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Using only solids, Gwen Marston offers many traditional designs that can be transformed into more modern blocks, making your quilts fun and relaxing to create. Sew traditional squares, triangles, and framed squares. Recut simple blocks into wonky shapes that add up to quilts that are playful and interesting. Construct a Rail Fence with Gwen’s Liberated method that includes wedges and curves. Learn the fun of designing your own quilts using solids that bring out the best in these traditional-made-modern techniques. Try her approach for sewing odd-sized and elongated triangles and add expressive borders that are stress free! Gwen shows how to make strippy quilts while learning about color and scale. She finishes the class by showing how to make string quilts that require no foundation piecing. This class does not come with an option to email the instructor if you have questions, but Gwen provides complete step-by-step instructions that beginner, intermediate, and advanced quilters will understand. For your convenience, this class can be purchased for online viewing or purchased on DVD.

Course Curriculum

Abstract Quilts in Solids by Gwen Marston - 2hr 22min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11
Lesson 2. Traditional Squares and Triangles 0 Hours 27 Minutes00:27
Lesson 3. Re-cut Blocks 0 Hours 16 Minutes00:16
Lesson 4. Traditional Blocks, Slightly Liberated 0 Hours 33 Minutes00:33
Lesson 5. Liberated Triangles 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24
Lesson 6. Strippy Quilts 0 Hours 10 Minutes00:10
Lesson 7. String Quilts 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19

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Books: (Optional)

  • Free Range Triangle Quilts
  • Minimal Quiltmaking
  • Liberated Medallion Quilts


  • 3 yd. solids
  • A note from Gwen: You can work with predominantly lights, mid tones or darks or a big mixture of colors and values. You can work with bright colors or dull colors. Regardless of your predominant tone, include some accent colors and even a few prints. Bring color ideas you like to work with and you will probably like your quilt.


  • 100% Cotton

Quilting Tools:

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface


  • Ruler 6" x 12" or 6" x 24"

Other Supplies:

  • Snips or small scissors


  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  1. What will I learn in this class?
    Gwen starts with traditional squares and triangles. She shows how to make a framed square. Then she amps up the creativity by showing how to recut blocks to add interest. You’ll learn how to make a Jacks block, an Hourglass, a Pinwheel, and a Nine-Patch block. True to Gwen’s style, she adds her own special ways of cutting these so that the quilts pop with personality. You’ll learn how to make these traditional blocks in Gwen’s trademark Liberated style. The remaining two lessons address strippy quilts and string quilts. You’ll have fun with solids like never before. As Gwen says, “Think of it as playtime at the sewing machine.”
  2. Why solids?
    Gwen demonstrates that quilts made entirely of solids have a more “painterly” appearance than those made with prints. They show more line and form, allowing the quilting to show up better.
  3. Will I make a project in this class?
    While there is no specific project offered in this class, what you will learn are techniques that will enable you to create your own quilts from solids—no patterns required!
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. This class does not come with a student/instructor interaction option. If you do have a question, use the Contact Us option on the website and a staff member will assist you. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Catherine Lehouillier


    I'm loving this course! Thank you so much Gwen, you're a wonderful teacher!
  2. Laurie McLaughlin


    This is wonderful class! Gwen goes overboard in providing many techniques, showing you quilts, and sharing her thinking.
  3. Paula Betts


    Now that Qwen has joined the Great Maker I was thrilled to be able to study with her in this class. She has definitely liberated me. She profoundly touched so many quilters and makers. Her legacy lives on. Thank you, Gwen.
  4. Alice Kish


    Gwen is my guru! I love everything she makes and the minimalistic way that she works. She is tied to both quilting history and modern sensibilities. She is the perfect example of what I call antique modern.
  5. janie krig


    I highly recommend Liberated Quilt Making II. Gwen is super! She's pleasant and clear.
    "Play time at the sewing machine" indeed. I love how she brings out the fact that early quilters were both innovative and practical and that some of the most amazing quilts were made by women of few means.
    Thanks Gwen, thanks iquilt!
  6. Patricia Hanna


    "Liberated Quiltmaking II" has been in my library for years, but somehow I never got around to working by this method. Gwen's class was exactly the inspiration that I needed to get started! I didn't have many solids in my stash, but I just jumped in and started playing with what I had on hand. It's amazing how FUN this is. I found myself letting go of my inner critic, and just experimenting wi

    th color. I love Gwen's encouragement to ask yourself "what would happen if I did this?" It's a great way to get out of the rut of your preferred color combinations. If you have any interest at all in working in an EASY, experimental fashion, don't hesitate to take this class. It's well worth every penny.
  7. Krista Hennebury


    Having the opportunity to learn from Gwen at home, in my jammies and on my own schedule is the best. I felt like we were on retreat together. Gwen's no-fuss style and friendly encouragement comes across well in all of the class segments. I like that the class is broken up by technique so that you can leave the computer for a little sewing play, then return for the next instalment when ready. Gwen'

    s vast quilt-making and teaching experience is obvious, as she expertly guides students through fun block-construction exercises while sharing gorgeous examples of her own work. I enjoyed her discussion on the use of solids and why she enjoys creating with them. I've already made two mini quilts after watching Gwen's tilting block and string block lessons. Next up is a strippy! I highly recommend this class for anyone looking to break from precision, pattern work and find their own way of working with freedom and colourful abandon!
  8. Roxann Burns


    Thank you Miss Gwen. This was a "liberating" class. I had Miss Gwen's book, Liberated Quiltmaking II and was too chicken (?) to dig in. This iQuilt class was just the thing to get me going. It is a great class for all levels. I enjoyed seeing and learning about Miss Gwen's antique quilts and inspiration.

    The instruction and video quality was like having a private lesson with an old friend.

    Just get some fabric and start making units. It's that easy. The iQuilt platform and quality classes are great. I've bought several more. It's great if you cannot make it or afford to go to convention or guild workshops.

    Miss Gwen I would love some liberated stars video.

  9. Leeann Decker


    Wonderful! It's almost like Gwen is working with you personally in your own sewing room. In her characteristic warm, clear and sometimes humorous style, Gwen shows you many of her tricks to making lively and beautiful improvisational quilts. Beginners and advanced quilt makers will learn how to make their quilts more artistic, exciting and playful with "little experiments" that Gwen shows you h

    ow to do. She demonstrates how to "liberate" traditional blocks, add odd angles, and create curves with ease. She also talks about choosing colors and designing as you go. Excellent class! Thank you!
  10. Hillary Goodwin


    Increasingly I find myself collecting quilting techniques over specific patterns and who better to learn from then quilting icon Gwen Marston. With an approachable teaching style and in easy to digest portions she passes on valuable ways to make your own modern quilt. Improv which can be so intimidating to the new quilter feels very achievable with her direction and there are many methods that f

    olks like myself who have already have delved into improv quilting will appreciate. I heartily recommend this class to both new and seasoned quilters.
  11. Fern Royce


    In true Gwen Marston style, Gwen encourages and gives permission to all quilters - new or old - to make quilts our own way, following our intuition and ideas. She provides tips, instruction and so much inspiration it's hard to decide whether to keep watching or start sewing! This is a great stand alone course or pairs well with any of her many books. What a treasure and delight to have Gwen "captu

    red" in her environment to revisit again and again.
  12. Jeannine


    Love Gwen's teaching style. This course is packed with lots of great ideas, well organized and inspirational. I can't wait to try some of her recipes for putting together an improv project. If you're tired of following patterns, she lays out numerous methods to get started on your own work of quilt art.

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