Biography

Sheila with a footstool by the riverI grew up on the Minnesota prairie seeing long, unobstructed horizons and beautifully colored sunsets. The northern lights were a marvel in the fall. I was instilled with a sense of unlimited possibilities, a love of beauty, and a sense of wonder for color and how colors work together. In my family, we valued doing things with our own two hands as well as figuring things out one step at a time. Everything we did-whether gardening, farming, raising animals, building fences, fixing equipment, woodworking, sewing, cooking, or simply playing together-was done with creativity and pride.

It was natural for me to take up quilting with my grand-mother. She was a quilter and seamstress with an indispensable strength: the ability to create while caring for a big family, fitting her stitching in amidst the daily work. The members of my family have many talents, including leadership, writing, music, weaving, woodworking, scrapbooking, knitting, and cross-stitch. At the moment, I am the only active quilter, but I’m working on them!

I’ve been happy to produce some award-winning quilts, you can see them in the gallery. Traveling to give lectures, teach workshops and teach longarm quilting keeps the calendar full and interesting. There’s always something to look forward to!

My quilting career is a work in progress! Please check back now and then to see what’s new!

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