September 23, 2014

Great Plains 4-H Club prepares for annual fair

Abby Gunkel watches conference judging of her ceramics project during last year’s county fair. The event runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 this year. Submitted photo

Abby Gunkel watches conference judging of her ceramics project during last year’s county fair. The event runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 this year. Submitted photo

Jessica Gunkel
Club reporter
Several members of the Great Plains 4-H Club are getting ready for the Johnson County Fair by finishing up their fiber arts and clothing construction projects.
Merriam Laws, first year in the quilting project, has made a fun bandanna quilt. She has also made a black tank top for her second year in the clothing construction project.
Seth and Abby Gunkel, both in their third year of the quilting project, have pieced their hardest quilts to date! Seth has made a snowball and nine-patch quilt by recycling his grandfather’s, father’s, brother’s and some of his own shirts for the fabric. By combining the two blocks, Seth’s quilt has formed a secondary pattern.
Abby, admiring the color choices of a quilt she saw, took the same colors and pattern and did the quilt herself. Abby’s quilt is a red and turquoise foundation-pieced quilt.
As a visual arts student, Abby likes the way the colors of her quilt melt into each other.
Jessica Gunkel, first year in the appliqué project, has made a nautical toddler quilt. Jessica hand-embroidered whale appliques with a blanket stitch and embroidered whale flukes and waves to blocks to appear as if a whale was diving underwater.
Jessica also pieced a K-State quilt for the quilting patchwork project in the school colors of royal purple with white and grey accents.
Jessica will enter this partial-seamed patchwork for her fifth-year quilting project. All 4-H Club members in the fiber arts and clothing construction projects worked hard to finish up their project before judging on July 19.

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