Welcome to our blog series, Do You EQ Too? Each month, we will spotlight a different EQ user and their quilts! If you haven’t already, you can read our introduction post here.
This month we are spotlighting Pamela Pandolfi! Pam uses EQ8 to design custom quilts that utilize fabric, thread, paint, and ink to create beautiful pieces of art.
“As a part of a multi-generation family of crafters — and 19-year proprietor of an alterations/costume design business,” says Pam, “it wasn’t until participating in my first quilting retreat in 2007 that I recognized quilting as my passion and avenue of personal artistic creativity.
Although I do not hold an art degree, and never considered myself an artist until recently. In learning about quilting, I discovered that quilting has more to do with ‘trouble shooting’ than perfection as long as it looks good to the viewer (totally my opinion). Art also follows that same ‘perfection is in the eye of the viewer’. That imperfection is what draws me to art.”
With the help of the Tracing Image and Freehand Draw tools in EQ8, Pam developed her own process of creating quilts.
“I start with a photo or drawing and trace the color changes that I see on the photo. Usually I can see the pixels that change colors. Once I use EQ8 to trace my photo, I print it out to the size I want! That was one of the big draws for me to purchase EQ in the first place.”
“After taping all of the papers together, I trace the pattern onto freezer paper. Then I could cut out the pieces, iron them to the right side of the chosen fabric, cut, and glue the fabric piece in place.”
“I don’t try to cut out the little tiny pieces. I feel the fabric will fall apart and be just threads. I use paint and ink to create the tiny details. Sometimes, I use fabric just to “color-block” the piece and the details are done all in paint. One of my pieces (Papa’s Door), I skipped the freezer paper and traced the image directly onto one piece of fabric. The entire piece is painted and the quilted.”
See more of Pam’s beautiful quilts, including Papa’s Door, below!
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