Dakota Handcrafters: Judi Green

Current Hometown: Minot

How would you describe your specialty handcraft?

All aspects of quilting, from the traditional patterns to art quilts.

What or who inspired you to become involved in it?

My mother and grandmother were both quilters but I was overwhelmed by their talent. Later on, my friend, Diane Slickers, and I both discovered quilting around the same time and we never looked back.

How long have you been doing this type of work?

I came late to the party after hanging up my craft business of making teddy bears and air freshener dolls in 2002. I needed an outlet to pursue creative work and quilting opened that door.

Do you do it for your own pleasure or offer it for sale?

I don’t sell my work but I’ve given away lots! I also like to work on community service quilts.

Where can we see your handcraft?

I will be the featured quilter at this year’s Minot Prairie Quilt Festival, March 16-18, at the Grand Hotel in Minot. I’ll have a booth featuring my first attempts as well as my latest quilts.

Have you taught others your handcraft and if so, would you be willing to teach it to more people?

The only people I’ve taught are my granddaughters before they left for Germany.

Tell us a little about yourself:

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, the Air Force placed Judi in Minot. After attending the University of Dayton, she accepted a Civil Service position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where she met the love of her life, Rich. They traveled all over the world as well as serving stateside in various branches of the military. While Rich was stationed in various places, Judi filled administrative positions in the Air Force, Army and Navy before retiring from Civil Service through the Air Force after 32 years in 2014. Known as “Momma Honeybadger,” she still remains in contact with many airmen. She has sewn for years, starting with clothes and crafts. She began quilting at age 52 using “Carol Doak’s publication, “Your First Quilt Book.” This whet her appetite for quilting. Upon joining the Minot Prairie Quilt Guild in 2006, she jumped in with both feet and headed the Community Service, which donated over 180 quilts that year. Judi has been Guild president and served in various capacities with the Festival Board, currently serving as the judging chair. Life changed for Judi in 2008 when Rich passed away and then again in 2011 when she lost her home to the flood. Looking back at these events, she notes that her quilting friends officially became family and she is still to this day madly in love with Rich! Life is good, she says. Judi and Rich were blessed with three children, Marc (Tammy), Brian (Amy) and Erica. She also has four grandchildren, Brandon, Brianna, Kayla and Cooper Ann.

– Bio from the Minot Prairie Quilt Festival 2018 catalog

Minot Prairie Quilt Festival celebrates 25 years

The 25th annual Minot Prairie Quilt Festival will be held March 16-18 in the Grand Hotel in Minot.

This year’s theme is “Workin’ Thru My Stash: Celebrating 25 Years.”

The public is welcome to attend the Quilt Show and Vendors Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and the Tea Room/Flea Market Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If space is available, lectures/demos on Saturday and Sunday mornings are open for walk-ins.

The festival will include:

– Approximately 200 quilts on display for viewing.

– A booth dedicated to Judi Green, 2018 featured quilter, showcasing quilts she has made as well as her service to both the Minot Prairie Quilt Guild and the festival.

– Challenge quilts will be displayed where quilters used at least 25 fabrics from their stash and are between 125 to 225 inches.

Classes and lectures are offered for all levels of sewing enthusiasts. New this year are longarm quilting classes taught by some of the best longarm quilters in the state.

Quilts by national teachers Shelly Burge of Lincoln, Neb., and Ann S. Lainhart of Fort Wayne, Ind., will be on display in the show. Burge is an award-winning quilter, author, teacher and a National Quilt Association certified judge. Lainhart is a master at traditional designs such as Chinese lattices, Mariner’s compass and bargello designs with a contemporary flair.

About 200 people have registered for the festival as of this week.

For more information visit minotquilters.com, then go to “Festival,” or visit Minot Prairie Quilt Guild on Facebook. More information also is available from Bev Cushing, festival chair, at festivalchair@minotquilters.com or 839-6635.