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Gwen Marston
Bio, Workshops and Lectures



Lectures: I need a podium, microphone, two people to hold quilts and a table to put quilts on.

Liberated Quiltmaking
In this lecture Gwen talks about her long journey on the trail of exploring new methods for making quilts without commercial patterns. Beginning with her book Liberated Quiltmaking (AQS, 1996), Gwen has published ten books discussing Liberated methods, the titles of six which begin with the word Liberated. She'll talk about why and how she got started down this path, why she loves it and where it's taken her, and she shows quilts to illustrate the journey.

Abstract Quilts in Solids
Quilts made in solids have an impressive history. They were the first quilts to be taken seriously as art. In 1971, Amish quilts from the collection of Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof constituted the first major museum exhibition of quilts shown at the Whitney SoMuseum of American Art in New York. Using her new abstract quilts as examples, Gwen discusses her work in solids and points out some of the great characteristics inherent in solids. The lecture is illustrated with quilts from her book Ideas and Inspirations: Abstract Quilts in Solids.

So Old It's New
Old quilts have been my teachers. The are full of little-used ideas for today's quilters. In this lecture, I will show a sampling of quilts and talk about how I use old ideas to create new quilts. I will provide lots of information and tips on how to study old quilts to find new ideas.

String Quilts
In this lecture I will talk about the history of string quilts. I will discuss the characteristics of classic string quilts and explain some of my new ways to create this look without the time consuming method of foundation piecing. The lecture will be illustrated with my own quilts which are shown in my book Liberated String Quilts, C&T Publishers, 2003.


Small Studies (intermediate to advanced)
This class is built on the idea of exploring abstract design by making small studies. I soon began to think of these small studies as sketches. Just as painters use sketches to explore possibilities, fabric sketches are for working things out; for learning new techniques, exploring colonr and composition. They are your ticket to play, and to develop your own aesthetics in a safe, worry free space. Making sketches is like taking a crash course in design.

Materials List:
Sewing machine and basic sewing kit. Rotary cutter, mat and your favorite quilter's rulers. A portable light to sew by if room lighting isn't sufficient.

Bring mostly solids with some prints for interest. Small Studies are small, so bring 5" strips of a good variety of colors you think might work well together.

Resource books: 37 Sketches, 2011, Marston.
Liberated Quiltmaking II, 2010. Marston
Intuitive Color & Design, 2009. Jean Wells

Liberated Stars (intermediate to advanced)
Gwen's has been teaching students how to make liberated, free pieced stars since the early '90's and explained the process in Liberated Quiltmaking, AQS, 1996, and then expanding her techniques in Liberated Quiltmaking II, 2010. She will demonstrate the entire process, and will repeat the demonstration as many times as needed, making sure that all students 'get it."

Materials List:
Sewing machine and basic sewing kit. Rotary cutter, mat and your favorite quilter's rulers.

Bring faics you like to work with. Contemporary or reproduction prints workbr equally as well. Choose a background fabric, and fabric for the Star shape . Make sure there is enough contrast so the star shape shows up. For a one day class, bring 1/2 yard of background fabric and 1/2 yard total of one or more fabrics for the stars.

*optional: *Resource book: Liberated Quiltmaking II, Gwen Marston. AQS, 2010

Abstract Quilts in Solids Class Description NEW
Quilts made in strong solid colors made by the Amish were the first quilts to be viewed as art. Of late, the dazzling assortment of new prints has justifiably attracted great attention and solids have been regulated to the back burner. This class is meant to be a reminder that solids have their own distinctive characteristics which shouldn't be overlooked by quilter's intent on doing original, abstract work.

Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using Gwen's easy design concepts and techniques. This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Gwen shows you her easy methods for creating your own original quilts.

Gwen's book Ideas and Inspirations: Abstract Quilts in Solids, is a valuable resource for this class.

Abstract Quilts in Solids materials list.
Sewing machine and basic sewing machine. Rotary cutter, mat and rulers. (a 6"X12", or 6"X24" is suggested)

Fabric: You can work with predominantly lights, mid-tones or darks. You can work with bright colors or dull colors. Regardless of your predominant tone, include some accent colors. Bring color ideas you like to work with.

Fees for Lectures and Workshops
All lectures are illustrated with actual quilts, not slides.
Lecture fee: $600 plus expenses
Attendance for all workshops is limited to 20 students.
Workshop fees: ½ day $400 plus expenses
1 day $800 plus expenses
I will travel by air and am willing to stay in a quilter's home.

How to contact Gwen
I'm not wired up yet here on Beaver Island, but please feel free to contact me at:

Gwen Marston
Box 155
Beaver Island, MI 49782

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