I’m really fortunate to belong to a quilt guild that brings in fabulous teachers from all around the country. This week was no exception. I had the great opportunity to attend a day long workshop with Gwen Marston. Even though Gwen has been teaching in this industry for 3 decades and has written 26 books, I was surprised to find her techniques to be quite fresh and modern. I think she has changed my life! (well, my quilting life, anyway). Her approach to improvisational piecing was truly liberating. Here are some of the pieces she shared with us.
First, strip piecing with 30’s prints. Notice how everything doesn’t need to match up exactly. It’s OK!
Those black fabrics really give this movement!
It’s the use of solid colored fabrics that really give this a modern feel.
Gwen often takes her inspiration from antique quilts. Here is a new setting for strip pieced blocks.
Notice how the borders get chopped off in the seams. Just like they do with old quilts. That’s OK too!
So I had to try it. I cut strips any old shape and size and sewed them back together. You may notice that my fabric color choices are a lot like my painting color choices. I do love pink!
No measuring! No worrying about points matching or using a perfect quarter inch seam.
I like this “X” block I made for the corners. This is a 4″ block. Notice the tiny pieced bits in the “X”. Those are all different fabrics I sewed together and then cut into strips. Really not that hard!
I worked fast as I could to finish this little piece (about 20″ square) before the day is through.
I could quilt it now for a little wallhanging, or maybe I will turn it into a larger quilt. You’ll just have to stay tuned
to see how it all turns out. Just don’t expect it to be any time soon!