4-H Quilts and Student Masterpieces: Comal County

Close-up, "Peaceful Moments"
© Jordanne Stetter

Museum Showcases Quilt by Comal County Teen

4-H project leads to display


By Mike Patterson, ITC Volunteer

SAN ANTONIO – At age 16, Comal County resident Jordanne Stetter is already deemed an artistic master. Her hand-crafted quilt, "Peaceful Moments," was among six chosen in a statewide 4-H competition to be exhibited at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio.
The exhibit, "Texas 4-H Quilts and Student Masterpieces," is on display at the San Antonio museum through Jan. 11. The 4-H quilts are being shown alongside a traveling exhibit from the Texas Quilt Museum, "Modern Masterpieces by Texas Quilters" and "Texas Art Quilts."
An 11th grade homeschooler, Jordanne began sewing and quilting at age 8, helping her mother and grandmother. That’s when she completed her first sewing project, an apron. She made her first quilt at age 11.
"This began a love of quilting not only for herself, friends and family, but also began a dedication to quilting and sewing for those in need," said her mother, Jacqueline Pachinger-Stetter.
Beginning with the design and fabric selection, "Peaceful Moments" took Jordanne about six weeks to complete. "She was able to do the quilting on her grandmothers HQ Fushion long arm quilting machine," Pachinger-Stetter said.
Jordanne’s was among the quilts selected in the statewide 4-H Quilt Challenge. The challenge is designed to recognize 4-H members who have completed a clothing and textiles project. The Quilt Challenge promotes team work, planning and
coordination of the project, math skills, elements of design, artistic skills and history.
The quilts are donated to Project Linus to benefit seriously ill or traumatized children, Quilts of Valor to provide to America’s returning warriors, or to the charity of the quilter’s choice.
While this year’s quilt will go to Project Linus, next year Jordanne intends to make an even harder and more challenging quilt specifically for Quilts of Valor. "I also plan to not only quilt for family and friends, but also for charity," she said.
For 4-H clubs around Texas, quilting started about six years ago, as an expansion of clothing and textile studies. Unsure what to do with the leftover cloth pieces from its own annual quilt display, the State Fair of Texas sent two boxes of scraps to 4-H, where the youth advisory board created a quilting challenge. By 2013, the student quilt show at 4-H Roundup had outgrown its exhibit space.
Meantime, the Institute of Texan Cultures recognizes Stetter and her 4-H peers as a new generation preserving and passing along a classic Texas tradition.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.




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