It seems fitting that this week’s featured artist is focusing on an art-form that also keeps people warm. With all of this cold, I am glad someone is continuing the tradition of making quilts. I spoke with Megan Kingery Patton and was delighted to hear that she is currently quilting.
Many of us know that Patton is a talented painter and co-owner of Yalo Studio, but few may know that she is also extremely talented with a needle and thread. Though she still continues to paint, she is focusing more attention on her quilting. She started quilting in 2008 because she wanted to continue in the footsteps of her grandmother who also quilted.
Though her grandmother was not her teacher, she did get some written instructions from an older relative and has taught herself by looking at books and YouTube videos on the subject.
The first 11 quilts she made were entirely sewn by hand including the piecing part. After getting a sewing machine, she began doing the piecing by machine but still continues to do the quilting part all by hand. She gathers fabric from various sources including stores, old baby doll clothes and from donations from family and friends.
She enjoys vintage fabrics and has been making full size quilts for herself and is making baby quilts to sell. Her website, littledoequilts .com has a beautiful selection of her hand-stitched creations. It is worth checking out! How lucky this town is to have her.
If you know of an artist in the Valley that should be featured in this column, please email me at arttogollc @gmail.com.
By Andi Bedsworth