Fiber Arts

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Crocheting/Knitting Co-Superintendent: Brenda Aufdenkamp
Crocheting/Knitting Co-Superintendent: Megan Burda
Crocheting/Knitting Co-Superintendent: Nancy Frecks
Crocheting/Knitting Co-Superintendent: Jacie Millius
Quilt Quest Co-Superintendent: Holli Weber
Quilt Quest Co-Superintendent: Julie Ochsner


Crochet & Knitting

Rules

  1. Number of Entries per County: Each county should select the exhibits that represent the county’s best items. All static exhibits must have received a purple ribbon at the county fair to advance to the State Fair.
  2. Entry Tags: Every clothing exhibit must be described on the appropriate entry tag accompanying it (for example: dark blue wool skirt and jacket, red and white figured blouse). Entry tag placement: as you look at the garment place the entry tag on the right side of the garment and the hook of the hanger to the left.
  3. Identification Labels: Each item entered as a clothing, knitting or crochet exhibit must have a label attached stating: County, Exhibitor's name and age, project name and class in which garment is entered, and the number of years enrolled in the project exhibited. Wool entries must have the fiber content listed on the identification label. Attach a label on every component of the outfit using safety pins or by basting. Not responsible for unlabeled items.
  4. Preparation of Exhibits: Please bring all wearable exhibits on wire hangers or hangers with a swivel hook ONLY. All exhibits not suitable for hanging should be entered in a self-sealing plastic bag and hung on a hanger. Wool garments and garments with narrow straps hang better on other hangers, i.e., wooden or notched plastic hangers with a swivel hook. As you look at the garment, place the hook of the hanger to the left. Fasten skirts, shorts, and pants to skirt/pant hangers or safety pin on hanger. Each piece should be entered on its own hanger. If more than one hanger is used for an entry, fasten hangers belonging to one exhibit together with twist ties or rubber bands.
  5. Removal of Entries: Entries may not be removed for use in any other State Fair activity including State Fair Fashion Show.
  6. General: Garments as listed may be made for self (4-H member) or another person. Garments will be displayed by county. 4-H’ers enrolled in clothing projects should continue their skill development. Once you have exhibited in a higher level, you are not eligible to exhibit in a lower level. Ex. Once you exhibit in STEAM Clothing 3, you are not eligible to exhibit in STEAM Clothing 2.
  7. Criteria for Judging: Refer to the Nebraska 4-H website for current state fair scoresheets at www.4h.unl.edu. In addition, all entries must conform to rules and regulations as set forth in the current Nebraska State Fair Book.
  8. Special Recognition: Premier 4-H Science Award is available in this area. Please see General Rules for more details. All garments with at least 60% wool content are eligible for the Make It With Wool Award.

Classes

DIVISION 225 - KNITTING

All knitted items will be displayed in the clothing area. Criteria for judging knitting: Design and Color, Neatness, Knitting Mechanics, Trimmings, and Constructions Finishes. Scoresheet SF60 for all classes Information Sheet For Knitting. Each knitted exhibit must include the following information with the entry tag or exhibit will be lowered one ribbon placing: 1. What was your goal(s) in making this exhibit (Example: Learn how to block a garment or learn how to use two different yarn(s)? 2. What steps did you take as you worked toward your goal(s)? 3. What were the most important things you learned as you worked toward your goal(s)? 4. Gauge-Number of rows per inch; number of stitches per inch. 5. Size of needles. 6. Kind of yarn – weight and fiber content. 7. Names of stitches used. 8. Copy of directions.

  • Class C225005. Level 2 Knitted Clothing or Home Environment Item (Garment eligible for State Fair Fashion Show) - Knitted item or garment using pattern stitches such as diamond, block, twist or seed/moss stitches.
  • Class C225015. Level 3 Knitted Clothing or Home Environment Item (Garment eligible for State Fair Fashion Show) - Knitted item or garment made from advanced knitting stitches such as pass slip stitch over, double-pointed needle knitting, cable, Turkish, tamerna, plait, germaine, feather and fan or knitting with one or more patterns such as Aran or Fair Isle.

DIVISION 226 - CROCHET

All crochet items will be displayed in the clothing area. Criteria for judging crochet: Design and Color, Neatness, Crochet Mechanics, Trimmings, and Construction Finishes. Scoresheet SF61 for all classes Information Sheet For Crochet. Each crocheted exhibit must include the following information with the entry tag or exhibit will be lowered one ribbon placing: 1. What was your goal(s) in making this exhibit (Example: Learn how to block a garment or learn how to use two different yarn(s)? 2. What steps did you take as you worked toward your goal(s)? 3. What were the most important things you learned as you worked toward your goal(s)? 4. Gauge and size of hook. 5. Kind of yarn – weight and fiber content or other material used. 6. Names of stitches used. 7. Copy of directions.

  • Class C226005. Level 2 Crocheted Clothing or Home Environment Item (Garment eligible for State Fair Fashion Show) - Crocheted item or garment using pattern stitches such as texture, shell, cluster or mesh stitches.
  • Class C226015. Level 3 Crocheted Clothing or Home Environment Item (Garment eligible for State Fair Fashion Show) - Crocheted item or garment using advanced crochet stitches such as afghan, broomstick, hairpin lace, design motifs or pattern stitches.

