- Paperback: 111 pages
- Publisher: American Quilter's Society (28 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604600284
- ISBN-13: 978-1604600285
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Liberated Medallion Quilts Paperback – 28 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Gwen Marston is a professional fiber artist, author, and teacher. She has taught nationally and internationally for over three decades. She lives in Beaver Island, Michigan.
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However, I do not mean this as a criticism, I merely say it to endeavour to provide an honest review, because this book certainly made me think and I never see that as a bad thing. It has certainly provided me with lots of inspiration and ideas for the future. It's often very refreshing to see a different view on things, even if you might realise that you know them already.
Gwen Marston certainly promotes fun and creativity, without compromising on maintaining technical excellence, quality and finish. I liked that she wanted to 'add' skills to a quilter, rather than compromise them or ask anyone to change their ways, if they didn't want to. She has a view on 'traditional' quilt-making that I thought myself, and probably many others do as well, but that I had never read by any other published quilter before.
Nothing you might not have already worked out yourself? Quite possibly.
Refreshing, interesting, inspirational, enjoyable, down-to-earth, realistic, versatile? Most definitely yes.
Gwen's idea of taking a relaxed approach to piecing resonates with me. Life is too short to peel grapes......... Or worry about perfect piecing. The book is full of bright quilts, great ideas for borders and very clear instructions on how to achieve similar results. Super illustrations, showcasing quilts made by Gwen and other quilters using her ideas.
Makes your fingers itch to start sewing a Medallion Quilt of your very own....... I have started already!
Interestingly my two year old Granddaughter loves this book and sits for ages with me looking at the quilts and pointing out her favourites!
A great addition to any Quilters's library. Would be a wonderful gift.
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In this book, Gwen breaks the mystery of medallion quilts into steps that every quilter can take to make their very own quilt that says "me". No cookie cutter quilts for Gwen. Or for any of the many of the other quilters who have grown under her tutelage. In this book, Gwen uses many of her students' quilts to demonstrate the concepts that she espouses. How brilliant is that? By generously showcasing the works of her students, Gwen demonstrates not only the beauty of her own quilts, but the beauty of the process.
The book itself is stunning. The pictures of the quilts are crisp, the colors saturated and rich, every detail of each quilt evident. So, many thanks, Gwen, for a gorgeous book and for your willingness to share the process by which you have become a Liberated quilter! Everyone, go buy this book so you can be Liberated, too!
In this book, Gwen Marston encourages the quiltmaker to use this old form in new ways. She shows many examples of the improvisational medallion form and provides patterns for select medallion quilts.
It is valuable to anyone who seeks an aid to the imagination, who wants to see different ways the medallion form has been used in order to stock her own mind with precedents from which she may draw when designing a quilt that meets her own design needs. The original American medallion quilts grew out of their makers having seen a number of medallion quilts. In this book Marston give the contemporary reader a similar experience. I find the book stimulating and recommend it to anyone considering using the medallion form or wanting to understand that historical form better.