Gwen Marston Workshop

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!

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Those black fabrics really give this movement!

 

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It’s the use of solid colored fabrics that really give this a modern feel.

 

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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!

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I really love this one.  Sewing fabric strips together is an old, old idea, but this looks like modern art!Image

 

Even though this one is made from 1890’s reproduction prints, it looks fresh and new.Image

 

 

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!

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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!

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I worked fast as I could to finish this little piece (about 20″ square) before the day is through.

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 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!  

More Wonderful Quilts

Here is my last “reporting” from the Chicago International Quilt Festival last weekend.  I liked the over all impact of these pieces.  Enjoy!

Houton Texas Temple   by Carolyn Allison    Pearland, TexasImage

 

Convergence    by Latifah Saafir      Los Angeles, CAImage

 

Rainy Day — San Francisco   Monday, Oct 25, 2010    by Sally Wright   Los Angeles, CAImage

 

Hula Hibiscus    by Lisa Calle   Pottstown, PennsylvainiaImage

 

Weezie’s Wildflowers #17    by Laura Wasilowski    Elgin, IllinoisImage