It’s County Fair time in Nebraska! That means funnel cakes, deep fried anything on a stick, 4-H exhibits and pens full of animals to pet in the livestock barns.
This year we had a ‘vested’ interest in the 4-H quilt division. Ellie, a 14 year old 4-Her, has been attending our open sew times on Friday afternoons this summer. We have been giving her advice and guidance on the construction of a quilt she was going to enter in the Sarpy County Fair. The fair was held last week and we are so proud of her! She won numerous PURPLE ribbons on her quilt. Because of those local awards Ellie’s quilt is eligible to be sent to the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, NE at the end of this month. The 4-H requirements have changed since I entered projects at the county fair. Each 4-H participant is required to include a written list of what they did in the construction process and what they learned along the way. Ellie listed numerous steps that she learned along the way. One step that she improved from last year was the extra time she took pressing her seams to the dark side during the construction process. We all know how that step improves the overall outcome of our quilts. Ellie also learned the importance of measuring and marking the sashing strips to have her intersections match.
We were quite impressed with Ellie’s handwork on her binding. But, from the judges’ comments; she plans to spend some additional time on her quilt this next week to improve the mitered corners of her binding before sending it off to the state competition. We hope that the extra time that she will be spending on her quilt will garner her a purple ribbon at the State Fair.
As you can see Ellie was all smiles when she joined us at this past week’s Friday open sew to show us her finished quilt and purple ribbons. We had to have a picture with our other ‘regulars’ from Friday afternoons that provided additional encouragement to Ellie during her learning process. Ellie used one of our original Quilted Moose designs for her quilt. Don’t you love the bright and cheery fabrics that she picked for her project.
P.S. Ellie ribboned with her horse and goats, too.