Quilter Spotlight: Pat Sloan

pat sloan winner Pat is a “Jill” of all trades when it comes to quilting – not only does she have a passion for quilting, she is also a pattern designer, fabric designer, author, and podcast show host! Not to mention the owner of the popular quilting blog, PatSloan.com.

She was nominated as a top blogger in National Quilter Circle’s 2015 Blogger Awards competition, and won in the category of Best Traditional Quilting Blog. We wanted to get to know Pat a bit more and learn what fuels her quilting passion. Read on!

National Quilters Circle: How long have you been blogging?
Pat Sloan: I started writing online journals on my website, then created my blog in 2005.

NQC: Do you have any other blogs?
PS: Off and on I have written others. Right now my podcast has its own site so you can see who I’ve interviewed: www.creativetalknetwork.com.

01-96 B1284_Finals.indd NQC: What do you do when you’re not quilting?
PS: When I’m not working I love to travel and do a bit of gardening.

NQC: When did you start quilting, and who taught you how to quilt?
PS: I took a Learn to Quilt class in 1992, but I have been sewing doll clothes and then my own clothing ever since I was a kid.

Check out Pat’s post to learn the story of her first quilt, including the big blue patch!

Check out Pat’s post to learn the story of her first quilt, including the big blue patch!

NQC: What was your first ever quilt project?
PS: I have a whole post about it!

birthday quilt NQC: What are you currently working on?
PS: For myself, I’m working on a challenge and my Birthday Block quilt. For work I’m designing quilts for three major projects this summer – about 20 total quilt projects.

times rememberedNQC: What quilt project have you been most proud of?
PS: I think my Times Remembered, which is my own personal Baltimore Album quilt.

pat's studio NQC: What’s your sewing room like?
PS: My studio is the small family room that came with the house. It has a vaulted ceiling, sliding door to the deck, a fireplace (not used), and a counter to the kitchen. It’s small but I keep it tidy.

NQC: What kind of sewing machine(s) do you use?
PS: A Babylock Crescendo

vines and leaves NQC: Describe your dream sewing room/quilting space.
PS: Well it would be MUCH bigger! I would have a place to sit and stitch, a space for all my machines to be up, a display area for finished quilts, and all my working items would be in the room.

NQC: What’s a new technique or trick you learned recently?
PS: I tried a new specialty ruler and liked it. Rulers made for a specific purpose can really improve your enjoyment of doing a technique.

teach me to applique NQC: What’s your best tip for quilters?
PS: Learn to do fusible applique. The freedom to create shapes will astound you! My newest book, Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Applique: Fusible Applique That’s Soft and Simple, teaches you how.

NQC: What would you say to someone who’s just getting started in quilting?
PS: Try things and never be afraid to make a mistake. You aren’t learning if you’ve not made a mistake!

NQC: Do you belong to any quilting groups, circles, associations, etc.?
PS: I belong to a chapter of my very large local guild. I also am a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, and in the past was a board member of IQA (International Quilt Association).

01-96 B1284_Finals.indd NQC: Do you have a favorite quilting shop or website?
PS: Usually my “new” favorite is the last one I visited!

NQC: Do you have a favorite pattern designer?
PS: Being a full time designer myself I appreciate so many of the great pattern designers out there!

NQC: Do you have a favorite fabric designer?
PS: I’m also a fabric designer, so my favorites are my fellow designers at Moda!

NQC: Whose quilting are you in love with right now?
PS: I love the longarm quilters that quilt my pieces – they add that extra layer of beauty that I really appreciate.

Want to hear more from Pat? Make sure to check out PatSloan.com to stay up to date with her quilting adventures.

Happy quilting!

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2 Responses to “Quilter Spotlight: Pat Sloan”

  1. Marie

    Pat is a wonderful teacher. If you have the opportunity to take a class do it! Even if her quilts aren’t your style you will learn a lot! Even “seasoned” quilters can learn from Pat! ❤️

  2. darlsc

    Pat does so much for the quilting community in cyberspace. She hosts quilt- a- longs, I joined the Secret Garden QAL. She is very interesting to listen to, and I am glad she does what she does best for my benefit here in Cyber Space!