My first quilt was made from a kit I purchased while on vacation.I didnít like traditional patterns but decided to give it a try when I saw the beautiful scenic picture from Pine Needles.I still wasnít quite sure about the process however.Cutting fabric pieces with scissors was really hard!My love of quilting began in earnest when a coworker took me on a lunchtime trip to a quilt fabric store.I signed up for the block-of-the-month at the shop and started taking quilt classes.
Since I was still working full-time at a biotechnology company, I had little time for quilting.I continued taking a class or two and began learning about the different quilt styles and methods.Stack N Whack was great fun and impressionist quilts were an early favorite.My fabric stash began to grow.
When job circumstances changed and I had the opportunity to retire early, I went to work part-time at a quilt store near my home.There I learned more about fabrics and tools and gathered experience making quilts for the shop.Teaching was part of the job and I found great enjoyment in sharing what Iíd learned.Seeing the creative process in my students was (and is) very exciting.
Since I am driven to continue learning and I like to keep busy, I started working at other quilt shops--teaching and making store samples.Making quilts on commission gave me the opportunity to try out techniques and styles that were outside my previous comfort zone.I have come to love quilts of all styles and colors.The variety in quilting is what keeps it interesting and challenging.
In the last few years, I have taken my love of quilting to the next level by starting my own quilt business, Pangor Quilt Design Studio.The business is named after my favorite Siamese cat,Pangor, who was always around when I was sewing and quilting.