Monday, October 31, 2011


Halloween Houses on Halloween!

A few years ago, in the throws of my new found love for Freddy Moran, I made a house quilt for several holidays as a way to use some of the myriad of embellishments (enough for more Halloween quilts than I will ever make!) I had been collecting.

I had sew much fun creating different spookified houses.

It's special because hanging it up in the front hall has become part of our family's Halloween tradition. As my boys get older and wallow in their teen years, the outside decorating and trick-or-treating enthusiasm wanes, but happily the presence of this quilt remains as acceptably "cool".

I am looking forward to taking some time to visit the other quilts posted for this Blogger Quilt Festival. What a TREAT on this fun day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


This was a thank you from the Japanese to the Americans for help after the Tsunami.


I LOVE quilts with humor!

A friend of Freddy's that sews with her EVERY MONDAY! (WOW!) made this quilt in a Ruth McDowell class, her grandson's name is Jack. Too cute!

This quilt is explained below. I love the concept.

This one is from Japan and was one of Freddy's favorites.


This was one of our favorites too!! There are little caterpillars eating the leaves! And the eyeball looks 3D. Stunning!

Hope you were inspired..that's it for quilt show pictures. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011


First - After four years of quilting, I saw Freddy Moran's "Phil and Phoebe" quilt at a shop in Walnut Creek, CA and was zinged with happy energy that THIS was the kind of quilt I wanted to create.

Second - I was delighted to take three different Freddy classes at Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop.

Third - When I shared, during a class, that my in-laws lived in the next town over from her, Freddy invited me to visit. She graciously showed me and my mother-in-law around for over an hour! If only I could sew in her studio with her!

Fourth - Sue saw Freddy at this past summer's quilt show in Sisters, Oregon where the following conversation (or close to it) took place:

Sue - I would love to come visit and sew with you.
Freddy - So come.
Sue - Really?
Freddy - Of course.
Sue - Stephanie is going to be so jealous.
Freddy - If you and Stephanie can share a bed, you both can come visit and stay in my guest room.
Sue - Really?
Freddy - YES!
Sue - OK!

Fifth - Sue and I left last Thursday spent a most marvelously inspirational, over the top creative, and magically peaceFULL weekend with THE Freddy Moran! 

Oh my goodness! Me sewing and Freddy working.

Her self portrait quilt is hanging in the background. 

Sue sewing in front of only part of Freddy's stash!

Freddy shared fabric and parts from her parts department in Sue's quilt...

and mine.

In the first class I took with Freddy she shared a story that changed my life. It has had a trickle effect in all decisions to satisfy my creative self. 

Freddy's husband Neil wanted to go to the British Open. For years he repeated the same thing, "I want to go to the British Open. I wish I could go. Wouldn't it be nice to go?" One day Freddy had had enough. She told Neil that if he was waiting for the phone to ring and someone to tell him that today was the day he should go to the British Open - it was never going to happen. If he wanted to go, he should go. Neil started planning that day, they went, it was perfect. 

Then Freddy told the class, if you want to do something... 


Don't wait for outside permission, it is never going to come.

Her house, as depicted in her book Freddy's House,  is spectacular with her yellow walled cheery studio oozing with great fabric. 

But it was her spirit and her wisdom and her realness that enthralled us. What a beautiful woman inside and out! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Here's some more eye candy...

This quilt had a "Best in World" ribbon!


This was one of our favorite of favorites. 
It was hand quilted and had a wonderful story.

So many interesting quilts!

I am still floating on the positive creative energy...

More to come...