new again.I am so looking forward to being inspired and learning much from you. Thank you, Serbian

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  15. Laroyce Coy Says:

    Judy

    So glad that you will be sharing your thoughs and ideas with us in 2012. I too, still have a vest hanging in my closet that I made in the first sewing class I ever took and you were the teacher. I have learned lots since then and am looking forward to learning more.

    Happy New Year

    Laroyce

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Hi Laroyce, It will be fun to communicate with you during the year rather than having to wait until Fall Quilt Festival. That sewing class was a long time ago. I remember your group well.

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  16. Jim Gatling Says:

    I taught Tom in the 7th grade now he teaches me. He even helped me with my blog. You’ll have more fun sharing to the world. Congrats!!!

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  17. Barbara Black Says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere, Judy! I’ve added you to my google reader list so I don’t miss a thing! You’re an inspirationM

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  18. eileenkny Says:

    Hi Judy,
    I’m here to learn and enjoy! Looking forward to the ride.

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  19. Norma Hornung Says:

    Hi Judy. Congratulations on your new blog. It was a brilliant idea to ask Tom help you. Tom’s blog is quite new to me but I enjoy it very much. Now, you’re name is familiar to me as I have your Studio book in my book collection. Looking forward to what you present here.
    Happy New Year

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Hello Norma, I hope Tom doesn’t disown me before I really get the hang of this posting. He is brilliant. So glad you have the “In the Studio” book as I no longer have that studio after a move from that home 5 years ago. I miss that studio, but have made a whole upstairs in our new home my studio of sorts. Happy New Year to you.

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  20. Lorena Messenger Says:

    Welcome Judy to this wonderful way of reaching out to so many people who love needle, thread and anything fabric related. I look forward to reading your posts and learning from a master.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Gosh, Lorena, I don’t know about the master part. I don’t want to disappoint you, but we will have some laughs and work outside the box on a few ideas I have brewing. Thank you for your trust.

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  21. Peggy Frankovich Says:

    i am so happy that you are starting this blog. I have learned so much from you…books, classes, and I was even a member of 2 of your mystery jackets. What fun that was. You are a true inspiration. Peggy

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  22. Rene' Wilbanks Says:

    HI Judy.
    Congratulations on your new Blog. I’m sure it will be a great success. I look forward to following you and see what “new” things you come up with.
    Laroyce sent this info to all of us so I thought I’d check it out.
    So happy for you!
    Rene’ Wilbanks

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Rene, it’s so heart warming to know your group is still together over so many years and you continue to share in the fun of creating. I hope y’all will find some fun things to do from my blog.

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  23. Liz Renner Says:

    Hi Judy, I’m all in for learning and fun things to do. It’s wonderful to have such an open world for the talented folks to share their world with us thru the internet. Best wishes to you.

    p.s. if you’d consider a small aside… I’d love to see a picture of you smiling for your profile picture. You look so serious. Absolutely no offense intended.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Liz, thanks for your input. I do have a serious side as well as a playful side. Eventually there will be something on a post where you will see I do smile. I took no offense to your comment. I want you to enjoy visiting my site. Have a Happy New Year.

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  24. Eddie Landreth Says:

    Hi Judy,

    I found my way here via Tom’s blog, and already am filled with anticipation for what you’ll be sharing with us here on your blog. Thank you for taking the time to do this, I love learning new things and seeing what others are creating. All the best to you in 2012!

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  25. Wilma Hart Says:

    Yeah! You did it and this is the first blog I’ve ever gone to. Guess it is because you are a good friend and I knew when you told me you were doing this that it would be great and fun for all. I’m looking forward to checking in to see what is next.

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  26. Tricia Spitzmueller Says:

    Aren’t you the crazy one??? So fun to see you up and going. You DID IT! You are a contemporary woman with much to say and share. I wish you luck and fun in this new medium. Playfully, Tricia

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  27. Jill Benge Says:

    Eventhough I am not much of a quilter, I look forward to playing with the mediums you present. I promise to try at least one or two of the projects throughout the year and hope to catch the fever of fabric art.
    Best of luck to you!

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Thank you, Jill. Glad you will give some of the projects a try. You will see me try new things, too and hope to get feedback from the community. I want to learn, too.

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  28. Nyberg Mary Says:

    Hi Judy,

    I’m hooked I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures of family. Judy, one of those little grands looks so much like you as a little girl. I will have to dig out some pictures.

    I subscribe to The Quilt Show and Ricky Tims has just given your blog a “Thumbs Up”. Great–I hope he signs you onto a show soon. You have so much talent to share with everyone.

    Cousin Mary Jane

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  29. Julie Preston Says:

    Hi Judy,

    I really am enjoying your Valentines ideas. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your antique pictures for your Valentines and projects? I would love to have some to use to make some of the projects you have shown. Thank you very much! Julie

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Welcome, Julie. I have been collecting antique/vintage photographs from antique shops and flea markets for many years. I copy those and use in some of my designs. Also I have found images for free on the internet and also for purchase. Two free sites are oldphotoalbum.blogspot.com and All Free Vintage Stuff-a set on Flickr. I have purchased images from lesleyriley.com and Vintage Workshop.com. There are many other sites on the internet if you search for vintage photos of people. Good luck and have fun.

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