My daughter said, “It seems like you’ve been quilting all your life.” It was a curious remark given my beginning quilter status, but I instantly knew what she meant.

As children, my sisters and I watched our mother make intricate costumes for our dance recitals. She was an artist. Her “Geraniums” oil painting won Best in Show for its “elegant simplicity,” the judges wrote. My mother’s creativity and eye for beauty were gifts, I believe, passed down from my grandmother, Annie Fae, who was known for growing beautiful hydrangeas and creating realistic paper flowers. I remember seeing her dressed in billowing floral cotton dresses. I also remember watching her from my perch in the gigantic oak tree in her backyard as she hung freshly laundered bed sheets on the clothesline to dry in the Florida sun.

Quilts connect past, present, and future generations. They evoke precious memories and celebrate new beginnings. They offer their makers creative expression and connection with others. For me, they provide a way to respond to—and show gratitude for—our shared existence in this magnificent, yet fragile world.

Now my daughter and I jokingly say, “There’s no ‘quit’ in quilt.”

A little more about Sharon

Sharon earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art and master’s in humanities from Florida State University. This foundation in the liberal arts led to her career in higher education and administration as well as a Ph.D. in this field from the University of Florida.

With her adult children enrolled in college, Sharon spent a year in Boston working in the environmental protection sector. Like many who vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, she decided to make it her permanent home, where her interests in art and the environment continue. 

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