A quilter’s coffee-table book: Gwen Marston’s A Common Thread (+ giveaway!)

Today is a grrrrreat day! We’re feeling delighted, excited, and proud to share with you this sneak peek of our latest coffee-table book for quilters:

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A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston.

You may know Gwen Marston as a living legend in the quiltmaking world. Perhaps you followed her illustrious “Liberated Quiltmaking” phase. If you’re lucky you’ve heard her lecture, participated in one of her workshops, or otherwise met her in person. Or maybe you’re about to discover her for the first time.

No matter how you’ve come to know Gwen’s work, this in-depth journey into her lifelong love affair with fabric, color, and design will inspire you for as long as you create.

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A Common Thread chronicles five decades of Gwen’s fascinating work. From her beginnings as a traditional quilter to her “liberated” quilt era; from her series of spectacular string quilts to her exploration of minimalist design, this magnificently photographed collection of more than 65 quilts—curated by Gwen herself—invites you to enjoy her journey, her artistry, and her process like never before.

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From the Traditional Patchwork chapter

As you savor each page, the common threads woven through Gwen’s quilts will come into focus—her thought-provoking color and design choices, her perfectly imperfect piecing, her delightfully tiny surprises, just waiting to be discovered! And you just might find that you share many common threads with Gwen.

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From the Appliqué chapter

The scope of Gwen’s work is vast, yet she’s come to each of her quilts with the same intentions:

To happily create without a goal of perfection.

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From the Liberated Quiltmaking chapter

To evolve and grow:

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From the String Quilts chapter

And to put heart and soul into expressing a unique perspective of our world.

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From the Abstract Quilts in Solids chapter

You’ll coax out your creativity, fire up your imagination, and gather inspiration when you immerse yourself in Gwen’s world through the pages of A Common Thread. Treat yourself, your quilting friends, and all the artists you know to this extraordinary retrospective of a celebrated American artist—who we are now overjoyed to call part of the Martingale family!

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Gwen Marston: fanatical fan, enthusiastic admirer, or new to her work? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of A Common Thread! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Linda, who says:

“LOVE GWEN’S WORK! WOULD LOVE TO WIN HER NEW BOOK! THANKS FOR SHARING!”

Linda, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

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360 Comments

  • I’m totally unfamiliar with Gwen Marston. She uses my comfi-colours for her work, so it looks from the pictures! Nice work!

    —Claudia Hoffmann on August 10, 2016
  • New to Gwen’s work but what I see, I love!

    —Louise Hanby D'Wynn on August 10, 2016
  • I’m familiar with Gwen’s work but have not had the good fortune to take a class from or hear a lecture by her. The photos you’ve shown from the new book are inspirational.

    —Karen Seitz on August 10, 2016
  • One of the first quilt books I ever bought (more years ago than I care to admit!) was by Gwen Marston. So I guess that makes me a fanatical fan. This book looks wonderful and I can’t wait to read it- one way or another. 🙂

    —Martha on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work but live what I see!

    —Beth on August 10, 2016
  • What a delightful book & I have the perfect place to display it. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

    Dorothy Dishman on August 10, 2016
  • I met Gwen back in the 80’s when she came to our guild to do a program. I then was lucky enough to attend some of her retreats at Beaver Island. She is a lovely person and her quilts have always been beautiful inspirations to me.

    —Barb Walsh on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to to Ms. Marston’s beautiful fabric art. I enjoyed my peek at her creations. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I would be honored to have this book on my coffee table.

    —Grace Niederlehner on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work. The book looks wonderful! Would love to win it and learn more about her. Thanks for the chance.

    —Sue on August 10, 2016
  • I love her work!!

    —Debra White on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to quilt making and finding so much to discover and learn. As someone much taken with solids I particularly like the look of the section dealing with these.

    —Joan K on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen’s work, as I’m new to quilting.

    —Cheryl Lea on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve seen her work but have not followed her. I LOVE the string pieced glimpses!

    —Janice on August 10, 2016
  • Have mostly seen Gwen’s work when collaborating with Freddie Moran. Love the colors and freedom of spirit exhibited in her work.

    —Shelly S. on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work….book looks beautiful, it’s a keeper!

    —Joyce on August 10, 2016
  • Absolute fan since my first year of quilting 🙂

    Béatrice on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work. Book looks fascinating.

    —Amy Cofer on August 10, 2016
  • I’m relatively new to this artist’s work but she seems to have very nice work.

    —Marthese on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to quilting so new to Gwen Marston. Her work looks amazing.
    I am off to google her right now!!

    elr on August 10, 2016
  • I love Gwen’s liberated quilting! She inspired me to piece together the smallest scraps and it was really fun to see what I could come up with.

    —Sylvia Lewis on August 10, 2016
  • I have admired Gwen Marston’s work for years. I have especially appreciated the clear manner in which she explains her thought process — and how that translates to the quilting process — in designing and making quilts. She, truly, is an inspiration.

    —Myra McFarland on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work, but love the way she moved from basically traditional to a more modern/scrappy look.

    —Kathy on August 10, 2016
  • Lovely book with gorgeous work. I am new to her work. Glad to get to know Gwen!

    —Pamela Stoutenburg on August 10, 2016
  • Wow! What an exciting book! To be able to literally follow the path of Gwen’s quilting journey is a gift to quilters and artists alike! I am an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen’s work and find her to be inspirational. Thanks for sharing your quilting life in pages! B. Howard

    —Brenda Howard on August 10, 2016
  • I would LOVE to have this book! I love reading about quilt history and this looks to be a book full of history and inspiration!

    —Pam George on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen Marston, her book is like an heirloom quilt in itself. Her quotes are beautiful and thoughtful.

    —Jennifer Drahnak on August 10, 2016
  • Although I love the precision and results of following quilting patterns step by step,Gwen Marston for me is like not paint by number quilting. The times I have experimented with her approaches and had some good, some bad results was very creative and if nothing else, it was my work was personal and original. For me that is art. It was also lots and lots of fun. My husband purchased her first book as a wonderful Christmas present . (that was out of print – got it on eBay). Just looking at her pictures you posted is inspiring me to get back to quilting. Got my fingers crossed and stash ready in case I win.

    —Suzanne punga on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwens work but now I will be an enthusiastic follower. Love!!

    —Lynn Marie Buckley on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve heard the name….but I’m very new to her work. From the looks of the book, I feel that I could easily be an enthusiastic admirer!

    Deb on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve heard her name but otherwise she is new to me. This book looks beautiful.

    —April Lopez on August 10, 2016
  • I would love to win this book because a statement from the book is so inspiring: "To happily create without a goal of perfection". I get so hung up with trying to do something perfectly that it keeps from making or creating!

    —Susan Sleeper on August 10, 2016
  • New to Gwen’s works, gaining admiration for Her spontaneous use of scraps. Thank you for the preview.

    —Diane Beavers on August 10, 2016
  • Enthusiastic Admirer! Enjoyed her prior books but find I really love looking at her organic less traditional quilts. They speak to me emotionally.

    —Stephane Lau on August 10, 2016
  • Look like a fascinating and inspiring book.

    Emmie Seaman on August 10, 2016
  • I have heard of Gwen in my blog travels, but haven’t really seen very much of her work. So, she is new to me, but well worth watching!

    —Kathy E. on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwens work but looks like i need to check her out. Thank you

    —monica schwartz on August 10, 2016
  • Would love to see her quilts and how she progressed and grew over time.

