A couple years ago my sis-in-law, Pattie, and I attended an Empty Spools seminar taught by quiltmakers Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. A five day seminar held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds near Pacific Grove, California, it was an intensely creative combination of summer camp and sweatshop and a watershed moment for my journey as a quilt maker.
|Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran in Freddy's studio|
Gwen Marston introduced her liberated quiltmaking techniques twenty years ago. She is the design half of the Collaborative Quilting team. I love her Liberated Quiltmaking book.
Freddy Moran uses color fearlessly, considers red a neutral, and her book Freddy's House introduced her color sensibility to the quilting world.
Together they challenged my classmates and me to look at old quilts, learn from them, and make our own using no patterns and no set plans.
Here's my Lady of Guadalupe quilt, made using collaborative quilting techniques I learned from Gwen and Freddy.
Gwen taught me how to make liberated stars.
Freddy taught me how to make houses for my angels and skeleton buddies.
And they taught me to be bold with both design and color.
In September Pattie and I will be taking a trip to Gwen's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat where we will learn about using solids and making little quilts.