Creative quilter gives ugly fabric a new chance
Patti Coppock has received many awards for her unique quilts, but finds relaxation and happiness in the process, not the accolades.
The quilt hanging behind Patti Coppock was inspired by a technique in “The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters” by Sherri Lynn Wood. Coppock started the quilt in a class taught by Wood in summer 2017.
Quilter Patti Coppock gravitates to the “ugly” fabric overlooked at shops, estate sales and thrift stores. “I have a unique take on fabric,” she explains. “I put things together that people wouldn’t normally put together.”
Coppock’s mother taught her to sew when she was 9, but she completed her first quilt more than 30 years later. It won first place in a competition’s first-time quilt category, and the 64-year-old has won at least one award for nearly every quilt she has made since.
However nice the awards she receives, quilting gives Coppock something better. “It’s my happy place,” she says. “My brain shuts out everything I’m worrying about. It’s very cathartic.”
A few of Coppock’s quilts will be displayed at the Southwood Quilt and Fiber Show, Jan. 5-6 at Southwood Landscape and Nursery.
In 2011, Joe Schulte, then-president of Southwood Landscape and Nursery, met with quilter Debi Pickens to discuss a new type of show in Tulsa: one that would showcase quilts in a greenhouse.
After Pickens talked with her quilting friends from around the city, the idea began to take form. Southwood offered free space for the event, and the Southwood Quilt and Fiber Festival was born.
“I wanted the show to be an opportunity for quilters and fiber artists to show and sell their art,” Pickens says of the festival’s beginnings. Since then, she says, “The show has grown from 35 quilts the first year to over 160 quilts (in 2016).”
Now called the Southwood Quilt and Fiber Arts Show, the event has expanded beyond quilts to include handmade clothing, weaving, jewelry, bowls and thread art. Quilters Briana Shepard and Paula Klassen are the featured artists for 2018.
Over the years, the festival also has hosted numerous demonstrations, such as felting, surface design, weaving, dyeing and block making, along with showing sheep and alpaca.
The show gives Tulsans the opportunity to witness these creations and vote on a people’s choice award winner. Patti Coppock, who won the award last year, says the show is a “perfect place for people of all ages, quilters or not.”
The free show is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 5-6, at Southwood Landscape and Nursery, 9025 S. Lewis Ave.