Friday, September 28, 2012


There is nothing like a new adventure 
with my dear friend Sue
to rejuvenate my creative soul!
A three day class
 with Freddy Moran 
at the wonderful quilt shop, The Stichin Post, in Sisters, Oregon!!

Here we are, almost there, 
after a seven hour drive.

Here's a peak at all the yum yummy yummies!

This was my favorite non-Freddy quilt that was hanging in the shop.

There was a huge wildfire about five miles away.
It was smokey in the town of Sisters, 
but nobody seemed too bothered.

Freddy brought a SUITCASE of quilts to share!!!!

She said this is one of a series of barnyard animals.

She also said her quilts are successful because 
she pays attention to VALUE.

Freddy is a great admirer of Edrica Huws.
I encourage you to Google image her name and scroll through her
unbelievably wonderful
collage quilts.

Here I am, with a crazed look in my eye, 
petting the pile of Freddy quilts!
I do so have a crush on her!!!

After Freddy shared, 
everyone hung up the black and white backgrounds 
they had already pieced at home
and we got to work making a collage quilt.

The idea is really quite simple,
all you need is 
a glue stick...

and pile of bright happy fabric.

Here's Sue working.
Notice her too cute shirt!
On the first day, we both wore that "Freddy Fan"
tee with Freddy's face on the back,
just to establish that we love her best!!!

We were quite lucky 
to be seated with the most wonderful lady, Susie... 

who created this fantastic house (with outhouse!) in the woods.

In fact, 
I feel Freddy's classes 
attract a most wonderful group of ladies. 
I connected with many strong courageous creative quilters!
Here's a sampling of their works in progress.

In the middle of the class,
I felt over stimulated
and was grateful when a kind neighbor 
encouraged me to scrounge around
in her huge scrap basket.

If you look closely,
you will see that I actually
found some "love" 
in there! hee-hee

here's a little collage I made...

and here's a bigger collage of a tree on a river...

What a wonderful three days!
We even spotted some universal smilage
on the way home!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


lots going on...
My class is a GO!!
What fun we will have...
making a no-stress, no rules,
too cute creative quilt top...
While connecting, laughing, and sharing!
Here's the main idea...
Find a collection of fabric or a pile of scraps that are calling to you.
 I decided to use some of my Christmas fabric!
Then I tested a bunch of background possibilities and
 decided on a light light background.

I cut strips.
This time I decided to use all 2 1/4 inch strips.
You can do whatever width suits your fancy.
All the same width...
or varied.

This is how I sew.
I lay the strip I am working on in my lap
and eyeball the length I want.
Finished strips are on the table.
Works in progress are on my lap.

I try very hard
to motivate and get up...
 doing lots of pressing as I go
(only because I hear Judy's voice in my head yelling at me if I don't!)

This is just a little demo for the class,
so I thought some
 in the ditch quilting
was just fine and dandy.


I spied my tub of Christmas embellishments waaay uuuppp thereeeee....

Here's the main idea.

And a different color way.
I'll show my Halloween one soon.
I am just honored and tickled
to be teaching!
Other quilty stuff that I have been up to...
I gave this cute baby quilt to a friend of my middle son
to help him raise some money
for a cancer walk he was doing!
I reorganized and sold some extra (ha!) fabric
at the garage sale at Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop.

I entered this finished eye popper
in the Modern Quilt Convention that will be held
this February 21st in Austin Texas.
I won't hear anything about getting accepted until the new year...
what is the world record for most days spent with fingers and toes crossed?
I only used Freddy Moran's fabric line
starting with the idea I could make a gigantic flower,
but put it away when it lost the flowery feeling.
About a year later,
it was time to
 pull it back out
and kept going!

"Not A Flower"
was born!
Judy did the fabulous quilting, of course!
I am soooooo
heart palpitatingly
to get the chance to actually show Freddy this quilt!
Sue and I are off yet again
for a Freddy class!!!!
Looks like both me and LilaLou are contemplating the possibilities of
my departure!
No less truthful despite fuzziness!