Hi Everyone! I’m SO glad to see that you enjoyed my exclusive Sharon Schamber quilt preview. I knew you would like seeing these amazing blocks as much as I did. Aren’t you glad we’re BFFs and that I know you so well?
After I made the last post, I was left with trying to decide what to share with you next. I had other things from the trip that I planned to talk about, but I kept coming back to the images that didn’t make it into the first post. You see, I couldn’t get them off my mind. I was having this internal debate over what to share next and I wasn’t able to make a decision. I thought and I thought, and then I thought some more. I was looking for a sign that would tell me what I should talk about next. Then something special happened . . .
Ahhhhhhh . . . (Visualize a shaft light streaming down from the heavens and my hands lifted up in praise. If you’ve been to one of my programs, you know what I’m talking about—if not—visualize, like I said.)
The sign I had been waiting for arrived early this morning. This morning I received was my 10,000th blog hit. I couldn’t believe it. My blog says I’ve had 10,000 hits—and I have only been blogging since March 6th—SWEET!!! I thought it would take months to get to this point. I’m thrilled and surprised—and more importantly—I know that Sharon’s work is a major contributor to helping me get to this important milestone so quickly.
Mr. 10,000 To celebrate my 10,000th blog hit and to say thank you for your wonderful support, I thought I’d share a few more photos and details from that wonderful day. There are lots of pictures and supporting commentary in honor of this occasion. I hope enjoy the show.
I couldn’t get over how beautiful these block were. Can you see my mouth hanging open? I was truly in awe. Beyond their beauty, did you notice her color choices? Most Baltimore Album-style quilts are done in red and green. Sharon’s color palette takes this style of quilt into a refreshing and new direction without sacrificing tradition.
What you didn’t see in the previous post, is that each of the blocks will be framed by this beautiful and elaborate border. The border is a combination of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. I love that it reads as both square and circular at the same time. As elaborate as the border is, it doesn’t detract from the central applique motif. As I said, she is a master.
Here is a close up photo from the love birds block. Notice how the quilting lines (light blue) in the center of the block radiate out forming a star. The quilting design is very dense and linear in the center of the block before it moves out to the surrounding feathers. Beyond the flowing feathers, a quarter-inch beadboard treatment is used.
The border is created using bias strips appliqued in a semi-geometric Celtic-style knot. I love this new twist on a traditional idea. Look at the variety of textures Sharon has incorporated into the quilting design. There is a lot of variation in scale, texture and patterning. She moves effortlessly between linear and organic shapes, creating a dynamic, yet harmonious design.
There are so many levels of interest within each and every component of this quilt’s design. The same level of diversity can also be found in the quilting designs that support each block. I wish I could envision my quilts to this level of detail. Simply amazing to see and to study up close.
Really . . . What can you say other than WOW! I mean it. WOW!
Here’s a look at the peacock block. I LOVE this block. The berries are very small and PERFECTLY round. Look at the detail in the peacock’s face. The next photo will give you a sense of the scale of these tiny tiny features. Look at Sharon’s finger in relation to the peacock’s head. They are almost the same size. This is CRAZY good.
Now you see why I went on and on about the berries and the details in the peacock’s head. It will take me years of practice to do applique this small. Check out the stitching on the back of the blocks the photo above. The stitches are so clean and perfect—and small. Let’s not forget small. No wonder her applique is so spectacular.
Here’s a tight shot of the peacock block—which I LOVE! Have I mentioned that? Can you believe these elements are needleturned? I know. I’m in awe too.
Along with the elaborate applique, border and quilting designs, Sharon plans to add a great deal of hand embroidery to each block for additional interest. If you look closely at the quilting design in the background you can see additional lines for stems, vines and itty bitty berries. The level of detail in these blocks just doesn’t stop—THANK GOD!
Look at how much more dramatic the blocks are with the borders added.
This is the block on the far left in the previous photo. The detail in the border treatment is stunning—and if you look closely—you will see that the borders within each block change slightly based on the central motif. This approach to the border maintains design continuity, but still gives Sharon the flexibility she needs to enhance the applique in any manner she chooses.
Since the applique designs are not repeated, Sharon can use the border elements to visually balance each block design. Using this approach guarantees that the overall quilt design will be balanced. This is a marvelous design solution. I looked at these blocks numerous times and didn’t notice this unique treatment until I started writing the post.
I know I mentioned this previously, but Sharon not only dyes her own fabric, she has started dyeing her own floss. This gives her tremendous flexibility in her designs. She can coordinate every element of her quilt, down to the tiniest detail. It is inspiring to hear her talk about it. Like any professional, she makes it sound so easy.
When you spend time with someone like Sharon, you really start to believe you can do what they do. It only takes time and that’s what they will tell you. Sharon spends a great deal of time quilting, because it is what she loves and is passionate about. She also teaches a lot, so she spends hours sitting on a plane or in an airport, and she makes the most of that down time. Me, I’d be reading or sleeping, but not Sharon.
When you see results like this, there is no doubt that it’s time well spent. We are all blessed that she is so passionate and willing to share everything she knows and creates with people like you and me.
I included this photo, so that you can get a sense of the scale of these blocks. I didn’t ask, but I think the finished blocks are around 16 or 18 inches square. If that’s the case, this is going to be a very big quilt. Can you imagine what the outer borders are going to look like. Oh yeah, you can imagine that . . . It’s gonna be something.
Don’t you love my glasses? They aren’t mine. They are my friend DeNiece’s. She let me borrow them while Kathy and I looked at Sharon’s work. They make me look very smart and stylish, don’t you think? DeNiece was also acting as the photographer so I could be in some of the shots with Sharon.
Look at those beautiful embroidered details. See how wonderfully the color changes along the berry vines? It’s this type, and level of detail that makes my heart sing. It’s magnificent and so beautifully executed. Again, she didn’t earn the right to be called a Master Quilter for just one aspect of her work. Master Quilters are judged on every aspect of the quilt’s execution.
Look! There’s Sharon and DeNiece. YEA! Look at those beautiful smiles. Thanks DeNiece for all the laughs, support and encouragement while we were in Paducah.
Oh Yeah . . . One More Thing I have to show this again—because it makes me smile—and because I can.
I really hope you have enjoyed another look at Sharon’s work and my wonderful day with her. I thought about celebrating the 10,000th hit with cheesecake, but I think this occasion calls for ice cream instead. When I reach 50,000 hits there will be cheesecake. Oh yeah . . . I’m looking forward to that. Thanks for stopping by!
Hey You . . . Yes, YOU I’ve still got more to share, so come back soon.