Frieda Anderson – Hand dyed fabric, Quilt Artist, Teacher

Biography

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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.

BIO:

Frieda Anderson

1995 Murcer Lane

Elgin IL 60123

847-987-7556

frieda@friestyle.com

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OCCUPATION: Artist

MEDIUM: Fiber

BORN: Corinth, MS
EDUCATION: BA (1976) University of Vermont; and Fashion Design (1992) Harper College, Palatine IL

 

YEARS TEACHING QUILTING – 2000 – present

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS-

Walks in the Woods – Del Thomas Collection
Springs Greeting – Private Collection
Aspen Tree – National Quilt Museum 

PUBLISHED BOOKS:

ARTQuilts – Fusible Collage, Laura Wasilowski & Frieda Anderson with Nancy Zieman.

   sewingwithnancy.com. (2011)         

Fabric to Dye For, Frieda L. Anderson. C&T Publishing (2010)
Fun Fast Fusies, Frieda L. Anderson. American Quilter’s Society (2005)
Frieda’s Fun Fast Free Motion Machine Quilting, Frieda L. Anderson (self published)

PUBLICATIONS:
Frieda’s quilts have appeared in the following publications:

  • The Natural World: Art Quilt Portfolio, Martha Sielman. SAQA (2012)
  • Adventures in Design: Ultimate Visual Guide, 153 Spectacular Quilts, Activities & Exercises, Joen Wolfrom. C&T Publishing (2012)
  • The Best Of Quilting Arts, Pokey Bolton. Interweave Press (2011)
  • Skinny Quilts & Table Runners II, Eleanor Levie, editor. Martingale (2009)
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.Portfolio 15. Cheryl Ferrin, editor. SAQA (2008)
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. Portfolio 17, Cheryl Ferrin, editor. SAQA (2010)
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. Portfolio 18, Cheryl Ferrin, editor. SAQA (2011)
  • The Quilted Planet, Celia Eddy. Octopus Publishing Group (2005)
  • Fusing Fun! Fast and Fearless Art Quilts, Laura Wasilowski. C&T Publishing (2004)
  • Creative Log Cabin Quilting, Jeanne Stauffer and Sandre L. Hatch, editors. House of White Birches (2004)
  • Fiberarts Design Book, Susan Mowery Kieffer, editor. Lark Books (2004)
  • Gallery Of Quilt Art, 2003 Masterpieces, Spirit and Strength, by Husqvarna
  • Gallery Of Quilt Art, 2001 Masterpieces, Quilts of the New Machine Age, by Husqvarna

 

 

 

PUBLISHED PERIODICALS:

 

Modern Quilts Unlimited, Spring 2013 – Green Leaf, project and article

American Quilter Magazine, July 2012, Prize winning quilt – Woodland Treasure quilt pictured

Norsk Quilteblad, Norwegian Quilt Journal, 2012 – Frieda Anderson, “A walk in the Winter Woods”

Quilt Trends, Spring 2012, “Five fun projects for a spring weekend,” Daisy Postcard quilt pictured

Bergens Tidende, Bergen Norway Newspaper, March 18, 2012, “When the kids move out, you get quiet you

     can fill up on quilting.”

The Best of Quilting Arts 2012 – cover photo and article

Quilting Arts Gifts 2011/2012 Christmas issue, “Holiday Décor Ensemble,” Christmas Tree skirt and fire

screen projects

101 Patchwork Projects And Quilts,” Fused Greeting Cards and Gift Tags,” Quilting Arts Magazine (2011)

Machine Quilting Unlimited, January 2011, cover photo and article “Inspiring Quilter.”

Spanish Patchwork Association (2011),  Frieda Anderson Quilt Artist

Fermilab TODAY Journal, November 18, 2011,  “Art gallery exhibit showcases a rising art form”

    Shimmering Foliage quilt pictured

SAQA Journal, Summer 2010, “Making a pattern from your art quilts”

Quilter’s Newsletter, November 2010, “Christmas Morning”  a fusible project

American Quilter, November 2010, “Choosing and using fusible web”

Irish Quilting , April/May 2010, “Laura and Frieda on the road to Birmingham UK”

Daily Sun Newspaper FL, Friday March 26, 2010, “Pennsylvania Award winning quilts

   Spring’s Greeting quilt pictured

FONS and PORTER Love of Quilting, September/October 2009, “Summer Rain”article with quilt pictured

American Quilt Retailer, January 2009, pictures of  Summer Afternoon quilt

QUILTS and MORE, Summer 2009, picture of  Forget me Knots quilt

QUICK QUILTS, May 2009, picture of  Tulips quilt

QUILT, April/May 2009, pictures of quilts titled Petite Dandelions and Petite Poppies

QUILTS, Journal of the International Quilt Association, Winter 2008, picture of Whispering Pines quilt

Boulder Junction, CO Newspaper, April, 2008, “Floral Quilts honor season,picture of Spring’s Greeting

      quilt featured

Elgin Courier News, September 10, 2008, “Longtime Elgin resident to lecture at 2008 Quilt Expo”

QUILTING ARTS, September/October 2008, “Silk Blossoms” article with quilt pictured

QUILTING ARTS, January/February & March/April 2008, “All the Right Moves” a two part article with

     with cover quilt photo   

QUILTING ARTS, April/May 2007, “Colors of the Seasons” article with quilt pictured
Daily Herald Newspaper Elgin, July 9, 2006, “In Full Bloom”

