Introducing a New Editor: Paula Stoddard

Quiltmaker is pleased to introduce its newest staff member, Paula Stoddard.

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QM's newest Associate Editor, Paula Stoddard

We discovered Paula at a local quilt guild meeting and quickly determined she’d be a good fit for QM. Paula is one of our Associate Editors. I asked her a few questions recently.

Please tell us about your background in sewing, quilting and creativity:

I started quilting when I was pregnant with my youngest child, about 17 years ago. I took a few classes and quickly discovered that I liked making traditional quilts. Eventually I started tweaking patterns to fit my style.

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Paula's quilt pattern on a Connecting Threads cover

I went to work for the Connecting Threads retail store, which led to longarm quilting, then designing. I started designing for real, and settled in with publishing quilt patterns and books for my own company, Pacific Patchwork. It was the perfect job for me while I was raising my family.

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Paula's children some years back

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Paula's kids more recently

What are some of your favorite fibers?

I’ve tried lots of different fibers – beads, bling, painting, etc., but I keep coming back to cottons, flannels and wool. I like adding buttons and beads to my quilts, but making artsy quilts is just not my thing—although I love looking at them. I just like warm and cozy quilts you can put on beds and snuggle under. I am addicted to embroidery floss.

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Paula's stash of embroidery floss in various fibers

Here’s my block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. I used cottons but it could easily be interpreted with wool applique.

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Paula's block, "Flowers for Ewe," from QM's 100 Blocks Volume 2

How did your love affair with wool begin?

I had a friend who designed with wool and I fell in love with it. She is a big believer in all wool quilts—appliqueing wool on wool. But I found out that those quilts are really heavy and really expensive to make!

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"Seasons" is a free pattern at Pacific Patchwork

So I started playing around with wool applique on flannel and cotton, and found I just love it.

The whimsy and fun that wool can add to a quilt is awesome. Wool colors and textures are just yummy, and I find a way to add wool to most of my quilts.

Describe your design process:

Sometimes I see something that sparks my interest—a picture, a tile floor, an interesting shape or image in a magazine, and I start doodling on the computer—I can’t draw with a pencil at all!  But, the start of most of my quilts comes from a quilt block that I find that I want to play with.

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"Love is..." is a free pattern at Pacific Patchwork.

It’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but my favorite bedtime reading material is block books. I think I have every block book that was ever written and they are all in a pile by my bed. I fall asleep thinking about blocks, how I can tweak them, turn them, stretch them, and add something with them to make a quilt. Often by the time I wake up in the morning I have an idea that I can start playing with.

What was the best idea you ever had?

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Probably my “Here a Sheep, There a Sheep” quilt. It’s my best seller by far, and I still get emails and comments about it at quilt shows. And it’s my favorite quilt too. It started my whole “sheep thing.”

Any thoughts about going to work for Quiltmaker?

I am really excited to work for Quiltmaker. It’s like a dream job. I love the people that I work with, and the projects that we are working on, but most of all I love learning something new every day. I feel really lucky.

I understand you have some pets you’re really crazy about.

Yes I do! I have two Boston terriers. Oreo is 11 and he is the grumpy grandpa. Sami is 3 and he wants nothing more than to play with the grumpy grandpa.

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I’m totally gaga over them. They are great snugglers and are happiest when they are each laying on either side of me under a quilt. They are so cute I can hardly stand it and I LOVE THEM.

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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8 Responses to Introducing a New Editor: Paula Stoddard

  1. Eileen says:

    Helene, I assume you have found the correct page for Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly. If not, look under the Magazines tab/Past Issues and click on May/June ’11. Scroll down the page to Freebies Other and click on the picture of the quilt. If you are having trouble downloading the pdf file, please make sure you have the free adobe reader installed by going to adobe.com and clicking on “Get Adobe Reader.” If this does not solve the problem for you please send an email to webmaster@creativecraftsgroup.com with details about the computer and browser you are using. We have been able to download the pdf without any problems..

  2. Helene says:

    I can not seem to pull up the pattern called “Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly” in the May June 2011 Magazine of “Quiltermaker.” Can you advise?

    Helene Scaccetti

  3. SuzK says:

    Paula Stoddard is the best-I’m so glad you have her on your staff now! I’m currently getting her ABC project by mail/online, have almost finished my Seasons quilt and have started my Sheep quilt. Her patterns are wonderful and she’s extremely generous with her talents!

  4. SewLindaAnn says:

    Nice to meet you Paula. I’ve been to your site before and ogled your sheep pattern. It’s fabulous!

  5. Maria says:

    I follow her blog and LOVE it! So glad she joined Quiltmaker. Congratulations Paula and Quiltmaker – seems like a perfect match!

  6. Julie says:

    welcome to the team paula!

  7. I visit Paula’s blog. :-) How cool that she is now an associate editor! Congrat’s Paula!

  8. Jocelyn says:

    How exciting to meet Paula. I will be making a visit over to Pacific Patchwork.

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