4-H Quilts and Student Masterpieces: Stinnett, Texas

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Close-up, "Lots of Love"
© TyAnn Jones, Audie Rice

Quilt Made by Stinnett, Texas Girls Displayed at Museum

4-H service project leads to exhibit

 

By Mike Patterson, ITC Volunteer

 
SAN ANTONIO – For many artists, it takes years before their works are ever displayed in a museum. Not for two Stinnett, Texas, girls. Their first artistic endeavor is already on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio.
 
Tyann Jones, age 9, and Audie Rice, age 10, combined their talents to make a quilt, enter a statewide 4-H competition, and have their piece, "Lots of Love," showcased in "Texas 4-H Quilts and Student Masterpieces," 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."
 
The girls’ quilt was among those chosen in the 4-H Quilt Challenge, which recognizes 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.
"Lots of Love" was the first quilt the girls ever made, said LaDawna Mack of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Quilt Project Leader for the Hutchison County 4-H.
 
"They found a pattern and adapted it to their tastes," she said. "Both girls enjoy making things and thought this would be a fun project."
 
Since her mother is a county precinct judge, Tyann would often stop and visit with Mack at her office in the county courthouse. "Audie was interested in quilting so we decided to pair Tyann and Audie together," she explained.
 
It took the girls three months to complete the quilt. "They found out how important it was to sew slowly and make sure their seams were straight," Mack said. "They really hated having to rip seams out!"
 
"They also learned to be careful in choosing the backing fabric and making sure the colors and patterns matched," she said.
 
After piecing the quilt together, the girls learned how to use a long arm quilting machine and quilted the piece themselves.
 
"The quilt is so much more than just a warm covering," Mack said. "It was made with a lot of love. The recipient of this quilt will be covered with warmth and a lot of love and thought."
 
The quilts are donated to Project Linus to benefit seriously ill or traumatized children.
 
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 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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