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Introduce yourself to liberated quiltmaking with Gwen Marston and transform your quiltmaking abilities. Beginning with the Basket block, Gwen shows how to make these much-adored little baskets brim with color and design. Learn how to make and attach bias handles and expand your skills by making variations of the classic basket. Then, apply the same liberated method to the Log Cabin block while using up fabrics in your stash that you’ve loved but weren’t sure when and where to use them. Make blocks out of strips and also dig a little deeper into the stash for some useful scraps. Make wedges and slivers to add delightful interest and find out how to vary the red center for additional depth. With liberated quiltmaking, you are in charge of the design and the end result is playful and original work inspired by you. 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.

Course Curriculum

Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston - 2hr 57min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 10 Minutes00:10
Lesson 2. Liberated Basket Construction 0 Hours 39 Minutes00:39
Lesson 3. Liberated Basket Variations 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 4. Gwenny’s Basket in 3 Parts 0 Hours 21 Minutes00:21
Lesson 5. Liberated Log Cabins 0 Hours 8 Minutes00:08
Lesson 6. Log Cabin Construction Two Ways 0 Hours 30 Minutes00:30
Lesson 7. Liberated Log Cabins Using Strips 0 Hours 29 Minutes00:29
Lesson 8. Log Cabin Variations & Inspiration 0 Hours 25 Minutes00:25

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Books: (Optional)

Fabric:

  • A collection of fabrics that you like and that speak to you. Amounts and colors will vary. Please see the FAQs to learn more about fabric selection from Gwen.
  • Batting: Quilters Dream Cotton Request

Thread:

  • Light neutral, darker tan, or gray 100% cotton

Pins & Needles:

  • Fine silk pins

Quilting Tools

Other Supplies:

  • Ironing surface

Optional:

  • Spray bottle with water
  1. Is this a good way to use some of my stash?
    It sure is! You acquired those fabrics because there was something you liked about them in the first place, so use that intuition and make a beautiful quilt. Scraps are fair game, too. Gwen urges, “Don’t throw away scraps. They are your little treasures.” Gwen seriously changes the way you regard every piece of fabric that comes your way. It could be just what you need for your next Liberated Quilt.
  2. Is it hard to make quilts without using patterns?
    If you have never made a quilt without pouring laboriously over a pattern, you are in for a treat. Gwen affirms that making your own quilt using her method is exciting because it keeps you engaged throughout the whole project. Less measuring, fewer rules, more possibilities. There’s just a lot to like about that. Gwen says, “When I do this at home, I get lost in the project and hours go by. It’s a very playful way of working.” Honestly, for most of us, quilting is about the pleasure it brings. Of the Liberated quiltmaking process, Gwen muses, “Also, when you sew like this, it’s OK to hum.”
  3. What types of fabrics will I need for this class?
    Rather than a specific fabric list, here are some tips from Gwen about what you will need. Exact amounts and colors are not given. So whether you plan to make Baskets, Log Cabins, or both, this is your quilting adventure with Gwen. Get ready to have some fun!

    1. Everything works. Choose fabric you like to work with and you will probably like your quilt.
    2. No need to reinvent the wheel. Take time to look at books with pictures of quilts you like. When you see one you like, study it carefully to discover the colors used to make it.
      • I often toss in an accent color but not always.
      • You can have value change (lights and darks) but you don’t have to.
      • You don’t have to know how to use the color wheel. Your intuition is probably more likely to deliver something to write home about!
      • Start trusting yourself! And remember, it’s not about how much your quilt looks like someone else’s—it’s about how different it looks.
    1. Think about what kind of quilt you want to make and choose fabric that will help you create it.
    2. Consider whether you want a quilt in light colors, one in darker tones, one in brights, solids, prints, reproduction fabrics, or contemporary fabrics.
    3. Choose fabrics you think will work and start with those. You can always add or take away.
    4. Don’t over think it. Select fabrics instinctively so you don’t run the risk of ending up with an uninteresting quilt that has too much coordination. Don’t spend too much time trying to match colors. It can help to have a few colors that don’t actually go with all the others.
  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. Kristin Shields

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    There's nothing better than having Gwen right in your sewing room with you! Excellent class that would be perfect for liberated beginners. Gwen's humor and personality shine right through as she guides you through all the techniques. I would also recommend this class for someone who might be familiar with some of the techniques, but has never taken a class with Gwen. I know I will come back to

    this any time I need a Gwenny fix!
  2. Julie Sefton

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    I cannot say enough good things about this class. I have been a fan of Gwen's work and techniques for many years but have never been able to overcome the logistics of meeting her in person or taking one (or more) of her classes. This course has allowed me to literally watch her as she works / plays. It has also allowed me to listen to Gwen again and again as she shares her processes. And what a

    treat to hear Gwen explain the stories of her quilts and how/why they came to be. I am so glad that I will be able to invite Gwen and her wisdom into my studio again and again!
  3. Marjorie Tucker

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    I highly enjoyed and recommend Gwen Marston's Liberated Quiltmaking course. It was such a treat to have Gwen in my sewing room with me dispensing her charming and refreshing advice about color and design. I love how she encourages you to do your original work and to have the confidence to try something new and fun! These courses are for everyone from new quilters to seasoned quilt veterans. Wa

    rning: you may never throw away a fabric scrap again!
  4. Sujata Shah

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    "Nice thing about not following a pattern is you can do the smart and practical things." - Gwen Marston
    Yes, indeed! I love this course!
    LIBERATED QUILTMAKING course is filled with pure fun, tricks and simplified techniques. Gwen Marston encourages to take the plunge and just make the quilt. Watching her work intuitively and making color and design decisions is a special treat. Her no stress "

    design as you go method" is contagious and allows independent creativity. I could not resist starting a quilt as I watched the lesson. Having unlimited access to this course is a gift because now I get to quilt with Gwen all the time, right here at my kitchen table!
  5. Mindy Burch

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    Love this!

    I have to admit the technique was a bit surprising at first. However, after watching the class, looking at my bags of scraps and deciding to give this a try I absolutely love it! The freedom to cut and place random materials without the pressure of following a pattern is very "liberating" indeed. I was mid patterned project and frustrated with matching point after point when I tried Gwen's techniq

    ue and it really was relaxing to just throw it together. Now I have what I need to get rid of all those scraps without feeling guilty for letting them pile up or throwing them away. Thanks Gwen!
  6. Pam Beal

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    I feel like I have had a private lesson, rather, a play date with Gwen Marston. I'm not new to Gwen's Liberated methods, but this is the first time I have been able to look over her shoulder and watch as she gets started and makes choices right at the needle. While Gwen sews she covers the basics, suggests the possibilities, and offers a generous look at her quilts and quilt making adventure. I

    really enjoyed our time together using this format.

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