Frieda Anderson headshot by Bonnie McCaffery

You can print a copy of my 2021BIOFA

FAndersonWoodland Secret, award winning quilt- Frieda Anderson

You can watch an AQS video of Frieda talk about her award winning quilt Unfurling, or print a very nice article about Frieda from Schmetz needles.

Artist Statement – 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.

I discovered hand dyeing fabric 30 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.

Frieda is a BERNINA Ambassador working on the  BERNINA 770Q domestic home sewing machine and a Q20 sitdown machine.

“I’ve never felt comfortable with the word “path” as a description of a way of life. It’s a land word, dry and earthy, whereas the only way I make any movement in my life is by allowing myself to drift, to sail, unknowing, with a spirit of adventure, ready to adapt to the culture at hand, so absorbed in the play of the moment that I don’t realize when the rope on the skiff has slipped loose.
…. I find a deep moral sensitivity in being loyal to one’s deepest enchantment. It’s a way of love rather than principle, and it’s fluid rather than firm.”

Thomas Moore – The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life



Frieda Anderson

3613 Tin Cup Blvd

Sarasota FL 34232




youtube – Frieda Anderson




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




Walks in the Woods – Del Thomas Collection
Springs Greeting – Private Collection
Aspen Tree – National Quilt Museum
and many individual quilt collectors


ARTQuilts – Fusible Collage, Laura Wasilowski & Frieda Anderson with Nancy Zieman (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) email me for a free copy of this publication

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


Art Quilting Studio Magazine – Autumn 2021- Creative Curved piecing article pages 50-56
AQS Focus on Flowers booklet – 2020 – Unfurling
American Quilter Calendar,
May 2019 – Unfurling
Inspired to Sew – Schmetz Needle Newsletter – September 2018
Create Whimsy – May 2018
Machine Quilting Unlimited
, July/August 2017, Prize winning quilt – Spring’s Greeting
Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May 2016 Intentional Improvisation
Quilting ARTs Magaizine, August/Sept 2015, Farm Land article Decorative stitching by Machine
International Quilt festival Quilt Scene, 2013/2014, fwmedia
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  “August Afternoon” quilt
QUILTS and MORE, Summer 2009,
picture of  Forget me Knots quilt
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 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”


Glacial Park, McHenry County, IL –  Frieda Anderson solo show, 2019

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


$100,000 Quilt Challenge (2006)

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


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

Australia Quilt Symposium faculty 2010

Brigham City Utah Museum, 2015

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 (2005-2021)

Mancuso’s Quilt Shows (2000-2012)

McLean County ARTS Center, Bloomington, IL (2015)

Minnesota Quilters Show (2004)

Midwest Views – SAQA IL/WI- traveling exhibit 2020-2023

New Zealand Quilt Symposium (2004)

PAQA (Professional Art Quilters Alliance) Small Works Shows (1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015)

Primal Forces – SAQA traveling exhibit – (2020-2023)

QuiltCon (2022)

Robert Morris University, Made in ILLINOIS: 30 years. (2015)

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

Stitched Together – SAQA IL/WI – Traveling Exhibit 2018

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

Vermont Quilt Show (2004, 2006)


American Quilter’s Society –  Paducah, Nashville, Daytona Beach, 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


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

Ashville Quilt Guild, 2012 –annual show

Mancuso’s quilt shows 2008-2015


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


2022- Best Machine Quilting on a domestic machine, QuiltCon, Phoenix, AZ – Cherry Baskets
2019- First place small pieced quilts, IQA Houston, TX – Winter Trees
2019 – Second place Miniature Art quilts IQA Houston, TX – Fall Leaves

2018- Third place large wall quilts AQS Paducah, KY – Unfurling
Honorable Mention World Quilt New England Manchester, NH – Unfurling

2017 – First place Innovative Pieced IQA Houston, TX – Unfurling

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



Friendship Knot quilters guild – Sarasota FL

Modern Quilt Guild –

PAQA – Professional Art Quilters Alliance since 1996

SAQA – Studio Art Quilters Associates – professional member

SDA – Surface Design Association –

You can print a PDF of this information from this link – Frieda Anderson BIO  2022bioFriedaAnderson