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Don’t panic . . . but we think you may have forgotten someone on your holiday gift list. A generous, kind-hearted, deserving person. Remember now?

It’s YOU!

There are no gift police saying you can’t treat yourself to something special while you’re choosing gifts for everyone else on your list. And we’ve got the perfect go-to gift for all the quilters, makers, and creative risk takers you know. And for you too.

A Common Thread

A Common Thread is a breathtaking coffee-table-style book celebrating the work of quilt artist Gwen Marston—and we guarantee it will inspire you for as long as you create.

Pages from A Common Thread

Little-Baskets-quiltYou might think that Gwen’s been a modern quilter all her life. But what’s so captivating about Gwen’s story is her humble, and very traditional, beginning. She was introduced to quiltmaking by a group of Mennonite women in Oregon, who taught her to hand quilt and answered all her questions. She then studied with Mary Schafer—an unassuming quilt collector, historian, and scholar—who shared with Gwen her antique quilt collection. And that opened up a whole new world of creativity:

Gwen-Marston“Characteristics I saw in antique quilts were unpredictability, spontaneity, and playfulness, all of which I find particularly appealing. Random color placement, pieced patches, color substitution, asymmetry, blocks turned different ways, no corner resolutions, and less concern about precision all combined to make these quilts unstudied, unpretentious, and more interesting, not to mention less stressful and more fun to make.

I have seen a wealth of evidence that earlier quiltmakers were figuring things out for themselves. For me, that seemed like a good path to follow and has always been part of the fun of making a new quilt.”

—Gwen Marston, A Common Thread

In A Common Thread, you’ll get up close and personal with Gwen’s quilts—from her earliest experiments in traditional patchwork and appliqué to her liberated-patchwork, string-pieced, and abstract quilts. But what will captivate you most is her creative journey. And the journey in A Common Thread is unique: Gwen herself chose the 65 examples from her vast collection to share with you.

Pages from a Common Thread

Liberated-Log-Cabin-with-Purple-BorderGwen recently shared with us a little-known story about two of her quilts—one of which is in A Common Thread:

“I’ve made two quilts from the scraps my students left behind. The quilt in A Common Thread is called Liberated Log Cabin with Purple Border (right). Both quilts were made with students’ scraps from a five-day class, during which I picked up bits of fabric off the floor and casually went through the wastebaskets in the classroom. In five days you can pick up a lot of little pieces.

I collected the pieces and sewed them together on my own time after the class was over. I wouldn’t want you to think I was sewing while I was teaching. When I’m teaching, I’m only teaching!”

Here’s what quilters like you are saying about A Common Thread on our website, ShopMartingale.com:

Five-stars“Not only do you see the history of quilts in this latest book by Gwen Marston, I believe you see the future too. Her humble approach, wicked way with color, reverence for quiltmaking history, and attention to details are all on magnificent display.” –Hillary

Five-stars“I am enjoying every page of Gwen’s outstanding new book. She has shared her creative and innovative quilts with the world of quilters for years. It’s wonderful that Martingale has recognized her unique contribution to the world of quilting.” –Carol

 Pages from A Common Thread

Five-stars“I’ve taken classes from Gwen for over 25 years, but was still blown away by this book by page 7. By the time I got to the last page I had dozens of inspirations for my next dozen quilts. Thank you Martingale for this wonderful book, recognizing a wonderful quilter and extraordinary person. Thank you Gwen!” –Cindy

Five-stars“What a treat to see up-close the work of Gwen Marston, a contemporary quilting legend!” –Patricia

At 144 pages—encased in a beautiful, hardcover format—A Common Thread is a thoughtful, lavish gift you can bestow on your creative family and friends without breaking the bank. But a gift this rich in inspiration should be shared! So when you purchase two or more copies of A Common Thread, we’ll pick up the shipping costs in the US and Canada.

One for them, one for you. Sounds like a glorious Christmas morning to look forward to!

A Common Thread

Who might you give a copy of A Common Thread to this Christmas: a creative family member, a curious friend, your closest quiltmaking cohort—meaning you? Tell us in the comments.

And for further inspiration from Gwen: pinnable quotes!


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