Contemporary Art Quilts

Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

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Announcement    Enjoy my contemporary art quilts! Visit my professional website to see all the quilts I've made since 2012: All my quilts are one of a kind as I do not use patterns. Enjoy!


Last updated on Jan 25, 2021

Enjoy my contemporary art quilts! Visit my professional website to see all the quilts I've made since 2012: All my quilts are one of a kind as I do not use patterns. Enjoy!



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Sharon Koppel

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Exploring quilting in retirement

I am relatively new to quilting, having started literally in 2010 when I retired from a management position. Suffice it to say that after an 18 month run volunteering in dog rescue, still a cause near and dear to me, I decided I would rather be quilting….so here I am. I live in central Pennsylvania where the mere idea of contemporary quilting is foreign to most people. Sometimes I take my contemporary wall quilts into a local fabric store for show and tell. They are very respectful and express kind words but can’t seem to wrap their heads around quilts without patches, no patterns, and curved lines. It takes awhile for them to figure out even how I put my quilts together!

I’m self taught, compliments of several books which were invaluable. My favorite books in this journey into contemporary quilting have been:
Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston
Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen
Rule Breaking Quilts by Kathryn Schmidt
New Cuts for New Quilts by Karla Alexander

I started by making similar projects from the books (I was never good at out and out duplicating so nothing I made every looked quite like the picture!). I always would think “well, what would happen if I tried this….” The freedom to think way outside the box fascinated and intrigued me as I’ve never been very compliant in my life.

Now that our adult children are successfully launched, I took over one of our upstairs bedrooms and turned it into a sewing studio. In 2011 my husband surprised me with a Bernina 230. This was a HUGE step up from my 35 year old Singer but as I explored quilting and especially free motion quilting, I decided I really wanted a different machine. Today I sew on a Bernina 750 and love it!! Of course, that Bernina dealer is also a fabric store and lucky me, it is 3 miles from my house.

So that is a thumbnail sketch of how I got into contemporary quilting which is now a passion, a hobby, and a retirement business. My studio is filled with fabulous fabrics of which there are never enough. I awake every morning and can’t wait to start sewing or designing.

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  • Sharon Koppel

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I am the artist, creator, designer and maker of my contemporary art quilter. I am the shipper, fabric shopper and festival planner. My art quilt shop begins and ends with me.

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Last updated on Feb 4, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I am very happy to make custom orders of my designs in different colors or sizes. However my biggest size is 40" X 48". For larger spaces I can create a triptych quilt which is a set of three smaller quilts which will cover an area larger than 48"wide and have a design that carries across all three quilts. Pricing is based on square feet size of the quilt.

How do you hang my art quilts?

My quilts hang two ways. Small art quilts have plastic rings attached to the upper corners and I provide you with thumbtacks, all hidden from view when hanging. Medium and larger quilts have a wooden dowel in a fabric sleeve at the top edge, hidden from view. I provide two small nails upon which the dowel rests, completely hidden from view when hanging.

Why does it take so long for international shipping?

I have only shipped three times internationally and each time it is different and unpredictable. I want international buyers to know that I ship from Pennsylvania within 48 hours of receipt of an order. The length of time in my policies is related to postal shipping times and delays at customs as packages travel through those procedures, not delays regarding the time the quilt leaves my studio.

Why do larger quilts cost so much?

Making a larger quilt most simply means that there is more piecing and more quilting, more fabric used and more time involved. There is no economy of size with my art quilts, hence my pricing is based on complexity of design and square feet.