I was introduced to stitching by my grandmothers. Mildred crocheted. Betty knitted. Ruth needlepointed. Each had an enthusiasm for their art and I learned something valuable about these crafts from each of them. Needlepoint became my first medium of choice and I worked pieces that helped my family celebrate Christmas. My collection grew from Christmas stockings to a tree skirt and ornaments.
My affair with fabric began in college when my roommate was studying interior design. I watched with envy as she “played” with fabric swatches, inventorying and cataloguing them by fiber content and color. Years later a good friend, Lauren, helped me sew a beautiful christening dress which I used for my son and daughter. She taught me the most about sewing, imparting tailoring tips and sewing tricks.
Quilting grew from this love of fabric and design. My first quilt was a 36″ square, nine patch which I hand-pieced. It took me two pregnancies to complete and was machine quilted in the interest of time.
In 2005, I decided to marry my love of fabric with the art of quilting and started a home-based business, In Stitches by Shelly. My niche was making quilt tops – Traditional Quilts, Memory Quilts, Baby Quilts, and T-Shirt Quilts. In 2008, I put this work aside for a few years to go back to work and school.
Today, my work is informed by my love of gardening and nature. Texture and depth is achieved by incorporating weaving, textured fabrics and threads, and beads. I also incorporate hand-painted and dyed fabrics.
I love the process of designing and creating the perfect piece that expresses an idea and begs you to look again.