Wendy Sheppard is a talented quilter who has gone from next-to-no sewing experience to being an expert in the industry, in seven short years. She is originally from Southeast Asia and came to the United States at the age of 19 to pursue a chemical engineering degree at the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, she worked in research at the university's wind tunnel. Wendy credits the requirement for accuracy in her engineering research to making her a stickler for accuracy and precision in her quilting.
When Wendy began to quilt seven years ago, her sewing experience was very minimal. For her very first quilt, Wendy chose a rather intensive applique. Her instructor, Barbara Herring, never told Wendy that particular project was much too hard for a beginner, but rather kindly and patiently taught Wendy through every step of the quilt. After that, Wendy was totally smitten with quilting!
Before long, Wendy had made her second, third and fourth quilts, and the rest is history. She credits her teacher for not discouraging her and believes that is why she really loves the art of quilting. This is also why she always says, "If Wendy can, anyone can!" After she realized her love for quilting, Wendy began to read every book on quilting she could get her hands on. Yes, she is one of those people that actually read manuals. Reading about quilting is pure bliss for Wendy.
Wendy was still working as an engineer when one of her earlier quilts was featured in a magazine. She started designing and working with more magazines a little more than three years ago when she became a stay-at-home wife and mother. Her work has since appeared in national and international quilting magazines. In addition to her magazine work, Wendy also does freelance design work for fabric companies.
Quilting is not Wendy's sole focus. She currently resides with her family in northern Virginia, and has a 3-year-old daughter who keeps her very busy. When she does get a few free moments, Wendy can be found working on hand applique, smocking or heirloom needlework, or reading history-related material.
I really enjoyed taking this class and following along to create my sampler. It turned out good and gave me the courage to create several lap quilts for my great granddaughters; I used mostly the straight line stitch and stitch in the ditch styles. I am now ready to try the other styles on another quilt that I am making. I have made many quilts and always hand quilted them. I still find that relaxing, but I also like to try new things. Wendy has a nice teaching style and watching her quilt made me want to try it. I did find that I had a hard time making my machine go slower as I am an experienced sewer and like to go fast. My husband devised a stop for my pressure foot and now I can go as slow as I need to. Thanks for a very good class. I know that I will refer to it many more times in the future.
I had been trying to learn free motion quilting for several months when I took Wendy's class. It was like a light bulb went off and it all fell into place after watching her sew. It does take lots & lots of practice to get feathers, etc. almost perfect. Wendy's class answered so many questions I'd had. I'm almost finished quilting a queen size quilt on my home machine with lots of feathers and pebbles. A year ago I'd never have attempted this. And I'm very proud of how it's turning out. So if anyone is waffling about taking this class, it's well worth taking.
I need help in finding the instructor response. I wrote to Wendy Shepared via Ask the Instructor. I have received the e-mail that Wendy has answer my question and for me to check My Notebook. Tell me where I can find My Notebook?
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Charlena - You'll just need to log in to your account and access your class to find My Notebook. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see five tabs on the left side of the page and one of those will be My Notebook. Click on that to see Wendy's response.