Barefoot girl and cheeks of tan Sharon is a true California Girl. When not out walking on the beach she is taking care of family members: Husband Ole of 43 years, their son, daughter and family, she has 3 grandchildren ranging in age from 9 to 17. Or she is working on some type of applique or technique.
She started quilting over 40 years ago when we had to make our templates out of cereal boxes, mark around then adding seam allowances and then cutting out our pieces with scissors. Her first applique quilt like most of us was for her new baby girl to match the room decor. Wanting to learn appliques was difficult as there were no books to be found on the subject let alone a teacher in her area. Her grandmother passed away a few years later which drove her to search even harder as she wanted to make a memorial quilt in honor of her.
The desire extended to multiple teachers like Elly Sienkiewicz, Pat Campbell, Gabrielle Swain, Carol Armstrong, Sharon Pederson, etc She traveled to classes, conferences, and to wherever she could to work on her skills. Wanting to finesse her stitching she took several classes from Rita Verroca and went on to taking anything that would teach her new techniques and embellishment for her pieces.
For the last two years she has been teaching needle turn applique at her LQS in Orcutt, CA. and has 15 students attending regularly Sharon has won several awards for her applique at different levels of competition, but never for her piecing (still need to work on those points).
Sharon loves a challenge so don’t ever tell her something can’t be done as she will find a way to do it.
Sharon is looking forward to sharing her knowledge with you.