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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Blogger Post- Welcome Judy!

Hello IHAN® readers! I have the pleasure of guest blogging here today for Kelly - sending prayers and blessings to you and your IHAN® family, Kelly!
My name is Julia C. Wood (everyone calls me Judy).  After 30 years of living in Birmingham, AL, my husband and I moved to Auburn, AL, just six months ago. We love it here! It's a small town atmosphere with the benefit of the large university. We spend our free time attending football, basketball, and baseball games, not to mention gymnastic meets. There's a wonderful quilting community here, too, so I've made friends very quickly.

Some interesting facts about me:
1.  I have a degree in Engineering, but started quilting when our daughters were young.
2.  I almost always wear glasses, unlike the above photo shows.
3.  I've been a two-time finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off, coming within 3 people of winning the million dollar top prize in 2000!
4.  We have two sweet dachshunds.  Yes, I'm a bit doxie obsessed...
5.  My maiden name is Cheape (pronounced "cheap).  Yes, I got teased when growing up!
6.  I love green olives, pistachios, and the color green.  Ha!
7.  I have two blogs. One is greenQuilts (, where I share my current projects and associated stories (plus a bit about the doggies, hubby, and more).  My newest blog is The Hexie Blog (, where I love to share hexie projects you've made.  If you've made a hexie project, let me know!  Email me at!
 My latest book is Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts, written with my good friend, Peggy Rhodes; it will be out very soon!  Q and E Hexies Quilts will be published by AQS; we're in the final editing stage this week!

Our new book teaches a unique method of making hexies - nope, it's not English Paper Piecing, and it doesn't use those plastic templates.  I wish I could share more about the technique, but you find out soon enough when the book comes out!  I can tell you that it's fast and fun and requires no basting!

In addition to teaching a different hexie method, the book has TWELVE patterns for projects!  Most of the projects lean toward the modern quilting trend. Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts is also a wonderful hexie reference - it has helpful charts you'll refer to time and time again.

 My first book was Fabric Photo Play; it came out in 2005, also published by AQS. It teaches my easy technique for making portrait quilts.

Here's one of my portrait quilts of Patches, one of the beloved dogs we had years ago - still miss him!

I enjoyed sharing with you all today and hope you'll come by my blogs to say hello and visit.
Thank you Judy!!! I love hexagons so I'll have to stop over the your other blog and have some fun :)  You are so sweet to be a guest blogger here at the IHAN® blog :)



  1. No paper - no plastic - no basting? Sounds like heaven to me! Can't wait to learn more about this!

  2. What a great post. I'm now following both of Julia's blogs. And very excited to see your new book too.


  3. I'm going to check out Judy's sites, too, and..I have her photo play book in my closet!! I would love to try hexies next. Busy with leprechauns at the moment! Thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelly

  4. I love your quilt portrait of Patches. You captured his joy! (I didn't know him, of course, but the picture tells the story.) I am going to look for your book immediately, because we have six dogs whose dear faces I want to memorialize. (One, our dear Dusty, has passed on, but we have pictures we hold very dear.)

  5. Love your hexes--I know my hubby and oldest daughter would appreciate them too with their math backgrounds! The portrait quilt is my favorite and yours is just splendid. Thank you for sharing and stepping in for Kelly, XOXO

  6. Awww... patches is adorable! I'll have to bookmark the hexie site. I have tons EPP hexies and I'm looking for inspiration of what to do with them.

  7. Can't wait to read this book, looks so fun, I have always wanted to try these!!!


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