Pamela describes this evolving series of "blankets" as the
quilts she has always wanted to make. Her first interests in quilts
were the bold geometric traditional Amish quilts which were so suggestive
of some modern painting. In her earliest work Pamela was attempting
to meld the strong graphic qualities of modern painting with the rich
texture of the Amish quilts. However, the time constraints of hand
quilting did not allow for the studio production of bed size quilts
and Pamela developed another style of working on a traditional sewing
machine which allowed her to create a rich texture utilizing a unique
After thirty years of making quilts professionally, Pamela began to explore the possibilities of creating that long desired densely textured work with the relatively new technology of the longarm quilting machine.
After Pamela designs and constructs the quilt top, she meets with the longarm quilter and they discuss the intent of the piece in great depth.
Sample drawings are often made on a piece of mylar stretched over the quilt top. When a schematic drawing of the entire piece is finally achieved, the actual quilting is executed.
As mathematically precise as the quilt top is, Pamela constructs the
backing with an improvisational random piecing method. When the quilt
is completed there is the very deliberate quilt top and the unanticipated
back which is veritably a piece in its own right consisting of the
random piecing and, now, what appears to be random quilting.
La Coperta is always one of a kind. The top and back are constructed
usually of all silk. An all cotton version is also available The
fill can be either pure wool or Polarguard 3D. The quilt is completely
reversible and, as always, signed and dated. Most are completely
Each quilt is custom made to meet the design and color needs of the
client. Price is determined by size. There is a $750.00 design fee
plus $48.00 per square foot.
La Coperta is currently available only through the artist and Guild.com