Monday, October 30, 2017

2017 Quilter #46: Pamela Morgan, Sweet Little Stitches

Hello there, quilty friends!

I'm so excited to be here and to share a week of my life with you! I'm Pamela Morgan, and I run a lovely home-based business called Sweet Little Stitches.


I live in Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. I have a background in photography and art, and I originally started this business selling small quilts to be used as photography props after seeing antique hexie quilts (EEK!) being cut and stuffed in baskets as props. I had always intended on having a business that revolved around quilting, and even in my art school days, I had big dreams of designing modern quilting fabric. However, a scholarship that awarded me my first DSLR and a desire to have beautifully photographed memories left me bit by the photography bug, and so I pursued that career for several years.

Making quilts as props ended up being an epic failure, as the trend in newborn photography is naked babies, and well...I was creating heirloom quality quilts that were being used as baby poop catchers! Even though I failed at selling props, it left me aware that I was able to draft my own patterns and bring them to life. So after a cross-country move (related to my husband's career change), I turned toward selling my own patterns.

My love for sewing began as a young girl, and one of my first Christmas memories is receiving my own sewing machine and creating my own doll clothes. I got married the summer after my freshman year of college, promptly got pregnant, and needed a creative outlet. I discovered quilting and was instantly hooked. My first attempts were absolutely horrible, but I didn't let it hold me back. I was also determined to learn to machine quilt these horribly constructed first attempts, and wore out the bobbin cases in multiple cheap sewing machines before I finally was able to purchase a machine capable of withstanding my desire for free-motion quilting. Fifteen years later, my love for quilting hasn't waned, and I'm so fortunate as to have an in-home studio, complete with an APQS Millennium longarm, where I custom quilt mine and others' quilts. In the coming weeks, I actually plan on adding a second computerized longarm to my arsenal to allow me to take on more customer quilts, while still leaving me time to design. In short, I pretty much spend my days in a caffeine-fueled frenzy (I am a Diet Dew addict!!!), working on all things quilt related.

When I'm not occupied with quilty things, I'm busy playing chauffeur to four crazy kiddos (ages 13 to 4), and wife to one hot hunk of man meat. They're my whole world. I'm also a sucker for furry things, and so I'm the proud mom of four fur babies as well (3 cats and 1 dog).




My quilting style falls somewhere in between modern and traditional. I love antiques and vintage, so I initially started quilting with 1800's repros, but the artist in me quickly grew tired of everything being brown. My current quilts are awash with color and texture, and tend to include a variety of substrates and techniques.

If I had to choose a favorite quilt, it would be my Bee-utiful Quilt, which was a quilt along I designed for Moda Bake Shop (free pattern series can be found here).




When I'm not here at 52 Quilters, my happenings can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and the Blogosphere. Until next time, 

Happy Stitching!




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