    —Rita Nichols on August 10, 2016
  • I would love to have her book. I have followed her for several years.

    —Mary Herbel on August 10, 2016
  • I have enjoyed Gwen’s work for a loooooong time! She has a good balance between what’s important and what is just do have for fun.

    —Sunnie Malesky on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work. I enjoy what I have seen so far in your introduction. Thank you so much!

    —Janie on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work but quickly becoming a fan.

    —susan smoaks on August 10, 2016
  • What a beautiful book and collection of quilts. Gorgeous!

    —Janet on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work. Beautiful!

    Danette Stankovich on August 10, 2016
  • New to Ms. Marton’s work, but really love the photos in this book! Would love to delve into this kid of work.

    —Anne S on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen’s work, and applaud Gwen’s attitude towards inventing new directions. Most often when I am designing a quilt, I let it tell me what it wants to be. One of my quilts finally told me that it was not a quilt at all, but a table cover.

    Gail G on August 10, 2016
  • This is a beautiful book. I would love to add it to my library of quilting books. Beautiful pictures.

    —Jan Humphreys on August 10, 2016
  • ‘;ve recently discovered Gwen Marston’s work and am fascinated and inspired by her journey with quilts. I’d love to travel along with her in A Common Thread.

    —Mary Hawthorne on August 10, 2016
  • Such a beautiful book to put out for others to enjoy! Beautiful!

    —Sandy N. on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work, however, my mother in law would LOVE this book!!

    —Kristine R. on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen Marston opened a new world for me after I’d been quilting for years, when I discovered her Liberated Quilting technique. With her permission, I was now free to combine fabrics and squares however I fancied! I didn’t have to worry about points and matching seams, lining things up just so. I spent hours stitching up free form houses, people, stars, trees. She stoked the fire and enabled me to put my creative visions in stitches. I loved the results…and her work paved my growth in traditional quilting, because I was always a wink away from seeing my "mind on quilts" (crazed!), as one of her books prefaced.

    Gwen helped me to look back and look forward and I’d love the book.

    —Marianne Brehl on August 10, 2016
  • I am a new lover of this work truly inspiring!

    —Sharon Vukan on August 10, 2016
  • Not being in the US, I’ve not had a chance to hear Gwen, but I’ve heard of her work. The book looks amazing…a tribute to her and an important addition to the history of quilting

    —Dot on August 10, 2016
  • Love seeing her work. I want to be liberated.

    —marymandernach on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen Marston but fascinated with he work, especially the string quilts!

    —Debby Thompson on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work, but in awe of the quilts!! Beautiful!!

    —Bernadette Schultz on August 10, 2016
  • I am a fan and admirer of Gwen’s work. I love she is interested in all types of quilting and she never disappoints.

    —Connie on August 10, 2016
  • Had the privilege of taking a class from her and her style is truly liberating. It’s fun to bend the "rules"!

    —Jean on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work. Looks interesting

    —Vickie Morgan on August 10, 2016
  • Love the freedom that Gwen Marston exemplifies in her quilts…would love to see her new book!

    Janine W. on August 10, 2016
  • Longtime admirer of Gwen’s work and her inspiring design philosophy. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

    Jeanne on August 10, 2016
  • Enthusiastic admirer. Would love to get more fanatical!

    —Melody Lutz on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work but I LOVE her philosophy of creation beauty without perfection and I LOVE the beauty her philosophy has created. I would love to curl up with a quilt and a chai tea and just absorb every single page in her book!

    Marsha Ransom on August 10, 2016
  • Love the focus of happily creating without a goal of perfection. –I am a new admirer.

    —Dawn Wyda on August 10, 2016
  • Looks like a great book

    —michele breault on August 10, 2016
  • everything I have learned about quilting I have taught myself by trial and error, books and the internet. Sometimes I don’t think I can come up with any ideas on my own and like to look at and read books. Flipping through this I see some really inspiring ideas and would love a copy for my collection.

    Joanne Jones on August 10, 2016
  • I have recently seen some posts about Gwen Marston and am wishing I had discovered her before … the things I have seen, including pictures in this post, are amazing. Thanks for the introduction!

    —Eileen Kuhre on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve seen Gwen’s inspiring work before… I like the looks of this book, especially the applique, but I’m not always enthusiastic about some of the modern quilts, I would have sashed the string blocks, as it is it gives me eye strain! but I love the old blocks in new fabrics, and the old blocks set against negative space… I have some vintage squares that aren’t enough for a whole top, but if I use them with the negative space I think they’ll be fab! Her stars on white are beautiful. Loads of good ideas.

    Thanks! Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on August 10, 2016
  • I have seen her work before and I love the concept of beauty without perfection. Her work is inspirational and beautiful.

    Deborah McLaughlin on August 10, 2016
  • I am not familiar with Gwen’s work, but the pictures of her new book have inspired me to take a closer look. She looks to be a true spark to the imagination of quilters and non-quilters alike.

    —Patricia Zielke on August 10, 2016
  • A wonderful addition to my library., love the liberated style pages.

    —Joyce buerkle on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work- sort of. I have books that she co-authored YEARS ago with Joe Cunningham, but I am not familiar with her current work. I’d love to win this book to donate to the library of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, where I am a volunteer.

    —Dottie Macomber on August 10, 2016
  • I AM NEW TO HER WORK!

    —Angie Little on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work but love it.

    —Joanne Wilson on August 10, 2016
  • when we lived in Lansing Michigan I read that she held retreats on beaver island. I even took a trip t see where her place was, but I never had the opportunity to participate in a retreat. I now have a longarm business and one of my clients LOVES all of Gwens quilts. I would love the book so I can see how Gwen quilted her works of art!

    —Anne downey on August 10, 2016
  • Fanatical fan for sure. Her creativity simply makes my spirit sing in joy.

    —Barbara L on August 10, 2016
  • I am completely new to her work and would live to see more 😊

    —Nita on August 10, 2016
  • I remember when Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham http://www.joethequilter.com/ were a constant presence in the quilting world.

    I always appreciated Gwen’s advice to "let it go", and not obsess over perfection.

    I still have the magazines with her quilt patterns and instructions for quilting.

    So glad to see this book come out and would love to have a copy.

    Thanks for this opportunity.

    B from Canada

    —B from Canada on August 10, 2016
  • Enthusiastic admirer. I would have the best coffee table around!

    —Cathy on August 10, 2016
  • "A COMMON THREAD" appeals to the ‘desire to quilt’ that lies within me. What fun it would be to own this bound-to-be-treasued, desired publication!

    —Betty P on August 10, 2016
  • I’m fairly new to her work – it’s exceptional!

    —Heather S on August 10, 2016
  • I’m definitely an enthusiastic admirer and have taken classes from Gwen twice at the Quilter’s Gathering. She is a joy to be around! I would love a copy of this new book!

    —Kathy on August 10, 2016
  • I am somewhere between enthusiastic admirer and fanatical fan. I was greatly disappointed when I heard she was retiring, after I was unable to attend QuiltCon last winter. I’ll never get to take a class with her! I really want this book, thank you for publishing it.

    Abby on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work…I have always considered my self a traditional quilter, but I have come to truly love the unique perspective of Modern Quilters like Gwen and Kaffe Fassett. I can’t wait to read Gwen’s book!

    —Sandi Spence on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work and would love to read about her quilting adventure.
    Sandy

    —Sandy on August 10, 2016
  • New to Ms Marsden work, but will be keeping an eye out for this book!