Quilt Quest

Rules

  1. All static exhibits must have received a purple ribbon at the county fair to advance to the State Fair.
  2. Premier 4-H Science Award is available in this area. Please see General Rules for more details.
  3. In Quilt Quest, 4-Hers learn skills as they progress through the project. The least experienced 4-H exhibitor will select fabric, cut, and sew together only squares or rectangles in making the quilt top. They may have additional guidance in piecing the quilt block and layering together the quilt top, inner batting and the quilt bottom. Another person can do the quilting for them.
  4. In the Premier class, the 4-Her has developed skills to be able to do all of the work by himself/herself. This includes pattern and fabric selection, cutting and sewing individual pieces, layering the quilt top/batting/backing together, and quilting. Quilting may be done by hand, by sewing machine or by a commercial-grade quilting machine. After quilting, the 4-Her must finish the quilt by "squaring it up," put binding on the edge, and placing a label on the quilt which provides details about the quilt making process for historical purposes.
  5. All entry cards and support information must be attached using a safety pin. No straight pins.
  6. When judging Quilt Quest exhibits, the judges consider SF209 “Standards for Judging Quilts and Quilted Items.”
  7. For all classes, 4-Hers can choose fabrics for the quilt by selecting fabric from fabric bolts. 4-Hers may also use “fabric collections” offered by manufacturers in a particular designer or fabric line. Examples of fabric collection include:
    • Jelly Rolls are made of (up to) 40 different strips of 2 ½” wide fabric laying on top of one another and rolled up to look like a jelly roll. The fabric is created by one designer or fabric line and compliments each other. In many cases, less skilled 4-Hers find it difficult to cut narrow strips with a rotary cutter and ruler, so this fabric selection may make it easier as they learn. 
    • Honey Buns are made like the Jelly Rolls with 1 ½” strips of fabrics. 
    • Layer Cakes are 10" squares of fabric from a manufactured designer or fabric line with different pieces of fabric “layered” on top of one another to look like a piece of cake. 
    • Charm Packs are made of 5" squares of coordinating fabric and may be tied up with a string or scrap of fabric. 
    • Candies are 2.5" squares of fabric from a manufactured designer or fabric line.
    • Turnover is a collection of coordinating fabrics that are cut into 6” triangles. 
    • Fat Quarters are ½ yard cuts of fabric which are cut in half to make a rectangle that is approximately 18” x 21”. (One half yard of fabric yields 2 fat quarters).The “fat quarter” can be more economical to purchase for a smaller quilt because the purchaser does not have to buy the entire yardage width. 
    • Fabric Kit is a collection of fabrics cut in large pieces to accommodate the requirements of a particular quilt pattern. The 4-Her must cut out all of the smaller squares, rectangles, etc. to make the quilt top according to the pattern directions.
    After fabric selection, youth can use a variety tools for cutting the fabric and completing the quilt. Cutting into pattern pieces may include hand roller die cutting machines that cut particular shapes which can be appliqued to fabric. This is allowed in the construction of the quilt.
    • A quilted exhibit is made up of at least 3 layers. Exhibits must be quilted or tied through all layers.
    • Fleece blankets are not eligible in this division.
    • Quilts must have a permanent label on the back in the bottom right corner with quilter’s name and date of completion
  8. Quota
    • In classes 10–42, counties may enter a total of 6 items distributed within the classes as the county chooses.
    • In classes 50–83, counties may enter a total of 3 items distributed within the classes as the county chooses

Classes

CLASSES 10–42

  • Class C229010 - Exploring Quilts - SF208C Scoresheet for Education Exhibits and Computer Exploration
    Illustrate some aspect of quilts or quilt making. Examples include, but are not limited to: language arts, quilts of different cultures, chemistry, design, preservation, history, construction, math-conversion of quilt patterns, textiles/fabrics, computerization, entrepreneurship. History may include history of an old quilt or history/research of a particular style of quilt such as Baltimore album quilts or Amish quilts. Exhibit may be a 14 x 22 inch poster, notebook, CD, Powerpoint, Prezi, DVD, YouTube, or other technique. All items in an exhibit must be attached together and labeled. NO quilted items should be entered in this class. 

Quilt Design other than Fabric - -SF208B Scoresheet for Quilt Design Other than Fabric.  Supporting information is required for this exhibit. Information must also include elements or principles of design used and steps taken to complete project. Tag templates can be found on the 4-H State Fair website, please note this is in the Home Environment information sheet: http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook#tab3

Exhibits without supporting information will be dropped a ribbon placing.

  • Quilt Design other than Fabric - Class C229020 - Two or three-dimensional item with quilt design made using medium other than fabric, such as wooden quilt block, stained glass, paper, etc. 

Barn Quilts – SF208B Scoresheet for Quilt Design Other than Fabric.  Supporting information is required for this exhibit. Information must also include elements or principles of design used and steps taken to complete project. Tag templates can be found on the 4-H State Fair website, please note this is the Home Environment information sheet: http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook#tab3

Exhibits without supporting information will be dropped a ribbon placing.

