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Marilyn Yvonne Gore

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Marilyn Yvonne Gore

Stitching and Stirring, Charlotte, North Carolina

A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.

Marilyn Yvonne Gore
Stitching and Stirring is dedicated to art and preservation of quilts that represent African American culture and history.

Marilyn is a life-long quilter who has stitched literally hundreds of quilts using traditional, paper-piecing, and crazy quilting techniques  in her hand-quilted creations.

She uses 100% cotton fabrics. Most of her quilts are scrap quilts made with African-inspired fabrics, batiks, and leftover fabrics from other projects.

 Her purpose is to bring joy not only to herself but to others… one beautiful quilt at a time!

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  • paper pieced stars

    Paper-pieced stars quilted wall hanging

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  • orange suns and hearts

    Orange suns and hearts quilted wall hanging

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  • lady with a bowl

    Lady with a bowl quilted wall hanging

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  • Arkansas traveler scrappy quilt

    Queen-size Arkansas Traveler scrappy quilt

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  • african shadows

    King-size African Shadows quilt

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  • pretty in pink scrap quilt

    King-size Pretty in Pink scrap quilt

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  • African scrap quilt in burgundy

    King-size African scrap quilt in burgundy

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  • African scrap quilt in orange

    King-size African scrap quilt in orange

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Custom orders available. Please contact us for more information

About Marilyn Gore

Marilyn has been sewing and quilting since the age of 14. Born and raised in the rural farming community of Bolivia, North Carolina, sewing and quilting were necessities. Marilyn’s first sewing experience was helping her mother make woven and tied floor rugs from feed sacks and tobacco twine. Her mother, Mattie Pearl, also taught Marilyn how to embroider and decorate homemade pillowcases.

Home economics was a required part of Marilyn’s high school education, and it was there that she learned to construct garments. Under the tutelage of Lizzie Mae Mitchell, home economics teacher at Southport – Brunswick County High School, she constructed her first garment. Scraps from this garment were used to make an eight-pointed star quilt.  With the help of her mother, Marilyn made her second quilt, a lone star, from scraps of polyester fabrics.

She graduated from Bennett College with a degree in home economics, clothing, and textiles. With the encouragement of Professor Louise G. Streat, she continued her studies at Howard University, Washington, DC. Marilyn’s masters thesis centered on a historical study of North Carolina quilt-making.

Marilyn retired from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in 2007. Her career — 19 years with the University of the District of Columbia and 12 years here in North Carolina — were very rewarding to her. She served in several national executive board positions with the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS), including as the 2004–2005 president.

She is a member of the Charlotte Quilters Guild and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Quilting Ministry.

Custom orders available. Please contact us for more information.

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 by William F Minor

First of all, I worked with Marilyn all those years at the UDC/CES. I loved the work Marilyn shared with the entire D.C. community throughout... view more