    —Cheryl on August 10, 2016
  • I have admired Gwen’s work for as long as she has been quilting. It would be an honor to own a copy of her new book.

    Diane on August 10, 2016
  • I took one of the classes she taught years ago…what a great teacher, quilter, and person.

    —Judy Maggio on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to the work of Gwen Marston. I would enjoy the book.

    —NancyB on August 10, 2016
  • What a wonderful book. I would love to have a copy. I have seen some of her quilts and enjoy her freedom in piecing. Her quilts have such a playful quality.

    —Pam Gantz on August 10, 2016
  • I was introduced to Gwen’s work more than 20 years ago. Would love to have this book!

    —Angela Webb on August 10, 2016
  • WOW!!! Just what I need is another quilt artist journey through this wonderful maze of quilting. The one thing I am learning about this art of quilting is it’s not perfect. There are sets of guides, but its up to the quilter to decide how to apply those guides. So the title Common Thread is so perfect, because the one thing we have in common is thread. Thank you for publishing such a beautiful book. And to the fiber artist quilt maker, Gwen Marston you are truly gifted, please keep that common thread going

    —Julie on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve followed Gwen Marston’s work from afar for many years. Now would be a great time to take a closer look.

    —Jan Beasley on August 10, 2016
  • It looks like a delightful new book. I’ve not really seen much of Gwen’s work, only know the name. She sounds like a very interesting quilter!

    —Susan Stanton on August 10, 2016
  • I was lucky enough to hear Gwen speak at our guild several years ago. I loved her quilts so much that I bought her book. Every time I see a quilt that needs to have a pieced back I think of her.

    —Susie Quesnel on August 10, 2016
  • I would love to win this book. I am new to her work, but definitely intrigued by what I’m seeing in this blog post.

    —Levi Henson on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work and I look forward to reading more about her.

    —Deborah B. on August 10, 2016
  • I love Gwen’s work. It is so colorful and cheerful. I haven’t ever been able to take a class from her but would love to.

    —Barbara on August 10, 2016
  • I do have 3 of her books. No enought time t made all the quilts in the books. Awesome

    Matilde e valle on August 10, 2016
  • I am somewhat new to her work, but am loving it and need to see more!

    —Ferne on August 10, 2016
  • I love Gwen Marstons quilts! Especially ones with lots of small pieces.

    —Gail Shelton on August 10, 2016
  • I first saw Gwen Marston on a TV program several years ago, and was charmed by her, and her approach to quilting. It should be fun, and relaxing. She is an inspiration to so many quilters!

    —Mary Haak on August 10, 2016
  • Hi … so excited about this giveaway … I am a traditional quilter so that would be the part of the book I would enjoy the most … but I have respect for more modern quits as I have friends who are modern &/or art quilters. Thanks for the giveaway … Michele

    —Michele Meacham on August 10, 2016
  • LOVE GWEN’S WORK! WOULD LOVE TO WIN HER NEW BOOK! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    —LINDA on August 10, 2016
  • Definitely an enthusiastic admirer. Love her work and her advocacy for liberated quilting.

    —Rand on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work and would love to win the book!

    —Judy Allen on August 10, 2016
  • I must admit, I am new to her work. However, I am looking forward to getting to know it!

    —Kathie R on August 10, 2016
  • I have 3, or maybe 4, of Gwen’s books with Freddy Moran and just LOVE the way Gwen takes a traditional quilt pattern and liberates it into a wild and wonderful happy quilt with bright colors. MORE is never enough with color and pattern for fabric combinations for Gwen. Have you seen her cherry red Featherlite sewing machine? Such energy radiates from the finished quilts. One must let our inner exuberance come out in our creative works with fabric.

    —Sarah Silk on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work but I like it very much!

    —Janey Cook on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen’s work – I love the broad range of styles shown in the book preview – so inspirational. A book I would love to own to inspire me on my quilting journey.

    —Sue Harrington on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen Marston is a nation treasure!!! Have admired and loved her work for years! Always inspiring … and this looks like a fabulous collection of her work!

    —Lynn on August 10, 2016
  • This looks like a great book for me to get me out of my box. It actually looks like something that will entice me to try something different

    —Marguerite Namdar on August 10, 2016
  • Would love to win this book. Would encourage me to be more liberated in my approach to quilting

    —Lois on August 10, 2016
  • Looking at Gwens work makes me sad that I live in such a remote area. Not being exposed to her work leaves me poorer for it. Now it is available to the world!
    Susan

    Susan on August 10, 2016
  • Although I’ve heard her name, I’m new to Gwen Marston’s work. Would love her book!

    —Carol Gearey on August 10, 2016
  • Longtime, and ardent admirer of Gwen Marston. Having been lucky enough to attend her week-long workshops several times, attended classes, and lectures have been the highlights of my quilting journey. She has changed the quilting world in her innovative work, and the excitement she shows for it.

    —Jan Smith on August 10, 2016
  • I love everything Gwen Marston does! She is such an inspiration to me as a quilter. I could only hope to do what she does! I would love the chance to win his new book of hers. It would be a prized possession. Thank you!

    —Kathy G. on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen Marston is my superhero of quilting. I have been quilting since 1986, and she has been such an inspiration through the years. Whenever I am tempted to make the "safe" quilting choice, I think about how Gwen would tell me to make my own quilt. Her work is so uniquely hauntingly beautiful!

    Lisa on August 10, 2016
  • Wow – Been following her work for years!!! Great looking book!!!

    —Ali on August 10, 2016
  • I would have to say that I am both a fanatical fan as well as an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen’s work. Having taken a workshop of hers a couple years ago I see that I am a lot like her in that I do not aim for perfection in my quiltmaking. I always add a little something or change something little to the pattern to add my own touch to the finished quilt. Her Liberated Medallion quilts were inspirations to my quiltmaking. Besides being a comical character she is also a down to earth person. I wish she still did the retreats on Beaver Island because I would definitely love to attend one of them! Thank you Gwen for sharing your quilting expertise with the quilt world!

    —Sue F on August 10, 2016
  • I started quilting before rotary cutters, and as a hand-piecer. I remember all those hours spent tracing around templates and cutting out the fabric with a 1/4-inch margin. Quilting marched on! Gwen Marston inspired me to make several of her liberated quilts and Boy! What fun that turned out to be! Section not big enough? Add another strip! Just a smidge too big? Trim it to fit! What a delightful, freeing way to work!
    Gwen and Freddy Moran worked together to make a wonderful collaborative book that is just LOADED with ideas. I’d love to add Gwen’s book about her quilting journey to my collection.

    —Judith Janes on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen has so inspired me and informed my work for years after stumbling onto an earlier book. So ove her way of creating.

    —bergere on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work, but I am fascinated by her quilts and her comments about them. I’ll have to look in to her work some more! Thanks for introducing me.

    Kathy on August 10, 2016
  • I am surprised that I am new to her work. It is quite incredible!

    —Pat on August 10, 2016
  • Would love to have this book in my home. Thanks for the opportunity to be chosen to receive it.

    —Mary on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work, but glad I’ve become acquainted.

