A Fond Goodbye to Judie Gutke
Dear Quilting Friends,
It is with sadness in our heart that Margy and I contact you with this fond goodbye to our dear friend and co-worker, Judie Gutke. She lost her valiant battle with cancer early this morning with her family and the fine care of Hospice. We were lucky to spend the last weekend of the JaM Patch Bazaar Sales with Judie at the cutting table. She was so happy to see all of you. She always told us that working at the shop wasn't working as she adored helping put quilts together. She was the happy helper and always made you feel good when you spent time in our store. She loved Project Runaway, going to Houston and other quilt shows, quilt guild challenges, her Journey Art Group, shopping at Home Goods, Steinmart and the Gardens, Cosmos, laughter, art shows, and spending time with her family especially her 16 grandchildren. She was a sharp stylish lady who always knew the latest trends, etc.
She never met a project she wouldn't tackle. She was busy making quilts up until the end. She instilled a love of quilting in her beautiful granddaughter, Nikki. She was the truest of BFF and she would listen and then in a few words tell you her thoughts and be right on. She made me a better person thanks to her pearls of wisdom. We will never forget our first meeting at the Jacksonville Show that grew into a lasting friendship between us and Judie. She always made us laugh especially when everyone else wanted a smaller quilt and she would always be making her quilt larger. She quilted her own work as then she felt she had done it. She gave as one of her best gifts binding services which she would do as Earl drove and Judie sewed on their trips to Houston and Illinois. She was from Chicago and Kathy and I we were lucky to have her show us her city. She took us to a hot dog place and who knew what could go on a dog. Her jacket in Kaffe Fasset fabrics was an a-okay from Kaffe himself and Lucy (saw him in Chicago and he commented on it over breakfast and then again in Paducah he remembered Judie and her jacket.) She made us laugh so hard that our sides ached from a forgotten purse, social fauxe passé and moments at Uno Pizza.
Today, we send our deepest sympathy to her husband, Earl, and her extensive family. We hope that they find comfort in knowing how much we all loved her.
We lift our glasses in a toast to you, your life and your family. Never will we ever see a Cosmo and not think of you.
Rest in peace our dear friend. We will miss you.
Joey and Margy
The JaM Patch
PS Services have not been announced but I am sure they will be in the paper or you can contact us and we will pass them on.