Judy has been sewing most of her life and continues to create with fiber. A Home Ec college grad, she has branched out to computer sciences in her vocation, but her avocation still remains sewing and quilting. An accomplished quilter and seamstress, she never ceases to amaze with her creative products. One of Judy's specialties is putting together the Demonstrations and schedules at the Festival.
Pam is an accomplished writer, speaker and consultant. She travels far and wide visiting Europe and the far east. You can easily see this influence in her lovely work. She began quilting in 1973 before the advent of rotary cutters. Her first project was a deacon's bench seat composed entirely of 1-inch squares. She meticulously cut each square with her scissors. That was enough for her for many years. Quilting again called her name and her second effort was a pot holder. Pam has graduated into making lovely quilts which she machine quilts herself. She says she still often gives thanks for the modern quilting tools we all enjoy!
I started quilting about 15 years after I took a class from my good friend Jan. Then I took more classes and have been hooked ever since. Went to Estes Park, Colorado to Harriet Hargraves Quilting Celebration and took several classes from well known teachers from here and abroad. Each time I take a class, I learn something new. Jan and I now teach classes at our local Sew and Vac store here. Quite a change from knowing nothing to becoming a teacher. Can't find me, I'm in my sewing room!
I started sewing in 7th grade when you learned how to make one of those lovely gathered skirts using 3 yards of fabric. Sewed clothes, costumes, etc. for family and friends through the years. But in 2000 a small newspaper ad caught my eye announcing the 2nd annual WWVQF and they were having a quilt challenge. Well, I love a challenge and the quilt was only wall hanging size, so I bought a book, fabric and other tools of the trade and went to it. Much to my surprise, and a few other peoples', I won third place. I was now hooked big time on quilting. After the quilt festival that year, I volunteered my services and as they say, the rest is history.
I started sewing in the usual way, having to take the mandatory “home ec” class in Jr. High. I didn’t do real well. I couldn’t walk by my moms’ machine without it breaking! (Mom was a great sewer) I really started sewing when my husband bought me my first Viking sewing machine in 1983. I could sew thru coyote fur! I started sewing clothes for the kids and really enjoyed it. I took classes in pattern fitting to tailoring. When I made my first quilt, a king size log cabin, I didn’t even have a rotary cutter, ruler or matt. I have several rotary cutters, and numerous rulers now. I love quilting. My time spent quilting gives me peace and makes me happy. If I’m cranky, my husband has been known to say “Don’t you have some sewing to do?” I finally figured out that he was saying you're cranky, go sew. I’m afraid that I won’t get all the quilts made that I want. There isn’t enough time in a day and I always seem to find new ones that are waiting to be created!
I started my sewing career at a young age when my mom, who sewed the majority of my clothes, handed me patterns for Barbie clothes and scraps from her clothing creations. In Junior High I moved into Home Ec making my own clothes and bags. In my mid-twenties, after receiving a couple of quilts from my Grandma Jones, I was bitten by the quilting bug. Being in the mid 90's, I was drawn to the Country Chic style and colors of burgundy reds, navy blues, greens and golden browns. After quilting and teaching quilting for several years, I took a break. When I came back I found that my style aesthetic had completely changed. I am now in love with more modern stylings and bright colors. What I love about quilting is there are so many styles, fabrics and techniques you can find something that inspires you. The Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work, admire the work of others, and find even more inspiration!
I grew up in Milton-Freewater and lived in a family of 5 girls - most of us followed our Mom and learned how to sew. I was very involved with 4-H, and loved it. For many years I sewed all my clothing. As the years went on, I moved around, ending up in New Orleans. During this time I didn't do much sewing, but my sewing machine was always with me. My interest was in needlework. I was also busy being a mom and involved in my career as a paralegal. In 1975, I made what would probably be my first quilt, which was for my parents. It was very primitive, and contained blocks depicting our family history, each square made from fabric from their daughter's clothing. Again, my needle work and quilting was put to the back burner, it didn't resurface again until 1992, when we moved to Saudi Arabia. I joined a quilt group there, had the benefit of many excellent quilters to guide me, and learned quite a bit. My love for fabric and quilting grew. I have enjoyed many years of quilting, quilting classes, and shows, always drooling over the quilts and fabrics available. We moved back to this area in 2002. My quilting again took a backseat while I was given the honor of watching over assisting my aging mom.
Great Grandmothers, grandmothers and mom introduced me to sewing; I have an early memory of threading needles each week for Ida. I learned to embroider, knit, sew, tailer garments, quilt and design. Designing remains a passion. I created covers for airplane props and wheels, backpacks, gaiters, climbing rope bags, costumes, church vestments, and custom hand embroidered shirts. Sewing has always been a part of my life and with retirement I renewed an interest in quilting.
I earned a graduate degree in art and an MAT in education. I’ve been employed as a newspaper illustrator, and free-lance graphic designer, Artist-in-Residence, taught in two art museums, two men’s prisons, three community colleges, two graduate schools and grades third thru eighth in public school. I’ve learned to adapt and be open to opportunities.
Printmaking and sewing have been long-time loves. I like learning, working with tools and materials, and the creative process. It’s also exciting to see positive responses. In the last two years I found webinars and virtual classes stimulated my quilting, drawing and printmaking allowing me to travel virtually to galleries and museums.
I moved to the Walla Walla area in 2017 and joined the Walla Walla Quilt Guild.
I am a member of Print Arts Northwest and ArtWalla and have shown prints locally at CAVU Cellars and Pendleton Public Library.
My love for sewing started at an early age, sitting on my mother’s lap as she ran her treadle sewing machine. I started hand sewing fabric scraps int around age 7, making crude clothes for my friends Barbies. I quickly moved on to using the machine. By age 10 my dad decided I needed a machine of my very own! I felt so grown up. The first project on MY sewing machine was a scrap crazy baby quilt (which I still have). I then turned mainly to garment construction. My skill advanced to the point that mom decided I was ready for an adult sewing class. My first sewing class when I was in 6th grade, a night class at WWCC, to make a wool lined skirt (white wool with bright pink lining). There was no stopping me after that. By junior high I was making most of my own garments, by high school I was also making my mom’s. I returned to quilt piecing in the 90’s, enjoying the creativity and beauty when little pieces of cloth are stitched together. I still custom sew for family and friends. However, garment making has taken a backseat to quilts in my sewing room. Sewing is my “Happy Place,” the place I go to escape.