    —MaryBeth Little on August 10, 2016
  • new to her work and I really like the color as you present it! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    —carol Denning on August 10, 2016
  • I first saw Gwen’s work at the Sisters show in 2006. What a revelation! I was immediately drawn to her uninhibited use of color and her whimsical yet intentioned sense of design. I have a couple of her books for inspiration and she also has a great class on IQuilt. Sure wish she was still teaching, she is truly an inspiration for any quilter wanting to experiment with her own designs. This book looks incredible, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    —Jeannine on August 10, 2016
  • I have seen Gwen’s work for many years and I do enjoy the variety of designs she has made over the years. I still want to try one of her liberated quilts.

    —Caryn on August 10, 2016
  • I’m a fan, admirer and totally aware of her work.

    carolyn on August 10, 2016
  • Gorgeous coffee table book. I would be reading this often, so will my friends. I would love to own it. There is much to admire by the looks of it.

    Robin Tuckerman on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work, but the book looks yummy!

    —Ann on August 10, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen’s work. I do own several of her books and am working up the courage to get out of my comfort zone. This new book looks wonderful and full of inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Karen Weidler on August 10, 2016
  • I have followed Gwen’s work and publications for a while as an enthusiastic admirer. Her work encourages me to take chances and try new techniques! Thanks for the chance to win her newest book – love to read her quilting journey.

    —Karen Flanigan on August 10, 2016
  • Guess I belong into the enthusiastic admirer group as well – and just love looking at her fabulous work. Happy imperfection – we sure could use a whole lot of that. Thanks so much!

    —Barb in mI on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work….But looks interesting….. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    Anna Lutz-Brown on August 10, 2016
  • I absolutely loved her work with Freddy Moran in Collaborative Quilting. Such wonderful use of color and whimsy! I would love to explore her journey through this new coffee table book. Count me in!!

    —Judy on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work – and it looks as if the book would be a fabulous addition to my coffee table, a place of honor of course!

    —Kathy O in GA on August 10, 2016
  • I was not familiar with Gwen’s work and probably wouldn’t have been drawn to it as I once would have thought it was too free form, too different. BUT, I have a dear friend who has fallen in love with modern quilts and quilting and she opened my eyes to this new wave. I liken many of Gwen’s quilts to a "fabric Pollack painting". Great work and really enjoy the use of color, movement and style.

    —Irene Kimball on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s designs. Would love to get acquainted. Thank you!

    —Karen H on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen has been an inspiration for years. I’d love to have a class with her. Meanwhile, books will have to do and this one looks superb.

    —Mona on August 10, 2016
  • How nice to give a wonderful, inspiring woman such a wonderful book! As a younger woman, (I’m now 81 and still quilting) I attended Gwen’s workshops on Beaver Island. Got to visit her house that she built and tour her wonderful island. (The boat trip over from Michigan was always a thrill!)She always gave each of us such wonderful inspiration and made us feel like there was nothing that we could not do in quilting! I love her and her creative quilting ideas. I’m so happy that she is a part of my quilting life!

    —Nancy Fairchild on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work. Absolutely love her vibrant color choices!

    —Kay on August 10, 2016
  • She is completely new to me. I want to see more of her work!

    —Jean McD on August 10, 2016
  • I am a total admirer and love this new book! It is so beautiful!

    —Inger Herman on August 10, 2016
  • I am a total admirer and love this new book! It is so beautiful! And full of inspiration

    —Inger Herman on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work, but love the history in quilting. I don’t have many ‘coffee-table’ books, but this one looks worthy!

    —Linda Voltz on August 10, 2016
  • This book looks absolutely fantastic! I have seen her work over the years and would find her book full of inspiration! Thanks for letting us all know what is new and exciting in the world of quilting.

    —Pat Kato on August 10, 2016
  • Looks like the perfect book to cozy up with on a snowy winter evening! I got started with Gwen and quilting about the same time, strayed a bit and have now come back to quilting improv style. Would love to own this book!

    —Carol on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work.

    —Lynne on August 10, 2016
  • I am also new to Gwen’s work. Her quilts are beautiful. I certainly would love to have a copy of the new book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    —Karyn MacKell on August 10, 2016
  • I am a longtime fan of Gwen’s work, and this book looks like a gem.

    —Sally on August 10, 2016
  • I discovered Gwen’s work through books and references from blocklotto maybe 10 years ago. I have loved making free formed type blocks inspired by her work.

    —Coralie Wallace on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work and look forward to enjoying her coffee table book.

    Joyce on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work

    —Brenda Stone on August 10, 2016
  • Wow! I have seen some of Gwen’s work before, but this is a unique and awesome book…would love to delve more into her work, and learn and be inspired!

    Snoodles on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve been following Gwen’s career and quilts for years, ever since starting to work in a quilt store in Canada in 1994. I found Liberated Quiltmaking VERY difficult – it was hard to give up on the straight, even lines!

    —Lori Hennig on August 10, 2016
  • I love her art and her philosophy. She’s an inspiration!

    —Estie on August 10, 2016
  • Well, I never heard of her before reading this about her book. I look forward to reading it!

    —Marty on August 10, 2016
  • Yeah Gwen!! What a great book!

    —Debbie Wallace on August 10, 2016
  • Definitely an enthusiastic admirer! More than a few times I’ve used quilt stitch designs from the early books Gwen wrote with Joe Cunningham. I loved when she did her takes on traditional four block and folk style quilts and see in them the seeds of her later "liberated" pieces. How great there’s now a book that surveys her style range and her influence in contemporary quilt making.

    Vivian on August 10, 2016
  • I am a fan and also an enthusiastic admirer. I have a number of books her work is in and always get great ideas. What a very talented person.

    —Marilynn on August 10, 2016
  • I came across her as hashtag on Instagram.

    —Urška on August 10, 2016
  • Enthusiastic admirer. I have been following her work since Amish Quilting Patterns was published many year ago.

    —Martha Henrichs on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen’s work is new to me but looks inspiring. I’d love to win her book!

    —Sheryl Scarlett on August 10, 2016
  • I am definately an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen Marston’s work and would LOVE to own this book. I am in awe of her quilts.

    Jody M on August 10, 2016
  • I am a Gwen follower! I was honored to meet her about 12 years ago while working in a local shop, she came in to pick up ( supplies) getting ready for her winter on. Beaver Island. She was very friendly and struck up a conversation with me. Even had me show her some of the store samples I had made. A couple years ago the Dennos Museum featured Gwen and her liberated quilts– an exhibit I spent hours at!
    Would love to own this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

    —Colleen Froats on August 10, 2016
  • I am a big fan of Gwen’s work and I would love to win this beautiful book.

    —Julie in GA on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work and I can see that she is an amazing quilter.

    —Virginia in AK on August 10, 2016
  • One of my hearts desire for years has been to take a class from her. I have ad mired her style of quilting for years. Maybe one day I will be able to take a class from her. OMGoodness what a thrill that would be. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    —Linda Bragg on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work as this is the first I’ve heard of her.

    —Judith Martinez on August 10, 2016
  • I have admired Gwen’s work for many years. As the fortunate owner of many coffee table books that are enjoyed over and over, I would love to add Common Threads to my collection.Thank you for this opportunity to win one.

    —Linda Goodhart on August 10, 2016
  • I am keen to win this beautiful book because I love pouring over such books for hours. I find that I become so completely immersed that when I eventually take a break I can clearly see the colour and beauty in my surroundings. It’s as if the beauty of the quilts transfers to the world around me and I feel uplifted. I have greatly admired Gwen Marston’s striking creations over the years and am in awe of her creativity.

    —Jennifer Knox on August 10, 2016
  • I am a fanatical fan, I think her quilts are spectacular. I’ve been doing my own thing in quilting for quite awhile. This book is a must have, it’s definitely "eye candy"!

