Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Get to know the QQQ's - Pamela of Quilty Pleasures Craft

I'm Pamela Drummond from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where I am a law clerk by day and an avid crafter by night!. 

My career actually played a role in the naming of my crafting business - Quilty Pleasures Craft Company.  When I decided to make a career change into the legal profession, I had to attend college for two years on a full-time basis and one of the prerequisites for admission was typing at a minimum of 30 words per minute.  Well, I did not know how to type at all so, off to an evening class I went.  As I was learning, I had a terrible time with the letters "G" and "Q".  Whenever I had to type "guilty", it would come out as "quilty".  And hence, Quilty Pleasures was born!

I come from a long line of crafters, and was taught by the women in my family how to do basic knitting, needlepoint and embroidery when I was about six years old.  As time went on, I expanded my interests into sewing and quilting.  I was never super-great at sewing clothes, but quilting became a real passion.  I particularly enjoy selecting fabric and finding unusual or eye catching colour and pattern combinations. And as most quilters will agree, you can never have enough fabric!  My resolution this year is to try and use up some of the fabric I already have, and complete some of the projects I have been wanting to make for awhile. 

Since I am self-taught with respect to quilting, I have travelled the long road of trial and error.  When I look back at some of my earlier projects, I am pleasantly surprized at how much my technique has improved.  I recently took out a UFO that I have had sitting around for well over ten years.  It was a small project of placemats with mitered corners, and I thought I would quickly finish them up for my shop.  Well, lets just say that didn't happen!  I didn't own a rotary cutter when I started the project so many years ago, so not one piece of fabric was straight! And the pieces that were completed where misaligned and crooked. I salvaged what fabric I could and put it back into my stash with a smile on my face.

On a personal note, I have been married for almost 24 years, and have one daughter who is an adult herself (she is 32 - how did that happen?). She is a registered nurse and just completed a specialized masters degree.  Now that she has some free time, she has expressed an interest in learning to craft but hasn't decided what she would like to try yet.  Regardless, I am sure that the artistic trait that runs in my family has made its way to her.  I also have two beautiful dogs - Copper and Mabel.  Copper is a red-bone coonhound and Mabel is a Great Dane. Mabel likes to "help" when I take product shots, so I have to be extra careful when I package up my product for shipping that all of the dog hair is removed!

My other passion in life is my garden.  My husband and I own a pre-confederation farmhouse in the country on a half-acre property.  Every year, I expand the garden and make some sort of new feature.  This year, I plan to cover up our above-ground concrete cylinder well (a real eyesore) and plant some garden beds along our new fence line.  Oh - and make some throw pillows for my garden bench from some very special fabric from the Netherlands that was gifted to me by my Dad on my last birthday.

I truly wish that there were more hours in the day.  I have a full-time job that I love, a small hobby-business that I love, a family that I love, and a half-acre garden that I love!  My biggest challenge with respect to my Etsy shop has been getting seasonal product completed and listed in the right time frame, but my shop is still fairly new so I am sure I will figure out the right production schedule as time goes by.  My shop has given me a huge sense of accomplishment and achievement, and I am always so grateful when I custom-make something and my customer appreciates it. 


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  1. Nice to get to know you, Pamela! Love the puppies :)

  2. Great to get to know you better Pamela, looks like a lovely relaxing garden, that seat would make a fabulous prop for your lap quilts!

  3. You have great things going on in your life, Pamela- family, gardening, and quilting! Good to get to know you better.

  4. Beautiful work! (and pups and garden!) Lovely to meet you :)

  5. Beautiful quilt. Pets are always good at 'helping'. :) That looks like a relaxing corner of your garden. Lovely place.