Quilting in the Garden

September 26 & 27th, 2015
September 26 & 27th, 2015
quilts hanging between oaks against a clear blue sky

Each year Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery is amazing in unique and special ways. Hundreds of quilts are displayed throughout the nursery, hanging from the branches of dozens of magestic oak trees.

This year our featured artist is Freddy Moran, and our guest artist is Sally Collins.  The quilt show takes place the weekend of September 26th and 27th. The quilt show itself is free, but we encourage quilters to signup for one of several quilting classes will be held in the week leading up to the show.

Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran likes to divide her life into three periods: school years, parenting years, and artist years. She graduated form Dominican College, a small liberal arts women’s college in San Rafael, California. Pottery was Freddy’s first love, and she majored in art. After graduation, she married her childhood sweetheart, Neil—-they met when they were 12 and 13. Fifty-three years later they are still boyfriend and girlfriend. Freddy and Neil raised a family of five sons. Their children’s families, including 13 grandchildren, live near by and continue to keep her busy and fill her with joy.

Her first quilting book, Freddy’s House, brought her fearless use of color to a wide audience and is still in demand. Freddy travels and teaches extensively, challenging quilters to break the rules and do what works best for them. She has appeared on national television programs including the DIY network. “Red is neutral” is her quilting mantra.

Freddy will be teaching two days before the show on Thursday and Friday. She will be teaching her “Parts Department” Quilt.


Sally Collins

Sally Collins is an award-winning quilt maker, teacher and author who has been quilting since 1978 and teaching since 1985. Her quilts range in size from small to wall size and although she is most recognized for her quality workmanship, attention to detail and teaching expertise, her continual love and interest is in the process of quilt making, the journey.

Sally will conduct a class during the week before this year’s quilt show. Her focus while teaching classes is on quality workmanship, borders and edges or drafting. All classes are developed to help students advance and improve their own creative and technical skills as well as how to critique and correct their own work.

Download a brochure here

Additional classes will be held during the week ahead of the show. Several, day-long classes are offered between Alden Lane Nursery on the edge of town,  and In Between Stitches, downtown.

Class Instructors

Alex Anderson, Author, Fabric & Quilt Designer, Alex is a founding partner of The Quilt Show.com with Ricky Tims. Author of 30 quilt books selling near 1 million copies worldwide.

Lisa Norton & Lora Zmak, Quilt Designers & Teachers, Owners of Material Girlfriends Patterns.  Check out their website at www.MaterialGirlfriends.com and Lisa’s blog at www.quiltpatternsdirect.com/blog

Lynn Wilder, Blogger & Quilt Designer Owner and founder of Sew’n Wild Oaks, Lynn is a local quilting champion.  She has designed and written many popular patterns, as well as the world wide Country Charmer Quiltalong 2013.  Check out her blog sewnwildoaks.blogspot.com.

See the class offerings here.

In addition to showing the quilts of Freddy Moran and Sally Collins we will also host special displays and also provide an opportunity for the public to display and sell quilts (Information to follow)

Special Displays
Amador Valley Quilters Friendship Group 64 small art quilts displayed on two 8-foot towers by the Out of the Box’ers quilt artists. ”We challenged ourselves by creating 12” by 15” quilts with themes drawn from our notorious secret box! Each person interprets the word or phrase as they wish.” Enjoy the display in Ruthie’s Room.

“The Good, The Bag, The Ugly” Quilt Challenge Participants purchased “ugly” fabric unseen in a brown bag with the challenge of creating something beautiful. Proceeds will go to breast cancer research. Check out these works of art hung together in the show and vote for your favorite quilt!
Winners announced the week following the show at www.InBetweenStitches.com

Show or sell your Quilt
Help us celebrate Quilting in the Garden and share your quilting masterpieces with the public! Plus, something new this year, you have an option to sell a quilt while it’s in the show.  To begin the process of entering click here, –> open-call-for-quilts-2015.

Alden Lane Nursery is a full service garden center with a wonderful selection of plant materials and garden accessories. Our centuries-old valley oak trees provide the perfect backdrop for beautiful quilts. Each morning of the show the quilts are hung from lines that go from tree to tree. Join us for the weekend and experience this lovely outdoor quilt show. The Quilt Show itself is free and you don’t need to register, just come!  We also hold several classes in the week leading up to the quilt show click the link above.