Written by: Dana Goyer
Have you ever wanted to create a gorgeous Mariners Compass Wall Hanging or Quilt?
Or how about a quilt with lots of those sharp precise points and curves that you didn’t think you could ever accomplish?
Well there is one particular person in the quilting world that has created patterns that allow you to make those show winning types of projects!!
The technique, commonly referred to as paper piecing, is one that makes even some experienced quilters say no to the project. However, with the right information and preparation, it is a technique that can be mastered and you can make some of the most gorgeous quilts imaginable.
The pattern designer that makes intricate piecing manageable for the average quilter is Judy Neimeyer.
Judy Niemeyer Quilting is a family owned and operated business that is located in Kalispell, Montana. Judy runs the business with her daughter, Judel Niemeyer.
Judy takes designs that look impossible for the average quilter to accomplish and breaks them down in small sections that will perfectly fit together - giving the quilter a great sense of accomplishment!
How to Choose a Judy Neimeyer Quilt Pattern
If this is your very first Judy Neimeyer project, I would suggest a pattern like Indian summer or Desert Sky. These Judy Neimeyer patterns basically have one technique that is repeated with different colors so you master the organizational process of paper piecing.
There is even a quilt pattern called Wildflowers and Windmills that was designed exclusively for Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Store in Quitman, Texas.
Do you see a wall-hanging pattern that you fall in love with, but you are really wanting to make a quilt for your bed? Many of Judy’s patterns have extra foundation papers that can be purchased which allow your project to grow to the exact size you are needing.
Her patterns are not like your traditional quilt patterns.
First of all, they are thick - meaning lots of pages and foundation papers! She gives you step by step instructions to prepare you for success.
Reading through and understanding the organizational process is paramount to the success of the project.
Best Way to Read A Judy Niemeyer Pattern
Grab a cup of coffee (or a diet soda in my case), and open up your pattern and read it through. You will need to gather some supplies before you ever even think about sewing!!!
This is where the office supplies (binder clips or large paper clips and baggies) come in to play. And I am talking lots of clips and baggies if you are doing a large project!
Her patterns include templates that allow you to precut all of your fabric before you begin sewing.
Even if you have never tried paper piecing before, Judy’s method is clearly explained in her patterns. Once you have all of your fabrics precut, clipped, and labeled in the baggies, you will be ready to begin your beautiful masterpiece.
If you have been to some of the quilt shows, no doubt you have seen some beautiful quilts that are made using Judy Neimeyer’s patterns and techniques.
You might be one of the lucky quilters that has had the opportunity to take a class from Judy herself! What a grand experience!! However, since she cannot be everywhere and teach everyone, she has set up a program to educate other experienced quilters to be her certified instructors.
Stitchin’ Heaven is one of the few select quilt shops that has an in store certified instructor. If you were to have any questions or issues with a step, it is handy to know that a certified teacher is available to assist.
Are you ready to take the plunge and try one of the Judy Neimeyer patterns or your could try one of her various quilt kits. Stitchin' Heaven has a large selection of Judy Niemeyer Quilt Kits available for you to purchase. Following one of Judy's patterns will make these projects simple and fun.
Be sure and check out the patterns available at Stitchin’ Heaven and let us know if you have any questions! If you find the right pattern but don’t have the right fabric, contact us at Stitchin Heaven and we will be happy to help you select the perfect fabric for your heirloom Judy Neimeyer quilt.