Sheila Dalgleish

Sheila Dalgleish

It has only occurred to me relatively recently that almost everything I have taken an interest in during my life has mysteriously combined at this stage of it, giving me a surprising, unexpected and totally unplanned ‘late-life’ career.  As a child, I enjoyed drawing, making things and using my imagination.  As a teenager, I angered my head teacher by choosing Art as my main subject when I could so easily have boosted her impressive figures by taking a more academic route.  My luck was in having teachers who sparked in me the design principles and embroidery skills which I have used all my life.  When I went to university, my degree subject was Geography.  From all the strands of this subject, I soon learned that my real love was Physical Geography, the study of landforms, nice and logical, you could work it all out as long as you had done some reading, and the diagrams were wonderful!  As an adult, I have tried my hand at many things, but it all came together when I discovered the world of art quilting, formerly rejected as far too traditional to appeal to me.  Classes taught by Pat Archibald were the starting point for this, and through them I met the strong and supportive group now known as Freewheeling.  Loch Lomond Quilt Show was another trigger, and during its ten year extent, I gradually developed the nerve to exhibit some of my work.  Successive exhibitions with Freewheeling, and then jointly with Mairi Wheeler culminated in my striking out on my own to produce my first solo exhibition, ‘North’ in 2015.  This was to be a one-off, but everyone was so enthusiastic, that I am going to do it all again in February 2018.  Freewheeling took a small break from exhibiting while various members dealt with those large events that life throws at you sometimes,  a stand at the ICHF exhibition in Glasgow in 2016, and this new exhibition, ‘Making Tracks’ mark the group’s return to exhibiting.