Mary Marcotte


I have always been a quilter. Even as a child, I enjoyed playing with fabric, needle and thread and fondly remember quilting bees at my maternal grandmother’s home. I made my first quilt 40 years ago, returning to the women who sat around that frame for guidance and advice. My mother and grandmother were generous with their knowledge, and I honor them every time I have an opportunity to “talk quilts” with others. I am quite unable to contain myself. Today my quilting is different from the utilitarian quilts of my youth. These days I make quilts for every reason and, oftentimes, for no reason at all. I may want to learn a technique, express my artistic voice, or simply create. When I discovered improvisational quilting, I was suddenly able to express myself in new, imaginative ways. I’ve developed several techniques: some I’ve gleaned from books and MQG, others I have reworked from other quilts. I have simply dreamed up a few.  I learned the basics in my youth but am also self-taught. I attend quilt shows and museums at every opportunity, photographing and deconstructing quilts in my head while I enjoy their beauty. I read quilting books and magazines. I don’t have one style or technique and easily learn by studying and practicing. I need to know, to see, to understand the quilts that speak to me. Apparently, they all do.


Cut To Pieces

Learn my technique of slicing a variety of quilt blocks to add strips, enlarge and change the block. Work improvisationally to express your creativity as you build a small quilt then add applique to make a table topper that you can finish at home. Bring lots of scraps, strips and your favorite adhesive web. A great way to use those blocks that didn't make the cut into a quilt.  

Supply list for Cut to Pieces (28+” square table topper)

Fabric: 6-8 fat quarter solids and a few other solid scraps (you’ll want choices), ½ yd. light color solid for background, plus one of the following 15” square blocks premade (use 5½” patches to make these): nine-patch, nine-patch alternative, nine patch ribbon, snowball block (you choose the colors and one block)

Supplies: your favorite iron-on fusible (I use Steam-a-Seam 2.)

Equipment: cutting mat, rotary cutter, your favorite rulers, all the things that you use regularly

A la Mary Improv Quilting

A guided view of various improv quilting techniques. In this lesson I define improv, explain how to create “found fabric” from scraps, and teach how I “think through” ideas. It’s a fun class that includes modern improv quilts, my personal journey into improv, and an explanation of the title. This technique includes a use for those unfinished or unwanted blocks.

Supply List for A la Mary Improv Quilting (37” x 44” lap quilt)

Fabric: quart-size bag stuffed with a variety of scraps (feel free to include UFO blocks), 6 fat quarter solids of your choice, 2 yds. neutral background solid

Equipment: a great pair of scissors, cutting mat, rotary cutter, your favorite rulers, all the things that you keep at your sewing machine and use regularly

Wild Improv

Improv Piecing Lecture - intermediate to advanced; domestic machines

Improv quilts are wild! They have their own ideas, voices, and needs. Toss in unique improv makers and improv becomes almost incorrigible, don't you agree? Yet quilters have methods that "tame" improv quilts. Do you ever wonder what quilters mean when we say the quilt speaks to us? Do you wish you could see, hear, feel your quilt? Let's work on that together! We'll explore methodologies, quilters, and techniques. More importantly, the wild quilts will guide us. 

Supply list for Wild Improv (30+” lap quilt determined by individual makers)

Fabric: a quart-size zipper bag of scraps in the same color family, plus two yards of neutral/low volume fabric. Mix it up and have fun choosing your fabrics!

Equipment: background fabrics (fat quarters or yardage), scissors, pins, etc. (standard supplies for quilting), rotary cutter, mat, and rulers, all the things that you keep and use regularly

Contact Information

Address: 316 Goudeau Street 
                 Evergreen, LA. 71333

Phone: 318-240-4399
Email: [email protected]