Pat N.


My family moved 6 times before settling down in Audubon, N.J. when I was 10. This was when I became aware of textiles and I learned how to sew my own clothes. After high school, I went to nursing school and became an R.N. I worked in an Intensive/Coronary Care unit and then in two Cardiac Catheterization Labs as Head Nurse. After getting married, I bought my first sewing machine and renewed my love for sewing. We would move 7 times, have two children. Each place we lived I took advantage of sewing classes: clothing, tailoring, pattern making and quilting. The best thing I ever did for myself was to buy a Bernina in 1977 and take every sewing class they offered. This gave me a very solid base in sewing that has served me well over the years. Germany was the only place we moved I didn’t take classes. The life experiences I got living in Europe for 4 years created a sewing career that led me to winning top prizes in the big national quilt shows for my wearable art and writing 2 books with Martingale. Our last move was to CA after my husband retired. I gradually lost my creativity. I don’t know if it was having someone around all the time or switching from wearable to art quilts. Thanks to this class, I am creating in my head, sketching quilts and putting fabrics together for a quilt. Hopefully, to start sewing this week. Yes!


I like to sketch out my ideas and work from them, usually without patterns. I like to piece my backgrounds and then applique the subject details with a lot of thread embellishment, using free motion embroidery, bobbin embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, couching, built in stitches with more than one color thread and 3D effects. Dense fee motion quilting finishes the quilt.


My passion is in the details of a quilt. I like to bring it to life with decorative embellishments. For example, using the ribbon embroidery technique to add flowers to a quilt; fringing as an applique finish (use the tailor tack foot and the zig-zag stitch); thread lace to make butterflies or dragonflies; the triple stitch with 12 weight thread to outline seams or applique; built in stitches to secure applique; bobbin embroidery to create tree trunks and branches with the whip stitch using two colors of thread and then using the spark stitch to create the leaves with 2 colors of thread.