    —JoAnne T. on August 10, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen’s work. A few of the members of the guild that I belong to are Gwen fanatics. I took a workshop that two of those ladies taught on Gwen’s Liberated Baskets. It was a lot of fun!

    —Maureen Haynes on August 10, 2016
  • I love the quilt patterns! This book is great!

    —Bobbie on August 10, 2016
  • Enthusiastic admirer! I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Sharon on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen Marston’s work, but it looks oh so fun

    —Janet Wiener on August 10, 2016
  • I am familiar with her liberated quilting techniques but I have not tried any of her techniques. I would have loved to have attended one of her workshops or training. Looks like a super book.

    —carol on August 10, 2016
  • Enthusiastic Admirer. Very much enjoyed her quilts at this year’s 40th Vermont Quilt Show and Gerold Roy’s gallery talk about her quilts was a real treat. Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful book.

    —sallee on August 10, 2016
  • I am a fanatical fan. Love Gwens work. I continue to strive to be as free as Gwen

    —Scarlett on August 10, 2016
  • I have so much to learn about quilting. Gwen’s book sounds like it would a great resource as well as inspirational.

    —ADKKate on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work. Looks like she has something for just about everyone, from traditional to modern.

    —Lori S on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work, but love it!

    —Jeannine on August 10, 2016
  • I have the book Gwen did with Joe cunninghamshe got me started and I am

    —Doris Anderson on August 10, 2016
  • I’m an enthusiastic admirer and it would be wonderful to have this book for inspiration!

    —MoeWest on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen ROCKS! I am not a fanatic but have been an enthusiastic admirer for many years. A new book by her is a great thing and looks beautiful. Congratulations on the new addition to your family of great authors!

    —Debbie Miller on August 10, 2016
  • I have been reading and collecting Gwen’s books since I first started quilting in the early 1970’s. I am fascinated by all her endeavors and pursuits of knowledge and artistry. I’d love to have a copy of all her work to date.

    —Jean on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work and I am blown away! It is interesting to see how traditional she began and gradually stepped out of the box a little bit at a time, tweaking the spacing, the shapes, the colors. Ultimately creating her own style each step of the way. It reminds me of my own development as a teacher. I began by following the manual (pattern) to the letter. Over 30 plus years I have been influenced by many and created my own style radically different from my beginnings! I would love to own this amazing book!

    —Sandy Myers on August 10, 2016
  • I own several of Gwn’s books, and they are always inspirational.

    —Kathie L on August 10, 2016
  • Seems like she has made a fascinating , inspiring,and creative journey and would love to read more about her.

    —Rivka Hamdani on August 10, 2016
  • Wow….these are stunning. I don’t know where I’ve been but I’ve never seen her work before. I would be so lucky to win so I can really study her work and approach. fingers crossed!

    —Cheryl Warstler on August 10, 2016
  • I took a class from Gwen. Really enjoyed her enthusiasm for quilting. It was early in my quilting career and it really helped me to enjoy quilting and not be so rigid.

    —Lori on August 10, 2016
  • Fanatical fan, that’s me.

    —Vicki Krausz on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work, but love what I see!

    —Janet on August 10, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen’s work. I truly wish I would have had a chance to take a workshop with her – her approach to color, design, and creation speak to me – her work inspires me and touches my heart.

    Belinda K-N on August 10, 2016
  • What an influence Gwen Marston has been in my quilt life, from the early days when I checked out videos from the library made by her and Joe Cunningham. I have followed her through all of her various phases, as I, too, have gone through various phases of quilting. She is a treasure to us all, and I am sure this coffee table book is, as well. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have, even if I don’t have a coffee table. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Cherry Glazer on August 10, 2016
  • I too a class from Gwen. Liberated Baskets I think it was called. Made me loosen up. I would love this book!

    —Heather C on August 10, 2016
  • I have loved Gwen’s work for a very long time and think this book is brilliant. What a wonderful prize for your lucky winner. She is an amazing quilter and has inspired so many quilters to explore other avenues of quilting.
    Thanks so much for the chance.
    Warmest regards from Alberta Canada,
    Anna
    quiltmom1(at)shaw(dot)ca

    quiltmom anna on August 10, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer. I took a class on small studies and found Gwen a delight and inspiration. It would be amazing to see her journey through quilting in one book.

    —Kathleen Herring on August 10, 2016
  • I first met Gwen in the 1980s when she came to Kaw Valley Quilt Guild. Over the years we always reconnected at Paducah or other venues. I took an "old style" appliqué workshop from Gwen and the small wall hanging I made and stipple quilted hangs in our living room, 😊

    Patti Poe on August 10, 2016
  • I am a big fan of Gwen. I have several of her books.

    —Margaret Dalmer on August 10, 2016
  • I have admired Gwen Marston’s work for many years. Lovely to see it gathered together for everyone to enjoy and get inspiration.

    —Elizabeth A Monahan on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen but I know I will enjoy her book.

    —Carolyn Dell on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work. Very creative.

    —Cathy on August 10, 2016
  • very impressive, very well done,
    thankyou for this

    —Flo on August 10, 2016
  • The wide array of styles are so interesting! I’d love to win a copy of this book!

    —SandyU on August 10, 2016
  • I’m an enthusiastic admirer. I love how she plays with colour.

    —Linda Webster on August 10, 2016
  • Learned of Gwen via multiple quilting blogs. Love the free pieced medallion look.

    —Sherrill in Portland, OR on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen. I love her "free form" designs. I wish I had the courage to try that!

    —Barb Ingersoll on August 10, 2016
  • I have been an enthusiastic admirer of Gwen Marston for several years – thanks for the chance to win her new book.

    —JoyceLM on August 10, 2016
  • What an inspiration to have in the quilting studio or workroom.

    —Rosemary on August 10, 2016
  • I need this book it will tell me what I need know!

    —Sue McKnight on August 10, 2016
  • New to her work. Would love to win

    —Theresa Powers on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen Marston:

    I’m a fan, and admirer, and feel so fortunate that I have known about her since my quilting reboot in 2010. I took a workshop with her and Freddy Moran and enjoyed it very much.

    Thank for the chance to win this new book.

    June

    —June on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen is great,a fabulous inspiring teacher, quilter and person. I love everything she has done thru all the years, quilts classes and ideas.

    —Maggierose on August 10, 2016
  • WOW! Very impressed! She is new to me 🙂

    —Rose on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve always loved Gwen Marston and her work! I have several of her books and have made a few quilts using her methods. She’s a wonderful inspiration to quilters!

    —Mary P. Taylor on August 10, 2016
  • I am not familiar with her work but am totally fascinated by what I see.

    —Susan on August 10, 2016
  • I met Gwen when I took a class at AQS Paducah, KY. She is an awesome teacher and a wonderful person.

    Jane Massingill on August 10, 2016
  • I have seen Gwen’s name around for a long time but this book is so interesting. Such variety! Beautiful colours. Different techniques. She must be so dedicated to have done all of this work! Amazing!!

    —Linda Bullard on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen’s work is new to me, but I’m quite intrigued, and I’d like to learn more!

    —Karen Cohn on August 10, 2016
  • I’m a long time enthusiastic fan! I went to her retreat on Beaver Island around 1986 and I just bought her book on Liberated Quiltmaking and enrolled in her online Liberated Quiltmaking class on IQuilt. I just LOVE Gwen!!!

