Sharon Pederson

Sharon Pederson
Sharon Pederson

An example of Sharon Pederson's reversible-quilt technique appears in the July/August 2003 issue (#92) of Quiltmaker magazine. See Turning the Tables on page 58 of that issue for Sharon's seasonal table runner design.

How did you decide to make quiltmaking a career? What led you in that direction?

In 1986 my husband took on a new job which had him away most evenings, I thought I'd better find something to keep me busy and innocently bought a quilting book. Well, you know how dangerous that can be. In no time at all I was using every available minute to work on my latest quilt. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on which way you want to look at it) there were no quilting teachers in my area and after I had made half a dozen or so I became the local 'expert' and was asked to teach. I couldn't believe that people would actually pay me to do something that was so much fun. Perhaps because I loved doing it so much I was asked to teach by more and more people and within a few years I realized that my 'real' job was slowing me down so I quit and devoted myself to teaching quilting full time.

What inspires your work? How do new ideas come to you in quiltmaking?

The three sources of inspiration for me are my quilting friends, fabric, and quilt shows. I am very fortunate in that I have wonderful friends who are incredible quiltmakers. They constantly inspire me. And fabric. I am in love with fabric. I was a sales rep for a wholesale fabric distributor for four years and I just loved when my big parcel of new swatches arrived. I have had the good fortune to attend many wonderful quilt shows all over North America and find the works hanging a constant source of inspiration and admiration. There are so many talented quilters all over the world and we are very privileged to be able to see so many of them.


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