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Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:00

Powered by Janome: Pat Sloan

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498-powered-by-janome-pat-sloanShe's a former software engineer who became one of America's favorite quilters.

If you like to quilt, you may have heard of Pat Sloan. She designs beautiful fabric for Moda. She's published nearly two dozen books through Leisure Arts. She's created a number of thread kits for Aurifil. Her blog is one of the best quilting resources on the net. Oh yeah, and she's "The Voice of Quilting" as the host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.

We're proud that such a knowledgable and passionate quilter loves to create on her Horizon Memory Craft 12000.

Pat first learned to sew in her high school Home Ec class. She says, "I was in 9th grade and totally loved it! We also did cooking, and baking was my second favorite thing I learned that year!"

She was introduced to quilting as an adult. She says, "My friend and co-worker Gywn Powers decided that I needed to learn to quilt. She quilted and was sure I'd enjoy it.  So we went to the quilt shop and I signed up for the 12 weeks 'All by Hand' learn to quilt class. I was hooked after the first class, but quickly switched to my sewing machine."

You can read about Pat's 'first first quilt', which she made as a bed spread, in a two-part post on her blog. That was 15 years ago.

After she became proficient, Pat began teaching quilting classes. And then she decided to put her ideas into patterns. She now runs her own design business called Pat Sloan & Company located in Fairfax County, Virginia. She says, "I have found that I really enjoy designing patterns and seeing what other quilters do with my patterns."

Pat first discovered Janome when she was teaching on a cruise ship.  She says, "The Janome machines have beautiful stitching, great features, and are so solid!"

She does quilting and embroidery on her Memory Craft 12000 and takes her little Jem along when she's traveling.
Visit Pat Sloan's blog. See her selection of books. Look at her thread collection and latest fabrics. And tune in to her radio show.

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