Friday, September 26, 2014

Frieda's 52 Journal Quilts

I am smiling because the beautiful journal quilt in the center, made by my dear friend Frieda Oxenham 
as part of her 52 Journals exhibit, is hanging on the wall of my studio in Florida! 

I went to visit Frieda in Scotland last week and attended the Gallery Talk for her exhibit at the Peebles Museum on September 20th. While there I had the chance to look closely at all Frieda's 52 Journal quilts in person. What a remarkable experience! I had seen them all online, but to view them in person was another thing altogether. After taking many photographs and looking at all of her journal quilts, I decided I wanted to purchase one of them. I seriously considered this one below for it's color and beautiful stitching . . . 

. . . but I kept returning to this one below. It really spoke to me.

Read more about this journal quilt on Frieda's Blog!

I am lucky to have a number of fabric and other mixed media pieces made by Frieda, as we have been corresponding & sharing art for 10 years. About a year and a half ago, after we had moved to our new home on the Braden River, Frieda sent me this beautiful 21" square quilt with a river theme. See below. 
You can read more about it on her original blog post in 2012, here. 

This new Journal Quilt Shelter and the river quilt prompted me to "re-boot" the wall of inspiration behind the desk in my studio. Since our Kitchen renovations this past winter, the 21" square river quilt had been without a permanent home. Where it used to hang in the living area had been turned into a closet! So this is what I have worked out so far, in my studio:

I am quite happy with this new arrangement! There are 2 more ATCs of Frieda's hanging up, click on the photo for a larger version and to find them. I have uploaded a few more photos of my studio - go here to view them! 

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  1. I know I would have had a hard time choosing just one of Frieda's amazing quilts:) Her work is just stunning. I love seeing all the wonderful things displayed in your studio!

    1. Yes! Our tags are sill there too! I have gathered them in 2 bunches on the left side so I can still look at them for inspiration :) thank you!


  2. Frieda Oxenham has left a new comment on your post "Frieda's 52 Journal Quilts":

    It's hanging there like it was always meant to be! Amazing how well it tones in with the other little piece I made for you and I love to think of there surrounded by all the other art and right where you can see it when you are making your beautiful work! A little piece of me now forever with you.

  3. Frirda, your beautiful comment almost got deleted for good by mistake - using my phone with tiny buttons & bigger fingers.... but I copied it from your email and placed it above! xo thank you......

  4. Frieda's quilts are SO beautiful! I enjoyed looking at all the photos on flickr of your studio walls :)




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