Review: Judy Coates Perez

August 14, 2010
It’s amazing how time gets away from me. July flew by. 
Judy Coates Perez has produced two DVD Workshops with Quilting Arts and I’ve already told you that she’s one of my favorite artists. Both are simply done and straightforward. I think they were early on in the line-up of QA’s DVD’s as the set is spare rather than the fun studio background in the current DVD’s. No matter because the techniques that Judy presents are solid and informative.
In Painted Cloth for Mixed Media Judy takes you step by step through the creation of a mixed media painted cloth. She shows you how to adhere various collage papers to cloth, then apply wonderfully juicy layers of color. Then another layer of lovely painted design is applied so that your first two layers just peek through. She ends up with a wonderfully rich and complex piece of cloth that can be stitched into used for a quilt top or formed into any fun accessory you choose. Judy’s style is at once both beautifully simple and richly complex at the same time.
So – Leave a comment here or on one of the other spotlights on Judy and Monday I’ll let a random number generator choose the lucky winner of this DVD! Tell me if you’ve ever used paper on cloth. How is it to sew through? If you use it for something like a tote bag how durable is it? I’m having all sorts of fun accessory ideas after watching Judy’s workshop.
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    August 16, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I just adore Judy's work and have taken a class with her. I've used her technique to make a pennant for our guild's upcoming exhibition.

    Helen in NZ

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    Polyák Ildikó
    August 16, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Hello, Lyric! Sounds very exciting, and since I don't have this book but appreciate Judy's work much, it'd be great to have a copy.

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    Joy V
    August 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    What a great give-away, Saw some of her work while in Houston last year – would love to win. Thank you for putting it up.

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    Heston Folks
    August 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I haven't tried sewing paper to cloth yet…in fact, there's still a lot of stuff I haven't tried. Am looking forward to your upcoming QU class first. All signed up and busy reading the book. It will be fun!
    Barb G
    Gunflint Lake, MN

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    August 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I've done a little bit of piddling about with fabric/paper stuff – mostly the strength of the result seems to depend on the quality and number of layers you use. If you want really strong results (like for a grocery tote bag), use more than one layer of fabric and a good gel medium – just my experience. Gotta use those long stitches, too as the holes don't 'heal' the way holes in fabric will do.

    Love to win her DVD – I'm sure I'd learn lots!

    🙂 Linda

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    Cedar Ridge Studio
    August 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    HI Lyric,
    Judy's work is great. I especially enjoy her blog. When I can't sleep at night I go to her blog and visit all of the links she has posted. They are al interesting. Love to have her book.
    Warm Regards
    Mary Ann
    DeMotte, IN

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    August 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I have wanted to play with sewn paper for a while, so a DVD to help guide my play would be awesome. Love the chance to win this…thanks.

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    August 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    This video sounds great! I have tried the paper+fabric combination – it's really easy to sew on. I'd love to learn more about the technique.

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    Ritas Art Quilts
    August 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hello, would love this. sounds very inspirational!!

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    Jeanne Turner McBrayer
    August 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Lyric,

    Thanks for featuring Judy's work. I have her DVD about painting the bird, and love her painted wholecloth quilts.

    I just recently made some fabric paper, but have not used it for a project yet. I made a collage which I donated as a prize to the Pink Artist project a couple years ago. It had some papers as well as fabrics and turned out well.

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    Lora Martin
    August 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy of this DVD.

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    August 15, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Hello! I am inspired by both your work and Judy Coates Perez's also. I was afraid of mixing paper and fabric together until I tried it ala Kelli Perkins' book. I use a heavy jeans type needle in my machine when stitching fabric and paper mixed pieces and just play – no tearing out. Thank you for including me in the DVD drawing!!

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    judy coates perez
    August 15, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Lyric, thanks for the great review!

    and everyone else, thanks for all the wonderful compliments!

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    Stephanie Forsyth
    August 15, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I would completely LOVE to score a copy of this! 🙂 Come 'on generator, pick me! 🙂

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    August 15, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I have truly enjoyed several of the Quilting Arts DVDs and would love to win this one. Both you and Judy are very inspirational artists.
    Section, AL

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    Stephanie Gentry
    August 15, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I have never sewn paper on cloth, but I'd love to try it! Please include me in on this winning opportunity – thank you!

