Quilter Spotlight: Pam Rocco

Pam Rocco, whose work I have been admiring in numerous California quilt shows, came to Stitch Modern to teach a workshop “Quilting by the Seat of your Pants”. Enjoyed by all.

From Santa Cruz, she is the vice president  of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. Besides being a sought after teacher, she has had a monthly column, Words to Quilt By in the Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. Her improv style is easily recognizable with her use of bright, bold and ethnic fabrics.

Pam has been quilting for more than 40 years and received her formative training when she was in Appalachia with the Teacher Corps in 1969 and met women who inspired her to learn how to quilt.

Pam’s quilts have been heavily influenced by other cultures and she feels that her best work is often ad libbed – made up on the spur of the moment using whatever is at hand.  She sees quilting as a salvage art, incorporating both new and used materials to play with form and color. In her world, almost anything can be incorporated into a quilt once you learn how to see design possibilities everywhere you look.

Take a look at her work!

Pam Rocco with Darci Read at her workshop "Quilting by the Seat of Your Pants" at the 2016 Stitch Modern Exhibition at The Piedmont Center for the Arts

Pam Rocco with Darci Read at her workshop “Quilting by the Seat of Your Pants” at the 2016 Stitch Modern Exhibition at The Piedmont Center for the Arts

Metropolis by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin. 40"x62". 2015

Metropolis by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin. 40″x62″. 2015

Metropolis by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin. 40"x62". 2015

Metropolis by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin. 40″x62″. 2015

 Tumblebirds by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin 39" x 66". 2015

Tumblebirds by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin 39″ x 66″. 2015

 Tumblebirds by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin 39" x 66". 2015

Tumblebirds by Pam Rocco, quilted by Tami Levin 39″ x 66″. 2015

Circuit Board by Pamela Rocco, quilted by Louise Goodenough

Circuit Board by Pamela Rocco, quilted by Louise Goodenough

Circuit Board by Pamela Rocco, quilted by Louise Goodenough

Circuit Board by Pamela Rocco, quilted by Louise Goodenough

Tinnie Dell's Window by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Tinnie Dell’s Window by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin, inspired by a photo on p. 12 of Gee Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt

Tinnie Dell's Window by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Tinnie Dell’s Window by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin, inspired by a photo on p. 12 of Gee Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt

Cursive by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Cursive by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Cursive by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Cursive by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Hatchet by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Hatchet by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Hatchet by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Hatchet by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Striped Amish by Pamela Rocco

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, CA. Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco, Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, CA. Quilted by Susan Spencer.

Mosaic by Pamela Rocco, Quilted by Susan Spencer.

One-Corner Log Cabin by Pamela Rocco

One-Corner Log Cabin by Pamela Rocco

One-Corner Log Cabin by Pamela Rocco

One-Corner Log Cabin by Pamela Rocco

My Way by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, California. Quilted by Susan Spencer, Scotts Valley, California.

My Way by Pamela Rocco, Quilted by Susan Spencer

My Way by Pamela Rocco. Santa Cruz, California. Quilted by Susan Spencer, Scotts Valley, California.

My Way by Pamela Rocco, Quilted by Susan Spencer

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

Deconstruction by Pam Rocco, quilted by Karen Foster

House Plan by Pam Rocco

House Plan by Pam Rocco

House Plan by Pam Rocco

House Plan by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Basket Weave by Pam Rocco

Bakuba Cloth by Pam Rocco

Bakuba Cloth by Pam Rocco

A Handful of Scraps by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

A Handful of Scraps by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

A Handful of Scraps by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

A Handful of Scraps by Pam Rocco, quilted by Linda Barbin

7 thoughts on “Quilter Spotlight: Pam Rocco

  1. Thank you for sharing these. Pam Rocco is one of my favorite quilters! I think she is under-appreciated–I always learn something from her when I read one of her articles, and I am motivated to begin something new of my own, every time.

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