By Deborah Jones
These days you will find Pat Meinecke busy promoting the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, where she is the Resident Quilt Artist. If you have taken quilting classes at John C. Campbell in the past twelve years, Pat may have been your instructor. Catch a glimpse of Pat at work by visiting www.folkschool.org and selecting “Classes”, scroll down to “Instructors”. Pat currently is a workshop instructor for her guild, the Misty Mountain Quilters of Blairsville, GA, and in years past, she has served them as President and as Education Chair.
Largely self-taught, Pat came to quilting in the early 1970’s. She enjoys hand quilting, curved piecing, and drafting patterns from old quilts, as well as hand and machine appliqué, techniques she counts as her specialties. Look closely at Pat’s photograph to catch a glimpse of her fine hand quilting. Long-arm quilting is also on Pat’s list of skills
Pat grew up in Southern Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas as a vocal music major. Outside of the quilting world, Pat is a vocalist and is the director for two handbell choirs. It was at the U of A that Pat met her husband. Together they have travelled the world, thanks to the United States Navy. While stationed in Japan, Pat studied various Japanese art forms, including flower arranging, and began her teaching career. The Meinecke’s have two daughters and two grand-daughters, giving them the opportunity for travels to Oregon and Kentucky.
In addition to her memberships in Misty Mountain Quilters
Guild and the Georgia Quilt Council, Pat is a member of AQS, NQA, and IMQA. She
tells us that she is available to teach workshops for your guild.