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Sewing projects leave 4-Hers in stitches

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Stacie Clevenger is all smiles shortly after learning that she received a blue ribbon for her skirt. This is the first year in 4-H for the New Castle girl. The daughter of Angela Caudill and David Clevenger Sr., Stacie said the hand-stitching is her favorite part of the sewing project. She chose the fabric because she found it pretty.
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Kylee Lutes, 10, Sulphur Springs, left, shows a top that is part of her project. Admiring her top is Olivia Lovett, 15, Middletown, who entered consumer clothing and sewing projects July 10 at the fair.
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Justin Weaver, 16, Knightstown, with his “Frontier Nights” quilt that he entered in the non-wearable-sewing category of the fair.

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

Justin Weaver, 16, entered his quilt, “Frontier Nights,” in the non-wearable division of the 4-H sewing project. But it wasn’t his first quilt. Last year, he did one with a Marvel Comics theme. One year the Air Force was the subject and another year featured sports. 

The Knightstown teen said he started with something simple, but his grandma, Brenda Davis, challenged him to do something advanced. His parents are Natalie and Rick Weaver.

“They’re (quilts) a lot of fun because you can do so many different patterns,” said Weaver, adding that it seems really hard, but then it all comes together and looks “really cool.”

His quilts are on display in the family’s home. This year’s quilt will likely go on top of the dining-room table. His Air Force-themed quilt hangs in his room and the comics’ one is folded at the bottom of his bed.

The first to arrive to get their entries in order before the sewing competition began July 10 were Olivia Lovett of Middletown and Kylee Lutes of Sulphur Springs. Lovett, 15, entered consumer clothing and sewing. It’s her seventh year in 4-H and her folks are Brandon and Melissa Lovett.

She said it was a hard decision to decide what to sew and the project she chose looked tough — an orange off-the-shoulder dress.

“It’s something cute that I’d like to wear and it’s my favorite color,” said Lovett, a Shenandoah High School sophomore. She plans to wear the dress to school and to parties.

Carley Smith, 11, of Middletown, chose for her first sewing project a non-wearable category and a cross-body handbag. The daughter of Cindy and Brandon Smith, the 4-Her found her project fun. She may do something next year to match it and plans to carry her handmade bag “every day.”

Stacie Clevenger did a more traditional sewing project, a skirt, for her first year in 4-H. Her favorite part of sewing is the hand-stitching. She said when deciding on the fabric, she thought the aqua fabric printed with flowers was best because “it was pretty.” 

While she was a Mini-4-H member, she made a pin cushion. She also takes photography this year and said it is her favorite project of the two she is taking. Her parents are Angela Caudill and David Clevenger Sr.

Caroline Watterson, 9, another first-year 4-Her, entered a reversible purple-hued, polka-dot-and-floral apron. If she has enough fabric left, she will make an apron for her doll and her mom. She likes to cook with both her mom and mamaw. The New Castle girl is the daughter of Jeff and Dee Watterson.

When asked by the judge which side of the apron the little girl likes best, Caroline responded, “I like it both ways.”