Thursday, August 2, 2012

4-H Blue Ribbon Sewing

Sewing is a year round activity, but many 4-H members have been power stitching during the summer heat in high anticipation of upcoming county and state fairs.  They have scoped out their local quilt and fabric shops in search of the perfect fabrics, while 4-H leaders all along the way provide learning activities and guidance.  A few have probably become quite proficient with the seam zipper too, but really who is not master of the seam ripper?  We all do it.  Ripping out is part of the sewing process.

Amanda Power Sewing with Perfect Posture
Amanda is sewing a dress for the Keith County Fair in Nebraska.  After finishing one dress, she moves on to the next project . . .

Fabric selection, precision cutting, precise matching, straight seams and some laughs with friends, Amanda finished her quilt in only 3 days.

With thoughts of blue ribbons, meeting new friends and checking out competing projects, the season of complete 4-H projects has arrived.  Next week I will be part of the excitement at the Pennsylvania 4-H State Fashion Revue.  60 participants that have already won their regional event, will again compete for top state awards.  During the day they will attend workshops on garment construction techniques, design, and careers in fashion and textiles, while I will Get To The Point with my SCHMETZ needle class.   Stay tuned, I will post my PA 4-H day.  Until then, good luck to Amanda and all her Nebraska friends on their 4-H sewing projects!

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