Today’s featured quilter is Sharon! Sharon was nominated in the doll quilt category, and her little quilt is adorable. I hope you enjoy getting to know Sharon!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting about 5 years ago.
2. Why do you quilt?
I started quilting because I became ‘medically’ retired after a near death car accident. Home from re-hab and bored with all my cross stitch, I had a sewing machine and a few supplies set up so I could roll my wheel chair up and play.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
So many, but I am so grateful that I took a class long ago on how to ‘press’ properly. Pressing properly not only gives assitance with smooth seams that help with assembling blocks, but elliminates a lot of ‘wonky’ – squaring up is a piece of cake.
4. What was the inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I am a scrap quilter at heart and save it all – and not afraid to mix designers or lines. The Doll Quilt was for a monthly swap group and my first piece to Germany, so wanted something special – lots of bits of me. Tiny piecing, many techniques, hand quilting, and embellishments. And the little matching doll (a former doll maker) is something I send with each of my swap quilts.
5. Do you sew other things?
I did a lot of my own clothing (4-H) and then my childrens’ when they were young, made dolls and mohair bears long ago, and for a long time I have been an avid Cross Stitcher – I fabric frame my pieces.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Although my mother is a master quilter (Quilter’s Hall of Fame), I am a self-taught quilter. I surfed the webs, watched lots of videos, attend classes, educated myself on designers and fabric companies/lines, and melded it into my own. I love learning about and making heritage/period quilts, but also enjoy the modern – we must know our past to make our future. Above all, I have fun with it.
Thanks for sharing Sharon! The reasons for beginning quilting sound painful, but I’m so glad you gave it a try! Your pieces are really fun!
Have a great weekend everyone,