A native of Michigan, Sheila DeRose has been quilting since 1972. Having made more than a hundred quilts and looking for something new in the field, in 1996 Sheila took a class on Japanese Quilting with Roberta Horton. Thus began a love affair with Japanese fabric that hasn’t stopped blooming!From that time forward, Sheila took every opportunity to search mid-western quilt shops for rare bolts of Japanese fabric.Frustrated at the meager goods available, she began to travel to the Seattle area where she could combine her quest for fabric with visits to friends.By 1998, she had enough fabric collected to design her first Japanese quilt – Japanese Houses.
She began teaching Japanese quilting in 2000 at “A Quilters Affaire” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she taught at “The Calico Cat and Bernina, Too” in Auburn, Washington for several years. With the advice and encouragement of Becky Scellato, owner of the Shibori Dragon in Lakewood, Washington, Sheila opened her design studio in 2003. Since that time, Sheila has published 25 patterns marketed through quality quilt shops throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Currently working on the final details of her first book, The Art of Elegance – Quilting with Japanese Fabric, Sheila expects to have the book published late fall 2011.
As well as teaching classes, workshops, and retreats, Sheila is a popular lecturer on the subjects of “Japanese Fabric” and “The Colors of Japan.” On the road for much of the year, Sheila makes it a point to visit local quilt shops across America that feature great Japanese fabric! Check out Sheila’s “Blog” for her recent adventures, free patterns, and great shops to visit!