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Thread: Did you start sewing in 4-H?

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    Hey; Rent-a=car 2. I remember in 4H pulling the thread to get a line to cut on........started sewing at 8yrs, on a tredle Singer and am still at it at 73, and going strong !!!

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    No 4-H in Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsnow55
    What is 4H ?
    Similiar to the Young Farmers groups in Australia and in Europe. 4-H tends to be a younger age.

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    Yes, I loved my 4H club.

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    Yes, in fact, I was in 4-H for 10 years and went to the State Fair in various projects for the last 6 years of my time there. I loved it, and was very heavily involved. I was the county Federation President my senior year in high school and was involved at the multi-county and state level for much of my high school years. The funny thing is, I had absolutely no interest in quilting until about 6 years ago. I just sewed garments. Now, you couldn't pay me to sew a garment!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angellight
    No 4-H, My mom tried to teach me to sew and did teach me embroidery, but was not a patient teacher, wanting everything as perfect as she would do it. I learned most of my sewing in Home-Ec (3 yrs jr high, 3 years high school). Taught myself cross-stitch, crochet, and a few of the other crafts I do, or learned from friends that were a little more patient.
    My Dad said I had to learn to cook out of self defense, as my mother worked nights, and he was in charge of the evening meal a lot of nights. I don't remember thinking I was being poisoned, but I am a fairly decent cook, if you don't mind my saying so...
    My mother showed me how to sew but had to learn in my own way as I sew like a left hander and am right handed I also learned to knit and crochet on my own (grand mother would not show me)

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    That is so funny!! Remember the project of the placemats and napkins that we made this way?

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    4-H...my best memories growing up in the country. That was the only activity back then. I loved it and I can't believe how far I walked to the meetings. Life was so much simpler then. Feed-sack gathered skirts...sleeveless dresses and 2 piece outfits. Roundup in August to wear what we had made all summer and to be judged. Oh that was living. 4-H camp was also a great time in the late 40's and the 50's. I sure wish kids today had it so good!

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    Me too.. 59 years ago in western Kansas I joined 4-H and learned to sew. My first project was an apron.

    When I took sewing in Jr. High I had a major argument with the teacher over technique. Somehow we settled it and I got a "C".
    Only because I did it the 4-H way and at 13 was too stubborn to change.

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    Yes. we were told to always pull a thread to make sure the grain was straight. If not we had to pull it straight before cutting.

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    I completed this last Thursday, Sept. 22nd. I started this in June or July of 1980 and pregnant with first daughter. When I pulled it out last January to finish after having moving it from one house to the next and I am going to guess that was at least 10 times, since 1980. My daughter will turn 30 in December, so It's officially 30's old.

    These are scraps of my 4-H projects for 9 years and Jr and Sr high Home Ec. classes, (two prints were donated from my mom to remind me where I got my sewing capibilities from - dresses she had me and sisters when I was
    6 years). 5" squares that were cut with a 5" square of cardboard and marked with a blue ink pin. I had all but about five 9-patches sections completely sewn together. Left it with a LAQ about 2 weeks ago and thoughts as to what I wanted for design. The thread was a varigated colors of what I could remember from the 1970's colors. I hope you will be able to see the flowers and scriggalies of stitches. It looks great on my bed and my daughter Kristin just loves it and wants it on her list of inheritance stuff. Course her 30th birthday is coming up, so who knows, she might get it earlier.

    My next thoughts and plans are to create a journal of all the photo's of the clothing I had made in those years. It's going to take some digging through loads of photo's, but I know if I find my 4-H record book, I will find most of them. Just can't wait to start. So many memories in this quilt.

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    I learn to sew in 4H made a pin cushion,apron,and skirt with an elastic waist. In Girl Scout we also did a little sewing. Than in high school I took home ec. But my Mom did alot of sewing. And coming from a large family there were 7 of us kids. So if you wanted to have some clothes you made them.. But Grandmother was the one who made the beautiful quilts from my sister and my scraps, she sewed them all by hand. Now I hope I can make some nice quilts too....

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    Western Kansas?? Do you know where McDonald, Ks. is?? :?:

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    Yes that is where I started also. many dress reviews and even won 2 trips through them one to egg convention and the other to National 4-H Congress in Chicago in 1958. Met many good friends through my 4-H years.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne Lenore
    Although I learned to sew from my grandmother, the first projects I made were in the 4-H club. Two other members of our small club are also quilters now. I wonder if others began this way.

