Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery

Out Livermore way here in Northern California, Alden Lane Nursery puts on an annual event called “Quilting in the Garden”. It really is spectacular, with quilts hanging from trees amidst all the nursery flora.

This year Freddy Moran was the guest artist with 100 of her quilts on display. No, that is not a typo. She had 100 quilts on display. A renowned quilt artist, teacher and author, Freddy is also known for her vibrant color palette, and “red is a neutral” mantra.

My favorite thing though is when Freddy grabs my arm, looks me straight in the eye and says “do whatever you want Carol”. I am not alone. I understand that for decades Freddy has been encouraging people to let go of anything standing in the way of their creative voices when making their quilts. “Just do it”!

Here we’ll share some shots of the event so you can get a feel for the quilts in the trees, and then I’ve zeroed in on a few of my favorite quilts of Freddy’s. Enjoy!

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

What a Star by Freddy Moran

What a Star by Freddy Moran

Flower Garden by Freddy Moran

Flower Garden by Freddy Moran

Damask Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Damask Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Damask Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Damask Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Gwenny Wannabe by Freddy Moran

Gwenny Wannabe by Freddy Moran

Gwenny Wannabe by Freddy Moran

Gwenny Wannabe by Freddy Moran

Around the Block by Freddy Moran

Around the Block by Freddy Moran

Marzella's Quilt by Freddy Moran

Marzella’s Quilt by Freddy Moran

Modern I by Freddy Moran

Modern I by Freddy Moran

Modern II by Freddy Moran

Modern II by Freddy Moran

Round and Round by Freddy Moran

Round and Round by Freddy Moran

Gee's Bend Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Gee’s Bend Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Gee's Bend Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Gee’s Bend Log Cabin by Freddy Moran

Matrimony II by Freddy Moran

Matrimony II by Freddy Moran

Red Buttons by Freddy Moran

Red Buttons by Freddy Moran

Pineapple by Freddy Moran

Pineapple by Freddy Moran

Pineapple III by Freddy Moran

Pineapple III by Freddy Moran

Zig-Zag by Freddy Moran

Zig-Zag by Freddy Moran

Chinese Coins by Freddy Moran

Chinese Coins by Freddy Moran

Triangle Quilt by Freddy Moran

Triangle Quilt by Freddy Moran

Jack and I really loved the backs of the quilts. Freddy tends to use mostly whole cloth backs of dynamite fabrics she’s collected.

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery 2015

17 thoughts on “Freddy Moran, Quilting in the Garden Exhibition at Alden Lane Nursery

  1. Uplifting display. I have admired her quilts for years….tried to make similar. …what a treasure she is. And thanks for sharing….and thanks Freddy for sharing with the world.

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  3. I like that bit where Freddy said “do what ever you want” I think too many of us get caught up in making things that everyone else is making instead of following our hearts and making what we really want to make.

    Thanks for sharing your photos of all those gorgeous quilts.

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