- 81 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 6, 1932
- Date of passing: Jul 31, 2013
|Every quilt you make, I don’t care if you make hundreds of them, you will always learn something. If you sit down to really study it, you will learn something new. ~ Maurine Noble ~|
A Memorial Service was held at Plymouth Congregational Church on Sunday, August 25 at 2:30 pm.
The family video-recorded the memorial service and posted it below in eight sections.
Memorial Service - Part 1, Welcome and Song
Memorial Service - Part 2, Russ' Eulogy
Memorial Service - Part 3, Taylor Story (grandson)
Memorial Service - Part 4, Patricia Memory
Memorial Service - Part 5, Flora - Quilt Poem
Memorial Service - Part 6, Diana, Sierra and Russ - "Amazing Grace"
Memorial Service - Part 7, Adam - 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-8
Memorial Service - Part 8, Sermon, Benediction and Tolling of Bells
Maurine Leander Noble, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, avid quilter, published author, and one of the pioneers of machine quilting, died peacefully July 31, 2013 in Edmonds, Washington with her family by her side. She was 81.
Maurine was born February 6, 1932 in Seattle, Washington to Ella Leander. Her father Maurice passed away unexpectedly three weeks before she was born. She lived with her mother and two older brothers, Ivan and Bob in Ballard. She graduated from Ballard High School and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
It was there she met her husband Ed, whose Army career took them far and wide to places like Germany, Chicago, New York City, Okinawa, California and Washington.
Maurine was an internationally recognized leader in machine quilting. Her first book Machine Quilting Made Easy was published in 1994 and is still in print. She went on to publish two other quilting books, Machine Quilting with Decorative Threads and Machine Appliqué. All three publications have been widely used and are still sought after. She taught machine quilting classes throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa; it was one of her greatest passions and deepest joys. She made countless friends in the close-knit quilting community and many of them became part of her extended family.
Maurine’s generosity of spirit led her to organize The Plymouth PieceMakers, a quilt group whose purpose was to make and donate quilts to newborns, those suffering from long term illness, and later also for high school graduates at Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle. The group's program of donating quilts expanded into the community through Plymouth Healing Communities, an organization supporting those suffering from mental illness and homelessness.
While Maurine was well-known for her machine quilting talents and exceptional teaching ability, her greatest legacy will be as a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband and three children, Lee Noble, Elin Antonsen (married to Lasse) and Russ Noble (married to Diana) and her three grandchildren, Taylor, Adam and Sierra, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her unconditional love, compassion, thoughtfulness, and uncommon grace, made her a strong role model. The world is and always will be a better place because Maurine was here.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the memory of Maurine Noble to Plymouth Healing Communities at www.plyhc.org or at 1217 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.
We would love for you to add tributes, stories and photos of Maurine and her quilts to this site.
"Maurine, I wept this morning when Russ said the new snow looked like a white quilt, left by you as a gift to us. Very symbolic indeed. Everything about you was and is a gift to people who knew and admired you. I think of you often, never more so than on a holiday when memories of how special you made them seep out of my memory banks and fill my heart. You had a special touch, and everything you did came from a place of love and devotion to others. The book that I was writing before you passed is about to be published, this May. I changed the name of the mother character to Marielena, in honor of you and Elin. There isn't really a Spanish equivalent to Maurine that I know of. I am now writing my 2nd book, and the mother in law character's name is Marlene - also in your honor. You are in my heart and have my eternal thanks for raising such an honorable son. He's a beautiful reflection of your generous spirit, creativity, compassion and unwavering integrity."
"Good morning Mom, today is February 6, 2017, your 85th birthday and we received a blanket of snow, like a pillowy white quilt that you meticulously and lovingly patterned for us. I still think about you every day and try to emulate your incredible generosity and joie de vivre you displayed, even in your difficult times. Thank you for inspiring me and so many people you touched in your lives. Eternal love, Russ"
"Much love to all of the Noble family. I will always remember Maureen and the love she put into family gatherings. I know she must be missed daily by her family. A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has lived."
