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2018 Celebrating the Mimbres pattern

Welcome to classic traditional designs of the Mimbres people.  This pattern was inspired by preprinted Mimbres block designs I purchased about 20 years ago.  In 2017, I finally put them together in a quilt that won first place at the New Mexico State Fair in the professional category. 


In preparation for designing this wall hanging pattern, I studied the ancient Mimbres designs on line and in museums in New Mexico, simplifying these nine silhouettes for my pattern.  Using machine applique and paper-backed fusible web, the black silhouettes are fused to off-white blocks.  The splashes of color are my addition, as the Mimbres used very little color in their pottery.  The purist can forgo the colored fabric and use only black and white if desired.  Either way, enjoy!

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Southwest Deja vu 3 pattern is for sale on website

The newest addition to my quilt patterns, Southwest Deja vu 3, is available on this website and at Quilt’s Ole in Corrales, NM, Santa Fe Quilting, Taos Adobe Quilting, Ann Silva’s Bernina in Albuquerque, Bernina in Las Cruces, NM and Sew What’s New in Las Cruces, NM,  and El Paso, TX.  Like Deja vu #2 and Deja vu #3, it consists of seven quilt blocks.  They are the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces, a Pronghorn Antelope, El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM, the iconic Green Chile Cheese Burger, the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, a silver Navaho Squash Blossom necklace, and Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon.  The layout of #3’s blocks is different from the other two patterns, but the overall size remains the same at 18 3/4″ square.

All of the blocks are machine appliqued in the traditional manner.  Each block has a Full-Sized Diagram and reversed applique patterns for easy use and placement on the one or two-pieced foundation.  The finished wall hanging has a 1/2″ binding all around.  If you want a larger wall hanging, instructions on adding sashing and a border are included in the patter

The patterns sells for $12.00, and consists of 40 pages of instructions with diagrams, applique patterns, full-sized patterns and a quilting diagram in a 9″ x 12″ plastic bag.

Sure hope you like it!

Pam Wolf



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Chile Fix Pattern is completed and available on this web site!

I have completed my 2015 pattern which is called “Chile Fix.”  It is my first place mat pattern.  The pattern makes a six-chile rectangular placemat ( 13 1/2″ x 19″) for a square or rectangular table, and a five-chile wedge-shaped placemat (13 1/2″ x 18″) for a round table.  By extending the rectangular placemat, a table runner of any length may be made.

The Chiles adhere to a Foundation cloth with paper-backed fusible web.  Once the Chiles are fused to the Foundation, Stem Caps are fused over the Chile tops, and everything is applique stitched to the Foundation.  Once the Top, Batting and Backing are sandwich and sewn together around the outer edge of the applique stitch, the project is turned right side out, pressed, and quilted.

You may use any Chile colors desired.  I chose to use prints of bright red and green, as my original inspiration was of large baskets of glossy red and green chiles at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum outside Santa Fe.  They were glorious in the morning sun.

I have priced this pattern the same as my other two Table Series, at $9.50 each.  It is another way to get your daily “Chile Fix!”

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Chili Balloons Wall Hanging available

My new 2014 pattern is available on this web site and in quilt stores that carry Pam Wolf Designs. It is a wall hanging called Chili Balloons that finishes at approximately 15 1/2″ wide x 21″ long. It is inspired by the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which brings in thousands of visitors to our state every October.

It features five chile balloons, four from my imagination, and one which actually flies – the Chili Ristra. Of the other four, one is a traditionally shaped hot air balloon – the Chili Gathering – playing Splash and Dash in the river. SMOKIN hot is a green chili-shaped balloon that has flames coming off the chili. The Poblano Pals are two red poblano chilies that fly separately, but like to bum around together, side by side. The Embrace is two chili-shaped balloons, one red and one green, that are intertwined and fly as one balloon with one gondola.

The chili balloons fly in a blue sky above a river and mountains. A quilting diagram is in the pattern. To keep the wall hanging smallish, I skipped the border, opting for half inch binding to finish it off.

Paper-backed fusible web fuses the reversed appliques on a foundation of sky fabric. The appliques are then zigzagged or satin stitched around the edges. This is the easiest pattern I have designed, and one which I hope you will enjoy making. Like all my patterns, it celebrates something special to New Mexico, Hot Air Balloons.

The pattern retails for $8.00, and can be ordered on the Pattern portion of this web site.

Come Fly with Me!

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My 2013 Pattern – Quilter’s Valise

I have finished my new 2013 pattern which I am calling a Quilter’s Valise. Valise is an old fashioned French word for a piece of hand baggage. Use your favorite fabric collection to make this bag uniquely yours.

The Valise is medium-sized at 14″ x 14″ x 5″. It is built on an oval base, so it has no side seams, but it does have a front and a back. The three foundation pieces use duck cloth for body and strength. It has an “optional” recessed zipper closure, which I encourage you to include, using ONLY a Coats and Clark 22″ Closed Bottom SPORT zipper for the best success.