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    August 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    This sounds like a great DVD. I am sure I would learn alot from it. Terrific giveaway!!

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    August 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Having Judy's DVD would be like having her in person in my home teaching me her great techniques. Would love to win this DVD!

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    Karen S
    August 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Count me in! I love Judy's stuff!

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    August 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Never done this, love the way it looks, so need the dvd please!

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    August 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I've never mixed paper with fabric, and this DVD sounds like just what I need to get me started.

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    August 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Lyric- I would love to win Judy's DVD. I am a great fan of hers and you too!

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    Karen Newman Fridy
    August 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    LOVE Judy's work…one of my favorite artists too. I've used tissue paper laminated to muslin with glue in an art quilt, overpainted with a wash of Lumiere paint. Gorgeous results…just make sure where you put your stitching…you can't rip it out and start over, it leaves holes.

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    Ellen Lindner
    August 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Very cool! Judy's techniques sound very intriguing.

    I've sewn paper into quite a few collages. Early on, they were magazine pages that I didn't treat in any way. Now, I add gel medium to most paper. I've also used paper that I've painted, printed text straight from the computer, and various souveniers and scraps. Always fun!

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    just a scrap of paper
    August 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I have not used paper fabric yet, but would love to try it. Love Judy's work.

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    TJM wanna be quilt artist
    August 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Actually not sure this is how you mean? but I have used paper as backing to sew on…don't mean paper peicing…just mean as a collage type backing and sewed fabrics and paper together…was quite easy yet think it is a little rougher on needles?
    Would love to win a dvd

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    Wil Opio Oguta
    August 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I have used paper only a few times. That is to say till now 🙂 If only I had more time to play.

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    Stilin Studio
    August 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Lyric – I've sewn paper onto fabric for artsy stuff, and found that the stitch size is very important – the longer the stitch the less chance of tearing. Interfacing helps if the purpose of the piece gets 'used' and isn't wall art. I love combining mediums, and you can take credit for inspiring me to try! And boy oh boy would I love a Judy Coates Perez dvd!

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    Amy Eileen Koester
    August 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Whenever I see photos of Judy's work I wish I could see it in person. Just to take a long time to drink it all in.
    I've used paper in my work quite a bit. I find that coating the paper with gel medium makes it sturdier. I appliquéd paper cocktail umbrellas to a journal quilt years ago.

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    August 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I've never tried paper on fabric and would be interested in the method Judy uses to achieve this. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of her videos!

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    August 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Love Judy's work, especially when she combines mediums. Thanks for including me in the drawing Lyric!

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    Judy Whitehead
    August 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I'm extremely interested in learning Judy's technique for mixing up paper and paints onto fabric and still having it remain stitchable. Normally I'd read a review like this and just go buy the DVD, but times change and I'd like to be included in the drawing. Thanks Lyric!

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    August 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I too love Judy's work. Can't take a class so having a video would be the next best thing.

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    Jane Teague
    August 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I'd love to try combining paper and cloth and see what pops out of my little corner of the world! Thanks for the inspiration and the possibility of a prize.

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    August 14, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Judy's work is fabulous…the paint, the colors, the quilting. All so very, very fun!

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    August 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I have so loved the Quilting Arts videos! I have the Surface Design of yours, Lyric and Melanie Testas', I watch them over and over for inspiration and that general kick in the pants…would love to add Judy's to my little collection… ;D

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    Susan A
    August 14, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Judy's work is wonderful, I would love to have a DVD of her teaching. She always comes up with such unique items, love it!

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    Diane Kelsey
    August 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Judy;s work is wonderful, so i would love to be included in the prize draw.

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    August 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I love Judy's work, so would love to be included in this give away. Fingers crossed!!

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    August 14, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Hello, Lyric! I love seeing that you are doing well. I fondly remember visiting you many (goodness, too many!) years ago.

    I have sewn paper on to fabric for a handbag that I didn't think would take much wear and tear. I had to fiddle with my tensions to keep the thread from tearing through the paper (brown paper bag) and ended up putting interfacing on the back to minimize the problem. It looks very much like leather, though, and I'm pleased with the result!

    Zebulon, NC

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