"Thinking of the Noble family and reflecting on how you honor Maurine in the way you live your lives daily"
"It was a sad and unexpected day three years ago when you left us all. Every day since I am more and more grateful for the legacy you left our family and the love, compassion and generosity you demonstrated every day towards others. I love you mom."
"Maurine, you are Forever Remembered in my heart! Love, Pat"
"My dear Maurine, each time I see a quilt or remember our special times together, I am so very grateful you and your dear family came into my life. Remembering you always…Love, Pat"
"Maurine—Happy Day. Today I taught a quilting class and once again spoke of you—such a great influence you have been in my life. Thinking of you. Love, P."
"Dear Maurine, if you were physically still with us today, you undoubtedly would have joined Russ and me in watching your granddaughter perform in a vocal competition, both as a soloist and as part of an acapella group. She sang beautifully, and you would have been so proud. I wore one of your beautiful opal rings to symbolize your presence with us, although the ring wasn't really necessary. You are with us always, but it is especially felt when the family gets together, in celebration of some kind. Taylor married Tay in September - something you said you hoped for, and reiterated just hours before you passed. While we are doing well and carrying on with our lives, you've left a hole that memories can't completely fill. We love you."
"Happy Birthday Mom. Nor a day passes that I do not think of your patient ways and sparkly kind eyes. Love, Russ"
"Mom, though we cannot celebrate your birthday with you, we continue to celebrate the day you entered our world. You have impacted so many people in such a positive way. I can only aspire to carry your torch and make a difference like you have. I love you, Russ"
"Thinking of Maurine today and among other things, the beautiful legacy of children and grandchildren she graced this earth with. Whenever I see a beautiful quilt I always think of her. Blessings to her memory."
"I was just thinking of her yest. Not because it has been a year but because I was quilting a quilt and remembering, as i do everytime I try to quilt, how she taught us freehand quilting in one of her classes. It seemed as if yest. a light came on and something else made sense. I think of frequently. I still keep her book by my machine. I still have the name tag she gave me. She impacted my life tremendously and I loved her dearly because of it. She was a wonderful place and the world better for having had her in it."
"Happy 83rd to you Maureen, we will all carch up with you someday but until then I know you are safe in the hands of LOVE. Tell my Richard Hi for me with a nig hug !❤️"
"Maurine, it's been a year since your passing and not a day goes by that I don't think of you, miss you and aspire to be the kind of person you were - loving, genuine, compassionate, giving, thoughtful, brave, talented and caring. Taylor is now engaged to be married to Tay (you wished for it and it happened), Adam is about to transition careers and is doing some volunteer work, and your granddaughter Sierra had a successful first year of high school and will be joining the choir in 10th grade. She's learning to drive, too. Family gatherings aren't the same without you. I can still hear your voice in my head, laughing and chatting and offering to help cook or do the dishes even when your back was causing you terrible pain. We use your quilts every day and I've got your photo posted next to my computer to keep me inspired as I try to finish my book. Your physical presence is gone, but your spirit is deep within us, making us better people because we knew and loved you."
"To Ed and Family,
I know how hard this day can be and hope your most fond memories of Maureen make your day one of smiles and not tears. I just watched the slideshow of pics and saw the quilt she made of Rich's shirts, thank you for that. My love to all of you."
"I had been thinking about Ed and Maurine this winter, remembering how they went to CA to enjoy the sun and warmth and wishing she were still here to go there again this year. I know her close friends and family miss her so. I probably will never look at a beautiful quilt without thinking about her and her great spirit and attitude and talent. My best to Ed and her family --- Gayle"
"I too add my sympathies to the list and pray that your pain will pass and you will be warmed and comforted by the many happy memories she left you with. I was a follower of her and took as many classes from her as i could. I still keep her books near the sew machine and refer to them regularly. I cherish the name tag she made for us all as we began a class and all the things i learned."
