Jesse Gunkel (above) is is auctioning off her 2014 project auction quilt. Gunkel has auctioned her quilt projects the past three years during Project Auction at the Fair. As a senior, this will be her last year. Submitted photo


The conclusion for many 4-H club members following the Johnson County Fair is the 4-H Project Auction. For those members who have worked hard on their projects by learning new degrees of difficulty, applying them, having their project judged and awarded, there is a last step in which marketing and selling at auction happens during fair week.
Jesse Gunkel is one of the 4-H club members who have taken her quilting project to auction for the last three years. Gunkel, an eight year member of 4-H, says she spends an average of 300 hours on each quilt she has made for the auction. She selects her fabrics from quilt shops in November and puts together her design. Each year Gunkel learns more challenging and difficult techniques in her quilting project and adds that difficulty to her auction quilt.
This year will be her hardest pattern yet because she is working with diamond shapes. The name of this year’s quilt pattern is called “Lone Star.” She sticks with a design that gives honor to K-State because it’s the land grant university that the federal government chose to work with to oversee the 4-H program. She always includes the K-State colors and a Powercat emblem in her quilt. This year is Gunkel’s final year in 4-H as she is a senior’ and it will be her last K-State quilt she’ll take to auction. In the past, Gunkel took her auction earnings and invested in materials for her next quilt and paid for her national’s trip. This year, all the money goes to her college tuition this fall.
For anyone interested in attending the Project Auction, there are a variety of projects such as electrical, woodworking, baked goods, baskets of garden produce, artwork to name a few. The auction is held in the Livestock Pavillion following the Livestock Auction on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m.