Melinda Clayton-Patterson

Melinda Clayton-Patterson is a native of East Preston, Nova Scotia and currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She comes from a large family of 14 siblings and her love of quiltmaking began as a little girl watching and helping her mother cut up old clothing to make quilts by hand using a cardboard diamond-shaped template. Despite her early exposure to the craft, Melinda did not attempt making quilts on her own until she was well into her 30’s. As part of learning the craft, Melinda took quilting courses and retreats to master specific techniques including precision piecing, applique, concise circle making, paper piecing, proper borders and binding techniques etc. She loves making Underground Railroad quilt patterns as this gives her an opportunity explore her Black heritage in quilts. In 2018, she joined Manitoba Prairie Quilters and served on the group’s executive. In 2019 she began teaching courses and hosting learning retreats for new quiltmakers. Her quilts have been exhibited in the BANNS touring exhibition The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Quilts which was launched in 2022. In 2023 one of her quilts Go North was purchased by the Museum of Textile, Toronto for that museum’s permanent collection. She has been a member of BANNS since 2021.

Melinda Clayton-Patterson

Sample Art

Go North

Gallery