The Pieced Canvas

I know I am little bit late here—as in the show closes today.

How can this be? How did winter become spring, dark become light, ice become dirt? How did I go from schlepping this show to the airport post office only to have it be so quickly on its way back to me?


It happens. And so I find myself writing about this great little show  in the last moments of its existence.

Back, more than a year ago, the curators at the Visions Art Museum contacted me about having a solo show in their Sebastian Family Gallery. The truly lovely thing about this ask was that they were so polite, as if I was doing them a favor. Of course, I would love to have a show in your beautiful museum—why thank you for asking.

And then came a series of, in hindsight mostly comedic, misunderstandings centered around my inability to understand how small the gallery actually was. That along with a jammed packed teaching schedule meant I didn’t really get down to the nuts and bolts, needles and pins, sizes and shapes of what I was going to do until a bit later in the calendar year than I would have liked.

In the end, I decided to create a series of new work all measuring approximately 24’’ x 24’’ in size. Way to Grace’s, Night, and Day are older pieces that would serve as the inspiration for the future works.

Instead of multiplying out the Crossed Square quilt block I often work with, I would simply blow up one Crossed Square block to be  24’’ x 24’’ in size. Or, as I did in two of the new pieces, shrink down the block and repeat it out in an assortment of colors and prints.

The exhibition is called the Pieced Canvas. You can see images of the quilts in progress here


Walt and I went to San Diego for the opening. We showed up for the event a day early! I just couldn’t seem to stop making weird little mistakes related to this exhibition. The next day, on the ride over to the exhibition, I was told that I would be giving a talk. WHAT? Visions likes to keep it loose and finds that many of the artists freak out if they know in advance. Here I am winging it. I have no recollecton of what came out of my mouth,  but I was told afterwards that I was funny. I’ll take that.


Glitter Bomb is a smaller version of Mirror Ball

Glitter Bomb

We are not in Kansas Anymore made me think of the Yellow Brick Road. Hence the name, and well you know, we left Kansas in 1996. 23 years in Alaska!

Were Not in Kansas Anymore

Liberté is about the The Statue of Liberty and all that.


Sum & Parts is a smaller version of a very large quilt I have been working on forever. This might be my favorite one from this show.

Everything All At Once

King Julian—Walt named this one, and I am still not sure that it is right, but I have not come up with a better one yet. Yes, my quilts do change names.

King Julien

Fire in the Belly is named after the biography and artwork of David Wojnarowicz. I was listening to this book for a good portion of my time working on these quilts. It is a great read about a truly historic moment in the New York City art scene. 

Fire in the Belly

Fun House came and stuck as a name. Sometimes it just works that way.

Fun House

More Agnes is the starter dough of so many of my quilts. The bits that keep on giving.

More Agnes

Checked Out is a play on words which I always like.

Checked Out

I completed nine new quilts for The Pieced Canvas. I hope you have enjoyed this virtual show. 


Where are your quilts going? I’d love to hear your news too.

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26 thoughts on “The Pieced Canvas

  1. Lynn on said:

    Looks spectacular as always.

  2. Fantastic exhibit! I always think of you as an artist who paints with fabric!

  3. debby on said:

    I love your pieced quilts! It always makes me want to go play with small pieces of solid fabrics!

  4. PK Binns on said:

    When we visited a friend in San Diego I was fortunate enough to see this wonderful exhibit. I initially followed your work as a former Alaskan, just missing the place I’d lived for so long. And now as a quilter who enjoys your artwork. I guess the colors just speak to me.

  5. Beautiful work! Wish I could have seen this in person.

  6. christineneale on said:

    Enjoyed the virtual show very much – thanks!

  7. pmgarrett2 on said:

    great post. You look great. So much like Tripp . Good work


  8. Cindy Beal on said:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful show with us!!! I would love to see your quilts in person as they are divine!!!! Nobody does it like you!!!!! I am such a big fan of your work. Very pretty picture of you too!

  9. Sarah Fader on said:

    Maria, this show looks like it was terrific, congrats! I LOVE that you called one of the quilts “Fire in the Belly” for David Wojnarowicz. I too am a fan of his, having come of age in the East Village in the 1980’s. Last week I attended the memorial service (and second line/drag march!) for my friend Brian Butterick who had been David’s lover and bandmate in 3 Teens Kill 4. It is especially gratifying to see that the names of artists live on in this way, and the coincidence of the memorial service and your posting of a wonderful quilt made my week. I love when that happens! I took and loved you and your class at Craft Napa. (I’m the one who ran off to see Patti Smith). I am just about finished quilting the piece I started in your class and will send you a photo when it’s done. Thanks again and congrats on the show.

  10. I wasn’t able to make this exhibit so thanks for sharing the photos and information. Congratulations.

  11. I am so happy to see the photos of this show, congrats Last week I attended the memorial service (and drag march/second line) for my friend Brian Butterick, who was David Wojnarowicz’s boyfriend and bandmate in 3 Teens Kill 4, so I am particularly happy that you named one of them “Fire in the Belly”. In doing so are helping to keep David’s name and memory alive: thank you. (I took your class at Craft Napa – I was running out to see Patti Smith that night. So glad to have had that opportunity and also to see your work here.)

    • What a great story! Thank you for sharing. That book was so good. I just finished The Great Believers which is about Boys Town in Chicago during the same time period. We lost so many incredible artists to AIDS. I hope you are getting some stitching done.

  12. Glorious work. (luckily you didn’t arrive a day late)

  13. I can just imagine your scrap pile! Your pieces are wonderful and I hope someday if you come to the Denver metro area I can take a class from you (because I have SO MANY fabric scraps that want to become something cool!) 🙂

    • Tierney- I know I will back to Denver at some point. I taped for the Quilt Show a couple of years ago and a very dear friend lives there, so it is on my radar. If I get an offer, I will say yes!

      • I’d love to connect if you are in Denver. I missed the opportunity to attend one of your classes when I lived in Central Oregon but I believe I saw you speak at our SAQA meeting!

  14. Yes. If I make it to Denver we need to meet up! I would really like that.

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