Hello Quilting Friends! We have announced the winner of our Featured Fabric Friday giveaway and can't wait to see what Sandy B. makes with her choice of cute kids fabrics! Congratulations again Sandy!
Today we have another special treat for you - we are beginning a short series of interviews with area teens who quilt! These motivated young ladies have each completed several amazing quilts and projects, won awards, and even taught classes (and all before graduating high school!). With their passion for creation and desire to excel, these teens show us how quilting is done.
Today our featured teen is Sheridan Swotek, a 15 year old from Malcolm, Nebraska. Sheridan won a gift certificate from The Quilted Kitty a couple of years ago when one of her 4-H quilts won top honors at the Nebraska State Fair. She came in to redeem her prize and we've been following her ever since!
Sheridan began quilting in 4th grade when she was only 10 years old. She was inspired by the quilts at the State Fair and hoped to make one that would be chosen and displayed there. With help from her mom, she made her first quilt and it was chosen! She has since made 6 more quilts, each one building a new skill and winning more awards at the county and state fairs. She brought in 3 of her favorites last week. Her Safari quilt has a zebra-striped backing for a punch of awesomesauce.
Sheridan's Cranberry Splash was finished in 2011. She spent two years working on this one! It's currently her favorite as it was a lot of work and the quilt-as-you-go was tougher than she first thought. But her hard work paid off with this beauty.
Each quilt Sheridan made has a label that includes the year completed as well as the name of the quilt. Each quilt name incorporates her name in some fashion. The black/white/blue quilt pictured below is called Sheridan County Splash - appropriately named as one day Sheridan decided to go swimming at her grandma's instead of working on the quilt! It's nice to know she's still a kid at heart. :)
Sheridan does more than quilt! She is heavily involved in other aspects of 4-H, including Modeling Madness and Nutrition. Last year for Modeling Madness she made a raincoat and purse out of Morton Salt Bags! Creative! This year she will be reusing cat and dog food bags in her chosen project. She has been teaching modeling and nutrition classes at a local 4-H camp and participates in essay and speech contests as well. She even won her Bernina sewing machine through a 4-H essay contest. Her mom confided that she was slightly jealous and upgraded her own machine shortly thereafter! Don't worry, Mom, I'm sure we all would have done the same!!
We can't wait to see what Sheridan's quilt looks like this year. We got a sneak peak when she came in to pick out her fabrics and even saw the beginning of the special quilt display rack that she and her mom are working on. If it's anything like her past quilts and projects, we're sure it will turn out fabulously!
A special thanks goes to Sheridan for sharing her talents and beautiful quilts with us! Be sure to leave her a comment of encouragement - I'm sure she'd love to hear from you! And stay tuned for our next installment of our teen quilters showcase when we interview Michaela Little, an award-winning teen quilter from Rossville, Kansas!