Frieda Anderson
Elgin, Illinois

Frieda’s original quilts are inspired by the colors from nature and the everyday scenery that surrounds her in the mid-west. Working with her own hand-dyed cotton and silk fabrics is fun and challenging, the dyeing process is always a surprise. Frieda, who has been making quilts for over 40 years, teachers and judges internationally. Her hand dyed fabric and original patterns can be viewed on her website where readers can also enjoy her weekly updates and tips. Visit

Autumn Glory, Full Day
Thursday, 9/18/2014 - 9/18/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Brighten your walls with this gift of fall color. Raw-edge fusing makes this class fun and easy, and you’ll learn new techniques to make it fast. A kit takes the worry out of fabric selection, and Frieda shows you machine-quilting tricks to complete this colorful wall hanging at home. Students will pick one of the two patterns. Beginner/Intermediate levels. Materials List: Class kit, $30 payable to instructor, includes pattern and fabric. Students bring: Really sharp small embroidery scissors for fabric. Mechanical pencil and yellow or orange, hard colored pencil. Rotary cutting mat (medium/large), at least 12” ruler and regular rotary cutter. Paper lunch bag to catch scraps. Box of parchment paper. Creasing tool (optional). 2-3 yards of WonderUnder fusible web (no substitutions, please) – it should say #805 on the end of the bolt. Pre-cut 2 pieces before class to 18” x 17” (width of WonderUnder).
PA 001   75.00

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Little Landscapes, Full Day
Friday, 9/19/2014 - 9/19/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fused appliqué is one of the methods Frieda uses to make award-winning quilts. In this workshop students will make a small landscape design using fused fabric, scissors and a rotary cutter with a decorative blade. To truly make your own art quilts, begin by designing your own fabric. In this class you will make swatches of colorful fused fabrics to create collage landscapes full of texture and pattern. Either way, it is an original quilt made with original fabric designs. A kit of hand dyed cottons is required, dyed specifically to produce the desired results. Beginner level. Materials List: Fabric kit is required, $30 payable to instructor. Kit includes four 1/4 yards of hand dyed, gradated cotton and pattern. 1 - 2 yards of Wonder Under fusible web – it says #805 on the end of the bolt (no substitutions please). Students bring: Small, sharp fabric scissors for details. Large rotary cutter, mat and ruler, regular blade and decorative blades if you have them. Smaller mat to turn over and use the back side when using the decorative blades. A box of parchment paper. Sketch pad and pencil, optional. Creasing tool, optional. Iron and large bath towel to use as an ironing surface, topped with plain muslin or any fabric that will provide a smooth ironing surface.
PA 002   75.00

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Frieda's Fun, Fast Free Motion Quilting, Full Day
Saturday, 9/20/2014 - 9/20/2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Frieda’s Fun Fast Free Motion Machine Quilting class walks the beginner quilter though the process of making your own designs without marking or using templates. Using the sewing machine as a drawing tool, students will learn how to handle their quilt sandwich, what needles and thread to use and how to make complex free motion patterns from simple designs. Beginner/Intermediate level. Materials List: Required kit, $15 payable to instructor, includes handbook of designs and a machine quilting needle. Students bring: Sewing machine - must have free motion capability; feed dogs must drop. A darning foot is essential! Generic darning feet are available if your machine is not equipped; please consult your dealer. Bring your sewing machine manual if you are not familiar with your machine. Scissors. Cotton or polyester thread in several colors, not white, beige, cream, etc. For example, orange and blue, red and green or other colors that will contrast - we want to see our tension. Quilt sandwiches: 6 sets of 15” squares of cotton (top, batting, lining). Since we are interested in seeing our stitchery, fabric should be a light, solid color or muslin. Please no white-on-whites or metallics. Do not pin in center of squares, just around the edges; please have sandwiches basted before class. Cotton batting is preferred, but you may practice on polyester. Please cut your batting to match your fabric, for example, in 15” squares. Paper lunch bag for catching thread. A darning foot is essential! Sewing machine & darning foot required.
PA 003   75.00

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Flooded with Color - Fabric to Dye For, 1-1/2 hours
Friday, 9/19/2014 - 9/19/2014, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
In this lecture, Frieda will share with the audience her techniques for dyeing gorgeous fabrics. Frieda started dyeing fabric 22 years ago to achieve rich hues and deep color. In her lecture Frieda walks you step-by-step through the process of dyeing beautiful gradations of color using ordinary household measuring tools and easy to follow directions. Your quilts can be flooded with color, too. This lecture will show you those steps.
PA Lec 102   20.00

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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers