Friday, April 19, 2019

A Quilt Legacy

Many have heard the news of the passing of quilt legend (she'd get a kick out of that, wouldn't she??!!) Gwen Marston. Her influence on the quilt world was huge. 

She was funny, kind and so expressive. I was honored to have taken several classes and listened to a few of her lectures. 

This was the last one I attended at The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon.


I can only imagine what she is saying here!!
These next few quilts are from a string class I took. 



The next 2 photos were from the Quilt Museum in LaConner.


The next few quilts were started in a class with Gwen or inspired by Gwen. 
She gave us permission to change up borders!

And make our own patterns. (Above and below)


Our fun Gweenie Inspired Round Robin on Humble Quilts!
My friend Barb was a friend of Gwen's and influenced her lectures and classes a lot. Make a unique quilt and make it your own! 

20 comments:

  1. So sad. Gwen was an important influence in my early quilting. I attended a couple of her retreats post-Beaver Island. I appreciated her respect for quilt history while liberating traditions. She always made me feel like a good friend whenever our paths crossed. She will be missed.

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  2. So very sad. I am sorry for your loss Lori. What a giant inspiration she was on all of us.

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  3. The world of quilts has lost a wonderful woman....
    How lucky you were to have classes with her. Keep in mind these beautiful moments.
    xoxo

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  4. So sad, Lori. I never had the opportunity to take one of Gwen's classes but know that she has influenced many quilters over the years.

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  5. Thank you Lori, I had no idea she died : (
    she was my 1st quilt teacher a long time ago
    I think I will make a inspired by her : )

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  6. Lovely tribute, Lori. I use her Liberated quilt books a lot--am always paging through them for ideas...she was an inspiration to me....hugs, Julierose

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  7. I had not heard of her passing. She was such a vibrant part of the quilt world. She will be greatly missed. I loved seeing all your Gwen inspired quilts together.

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  8. I am so sorry we have lost her. Thank you dear Lori.

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  9. What a great showcase of your Gwen inspired quilts. I know you join me in my sadness and loss. Luckily we can continue to make quilts in her tradition and with her spirit in our hearts.
    xo
    p.s. what a funny old photo of me at Jillys house. :)

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  10. we all travel this way but once; thankfully a legacy of quilts and memories live to enthrall and inspire so many that will never be known to us....

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  11. So sad. What a wonderful tribute

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  12. Thirty+ years ago I was a new-ish quilter. I met Gwen at the NQA show in PA. What a treat. Her love of old quilts, her encouragement that the world does not end when your 1/4" seam isn't a 1/4" and watching her evolution as a quilt maker. Gifts that she has shared.

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  13. What a legend and inspiration! Her teachings and legacy will live on in our hearts.

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  14. I have always liked the quilt you made for your 50th birthday. Good to see it again.

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  15. I took my first class from Gwen at a state park in Washington, followed by several years at her Beaver Island retreats. Such a joy to learn from her. Gwen has left an indelible mark on the quilting world.

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  16. I got a notice on facebook about her passing, but would like to thank you for this post honoring Gwen! I didn't have the opportunity to meet her, but I did buy one of her books and admired her work very much. Love your quilts, Laurie! I'm glad you have such wonderful memories of her.

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  17. So sad of hear of the passing of such a kind and gentle lady. We were lucky enough to have her come and teach in New Zealand, and the two little quilts I made in her class are on my sewing room wall.
    I only have about 5 of her books, but must look at them again for our String Piecing sew-a-long.
    A lovely tribute Lori.

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  18. I heard this sad news from my friend Lucy (Quilting with the Past blog and lucyvds on IG) in the morning a few days ago. I have a few of Gwen's books but unfortunately never got the chance to meet her in person. However Lucy (who also attended one of her retreats) over the years shared some of Gwen's wisdom and wise words with me, mostly about quilts but words that also apply to life in general. So she lives on in those she inspired.

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  19. What a lovely tribute to Gwen. You've made some awesome quilts under her guidance and inspiration.

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  20. Lori siento tu perdid. Gran homenaje, preciosos edredones
    Abrazos

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