Fern Royce

Fern Royce was drawn to textiles from a very early age, influenced by the women in her family who made clothes, home furnishings and quilts- often from recycled or re-purposed fabric.
She learned to sew on a machine at age 10 and started quilting in 1995. From the beginning, she didn't use patterns but taught herself to look: find the block; figure out the construction.  She studied old quilts and quilt books- focusing especially on antique, Amish and African American quilts.
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She was especially influenced by both the books and work of Gwen Marston who pioneered the modern improv movement which Gwen "liberated quilting". Fern's quilt inspirations often come from a sense of curiosity and questioning: What if I did this? What if I added/subtracted/changed this or that? These explorations gave her a sense of independence and allowed her to find her own path ar as Gwen Marston says,  "make her own quilts".

Fern has been teaching since 2012. Her greatest joy as a teacher is sharing her love of liberated quilting and empowering other quilters to create their own work; trust their instincts; hone their personal quilting style.

Find more information at

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Lecture - Confessions of a Whole Cloth Quilter or How I Found the Liberated Pathway

A trunk show of quilts with stories.

Thursday, February 22, 7pm

Workshop - String Theory

Liberate your string piecing and use small pieces to make bigger pieces without using a foundation.

Saturday, February 24, 10 am - 4pm. Set up at 9:30 am

Comment from her Web site:
“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

Click here for the class supply list.