Pam Bono, a renowned quilter, designer, and author, was found dead in her home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on September 21, 2014. She was 71 years old. Her husband, Robert Bono, 78, and their dog, The Dude, were also found dead in the same house. The police ruled the incident as a murder-suicide, with Robert shooting Pam and the dog before turning the gun on himself. The motive behind this horrific act remains unknown, and the family has requested privacy in their time of grief. Pam Bono’s death shocked and saddened the quilting community, who remembered her as a talented, generous, and inspiring person.
A Life of Creativity and Passion
Pam Bono was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Maryland. She was adopted as a baby and had a happy childhood. She developed an interest in sewing and quilting at an early age, and learned from her mother and grandmother. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in art education, and taught art in elementary schools for several years.
She married Robert Bono, an engineer, in 1965, and they had two children, Lisa and Michael. They moved to Colorado in 1978, and settled in Pagosa Springs, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. Pam continued to quilt as a hobby, and soon realized that she had a knack for creating original designs and patterns. She started to sell her quilts and patterns at local craft fairs and shops, and gained a loyal following of customers and fans.
She decided to pursue quilting as a full-time career, and launched her own business, Pam Bono Designs, in 1985. She published her first book, Quilts from Nature, in 1989, and went on to write over 30 books on various quilting topics and techniques. She also designed hundreds of patterns, fabrics, and kits, and produced several instructional videos and DVDs. She was a frequent contributor to quilting magazines, such as Quilter’s Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting, and Quiltmaker. She also hosted her own TV show, Quilting with Pam Bono, on PBS, and appeared as a guest on other quilting shows, such as Simply Quilts and Quilt in a Day.
She was known for her distinctive style, which combined traditional and contemporary elements, and featured vibrant colors, geometric shapes, and intricate details. She was inspired by nature, architecture, art, and culture, and often incorporated themes such as flowers, animals, landscapes, and holidays into her designs. She was also known for her innovative techniques, such as paper piecing, strip piecing, and applique, which made her quilts easier and faster to make. She was admired for her skill, creativity, and originality, and won several awards and honors for her quilts, such as the Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, in 1996.
She was also known for her generosity and kindness, and shared her knowledge and passion with other quilters through her books, patterns, classes, and workshops. She traveled around the world, teaching and lecturing at quilting events and guilds, and meeting with her fans and friends. She also supported various charitable causes, such as Project Linus, Quilts of Valor, and Quilts for Kids, and donated many of her quilts and patterns to them. She was a mentor, a leader, and a friend to many quilters, and influenced and inspired generations of quilters with her work.
A Mystery with No Solution
Pam Bono’s death was unexpected and unexplained. She was found dead in her kitchen, with a single gunshot wound to her chest. Her husband, Robert, was found dead on their back deck, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Their dog, The Dude, a bulldog that Pam loved and often featured in her newsletters and videos, was also shot and killed. The police found a note at the scene, but did not disclose its contents. They did not find any evidence of a struggle, a break-in, or a third party involvement. They did not reveal any possible motive or trigger for Robert’s actions, and said that the case was closed.
Pam Bono’s family and friends said they did not know of any problems or issues that could have led to such a tragedy. They said that Pam and Robert had a happy and loving marriage, and that they were devoted to each other and their children and grandchildren. They said that Pam was healthy and active, and that she had no signs of depression or illness. They said that Robert was a gentle and caring man, and that he had no history of violence or mental instability. They said that they were shocked and devastated by the loss of their loved ones, and that they could not understand what happened or why.
Pam Bono’s death left a void in the quilting world, and she was mourned by her colleagues, her students, and her fans. She was remembered as a brilliant and beautiful person, who had a zest for life and a love for quilting. She was honored for her achievements and contributions to the quilting art and industry, and her legacy lives on in her books, patterns, fabrics, and quilts. She was a quilting legend, who touched and enriched the lives of many people with her work and her spirit.