When we read Judi Madsen’s December 3, 2013, Green Fairy Quilts blog, we couldn’t help but share it!

The blog was written the day after her book, Quilting Wide Open Spaces (AQS Publishing) arrived at her home.

She’s so excited. We are, too, Judi!

Here’s Judi’s blog post:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
My Book Is Finally Here – In Stock!!!!

Oh my word – I feel like it has been ages since I started this book process. I know it takes a while for every author, but this has been a 3 year process for me. I started my projects the beginning of 2011 and one dashed hope and excitement later here we are! December 2, 2013 will be a day I remember as the day I received my book and I officially became an author. It’s a surreal feeling. Almost too much to handle. The UPS guy came late last night with my first shipment of books and I was so excited I couldn’t quilt, then I didn’t sleep much last night. I am just so grateful that it is finished and I can start shipping out your orders. I know a lot of you have been waiting for a long time and I appreciate your patience. Thank you so much for your support!!

Okay, so I know you have seen the cover–but seriously, I love it even more in print! The editors, especially Kathy at AQS did a beautiful job on my book. I am so happy to be working with them. My book comes with a CD-rom with quilting outlines and templates for all my projects – that in itself is 118 pages. The book has 104 pages of instructions for 6 quilting projects and a lot more templates, and of course – quilting eye candy.

I think the back cover is amazing too! Seriously, I love it! It has been so long since I finished the quilts in this book and I am so happy to finally be able to share them with you. Once I receive my quilts back I will write posts about them as well, but until then – here is a peek inside.

I dedicated this book to my husband, kids and my mom. They have been so patient with me and so supportive. What do you think of the quilting? Eek! Love this!

I just love the layout of the book. I hope you enjoy it too.

This is my “Irish Lass” quilt. I love it.

Probably my favorite quilt in the whole book – Modern Flowers is an amazing design and the quilting just puts it over the top. I want piecers and quilters alike to enjoy my book. This book isn’t just for quilting and it isn’t just for piecing. It really is a great combo of both piecing and quilting because I love the whole process of quilting. Each one of these quilt projects started out on graph paper and went from there.

Oh ya, that is the back of the quilt. I have waited so long to share this with you! I hope you like it!.

Each project is fun and unique and must be made! I have started a Flickr group for you all to share your own Quilting Wide Open Spaces projects, so please join with me here. I can not wait to see what fabrics you put together with my designs. I also can not wait to see your quilting with my templates. Be sure to share that on my Flickr group.

Love this one.

I think some of you may have seen Queen’s Cross at some of the AQS QuiltWeek Shows. So, you have seen it more recently than I have. I love it though, another favorite.

I promise to share more of my quilt projects as soon as I receive my quilts back. I have been so excited to share this with you and I am so happy that I finally get to. There is so much more in my book, but you need to get one yourself to read. Just remember if you buy the book from me, it will be a signed copy. It would be a perfect Christmas gift for you and your quilter friends.

I just have to say thank you so much for your love and support through the years. I can not tell you just how much it means to me. I realize that this would not be successful without all of you. Thank you so much for everything! Happy Quilting!


You’ll find Judi’s blog with more of her quilting experiences HERE.

If you’d like to order the book from AQS, please click HERE.

And if you’d like a publication experience of your own, please contact Elaine Brelsford, AQS Executive Book Editor

Elaine@AQSQuilt.com     270-898-7903


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I just purchased your book at a quilt shop last weekend and I love it. I will be getting a lot of use out of it. I hope you have great success with it.