4-H Summer Workshops
Lee County 4-H hosted a two-day workshop last week providing information and training for water bath canning and making rag quilts. Participants made strawberry preserves and mango salsa, learning the need to pre-sterilize jars and lids, of keeping jars at a constant temperature while filling and the importance of leaving a headspace for obtaining a good seal on the jar.
In the other portion of the workshop, participants made rag quilts. Rag quilts are quilts that have exposed seam allowances on their fronts and with the backs having a finished, traditional seam. Using a rotary cutter, participants cut 126 7-inch squares out of seven different fabrics. Sewing the squares together, using a 1-inch seam allowance, quilts measured a final size of 44 inches by 34 inches. Once the quilts were assembled, the selvage edges were cut along all the quilt’s seams, thus making the “rag” appearance.