All leftover fabric, UFOs, orphan blocks, and random strips of fabric are welcome in this workshop. Participants will take those pieces of what-not and make them into fun improvisational masterpieces. The focus of this workshop is on using up leftovers, bit-making (creating small improvisationally cut and pieced traditional quilt blocks), and composition. Nine hours of instruction includes—lectures, demonstrations at the cutting board, ironing table, and sewing machine, question and answer sessions, and one-on-one student-teacher consultations. Each student will, through thoughtful design decisions, create a one of a kind quilt composition with their leftover quilt bits. 
Maria Shell Bio: 
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bed quilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. 
Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award and two Rasmuson Fellowships (2009, 2013, 2017). She has had several solo and small group shows including fiber at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, Right Lines  & Circles at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach, Florida,  Line + Shape at the Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley, California, and The Pieced Canvas at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. Her most recent solo exhibition is Off the Grid which will be on view at the Shelburne Art Museum in Shelburne, Vermont from May—October 2021. Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017. You can see more of Maria’s work on her website (http://mariashell.com) or learn more about her process by visiting her blog (http://talesofastitcher.com.)

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