Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Quilt show



Time for Tips, Techniques, and a Special Tribute
Join us in Episode 705 for a show filled with great ideas and inspiration for your "quilting tool box." We begin with Jennifer Keltner, editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, who reveals her "Top10 Quilt Tips," a sampling of great ideas that will make your quilting experience more fun and productive. Next, quilt artist and teacher Frieda Anderson shares a quick and fun project that is sure to please the cat lover in your family. Finally, you won't want to miss the moving visit to the American Folk Art Museum in NYC to view The National Tribute Quilt, conceived and orchestrated by the Steel Quilters of the United States Steel Corporation in response to the events of September 11, 2001.  Click here to watch the show.

Birmingham Festival of Quilts


I thought I’ld show you some of the images of quilts I took in Birmingham. I can’t tell you who made the quilts because the show doesn’t post the names with the quilts and I don’t have a show booklet. But I hope you enjoy the images.

This first one won best of show in Art Quilts and I do know who created it – my room mate in Australia Annette Morgan. Way to go Annette.

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I think it is called Pay the Ferryman.

These next two are from the SAQA Exhibit - Art meets Science . The second one is by my friend and PAQA member Suzanne Riggio.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Little Landscapes


Besides teaching Laughing Leaves in Fargo I will also be teaching Frieda’s Fun Fast Free Motion Machine Quilting AND a new class Little Landscapes. I am  looking forward to what students are going to do with this class. I have been watching the landscape while I drive for a long time and am just now incorporating landscapes into my work.

In this class students will start out  picking from my stacks of hand dyed fabrics 4 – 1/4 yard pieces to assemble their own landscapes. There will be four piles of sky colors – pink-orange, blue to light blue, pink to purple and grey to light blue. There will be four piles of earth colors, multi-bright gradation, blackened multi-gradation, blackened orange to purple, and blacken greens. There will be a pile of lime green to dark green, and a pile of all variety of gradations. I LOVE CHOICES. Having so many choices can be overwhelming but it allows the design process to move forward more easily.

After we fuse up our fabrics the students will be given the choice of making a landscape in one of three styles. Look out landscapes here we come.

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Summer Special


Today and tomorrow are the last two days of my summer special on my website. With every order over $20 receive a free quarter yard of fabric. You can email me your color choice or let me choose for you. Don’t miss out on this great offer.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Quilt Show


Don’t forget that my episode on The Quilt Show airs tomorrow. If you click here it will take you to a behind the scenes of the show. For all of your who get my newsletter and are not members of the Quilt show I will be sending you a special code in a week or so to view the episode, so if you haven’t signed up yet for my newsletter send me your email at frieda@friestyle.com.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hand dyed shirts


IMG_0026Linen jacket gradated from lime green to blue.

IMG_0319 Cotton shirt gradated from turquoise to orange.

I am posting these images because Carol asked me about the shirt in the Birmingham video. These are just two examples of hand dyed shirts that I dye and sell. I dye them the same way I dye fabric with many different colors gradating from one color to another. I will have these for sale with me in Madison WI and again in Houston TX at the IQA show. I don’t sell them on line because they are all so different, so if you want one of these fabulous shirts you will have to come to one of the shows. :) See you at the show.

Molly Malone


Laura can’t resist having her picture taken with statuary, usually animals but sometimes other interesting images. On our way over to the UK we had a 12 hour lay over in Dublin. We decided to spend the day in the city of Dublin rather than in the airport. So we caught a bus that took us downtown and then we had a delightful day of tourism. First we headed to Trinity College to see the Book of Keels. We really enjoyed seeing the books and the display on the making of the book. Then on the way to buy a Hop On and Off bus ticket for touring Dublin we passed the statue of Molly Malone.

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And of course I couldn’t resist taking a video with this charming Irish man.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference Fargo ND


I will be visiting the lovely city of Fargo ND. I have never been to Fargo before and am really looking forward to seeing that neck of the woods. The Quilt show and conference runs from September 24-26 at the Holiday Inn on 13th Ave.

