About ML

Mary Louise – Age 6

Mary Louise Gerek has been involved in needle arts as long as she can remember.  She learned to knit from her grandmother, needlepoint from her grandmother and brother, and she took off from there. She knit sweaters and shawls all through her professional years as an analyst/programmer. Wanting to understand the characteristics of yarn, she started spinning in 1993 bringing texture into the mix in a different way. Designing her own sweaters started the execution of her own creativity. The drawback was the time to go from fleece to sweater.

After 35+ years of knitting, spinning, needlepoint and embroidery, Mary Louise started quilting in 2005, inspired by the fabrics of the American Southwest hoping to find more immediate results.   Discovering art quilts by Katie Pasquini Masopust moved her further along the path of color and interpretation of the world around her. Fascination with design moved her quickly away from traditional patterns and into the world of creating original pieces.  She continues to develop her own sense of design and color. She is intrigued with the effects of fabric painting and manipulation, texture, interaction of color and light, free motion quilting and thread painting in her designs.  However, there is little decrease in the time to have a finished piece.

Mary Louise has been involved in several quilting organizations taking on leadership roles in several.

  • Studio Art Quilt Associates
    • Regional Representative for CO/UT/WY region
    • Coordinator for SAQA Seminar
    • Served on Education Committee
  • Colorado Quilting Council: Certified quilt judge
  • Front Range Contemporary Quilters Exhibition Committee
  • Rocky Mountain Creative Quilters VP of Programming

Her work has been seen in three traveling SAQA Global Exhibitions, two SAQA traveling regional exhibitions, gallery and festival shows in Colorado, California, New York, Wyoming and Virginia. Mary Louise published original patterns and taught classes in shops and for guilds in New York and Colorado.

Mary Louise lives with her husband and Jessie (cat princess) along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, giving her endless inspiration.

Rocky Mountain National Park


Artist and Activist