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 ~
  • 81 years old
  • Born on February 6, 1932 .
  • Passed away on July 31, 2013 .

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.



Posted by Patricia Belyea on 31st July 2018
I remember the day you passed. Five short and five long years ago. Thank you for all the gifts you gave to me, My Friend.
Posted by Peg Matti on 8th May 2018
I am sorry for your loss. I just picked up a book that she wrote on Machine Quilting Made Easy. I have looked at lots of machine quilting books and this is the first one that makes it EASY. Maurine was a great writer. She was very talented. I send my thoughts and Prayers for your loss. I wish I could have met her. She talks to you in her book.
Posted by Russ Noble on 6th February 2018
Happy birthday mom. I miss and think of you every day.
Posted by Russ Noble on 6th February 2017
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
Posted by Diana Noble on 6th February 2017
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.
Posted by Stacy Erickson on 1st August 2016
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.
Posted by Patricia Smith on 31st July 2016
Maurine, you are Forever Remembered in my heart! Love, Pat
Posted by Russ Noble on 31st July 2016
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.
Posted by Mary Douglass on 31st July 2016
Thinking of the Noble family and reflecting on how you honor Maurine in the way you live your lives daily
Posted by Patricia Smith on 7th February 2016
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
Posted by Diana Noble on 6th February 2016
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.
Posted by Patricia Belyea on 6th February 2016
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.
Posted by Russ Noble on 6th February 2016
Happy Birthday Mom. Nor a day passes that I do not think of your patient ways and sparkly kind eyes. Love, Russ
Posted by Russ Noble on 6th February 2015
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
Posted by Stacy Erickson on 6th February 2015
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 !❤️
Posted by Diana Fors on 6th February 2015
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.
Posted by Mary Douglass on 6th February 2015
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.
Posted by Diana Noble on 1st August 2014
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.
Posted by Stacy Erickson on 31st July 2014
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.
Posted by Gayle DenBeste on 6th February 2014
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
Posted by Diana Fors on 5th September 2013
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.
Posted by Gayle DenBeste on 27th August 2013
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.
Posted by Lisa Albanese on 25th August 2013
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.
Posted by Stacy Erickson on 24th August 2013
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
Posted by Bill Bumpas on 22nd August 2013
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.
Posted by Sally Erickson on 19th August 2013
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
Posted by Mary Douglass on 17th August 2013
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.
Posted by Ben Cragun on 16th August 2013
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!
Posted by Shachee Gandhi on 15th August 2013
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.
Posted by Alma Moates on 14th August 2013
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.
Posted by Sally Brodie on 14th August 2013
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.
Posted by Anne Copeland on 14th August 2013
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.
Posted by Sheila Valentine on 14th August 2013
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.
Posted by Elizabeth Spannring on 13th August 2013
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!
Posted by Awilda Schuler on 13th August 2013
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.
Posted by Pat Albiston on 13th August 2013
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.
Posted by Assumpta Carme on 12th August 2013
.... 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.
Posted by Peggy Corley on 12th August 2013
Dear Ed: 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.
Posted by Barbara Feinstein on 11th August 2013
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
Posted by Fotoula Evgeniou on 10th August 2013
I wish people around her will live many many years to remember and uonor her
Posted by Fotoula Evgeniou on 10th August 2013
I wish peaple around her,live many many years to remember and auhnor her
Posted by Ben Cragun on 9th August 2013
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
Posted by Rosa Duarte on 8th August 2013
Dear Russ, 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.
Posted by Sylvia Hayden on 8th August 2013
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.
Posted by Cheryl Gunderson on 8th August 2013
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.
Posted by Chrissy Fitzgerald on 7th August 2013
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 Chris
Posted by Patricia Smith on 7th August 2013
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
Posted by Susan Shaw on 7th August 2013
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
Posted by Sandy Gecs on 7th August 2013
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
Posted by Sandy Gecs on 7th August 2013
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

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