- Frieda Anderson of Friestyle
Frieda has been a sewer for as long as she can remember, and made her first quilt in high school. In college, she was an art history major and ceramics minor, but returned to fiber because she found it to be more satisfying. For years her focus was designing and making clothing, and she worked in fashion design until 1992, when she realized that all she wanted to do was make quilts. She’s been designing and making original quilts ever since.
Frieda finds each step of quilt making to be a real challenge. She discovered the art of hand dying fabric 16 years ago, and now works almost exclusively with her own hand dyed cottons and silks. While she doesn’t have a favorite part of the quilting process, she loves the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. She has found that she can work out design issues by fusing smaller pieces, which she then makes into a bigger, bolder statement by piecing the same quilt in a larger format. Most of her work is machine quilted and nature inspired. In fact, much of what she sees in her daily walk through the woods with her dog George appears in her work.
Frieda's quilting career has led her to publish three books, many magazine articles, and make television appearances. She has also taught about the art of quilting and had her work featured in shows all over the world.
Frieda's quilts are show in the Our Products section of the site.
Hand dyed fabrics give Frieda's quilts their brilliant colors.