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Pamalama Jo Designs

More than 20 years ago I began quilting with a group of teacher friends here in San Antonio, Texas. As I grew as a quilter I began to break away from others' patterns and develop some of my own. Then seven years ago I designed an applique baby quilt for my first grandson, Jack. His mommy and daddy love nature, and so Jack's quilt was filled with forest animals. They'd recently moved back to Texas from northern California, so I added a black bear and (Redwood Forest) banana slug to his quilt. This was my first machine applique project, and I found it very challenging. But like all sewing and quilting skills, much practice equals much improvement. By two years later, when I modified the animal quilt for Jack's little sister Paige, I was much more confident with my machine applique and quilting. Paige's quilt featured some new designs: an armadillo, skunk, butterflies and a bluebonnet. Also to make this quilt more girly, besides adding flowers and butterflies, I finished it with a scalloped edge. Fast forward four more years to 2016. Jack and Paige were about to have a new baby brother, Jude. We decided to leave the forest behind, and I began designing an ocean animal quilt. This project is what really brought Pamalama Jo Designs to life. My daughter and I shopped at Mesquite Bean Fabrics in San Antonio. As the store manager helped with our color palette, she also encouraged me to publish my design. And so it began. My first pattern was "Ocean Friends" (published May, 2016). Then in November "Forest Friends: Hide & Seek!" came out. Both patterns are available at Mesquite Bean Fabrics in San Antonio and Scrappy Quilter in Schertz. They are also available online. Visit my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PamalamaJoDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu. In February, 2017 my website came to life. Come soon! www.pamalamajodesigns.com
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Pamalama Jo DesignsThursday, December 7th, 2017 at 2:37pm
My decorating is done. Ahhh. I love seeing all my treasured Christmas things again. Here's one of them: an angel I stitched together more than 35 years ago. She is always atop the tree. #trimmingthetree #angel #christmastree
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Pamalama Jo DesignsWednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 3:08pm
Stitching penny stacks. I'm using lovely two-ply wool thread, but cotton works too. The small circle is attached with a buttonhole stitch, then finished with a French knot or little "x" in the center. I've got about 36 stacks to make before I attach them to the wool tree skirt. #wool #penny #pennystack #pennyrug #treeskirt
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Pamalama Jo DesignsWednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 3:08pm
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Pamalama Jo DesignsThursday, November 23rd, 2017 at 8:11am
🍁Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. friends and family!🍁 It's my Day 46 of #100daysofhandquilting 🍁Stitching and feeling grateful.🍁#thanksgiving #bareroots #grateful
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Pamalama Jo DesignsSaturday, November 18th, 2017 at 7:35am
I now have 120 hexies and counting. 🔹#100hexies100days2017 is wrapping up. 🔹Thank you so much @sewfoxymama for this fun challenge!🔹I'm still undecided about combining and using them.🔹But in the meantime, I'll make some more!😜🔹#hexies #epp

 

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