Instructor

Maria Shell
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quiltmaking. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt 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; 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 2022. 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 mariashell.com or learn more about her process by visiting her blog.

Instructor Workshops

Artful Oven Mitts: Piece, Quilt, and Bind (First Offering), #19541

Stitching with Style
Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Room 101C
Maria Shell
All Levels
$70
Plus Kit Fee

Join Maria and learn several skills at once as you piece, quilt, and bind an oven mitt. You’ll learn so much in three hours and leave with something you’re proud of. These make fabulous gifts, or you can keep it for yourself (we won’t tell)!

mariashell.com

Proudly sponsored by Brother

Artful Oven Mitts: Piece, Quilt, and Bind (Second Offering), #19542

Stitching with Style
Saturday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Room 103A
Maria Shell
All Levels
$70

Join Maria and learn several skills at once as you piece, quilt, and bind an oven mitt. You’ll learn so much in three hours and leave with something you’re proud of. These make fabulous gifts, or you can keep it for yourself (we won’t tell)!

mariashell.com

Proudly sponsored by Elna

Bits & Pieces: Create a Masterpiece with Scraps, #17109t

Piecing
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 103A
Maria Shell
17109t
$110
Plus Kit Fee

This workshop is for scrap-a-holics. Learn how to shape, sort, and piece your fabric bits into art quilt masterpieces. While learning how to work with bits and pieces, students will also explore  improvisational piecing techniques and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts. Maria will teach you her secrets for color and fabric selection so that every quilt looks like a show-stopper, and you’ll learn piecing techniques and design concepts you can use again and again.  Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Elna

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Log Cabin Circles: Improv Piecing with Curves, #17515

Piecing
Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Room 101C
Maria Shell
All Levels
$70

Join Maria for the afternoon and learn how to tackle curved piecing without fear. She’ll teach you how to combine the traditional Log Cabin block with curved piecing to create this fun and versatile Log Cabin Circle block. Come find out what all the fuss is about when it comes to Improvisational Piecing. You’ll learn how to create beautiful, purposeful blocks with freedom and ease. This is your chance to let your creativity shine! Tips, tricks, and machine piecing will have you creating fun improv curves in no time.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Brother / The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore/
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Pinwheelers: Create Pinwheel Blocks Using Stripes, #17501

Piecing
Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Room 103B
Maria Shell
All Levels
$70

Maria creates award-winning pieces by approaching each element of her quilts as part of the whole effect. Learn how you can do the same by incorporating intentional fabric choices into your piecing for a totally unique quilt. In this class, you’ll create unique Pinwheel blocks using the stripes in your fabrics! Choose commercially striped fabrics or piece your own stripes; either way, the results are spectacular.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Janome

The Plaid Experiment: Create Patterns with Piecing, #17516

Piecing
Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Room 103B
Maria Shell
All Levels
$70

Plaid is back in style! Join Maria and learn how to cut and piece without a ruler as you explore how to construct plaid blocks. This basic plaid can be used and augmented in a myriad of ways to create fun and original quilts. You can use this technique to create an entire quilt or simply construct intricate plaid-style blocks to add interest and flair to your projects. Explore how color, fabric choices, and design can transform your plaid so that no two blocks look the same. You’ll learn improvisational cutting and piecing skills, basic color concepts, and more in this fun and creative half-day class.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Janome

Artful Oven Mitts: Piece, Quilt, and Bind (First Offering), #19541

Maria Shell
Wednesday
Room 101C

Join Maria and learn several skills at once as you piece, quilt, and bind an oven mitt. You’ll learn so much in three hours and leave with something you’re proud of. These make fabulous gifts, or you can keep it for yourself (we won’t tell)!

mariashell.com

Proudly sponsored by Brother

Artful Oven Mitts: Piece, Quilt, and Bind (Second Offering), #19542

Maria Shell
Saturday
Room 103A

Join Maria and learn several skills at once as you piece, quilt, and bind an oven mitt. You’ll learn so much in three hours and leave with something you’re proud of. These make fabulous gifts, or you can keep it for yourself (we won’t tell)!

mariashell.com

Proudly sponsored by Elna

Bits & Pieces: Create a Masterpiece with Scraps, #17109t

Maria Shell
Thursday
Room 103A

This workshop is for scrap-a-holics. Learn how to shape, sort, and piece your fabric bits into art quilt masterpieces. While learning how to work with bits and pieces, students will also explore  improvisational piecing techniques and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts. Maria will teach you her secrets for color and fabric selection so that every quilt looks like a show-stopper, and you’ll learn piecing techniques and design concepts you can use again and again.  Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Elna

Log Cabin Circles: Improv Piecing with Curves, #17515

Maria Shell
Wednesday
Room 101C

Join Maria for the afternoon and learn how to tackle curved piecing without fear. She’ll teach you how to combine the traditional Log Cabin block with curved piecing to create this fun and versatile Log Cabin Circle block. Come find out what all the fuss is about when it comes to Improvisational Piecing. You’ll learn how to create beautiful, purposeful blocks with freedom and ease. This is your chance to let your creativity shine! Tips, tricks, and machine piecing will have you creating fun improv curves in no time.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Brother / The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore/

Pinwheelers: Create Pinwheel Blocks Using Stripes, #17501

Maria Shell
Friday
Room 103B

Maria creates award-winning pieces by approaching each element of her quilts as part of the whole effect. Learn how you can do the same by incorporating intentional fabric choices into your piecing for a totally unique quilt. In this class, you’ll create unique Pinwheel blocks using the stripes in your fabrics! Choose commercially striped fabrics or piece your own stripes; either way, the results are spectacular.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Janome

The Plaid Experiment: Create Patterns with Piecing, #17516

Maria Shell
Friday
Room 103B

Plaid is back in style! Join Maria and learn how to cut and piece without a ruler as you explore how to construct plaid blocks. This basic plaid can be used and augmented in a myriad of ways to create fun and original quilts. You can use this technique to create an entire quilt or simply construct intricate plaid-style blocks to add interest and flair to your projects. Explore how color, fabric choices, and design can transform your plaid so that no two blocks look the same. You’ll learn improvisational cutting and piecing skills, basic color concepts, and more in this fun and creative half-day class.

mariashell.com

Proudly Sponsored by Janome