AMERICAN QUILTER, Spring 2006, “Free Cut Piecing” article with quilt pictured

Quilter’s Newsletter, April 2006, Shimmering Foliage quilt pictured
$100,000 QUILTING CHALLENGE, Issue #1 2006, picture of quilt titled Shimmering Foliage

Daily Herald, Sunday May 22, 2005, “Have quilt, will travel” article with quilt pictured

FONS AND PORTER Love of Quilting, June 2005, “Art of Quilting”

Newsletter of the Colorado Quilting Council, June 2004,Frieda Anderson – A walk in the woods with

    George”

QUILTING ARTS, Fall 2003, picture of quilt titled Black Eyed Susans
QUILTERS NEWSLETTER, June 2003, “The Embellished Edge”

QUILTERS NEWSLETTER, October 2002, “The Meeting Place”

Daily Herald Newspaper, February 15, 2002, “Quilters create art, piece by piece”

THE QUILTING QUARTERLY, Fall 2002, “A Third Kind of Quiltmaking”

AMERICAN QUILTER, Spring 2000, “Cloth Valentines”

 

SOLO EXHIBITS:

Mancuso Pacific International Show – Walks in the Woods with George, 2008

Mancuso Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza Show – Walks in the Woods with George, 2008

Sewing and Quilting Expo, Madison WI – Walks in the Woods with George, 2007

Al’s Creamy and Café – On going exhibit of works, 2002 – 2011

Elgin School District Main Campus, ElginIL – Hearts Galore, 2000

 

 

EXHIBITS:

$100,000 Quilt Challenge (2006)

American Quilter’s Society Quilt shows in, Paducah, KY; Des Moines, IA; Lancaster, PA; Nashville,TN;

(2002-2012)

Artist Village a traveling exhibit of soft sculpture houses 2011-2012; IQA Houston, Long Beach and Cinncinati

Australia Quilt Symposium faculty 2010

Chicago School of Fusing Faculty shows in Bloomington, IL; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Paducah, KY;

Schaumburg, IL; Wisconsin Quilt Museum, Cedarburg, WI (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012)

FAC (Fiber Arts Coalition) 2008-2011

FAVA (Fireleand Assocition for the Visual Arts) 2008

Husqavarna Invitational shows (2001-2002)

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show (2007)

International Quilt shows, Houston and Chicago (2005-2012)

Mancuso’s Quilt Shows (2000-2012)

Minnesota Quilters Show (2004)

New Zealand Quilt Symposium (2004)

PAQA (Professional Art Quilters Alliance) Small Works Shows (1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Quilt Surface Design Symposium invitation show at the RossArt Museum (2008)

Road to California Quilt Show (2006, 2007, 2008)

Vermont Quilt Show (2004, 2006)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

American Quilter’s Society -  Paducah, Nashville, Des Moines and Grand Rapids shows

Ashville, NC Quilt Guild

Australia Quilt Symposium – Melbourne

International Quilt Festival –   Chicago, Houston and Long Beach

Festival of Quilts – Birmingham UK

Mancuso’s Quilt shows – Lansing, North Carolina and Chicago and Santa Clara

Minnesota Quilter’s State Guild

National Quilting Association – Columbus OH

Nancy’s Notion Quilt Expo – Madison Wisconsin

New Zealand Quilt Symposium

North Carolina Quilt Symposium

Norwegian Quilt Symposium

Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, Atlanta,GA; Chantily, VA; Minneapolis, MN; Raleigh, NC;

Schaumburg, IL; Worcester, MA

Sisters Oregon Quilt Show

Vermont Quilt Festival

Dozens of quilt guilds around the USA and Europe

 

 

JUDGING EXPERIENCE:

American Quilter’s Society, 2009 – Des Moines quilt show

Ashville Quilt Guild, 2012 –annual show

Mancuso’s quilt show, 2012 – PIQF in Santa Clara, CA

 

MEDIA:

Quilting Arts DVD, Chicago School of Fusing

The Quilt Show, episode #705 on making the quilt Winter Dreaming (2010)

The Quilt Show, series of 7 episodes on basic fusing (2012)

Quilting Arts University television appearances involving different quilting projects

DIY – Do It Yourself Network – two television episodes on quilting projects

Sewing with Nancy – Wisconsin Public Television -  four television episodes on quilting projects released as

DVDs by The Art of Quilting, Wisconsin Public Television

 

AWARDS:

2012 -  Third place wall quilts AQS Paducah, KY – Woodland Secrets

2010 – Honorable Mention Quilt Expo Madison, WI – Spring’s Greeting

2010 – Second place AQS Quilt Show Lancaster, PA – Spring’s Greeting

2008 – Third place “Celebrate Spring” IQF Chicago, IL – Spring’s Greeting

2007 – Judges choice IQF Houston, TX – Whispering Pines

2005 – Second place AQS Paducah, KY – Shimmering Foliage

2005 – Honorable mention IQF Houston, TX – Shimmering Foliage

2004 – Honorable mention AQS Paducah, KY – June Jubilee

2003 – Scholarship to Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Columbus, OH

1990 – 1st place Swedish Days at Geneva, IL, miniature quilt show

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

PAQA – Professional Art Quilters Alliance since 1996 http://www.artquilters.com

SAQA – Studio Art Quilters Associates – professional member http://www.saqa.com

SDA – Surface Design Association – http://www.surfacedesign.org

Hand dyed fabric, Quilt Artist, Teacher