My friend Willa Fuller picked me up at my hotel in Orlando yesterday and drove me out to the quaint little town of Mt. Dora, Florida...to the gracious home of my online friend, Freda Butler. What a treat it was to finally meet this lady in person...and her handsome husband, Harv, as well.
Freda is such a talented crazy quilter. Willa and I leaned on her to start a blog so she can share her work with fellow stitchers on a more widespread basis. But in the meantime, I am happy to post pictures of a glorious kimono crazy quilt she made. This project was organized as a block of the month project (I think...not sure about that) by Victoria Brown, of Ribbonsmyth, who was its designer and supplier of materials. Freda added many of her own touches, of course. She has a very distinctive style.
Here is an overall view of the kimono...and meet Freda!
I will be studying these details for lots of ideas!
I love the way that little image is framed...that looks like Vickie Brown's design, if I am not mistaken. She is so clever with ribbon! As Marty would say, do click to "embiggin"!
One can get lost in all this wonderful detail....
...but of course, that is what you are supposed to do with crazy quilts! Look at that great twisted ruffled ribbon on the left. Love that. And the golden fan charm the lady has, in just the right scale.
The quilt has lots of little vignettes like this one, tucked in there for discovery.
Look at that great line of beads twisting through those flowers...!
This is my favorite detail shot. Freda bought this kimono pin at an art show and it fits so perfectly here.
Freda had so much to show and share with us, including her Baby Lock Embellisher which--oh no!--was exceedingly tempting to me...but then it was time for a ladies' lunch at The Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora. If you are ever in the area, this place is not to be missed. It was so charming in all its shabby chic, and the food was outstanding.
I am so blessed to have such lovely internet friends...and even more so when I get to be with them in person. Thank you Freda, and thank you Willa, for such a wonderful day. I will never forget it.