Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016


Anyone who has slept under a quilt, admired a quilt, or made a quilt will want to know about Gwen's latest book, a common thread a collection of quilts by Gwen Marston. The quilts tell the story of Gwen's quilt making over the decades--over 5 decades of discovery on a Liberated path.  

Gwen organizes the collection to, dare I say, "cover" Traditional Patchwork, Appliqué, Liberated Patchwork, String Quilts and Abstract Quilts in Solids. Glorious photos of the full quilt are presented with detail photos on the facing page. I enjoyed lingering with the quilts noticing the stitches and marveling at Gwen's imagination. Gwen makes quilts using self expression and improvisation naming her approach Liberated Quiltmaking. You can feel liberated and enriched looking at these quilts.

Gwen Marston is an important quiltmaker, teacher, award winning author and artist of international standing, but Gwen doesn't often talk about her importance. In this book, her 30th., she welcomes you to delight in some of the quits she has made.  Think of a common thread as a visit to Gwen's house. After a cup of coffee and a piece of pie, Gwen asks if you would like to see some quilts!    pjb 

published by Martingale 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Breaking Trail 27" x 26"
by pam j beal
Visitors to Artistree Gallery told me they had visited the Milwaukee Art Museum, and my quilt reminded them of Miro's paintings.  That is company I would like to keep!  I better get to work.   Artistree Gallery is a member owned artist cooperative in Land O' Lakes, WI.  We rent our gallery space from the non-profit Land O' Lakes Artisans. The building is dedicated to the arts and is a lively place to visit.  Please stop in if you are in the area.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


SAVE THE DATE-- I will be returning to teach at Madeline Island School of the Arts  
October 2-6, 2017.


follow the link for more information Madeline Island School of the Arts

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Cloudburst 50" x 51" is a semi-finalist headed to QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, MI August 10-13, 2016. Machine pieced and hand quilted. Improvised small quilt studies were the inspiration to explore shapes and use of space. A fair amount of open space allowed me to really play with the quilting! I thought the color palette suggested the misty look following a sudden downpour, and the name Cloudburst was given to the quilt. I find the last stitch is often followed by the naming of the quilt. Mom and I are looking forward to another exciting time with our AQS friends in Grand Rapids MI!  Learn more about the show here  quilt week

CLOUDBURST 50" x 51" by pam j beal
Hopefully some of the quilting is seen in this detail photo. You might be able to see that the batik in the lower center of the photo is the model for a section of quilting in the upper right of the photo.

Monday, April 18, 2016


Dog Walks Girl, the quilt, is well traveled now.  After a little Florida spring break at the AQS QuiltWeek Daytona Beach show, it is at the Paducah show which opens this week-- April 20-23rd.  I just learned that Dog Walks Girl is a winner, but the fiends at AQS...whoops, FRIENDS are building happy suspense by not yet revealing where the quilt placed.  

The Awards Presentation is available online Tuesday April 19 at 5 pm CST.  Join me and watch it here   

On Wednesday April 20, the full list of award winners and photos of quilts will be published here  Dog Walks Girl was awarded the Honorable Mention in the category.  Thank you for the honor!  I should mention that AQS publishes a show catalog of the Paducah QuiltWeek, available at the American Quilter link below.

Up next, Dog Walks Girl will appear with AQS at QuiltWeek Syracuse, NY July 27-30th. 

The quilt arrived home in good shape, and I am enjoying the Catalogue of Show Quilts.  

Not yet through with adventures, Dog Walks Girl was selected to be published in the QUILT ART engagement calendar 2017 by Klaudeen Hansen.  I have been using this calendar for years! On a September 2017 page, I will be greeted by my own quilt.  You can order your copy here

Now the dog is ready to walk the girl.  pjb  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Thank you American Quilter!  My article, Improvisation on a Small Strip is in print.  See the May 2016 issue.    AQ American Quilter