I am teaching the ever popular Laughing Leaves class. In this class students will start out with 1/2 yard of my multi – gradation fabric. They then get to choose two other 1/4 yards of fabric from a big stack of a variety of my hand dyed gradation fabrics ranging in colors from pink to purples, yellow to oranges, blues to greens and many more.  They fuse up their fabrics and we begin the design process. This class lets loose with free form cutting and the use of decorative blades to cut out the design elements. It always amazing me to see the results.


Birmingham Festival of Quilts


Laura and I had a great time in Birmingham as usual. I came home yesterday and Laura will be back next week. I will post lots of pictures from the show and later our trip to London, but for now here is a quick look at us in our “stall” at the show with some “students” now friends from last year.


Janet van der Colff  on the left and Lesley Williamson in the middle, Frieda and Laura.

Also, I was sitting in the SAQA booth on Sunday when along came

Alex Veronelli of AURIfil Threads, he was taking a video of

the Art Meets Science exhibition at Festival of Quilts:
and posted a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU1NBKzvGDM, you can see me in it at the end. Jean Judd sent me the link. Thanks Jean!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Village Quilters of Lake Bluff IL


Mid September I will be teaching close to home. I always enjoy driving to my teaching engagements when I can. I can take so much more hand dyed fabric and threads and things that I just can’t cram into my bags when I fly. I will be at the Village Quilts of Lake Bluff, IL. I will again be teaching my Frieda’s Fun Fast FreeMotion Machine Quilting class on September 22. I will be giving a lecture the night before at their guild meeting.


Place: Grace United Methodist Church (244 East Center Avenue) in Lake Bluff, Illinois
Date: Always on the third Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30pm social time, 7:00pm meeting followed by program

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Madison Expo


On Saturday Sept 11 I will be teaching in Madison  from 1-4, Blooming Fun.

In this class we start out with 1/2 yard of multi gradation fabric; I call this Blacked Gradation, because I have added black to the dye to deepen the colors. In this class my students will first fuse ALL the fabric and then cut it apart to create the background that will house each students unique flower composition made from yellow-orange gradated fabric that I dye. IMG_2411

I will of course talk about how I have finished this piece and if any of my students where in my FFFFMMQ class on Thursday or Friday they will know exactly how to make all the quilting designs that finish this piece so well. The Spine Feathers, the Leaf and twirl and the scrolls.

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If you are at the show, don’t hesitate to find my room and stop in and say hello. I will have my other patterns and hand dyed fabrics for sale.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Where I will be teaching in September


I love teaching. It is always so much fun to see what my students will do with the ideas that I share with them.

September 9-11 I will be teaching at the Madison Quilt Expo in Madison WI.

I will be teaching two machine quilting class. Thursday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. Frieda’s Fun Fast Free Motion Machine Quilting. We will learn how to do our own free form designs without marking the quilt sandwich. We will discuss needles, thread and of our sewing tool – the sewing machine. We will discuss handling a large quilt on a domestic machine. EVERYONE will come away from this class a better machine quilter.

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Just some of the designs we will learn. I hope you can join us.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Midwest Meditations


I belong to a group called FAC. We will have a show of some of our members work next month at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum in Bloomingdale IL.

It will run in conjunction with a SAQA exhibit. Our exhibit is called

Midwest Mediations.

These are the three quilts I will have on display.


Illinois Landscape 35” x 24”


Wisconsin Landscape 12” x 14”


Driving Home 20” x 14”

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nice neighborhood


My friend Laura Wasilowski’s quilt Nice Neighborhood is the featured quilt this month in the AQS calendar. I wish I lived in that neighborhood.

Monday, August 16, 2010

On the Road Again


The Frieda and Laura show is on the road again. Be sure to visit us in our booth – B4- at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK. We will be selling hand dyed fabrics, thread, silk, patterns and much more. We are looking forward to listening to all the different accents and trying hard to understand what our customers are saying. :)

I will have a quilt in the show this year.

Jack in the Pulpit. I hope they know what that is, I don’t know if they grow across the pond.


Jack in the Pulpit 43” x 43” hand dyed cotton sateen, silk, fused collage machine quilted.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Baby quilt


I am getting ready to leave for the UK, Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. I will be gone until August 26. After the show Laura and I are traveling down to London for a few days to look at museums etc.. If anyone has any suggestions of things we should do while in London please email me frieda@friestyle.com and let me know. I will be checking my email everyday, no computer though. I haven’t been to London in about 15 years and I’m sure there are new interesting things to see and visit.

