American Pioneer Showcases Creativity in Traditional Quilts

For four days only, the American Quilter’s Society will display “Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts” at the 5th Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3rd through 6th, 2012. Each piece of fiber art showcases “Liberated Quiltmaking,” a pioneering technique created by the curator, Gwen Marston.

Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

The American Quilter’s Society presents “Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts,” curated by Gwen Marston, at the 5th Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3rd through 6th, 2012. This new exhibit showcases the cutting-edge quiltmaking technique “Liberated Quiltmaking.”

Hand-picked by Gwen Marston, author of twenty-five books, this exhibit displays modern interpretations of traditional designs. The exhibit’s 45 works feature free-form quilts in the medallion style, featuring the Liberated Quiltmaking technique. They come from 26 individual quiltmakers, offering impressive variety.

Gwen pioneered this new technique in her series of “Liberated” books, published by the American Quilter’s Society. Her latest book released earlier this year, Liberated Medallion Quilts, teaches others this technique.

Bonnie Browning, AQS Executive Show Director, says, “You’re going to love seeing this whole collection of medallion quilts and the variety of quilts that can be made using Gwen’s Liberated Quiltmaking technique.”

Many quilters fall in love with quilting because of antique medallion quilts, one of the earliest styles of American quilts. Medallion quilts feature a center area of focus surrounded by a series of borders. Because they start with a center square or rectangle, they open the door for individuality and creativity as the quilt builds around its center.

Liberated Quiltmaking allows quilters to build their own unique creations with this medallion style as the foundation. This style lets quilters take control of their quiltmaking, without the need for patterns. Liberated quilters make their own choices and enjoy an exhilarating and empowering experience.

Dedicated to promoting the art and skill of quiltmaking, the American Quilter’s Society hopes this exhibition will shed light on the variety of quilting styles and techniques. Quilters today create all styles of fiber art, from traditional to modern. The Liberated style stitches these together into breathtaking works of art in “Spontaneity in Medallion Quilts.”

Entry to the exhibit is free with admission to the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa. The show is open to the public, October 3 through 6, 2012. Tickets start at $11, with AQS member and multi-day discounts available.


  • Tim Langlitz
    American Quilter's Society