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Judith Baker Montano

Judith Baker Montano

Known as THE authority on crazy style quilting in the industry, Canadian fiber artist Judith Baker Montano grew up on the historic Bar U ranch in the beautiful foothills of Alberta, Canada. A love of fabrics and embellishments reflects her heritage. Her great-grandmother was a master quilter and her mother taught her needle skills at an early age. She attributes the rich, embellished ethnic influence in her work to living next door to an Indian Reservation and a Hutterite Colony where she observed beautiful handicrafts. Eight years overseas in England, Germany and Japan was another profound influence on her artwork and outlook.

Judith published her first book, The Crazy Quilt Handbook, in 1986. The book enjoyed great success, becoming the top selling title for C&T Publishing with over 175,000 copies sold to date. The book retired in its 27th edition, and was revised in 2001, when the 2nd edition was released. Judith has since published 7 other books on the topic and other related fiber artforms, as well as 4 videos.

An accomplished fiber artist, Judith is also a qualified teacher and lecturer. She is comfortable in the embroidery, quilting and fiber arts worlds. Teaching has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Classes are varied and include clothing design, crazy quilting, embellishments, silk ribbon embroidery and fiber landscape designs. She offers exclusive seminars in her private studio (four times a year).

Judith resides in La Veta, Colorado with her husband Ernest Shealy and an ever-growing menagerie of pets.

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