  • Class 229021 - Barn Quilt created that is less than 4'x4'.
  • Class 229022 - Barn Quilt created that is 4'x4' or larger.
  • Class C229030 - Computer Exploration - SF208C Quilt Quest Scoresheet for Education Exhibits and Computer Exploration
    Poster or notebook with a minimum of six computer generated quilt designs or color variations on a quilt design. Include information on type of program used, process used to generate designs, or how you used color to create different quilt designs. Size of poster or notebook to be suitable for the exhibit. 
  • Class C229040. Wearable Art SF208A Scoresheet for Quilts and Quilted Items
    Quilted clothing or clothing accessory which must have a recognizable amount of quilting and may include fabric manipulation. Quilting must be done by 4-H member.  On a half sheet of 8 ½  x 11 inch paper, tell how you selected the design and fabrics including whether or not you used a kit, jelly roll, charm squares, etc.
  • Class C229041. Inter-Generational Quilt SF208E Scoresheet for Quilt Quest Intergenerational Quilt
    A quilt made by a 4-H member and family members or friends of different generations. On a half-sheet of 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, include an explanation answering the following questions: A) How was the quilt planned and who did what in the construction of the quilt?  B) How did you select the design and fabrics including whether or not you used a kit, jelly roll, charm squares, etc.? C) What did you learn that you can use on your next project?
  • Class C229042. Service Project Quilt SF208D Scoresheet for Service Project Quilt
    A quilt constructed by a 4-H member or group to be donated to a worthy cause. On a half sheet of 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, include an explanation answering the following questions: A) Why was the quilt constructed and who will receive the donated quilt?  B) How did you select the design and fabrics used including whether or not you used a kit, jelly roll, charm squares, etc.?  C) What did you do and what was done by others?  D) What did you learn that you can use on your next project?

CLASSES 50–83 QUILTED EXHIBITS

Guidelines for Classes 50-83

  1. In classes 50–83, counties may enter a total of 3 items distributed within the classes as the county chooses.
  2. Please note the description of classes. They denote degree of difficulty in construction and not the number of years in the project.
  3. A quilted exhibit consists of 3 or more layers.
  4. All quilted exhibits must be quilted (machine or hand) or tied.
  5. All quilt piecing and finishing must be the sole work of the 4-H member. Quilting, whether machine or hand quilted, may be done by another individual except for the Premier Quilt class.
  6. No pre-quilted fabric may be used.
  7. Wall quilts must have a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt or some method for hanging.
  8. All quilted exhibits must be clean and finished for intended purpose.
  9. On a half sheet of 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, include an explanation answering the following questions: A) How did you select the design and fabrics including whether or not you used a kit, jelly roll, charm squares, etc.? B) What did you do and what was done by others? C) What did you learn you can use on your next project?

QUILTED EXHIBITS

Classes 50 – 52 Pieced quilts made up of squares and/or rectangles. SF208A Scoresheet for Quilts and Quilted Items.

  • Class C229050. Small - length + width = less than 60”. This size includes miniature quilts, wall hangings, table runners, placemats (4), and pillows. All items must be quilted. Pillows must have a quilted top, not just pieced patchwork.
  • Class C229051. Medium - length + width = 61” to 120”
  • Class C229052. Large - length + width = over 120”

Classes 60 – 62 In addition to any of the methods in classes 50–52, quilts may have triangles, and/or may beembroidered. SF208A Scoresheet for Quilts and Quilted Items

  • Class C229060 - Small - length + width = less than 60”. This size includes miniature quilts, wall hangings, table runners, placemats (4), and pillows. All items must be quilted. Pillows must have a quilted top, not just pieced patchwork.
  • Class C229061 - Medium - length + width = 61” to 120” 
  • Class C229062 - Large - length + width = over 120”

Classes 70 – 72 In addition to any of the methods in classes 50–62, quilts may have curved piecing, applique, Celtic style, stained glass style, paper piecing, art quilt style (An art quilt is an original exploration of a concept or idea rather than the handing down of a “pattern”.  It experiments with textile manipulation, color, texture and/or a diversity of mixed media.  An Art Quilt often pushes quilt world boundaries), or other non-traditional styles. SF208A Scoresheet for Quilts and Quilted Items

  • Class C229070 - Small - length + width = less than 60”. This size includes miniature quilts, wall hangings, table runners, placemats (4), and pillows. All items must be quilted. Pillows must have a quilted top, not just pieced patchwork.
  • Class C229071 - Medium - length + width = 61” to 120”
  • Class C229072 - Large - length + width = over 120”

PREMIER QUILT

Classes 80 – 83 Entire quilt is the sole work of the 4-H member, including quilting (hand or machine).  The youth may receive guidance but no one else may work on the quilt.  Tied quilts are not eligible for this class. SF208A Scoresheet for Quilts and Quilted Items

  • Class C229080 - Hand quilted
  • Class C229081 - Sewing machine quilted
  • Class C229082 - Long arm quilted—non-computerized/hand guided
  • Class C229083 - Long arm quilted—computerized

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