Pat Bravo

Location: Miami, FL

Hobbies: Besides quilting and sewing... reading, spending time with my family, watching historical documentaries.

Favorite Type of Sewing: My favorite sewing projects are… all of them! I love to sew everything that makes my life look more beautiful, like quilts, pillows, home accessories, handbags, and of course clothing!

For me a sewing machine is everything! My passion for sewing began at the age of 9, when I sat at my mother's sewing machine for the first time. At 13, I joined a sewing school in my native Buenos Aires, learning everything about fabrics, dressmaking, and patterns. When it was time to go to college, I decided to study law and sew on the side, but soon realized that this was not my dream. In 1989, my life changed radically when I moved with my husband to the United States and I became pregnant with my son, Alex. Everything was completely new for me: The people, the culture, the food. Then I got my first sewing machine and I fell in love with quilting. After learning all I could about traditional quilting I began stitching art quilts - first landscapes, then more abstract designs. When I couldn’t find batiks in the colors I wanted, I started painting my own fabrics. They became really popular, and this is how I began to design for Art Gallery Fabrics. Designing fabric has become one of my greatest passions. What I feel most excited about is how color can influence design. Colors have their own language and evoke feelings and moods. Working with BERNINA allows me to create a world of beautiful quilting and sewing around me. I'm truly blessed to be now part of the BERNINA family creating projects for its blog,