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Meet Your Representative Mary Louise Gerek

I have been involved in needle arts as long as I can remember.  My grandmother taught me to knit, my brother moved me into needlepoint, and I took off from there.  After 35 years of knitting, spinning, needlepoint and embroidery, I started quilting in 2005, inspired by the hand-dyed fabrics I saw on a trip to the American Southwest.

My fascination with art quilts and design moved me quickly away from traditional patterns and into the world of creating original pieces.  My first original quilt was inspired by the Rochester Jazz Festival.  I did not have the technical tools I have now. So, I just did it and am still happy with the artistic results if not the technical.

At a local quilt show which covered much of the history of American Quilting, I saw a slot canyon quilt by Katie Pasquini Masopust. Knowing that is what I wanted to do, I was able to take a class from her in 2009 where she opened my eyes to possibilities and gave me tools to put what I imagine into fabric. I have taken several more design and technique classes to build skills and understand artistic concepts for design.  

I continue to experiment with several styles including traditional piecing, appliqué and fabric manipulation, beading, making pictorial and abstract quilts as I work to develop my own sense of design and color.  I love the freedom of free motion quilting which is an essential element in my designs. 

My work is located at my website:

In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

2015 © Mary Louise Gerek
16.5" x 18.5"