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 love the class. It is a perfect way to learn. I was lucky enough to take a live class with Wendy and the online class is like having her right there in the room with me. I am excited to get the second class and am so hopeful that it will include stitching feathers. When I think of the feathers on the quilts Wendy has done I can see a whole class devoted to sewing feathers. To think Wendy has only been sewing for about ten years, this is so exciting and something to work toward.
I have watched the entire class without touching fabric or machine. I'm ready to tackle the straight line parts very confident about that! Turning off the feed dogs scares, the bejeebers out of me. I see a lot of practice in my future. They say practice makes perfect, and I am determined to succeed at this. I may wear this out re-watching it, but I find it very helpful.
I've only just started the class but so far I find it so educational! Wendy is a very good instructor and she teaches like a pro. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn free motion quilting or you need to brush up on your techniques.