Is there some strange alignment of the planets this spring to make pieced quilts the favorite of quilt show jurors everywhere? No sooner did I finish telling you about all the pieced quilts at Art Quilt Elements last month than I get to tell you about all the pieced quilts at Form, Not Function.
Probably my favorite was Maria Shell's, which also won the award of excellence given by River City Fiber Artists (full disclosure: I'm a member of that group, and we got to choose who got our award, so there's probably some cause-and-effect relationship).
Maria works almost exclusively with the traditional Crossed Squares quilt block, but her treatment of it is anything but traditional. She uses commercial prints so a lot of the action in this quilt comes from the store, but there's still lots and lots of piecing there.
Here's a classic "motif" quilt, using a simple block over and over in different shapes, sizes and configurations to make a complex overall pattern. I liked the slightly offbeat color palette, the meticulous piecing and wonderful quilting.