Monday, May 15, 2017

a great weekend

I had the opportunity to speak at teach at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg over the weekend. Many thanks to the wonderful students that attended my class and lecture on Saturday. It was a very fun day!
The museum is a lovely little place in an adorable town that I've visited once before, when I took a workshop from Densyse Schmidt. The museum changes the display 4 times a year, I believe. This quilt caught my eye immediately. It was absolutely stunning and it drew me in!
The little cross blocks were pieced from a variety of solids. Each pieced block finished just over 1"or so. (I didn't measure. I didn't touch the quilt, either. :))
I loved reading the artist's description. There are 6,300 pieces in the quilt. (Which just goes to show you that I'm not the craziest quilter around. Hahaha! I mean that with absolutely no disrespect to the maker.)
I've been dreaming of immersing myself in a study of scrap play in solid fabrics for months now, so this quilt really struck a cord with me. I don't think I'm going to go this tiny with my piecing, but I thought it was very inspiring!
When I got home LATE Saturday night, I walked into a clean house, roses on the table and a pile of presents on the bookshelf. My family spoiled me for Mother's Day and it was a wonderful welcome home. I hope YOU had a great Mother's Day weekend as well.

Happy Monday to you!

19 comments:

Judy said...

That's the hardest part at any quilt show, not touching the quilts. And since any sewing is a tactual endeavor I have to stuff my hands in my pockets. But what a great way to use up scraps!

Julierose said...

Love love love this wonderful cross quilt..so rich and colorful.. and wonkified (is that a word? Well, for me it sure is! LOL) thanks for sharing
hugs, Julierose

Judith Sturm said...

What an amazing and beautiful quilt!

Lori V said...

When I saw this picture in my newsfeed, I immediately assumed it WAS yours.

Kate Chiconi said...

I've loved Maria Shell's work since I first saw her 2014 quilt Lite Bright, which is utterly brilliant and appears to be illuminated from within. This latest piece is epic, but as she says herself, she's an obsessive, compulsive quilter. Hmmmm. Who else do we know like that :-) ??

house on hill road said...

thanks for sharing the quilt, amanda jean! it's amazing and i love that idea of making something just for the process. you should totally do it! xoxo

artsycraftsyivy said...

Isn't Maria Shell amazing?? I had the opportunity to take a class with her some months back. She did not disappoint!!

MissPat said...

The cross quilt is definitely impressive, but I loved the color of those roses. Lucky you.
Pat

Aunt Deb said...

What impressed me with the quilt (which I admit, I wanted to touch!) was that it wasn't perfect, but it looked awesome. Despite years of sewing quilts, I am not a good sewer, and often my corners do not 'jive'. The fear of this keeps from attempting many quilts. 😥
On another,note, ordered TWO of No Scraps Left Behind yesterday - one for my self one for a Christmas gift. Yahoo!

Mariah Bath said...

Thanks for sharing this quilt and the close-ups & artist description. I, too love my version of crazy and it's nice to know there are others out there...happy Mother's Day, btw, sounds like a perfect weekend

claudia said...

That quilt is fascinating! One split second crazy though flew across my mind when I saw it about doing one myself. Um...NO! I will just look and admire!
Your family loves you so much! Those are beautiful roses, and a clean house? Oh. My. Goodness. You have raised them well! I was spoiled this Mother's Day as well. I have a new addition to my family, in the form of an energetic five year old boy who loves to snuggle. I got to spend my Mother's Day with a new "grandson" and I was learning the very important granny tasks of spoiling! (YEE! What fun!!!)

Marla said...

I love Maria and her work! This is one of my favorites and it debuted at Quilt National. This summer I am fortunate enough to spend time with her taking workshops in Sisters, OR. I am really looking forward to the experience.

Janet said...

The quilt is fantastic! A quilter after my own heart! I had a wonderful mother's day too!

Judy said...

Aunt Deb - you are one of those "non-pointy people" as Kay Woods described our piecing. All you need to do is look for quilt blocks that the matchy-matchy of seams isn't necessary. And the older I get the less the points matter to me. So I'm beginning to drift away from pinwheels and such.

Bernie Kringel said...

Wow, this quilt is amazing. You and she are kindred souls for sure! I cannot even imagine taking on such a project. Beautiful work!!

Emily Parker said...

Really wonderful arts, I just love to see these types of arts. but i like Japanese Arts and Crafts work. I found a website which is providing lots of information on arts and crafts.Also got some new terms like Chigiri-e and got to know that this term means Chigiri" means to tear or shred, and "e" means picture in Japanese. I loved this website “JapaneseCreations”.

Southern Gal said...

I love seeing these quilts. I need to visit a quilt museum!

Tina Short said...

That museum is wonderful, we were taken there a few years ago when we were visiting friends who live north of Chicago. There was a display of wedding gowns and quilts when we were there and we were introduced to the lady who had the inspiration and I think, donated the land for the museum. Its a wonderful space and I'd love to visit again.

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