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Friday, June 24, 2011

A day in the life of Green Fairy Quilts!



Hello All! First of all, for all of Madame Samm's readers we are putting all of our Bella Solids pre-cuts on sale for 25% off. This is just for you readers and it is only for today - so hop on over and get your pre-cuts here.

Madame Samm asked me to tell you a little about our crazy little life here at Green Fairy Quilts. We (Clint and Judi) are a husband/wife team and we run our own business from home with four kids ages 7 months to 6 years old - it can be a juggling act. Clint runs the business and website, while I design quilts for my pattern line, long arm quilts and keep up my blog.


A typical day for me starts with kids, kids, kids! I am a full time Mommy and when the little munchkins are asleep for nap time I venture into my part of the office. My studio is just perfect for me! I absolutely love being able to create in this room - it isn't typically this clean! HeHe ;)

This is where Clint starts his day - 7:00 am and he is already filling website orders from overnight. He keeps busy buying fabric, updating inventory, answering all the customer service emails and adding every product to our website. Add in bookkeeper and he has a full time job just keeping this place running! I am so grateful for how hard he works, and how motivated he is to work and provide for us. In our online only shoppe we carry all of the Moda pre-cuts and we have recently added Riley Blake Designs pre-cuts. You can see what a typical day for Clint is like here and you can sign up for our newsletter here.

Occasionally our littlest munchkin wants to be held instead of napping and I give in and let him watch me quilt. This only works on quilts that have an allover design on them. :)

This is my "Masterpiece." I wanted to make a very special quilt, showcasing the quilting and not the fabric. That is why I chose three colors of fabric and used very plain fabric. You can see more quilt pictures here.

This is the back of one of my customer's quilts. This particular quilt took me over 80 hours of quilting and while I was 9 months pregnant too - it was a relief to finish this quilt - but also rewarding to see it completed in so much detail. If you are wondering, I free motion quilt on my A-1 long arm. You can see more of this quilt here.

Another huge accomplishment for me was quilting this Dear Jane quilt for one of my customers. It took me over 70 hours to complete the quilting. I can tell you now that I am sure I will never attempt to make a Dear Jane because I got up close and personal with how small and how many pieces are in this thing! You can see more pictures of the quilt here.

Another part of my day is designing, I love to come up with my own designs and write the patterns for them. I have over 40 designs and this is my "Carry All Tote," pattern. I had so much fun putting these two totes together and I use them as my purse/diaper bag. These bags are also big enough for my laptop to tote around in.

An all time favorite pattern of mine is called "Dahlia." It is my first pattern where I did all custom quilting on the sample quilt. So, naturally I love it the best because it showcases my two loves - designing and quilting.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little better. We work hard and love that we can work together and be home with our kids. We also have a charity where we take quilts over to kids in need in Romania. We have scheduled our trip for our 4th annual charity trip in September. You can see the last video of our trip here.

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful work !!!!! I think a quilting project goes much better with a "little" supervisor ;)

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  2. Always lovely to see your quilting!

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  3. Your quilting is breathtaking, and your patterns are beautiful. You are such a talent, Judi.

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  4. I am in absolute AWE of what you do!! How can you possibly get so much accomplished with 4 children??? Makes me so ashamed of how much time I squander. Your quilting is exquisite...I've not seen any better. What a lovely design to have a family business and get to stay home!! I love love your post!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  5. I get your newsletter an d follow your blog and have bought fat 1/4's from you> I think you both do a great job, life is one big balancing act and you pull it off so well...I'm sure you have days where you feel you don't.
    Your quilting is like food for the eye's...thankyou!

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  6. Hi Judi, nice studio and I love your quilting! I also visited your shop and blog. Greetings from Slovakia :-)

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  7. Fantastic quilt work! You are very talented.
    It is wonderful to have a husband that understands what you do, and supports you! Even better to have a business which you both can participate in. Great job at being "jack of all trades" regarding being business person, quilter, designer and mother - all at once!

