Friday, April 22, 2016

An Evening With Gwen

Gwen Marston has been teaching quilting and have touched so many people with her fun and varied classes for so long. She is ending her teaching career in 2016 so I didn't want to pass up a chance to see her.  I've taken numerous classes with her and she was the featured speaker at the Sisters guild last night. Thanks to my friend Phyllis, she signed me up as her guest. (thank you again Phyllis!)
Here's a recap.
The night started with guild members sharing their Gwennie inspired quilts:


Jean Wells. owner of the Stitchin' Post, shared a little of her long friendship with Gwen  then introduced her. 

 Gwen's "37" sketches were hanging and she referred to these throughout the night.


Several of these small ones inspired larger quilts.



 I think this one was one of my favorites of the abstract solids.






How many of you readers have taken a class from Gwen? I  think next week I'll share my "Gwennie" quilts.

And if you missed it, here's my Instagram feed for this week.

Make it a great weekend!

30 comments:

  1. Lucky you to see Gwen! She is such a inspiration to us all !!
    happy friday

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  2. I took a class with Gwen many years ago - 15 maybe? Looks like a fun evening.

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  3. Thanks for posting these photos from Gwen's workshop. She has been my favorite quilter for years and I've enjoyed watching her progression from very traditional to more "outside of the box" over the years. I've never been fortunate enough to meet her, and now that she will no longer be teaching, I'm glad we have all of her wonderful books to enjoy and continue to learn from.

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  4. I was very lucky to attend a one day workshop with Gwen, here in Melbourne, Australia, about 2 years ago. Thank you for sharing the photos of Gwen's quilts.

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  5. I took three of Gwennie's classes some years back during different Sister's Quilt Show weeks. She is a rock star of quilting teachers in my book. I love her to pieces. AND her books are fabulous. Now that she's retiring from teaching I feel sorry for quilters who won't have the opportunity to be her student and get to know her.

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  6. I look forward to seeing your Gwen-inspired quilts! What a force she's been in the quilting community.

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  7. I had known Gwen for many years. I took classes when living in Illinois. She was a huge fan of Mary Shaffer, who was from Flushing, Michigan, which is where I am from. I have all her early books from the Gwen and Joe era. She was an inspiring teacher. Looks like you all had a very enjoyable evening.

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  8. I love Gwen too! She came to our guild once and I have all of her books. I always wanted to go to one of her retreats but was never able to. Glad you could go!

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  9. Never have met Gwen, but I know she has a very loyal following and those who have taken classes from her seem to have their view of quilting expand.
    Lucky you to get this last evening in with her. : )

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  10. Lucky you! Love her style...can't wait to see your Gwennie quilts!

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  11. Gwen was a guest teacher at a guild I was program chair for a number of years ago, my Gwen quilt is still precious to me - she is a lovely lady, and remembered my SO and myself years later when we me at Paducah.

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  12. I'm so jealous. Enjoy her class. I'm sadden that she is retiring...

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  13. One of our local quilt shops in Bellingham, Two Thimbles arranged to have Gwen teach in our area a few years ago. In over 40 years of quilting it was the most excited I have been for a class. What a neat, creative lady she is. I have been an admirer for many years and yes I have most of her books as well. I never tire of her work.

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  14. I've never had the chance to meet or take a class from Geen but love her style and have a book or two.

    I've met one of her collaborators Freddy Moran and have their joint book.

    What a lovely treat from your friend Phyliss. Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. What a great show and tell, I haven't seen her triangle quilts in person, thanks for sharing them. Yes, she has inspired a ton of us out in the quilt word, a very special and talented lady.

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  16. I have wanted to meet Gwen and/or be a part of her workshops for years now but circumstances have prevented that from happening. This year isn't over yet, so maybe . . . just maybe . . . Thank you for sharing her with us!!

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  17. I took an all-day workshop with Gwen about 16 years ago. I wish I'd had the opportunity to take more classes with her!

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  18. OH OH….stop the madness! It's ALL so crazy good and FABULOUS!! I'm super jealous ya know. You are a hop and a skip from great quilty goodness AND quilters. I'm sad she is retiring!!!!!

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  19. Sensational. Thanks for sharing Gwen's fabulous quilts.

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  20. A great evening with a talented Quilter. I would've loved to be a guest there too. Lucky YOU!

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  21. It looks like a fun class and so many beautiful quilts. I like the idea of doing modern art, style quilts.

    Debbie

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  22. What a great opportunity to hear her speak. Love the quilts!

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  23. Lucky, lucky you! No, I have never had the opportunity to attend a Gwen Marston class. I do have several of her books and both of the ones she did with Freddy Moran. I just love to look through those. Thanks for sharing your photos, look forward to seeing your Gwennid quilts!

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  24. Thanks for all the great pictures. I love Gwen and her work. Every time you look at a piece you notice something else.

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  25. I know Gwen is a reference in patchwork ! Lucky you and thank you for sharing !

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  26. You are so lucky! I have never been able to follow a class from her and living in The Netherlands, chances are I never will. I have her books and wow, when I see those small quilts on the wall.... maybe I will be Lucky enough to at least see those one day..

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  27. I've always wanted to take a class from Gwen. Sad to say it probably won't happen. I can spend hours with her books and always find something new to notice.

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  28. I am fairly new to Gwen and just ordered her Liberated Medallion book. Thanks for sharing these great "sketches"!

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  29. Lucky you to get to see and hear Gwen! I've been so, so fortunate to be able to take classes with her for the last 6 years, most recently in February. She is my favorite teacher and has been a big influence on me. Plus, she is so funny and sweet! Thanks for all the great photos!

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  30. Wow, I can't believe she's retiring! I was going to say she's been around forever, but I guess that makes it more logical that she would retire, at least from teaching. Lucky you got to see her! I just found your blog after a lot of years of not knowing what you were doing. =) Susan Nixon desertskyquilts.wordpress.com

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