Dakota Handcrafters: Tanner Verbitsky

Current Hometown: Butte

How would you describe your specialty handcraft?

I have been sewing and quilting for six years and I couldn’t live without it.

What or who inspired you to become involved in it?

My grandma Louise Verbitsky.

How long have you been doing this type of work?

6.5 years. I started in June of 2013.

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

I do it for mostly myself and gifts, but as soon as I graduate I plan to open a quilt shop.

Where can we see your handcraft?

Come to my house. Just call (701-626-7558) and I can show you all my different projects.

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

Hopefully in the future it will be.

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

I want to teach others I have enough sewing machines to start but where and when and I would need more supplies.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a 14-year-old quilter who enjoys making older style quilts and will make newer ones too. I love sewing on vintage machines, especially the old 1960-1970s Kenmores. But my favorite and my go to machine is a Kenmore model 54, production year 1961. I live on a farm south of Butte, North Dakota, on a multigenerational farm with my grandma and grandpa and mom. My dad passed away when I was 8, 4/22/13. I enjoy gardening and being outside in the summer You can find me in the summer doing two things: sewing, gardening, and drinking lots of coffee. I sew a lot in the winter too. I go to school at Velva Public School. It’s a 60-minute bus ride every morning. I plan some day to open a quilt shop, preferably in Bismarck, where I can provide custom quilting, classes and a wide variety of materials.