Helen Robinson, Jenny Pedigo, and Sherilyn Mortensen are three of four sisters that share their love of quilting through their business, Sew Kind of Wonderful. Currently, they live in three different states: Sherilyn in Cedaredge, Colorado; Jenny in Everett, Washington; and Helen in Mesa, Arizona. Between them they have 14 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.
How did these three sisters get started in quilting? About 20 years ago, Helen taught herself to quilt from a Fons and Porter book when she had to teach an after school sewing/quilting class to junior high students. She taught Jenny how to quilt soon after that. At about the same time, Sherilyn was teaching herself because she wanted a big quilt for her bed.
Helen, Jenny, and Sherilyn’s quilts mostly have a modern feel. They find inspiration for their designs in everyday objects: patterns in floor tiles, weaving, nature, and also through a desire to challenge themselves to go to a different place than the usual.
Their business, Sew Kind of Wonderful, began with Jenny’s brain child, the Quick Curve Ruler. She wanted it to be a family affair that would give the three of them a chance to see each other more often as none of them (and their other three siblings) live close to each other.
All three sisters are equally involved in the design, piecing, and quilting process. They have a constant group text running and lots of FaceTime. Jenny manages the distributor orders. Helen does the online store and wholesale orders, and Sherilyn does the blogging and trunk shows.
Of course, the Quick Curve Ruler and the QCR Mini Ruler are their favorite quilting tools. They haven’t sewn a quilt without a curve in five years because their Quick Curve Ruler made quilting fun again! Each sister also has a longarm — a Gammil Classic – that they love. It allows them to do the whole creative quilt process from design, fabric selection, piecing and finishing it off with the quilting.
Teaching classes together says Helen “is the cherry on top” because they get to see quilters when they have their ‘lightbulb’ moment; when the methods and processes they use click and their students fall in love with sewing curves. Helen adds that the sisters ‘have a great time being together! It is the best part of our business. If you spend any amount of time with us there is way too much conversation about ‘gluten free’ and ‘bathroom issues’….LOL”
What can their students expect to get out of their classes? “Lots of energy, conversation, hands-on help, and uniquely different snacks,” reports Helen. “We want students to enjoy a no stress approach to quilting and piecing curves. There are not any quilt police that will knock on your door at 11 pm and tell you you did it wrong. Enjoy the quilting process.”
Besides teaching their classes, you will also find Helen, Jenny, and Sherilyn during the show in their vendor booth for Sew Kind Of Wonderful.