Judy Paschalis

Judy Paschalis

Fiber Folk Artist

December 8, 2015


Tell us more about some of your past projects.

I have made more than 100 small (usually not more than 25” width or height) art quilts.  Most of these illustrate a particular political/social view I hold, or are of a memory.  Some are simply from ideas I get from things I hear or see.  My biggest project was to make sixteen 13” X 13” vignettes illustrating my mother’s life.  She was born into a Mennonite community in central Kansas, and had many things happen that I could illustrate. I made these hoping that her/my descendants would treasure these in the years to come.

What current projects are you working on?

I just finished [a quilt] about the 2016 Presidential election, and am currently working on one that has frogs catching a fly.  So you see, my artistic/quilting interests have quite a range.  In all of my work, I am trying to improve techniques and learn new ones.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

Appreciation for art and quilting abounds.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

My quilts about my mother’s life were shown at the Mennonite German Heritage Gallery at the Mennonite University in Winnepeg,Canada in March-May of 2014.  

Who or what gives you inspiration?

I’m a news junkie, so many of my QuiltToons come from watching a lot of news.  Just seeing something that is humorous or touching will inspire a quilt or my grandchildren or memories.

Tell us about your background.

I was born, the last of 3 children, in Kansas on a small farm.  I married young, had three daughters and finished college when I was 28.  I have a master’s degree in communication from Bowling Green State University. I worked as a TV reporter in Toledo and at WBGU.  I finished my professional career as the coordinator of the Kinship Navigator Program at the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio.   I started making fiber art projects when I was about 57 and have continued on.  I love photography.  

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

Have fun!  

Favorite place for local culture?

Art Walks and, of course, Toledo Museum of Art.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

Beverly neighborhood.

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

My home.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 

Walbridge Park, the Metroparks or my neighborhood.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

Biggby Coffee. 

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

Some kind of “conference” where folks could all get together and talk.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

Currently, the Art Quilt Group I belong to is considering what we could make as a collaboration.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Richard Reed.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

I do enjoy Facebook…keeps me in contact with friends and family who are far away.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Practical, humorous, colorful. 

My biggest vice is . . .

Ice cream.

I’d like to see _______   in Toledo.

A Jeep Museum.

What’s the last dream you recall having?  

I lost my granddaughter – a nightmare.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

Anything by George Jones.

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Those played by Lily Tomlin.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

My children.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

Listening to my 6-year-old granddaughter read.

I want my last meal to be:

Cooked by my husband, Manos.


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