Meet Sujata Shah, Lecturing and Teaching at MAQ!

We are so excited to have Sujata Shah coming to teach and lecture at MAQ this summer. Sujata will be our presenter for the Friday night lecture of the weekend, and she will also teach three classes featuring quilts from her new book, “Cultural Fusion Quilts- A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions”.

Here is the description of the Friday evening lecture, to be held July 10, 2015:

Sujata Shah grew up in India, a country traditionally known for rich colors, textiles and hand-crafts. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a quilt designer. Inspired by the irregularities and imperfections of handmade crafts from around the world she introduces free-form blocks, abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks. During the presentation of her original quilts she will share how she connects the dots between her observations, memories of past and creative process at present.

And her workshops are:
Friday, July 10, 2015 Windmills

Saturday, July 11, 2015 Hourglass Twist  (See Sujata’s blog with more on this quilt.)
Sunday, July 12, 2015 Peppermint Pinwheels

In December, when the MAQ board was finalizing the schedule for MAQ 2015, I was reading some of my favorite quilt blogs, and came across a blog book tour of Sujata Shah’s book  “Cultural Fusion Quilts- A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions”.

The book features a gorgeous collection of colorful quilts in a free form technique that really appealed to me. I wondered who this quilter was and where she lived, and so checked out Sujata Shah’s blog The Root Connection and discovered she lived in Pennsylvania. Right away I googled Chester Springs, PA and found it so, so close to MAQ! We had to invite her to come teach and lecture, and were thrilled when Sujata said yes.

Here are just a few of the “stops” along the Cultural Fusion Quilts blog book tour in that December 2014 which you can check for more photos and inspiration:
nifty quilts, Blue Mountain Daisy,  A Stitch in Dye.

I asked Sujata what her students could expect to learn at MAQ and here is her response:

It is my honor to be invited to teach at MAQ retreat. I look forward to meeting the quilters from the area, exchange knowledge and have an opportunity to share my enthusiasm of modern -traditional  free-form blocks. It is my hope to see my students’ take them to another level and make unique, individualized quilts.

Free-form blocks offer complete freedom to the quilters. My classes are focused on design and techniques rather than the final product. Students can choose to make the quilt “just like the sample” but by the time they explore various options on the size, setting and use of different fabrics, they are likely to want to put their own stamp on the quilt.

Students will find how easy it is to sew gentle curves. They can expect surprises in most unexpected ways throughout the session. If I could hear their conversations with themselves when they look through my book, I hope to hear: “I want to make a version of this, this and that quilt” Because Free-form blocks are like potato chips.. You can’t just make one!

If you ever need a dosage of bright, happy, beautiful quilts to look at, check out Sujata’s blog at The Root Connection.

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