Excerpts from the Experts
Interview with Sharon Pederson
How did you get interested in reversible quilts?
Again, it was a friend who introduced me to the wonderful world of reversible quilts. She had a Christmas quilt out in her living room--but it was July. I mentioned that perhaps she was either taking a long time to clean up after the last Christmas or she was anxious to get to the next one. She laughed and flipped it over to reveal some beautiful bright summer colors on the other side. It was definitely a 'gotta do' quilt so I asked her to show me how it was done. I rushed home to start my first reversible quilt and I'm still finding new ways to make them. Little did I know that my fascination with them would lead to many invitations to teach the technique and the publication of a book about them.
Do you have other unusual quiltmaking techniques you're pursuing?
When I started quilting I pieced by machine but quilted by hand. I realized that if I was going to complete the number of quilts I had in my head I would have to speed up the process so I taught myself how to machine quilt. And, when I realized that I could also appliqué by machine there was no stopping me. My theory is if you can do it by hand you can do it by machine and I have spent my entire teaching career trying to help other quilters feel comfortable about using their machines to get their quilts finished. In this lifetime! (By the way, I have a logo which is like the red circle with slash around a cigarette to indicate that 'no smoking' is allowed. Mine is a red circle around a hand sewing needle. It's fun to bring it out in class or during my trunk shows.)
If you could offer one piece of advice for quiltmakers today, what would it be?
Buy the best equipment you can afford. Don't 'make do'. You deserve it!
Sharon's book, Reversible Quilts: Two at a Time is available from That Patchwork Place.