There are 10 compartments on the outside that are sized to fit a quilter’s tools. Six of these are pockets with flaps that have Hook and Loop Tape to secure them. The rest are pouches or slide-ins. Inside are three patch pockets. Nearly everything is lined, and the flaps have additional interfacing for body.

The back is a feature block, 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, surrounded with a 1″ border. You may use my Drunkard’s Path Block as specified in the pattern, or your own orphan block. My “option” for the back is to add more pockets instead of a feature block.

There is a 2-Pieced Band that runs around the top of the Valise with two Strap Handles.

Daryl Perry of Rio Rancho tested the pattern and made many suggestions for improvement. We agree that it
is a pattern for Intermediate and Advanced quilters. It helps if you have worked with zippers and pockets with flaps, and thick layers of fabric. I always use a lot of diagrams and detailed instructions to make the pattern as user-friendly as possible. Don’t expect a quickly made Valise. It will take a little time, but is well worth the effort.

The pattern sells for $10.00, is 27 pages packaged in a 6″ x 9″ plastic bag.

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USPS Overseas Shipping Rates Increased.

I was surprised by the recent increase in cost by the United States Postal Service for shipping packages overseas and to Canada. The prices increased by a third or so, which I find prohibitive for my pattern business. Who can afford to buy a $9.50 pattern plus pay $44 to have it shipped overseas? So it is with regret that Pam Wolf Designs will only sell within the USA as of now. If shipping prices come down, and/or I find another reliable, less expensive shipment method I can easily use with Pay Pal services, I will let you know.

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The Chili Rounder pattern is my best seller.

I got a new order yesterday, and the first item listed was the Chili Rounder pattern. It isn’t surprising. It has been my best selling pattern.

Sandra Eichenberg (owner of Quilts Ol`e in Corrales, New Mexico)and I were brainstorming pattern ideas at her shop one day when she said she would like to see chilies formed in a circle for a round table. I said, “You mean a Chili Rounder rather than a Chili Runner?” She said, “YES!”, and I ran with the idea.

I don’t know if it sells well because it is an interesting concept, or because there are three sizes in the pattern, or because it can be hung on a wall, or even cut for a Christmas Tree Skirt. Whatever the reason, it is my best seller, and I am forever grateful for Sandra’s inspired idea.

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The story behind my Holiday Chile Stockings pattern.

Long before there was a PWD, before the Chili Sampler quilt, even before I began quilting in earnest, I wanted Chili Stockings for our fireplace. The “Red, Green or Christmas” chile question had been instilled in this transplant to New Mexico, and I could easily see the traditional Christmas Stocking shape morphing into a Christmas Chile shape. But it just didn’t get done.

I bought Chile Ristas to hang on our house through the winter months, and had a Chile Wreath on the door much of the year. Finally, when the Chili Sampler pattern was completed and I was asked, “What’s next?,” the Chile Stocking design came into its own. It has been a very good selling pattern, with two chile shapes done in red and green. Some quilters hang them on the wall, and some have done placemats with the shapes. They are also nice for filling and placing under the tree if a fireplace isn’t available.

The winter holidays are coming. Do you need a little Chile Stocking in your agenda this year?

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Quilt shops carrying Pam Wolf Design patterns.

There are eight quilt shops that carry most of my patterns:

Taos Adobe Quilting -102 Teresina Lane -Taos, NM 87571 -575-751-3219
Santa Fe Quilting -3018 A Cielo Court -Santa Fe, NM 87507 -505-473-3747
Quilts Ole` -3923 Corrales Road -Corrales, NM 87048 -505-890-9416
Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Center -4520 Alexander Blvd.NE -Albuquerque, NM 87107-505-881-5253
Quilts from the Heart -417 Tramway NE -Albuquerque, NM 87123-505-292-8560
Bernina Sewing and Design Center -1601 E. Lohman -Las Cruces, NM 88001 -575-523-2000
Sew What’s New -3961 E. Lohman Suite 9 -Las Cruces, NM 88011 -575-524-1739
Sew What’s New -7410 Remcon Circle -El Paso, EX. 79912 -915-760-5300

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Welcome to my new WebSite!

This is a very exciting time, getting Pam Wolf Designs on the web. I am a designer of southwest quilt patterns, and have been in business since 2006. My home is Albuquerque, NM, where my husband and I have separate businesses out of our home. We have one son who lives in Albuquerque with his wife and baby daughter. I made my first quilt in 1965, and didn’t get back to it until 1994. In 2005, my quilt guild, Thimbleweeds in Rio Rancho, NM, encouraged me to sell a pattern I had designed and taught as a Block of the Month guild project – the Ivory Chili Sampler. A couple of ladies in the guild, Gloria Shapiro and Jeanne Hurt, made theirs with a black background, which was so beautiful I had to make an alternate pattern for it too – the Black Chili Sampler. From those beginnings, I have made a new pattern each year featuring red and green chilies so popular in Southwest cooking. This year I deviated, designing two patterns based upon the fabulous landmarks of New Mexico, and a few quirky sites regularly seen here. I sell my patterns mainly to quilt shops in New Mexico, but have wanted to make them available throughout the USA. Chilies are grown all over the world. I hope to reach more quilters with this web site.