These Raindrops Are Rosie's Fault by Bonnie Bucknam, shown in
Creative American Quilting, a Better Homes and Gardens book published in 1989
Judy's enthusiasm and ability to think outside the box got many of us in Anchorage to start making non-traditional quilts. When she was writing One-of-a-Kind Quilts in 1988, her assignment to me was to make a "Bonnie Bucknam-style" quilt using her formula. At that point, I didn't know I had a style. But at Judy's urging, I created a quilt that was eventually used on the cover of the book.
Paradise2 by Bonnie Bucknam
Judy taught improvisation classes in the late '80's and early 90's. She had us turning blocks in wonky directions, cutting without a pattern, and adding what she called "coping strips" to fit everything together. Although she returned to traditional quilts herself, she was an impetus for many of the early art quilters in Alaska. Our lives were changed because we knew her.
My friend Rosie Huntemann writes:
Quilters everywhere lost a friend when Judy Hopkins passed away March 9, 2011. In the 1980’s, she asked a group of Anchorage quilters to make quilts for her soon to be published book, One-of-a-Kind Quilts. We had specific assignments, but were able to incorporate our own unique ideas. This was the first of 18 quilt books Judy either wrote or co-wrote. She did her magic with rotary cutting techniques, inventing tools for using up scraps. We can thank Judy for inspiring us to design our own art quilts.
Judy was an organized, witty woman. We will all miss her friendship, expertise and her big, Alaskan smile.
To read Judy's obituary in the Anchorage Daily News, click here.