I guess I should have taken the time to have a pre-post blog yesterday. I will try to catch up my readers on a little project my boys (along with 3 other boys) began last March. We had heard about a quilt challenge that would take place at our Ste Round Up in June. We were told to send off for a block of the theme material and then proceed to make a quilt in a pattern of our choice. Since the boys had been in Clothing & Textile, we decided to participate. Little did we know that the quilt would end up being an all-boy quilt from start to finish. Also, none of the mothers had made a quilt before so it truly was a first time quilt for all involved. Here is the finished product after its completion last May.
Now the boys sent the quilt in to the Round Up Quilt Challenge and found out a nice surprise. All quilts entered in the contest would be displayed at the International Quilt Show in Houston! Skip ahead 6 months and here we are today! If we could incorporate what it means to be in 4H in one day...today was the day! And what an amazing 4H day it was!
After the two hour road trip this morning at 6am, we arrived at the quilt show. We were allowed to enter early so we could be ready for the show attendees. We would spend the next 3 hours promoting 4H. The boys were a little shy at first but after being asked to have their picture taken with their quilt many times throughout the morning they got into the spirit of 4H. They each spoke to those who ventured into the 4H displays; they spoke about the quilts and the challenge, and the desire to donate the quilt (as all the quilts would be) to a local women's shelter. However, they also talked about 4H in general...promoting other projects along with Clothing & Textiles. All who spoke to the boys were impressed that they had made a quilt. These are a few of our favorites, especially our own and the one made by our friend, Brianna.
Then we went around the corner to learn about the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. This group is trying to provide beds and bedding for 1 million children in the area. They also promote the idea for other communities. They had a pillowcase assembly at the show, so the boys each made a pillow case. They even learned how to use a serger for the first time. This is another service opportunity we hope to bring back to our community!
As you can see it was an awesome 4H day. We truly lived out the pledge of 4H:
I give my head to clearer thinking (learning how to quilt),
my heart to greater loyalty (promoting 4H ),
my hands to larger service (service opportunities),
and my health to better living (learning about historical quilts),
for my club, my community, my country, and my world (International Quilt Show).
Here are a few of our favorites from the day. I have placed all of our pictures of quilts on my Facebook page if you would like to see more.