I attended two of Maria Shell’s workshops a couple years ago at my local quilt guild. I was attracted to her bold use of color and design, and felt lucky to take two in person classes locally where I felt free to experiment and try out combinations that I might not have considered on my own.
In the Linear Blocks – Line into Shape workshop, I pieced solid fabrics to make striped fabrics, then played with the composition until I made a block that created interesting secondary patterns when placed next to each other. By the end of the day, I had the block idea, but did not sew them together until I got home and worked on the design a bit more.
Once I was happy with my design, I continued making striped fabric until I had enough to play with on my design wall. I didn’t sew them into blocks until I arranged the components several times. I machine quilted with curved and straight lines to cross the blocks to superimpose a new design layer.
For Maria’s Kitchen Sink Workshop , we brought leftover blocks and an assortment of scraps and experimented with ways to turn it into a composition.
Using a design wall to audition ideas and our smart phones to record progress, fostered creativity and the courage to let go of the first ideas that seemed promising to try more options.
I came away with enough of a plan that I knew I had the beginnings of a good quilt.
I set this aside a few months, then finished it at a quilt retreat. It took awhile and lots of quilting practice on other pieces before I decided how to quilt it.