After visiting with a friend who had taken a class in a local quilt shop, Shirley was bitten by the quilt bug in 1987 and began with a sampler class in Tucson, Arizona. Even though that hand pieced and quilted sampler was finished, and not to be repeated! she was hooked.
In 2004 at an annual On the Beach Retreat with Jannilou Creations, Shirley began her first Judy Niemeyer Quilt, Rocky Mountain Thornbush. The quilt was completed under the tutelage of Jan Bressler and Lou Shafer. Shirley had attempted various paper piecing projects in the past, but never enjoyed the cut-a-hunk of fabric methods used. Learning the Judy Niemeyer way, paper piecing quickly became her favorite method of piecing quilts. Soon after the retreat, Judy came to Jannilou Creations and taught a workshop. At that time Shirley knew that she wanted to develop her love of Judy’s methods and patterns into teaching and encouraging others to complete their own paper pieced works of art. Shirley went on to take two more workshops at Jannilou Creations with Judy Niemeyer over the next few years.
In 2012, Shirley had the opportunity to travel to Montana with Jan Bressler to become a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor. Jan and Shirley taught many classes together over the next 5 years and could be found together at Jannilou Creations, in Bend, Florence, and Newport and at several retreats at Beachcomber’s Haven in Gleneden Beach.
After the loss of her teaching partner, Shirley continues to teach at Jannilou Creations, and the March week-long Jannilou Creations, Judy Niemeyer retreat goes on. In 2017, Shirley has also been caught teaching in Bend, Burns and Newport.
For the past two years, Shirley and her husband have been going through the ‘experience’ of building a new house. The house is done and is finally becoming a home as they settle in. Shirley has a new quilt studio that she has set up to have 4 or possibly 5 others come and sew with her. They have a guest room and a large bonus room, that they are calling The Dorm. The Dorm is being set up to accommodate overnight guests with thoughts of beginning one day workshops and mini retreats in 2018.
You can contact Shirley at:
Phone: (541) 570-0785
Business Name: Sewing on the Line