"Ed and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Maurine's death. She was such a beautiful woman in every way. She will be missed by all of you and the quilting community. I remember her mostly from the Plymouth community and the great potlucks at your place. I hope your many memories will sustain you during this difficult time. Much love to all of you."
"I'm so sorry to hear of Maurine's passing. She was a fantastic teacher and wonderful quilter. Hugs and warm quilts to you all."
"Dear Nobles--- I will always remember Maurine as kind of the Matriarch of the family, next to Aunt Eve. She got us all together for birthdays, holidays. She was a beautiful soul. My fondest memory though, will be the day I went to go pick up the quilts she made of my late husband Richard's hawaiian shirts and they took my breathe away. I cried. My girls will always cherish them. <3"
"Ed, I fondly remember our monthly pot-lucks with you and Maureen at Plymouth's Saturday Suppers. Her friendly smile warmed whatever room she was in. She will be missed."
"Our family is so sad to hear of Maurine's passing. My mom, Marcia Erickson-Boate, sister Anne Erickson-Brixner and brother Jim add our little "candle" to all the others here. We'll always remember her kind smile and laugh, her sparkling eyes, and supreme talents. She will be missed! Much love to all her family and friends. Her light will alway be with us. xoxo"
"We will celebrate Maurine everytime we see a beautiful quilt, everytime we marvel at what great parents Russ and Diana are, everytime we are touched by Russ's goodness... We look forward to learning more about her life and celebrating her in the years to come."
"We remember Maurine from our close friendship while living in military quarters at Bad Tolz, Germany in the 1950s. Lee and Ellen were toddlers in those days and Russ had not yet arrived. She had a loom on which she wove fabric eventually used to reupholster their davenport. The Nobles were great neighbors. She will be missed!"
"During the short time, I had known her, I saw her as extremely graceful and patient individual. She loved her family the most and was extremely proud of their achievements. She will be extremely missed at Brian Duffy's office in West Seattle."
"I think Maurine was one of those early quilters who contributed much to the quilting world. Thank heavens for people like her who were so encouraging and inspirational for others of us who then were just learning. Thank you Maurine. The quilt world is smiling in our hearts because of the blessings you brought us."
"Ed and family - There's nothing like "old friends!" We all go back 40+ years from Hinsdale times to periodic visits to Elin in MA/RI, plus Christmas card updates. Always with good friends it was a tho we'd been in contact constantly and would pick up right from where we left off. Maureen was a love, and Doug and I will miss her."
"On behalf of The Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) I would like to offer our sincere sympathy for the loss of a true pioneer to the world of quilting. Her contributions will be felt for many years to come. Her books are a source of inspiration. Her legacy will live on through the many lives she has touched. Our prayers go out to her family."
"I met Maurine only two weeks prior to her passing. She told me she was missing teaching so much and offered, very sincerely, to help me with a little art quilt I was planning. In a 30 minute encounter with her, I felt so engaged with her. I was so saddened to hear of her unanticipated end - and have been amazed at the severe loss I feel when I knew her so little. So sad for all of you."
"Maurine was a long time and much loved member of Group "85
(needle art's friends). She was admired for her skills and generosity
of spirit. She will most certainly be missed by all of us in Group "85."
"I am a slow quilter,learned from my aunts that have passed too.I am so sorry for your loss but lots of memerys their too.She looked so great .I wish you all well and my prayers go out to all the family.one aunt lived in elma wash.and her name was noble from marrying..love to all the family."
"Dear Elin, your mother was such an inspiration to me. I was fortunate to have been a student in her classes, to have judged with her and to have called her friend. She helped to open doors for me. I am fortunate to have taken classes from both mother and daughter!"
A beautiful lady left us so suddenly. Love to all of you Nobles.
Maurine's art work was awesome. I recall our ski trips where we raced home at the end of the day to see what creations had come from Maurine's mind, heart, fingers, and machine during the day."
