Sewing is part of my DNA. I was drawn to textiles from a very early age and learned to sew on a machine by age 10. I started quilting in 1995. I did not use patterns, but rather taught myself to “look” – find the block; figure out the construction. I studied books on Amish quilts, antique quilts, African American quilts – any quilt books I could find. Those books included ones by Gwen Marston. Years later I discovered her workshops and happily followed her sharp left turn – I have been skipping down the Liberated Quilting pathway ever since. With Gwen’s blessing I have been teaching students how to make their own quilts using her liberated techniques since 2012.
My quilt inspirations come from a sense of curiosity and questioning: What if I did this? What if I added/subtracted that? Changed this? These explorations gave me a sense of independence; allowed me to find my own path or as Gwen Marston says, “make my own quilts.”
My greatest joy as a teacher is sharing my love of liberated quilting and empowering other quilters to create their own work; trust their instincts, dispensing encouragement and tips along the way as they develop and hone their quilting style. I consider myself a quilting doula – encouraging and supporting my students as they birth their creative ideas. It is a privilege to be part of this long tradition of women’s work.
Supplies needed: a podium, microphone, table for quilts and 2 helpers to hold quilts.
Following the Inspiration.
Making Quilts/Building a Community
Confessions of a Whole Cloth Quilter – or How I Found the Liberated Pathway
A trunk show of quilts with stories
Comment from AAQGO presentation:
“I believe she inspired many to not be afraid to put pieces together to form quilts no matter how big or small your scraps of fabric tend to be cut. The idea is to not be afraid, but get inspired.”
Liberated Techniques – Based on Gwen Marston’s style of Liberated quilting, this class encourages and nudges students to make their own quilts. Students can begin with traditional blocks, free-form piecing or anything in between. A hands-on workshop that includes lots of demos and tips.
String Quilts – Liberate your string piecing and use small pieces to make bigger pieces without using a foundation.
Working Small – Work small with a focus on technique, color and composition or work in a series, exploring an idea or changing a few elements in each piece. Small quilts allow you to take chances you might be hesitant to take with larger quilts.
Beyond Cotton – Learn to use fabric other than cotton, such as silk, wool and t-shirts.
*****All of the classes above can be extended to a 2-3 day workshop.
I am available to teach at guilds, groups, retreats or shops. Four hour classes are $375. Six hour classes are $550. Maximum students: 25
My classes are appropriate for confident beginners to advanced quilters. Supply list to be sent with class request.
“Fern’s classes are wonderfully energetic. She is a nurturing, supportive, knowlegeable and fun teacher.” RH
“I took Fern’s String Quilt class. Her directions are really helpful. She guided us through choosing colors, explained how different widths of fabric make the block more interesting, and taught us to relax and have fun creating our quilt. She has tips and tricks and works well with students from every level of experience. I highly recommend her as a teacher.” LM
“I love taking quilting classes from Fern. She can work with students of any skill level and has infinite patience. She is a skilled quilter and provides classes that move beyond “traditional” quilting. She also offers quilting labs that provide her students with uninterupted blocks of time to work on projects with her assistance.” KB