Pam Bono lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband and partner, Robert. The Bonos have two grown sons who are married.
Pam was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she began her career as a graphic artist in the late 60's, working as production manager for advertising agencies. During her spare time, she began designing crafts. As the advertising agency world was not appealing, Pam began her career as a craft and quilt designer in 1978, opening her own business called "Flying Fingers." The kits and patterns produced by her company were in every major chain store in the U.S.A.
In 1981 her "Transportation Quilt" design made the cover of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and over 200,000 patterns were sold. Pam continued to do exclusive designs for the magazine and Craft & Book Club for 17 years.
In 1984 the Bono family vacationed in Durango, Colorado. As Pam's ancestors were part of local history and development in the late 1800's, her ties to the small town were significant, although she had never seen it. The family fell in love with Durango and moved there in 1985, opening Pam Bono Designs. Pam had gained popularity as a quilt designer with her appliqué designs. In 1994 the companies first book was published by Oxmoor House/Leisure Arts. The quilts in the first book were entirely pieced, and it opened up an entire new world for the Bono's, as Pam's husband Robert designed the cover quilt with his wife. Because of the books success, a second book followed. Both books have been combined by Oxmoor House. The 50 project book is titled "The Big Book Of Rotary Cutter Quilts", and is now out of print.
As the Bono's "quick piecing" techniques developed, Robert invented a tool called "The Angler™". It eliminates the need to draw or press diagonal seam guidelines, and is used by millions of quilters internationally. A third book and CD was produced in conjunction with The June Tailor Company, and a fourth with Husqvarna/Viking which integrated Pam's beautiful embroidery designs for Viking with the Bono's quilt designs.
With the knowledge that thousands of quilters had a desire to make Baltimore Album quilts, but did not have the time to do the tedious hand appliqué required, Pam designed two "quick pieced" Baltimore Album quilts as a Block-Of-The-Month project. The popularity of this imaginative pattern series was followed by another "quick pieced" pattern series shortly after 9/11 called "Out Of The Darkness, A New Beginning."
Pam Bono Designs has produced ten books for Leisure Arts, adding a new way to quick piece an old technique in their book titled "Rectrangles." With her graphic arts background, Pam produces all of the books and patterns, and the Bono's style their well known photography with photographer, Chris Marona.
The Bono's developed a new website with designer Judson Nichols two years ago. Their patterns are predominently downloads which saves quilters high printing costs and shipping. Although the website is targeted towards members who enjoy hundreds of free patterns and instructional videos, non members are encouraged to purchase their work in the website Store.
Pam and Robert offer occasional workshops and lectures that are specifically designed to teach the Bono's innovative techniques, and sharpen machine piecing skills.
For more information call toll free in the U.S. or Canada: 1-(877) 534-3143.