By Bev Wieler – Reporter
Rebekah McGill is looking forward to gathering leaves on Saturday. Gathering them, not raking.
She will be bringing her fabric leaf-shaped bowls home from the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in Lincoln.
Saturday is the reception for 4-H youths who had their projects exhibited at the gallery. Rebekah had four leaf bowls selected at the Cuming County Fair to move on to the Nebraska State Fair, and then on to the gallery.
She made four cloth-covered bowls in the shapes of leaves using a variety of fabrics and a product called Inn-spire Plus.
“I found the project in Keepsake Quilting magazine last year,” Bekah said. “I never got to it so I used it this year.”
Bekah has been sewing for seven years and has been in 4-H for eight years.
She likes to sew. Through her years in 4-H she has learned that some projects take a different needle, that sometimes you have to change your tension on your machine and that you also have to adjust the length and width of stitches for decorative stitches.
The set of bowls she made depict the four seasons of the year. The leaf shapes she chose are those of a maple, birch, palm and mulberry.
The fabrics and fabric colors also differ. The winter bowl was made from blue toned fabrics, the spring bowl was made of green tones, the summer pinks and purples, and the fall includes oranges and brown fabrics.
Bekah enjoyed using Batik fabrics in dark and light shades because they offered contrast.
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