BUT I am getting ready to go to a baby shower this afternoon. A good friend’s son and new wife are having their first baby. I made them this little crib quilt out of  two different sets of my 5” precut squares for a baby gift.  I didn’t know what sex it was while putting the squares together but found out later that it is a boy, so I put blue binding on the finished quilt.


This morning I needed to make a card to go with the gift. I pulled open my drawer of pre-fused fabrics and started creating. As you may know I love trees and all the metaphorsIMG_0471  

that go with them, and this is what I came up with. I fused it right to colored card stock I get at Target. They come with matching envelopes. Since I am not so cleaver when it comes to wording I went on line to find an appropriate quote to go with my picture. And I found this-

To Baby Garber, ( I added this)

Soak up the sun
Affirm life's magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.
-   Karen Shragg, Think Like a Tree


I think this is perfect since I am also giving the baby a copy of the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I printed it out on fun paper because my hand writing is nothing special and cut the edge with my favorite deckle pinking blade and glued it to the back of the card.

I always think gifts made with love are the best.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Student Work


I always tell my students that if they send me pictures of their finished projects I will post them on my blog. Here is Small Autumn Mums from Katie in Nebraska. I think she did a fabulous job and it turned out wonderful. Well done Katie!!


Hi Frieda,

I was in your Saturday class at QuiltNebraska.  I just finished the quilt, and I'm thrilled with all the new techniques you taught.  I can't tweak the color on the picture quite right, but you get the idea. 

I had a wonderful time making this, and have an idea for the next one already.

Thank you for a great class!

Katie Wilson

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More about My upcoming episode


My Episode #705 and will post on August 30, 2010 for all you QS members to view. Then in September the episode will be available to my customers to watch for FREE! I will send you a link via my newsletter, so if you haven’t signed up yet you need to send me your email address.
It is scheduled  from *September 6-12, 2010* AND I will give you a link where
you can receive a discount on a TQS membership.  This way, anyone
joining during the week will have an opportunity to see my show and other
fun things TQShow has to offer on the website.


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Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Specials


I leave for England on August 16th. I hope you will check out my Summer Special before I go. I won’t fill any orders once I am on the road.

Summer is in full swing, particularly in my back yard. My garden is in full bloom, but the mosquitoes are keeping me from working out there, so I am busy cleaning and reorganizing my shelves. My Summer Special for the rest of August will be a free fat quarter yard of fabric with every $20 order. The color you get may be yummy sunny yellows, petal pinks, grassy greens or sparkling sky blues - something that you will want to use right away! I've also reduced the price on these patterns -Petite Sunflowers and Pumpkins - are on sale until they are gone at $3 each. They would make the perfect gift for the holidays for those special quilt buddies.

Sew Many Places Cruise 2011

I want to give you a second heads up on a quilting vacation coming in 2011. In case you ever want to get away in the middle of the winter, here is your chance. Judy Coates Perez and I will be going on a Mexican Riviera Cruise February 20-27. Why not come with us? We will have three great days at sea to socialize, make some new projects, sew and have fun. Check it out here at http://www.sewmanyplaces.com.

Don't forget to stock up on these notions this summer:


Decorative blades

Rayon Thread

The Quilt Show

Coming August 30th is my appearance on the Quilt Show.com. The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims will offer free to my newsletter followers a week of viewing.  Make sure I have your email and send this email off to a friend who may not be signed up so that they too can benefit from this great offer too. Email me at frieda@friestyle.com .There are so many wonderful episodes to watch on the Quilt Show.com that this is a great opportunity for everyone to check it out, if you haven't already done so. Included in the viewing will be directions on how to make a postcard size landscape quilt from the leftover scraps of my project on the program.

Chicago School of Fusing Pattern Works - Art Fabrik/FrieStyle Booth

Be sure and come by our booth #B4 at the The Festival of Quilts 2010 in Birmingham UK August 19-22. Laura and I I will have hand dyed fabrics, cotton and silk, patterns with kits, hand dyed thread and many extra things that don't fit on the website. See you there!

