Dakota Handcrafters: Tina Wobbema

Current Hometown: Velva

How would you describe your specialty handcraft?

Love to quilt and paint. Decided to take my quilt patterns and incorporate them into painting on wood “barn quilting.”

What or who inspired you to become involved in it?

My son asked me if I could create a Sioux quilt for him. Wasn’t sure if I could pull it off but after making 16 wall hangings out of the pattern, he finally got his quilt.

A friend asked me if I could make a Bison wall hanging and have made 13 of them since and one Marauder. My sister bought a Sioux and Bison to donate to the Metigoshe Quilt Auction.

After a friendly bidding war, each brought in $1,600. A Sioux wall hanging brought in $2,400 at a Devils Lake benefit auction. Most of my painting is done on furniture and donated to raise money for benefit auctions. Some corn hole boards I painted, made $600 at a Strawberry Lake benefit last summer.

How long have you been doing this type of work?

I have been quilting for years. Have had lots of time to work on painting and yard art since my kids have graduated.

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

Most is for pleasure. Sometimes I will make things in mass production and sell at rummage sales. Pinterest is my inspiration!

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

Many ideas I take to our small garden club and we will do a group project. If someone asks, I am usually willing to teach them but most just want you to make it for them!

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a person that is willing to figure out how to make things, hence, that is why I love yard art. I even decided to build myself a “She Shed” using scraps and leftovers from other projects. Had a little help with the rafters from my son. It was probably one of my favorite projects so far.