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RIP, Gwen

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
This week one of the quilting world’s very influential teachers passed away. Gwen Marston, perhaps the mother of improvisational piecing, gave many of us permission to ignore some of the edicts from the Quilt Police and to try things which made some traditionalists gasp. I love her work-both her traditional beginnings and even more her free form second act. Rest in peace, Gwen.

How are you all doing on your bucket lists? Updates anyone? I got some good ideas at our guild meeting this week for finishing up a long time UFO. How old? Well I know I bought the pattern at Pine Grove when it was out on Stone Road beyond Lockport. Hoping to finish it up before next month’s meeting…Yah, right!? Well maybe before our quilt show is more like it.

What are you working on? Did you ever take a class from Gwen Marston? What rule from the Quilt Police do you ignore most often? Let’s hear from you.

and greetings of the season to all of you…Easter, Passover and please let me know if I have omitted an important one.


  1. Loretta Cadwallader says:

    I don’t prewash fabric. Please don’t hit me with an open jellyroll.🤣🤣🤣

  2. JoAnn Castiglia says:

    I sometimes press seams open !

  3. Mickey Wittliff says:

    I took a class from Gwen and Joe many years ago. Have no idea what it was bt enjoyed both of them.

  4. Pat McDonald says:

    I never wash my fabric before I use it.

  5. Theresa utz says:

    I also took classes from Gwen and Joe hen they were guest artists at our seminar many years ago. I loved Joe’s class, it was a no pattern one, and Gwen’s class was just as much fun as Joe’s was. Actually finished both projects, too! She now joins that quilt guild in the sky, may she rest in peace.

  6. Jackie Groszkowski says:

    I join the group who never prewashes fabric. I would except I can’t wait that long to get to iusing it.

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