    —Bonnie J Booy on August 10, 2016
  • Love Gwen’s stuff. Have read all the books she has written!

    —Tammy Morrow on August 10, 2016
  • I am unfamiliar with Marston’s work until now. Thank you very much for bringing her fabulous images to my attention I look forward to researching this and other works in the future.

    —Cassy on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen’s work, but I is inspiring.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 10, 2016
  • I am a great fan of Gwen’s quilts and books!

    —Robin Lane on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen has been an inspiration to me for many year and I treasure her quilts.

    —Helen Lou on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work. It is lovely!

    —Robin in New Jersey on August 10, 2016
  • Love it!! New to her work. She seems to make great use of small scraps, which I collect (really hate to throw anything away lol). As my workspace is shrinking because of my "collections", am working toward donating things. Her quilts are beautiful. Look forward to acquiring her books or at least checking the library for it.

    —Reynalda Schroeder on August 10, 2016
  • I took a workshop from Gwen years ago. The liberated quilter! I loved making the wonky stars and houses and learning how to let go of the "rules". I still have the wall hanging I made to remind me it’s all okay! Thanks Gwen for changing the way a rule following quilter views her quilt making!

    —carol on August 10, 2016
  • I love quilting and this book looks marvelous. Would love to learn more from Gwen.

    Kathleen Martello on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve been an admirer of Gwen’s work for many years and would love to have this book! Thanks!

    Gayle
    aquiltersplayhouse at gmail dot com

    —Gayle Allen-Grier on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work…if it wasn’t for your email I probably would never have heard of her and her awesome quilts. It will be a grrrrrrrt day for me if my name is chosen to win. Thanks for the chance.

    —Virgi on August 10, 2016
  • What a banquet of quilts – traditional, applique, Gee’s Bend and everything in between. I want this book!

    —Susan Putman on August 10, 2016
  • I am very new to Gwen’s work; I would love to learn more.

    Margaret on August 10, 2016
  • I’m a new quilter, so don’t know Gwen’s work but am very intrigued about her journey and variety of styles she has enjoyed.

    —Erika Nickens on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen is a tru treasure. So many creative techniques!

    —Pam Reim on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work. She is very talented and her quilts are beautiful. This book would be very admired by me.

    —Joy Meetis on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work. My husband says cookbooks are my picture books. I guess quilt books are also my picture books. But I do use them both (at some point in time) and I love the ones seen here.

    —Cindy on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work. Would enjoy reading the book and learning more about her.

    —Tammy on August 10, 2016
  • My first and subsequent contacts with Gwen were at one of her quilt retreats on Beaver Island in MIchigan. I left my three young children with their Dad, not really knowing what to expect at a retreat as I’d never even been to a quilt class or workshop at that point. I had learned to quilt and sew from my Mother and Grandmother.

    As it turned out, I was the FIRST Canadian to have ever attended and it turned out to be a grand experience. Gwen’s approach freed me from the anxiety of ‘doing the wrong thing’ and to go with the flow of the design process, including making houses freelance. This approach ended up with a Hawaiian – themed quilt, and later two free-styl birdhouses that I incorporated into a log cabin quilt.
    I even have Gwen and Joe’s autographs on a signature quilt that came from the retreat, plus Gwen’s personalized quilt design that she made on now of my small quilts from the retreat.

    It was a wonderful experience that I remember so fondly – peppered with Gwen’s passion for older quilts, her music and sense of humour.

    I’m a long-time admirer, for sure!

    —Robbi on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new but love all her work.

    —Virginia Over on August 10, 2016
  • Very new to her work. Love the diversity and the evolution of her work… growth in design and mood. Can’t wait to thumb the pages of color, texture, design and beauty; stark and complicated; curves and planes.

    —Marianne in TN on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen! What can I say…lost for words! I have followed her at Sister’s, enjoy her book with Freddy Moran! She is an amazing inspiration to all of us as we grow and change our quilting style/techniques from traditional pieced to more free form!! or FREEDOM in piecing!

    —sandra on August 10, 2016
  • I discovered Gwen’s work just a few years ago and tried her liberated quilt making. I really loved it. Wish I had known about her sooner in my quilt journey! The book looks like a keeper.

    —Rena Krol on August 10, 2016
  • I have been a devoted fan of Gwen’s for years. Her early studies with the Amish quilter’s hooked me and I have collected every one of her books. I treasure them. Can’t wait for this one!

    —Mary Rose on August 10, 2016
  • I would love to have a COPY of this book "A Common Thread". As I paged through the pictures I see how quirky the quilts go page by page, I would love to make quilts like that!

    Althea Klosterman on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to her work but from what I see I love it.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on August 10, 2016
  • Gwen Marsten was the first professional quilter I ever heard speak at a conference at Bethel College in MN in 1988 or ’89. I have followed her work ever since and enjoyed her evolution as a trend-setting quilter. If I don’t win the book it’s going on my Christmas list.
    Laura

    —Laura Nagel on August 10, 2016
  • I am new to quilting so this is a nice introduction to Gwen. I like her abstract designs and the colors she uses.
    It’s nice to see her style transition from the traditional quilts to the abstract ones. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you.

    —Leah K on August 10, 2016
  • I have admired Gwen’s work for a long time.

    —Lou Wotzke on August 10, 2016
  • I know of Gwen’s work. The simplicity of her designs is very soothly to look at.

    —Debby Hughey on August 10, 2016
  • I’m new to her work- the book looks like it has great ideas and will make you try to work outside the ‘box\square’ more often or all the time.

    carol on August 10, 2016
  • I’ve not seen her work before, but I like what I see here.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on August 11, 2016
  • I’ve admired Gwen’s work for years. She is an inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Kim on August 11, 2016
  • This is the first I have heard of this artist. Today I adopted her moto "to Happily Create without the goal of Perfection". I have wanted to start a quilt for some time, and had many starts and stops. But this week I decided to go ahead and start my first quilt (and not stop), and If I make a mistake, it will not matter, I will learn from it.

    —Janet Marsh on August 11, 2016
  • A whole book full of inspiration

    —Beryl Rutherford on August 11, 2016
  • I am a new quilter and absolutely obsessed with it!! I have made 10 quilts, bags and misc projects since Jan…and already have enough fabric in my stash for @ 40 more…(and growing). My husband thinks I am going to open a library as I am "devouring" every book on quilting that I can get my hands on. I am new to Ms, Marston – and happily found this article while following a thread from the Fatquarter Shop; Pat Sloan and Fig Tree. I would love to have a copy of this book. It looks amazing.

    —Nancy Berry on August 11, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer.

    —Lisa Marie on August 11, 2016
  • What a treasure this book will be.

    —Mary Hawthorne on August 11, 2016
  • I am a great admirer of Gwen Marston. I have many of her books and I love looking at her work. one of my favorite classes was based on her liberated baskets . Thank you for the great giveaway!

    —susan718 on August 11, 2016
  • Gwen Marston has been an inspiration to me in my quilting. A book of beautiful pictures of her wonderful quilts would be awesome to have.

    Jean on August 11, 2016
  • I am a fanatical fan AND an enthusiastic admirer! I so enjoy her work and would be delighted to win a copy of this new book! I had no idea a new book was coming out. It looks wonderful! Thank you for telling us about it!!

    Sally warren on August 11, 2016
  • Definitely a fan! Have her books and taken her workshops. Would love to a rd this book to my collection.