".... adoro a las personas que han sido entusiastas y han sabido transmitir sus enseñanzas, ha dejado un legado para muchas quilters y esto es imposible de olvidar, un abrazo para toda su família."
"I"m so sorry to hear of Maurines's passing. The grand landy of quilting will be missed, but never forgotton. Du commer at missas! hugs and love, Barbara Feinstein"
"I wish peaple around her,live many many years to remember and auhnor her"
"I wish people around her will live many many years to remember and uonor her"
"Dear Ed and Family,
We grieve with you at Maurine's untimely passing, yet we remember her with great joy. The picture of Maurine and Janie with stein in hand in the Fest Hall at the Hoff Brau House in Munich during the October Fest in 1957 brings back fond memories. We did a lot of fun things together. We bicycled to the Austrian border of the Tyrol, climbed Mt. Bronick, and listened to good mu"
"Dear Russ and Ed
Maurine has stayed in my heart as I have made quilting a daily passion. Mom ( Ellen Case) and I took a machine embroidery class so very long ago. Maurine, mother and grandma ( Ruth Smith) went to lunches together I also remember the first set of banners she created for Plymouth. A very special lady."
I am so sorry to hear about your mother passing. She was a very generous person. I hope that you and your family will have the strength during this time of lost. You have my deepest sympathy."
"Maurine will be missed. So sorry to hear of her passing. She is the one who taught me that machine quilting wasn't the sacrilege I had always believed it to be. She was an inspiration."
"Dear Ed, Elin and family,
Our thoughts are with you and your families at this sad time. We feel privileged to have met and spent time with Maurine and with you over the years.
We wish you peace and love and we will forever lovingly remember Maurine.
Love, Joe and Sandy"
"Maurine was my first quilt teacher and it was only through her gentle urging that I took my first class. I am forever grateful to her for opening this window for me and for her kind, nurturing nature. She was truly a highlight of my years in Seattle. Maurine was a gifted artist with a humble nature - a true gem. You are missed and loved. - Sandy"
"Quilters are special giving people and obviously Maurine epitomized that. Now I am going to be one of those people looking for her books. She obviously was a very talented, creative, and giving person who never met a stranger. It is folks like her who kept quilting alive when it was not popular. May God embrace your family and bring you Peace at this time. Susan"
"My dear Maurine, how I miss you! I will always cherish the special memories of our times together. My life was enriched by knowing you and your dear family. Your loving spirit, unconditional acceptance, and friendship are just a few of the memories I will always hold dear in my heart. Sending love to Ed and Family...Pat"
"Please accept my heartfelt condolence on Maurine's passing. I pray for her family, and friends. Her talent will live on in her books and lessons. God Bless you
"Elin and Lasse,
ONE HEART FEELS THE OTHER.. may your memories be the lights that guide you on your journey.. I am so sorry for your loss.."
"Our dear Maurine is surely teaching someone in heaven to machine quilt and applique! She was such a generous teacher and person! We will all miss her."
"Maurine was one of my first quilting teachers. She was so kind, so patient - and yet her high standards were obvious. The world has lost a lovely and talented woman who was also compassionate and generous of spirit. Here's to healing wishes to her family and friends."
"I am very sad to hear of Maurine's passing. She had a real talent and I heard such great stories about her growing up. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and friends.
"Maurine, a friend from first meeting. She had grace, kindness, humor and so much strength and determination in the face of pain. One of the truly good people. I know her wings were waiting for her - machine-quilted, of course. Go with love"
"Maurine guided me in making my first quilt, at the old Northwest Sewing store. She was a wise, kind, and patient teacher, with a great sense of color. She loved what she did. I'll always think of her when I use that quilt My sincerest condolences to her family."
