There don’t seem to be enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe Sharon Schamber’s quilts or her accomplishments in quilt competitions. Sharon. of Payson, Arizona, was the winner of the $100,000 Quilt Challenge in 2007 with her Scarlet Serenade. She is the only quiltmaker, thus far, to receive Best in Show for two consecutive years at the American Quilter’s Society Show and Contest, Paducah, Kentucky. Her winning quilts are now in the collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. Her quilt Spirit of Mother Earth received Master Quilt designation from the National Quilting Association in 2008, a recognition that Sharon calls her most prestigious.
In addition to the many recognitions she’s received, Sharon shares her techniques through an active teaching schedule and through DVDs, books, and other quilting products that she has developed and markets. Her teaching has taken her around the world. She calls herself a teacher first and then an artist.
Sharon’s husband, Gene Schamber, was on hand to accept Sharon’s recognition when she was inducted into Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. Although she wanted to there personally, she had a previous engagement doing what she loves to do, teach…in Alaska! Gene thanked everyone for honoring Sharon with induction into Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame and expressed her appreciation. Now, if we could only find the words to describe Sharon and her work!