The Colorado Quilting Council & Freddy Moran

Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
Trip End Oct 16, 2009

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Colorado Quilting Council is a state wide umbrella organization supported by the quilt guilds that operate across the state.  This is the group responsible for the biennial quilt show that we saw in the Capitol in Denver.  It has a membership of over 1000 and there were about 165 members present at their July meeting today.  They meet monthly at various locations around the state and when I discovered that the July meeting might fall within our stay period and would be less than a two hour drive, I decided to attend as a guest.  It was a great meeting.

The number of volunteers active in making this organization work is phenomenal and at some point all those present were recognized and some reported on current activities.  The show and tell was great and included some granny and me quilts with the granddaughters there to show their handwork.  I found that it was nothing for some to have driven up to four hours to get to the meetings that start at 9:30 on a Saturday and run until about 1:00 in the afternoon.

The feature speaker was Freddy Moran, author of Freddy's House, Collaborative Quilting (2006), Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again: Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs (2009). 
Freddy, trained as a potter but when she married she focused her attention on being a full-time mom for many years.  She produced her first quilt when she was 60 and now a young 79, has made about 500.  "She uses es more color per quilt than most people use in a lifetime" and "Red is Neutral" is her mantra.  As a teacher she tries to take at least one class per year to put her back in touch with the student perspective.  The self portrait she did, makes me wonder if she took a class with Pamela Allen.  Had I done a bit of research first, I might have tried to take one of her workshops.  Her work is great!  I did break down and buy a copy of her lasted book, a collaboration with Gwen Marston, an expert in heritage quilts and quilting.  What a mix of talents!  When I look at the pictures, I'm think they are all some of Freddy's. 

Lucky me, I won one of the door prizes so have mementos of the day as well.
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