We felt very fortunate to have
Award Winning Quilter
provide a Lecture/ Trunk Show
Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
Christy Fincher is a member of our guild
and she had asked her mom to come as a favor.
What a treat!
I've watched Sharon's videos
and admired her work for years.
It was wonderful to see her amazing quilts up close,
and to hear her story.
If I understood right,
Sharon is the only person
to have been awarded
three 1st place ribbons
at International Quilt Festival.
The room was packed for this outstanding trunk show.
For the first part of the trunk show,
Sharon showed a large stack of
Baltimore Album blocks that she has been working on for years.
Such intricate tiny details in each one.
As many of you know, Sharon is a very prolific quilter.
We asked her how many hours a week she spends on her art.
" I travel quite a bit. But, when I am home I quilt at least
14 hours a day, 7 days a week."
She said she has a condition called
which is an intense form of mental concentration
where a person focuses on a subject
with an inability to switch tasks.
She will often see the quilt in a dream,
and will visualize it in it's entirety
from beginning to the final quilting.
Fortunately, Sharon has a husband who takes care of most
of the day to day tasks,
allowing her to work on her art.
Sharon said this image is her "alter ego"
When Sharon began quilting,
it was not acceptable to quilt the human face.
From the start of her career, she
has broken the rules
and created what she feels inside,
often developing new and innovative techniques.
Sacajawea 84" X 66"
Won 1st place AQS, Nashville, TN 2003
and many other awards.
The images were painted first
and then stitched to add details and depth to the faces.
Sitting Bull 90" X 93"
All of her quilts are quilted on a domestic machine!
For a list of all of the awards Sharon's quilts have won
you can visit the gallery portion on her web site
I thought Sharon's life story was as interesting as her quilts.
Christy is her oldest child, and only girl.
She had her laughing over many of the stories.
This is just a beginning of the pictures I took.