Victoria Getz has been sewing for as long as she can remember.
Instead of grabbing a cell phone or computer like most young people do, she picks up a needle and thread.
This skill wasn’t passed along to her and no one pressed her into it, she really doesn’t remember how or why she began. Getz only knows that she enjoys the act of sewing.
“I like making something pretty,” she said. “I use flowers a lot and you can’t really make flowers but this is a way you almost can.”
While saying this, Getz worked on a small embroidered quilt project.
She enrolled in the Quilt Camp hosted by the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and instructed by the Duncan Quilt Guild that began Monday and ends today.
In a world when young people want to participate in activities that involve new technology and like to get projects done as quickly and easily as possible, Getz is one of the few who take time to enjoy the process of making something by hand.
“It think it’s important to have this skill and those who don’t are missing out,” she said. “When your project is small, you can carry it around and take it with you to work on.”
Brenna Tuttle was among the other seven young ladies who participated in the camp. Unlike Getz, she had never done any sewing work, besides some at school with a machine, although many people in her family enjoy it.
“My grandma does it a lot and she has always wanted me to get into it,” said Tuttle. “My grandpa told me about this camp, so I thought why not?”
One of the biggest benefits Tuttle said she is getting out of the camp is the longevity of the skill. The fact that it’s time consuming helps fill the long summer days and she finds it enjoyable.
“I’m going to call my Nana and tell her how much I have learned,” she said. “I’m giving my Nana my first creation.”
Both girls planned on continuing to use their skill in the future and said they enjoyed their time at the camp with their instructors.
“I’m grateful for such good teachers who have been doing this for a long time,” said Tuttle.
“This wouldn’t be possible without them,” said Getz. “They have so much to give if we’ll listen and learn.”
The camp was instructed by Jackie Neely and Dottie Alexander of the Quilt Guild. The Guild also taught a similar camp through the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center last month.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed it and wish more people would come learn,” Neely said. “If we don’t promote quilting, it’s going to be a dying art.”
The baby doll quilts that the young women completed during the camp will be on display in the Heritage Center during the Western Fall Fest in September.
Victoria Getz has been sewing for as long as she can remember.
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Commissioners discuss temporary fix to courthouse air conditioning issues
The Board of Stephens County Commissioners held an emergency meeting Thursday to find a temporary solution for cooling off the courthouse, until a new system can be installed. Commissioners approved a temporary solution from Allied Services in Ardmore and will rent an air conditioning unit for $10,000 for the first month and $7,000 for the second month. The commissioners estimate it will take about two months for any company to get a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system in stock.
DPS administrators discuss inclement weather procedures
On Thursday, Duncan school administrators participated in a district-wide de-briefing to discuss how Monday’s reaction to a tornado threat went at each school. Superintendent Sherry Labyer said the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Labyer said the school district will look to improve its procedures.
Substitute teacher saves special education students from tornado
When the F-5 tornado did its damage at Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore on Monday, and after the silence had passed, one little boy looked at his teacher and asked where his backpack was.
“I don’t know, but we’ll look for it later,” Joy Hendrix said to him.
A celebration of faith and unity
There was a sense of celebration and appreciation throughout the J.M Carey Fieldhouse Thursday night in Velma.With the graduation ceremony commencing for the Velma-Alma High School Class of 2013, came an assortment of emotions, all telling a story.In total 31 students walked the stage to receive their diplomas on the evening.
Velma native runs only to discover home annihilated
Stuck in traffic trying to get to his home, Roger Graham decided he might as well park the car and run. A Moore resident, the accountant, dressed in casual business attire, didn’t think twice about the distance.
“It was two miles,” he said. “I just took off.” His wife, Kalissa, a school teacher, was right behind him.
Duncan students to remain in school Tuesday, Wednesday
When Duncan seniors cross the stage tonight, they won’t necessarily be done with high school.Duncan students will go to school Tuesday and Wednesday, following a three-day weekend for Memorial Day. DHS Assistant Principal Merry Stone said those two days are regular school days for students.
Moore Tornado Showcases Advancements in Warnings
Despite the utter devastation left in the wake of the massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla. on Monday, the deadly storm, in many ways, helped showcase how far scientists have come in providing communities early tornado warning signs.
ODOT efforts hampered by general public traffic
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is requesting that motorists avoid I-35 through Moore, S. 19th Street because the ramp is closed and emergency and clean-up crews are hampering their efforts.
National EMS Week shines spotlight on rescue workers
The Air Evac helicopter was sitting on the helipad at Duncan Regional Hospital Wednesday, but not for emergency reasons.
National EMS Week, May 19-25, is about connecting with the community and the Air Evac Lifeteam was doing just that.
“Every base we have is doing something like this during the week,” said Heather Taylor, Air Evac program director. “We want to show appreciation to our community.”
Restaurant rumors remain on the hot plate
From IHOP and HomeTown Buffet to Chili’s and Olive Garden, restaurant whisperings have been running rampant in the community since the arrival of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar.
Although there are a few open spaces such as the old Golden Corral location and the soon-to-close Honda site, none of these rumors can be confirmed at this point according to Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce president. No information on any of the businesses’ websites points to them opening a new location in the area.
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