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Superior Stars: Margaret Solomon Gunn

Posted: 15 April 2015 at 6 a.m.

Margaret Gunn

Mother.  Engineer.  Gardener.  Figure skater. Educator. Professional quilter.

Thirty-five years ago Margaret Solomon Gunn learned how to embroider and to make clothing and pillows.  In college, she made her first bed quilt and has never looked back (and we’re so glad!).  Her talent astounds us as well as the judges at many quilt shows.  We are excited to share Springtime in the Geisha's Garden, won 1st Place at Road to California 2015 and IQF Houston 2014 Judges Choice awards.

Springtime in the Geisha's Garden

Springtime in the Geisha's Garden

Springtime in the Geisha's Garden is mostly hand-stitched and all applique is turned edge.  Margaret astoundingly finished this quilt in just one year.  One of Margaret’s favorite parts is designing and then seeing the vision come to life.  She likes to use subtle prints and incorporates embroidery to build texture in the quilt. 

In Margaret’s words,

“The quilt is about the piecing and applique, so the lines of the quilting only needed to be textural.  I used Kimono silk.  The silk is a nice touch that not many quilts use and I didn’t want the quilting to conflict with the prints.  I use SuperBobs exclusively in my bobbins, even if I happen to sneak a few other brands of top thread into a quilt.  I stopped winding my own bobbins years ago because the SuperBobs are a consistent tension.  It makes life easier.”

Springtime in the Geisha's Garden

A big thank you to Margaret for sharing her talent with us.  To view more of her amazing work visit

Images courtesy of Jeffery Lomicka Photography and Margaret Gunn

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