Tuesday, April 20, 2010


This is the first quilt book I ever bought!!
I met Gwen Marston here in this book about 3 years ago.
My "quilt mother" Gerda took me to a few quilt shops.....
and I bought this book!
I was hooked!
I read this book cover to cover many times!!
I even made a couple of the quilts described.
I found out about that same time there were quilt magazines,
quilt guilds,
and lots of quilt shops!!
You could say that Gwen is my "quilt hero"
since she's the one (through her book)
that got me going!!
Today I was able to take a class from Gwen!
What a treat!!
She talked about 19th century quilts,
showed pictures,
talked a bit about history,
and then...

gave us a lovely "show and tell".
I learned today what a dog tooth border is and
how to make one!!
Woo! Hoo!
The red border on the above quilt has the border.
Sorry you can't see it too well...
but it's basically a long red piece of fabric
cut with that triangle edge...
and then appliqued down!!
Someday I'm going to add one to a quilt!!
A few of her small quilts.

Most of them were hand quilted.
I love the pot on this one!


The double hatched quilting on this one
was amazing!

Pretty in pink!
I like the four panels that match,
but don't match too perfectly!
It's hard in this picture to see
that it is NOT perfect.
That's the charm!

Here's a quilt with more modern fabric.
Fun, huh?

I'm dreaming about doing four big blocks
with pots and flowers or leaves.
I didn't get too far today.

I cut four pots.
That wasn't too hard.
Then I did this tiny bit of reverse applique.
That's it!!
It took me all day to do that???!!!
OOps! Guess I was talking too much.
It was fun though!!!!


  1. Oh, Beth, it sounds like you had a wonderful time...what fun! I've never heard of reverse applique (not that surprising, though) but I'm intrigued! Glad you had such a nice day!

  2. I've had that book for a while, but it is still one of my favorites. Is this your first experience with hand appliqué? You will love it!

  3. I'm glad you got to go to her class Beth. Sounds wonderful.

  4. How fun! Thanks for showing these great applique quilts. I love how they're reinterpretations of traditional motifs. The one with the pink background fabric is just beautiful.

  5. I've taken that class with Gwen and it was was wonderful!! I love your pots so far. You can't rush creativity!!

  6. How wonderful! I think another one of Gwen's books, "Liberated Quiltmaking" is one of the best.

  7. Beth, how cool that you got to take a class with Gwen!!! Looks like you learned a lot too. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  8. A class with lucky duck! :)
    I've looked for that book and it's hard to find. As soon as I saw her newest one..I snapped it up.
    You got 4 pots done..that's progress! :)

  9. What fun to meet an author you've always admired. Thanks for sharing some of her work with us. I can see why it appeals to you . . . it looks a lot like your work!

  10. I just found you through Tonya's quiltalong. Wonderful basket project (the big it!!) and lucky you to have the opportunity to work with Gwen.


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