BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Pamela Pandolfi was just nine years old when she first picked up a needle to do embroidery and crosstitch.
"I love the challenge," she said.
From embroidery, cross stitch, knitting and crocheting, over the years, Pandolfi has done it all.
"I basically grew up as a maker," she said.
It was a quilting retreat 11 years ago that introduced Pandolfi to an entirely new type of art. Portrait and picture quilts.
"I caught the bug," she said.
The fiber artist specializes in art and portrait quilts, taking your memories and preserving them in a different way.
"I really look for the shadowing and the different shading in the photo. I've evolved."
Her work has won numerous awards. Her piece titled The Fruit of New York won Best In Show at the New York State Consortium in 2013. Another one of her quilts, Papa's Door, is touring the country as part of the American Quilter's Society.
She also helps preserve memories with her t-shirt quilts.
"I like to think of it as memories you can wrap yourself in," she said. "People will come to me with t-shirts from kindergarden."