"What a wonderful legacy Maurine is leaving not only in her fabulous quilts but the beautiful family she and Ed have nurtured all of these years.We know what a loss she is to all of you. We send our love to you all as you contemplate the life of such an incredible woman-
Sue, Steve, Chaya, and Cora"
"I was so sad to hear of Maurine's passing..My memory of her is of a wonderful, warm person and a remarkable talent. Elin, I see your face in your mother's and I know she will live on in you. I'm so sorry for your loss."
"How wonderfully inspiring, loving and passionate a life! Building an existence of beauty through art and community. Maurine's time has hardly passed! The ripples continue to expand. The messages resonate. The love grows ever deeper...."
"I was so shocked to hear of Maurine's passing. My guests at the B and B were here for the quilt show and we talked about Maurine; they so admired the quilt she had put together for one of my guest rooms. I was so blessed to know her and have her visit twice. I think of her and her kindness and generosity every time I see her quilt. Love and prayers to the Noble family."
"I first met Maurine in 1975, as the mother of her wonderful son, Russ.
We hiked together, worked on the new Member Board together, and finally we sewed together. By creating the Plymouth Piecemakers, she
enriched the lives of us all as we learned to quilt, as she enriched the lives of all those who received quilts."
"Maurine helped enrich the lives of many, many people, and I count myself among them. No matter what the occasion, Maurine was always a very positive, caring, supportive and generous person to everyone around her. Thanks for generously inviting us to celebrate your and Ed’s 50th wedding anniversary, at the beautiful house on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico."
"I am so very sad to hear this beautiful lady has left us . How lucky I was to have been able to spend time with her. I have had a special place in my heart for her and always will. My prayers and sympathy go to Ed and family.
Thank you for being my friend!"
"I took my first machine embroidery class from Maurine in the 70's at Edmonds CC. I learned so much, she was such a good instructor, very patient! We became friends and enjoyed shared experiences in PNNAG over the years. I'll miss her!"
"It saddens me of dear Maurine's passing, A very kind, gentle amd telented individual in my memory. I will miss her, may her rest in peace."
"I took a machine quilting class from Maurine in the mid 90s. She was an amazing teacher and lovely person. My condolences to her family."
"We are so sorry that you have lost your wonderful mother Maureen.
She was always so gracious, caring and kind..."
"My first meeting with Maurine was in 1999 at Quilting By the Sound, Port Townsend. I took two classes, back to back, with Maurine. That's when I learned what a privilege it was to be with this wonderful woman.
Deepest regards to Ed, Elin and family."
"I did not have the opportunity to meet Maureen but as a friend of Ed and of Lee, I know how much she meant to the family. You all have my deepest sympathy."
"We offer our deepest condolences to Maurine's family and friends; it has been a bittersweet journey to read the stories and see the wonderful photographs of Maurine's vibrant life. Everyone here at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum shares in your sadness. As Teri Bever put it yesterday, "She was an excellent teacher, and she was humble, and everyone loved her.""
"Maurine's was a wonderful teacher. She taught the love of quilting and threads. She will be missed but live on in the books and quilts she made. So sorry for your loss."
"Like legions of other passionate quilt makers, Maurine taught me everything I know about machine quilting, and I still refer to her books. She was a wonderful teacher: informative, encouraging, generous and inspirational. Maurine was also a lovely human being who enriched the lives of all she touched. My deepest condolences to your family."
"So sorry to hear of Maurine's passing. We had wonderful times over the years teaching together at Quilting by the Sound and Quilting by the Lake. She was a lovely, kind person and generous teacher. I will miss her. My thoughts are with Elin and your family in the coming days.
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry"
"Maurine, you were like my second mom! Thanks for being so kind and making sure I had a warm place to go on all those holidays. Thanks for the greatest spaghetti ever - and the very best-ever vacation to Cabo! I will cherish my memories of you and will miss your loving spirit for ever."
"Our lives are like quilts…
bits and pieces,
joy and sorrow,
stitched with love."
