Freddy Moran {Podcast Episode #136}

I remember when my mother mentioned a quilter she loved who would say “red is a neutral”. At the time, I could not imagine red being anything other than a pop of color in a black and white quilt. As I continue to study quilt history, I learned more about the lovely and talented Freddy Moran. Her quilts are bright and glorious. She includes elements of joy and always a lot of color. As I was researching her work for the podcast, I discovered that Freddy came into quilting at the age of 60 after raising five sons. In spite of personal loss and health setbacks, she keeps making and always finds something positive in her and other quilter’s creations.

During our discussion, we talk about her relationship with Gwen Marston, her passion for color, how she creates with macular degeneration and her three pieces of advice for quilters.


Known for her love of color and kooky disposition, Jessica Darling puts her love and passion into her store, Darling Rose. She carries luscious fabric to create a colorful life including the kaleidoscopic masterpieces of Amy Butler. You can visit her shop in Corpus Christi, Texas or online at Crafty Planner podcast listeners may use the coupon code SHESCRAFTY for 15% off total purchase or use HELLODARLING for free shipping.

Notes from the Show:

Freddy Moran’s website

Gwen Marston (my podcast with her)

Rosalie Dace

Sisters Quilt Show and Quilter’s Affair

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  1. What happiness you brought to me to hear Freddy this morning on my way to work. I have admired her for years and to hear her “journey” in person was a great, great joy. Just wonderful. Thank you!!!!

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  2. That was a wonderful interview Sandi and great to hear how Freddie is still working on her fiber art. I’m a collage artist and have many of the same philosophies when teaching my students

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  3. I’m so glad I got to hear Freddy and you chat. Years and years ago I was a nanny in the Bay Area and I happened to be at Freddy’s home. I distinctly remember seeing her quilts hanging on the walls. She flipped one over so I could see the back and I was astonished by the wonderful boldness of the whole package. I didn’t know Freddy was a quilter with a capital Q. In fact, she was just Freddy. For years I have thought of those quilts and by way of a mention by another Quilter who also linked Gwen, I finally realized that woman who had the quiltsi admired was actually Freddy! I wish I knew then what I know now that I am a quilter. I would have still been amazed but I would have had the vocabulary and the experience to really take those beauties in.

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      What a great story! Maybe Freddy planted a seed for you to become a quilter? I remember my Mom telling me about the quilter who loved red and it made me realize that there were different types of quilting. You never know when something will make a wonderful impression on you. Thank you for listening! 🙂


      1. You are so right! It was Freddy who dispelled the myth that quilt backs had to be neutral muslin backings. Hers screamed color and I still love that. Cheers!

  4. This was a terrific interview. Freddy is the reason I became a quilter. About 20 years ago she was on a PBS show about aging “successfully “. I was so enchanted by her that I went out and took my first quilt class. I’ve been quilting ever since and can’t imagine a life without it. Thank you, Freddy! You changed my life.

  5. Oh what a delightful person! Thank you for bringing this interview to us. Freddy Moran is such an encouragement.

  6. Thank you for sharing Freddy with us! The life and humor of Freddy, is inspiring to not let anything hold us back! Many Thanks

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