International Quilt and Textile artist Pam Holland

Jul 24, 2018

Credit Pam Holland

The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts was held in Alamogordo Sunday and Monday.  Background provided by the festival: 

Since 2010 quilters from around the United States have been coming to Alamogordo, New Mexico to take part in a community event to benefit the children of Otero County.  The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts began as a cooperative effort between Rainee Mackewich of First National Bank and  Pam Holland, International textile artist, quilt teacher and photographer from Australia and has resulted in a week long flurry of quilting activities throughout the area every summer since. 

The first festival was held at the Otero County Fairgrounds where it continues today.  Holland’s only stipulation was for the proceeds to be donated to programs for children.  Pam’s request was not surprising as she and her husband Keith are the proud parents of 15 children; additionally they have fostered hundreds of kids including at risk and special needs children over the years.

Pam’s passion for quilting and the love for children was a natural combination.  This unity inspired other instructors to enlist, creating a love filled legacy bursting with color, imagination and creativity.  Sue Rasmussen, nationally known teacher, artist, lecturer and an equally giving heart, joined us in 2015, expanding the horizon of this growing event.  Sue, a resident of Southern California, is generously donating the proceeds from her classes to this worthy cause. 

Looking Forward to the Future

The 2019 Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts will mark our 10th Anniversary.  The event is scheduled for June 19th through the 22nd, 2019.  Please mark this special occasion on your calendar and make plans to join us.