Dakota Handcrafters: Tonee Matteson

Current Hometown: Garrison

How would you describe your specialty handcraft?

My passion is quilting. I really find that it is so therapeutic.

What or who inspired you to become involved in it?

My husband Mike urged me to go to a Quilt Retreat at Camp of the Cross. He thought I needed a hobby that would allow every now and again for him to have time alone with our twin daughters.

How long have you been doing this type of work?

First started quilting in 2002

Do you do it for your own pleasure or offer it for sale?

Both. Some of my projects are for either gifts or family, but then I started my own business last year, “Sew4Me Creations.”

Where can we see your handcraft?

Sew4Me Creations facebook page or 1 North Main Facebook page and at 1 North Main in Garrison.

Is your handcraft available for sale and if so, where?

Yes, my work can be purchased at 1 North Main, Garrison, and I will take orders as well for different quilt projects. I most generally do baby quilts, quilted runners, placemats, wallhangings and quilted throws. I do all of it myself including the quilting which is either done on my home sewing machine or I also do quilting on the long arm at the Merry Moose in Garrison.

Have you taught others your handcraft and if so, would you be willing to teach it to others?

Yes, I have taught others quilting classes at the Merry Moose and have also taught through the local Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Garrison where I am a member.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am married to Mike who owns West Inkster Realty and Garrison Insurance. I am a nurse, but after 27 years I retired from that career. In June of 2017 Mike and I and our twin daughters opened up a quaint gift shop on Main Street in Garrison. There Mike has Scrooges Corner where we have different seasonings, jams/jellies/syrups and salsa, both old-fashioned candy and pop. The girls are part of the business as well. McKaila is the CVB director here in Garrison and McKenzie is an accountant with Dwight Hetletved Accounting in Washburn. Both girls bring their marketing, advertising as well as the business expertise aspect to the business and arrange with different vendors for the giftware, handmade, homemade, unique home decor. There is a large variety of N.D.-made products in our shop. I have for sale my quilted items and also manage the store “1 North Main.” We have two beagles Rocco and Copper and one granddog, a shih tzu named Herbie “Bugg,” who actually is found quite often at 1 North Main. In my spare time I enjoy golfing, flower gardens, spending time on the lake and of course quilting and attending many different Quilt Retreats. We spend a lot of time out at “West Inkster” where we have a constant “event” of grilling, camping and just enjoying friends and family.