New Beginnings

It’s the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, 2011. I’m really not into New Year’s resolutions, but I am an avid believer in “new beginnings” and “second chances.” I love new calendars, new pads of paper, new boxes of crayolas, new journals, etc. You get it…things with fresh starts. So to start off this new year and to bring you what’s happening in my studio, I had to clean it up from the disaster scene left there by Christmas preparations.

Aftermath after Christmas

Messy Studio after Christmas preparations

Also for myself, I need  tables cleaned off, things put away and a fresh new place to start. I also needed to do this for you, my guests. So come on in to my sewing studio.

Studio after putting everything away

Studio ready for the New Year

For those of you who have my book, In the Studio with Judy Murrah, you will notice this space is not the same as what was in the book. Five years ago we moved back to Houston from Victoria, so I could be in the Quilts, Inc. office on a regular basis. Giving up my studio there, which we’d converted from an exhisting garage, wasn’t as hard as I expected.  Our new home provided me with several places upstairs in which to work and to store the mountains of craft items I have collected over a lifetime.

I will give you glimpses of my other upstairs spaces and places as we go along. I have collections of fabric, ribbons, laces (old and new), threads, beads, buttons, trinkets, paints, papers, vintage photos, old ephemera, antique linens and cutter quilts, etc. I LOVE them all and love to work with all these things. I call myself a crafter rather than a quilter or a wearable artist, because I use many different products to create now. How about you? Do you have a stash of stuff you can pull from as we start our journey together?

I have planned our first “playday” as a simple project easy enough for the beginner, but maybe something you have not tried. You will need some fabric scraps, trims, trinkets, stickers, people photos, cardstock, sweet sayings from the heart and a few other things plus your sewing machine. You have these things, right? I have them gathered at my sewing machine now.

assortment of materials

Glimpse of project to start in January

I can’t wait to start on them, so I can show you and teach you in our next visit early in January. Until then, have a very Happy New Year with love.


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22 Responses to “New Beginnings”

  1. Tom Russell Says:

    Woohoo! You did it! The post looks great and the project looks intriguing.

    I’ll be sitting by my computer, anxiously waiting for your next post. 🙂


  2. Katie Says:

    Judy… I am so excited that you have started this blog (Thank YouTom)
    I have collected every imaginable embellishment known to man and women. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. What a great way to start the new year!


  3. Barbara Black Says:

    You did it! And a great job too! I love the feeling I get when the studio work spaces are clear and ready for the next new thing.


  4. judymurrah Says:

    It’s amazing how much easier it is to work, isn’t it.


  5. Jackie Says:

    Thank you Tom for helping and introducing me to Judy’s blog, I look forward to reading it. Love your sewing room and look forward to learning from you.


  6. Cindy B. Says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging and thank goodness you are here! Just seeing a newbie venturing out … might light a fire in me to begin again.

    Best wishes!
    Cindy B.
    … and thanks to Tom for directing me this way.


  7. kristalwick Says:

    Good for you Judy!

    You call your studio a mess right after Christmas???Remind me to NEVER show you mine (watch for me on the Hoarders TV show soon…teehee). Love your new blog my dear! Blogging is loads of fun!


    • judymurrah Says:

      You only saw a glimpse of my cluttered studio, but it’s in good shape now. Another day I’ll show you where I work with paint and glue, etc. and where I store away all the supplies I’ve collected for almost my lifetime. Glad you came for a visit, Kristal. Come again.


  8. You call me holla molla Says:

    Firecracker …firecracker… Boom boom boom! Yay – you did it! You go mom!


  9. shiborigirl Says:

    it’s about building a community. wishes for your blog to become all that you intend it to be. happy new year Judy!


    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks for the good wishes, Glennis. I just had an itchin’ to be with students and contemporaries again and still do my work at Quilts, Inc. This seemed to be a possibility.


  10. Nicki Lee Says:

    Hi Judy!
    I’ve added you to my Favorites list so that I don’t miss a thing – I’m excited to see what you have in soter for us in this New Year!

    BTW – I have that same wire rack system in my studio (12 drawers) and absolutely love it – just wish I had room for more.
    Happy New Year!


    • judymurrah Says:

      Hi Nicki, So glad you will join me and the others who come along. I can’t wait to hear and see what y’all do as a result of our play days. I’ve had that wire rack system for years. I bought it at Sam’s and like you wish I had bought more. My 6 and 8 year old granddaughters have taken over three of the lower drawers for their scrap bins.


  11. Robbi Says:

    I like those old wooden trays you are using to store things on. I too have a good collection of rotary cutters. I got a new Gingher cutter for myself after asking myself if I really needed it. Yes, I did.


    • judymurrah Says:

      Hi Robbi, I have collected wooden boxes and trays of all kinds for many years. They come in handy for storing and sorting lots of things. I have those rotary cutters left over from when I did a lot of teaching. Most of the blades are dull or have a nick in them so I go from one to another to find one that is sharp. Silly collection, isn’t it. The scissor collection is a result of what my mother left me, buying them at flea markets because I couldn’t pass them by and actually some very good cutting scissors. I’m sure you needed your new Gingher cutter so it’s good you got it. Happy cutting to you.


  12. Sam Says:


    My friends and I are great fans of yours. Do you ever visit guilds and lecture? I am the Program Director for a houston guild and we would love to have you.


    • judymurrah Says:

      Thank you, Sam, for your kind comments. I taught and lectured for 30 years, but gave it up 6 years ago when I moved back to Houston to work in the Quilts office. I must say I miss teaching my tricks and seeing the success of so many new sewists, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all I would like to do. Where is your Guild located? Hope to hear from you again soon. Judy


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