Hendershot takes top honors at Yellowtone Quilt Fest

Sariah Hendershot started quilting when she was 8 years old. Five quilts later, at age 13, she has become a very accomplished quilter and has the purple ribbons to prove it. This year she won one of those purple ribbons at the Big Horn County Fair and most recently she won the “purple cow youth award” at the Yellowstone Quilt Fest, held in Cody in early September. She said it was a surprise to win but also very fun and she plans to enter more contests in the future.

Hendershot said, “Quilting is not for everyone. The corners have to be straight. The measurements are a big deal. There are a lot of details to take care of.”

But, that is exactly the kind of challenge Hendershot said she enjoys. She also enjoys the more creative aspects of quilting like choosing a theme and picking the colors and patterns. Her most recent accomplishment has a wildlife theme, and is adorned with owls, eagles, deer, fox and wolves. She said she picked that theme because she really likes animals and enjoys seeing wildlife.

Sariah Hendershot won the “Purple Cow Youth Award” at the Yellowstone Quilt Festival held Sept. 10 – 12, in Cody. Patti Carpenter photo
Sariah Hendershot won the “Purple Cow Youth Award” at the Yellowstone Quilt Festival held Sept. 10 – 12, in Cody.
Patti Carpenter photo

She learned to quilt from her grandmother Geraldine Allred, who owns Mayes Fabric, a store specializing in quilting. Hendershot said she likes to make her quilts at the store, which also allows her time to enjoy hanging out with her grandmother.

For her next project, she plans to create a labyrinth quilt. She said she likes the way the pattern has a three-dimensional effect.

“Every time I do another one I get to use what I learned before, plus I learn something new,” she said. “This time I learned how to use the quilting machine. It was a lot easier than the last time I tried it.”

Hendershot said she enjoys any activity that is creative. She said she also loves to paint, loves music and already knows how to play quite a few instruments.

Sariah is the daughter of Sandra and Erik Hendershot. She is an eighth-grader at Lovell Middle School.

In the past she has given away her quilts as gifts. She plans to keep this one for herself.

Carolyn Aichele of Lovell also entered the Yellowstone Quilt Festival and was named runner-up in the “wearable” category.

By Patti Carpenter