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 Hello and welcome! We're so glad you're here! We are a team of three quilters who love Judy Niemeyer as much as you do. We had a blast at our debut retreat in May of 2022 and we're looking forward to many more retreats in the future.
You may be wondering who we are. I'm Krista, I'll be running the website, blog and social media. Tina is my mother and is a Quiltworx Certified Instruction. Dennis is our resident Quiltworx addict who has fallen down the rabbit hole!

The Team
I've been sewing most of my life, but mostly clothing and small accessories. I love renaissance costuming and was into corsetry for a while. I started quilting in the fall of 2021, when I randomly decided to make quilts for all of the children on my husband's side of the family for Christmas. I started my first Quiltworx pattern at our first retreat in May 2022, Dining with the Stars. I still haven't finished that one, but I did finish Goodnight Star in 2023!  I tend to gravitate towards Three Yard Quilts and Villa Rosa pattern cards, but I do also love FPP and Quiltworx patterns. 

Tina is my mom, and her love of sewing comes from her Grandmother who gave her a needle, thread and scrap fabric at the age of 4. She has been sewing ever since, mostly doing garment sewing. When she started working as a secretary and needed a professional wardrobe, she began making outfits from patterns that were fashioned after “Dynasty”. She’s owned her own commercial embroidery business and made custom western apparel for many clients. Tina is a fairly “young” quilter, taking up the art of quilting about 18 years ago. She was doing a “shop-hop” with a friend and walked into a little quilt store and fell in love with Summer Solstice. Even though she told her friend that she was Not a Quilter – she signed up for the class and was well on her way to be addicted to Quiltworx patterns. Her favorite type of quilts are paper piecing.

She has done about 20 or so Quiltworx patterns and had decided after doing her first quilt that she wanted to become a Certified Instructor, but the timing wasn’t right. Having an active 4H family and soccer player she put her dream on hold for a while.

In 2018 Tina and husband Steve sold their home in South Texas and moved to the Dallas area to be closer to grandkids.  They built a home on Lake Fork and Tina started working for the Largest Quilt Shop in Texas – Stitchin’ Heaven.  While working for Stitchin’ Heaven she realized that now was the time to pursue her dream of being a Quiltworx Certified Instructor.  After helping with teaching at many retreats and meeting Judy and Judel at Quiltworx University, Tina decided she loves teaching and helping others learn the art of paper-piecing.

Dennis joins us from San Diego, California, where he began his quilting journey in 2022 after starting his career at Stitchin' Heaven. With a lifelong passion for the arts, Dennis has honed his skills through two decades of crocheting experience. His introduction to Quiltworx came about when he witnessed Tina using Quiltser to create intricate quilt patterns. Initially, he was apprehensive about starting, due to concerns about working with curves, but with the encouragement of Sandra and Tina, he took the leap and hasn't looked back since. Dennis is currently working towards becoming a certified Quiltworx instructor and aims to share the joy and ease of Quiltworx patterns with quilters worldwide through his unique blend of style, humor, and passion.

Retired Certified Instructor Sandra Coffey and Tina had the idea to host retreats for quilters who wanted to just work on their Judy Niemeyer projects.  Thus, Friends of Judy was born!  Sandra has since retired from teaching to make memories with her grandchildren.  Over the last couple years, their idea has grown into the Friends of Judy that you know today!  Even though we have grown and our core team has shifted, we still hold true to Sandra's vision of being a place for Quitworx fans to come together and share our love of these great quilt patterns!

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