Sonia Ruiz – Squares

Mexican flag

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the theme of squares.  All I kept thinking was squares, squares, squares. With that in mind, I went to my scrap bin and started separating some colors.  Once I had a couple of piles of colors, I noticed I had three main colors … green, cream and red.  I really didn’t have a design yet.  During this time, here in Mexico we were celebrating Mexican Independence. So thinking of the theme of squares and the celebration of Mexican Independence, I began cutting different size squares in these 3 colors, which turns out are the colors of the Mexican flag.  With this in mind, I began sewing my green squares, then my red squares and as I was joining my cream squares I decided to add parts of a small Mexican flag I had.

The centre of our flag is an eagle devouring a snake, perched on a prickly pear cactus.  I decided that  this would be my focal point.  Once my top was sewn together I added a decorative stitch throughout most of the seams with a green variegated polyester thread.  As I was preparing my sandwich for quilting, I decided that I wanted to eagle square to be raised or trapuntoed, so I added several layers of batting to that one square.  Keeping in mind the theme of squares, I quilted it with free motion squares and used a transparent lime green polyester ribbon for binding.  Knowing that I love texture, I decided to keep it simple and just added a beaded cactus and a few beads on the eagle.

Close up view;

  1. An unusual and evocative interpretation! And such detail on the central motif! Wow!

  2. studiociboulette

    wonderful Sonia. I love the way you pieced and quilted it. It reminds me of an antique quilt….

  3. Again a Mexican quilt. Nice to see how you made a combination of decorative quilting and free-motion quilted squares.

  4. A very clever use of your scraps, well done !

  5. A very effective use of your scrap box! I like the way that you have constructed the squares and the quilting lines, lovely!

  6. Good concept and use of scraps.

  7. I really like the trapunto eagle square and the cactus made out of beads. A clever idea to use your scraps for a Mexican square flag quilt.

  8. English quilter

    A great solution to interpreting the theme. I love the trapunto square. Thank you for explaining the symbol in the middle of the flag. I had no idea……….

  9. Making a flag out of squares, a good idea and nicely done. Love the way you made the symbol in the centre and your explanation.

  10. A flag with lots to see in all the small squares. Great idea.

  11. Lovely result from the bits and pieces in your scrap bag, and I also love the way you have treated the central motif of the flag. A very original piece.

  12. Good idea, Sonia. Really out of the box! 🙂

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