MQU talks with quilter and contributor Pam Cobb.
Originally posted on April 24, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda
We caught up with Pam Cobb, whose quilt “Awkward Hug” is in Issue #23 of Modern Quilts Unlimited. You may know Pam from The Stitch TV Show, an online talk show about quilting on YouTube! Pam took a few minutes to chat with us about her quilting adventures.
Hi there, Pam! For those of us that don’t know you, when did you first learn to sew? When did you make your first quilt?
I learned to sew when I was 5, from my mother and grandmothers. Early on I made doll clothes and eventually I moved on to making truly hideous paisley-print cotton peg-legged pants in high school (in my defense, it was the 80’s!). I went on to make my very own, very poofy wedding dress, and then took up quilting after the wedding so I’d have something to talk to my quilting mother-in-law about before I gave her kids. It’s been almost twenty years making quilts and I haven’t looked back!
What is a technique that you have never tried that you would like to?
I’d love to try an apple core quilt, and continue to work on hand-applique. Sadly all my turned-edge applique efforts results in circles with corners. This really has me encouraging at least one of my kids to become a biologist so they can create on a hybrid berry with actual corners so my applique berries make sense.
What about the Modern aesthetic appeals to you?
I sometimes over-complicate or over-think my designs and fabric choices, and I really love the simplification of shape and color prevalent in modern quilts.
Awkward Hug, by Pam Cobb
What advice would you give to a beginner in quilting?
Don’t be afraid to try something new, and don’t listen too much to “rules”. The only quilt police that matter are the ones inside your own head, and even those talk nonsense a good bit of the time.
What kinds of fabrics are your favorite to work with?
I really love working with tonals and solids, both cotton and batik. I think goes back to a fear of pattern matching (those paisley pants did not go with much else in my wardrobe!). That being said, I do love a quirky print, even if I’m really only good at matching it with more sedate fabric friends.
What kind of projects are you working on next?
I’m working on a mix of personal quilt projects for Mother’s and Father’s Day, which I sadly can’t spoil because I’m pretty sure my mom will read this (hi, Mom!), and some new quilt patterns for my business The Stitch TV Show, including a modern block of the month program. I also bought some fashion fabric recently to dip my toe back into clothes-making, although none of it is paisley.
Thanks for talking with us, Pam! To see how to make this quilt, check out the latest issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited! To see more of Pam’s work online, and to watch episodes of The Stitch TV Show, check out her website at www.thestitchtvshow.com.