I am a huge fan of Sharon Schamber’s work. (For you non-quilters, Sharon is a longarm quilter, quilter, artist and major award winner at all the biggest quilt shows) I have had the privilege of seeing her quilts in person, and in my opinion, nobody’s work can come close to hers. Yep, others are good. Darn good. Beyond anything I can or will do. But Sharon is in a class of her own. I think it is her artistry, her attention to detail, her use of color, and the total package she puts together, that sets her apart from the rest.
Sharon has acquired quite a following. She has many fans around the world, but even more now that she has online videos for free. You can also join her network and have more videos available to you. I haven’t paid for a membership, but I am considering it. I am conservative, cautious, and not good at “following the crowd”. (really? you’ve noticed?)
I dont agree with “all things Sharon”. Not at all. I haven’t changed the needle bar height, the length of needles, the thread path or other things she suggests. And I dont plan to. I like my new Gammill Classic Plus just the way it is, thank you very much. I am open to new ideas and methods, but I live in the camp that says “if it isnt broken, dont fix it”.
But I was willing to try her binding technique. I hate to bind. So when I saw her pull out the Elmer’s glue, I thought…. now THERE is my kind of gal.
(As an aside… when I teach art quilting classes, I REQUIRE glue, and no sewing. Traditional quilters find that shocking. It is so easy and fast for a half day class. So you can imagine how tickled I was to see that Sharon uses glue.)
I did change a couple of things to make it “MY” way. (I know, your’e shocked!) Instead of using spray starch, I used spray sizing. I am allergic to starch and the sizing works too. I did try the Elmer’s. I dont know why. When I tried it in the past for my own art, I ended up throwing all the Elmer’s in the garbage. It is useless to me. So I went and bought some. In fact, I bought 2 bottles. I dont know why…… except I probably forgot what the problem with Elmer’s is for me. I did try Elmer’s school glue, as she recommends. I ended up setting it aside and using my tried and true Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Love the stuff. It is indeed tacky. The Elmer’s is so runny and thin and wet that it is much harder to use, in my opinion. Glue for the landfill.
Anyway, I like her method. For the project below, I wasn’t able to use all of her steps, but I will for the next regular straight binding I do.
Thanks for the free tips and techniques in your videos Sharon. Your generosity is certainly appreciated! (Isn’t she a smart business woman and marketer? To give a little away free and make me want to go back and buy more?)
This is the start, and I have a long way around to go.