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Judith Kreiger
Fiber artist Judith Kauppinen Kreiger was born and raised on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Baraga County.  She still resides at her family's farm during the U.P.'s three temperate seasons. In 1996, after retiring from her business career primarily in Southeast Michigan, Judith began making quilts.  "I always wanted to be some sort of artist, but my mother discouraged this path advising that I'd find it difficult to make a living as an artist," she recalls.  The fiber arts quickly became much more than a hobby, and this past winter while in New Mexico, she passed the 100 mark of completed quilts.
Some of her quilts are traditional bed quilts, or smaller versions for infants and children, or to be used as lap quilts when strong winds blow.  But most of Judith's quilts today are meant to be displayed on the wall to be enjoyed, and fall into the ever increasingly popular art quilt category. Added to her inventory this season are one-of-a-kind fabric baskets and postcards that are actually tiny quilts, which can be mailed.