Gwen Marston-Freddy Moran collaborative quilting class I took 2 1/2 years ago. My quilting history has always been as a traditional and conventional "interpreter" of quilt design...i.e. I just copied a pattern and added my own fabrics, usually civil war or other 1800 repos.
Taking a Marston-Moran liberated quilting class was a huge step out of the box for me, so huge, it took me 2 years to complete the project. Deciding on what 'parts' to use and how to arrange them without any absolute design threw me into creative anarchy: Anything goes....nothing is wrong...everything matches...there are no wrong choices....all colors and fabrics go together...the more the merrier. There was only one rule: use some black and white to rest the eye once in a while.
In truth, I didn't feel very "liberated." I felt like I had to make decisions based on my preference, but what was my preference? How do you build a quilt without dictated shapes, sizes, borders, measurements?
I had a plethora of block designs from Freddy and Gwen to choose from...houses, wonky stars, trees, pinwheels, four patches and even some really cute chickens! I loved them all! No fabric was left out; everything went together!
Each time I sat down to sew I experienced a mixture of frustration and angst combined with manic euphoria. Over the course of 2 years I tenaciously struggled with my new found "liberation" and finally completed my "Unplanned Community," called that because there are lots of houses:) and because the only 'rhyme or reason' was mine.
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