Wednesday, October 30, 2013


pure happiness is...
Freddy Moran!

Here's some pictures
of her forty quilts
on display at Island Quilter on Vashon Island.

Of course,
she is famous for her houses...

and her Lady of Guadeloupe works of art...

whatever the theme,
there is always a vibrant happiness!

I arranged to have Freddy come teach a two day class.
Sixteen lovely and quite creative ladies
gathered at Aunt Mary's
for a simply splendid
soaking in of all Freddy had to offer.

Here's the welcome basket I put together
with some of my precious Freddy scraps!
Also included were bubbles, a happy noise maker,
polka dot pencil, Curly Girl stationery, and tissue.
My husband recently returned from a trip to Guatemala
where he bought some worry dolls, so
I attached one to each basket (in a house of course).
Just in case any lady had a worry...
she would have a way to release it!

Freddy shared some of her ideas on creativity.
I took some notes
and would like to share what I heard her say
(a mix of what she really said with my own memory twist). 

 You think you don't know how to do it,
but you do!
The hardest part is getting started.
So, take the part (block) you like the most...
make a few...
put it on the design wall...
or make some strata...
or just start sewing some pieces of fabric together...
pretty soon...
 the parts (blocks) will start to tell you
what it wants to be...a medallion quilt, a row quilt, etc.

Here's Freddy,
without a ruler,
making a liberated star.

Here's Freddy,
(with Carrol in the background)
talking about contrast
(of course!)
Contrast can be light and dark,
curvy and straight, etc.
contrast can be a difference in mood!
Here she has three bolts she felt conveyed a different mood.

She said it's not only the color,
but the way color is used,
and most importantly,
                  Freddy believes that the success of her quilts
is probably due to color,
because she learned VALUE,
the colors can be seen!
Here's Freddy
searching through the ever generous
Marta's glorious scrap collection.

She demonstrated some of her parts department
and then she demonstrated how she makes her collages.
Collage is her new favorite creative play.
Watch the magic...

Freddy said quilting should be
a total joy
each one of us
has the potential
to find that joy.

I think...
for me...
the best thing about Freddy is that
she is all about 
living life to the fullest
doing what your love
that's a great philosophy
not only for quilting
but also for life!


  1. Awesowe! Excited for our date tomorrow! See you in the morning at 9:30. Exit ?...I remember the Burger King part :).

  2. Wonderful...wonderful....WOnDerful!!!! Thank you for bringing her to us!!!

  3. Very inspiring post. I never tire of seeing Freddy's quilts. She is so generous in her teaching. Thank you, thank you for bringing her!!!

  4. Love your post.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Amazing post--thank you for the looksee into that class! I Love love love those Madonna quilts AND that Maple Leaf one--all so vibrant! Hugs, Julierose

  6. Fabulous quilts - I would love to take a class with Freddy!
    My favourite is the huge cockerel!!

  7. An inspiring post! Not only does Freddy seem awesome but also the participants. What a colorful crew!

  8. Many thanks for this post. Oh I wish I could have been there. Freddy is such an inspiration.

  9. great post and what a lucky duck you are to have experienced that wonderful day with adorable Freddie Moran!!!

  10. Love this! I get to spend a day with Freddy December 13th. So excited!

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