March - Frieda Anderson
Friedas' bio -
I made my first quilt when I was in high school. I have always made things, and I love the process of creating. In college I majored in Art History and minored in ceramics, but I returned to fiber because it was more satisfying. I can’t remember when I didn’t sew. For years my focus was designing and making clothing. All that changed in 1992, however, when I was in fashion design and realized that all I wanted to do was make quilts. I have been designing and making original art quilts ever since.
I find each step of quilt making, from the beginning to the end, a real challenge. It is hard to say what part I like best. I love the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. I love to piece and I love to fuse. I have found that by fusing smaller pieces, I can work out design issues. Then I like to make a bigger, bolder statement and piece the same quilt in a large format. Most of my work is machine quilted and nature inspired.
Everyday I walk in a little woods near my home with my dog George. Much of what I see there appears in my work. I discovered hand dyeing fabric 20 years ago, and I now work almost exclusively with my own hand dyed cottons and silks. I love the dye process, and I particularly enjoy seeing the colors emerge from the wet fabric.
To find out more about Frieda, her quilts and her fabric go to www.friestyle.com
Flooded with Color – A Dye class
Level: Beginner to Advanced—One day—No sewing machine required
Color is one of the reasons we love quilting, and achieving the abundance and variety of color is one reason we dye our own fabrics.
The most dependable, lightfast and washfast dyes used by the industry are Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes, the same dyes used in this workshop. Participants will learn the techniques and dye formulas of 24 shades, introducing the flood of color that can be achieved with this easy dyeing method.Supply list for Freida Andersen’s dying class: