This post is like a matching handbag and shoes when you get dressed. It adds a final polish. This post adds a final polish to the StitchTV Pattern Launch Extravaganza being held at the Red Hen in Georgia.
It is a little too far for me to pop in in person, so I interviewed Pam and Lynn the brains and brawn behind the StitchTV Show and am bringing that interview to you. Check out their new patterns on their site.
1. How did you meet?
- Lynn: We met at the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild. I attended a couple of meetings and the board tackled me and asked me to be on the board. I said yes because I am still learning how to say “no” to people. The only ones I am good at saying no to are my dogs and only because they don’t have reasonable arguments.
- Pam: We met through the Atlanta Modern Quilters Guild. My first memory of Lynn is when she won one of the prizes in a quilt challenge, an I thought, “Who is this new person that swept in and won a prize and I’ve never met her?” I was a little taken aback, frankly, and then as we got to know each other through sew-ins and other events, I remember thinking that she was so nice that I would probably be a bad influence on her and I should watch my language more. And then we started carpooling to meetings and we’ve been buddies every since (despite my occasional bad language)!
2. If you won a $500 million lottery, what would you do that would surprise people?
- Lynn: I would go to Art School or, for that matter, buy an Art School. I was kicked out of Art Class in High School because they needed people in the Band. So apparently playing the flute was more important in my later life than drawing. Who knew?
- Pam: I am very boring (ed. note: nobody thinks this except Pam herself, IMO) and would do things like pay off my house and get a car that’s less than 3 years old. To no one’s surprise, I would also donate a chunk to the cat shelter I regularly volunteer for. Then I’d put together a business plan to open a quilt retreat center so I could teach without traveling, but talk to Lynn first and make sure I wasn’t talking crazy.
3. What strength(s) do you bring to your business?
- Lynn: None. Pam does everything well! I just mostly laugh with her, not at her. I would never do that. 🙂 Oh and I am married to the tech department so that helps. Honestly I think that I bring creativity to the partnership that complements her creativity. We are so opposite in so many ways but it works. I couldn’t ask for a greater friend or partner in this adventure.
- Pam: I’m a giant nerd and don’t mind doing business “stuff”, although I still have a lot to learn. As a trained engineer, I’m very process focused, so I’m all about streamlining things and making them run smooth and nailing down details. As a trained marketing person, I like to think I’m pretty good at creative promotion and stringing words together. As a quilter who’s been sewing since she was 5, I know how to put fabric together, quickly, so I’m good at making samples.
4. If you woke up tomorrow with a superpower, what would it be?
- Lynn: Time travel. It totally fascinates me! The thought of traveling to historical events or experiences would be so cool. My “fly on the wall” dream would be to be “in the room where it happens” on so much history that affected the world and our culture. Which is why both my obsessions right now are “Outlander” and “Hamilton” 🙂
- Pam: In an ideal world, it would be the ability to spot cat vomit in the dark before stepping on it. (ed. note: gross, but useful)
5. What is your dream for the business?
- Lynn: Pinky: What are we going to do today?Brain: The same thing we do everyday, Pinky. Try and take over the world.That pretty much sums it up.
- Pam: I’d love to grow our business to a point where we can set a teaching schedule to travel once a month, and invite groups in to our own retreat center to teach there. I’m eagerly anticipating the time when Lynn and I collaborate on show quilts, too, which may happen sooner than that whole capital-investment-in-real-estate thing that a retreat center requires.
6. Describe your perfect home. Number of bedrooms? Chef managing the kitchen? Separate pet apartments?
- Lynn: OH! I am a home body. Huge house on the waterfront. Beach or secluded lake, I love the water. At least 5 bedrooms. Not that we need 5 bedrooms but people will want to come visit and I would love to have the space. Also large entertainment areas for people and an amazing chef’s kitchen. I do love to cook and enjoy cooking for big parties. Pam makes fun of me but I do make new table cloths and napkins for parties to go with the theme. I have been known to do that the night before the party. 🙂 Cloth napkins are important to me, I love them. Especially if they are embroidered. 🙂 Oh and I need a pool with a swim lane to do laps.
- Pam: Ranch style with 4 bedrooms (so I’ve actually got a guest room) and a daylight basement for a sewing room. I actually like cooking, so no chef for me, but definitely want a maid! We’d also need a shop out back for my husband and son so they can tinker on go-karts, airplanes, and whatever else their little hearts desire.
7. Describe your perfect studio and let readers know if your perfect home would be attached to your perfect studio.
- Lynn: Studio will be in the house, that way I don’t have to leave. 🙂 I currently have most of our basement as the studio but I would like a much bigger space. I would like all the sewing machines in one room and would love to have additional space to setup our filming studio where it isn’t so crammed. I also need a chill space where I can curl up and read or watch a good movie.
- Pam:I would absolutely want my studio attached to my perfect home since I hate driving. Too many years of horrible Atlanta commuting traffic ruined car travel for me, so I’d love to live in a place where I could walk or bike most places I need to go.In terms of equipment, I’d go for a regular domestic machine and a sit-down mid/long-arm. I’d like to have my fabric storage be behind glass to cut down on the cat hair, a 4’x8′ cutting table I could walk all the way around, and actually room for a design wall.
8. If you could photograph a quilt you made anywhere in the world, where would it be and what quilt would it be?
The photo above depicts Lynn’s first two Salukis, Bailey and Boaz. It is a mosaic raw edge fused technique.
- Lynn: I have done several of quilts that represent my dogs. Salukis they [sic] are the royal dog of Egypt. I would love to have them displayed around relics of ancient Egypt. It would be amazing to see my love for this breed and the passion of quilts to be together in one photo.
Pam: I would take my Droid quilt to Skywalker Ranch with the 501st Stormtrooper legion and have a field day.
9. What is your dream project? Are you working towards it now?
- Lynn: One of our dream projects is to work full time in the quilting industry and get to work with fabrics, quilts and the quilting people that we love. We both enjoy teaching and giving lectures at guilds. As we release the new pattern line for The Stitch TV Show, I think that we share our love for this art form as well as a love for the community of quilters. I think that The Stitch TV Show is really designed to share community with other quilters.
- Pam: I’m not sure; there are “some day” quilts I’m planning in my head, but not sure I’d call them “dream projects”. I’d love to explore wholecloth quilting more, and have the patience to do more with intricate applique. I’d also love it if my applique circles didn’t have corners.
10. Tell us about your favorite quilt? Did you make it? Do you still have it?
- Lynn: I don’t know that I have a favorite. I love so many. I have the same issue with what is my favorite movie question. My favorite, quilt that I have made is Open Doors. I still own it and it hangs in my house.
- Pam: Hmm. That’s a bit like choosing your favorite child. Not to say I haven’t picked a favorite (quilt or child) but it feels disloyal to call it out. My favorite types of quilts are controlled scrappy ones.
11. Anything else you want to tell my readers?
- Lynn: My husband is flippin’ awesome. (he wanted everyone to know)
- Pam: The hole in a wooden spoon in the kitchen is supposed to measure one serving of spaghetti, but I’ll be darned if I can ever make spaghetti where I don’t have either three times more than I need, or one serving short. Maybe it’s a character flaw, or maybe I need to rethink that personal chef in the dream house!