Crete resident Judy Tucker is quickly becoming a leader in the quilting community, having been selected as a semifinalist at the 2013 American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek competition in Lancaster, Penn.
Entries for the international contest and exhibition came from 43 states and seven countries, with 15,000 quilters attending the event.
Tucker’s entry, Aunt Sadie’s Parlor, was created from preselected fabrics that reminded Tucker of antique wallpaper.
Her quilt also has been featured at “Go Tell It at the Quilt Show” at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Tinley Park, and is now in the expo's traveling quilt show exhibit that ends in November in Overland Park, Kansas.
Tucker first became acquainted with the hobby of quilting in 2000, when she attended a beginners quilting class at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. She later mastered long-arm quilting and began creating purses and garments, as well.
“I was drawn to the idea of creating something unique that was both artistic and functional,” she said.
“Each completed quilt, and quilting in general, is a learning experience. Whether creating an art or functional quilt, quilt for a charity or a challenge, a lesson is learned about quilting and about the artist.”
Tucker is employed by the U.S. Postal Service, and when not spending time with her adopted Shetland sheepdogs, Murray and Gucci, enjoys sailing and cruising in her 1966 Ford Mustang.
She is an active member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and participates with the Glenwood Quilters and Quilters Plus, both located in Glenwood.