Project Spotlight

 Columbia County Project Spotlight

A day of learning! Youth will: register and pay for the project track that interests them most; prepare for the class by securing needed material, if any (some teachers will bring all); make arrangements for an adult helper, if necessary; and prepare to participate from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – all day! A half day Cloverbud Session is also being offered! All sessions are on a first come, first served basis!

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Location: Portage High School, 301 E. Collins Street, Portage, WI 53901

Registration fee is based on your attending session

Registration due before 4:30pm – Friday, February 2, 2018

 

Project Spotlight Registration Form  (PDF, 1 page)

 

8:00 am – Arrive Portage High School, Room 136

8:15 am – Welcome and Review the Plan of the Day

8:45 am – Begin “Project Spotlight” Experience or Begin Cloverbud Session!

8:45 – 12:00 pm Project Spotlight

8:45 – 12:00 pm – Cloverbud Session (K-2) (Parents are encouraged to stay with your kids)

 

  1. Cupcake Baking FUN – Instructor — Becky Rocha – Kids, 4th grade and above, will make creative cupcakes from start to finish. Cost: $10 each. Limit: 10-12 youth participants.
  2. Quilting Pinwheel 7 Runner WorkshopInstructor — Patti James – Workshop includes: Making and assembling 3 quilt blocks to create a table runner for your table or dresser with the Pinwheel block. This block can be used in a larger project and create a lap quilt or larger. It is made entirely of half-square triangles. A variety of methods to use in creating a half-square triangle block will be demonstrated, as well as designs for quilt blocks utilizing the half-square triangle block in a variety of layouts. Cost: $12 / person plus each participants must purchase their own fabric, thread, etc. Please see workshop flier below for fabric details. Youth, 3rd grade and older, will need to have at least one year in the quilting project and knowledge of rotary cutting methods. Limits: 4 minimum to 10 or 12 maximum.
  3. Kumihimo Bead Braiding – Instructor — Rita Briant of Prairie Flower Beads, Portage. Participants will create a necklace with beads and a pendant. This project will require that students remain very focused and on task throughout the day so the project may be completed. Project time: 2 hours to string all of the beads; 3 hours to braid the strings of beads; plus some time to finish the ends. Cost: $ 40/person – all materials are supplied (beads, handmade pendant, string, etc). Participants will be able to choose their own bead colors and individual pendants at the class. Youth, 4th grade and older. Limits: 4 minimum to 8 maximum. An adult may attend with each youth to help facilitate the completion of this project; however, only one kumihimo braiding kit will be provided. Please see workshop flier and image below.
  4. BasketryInstructor — Connie Alderden – http://www.attictreasuresbasketry.com/. Connie is a member of Silver Creek Basketry Guild, Dodge County, WI 4-H Leader. Kids would create a small basket. Adult helper or older youth helper or both if possible. Cost: $10/person (for supplies.) Youth, 6th grade and older. Limit: 10.
  5. Food Preservation InvestigationInstructor –Becky Gutzman – During this session we will learn how to preserve garden produce to enjoy all year long by drying, canning and freezing. Participants will go home with dried snacks, jam or jelly, and some frozen veggies. Please bring an apron. Cost: $15/person. Youth, 4th grade and older, and parents if space allows. Limit: 12.
  6. Cloverbud Class – Instructor — Jen Martens with 2 youth helpers – Kids will create a sketchbook, add drawings from observation, create an acrylic painting on canvas, art critique and art show. Cost: $10. Youth K-2nd grade. (Limit: 12-14 total kids)
  7. Create a T-shirt Quilt for Karen Nelson – Instructor — Pat Wagner – All materials will be available that day. Youth and/or adults bring their sewing machines and sewing equipment and a t-shirt quilt of Columbia County 4-H club t-shirts is created as Karen Nelson’s going away gift. Participants will learn the art of making a t-shirt quilt together!

