It’s Showtime! I promised you MORE PICTURES and MORE STORIES from my Paducah adventure, and today I am going to deliver. I hope you have a firm grip on your keyboard—and a tissue to wipe up the drool—because I have a very exclusive Show-N-Tell for you.
Going to these larger shows is always a lot of fun. You get to spend quality time eating, talking, laughing and shopping with friends. If you have friends like mine, you’ll also get to see their work displayed in grand and elegant venues. Along with these benefits, you have the opportunity to discuss the projects your friends are currently working on. While at this show, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend—and Master Quilter—Sharon Schamber.
During my conversation with Sharon, she told me about an applique quilt she had started working on in February. (That’s February of this year.) She said that she felt compelled to work on it—and boy, oh boy—has she worked on it. I am in awe of how much she can accomplish is such a short period of time. I think you will be equally amazed by the work I’m about to show you.
Masterfully Done When I say Sharon is a Master Quilter—I mean it—literally. In 2008, Sharon received the prestigious National Quilting Association Award for her Spirit of Mother Earth quilt. Since 1980, only 25 quilters world-wide have received this special designation. To be included in this very short list of people is no small feat. The people whose name gets added to the Master Quilter list are Olympic level quilters. There are a lot of great quilters out there, but very few actually receive this special honor. This exclusive group is the best of the best. When you see Sharon’s work, you’ll understand why she has received Master Quilter status.
Exclusive Preview I could go on and on about our conversation, but I think I’ll let you see Sharon’s blocks instead. We can talk later. Now, on with the show . . .
Isn’t that beautiful? Look at those details—and the color!
Now look at this . . .
It’s so complex, yet elegant. Now check this out . . .
Oh yeah, she also dyes her own fabric . . . and . . . embroidery floss.
I know—simply amazing—but wait—there’s more . . .
Look at that detail in the fruit—and the use of color. It’s very inspiring. I love the grape cluster! The fruit is just delicious. Mmmmmm, so good. This is definitely taking the Baltimore Album-style quilt to a whole new level.
Take a look at the quilting design. She is going to do all of that behind the applique. It’s so beautiful, I could weep. Those berries are tiny. You just won’t believe how small they are.
Don’t you just love this? Are we lucky—or what? She is very good to me. I was so touched by her generosity. Watch your keyboard. You are starting to drool.
Okay, I’m almost done. Remember what I said earlier? She only started this quilt in February. That’s February of 2011. That includes designing each block. I know. This is ridiculously amazing.
Each block is so unique. I can’t wait to see them together. I love all the embroidery details. She is my hero. I want to quilt like her one day! I’m just like you. I’m wondering if she ever sleeps. She says she does, but I’m not so sure.
Oh yeah, I have one more picture that I HAVE to share with you. That way you’ll know I really am her friend—and not a stalker.
I know. I know. I am very happy in this photo. Who wouldn’t be after seeing all of this amazing work. I hope you have enjoyed the show. If you want to see more of Sharon’s work, please check out her web site. It is chock-full of amazing information. She also has a variety of free videos you should check out, if you have the time. If you want to be a better quilter, you couldn’t find a better teacher to learn from.
Thank you Sharon, for making this special moment possible and for allowing me to share your amazingly beautiful work with my friends.
Are You Tired Yet? I still have a few more things I’d like to share with you about my Paducah adventure—if you are still interested. Please let me know. I love hearing from you.