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Newly retied after 32 years as a communications consultant, Pamela, a non-sewer other than buttons and hems, happened to watch an episode of “Simply Quilts” in 1999 and a new passion was born. She started with machine piecing but found it too frustrating and never finished that first quilt. A decision to try it by hand was the solution, and amazingly, this masterpiece is only Pamela’s second handmade quilt. Pamela loves bird-watching and other outdoor activities, and she studied field guides and photographs before making original drawings for the 24 birds. Using mostly large-scale printed commercial fabrics to achieve subtle shading effects, Pamela constructed each bird using needle-turn appliqué and then sewed the finished units to the background. Pamela’s favorite part of the process is hand quilting, and she spent over one thousand hours quilting this piece. Pamela is thrilled that FEATHERED BEAUTIES is a part of the permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum.