SUZANNE MARSHALL - "The Evolution of A Quiltmaker"

Suzanne taught herself to quilt from a library book about 30 years ago because her four children needed covers on their beds. As you can tell from her quilts, Suzanne has a fascination with nature and a special affinity for folk art. Suzanne has chosen to make almost all of her quilts by hand, a process that she finds meditative using her own techniques. For example, she quilts without a frame or a hoop.

Suzanne still has not taken any quilting classes and is amazed that she finds herself teaching and lecturing all over the country and abroad.

Suzanne's quilts have won numerous awards including:

  1. One of the Twentieth Century's 100 Best American Quilts

  2. The Gingher Award (a $10,000 prize for best handworkmanship) awarded at the AQS show

  3. The Timeless Treasures Award (a $12,000 prize for best handworkmanship) awarded at the AQS show

  4. Best of Show at Vermont Quilt Festival; Silver Dollar City; Rockome Gardens; Quintessential Quilt Show in University City; Dogwood Festival in Knoxville, TN; Columbus Heritage Quilt Show in Columbus, IN

  5. Silver Award in Fabric Gardens, Osaka, Japan

  6. First Prize Quilt Expo III, The Hague, Holland

  7. First Prize at International Quilt Festival in Houston; AQS in Paducah, KY; Quilter's Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, PA; Indiana Quilting Party in Indianapolis; Western Heritage Center in Billings, MT

  8. Grand Prize in applique three years in a row awarded by Better Homes and Gardens Books at the International Quilt Festival

  9. Suzanne was selected to be included in the "30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World" in Tokyo, Japan from January 25th through February 2nd, 2003.


Toujour Nouveau and Mother’s Day are in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. She has had other quilts shown by invitation at The New England Quilt Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Montshire Museum of Science, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Mitchell Museum, Wilmington Museum of Natural History, galleries in the San Francisco and Los Angelos Public Libraries, Wickrath Castle in Monchengladbach, Germany, the lobby of the House of Representatives in Washington, and a one-woman exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

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