Wendy Sheppard A Rising Star & and I knew her when…

Wendy Sheppard

Just look at that quilting!+


Wendy Sheppard-Just look at that quilting

I first became acquainted with Wendy Sheppard through Diane Gaudynsi’s website. She was in the section of blog’s that Diane follows. Well, any blog that Diane Gaudynsi follows must be top notch, so I checked it out immediately! WOW, Wendy knocked my socks off,

I could immediately see the reason she was listed in Diane’s blog list!

She is one talented little lady. Her free motion machine quilting is to die for, just fabulous. Look at the pictures above, is that just too beautiful for words?

I got to know her via the web and not only is she  talented, but she’s a delightful person as well.

I would describe Wendy as a “Rising Star”. She has been published in quite a few magazines, made the covers of some fairly impressive ones like Fons & Porter. She’s getting  noticed quite a lot these days and will continue to do so. Her career is on the rise, and I want you to get familiar with the name Wendy Sheppard, because you’ll be hearing that name quite a lot.

Bye the way, her web site, http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/ is jam packed with amazing information, just go ahead and add it to your favorites list right now, because you’re going to be going back to it again and again. Her tutorials alone are outstandingly top notch for anyone interested in quilting and machine free motion quilting on a domestic machine.  Especially her feature on thread work. Her blog is filled with eye candy and beautiful quilts,  It’s going to make you drool, no fooling. .

For starter here’s a handful of magazines she’s been featured, a mini list, the complete list is too long to include here. It’s on her blog. here’s her mini list:

Currently, I have been published in:

1. The Quilter Magazine

2. Quilter’s World

3. Bernina’s Through the Needle

4. Quiltmaker

5. Quilting & Embroidery

6. Creative Machine Embroidery

7. Popular Patchwork (UK)

8. Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting

9. Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts

10-American Patchwork and Quilting.

Well read on and remember that name she’s on the rise!

1-What do you love the most about quilting?

What I love most about quilting is the endless possibilities in presenting a design, albeit via colors, patches and the actual quilting.

2-What keeps you inspired and motivated?

Seeing quilts of others (antique, old and new) keeps me motivated.


3–Who or what have had the most influence on your work?

From far – it’s Diane Gaudynski.  I practically read and memorized her book.  Her books inspired me to try free-motion quilting.  From nearby – it would be my quilting teacher, Barbara Herring.  Her relaxed approach to quilting was what got me started to quilt in the first place.

4-Are there any contemporary quilters or quilt artists that you specifically admire?  

Diane Gaudynksi, Ronda Beyer, Patsy Thompson and Erin Russek

 

5- How has receiving recognition effected you as an artist or has it?

I often feel the recognition undeserved because there are SO many more experienced and accomplished quilt artists out there that have light years of experience that I don’t.  So, receiving recognition has not affected me much.  I am still the lil’ ol’ me.


6-What have been your proudest accomplishments to date?

Sewing/Quilting-wise: simply being able to quilt and sew is my proudest accomplishments.  Being able to sew/quilt has never been in the radar screen of my wildest dreams.

 

7–What do you do for fun [besides quilting]?

I like to dabble in handwork – smocking, hand applique and sampler stitching.  I love reading and visiting historical homes and museums.


8-Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently

I dragged my husband all the way to town for a parade, only to find out I got the date wrong!  We kind of laughed about it, and went to lunch anyway.


9-How have you handled the business side of your career?

I don’t really have a complicated business setup since my work is mainly free-lance work for magazines and fabric companies.

 

10- What advise would you give an aspiring quilter just starting out?

Stick with it, and keep doing what you like to do


11-How would you describe your quilting style?

Mostly Traditional, but isn’t afraid to try out something funky

12-Describe yourself in 5 words.

Persistent, Faithful, Traditional, Nerdy, Heirlooms


13-What have been your biggest obstacles?

Having too many needlework hobbies.


14-What do you think has contributed the most to your achieving your success?

Encouragement from friends and family – I have the best cheerleading team!

ivory 7

Just look at this detail.

pieceful-garden

americana-florals

Ring of Flowers

French Bouquet

Harrison Urn Quilt Block

I love the feminine heirloom look of many of Wendy’s quilts . She is a self proclaimed dish a holic, as am I,  oh the tea parties and beautiful dishes, no wonder I like this

woman! Check out my “you might like this” section, you’ll see why I say that.

Toodles

10 replies

  1. I saw the Quilt Scrabble Throw in an ad for Quilters World and would like to have that pattern to show how to make the letters or even when I might purchase a kit………thank you for any info

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  2. Wendy is too modest. She is most talented and exceptionally marvelous in everything she does. Hers is the first blog I read and sometimes the only one I read when I’m inundated. I have learned more from her blog and tutorials than any workshop I’ve attended; I have attended MANY! She’s learned from the best and taken her talent to the stars!

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