Monday, June 6, 2011

Quilt Camp Introduces 4-H and sewing to Blanding youth

Motivated by a desire to pass on the love and skills of quilting , Blanding and Monticello quilters joined forces to teach to the next generation.  The vision of the camp came from Gail Glover, secretary of the Grayson Country Quilters.   She had taught several of her own grandchildren in past years and loved the experience.

    Gayle Marian headed up the effort to find teachers, and then teachers found their own students.  Many worked with their grandchildren or neighborhood youth.  Twelve adult leaders and 18 youth were involved in the two day workshop.  Other leaders included Elaine Davis, Susan Flavel, Shari Guymon, Janet Wilcox, Silvia Stubbs, Joann Watkins, Gail Glover, Tracy Seiter and Jorden Giddings.

     All of the youth caught on quickly, and successfully completed a quilt top by the end of the 2nd day, many doing twin sized quilts.  Taylor Winn even got her baby sized quilted tied while at the workshop.  All participants considered it a great success.  Leader Heather Palmer said, "I liked that everyone was so helpful and friendly.  I didn't have to figure out everything by myself. 
Lou Mueller and Gloria Eberling of USU Extension 4-H programs partnered with Blanding Quild, and secured the Arts and Events Center, as well as prepared lunch, snacks, and activities for the two-day event.. In the process the group also learned some things about the 4-H program.
    The students were encouraged to complete their quilts by July 2 for the 4th of July quilt show, as well as to enter them in the County Fair, Aug. 8.
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Eileen Davis and Joann Watkins teaching Taylor Winn and Anne Hendry
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Heather Palmer was a young adult teacher, and worked with her niece, Ann Pugh
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Gail Glover and her granddaughter, Tyler
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Susan Flavel taught her neighbor's daughter
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Skye Jeppson worked with Susan Flavel
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Laurie Wilcox and Nizhoni Lacy worked with Janet Wilcox
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Silvia Stubbs worked with her granddaughters Aisha Brown and Zia Knight
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Taylor Winn shows her 1st block.  She worked with Eileen Davis, and even got her quilt tied at the camp.
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All the kids with their 1st block done on day 1.  Notice we even had 1 young man, Justus Robison, who worked with his grandmother, Gayle Marian.
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By afternoon of the first day, all quilters had completed at least one large block; by the end of the 1st day many had done 3 blocks, and by the end of the 2nd day, most of them had finished their quilt top.
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Lunch served on Thursday.  We also had door prize drawings, and all the kids won some fabric to take home.
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Delicious, healthy meals and snacks were the fare as prepared by USU extension workers.
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Lou Mueller, Extension agent who helped organize facilities and activities for the kids.
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Laurie Wilcox completed a twin sized bed top at the two-day workshop