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    So funny you said you disagreed with the teacher at school. I also insisted on doing a hem the way I had learned in 4 H. I still think the 4-H way was better! Of course she wasn't going to put up with a smart mouthed 14 year old. She found more mistakes in my jumper than in anyone elses. She had the last word I guess!

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    I started out in 4-H, took Home Ec., and sewed for my daughters, but didn't start quilting until much later on. I don't remember why I started quilting, but I started out making just 4 patch blocks and tying them. Much later, I got into the actual piecing and quilting part. My mom did sew, but not quilting. My grandmother crocheted (on my mom's side) and was an excellent seamstress, but didn't quilt. I have an old (antique, don't know exactly how old it is)red bird quilt that was from my g/mother on my daddy's side that is very lovely. I think it was probably made in the 30's or 40's, but I never learned from her. I guess one day I woke up and said "I think I want to learn to quilt". lol.

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    No 4-H for me. However, we did start "sewing" in 5th grade and I continued that every year that I could until about 10th grade. I loved sewing, but after graduating I never sewed! I graduated in 1966 and the next time I started sewing was almost 2 years ago when I decided to quilt. And I love it! But I'm really not into making clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robinlee
    I grew-up in 4-H, started when I was 7years and my kids whom were raised in town were also in 4-H. And just to clear something up, from finishing a degree in Home Ec and art......and presently an Extension Educator, 4-H isn't just for country and farm kids. You won't believe how many city kids do participate in 4-H (check out Chicago and New Your). As the old saying goes, 4-H isn't just sewing and cooking, cows and horses anymore. 4-Her's learning about technology, finiance and starting your own business. And to top it off.......there are loads of music artists, a couple presidents and other famous people who were in 4-H. 4-H is "learn by doing", and as someone else said "4-H is in my blood". 4-H and their "after school" programs will teach the needed area's that schools neglect and money is short.
    I also took Home Ec's in school and when in Jr and Sr year I assisted with teaching topic of the day, many times. I knew then, that this was going to be my area in college and masters.
    Just need to get some of this off my chest...........
    I second this... I am also a "retired" from Extension... but not 4-H. Still a leader and volunteer in our programs.

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    Oh Yeah! Born and bred in Garden City.

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    My first sewing project (not a quilt unfortunately) in 4H was a kerchief. I still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne Lenore
    Although I learned to sew from my grandmother, the first projects I made were in the 4-H club. Two other members of our small club are also quilters now. I wonder if others began this way.
    I didn't learn to quilt in 4-H, but I made my first garment in 4-H
    when I was 9 yrs. old.I guess you could say I really learned to sew there. My mother helped me later on and I made several things in 4-h and Home Econ.in high school. 4-H is great for kids. I also sewed in Girl Scouts. We lived in town, but 4-H is for everyone. Gerbie

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    my long time friend I went to school with always teases me when we talk on the phone when I say I have been quilting or sewing something, cause we had Home Ec. and it just didn't take, the teacher gave me a D-- and told me the pants would never hold up. Ha! those pants lasted for 4 years and were one of my favorites. Besides There is a difference in sewing and quilting, right?

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    Yes, I started in 4-H with a half apron Blue and white check with blue trim. I still have it. Must be an antique by now as that was 60 years ago. We could start 4-H in the 3rd grade back then. Mom also sewed and helped and I took Home Ec in High School. Went to teach 4-H for 20 years have have logged 20 years judging 4-H and Open Class at County and State Fairs here in Oregon. Mostly Textiles - Knitting, crocheting, sewing, fibre arts and quilting. The biggest differnce I find in regular sewing and quilting is the seam allowance - had a hard time transitioning to 1/4" from 5/8". Just didn't seem right! - Got over it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owllady
    Yes. we were told to always pull a thread to make sure the grain was straight. If not we had to pull it straight before cutting.
    Yup it's called "tentering"

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    Robinlee--what a wonderful quilt of memories for you! Thanks for sharing. Reading these posts have brought back plenty of memories for me as a member, leader, and parent. Currently serving on our local Alumni chapter committee--trying to keep our county organization strong. My oldest GS is now 9 and joining as an associate member this fall. You know it now costs to join 4-H, although many clubs pick up the fees, some don't.

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