In 2014, Maria Shell spent two months as an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, she worked weekly with a formerly chronically homeless community now living in Moore Place. By teaching basic sewing skills to the residents, she developed a relationship with the residents of Moore Place that eventually led to the making of a community quilt that celebrated the residents and their journey towards finding a home and a community. Since then, Maria has gone on to work with communities and organizations across the US helping them to also build quilts and share their stories
JAN 26 2023 & JAN 30 2023– Maria Shell Workshops
Riffing on Tradition Two-day ZOOMworkshop
Members $65 / Non-Members $70
Thursday January 26, 2023 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Sunday, January 29, 2023 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
In this workshop, we combine the basic design elements of art with the traditional quilt block to create interesting, new, and dynamic quilt units. The workshop begins with a presentation of design elements—line, shape, pattern, composition, motion, and color. We will look at a variety of quilts from all traditions of quilt making to see how individual makers use design elements to create original quilt compositions. From there, students will begin to stitch their own quilt blocks based on design elements.
To make a pipe cleaner brush for removing lint/fiber from your sewing machine, you will need a narrow straw and a pipe cleaner. Cut the pipe cleaner to a length of about 5″. Twist the ends together and insert the twisted ends into one end of the straw. Make several brushes so you have one at each machine.
Alice Whitaker gave a Quilt North member, Joy Karns, her sewing machine that she no longer used. Joy passed it on to one of her students, Knox Berlin (age 12). As a thank you to Mrs. Whitaker, Knox made a quilt for her with a kit provided by Quilt North. Alice met Knox when she was taken out to ice cream to thank her for the machine not knowing about the gift he made for her. Alice was very touched by the quilt. A huge thank you to Knox for his fine sewing and to Quilt North for adding beauty to the life of another person in the community!