Maria Shell Event Recap

Maria Shell, fiber artist from Anchorage Alaska, provided the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild with a very enjoyable and educational weekend event. See blog entry Maria Shell Tales of a Stitcher SFMQG Event for complete details.

The event started with an evening lecture and trunk show titled Patchwork to Artwork--Journey of an Alaskan Quiltmaker. It was a full house at Patch Reef Park Community Center with members and several guests. She displayed many wonderful quilts and told some very interesting and amusing stories.  My favorite were the stories about her community quilts and artist in residence experiences.

Check out the photos of the lecture - in particular the beautiful quilts Maria brought to show us. (Tip: click on the photos to view them full screen, and hover for descriptions.)

On Saturday we had a sold out full day workshop at the very spacious Boca Raton Community Center titled Making Prints out of Solids. In the morning everyone was excited to be using solids and making patterns; stripes, curves and circles. Most of us had never seen the improv log cabin circle technique she taught us. The afternoon included more techniques including making dots and tartans.

Debby, Kerrilyn, Kate and Maria at dinner after workshop.


After the workshop several of us spent an enjoyable dinner on the Intracoastal in Delray.

At the April general meeting several students brought in their work for a special Show & Tell - check out the photos below!

Thanks to Tonya Ricucci for suggesting Maria Shell as a special event and facilitating her visit.

Thanks to Maria for traveling all the way to South Florida to introduce us to new methods to use our favorite solid fabrics.

Thanks to the SFMQG students for bringing all their supplies to create together!

~ Charlotte Noll, VP of Programs