    —Karen Keeler on August 11, 2016
  • I have admired her work for years and enjoy seeing her evolution as a quilter! Inspiring!

    —Diane on August 11, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen’so work. Lovely!

    —Judi on August 11, 2016
  • I am somewhere between a fanatical fan and an enthusiastic admirer. L love Gwen Marston’s work and would love to take a class from her. I have a book authored by her and Freddy Moran that I find so inspiring. This book would be a welcome addition to a quilter’s library.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    —Mary D on August 11, 2016
  • New to her work. Find it mesmerizing. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book!

    —Bea on August 11, 2016
  • I’m new to her work but believe I could easily become a fan!

    —Colleen on August 11, 2016
  • I am new to her work–have seen some of her books but do not know a lot about her.

    —Barb K. on August 11, 2016
  • I own a couple of her books and read them over and over for inspiration and sheer pleasure. Recently I treated myself to 2 online classes with Gwen through AQS. Best present I ever gave myself. Yippee!

    —Lynette Miller on August 11, 2016
  • Both beautiful and inspirational–thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

    —Judy Offen on August 11, 2016
  • I love her work. It is so creative and inspiring.

    —cindy mizer on August 11, 2016
  • I admire Gwen’s creativity.

    —Claudia on August 11, 2016
  • New to quiltinq. New to her work. Loving both.

    —Ann Christman on August 11, 2016
  • I had never heard of her until now. Thank you for introducing her work to me.

    —NancyR on August 11, 2016
  • I am new to her work but am completely enthralled by what I’ve seen of her work and ideas so far. I can see me becoming a very enthusiastic fan!

    —Kathy Cathcart on August 11, 2016
  • New to her work, but I like it!

    —Diana O on August 11, 2016
  • I’ve been a fan since discovering her and Joe Cunningham’s columns in a quilting magazine back in the 70’s.

    —Bonnie on August 11, 2016
  • **Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!**
    I’ve gone from Enthusiastic Admirer to Fanatical Fan!
    Gwen Marston is my greatest inspiration!!
    She gave me "permission" to break open my own creativity!
    (Forever grateful!!))

    —Pat T. on August 11, 2016
  • I’m new to her work, the quilts you show here are stunning!

    —Jacklynn A Grimm on August 11, 2016
  • I have loved Gwen’s work for many years and made a number of quilts/projects using her methods. I thought I finally had a chance to take a class with her at AQS Chattanooga in September, but she had to cancel for health reasons. I would LOVE to have this book to add to my Gwen Marston collection.

    Quiltdivajulie on August 11, 2016
  • I’ve followed Gwen Marston for years since she was partnered with Cunningham. Her work is really inspirational.

    —Jessica Jones-Coggins on August 11, 2016
  • I am definitely and enthusiastic admirer of Gwen Marston. She has influenced my own work.

    —Cassy L. on August 11, 2016
  • I have been a fanatical fan of Gwen Marston’s for many years – she is flippin’ awesome!!! Adore her and am thrilled to enter the drawing! thx!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on August 11, 2016
  • I am a fanatical fan and enthusiastic admirer of Gwen’s always fresh and comfortable style. Her artistic voice is compelling. She is a true inspiration to the quilting community.

    —Jann W. on August 11, 2016
  • Would love to own this book and explore indepth the wonderful aesthetic of Gwen’s work. Her artistic ability is phenomenal to say the least!

    —Lee Anne Crowton on August 11, 2016
  • Learned about Gwen when a prominent quilter made reference to Gwen on her blog–immediately went to the library and ordered Gwen’s books on interlibrary loan, and was so grateful to have been able to add knowledge of Gwen and her body of work to my knowledge base!

    —Lill on August 11, 2016
  • I was lucky enough to attend two of Gwens classes in early 2000’s. She is dynamic, funny and creative is not a descriptive enough word.

    This book is a really terrific idea and seems to be a compendium of her career. Would greatly enjoy winning a copy.

    Again another terrific book through Martingale

    Jane M

    —MJ Modjeski on August 11, 2016
  • I have experienced Gwen as a workshop teacher and lecturer. She is a marvel. I adore her and her work and I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Felicity Ronaghan on August 11, 2016
  • I’m familiar with Gwen, but I don’t know her work that well. I’d love to see a collection of her quilts in one book!

    —Carol Y on August 11, 2016
  • I would say she is anything but new to her work! These quilts are all so great!

    —Doreen Savia on August 11, 2016
  • I took a class from Gwen back in the early 90’s. we made strips that we could then cut however we wanted to for the final quilt. Mine ended up being a Chinese Coins quilt.

    —Bev Gunn on August 11, 2016
  • Gwen Marston has been inspiring me for such a long time. From her early collaboration with Joe Cunningham up to her improvisational work in 37 Sketches I have been a fan. In her workshop I got the courage to stop listening to the negative voices in my head that constantly told me that my quilted visions were all wrong. Gwen is a fantastic, enthusiastic, generous and patient teacher. My class with her has given me a free, bold, unapologetic approach to my art that did not exist before. Thank you Gwen Marston!

    —Dee Green on August 11, 2016
  • I’ve love Gwen Marston’s liberated approach to quilting. Her work is amazing.

    —Nelda Mohr on August 11, 2016
  • I have attended many of Gwen’s Beaver Island Retreats — and they have all been a treat! Her approach to quilting has definitely affected mine.

    —Carol Schon on August 11, 2016
  • I have a large library of quilting and piecing books that includes 4 of Gwen’s books. Out of everything there, I go back to her books time and again for inspiration. No other author’s books move and inspire me like hers do. She is an incredible gift to the quilting community and I hope she finds time to write many more. I can’t get enough of her work and philosophy on quilting.

    —Jackie on August 11, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work but would love to learn more about her beautiful quilts.

    —Gail B on August 11, 2016
  • What a special book and history of her work. She seems like someone we all would like to know.

    —Ellen on August 12, 2016
  • I’m a long time fan and had an opportunity to take a class with Gwen. This looks to be a beautiful book.

    Nancy on August 12, 2016
  • New to her work, but so inspired!

    —Marilyn on August 12, 2016
  • I love Gwen & was lucky to go to her 30th & last BIQR retreat in Michigan! She is an amazing teacher & I keep her phrase "Don’t commit too soon" in my mind when I’m creating a new scrap quilt!

    —Peggy Thompson on August 12, 2016
  • New to her work, she has some amazing quilts

    —connie b on August 12, 2016
  • I’ve heard Gwen’s name before but don’t recall seeing any of her quilts. Very beautiful. Would love to win this book!

    —Linda on August 12, 2016
  • One of my first quilt books was by Gwen Marston so I have watched her a long time. I love the way her work has evolved over time, that she is constantly learning. I would love to have this persprctive to mull over!

    Gloria on August 12, 2016
  • I am new to her work but I like it.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on August 12, 2016
  • long time admirer of Gwen’s work – this newest book looks like a worhty addition to a "gwen" library!

    —Katherine Schaffer on August 12, 2016
  • Gwen is new to me but love her ideas.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on August 12, 2016
  • I loved Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quilting books! I would love to read this book.

    —Elizabeth on August 12, 2016
  • Love her work! Very creative and inspiring–would love to win the book.

    —Vivian Lewis on August 12, 2016
  • I’m new to her work but this looks like a great and helpful book. I would love to have it and explore Gwen’s beautiful quilts.

