Mesa Quilter, Pam Snow, was recently selected to be a member of Quiltmaker Magazine’s 2015 Scrap Squad. The Scrap Squad is composed of 6 quilters from the U.S. and Canada who make a scrappy version of one pattern from each new issue of Quiltmaker. Her first quilt “@ the circus” was featured on Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures, in March.
Pam grew up in Kentucky where she learned to sew at an early age. She participated in 4-H and won a Blue Ribbon on her first apron. Pam majored in Home Economics Education at Northern Arizona University. She is a retired Family and Consumer Sciences teacher/administrator.
Pam comes from a long line of quilters but didn’t get the quilting bug until the early 1970’s while living and teaching in Page, Arizona. She purchased a McCall’s Quilting magazine and jumped in! The first quilt was a diamond shaped wallhanging made completely by hand from small hexagons.
Pam dabbled in quilting through the 1980’s. In 1990 she entered her first quilt in the Arizona State Fair. Much to her surprise, she won a Blue Ribbon. The quilt was completely stitched and quilted by hand.
Pam retired from the classroom in 2000 and her quilting journey began anew. It didn’t take her long to realize that not all quilts had to be hand quilted! She took classes from local quilt educators and experimented with free motion machine quilting.
Her part-time position as Mesa’s Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist exposed her to the world of machine embroidery. She quickly figured out that she could combine her love of quilting and machine embroidery. Pam entered her first AQG Show last March. Her quilt, “Country Cottage”, won Honorable Mention. She is a member of two quilt guilds – Cholla and Mavericks. She recently purchased a longarm machine and is anxious to begin another chapter of her quilting journey.
Pam doesn’t have a favorite quilt style but does favor bright colors. One of her favorite quilts is the t-shirt quilt she made for her son, John. This was one of Pam’s first free motion quilts.
In 2005, Pam retired and she and her hubby purchased a vacation home in Kentucky. Pam visits the local quilt guild and has made many “quilting friends” there. She taught a few classes at the local quilt shop prior to its closing during the economic downturn.
Pam’s love of fabric doesn’t stop with quilting. In 2007 she entered the digital world. She participates in Fabric Altered Arts Swaps and maintains a blog Http://treasures-n-textures.blogspot.com. Her blogging has recently taken a “back seat” to her quilting but she does do an occasional post. Her articles have appeared in Designs with Machine Embroidery, Altered Couture, and Belle Armoire magazines.
Pam states, “One thing I’ve learned along my quilting journey is to take risks. Don’t be afraid to enter a quilt show, submit articles to national publications, or complete an application to be a member of Scrap Squad or other similar teams. Get outside your box or comfort zone. Explore opportunities that interest you. You’ll be glad you did.”
Pam Snow Gallery