Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Making myself clearer 1
After I posted about two pieced quilts that I liked at FNF, Sandy left a comment: Not being a piecer/patchworker I am not quite sure what you mean by some statements. For Maria Shell's work, " (By the way, it may make you jealous to hear that each of the nine blocks in this quilt was also the subject of its very own nine-block quilt.)"
Sandy, you're right -- I was kind of speaking in code. Let me try again and see if I can describe more clearly what I was trying to say.
I happen to know a lot about this quilt and its provenance, because I had the privilege of making a presentation to the SAQA conference last month about artists who work in series, and Maria was one of them. So I can not only tell you some of the back story, but show pictures. For several years Maria has been working with the traditional Crossed Square block.
She makes a complex pieced block like this small one-block quilt:
...and then multiplies it to make a larger quilt.
When she started working with print fabrics instead of solids, her quilts were looking like this (and I was wrong in saying that they were nine-block quilts -- they had four blocks, plus sashing):
Eventually she made nine such quilts, and didn't they make a striking display all hung together?
Finally, she combined one block from each of the nine quilts and put them together into the nine-block quilt in the show.