 

12:00pm – Potluck Lunch

Each participant family is to bring a dish to pass. Hot Dog sandwiches, beverages, and tableware will be provided.  We will eat in the FACE classroom. There is room to plug in crockpots or keep food cold in coolers in that classroom.  We will not have access to refrigerators in that classroom.

12:30 – 2:00pm – Project Spotlight sessions continue and 4-H Cloverbuds are dismissed.

2:00 pm – Clean up all spaces and return to hallway outside of Room 136. Arrange projects on tables for Showcase presentation.

 2:30pm – 4-H Project Spotlight “Showcase” (a sharing time for all participants)

 3:30 pm – Head for home

 

Project Spotlight Photo Contest

Photos that capture life in Wisconsin, including seasons, wildlife, landscape and people that have been taken since the 2017 Columbia County Fair.

         Three categories (4-H Members are encouraged to enter all three)

o   #1:   Something I love

o   #2:  My favorite thing to do

o   #3:  Through the ….___________ (fill-in the blank….could be window…could be door…could be eyes of a bug)

  • Photo Entries must be 5×7” or larger after cropping and must fit on the 11×14” black poster board and may be black and white or color
  • Attach a 3×5 note card to describe your photography process to the judge (attach to the back)
  • Photos will be judged based on composition, technical quality, and storytelling ability
  • Submit to the Columbia County Extension office by February 9th or bring to the Project Spotlight Day by 8:30 a.m.

 

 

QUILTING — Pinwheel 7 Runner Workshop

Pattern adapted from www.quilterscache.com

 

Presented by Patti James (608) 429-3603

Workshop includes:

  1. Making and assembling 3 quilt blocks to create a table runner for your table or dresser with the Pinwheel block. This block can be used in a larger project and create a lap quilt or larger. It is made entirely of half-square triangles.
  2. A variety of methods to use in creating a half-square triangle block will be demonstrated, as well as designs for quilt blocks utilizing the half-square triangle block in a variety of layouts.

Participants need to have at least one year in the quilting project and knowledge of rotary cutting methods.

 

Fabric supplies needed to create 3 blocks for the runner:

Note:  Good quality fabric makes quilting much easier.  Here is a list of some local stores where good quality fabric and help in selection of colors that coordinate with your home are available.  In Portage: The Welcome Home Sew n Vac; Endeavor: Homespun Fabrics; Lodi: Village Creek; Madison: Quintessential Quilts; Beaver Dam: Nancy’s Notions

Fabrics Needed (please bring with you to Project Spotlight)

½ yd. light colored 100% cotton fabric (a tone on tone light colored fabric or plain white or cream)

½ yard dark colored 100% fabric (choose a fabric without a lot of colors and big prints)

1/3 yd. of the dark 100% cotton fabric for binding

½ yd. coordinating 100% cotton fabric for the backing of the runner.

Batting: Will be provided in your fee.

 

Equipment:

Sewing machine in good working order with operating book and accessories (Machine must be able to stitch an accurate ¼” seam) with two bobbins wound with thread prior to class.

Sewing Kit – Seam ripper, scissors for trimming thread, pins, pin cushion, extra sewing machine needles (80/12), mechanical pencil or Friction pen to mark fabric

Rotary cutter and new blade installed, 24” rotary ruler, and small cutting mat, *optional12” rotary ruler

Thread- I use a shade of grey that blends with my darker fabric, or cream or light tan. I like Gutermann or Mettler thread brands.

I will bring larger cutting mats for your use for the workshop as well as irons and ironing boards.

 

Kumihimo Beaded Necklace – Instructor: Rita Briant of Prairie Flower Beads, Portage

Material cost is $40.00. Instructor time is donated. Participants will create a necklace of beads and choose a matching pendant.

Photo is a sample only! Each participant will select his/her own color of beads and unique pendant!

Process:

  1. 2 hours to string all the beads
  2. 3 hours to braid the strings of beads together
  3. Additional time to finish the ends

 

Students in this class must be able to remain focused during the day and must be able to remain on task. A student may bring along a parent or other helper to aid them during this class; however, only one kit would be issued to the student.