Personal: Pat Yamin loves to read, knit, and hang out in her kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies and trying out new recipes. Born in Michigan and currently living in New York, her quilting experiences have taken her to all of the Hawaiian Islands. Pat’s business, Come Quilt With Me, is a family run operation. It began in 1981 as a mail-order catalog for quilters, selling everything but fabric. In the late 1980’s Pat changed the focus of her business to manufacturing her own quilting products, starting with Pat’s Perfect Templates in 1991 and later adding her rotary cutting tools, Brooklyn Revolver.
How did you get started in quilting? When I moved from the Midwest to New York City in 1969 after I got married. At that time, I was working full time as a Vocational Counselor. I taught myself how to quilt since there were no quilting classes offered at that time, and only 2 or 3 quilting books were available.
Does anyone else in your family quilt? My paternal Grandmother was an avid hand piecer and hand quilter.
Where do you find inspiration for your quilting? I was a history major in college so the documentation of patterns and where they came from is very interesting to me. I LOVE all of the traditional quilting patterns. I own over 100 quilt tops, and antique quilts. I also have a very large collection of the original Kansas City Star newspaper patterns.
What is the one quilting tool you can’t live without? Mechanical pencils! I adore them and have several jars of them. I draw all of my quilting patterns on graph paper. I know; don’t laugh. I want to make sure of the sizes and the proportions. I am not a computer geek and this works very well for me.
Pat will also be teaching one class, #3021 Hand Piecing the Drunkard’s Path on Wednesday
What do you like best about teaching? The people I meet. There is always something new to learn. The classes that I offer and the students are the best. Traveling to different areas of the country I also see different kinds of fabric and everyone has really cool tools. I think quilters are ingenious in coming up with creative carriers for all of their “stuff.”
What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you have had while teaching? Years ago, I was demonstrating how to use a rotary cutter. I paused to explain the pattern and how we were going to next cut the strips. All of a sudden, the class began to giggle. While I had been talking, I was casually flipping the 28 mm rotary cutter in my hand and had shredded the entire front of my pants!!!! Those in the class are all still laughing about this today!
What is your best tip for quilters? Relax, have fun and don’t stress. Buy the best fabric you can afford and buy some extra as well. If you are thinking of borders down the road, buy at least 4 yards.
You can find Pat at: http://www.comequiltwithme.com