My Teaching Schedule for the rest of 2010

I will be teaching around the country for the rest of this year please join me at one of my venues. Please check out where I will be and sign up for a class.

Thank you. frieda@friestyle.com


Friday, August 6, 2010

Dyeing all the time

I dye a little everyday. I know I've talked about this before, but I thought you would enjoy seeing my process.
I mix my dyes in 4 cup amounts and dye my fabrics either flat on platters on in small containers. I pour left over dyes on scrunched up fabrics. These scrunched up fabrics become some of my "favorite" fabrics. You can never predict how they will turn out.

I like using small lidded containers to dye solid colors. These lidded containers are SO MUCH easier to clean and take care of then zip lock bags. You spend a little more money initially but in the end you are way ahead.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Quilt Show


I will be appearing on August 30th on The Quilt Show.


If you haven’t already signed up for my mailing list now is a good time. Everyone on my list will receive a free week to visit the inner workings of this great resource – The Quilt Show.

So send me an email and get on the list. And pass this on to a friend, and share the show:)


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quilt Expo Madison Wisconsin


Online registration is up and running for this great regional show. If you live in driving distance you should make a plan with your quilt buddies to come to this show. The vendors are great, the quilts are marvelous and the workshops are world class. I will be teaching three half day classes here.

Blooming Fun and two classes of Really Free Motion Machine Quilting with a new work book. I hope to see you there.

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9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9-11

Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center

Madison, Wis.

Quilt Expo Workshops

Quilt Expo's 30 interactive, three-hour machine workshops are a great opportunity to learn, practice and master a new technique while creating an exclusive Quilt Expo project.

Register for one or more classes including topics like decorative-stitched art quilts, free-motion quilting, wearable patchwork pins, traditional feathered star blocks made easy, speedy double wedding ring blocks, illusional piecing, no-math appliqué and reversible quilting.

The event's 18 hands-on workshops include needle-turn appliqué, sashiko hand-stitching, raw-edge fusible applique, quilt pattern drafting, beading and silk painting.

An attendee at a Sit & Sew workshop.

An attendee at a hands-on workshop.

Register Online
To register online, visit the Quilt Expo website.

Register by Phone

To register by phone, call 866-297-6545.

Register by Mail

Use the convenient mail registration form on page 19 of the Quilt Expo Advance Registration Guide.

Early registration is recommended; seating is limited. Quilt Expo attendees also may check for openings at the Registration Help Desk in the lobby of the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.

A $5 fee will be added to all phone and mail registrations.

Quilt Expo Highlights

• Juried and judged quilt contest

• Hundreds of quilts on exhibit

• National and regional vendors

• Shopping opportunities

• Educational lectures

• Sit & Sew and Hands-on workshops

• Nancy Zieman appearances

• Two evening events

• Prize drawing

An attendee shops in the vendor mall.

A volunteer docent displays the back of a quilt.

Be a Quilt Expo Volunteer

Volunteering at Quilt Expo is fun and volunteers receive free admission and parking for the day of their shift.

Docents are especially needed in the quilt exhibits.

To sign up for a three- to four-hour shift, visit the Wisconsin Public Television volunteer website.

Click Here to Follow Quilt Expo on Twitter

Receive updates and important information as it happens.

Click Here to Become a Fan of Quilt Expo on Facebook

Share your love of quilting with other like-minded enthusiasts while having access to updates, information, photos, video and more.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Katie Gingrass Gallery

A few days ago a group of SAQAIL/WI members headed up to Milwaukee for a fun day of art. After visiting the MAM museum we headed over to the third ward district, which has many galleries and fun shops. We immediately went into the Katie Gingrass Gallery. And low and behold who should we find displayed but our old gal pal Sue Benner, a SAQA member from Texas.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Yesterday a group of SAQAIL/WI members, Judy, Sue, Kathy, Laura, Lois, Frieda, Iva, Ramona and Pat, meet at the Milwaukee Art Museum to see the American Quilts: Selections from the Winterthur Collection
May 22, 2010–September 6, 2010 Exhibit.

It was fabulous. I was so impressed with the workmanship in all of the pieces and thoroughly enjoyed the display.
MAM is one of my favorite museums, I love the design of the building, and of course who could resist posing with great works of art.

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