Sonia Ruiz – Squares
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;