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  8. Beautiful quilting! thanks for sharing and for the discount!

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  9. Hello Judi and Clint - must say I enjoy your shop too frequantly! But wonderful service and I am satisfied - just can't keep your darn green pens --- they grow feet - hmmm think my sewing class ladies are 'borrowing'. Just love your quilting and you can 'show and tell' many times without tiring. Nice to see you here at Stash Manicure.

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  10. Loved your post and seeing how well you juggle everything. Needless to say - your free-hand quilting is beautiful and so inspiring. Your quilts are definitely masterpieces. Been a follower for awhile. Judy C in NC

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  11. What absolutely BEAUTIFUL work!! I could look at it forever!!

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  12. Hi Judi and Clint! I'm an H2H quilter, and I enjoyed seeing this post! Looking forward to seeing pictures of this year's trip (I almost have my quilt done!) and love, love your shop. I'm headed over there to check out those solids!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Good Morning Judi and Clint, how nice to see such a lovely couple, working, loving, and running a business in between 4 wee tots. Your day in the life of, well I had to rest by the 3rd paragraph for a coffee...OH my you are talented beyond the scopes of possibilities. Thank you for being such a treat to our site today...

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  14. I am so glad Madame Samm asked you to do a post....I never tire of hearing about you, your family, and business. I am always speaking of you to my husband. You are so amazing, along with your husband. I love your quilting, your designing etc..... Do I sound like a stalker? Hope not, only an admirer...

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  15. It's been so nice to see where some of the fabric I purchased once came from! Your long arm quilting is fantastic!!!keep the great work up, your' a great team!

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  16. Hi Judi and Clint! What a wonderful post and what fun to learn more about you ... I really enjoy your blog and your quilting totally astounds me! True beauty and the fact that you do it all with four little ones at home ... holy kamoley! How nice that your husband helps and supports you :) You are truly blessed!! THank you for the Kona discount ... I think I must be off to shop now ;)

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  17. Hi Judi - so glad to see you pop up here as guest blogger. I have been so inspired by your work, but more importantly, by your life, your values, your compassion to those less fortunate. Have a great day.

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  18. Hi, Judi & Clint!
    Thank you for sharing insights of your daily life and business at home. I'm in awe!

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  19. Your quilting is absolutley stunning! Wow!!

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  20. Your quilting is amazing , you have a true talent and your designs are wonderful too , love the tote. All the best in your venture to Romania .

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  21. So glad to meet you today. Have already been to your blog and have seen your incredible quilting on the Dear Jane. OMG!! Can't wait to spend some time reading and lurking to see some more of your wonderful quilting. Thanks for the inspiration. wonderful to see a young family working together around quilting.

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  22. Judi, your quilting is amazing. You must be so full of energy to manage all that you do.

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  23. Your quilting takes my breath away!

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  24. your customer dear jane quilt is still my all time favorite - enjoyed the post

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  25. Wow! Your quilting so beautiful and detailed!

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  26. You guys are amazing!!! I have bought from you online store and I love it. You have great sales and selection. I am making two quilts for you for Romania. I hope the kids love them. Your quilting is so beautiful! Thank you for showing us around.

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  27. WOW enjoyed your "tour" so much! Your quilting is wonderful and how neat that you and your DH share and work so well together! Most of all, I'm so impressed that you do so much with 4 young children! I just had 2 and I was very busy! They are both in college now, so I have NO business complaining I don't have enough quilting time!!

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  28. Judi, I'm totally in awe of your quilting! It is absolutely amazing! I have a long-arm and don't even know how to load the quilt. I'm so intimidated by it. I love your shop and think it's wonderful that you are able to work together with your husband at home with your children, and doing what you love. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Blessings to you and yours. :)

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  29. Judi you are my favorite multi tasker.

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  30. I love seeing behind the scenes. I am blown away with Judi's quilting. She is certainly a master at it.

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