    —Sheryl Crowley on August 12, 2016
  • Love Gwen’s work! I’d love to take a class with her but live on the opposite coast. I think I will have to check out her online class to fulfill my goal. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Tamie on August 12, 2016
  • Definitely an enthusiastic admirer! Gwen’s work is fabulous and her concept for design is also one that I admire. Would love to have this beautiful book.

    —Laura on August 12, 2016
  • I’ve always treasured Gwen’s liberated quilts. She’s a great inspiration to my quilting.

    —Barbaraben on August 12, 2016
  • Gwen’s book looks like it is very inspiring.

    —Ell on August 12, 2016
  • She is new to me, but I am a new quilter. Beautiful book!

    —Marian Allen on August 12, 2016
  • I’m new to Gwen Marston’s work, and I am impressed wit the quilts shown from her new book. I really would enjoy having my own copy of A Common Thread. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    —Barb on August 12, 2016
  • I met Gwen years ago when I took a "liberating" class from her. She’s always a little on the edge and that’s right where I’d like to have her book………….on the edge of my table!

    —Mary Smith on August 12, 2016
  • I certainly admire her versatility and style. Would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Joye on August 12, 2016
  • I am new to her work and this looks like a wonderful book!

    —carol on August 12, 2016
  • I am not familiar with Gwen, but I am always looking for something else to learn and explore.

    —Lucie De Stephano on August 12, 2016
  • New to her work, but def liking it!

    —Allison C on August 12, 2016
  • Transitioned from curious observer to admirer and became an
    huge fan of her work. I love her free style and it is a
    big influence for what I like to do now.

    —Dorothy M on August 12, 2016
  • I have been a fan of Gwen’s, and Martingale, for many years. It’s always an adventure to open one of her books. She shakes you out of your comfort zone and shares a whole new world of creating quilts that vibrate with life. Whenever I need a jolt of creative energy and ideas, I turn to the section in my quilt bookshelf where she and Freddie Moran reign. Even if you never make anything remotely like her quilts, (my personal favorite book is "Liberated Quiltmaking II) browsing through her books awakens ideas. Some of my smallest scraps first b d their way into my Giving Quilts.

    —Kathleen Savage on August 12, 2016
  • It’s new to me. But her works look wonderful.

    —Pearl on August 12, 2016
  • New to her work, having seen a bit online, and in reference to classes others have taken. Might put this one on my christmas list!

    —Tarnia on August 12, 2016
  • I love her liberated quilt making technique

    —Wendy on August 12, 2016
  • Looking forward to seeing Gwen’s new book! She was one of the first quilters a few years back that made the world of constructing quilts do-able and liberating. Can’t wait to see what other lovely tidbits she offers to this wonderful world of quilting!

    —Kay Butler on August 12, 2016
  • Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic book.

    —Linda F on August 12, 2016
  • Having recently shared a week of wonderful creativity with Gwen at Madeline Island School of the Arts, I’m a fan forever. Such freedom and creativity lead me to my first truly free-form quilt. This book is a must!

    —SueBuck on August 12, 2016
  • Beautiful book. I have seen some of her work on social media.

    —caroline j rohrer on August 12, 2016
  • I’m a big fan of Gwens! I love her style. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance. Hugs,

    —Sandi S on August 12, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer. I have known her work for over 35+ years as she is a Michigan Quilter who began very close to where I lived at the time.

    —Darrell on August 12, 2016
  • I’m a fan of hers, and have taken several classes from her. She’s a wonderful teacher, as well as a wonderful quiltmaker.

    —Dot on August 12, 2016
  • I took a folk-art applique from Gwen many years ago, and learned so much, especially that it’s okay not to follow someone else’s pattern. She is a true artist and a quilting-world treasure!

    —Celine K. on August 12, 2016
  • I am new to quilting, a "newbie" is what I have been told. I do sew and when I saw this book I thought, I would love to do something beautiful like one day. I have a great deal to learn, and not many years to do so, but I will give it a go. I am starting with beginner level instructions, but enjoy it so much. I have put your book on my Christmas list, and I cannot wait to sit and enjoy looking at the creative work that you do. Thank you for sharing.

    Carolina

    —Carolina Nicewarner on August 12, 2016
  • I am new to Gwen’s work but would love to learn more about it. Maybe I will be the lucky winner!

    —Kelly on August 12, 2016
  • I’ve been a long time enthusiastic admirer of Gwen Marsten. I would love to win this beautiful book.

    —Denise on August 12, 2016
  • not quite 3 feet away from me right now, is a shelf with Freddy and Gwen Collaborate again! top of the pile. It’s a real go to for me.

    —Cheryl McLaughlin on August 12, 2016
  • I am an enthusiastic admirer. I’m currently working on a Gwen-inspired medallion quilt-along. Thanks for offering the book. It looks fabulous and I can’t wait to see it.

    Nancy on August 12, 2016
  • Definitely an enthusiastic admirer! She can do the most amazing things with strings. Her work can jump start a lot of creative juices. Hope I win. Thanks.

    —Elizabeth Teerlink on August 12, 2016
  • I am new to her work! What a lot I have to learn…
    Jackie

    —Jackie Isler on August 13, 2016
  • Admirer…she has a wonderful style that has evolved…some great inspirational pieces!

    —Rosalie on August 13, 2016
  • I am astounded by the beauty of these quilts. Even if I don’t win the giveaway, I will look into getting this book. Exquisite work!

    —Missy R on August 13, 2016
  • new to me

    —Linda Vaught on August 13, 2016
  • I am an admirer of Gwen’s work. Book looks fantastic

    —Donna W on August 13, 2016
  • Enthusiastic admirer!

    —Elena on August 13, 2016
  • Very new and curious admirer!

    —Gretchen on August 13, 2016
  • New, but it looks interesting.

    —Judy B on August 13, 2016
  • What a wonderful book! I’m an enthusiastic admirer and would treasure this book.

    —Martha C on August 13, 2016
  • I am new to her work but look forward to learning more.

    —Regina Harris on August 13, 2016
  • Gwen Marston’s work has been inspiring to me for a looong time now. Wonderful to see this retrospective.

    —Tawney M on August 13, 2016
  • What beautiful and inspiring work. I love books that broaden my perspective and allow me the freedom to make it my way and encourage it too. Seeing her book is like going to a quilt show but better, as I can go to it time and time again ad get new ideas each time.

    —Nancy Christman on August 14, 2016
  • I have long admired Gwen’s work. Her book will be well read.

    —Carolyn Hurst on August 14, 2016
  • I am not familiar with Gwen Marston’s work/. My Quilting library is quite old (like I ). But A Common Thread sounds like something of interest to me.

    —ELIZAJANE on August 14, 2016
  • I love coffee table books and I love quilt books but I don’t have any quilting coffee table books.

    Monica on August 15, 2016
  • I am totally new to her work. It looks incredibly lovely though! Would most definitely display this on my coffee table.

    —Jenna Hudson on August 15, 2016
  • I am new to her work. The quilting she demonstrates looks amazing! I would love a copy of her book!

    —Jo-Ann C. on August 16, 2016
  • Always loved Gwen’s later Works but have never had the opportunity to catch a class. What a great way to see how an artist grows from traditional to contemporory.

    —Suzanne Elliott on August 16, 2016
  • Gwen’s work is so inspiring. To have this book on my coffee table, which is REALLY where it would live, would bring joy and a little get-up-and-go to me every day. Beautiful work, both the subject matter and the book itself. A treasure…

    —Janet Lord on August 16, 2016

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