Fusing allows and encourages freedom in designing quilts. In this three day class, students will learn fusing basics and beyond to become competent and happy fusers. Strip fusing, collage building, weaving, layering and the use of decorative blades are just a few of the techniques students will explore in this fun and liberating class.
Day one - Little Landscapes: Using Frieda's pattern Sister Trees; students will explore the possibilities of working from a design and making it their own.
Day two - Laughing Leaves; Starting with a color scheme of their choice, students will discover how to create free form a theme from nature.
Day three - Machine quilting: Practice, practice, practice is the way to improve your machine quilting skills. Frieda will walk the beginner quilter through the process of making your own designs without marking or using templates. Using the sewing machine as a drawing tool the student will learn how to handle their quilt sandwich, what needles and thread to use and how to make complex patterns from simple designs.
Winter Pines, an example of Anderson's work.
Frieda's Biographical Information
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 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 wood near my home with my dog George. Much of what I see there appears in my work.
I discovered hand dyeing fabric 16 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.
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