Hot Crossed Squares- In Progress

Hello September! I welcome your shorter days, your chill, your quiet.

I know I have been largely absent for the last two weeks, but I have not be procrastiknitting. Really, I have not. I have been having the best time in my studio making new work.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressIf you miss me though, you can follow me on Instagram. Yep. Tales of a Stitcher has an Instagram account.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressI have a small solo show coming up in September. The opening is on September 18th at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery in Soldotna, Alaska. The gallery space is associated with the Kenai Peninsula College and is small and intimate, so I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to work little.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressI’ve had this idea for a while, but this is the first excuse I’ve had to follow through with it. Here is how the story goes.

It starts with Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. (LOVE)

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressPattern Category 10 is the Unequal Nine Patch with Small Center Square. Each category has a very clearly defined name–it is kind of scientific.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressThe strange thing is there is no simple version like this.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressWhy is that? There is a simple version of the traditional nine-patch, but not of the UNEQUAL nine patch. I won’t let that stop me though. There are 215 different versions of the unequal nine patch.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressSome of my favorites are Squares and Square, Stone Mason’s Puzzle, City Streets, and my current favorite Crossed Square.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressMy friend Nancy Cook was over last week helping me clean for house guests, and we were discussing what to call the show I was working on. I wanted to reference one of the quilt block names, but I also wanted it to be clever and catchy. She suggested Hot Crossed Squares. I like it.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressMany years ago, I played around with this block as a single unit. That’s were Treasure Map

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In Progressand Way to Grace’s came from.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressBut I quickly moved on to repeating the block and the Color Grid Series took over my life.

Maria Shell's Color GridsFor this show, I want to go back to that single block and push it around.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressHere is a selection of what I’ve got going on.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressAnd there is more growing on these design walls too.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressOf course, while I am at it, I might as well start some BIG quilts too.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressMy bit bins are out and in action.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressI’ve got a bobbin countdown in the works. One bobbin a day tells me I am ON TRACK.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressMy studio, well, it looks like I’m working hard but not cleaning up.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressThis is a problem when I lose my seam ripper. For some reason I have only ONE seam ripper right now. I think I left the rest of them in McCarthy.

Maria Shell Hot Crossed Squares--In ProgressI hope you are having good times with your sewing machine too.

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16 thoughts on “Hot Crossed Squares- In Progress

  1. Love these!!! Should be a great show!

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  2. Nysha Nelson on said:

    Amazing Maria working hard and producing like the goddess you are! In Awe!

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  3. Wonderful to hear you are able to focus on bringing your ideas to life

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  4. Gail Naylor on said:

    Maria, I see you are as creative as always, and your talent shines through on every majestic piece you sew! Keep doing what you love!

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  5. barbmort on said:

    I just plain LOVE your colours.

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  6. Oooh, I like your new work. Congratulations on the show!

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  7. Perfect Monday (holiday) morning blog post where I can sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy your color and design. Your work is a continuing source of inspiration and I can’t wait to see some of theses finished.

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  8. love all the work on the walls. would be so fun to mix everything up. I’d love to learn more about the treasures in your bit bins. oh, and the new big quilt is gonna be awesome.

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