Hunter featured at sewing expo

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The “It’s Sew Fine: for Home and Family” Sewing Expo will be held at General Butler State Resort Park on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16. This is the eighth year of the popular expo with sewing enthusiasts from around the Commonwealth and nearby states attending. Classes will be taught by professionals and skilled sewing teachers from Kentucky and across the county. This year’s teachers are from Kentucky, New York, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina.

This year’s keynote presenter for the expo is Bonnie Hunter, the head, heart and hands behind Quiltville.com. Dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting, Bonnie enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box and find what brings them joy. She has published many books and also writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Mazazine entitled “Addicted to Scraps.” She also has a daily blog at Quiltville.blogspot.com.

Tuesday afternoon a variety of classes will be offered, including a dying, painting and printing class, Special Appliqué, numerous different quilt classes, a folded star, a little child’s seat, serging and more.

The first evening ends with a banquet with the keynote presentation by Hunter. There will be an instructor showcase with Expo teachers selling their wares and demonstrating.   Former participants will also be showing items they have made at previous Sewing Expos.

Wednesday will be a full day including “Happy, Scrappy Houses” with Hunter, “Landscape Fabric Collage: made by learning to dye, print and paint fabrics with Pat Sturtzel, and “Are You Sure that’s a Sweatshirt?,” a sweatshirt adapted and made into a special top, apparel design by learning to drape, speed tailoring, beginning quilting and many other intermediate and advanced quilt classes.

The Sewing Expo concludes on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.

The 2014 Sewing Expo schedule includes registration starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. For registration go to http://ces.ca.uky.edu/owen/FamilyConsumerSciences or contact me at the Carroll County Extension office at (502) 732-7030 or at gangotti@uky.edu.

Interested persons are encouraged to request applications early as space is limited.

Quilt in memory of Gloria Lindsay

The Cover Girls Homemaker Club has made a quilt that they are raffling off in memory of their past leader and Carroll County Extension Homemaker president, Gloria Lindsay. The beautiful quilt is now on display at the Carroll County Extension office where tickets may be purchased for a chance to win the quilt. It will also be displayed at other places prior to the drawing Friday, Feb. 14.

Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss not effective

“Your grandmothers did it, and look at her, she stayed thin.” Unfortunately, grandma’s daily habit of downing a spoonful of apple cider to help control her weight, most likely isn’t the real reason she was able to stay slender for all those years. Followers of the apple cider vinegar diet claim that drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar before meals or taking an apple cider vinegar supplement helps curb appetite and burn fat. However, there’s little scientific support for these claims.

Although occasional use of apple cider vinegar is safe for most people, it won’t likely lead to weight loss, and problems may occur for those most loyal members of its fan base. Vinegar is highly acidic and may irritate the throat if consumed in large amounts. It may also interact with medications or supplements, resulting in low potassium levels.

The key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume. Choose healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include physical activity in your daily routine.

This information was shared by Janet Mullins, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, University Of Kentucky; College of Agriculture, Food and Environment