Liberate your inner (quilt) medallion! Are medallion quilts truly as traditional as we think they are? In her third book on Liberated quiltmaking techniques, Gwen argues that the women who made antique quilts were very improvisational, more so than many contemporary quilters. And medallion quilts show this very well. She provides a brief bit of medallion quilt history and then presents 7 exercises or 'how-tos' to unleash each quilter's creativity. If you like precision, fine. Get liberated with color. If you prefer carefully orchestrated color, also fine. You don't have to sacrifice good technique or traditional ideas when making an original, one-of-a-kind, Liberated quilt. Gwen troubleshoots as she goes, so that your Liberated medallion experience will be a truly joyful journey as you add to your proficiency as either a traditional or contemporary quilter.
Liberated Medallion Quilts - 08/14/2012
Reviewer: Australian Homespun Magazine from Australia
Gwen Marston first became a quiltmaker because she fell in love with antique quilts, and they continue to be the primary influence on her work. They have propelled her towards an intuitive, scrappy way of working that is now known throughout the quiltmaking world as the "liberated style." Thirty-six quiltmakers contributed to Gwen's latest book, giving it a stimulating degree of depth and richness. The quilts that are showcased began life at retreats held by Gwen in 2010, which that year all had "liberated quilting" as their focus. There are no step-by-step instructions to copy a model project in this book: working in this way would be to defy the very essence of liberated quiltmaking. Instead, the pages are filled with photographs of liberated medallion-style quilts with commentary by Gwen, along with technique guidelines for how you can create your own masterpiece. She has allocated a chapter to each of a range of different kinds of medallion quilts: scrappy; string-pieced; quilts that combine applique and patchwork; minimal quilts in the modern style; and simple, pieced quilts. There’s also a gallery of inspirational quilts. If you love Gwen's style, this is another triumph and a must-have for your bookshelf.--Australian Homespun Magazine, page 110, www.completecraft.com.au
Liberated Medallion Quilts by Gwen Marston - 07/18/2012
Reviewer: Diane C. Donovan, Editor from Oregon, WI, USA
LIBERATED MEDALLION QUILTS offers seven "how to" projects to unleash creativity and draw connections between the medallion quilt motif and inspirational designs based on it. From different approaches to color and patterns to trimming and using discarded materials and design to produce winning new Medallion motifs, this is packed with photos of Medallion quilts and absorbing insights into their creation. A fine pick for any quilter's collection, this includes patterns, materials, descriptions of the possibilities, and enough inspiration to prompt quilters to experiment with their own medallion quilts! --James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Diane C. Donovan, Editor, The Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review, July 2012.
Liberated Medallion Quilts - 05/21/2012
Reviewer: Patty Martin from Fair Oaks, CA
Not only is this a book on Medallion Quilts, and lots of different types of medallion quilts, scrappy, string, applique, and contemporary, but most importantly of all it's a book on making LIBERATED Medallion Quilts. From someone that has to have every aspect of their life planned out, especially their quilts, this idea is so foreign. To actually sew together a quilt without planning it in advance? I've never done it, but I've absolutely got to try it! The idea seems so freeing. It would be fun to do when going on a quilt retreat with as was done for this book.
Liberated Medallion Quilts - 04/18/2012
Reviewer: Kathie R Kerler from Portland, OR USA
This is a well-written book that held my interest all the way through. A variety of medallion styles are featured from traditional to whimsical to contemporary. Each chapter focuses on a particular type of medallion, such as scrappy, string, and pieced and appliquéd. Of particular note is the number of quilts illustrating the ideas in the book. When a designer incorporates work made by other quilters, as Gwen Marston has done, the book is so much richer for it.