PM Quilting was started in 1998 outside of Palmer, Alaska by Pam & Gary Darwin. The kids
had all left home. Pam wanted to go to work to help out with the finances.
Gary was getting ready to
retire and Pam thought it would be easier if she went to work.
Gary wanted her to think about the fishing
they would miss out on and the traveling that they wouldn't be able to do if
Pam worked a 9 to 5 job.
It was suggested to start some kind of home business that she could set her
own hours and be able to be flexible. Pam thought about a lot of
different ideas. After a while, Pam suggested a quilt or fabric shop. She loved to sew during the evening.
While driving home with one of their daughters, Anna, Gary told her that he knew a great name for her
Momís (Pam's) business. The name was PM Quilting, because Pam loved to quilt at
night and into the wee hours of the morning.
Of course the quick wittedness of Anna piped right up and said, "Oh
no, Dad, it should be PMS Quilting".
had to pull over because they were laughing so hard. He told Anna that would
never do and they laughed all the way home. Upon arrival,
Gary told Pam that Anna and he had a new name
for the quilt business. "Oh what's that?" was the reply.
"PM Quilting but Anna thinks it needs one more letter - S for PMS
Quilting". They both started laughing again and in a gruff voice Pam said,
"I DON'T HAVE PMS!" Of course Anna and Gary laughed even more.
So from then on the little quilt shop born on their 10 acres in Palmer, Alaska, was called PM Quilting. Pam loved to sew and it wasn't long before everyone
was enjoying Pam and the quilt shop. Not long after the quilt shop was born,
Pam was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that was going to make her
life very difficult, at best. Pam passed away October 3, 2008. Our logo
is a tribute to Pam Darwin, highlighting a block from the first quilt she was
commissioned to make after opening the shop.
After not being able to keep up with a work load of the quilt shop and a
full time job, with the encouragement of friends and family,
Gary made a call for help. Jan answered the call and went to work for
Gary noticed that Jan managed the shop very
well and asked her to manage him, too!
Gary married Janis Rolfe
in July 2009.
After Gary retired from his full-time job
port of Anchorage,
Gary and Jan moved the business to Sunburst,
they added many new fabric lines and other items, including their glow-edge
Jan and Gary have decided that they prefer a warmer clime and to be
closer to some of their children. In the
spring of 2018, they moved the shop to
Grande, Arizona. They are looking forward to many great years
in Casa Grande!