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Russ and Diana, the kids and all of your loved ones. - The Whitakers xo"
"Such a lovely lady. Will miss you terribly."
"I met Maurine through trips a few of we crazy Canadians made to Quilting-by-the-Sound. She and her friend Mical Middaugh travelled north to give classes here in Kitwanga BC, and we had such fun!! She taught us all so much of life as well as stitching and I will always think of her with grace."
"All the positive and superlative words cannot describe Maurine. I joined Plymouth Piecemakers at its inception and had SO much fun and learned SO much. I'm very grateful."
"All positive and superlative words cannot describe Maurine. I joined Plymouth Piecemakers at its inception and had SO much fun and learned SO much. I'm very grateful."
"Maurine made our Port Townsend retreats very special. It was a privilege to know her for all those years. She was ever generous and helpful, and just nice to be near. What a kind, sweet person."
"Maurine . . . . grace, kindness, gentleness . . . . always with us.
"Maureen changed my life with the one quilting class I took with her, making me a comfortable machine quilter thereafter. But her generosity and kindness as a person and a teacher is what I equally remember. And what a legacy she has left with her talented daughter. I am so proud to be part of this tribute to a very special person."
"I met Maureen many years ago, I'm not sure at which quilt venue. What I do remember is that I felt I'd met an old friend, tho I had never seen her before. She was so clearly comfortable with herself she responded to me as if we had known each other forever. And she was like that each time we met thereafter. She was such a loving, compassionate woman, artist, friend...as are you, Elin."
"My grandma had the biggest heart. I am so sad that she is gone, but happy that she is out of pain. She will sleep with the angels now. I love you Nama."
"It is with great sadness that I receive news of Maurine's passing. Such a loving and generous person, and her legacy to quilters around the world immense. It was an honour to be included in her circle of quilting friends. Rest in peace."
"Maurine was my mentor and dear friend. I will never forget her generosity and her wisdom. All I know about quilting I learned from her."
"Thank you Maurine for making my life so rich with your generous spirit. Having you as my quilting mentor and friend touched my life in so many precious ways. With every tear I shed in losing you so unexpectedly, I will remember to smile for all the wonderful times we spent together."
"My work is richer for Maurine's teaching. Thank you, Maurine, for your generosity and wisdom."
"Oh, Maurine, how I will miss you and will always be grateful for all the lessons you taught me, both in quilting and in courage. Be at peace, my friend."
"Maurine was my guide, a mentor and just a wonderful woman with a great family beside her. I will miss her so much - and her wisdom. My love to you, Elin and Ed and your families."
"It's with great sorrow that I receive this news. Maurine was a part of a wonderful and loving family and I am so grateful for all the years that I was even a peripheral member. I just remember the first time I was welcomed into Ed and Maurine's home and knew that I had friends for life. My thoughts and love are with you. Love Mary Alegre"
"You'll be dearly missed, Maurine. Hugs to you and your family, Elin. We've lost one of the most generous, kind-hearted people I've ever known."
Steve and I see you so fully in the photographs of your Mom. She appears vibrant and bold and generous -- in her work and in her spirit. Her legacy remains: through her work, and in you. Love, Cathie and Steve"
"I often said I wanted to be Maurine Noble when I grew up. She embodied grace, class, compassion, perseverance, and smiles. I will forever be grateful for her patience and encouragement toward my machine quilting efforts. If not for her encouragement, I may have never cut into Elin's fabric and thread. "Use it! What are you waiting for?""
"Such a beautiful lady! I am so honored to have met her and spend time with her at QBL. Elin, I am so sorry. Her spirit will remain with us all."
"May the memories of Maurine and those special times you shared together are of comfort to you now and in the days to come. She was one talented woman and will be missed.
Peace, Prayers and Blessings
"I'm so sorry to hear of Maurine's passing. She helped to reignite my love of stitching, something that I will always remember and hold dear. We are fortunate to have met her and are sending prayers for her and her family. Love you all!"
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