Whidbey Island (coupeville WA

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My Bio

Whidbey (Sharyn) has been creating things from her imagination ever since she was a small child when her grandmother made her learn to sew because Sharyn wouldn’t leave the treadle alone on the sewing machine. She wasn’t always a wiz at sewing as demonstrated by the “D” she got in Junior high sewing class when she sneezed and the pleated skirt that she had just made fell apart.

For 21 years Sharyn and her husband Andy traveled around the country where ever the Air force sent them. They raised two children along the way while she earned a degree in Accounting and becoming a CPA. Each state had a different craft to discover. She learned ceramics, china painting, and tole and decorative painting. She taught as well as designed, authored and published painting patterns with world-wide distribution. She was a featured artist in “Creative Painting USA “and “ToleWorld” magazines.

In Washington State she saw her first hand sculpted Santa. It made her smile and she somehow figured that she could do it too. A video tape by Doll Artist Jack Johnston gave her the right direction and off she went. She showed at juried art shows all over Western Washington including Christmas in Seattle in the Kingdome. Her funny Santas won awards including best in category and several first place ribbons.

All of these art forms were wonderful fun but it wasn’t till she and her husband ran away to Whidbey Island and found quilting that she found a home. With quilting came Guilds and the like spirited artist who could give friendship, support encouragement and competition. All of these make for a better artist. Quilting also gave her the ability to pay forward the blessings of being the daughter and niece of cancer survivors by making chemo quilts. With the coming of grandchildren quilting gave her a way to wrap her love around them for many years and create lasting memories.

Sharyn considers herself a folk artist. All of her quilts are hand appliquéd one of a kind originals. Her quilts have won several awards. Her studio was a gift from Andy for their 30th wedding anniversary. It was featured in the January/February 2008 Quilters Newsletter. Her award winning quilt “Star Dancer for the Cure” is hanging in the permanent collection of the MAC unit of Whidbey General Hospital. Most of her quilts are given away.

Sharyn’s artist statement


Life is too short.

My work is made to make people young and old stop, take a breath and SMILE.

No matter if I am making a Chemo quilt for a cancer patient, an elaborate sculpted Santa, a challenge quilt or a toy for my grandchildren. If you look at my work and smile I have done my job.


  • 8 May 2009
  • The Photos are my Quilting Angel jacket

    I made this jacket to wear when giving presentations.  It is way out of my comfort zone but I needed something to give me courage.  My presentation is about my work and forgetting the rules by following your creativity (quilting angels).  The lining is Jim Shore's Christmas angel fabric which looked like quilting angels to me since they are all wearing patchwork dresses.

    I woke up every morning and just did what my whim told me to do.  I made several small quilts and cut the pattern pieces and made this jacket.  The back is woven and hand appliqued ala Georgia Bonesteel.  Much harder than it looks on tv.  It took me over 60 hours.  The angels on my shoulders are hand painted images of my grandson Aiden and granddaughter Maile on silk organza over layed on fabric that looks like quilteing.  I made the wings with silk organza and free motion.  The quilting is mostly freemotioned angels.

    I entered it in a museum show and they said that the linning was distracting.  Since the lining fabric was the basis of the jacket they didn't realize that the jacket was distracting from the quilting angels put in there to hold me up while I speak.  Some people will just never understand the magic of quilting angels (muse) But I do.  I still believe in Santa Claus so there you go.