Celebrating a Harvest of Quilts


POINT PLEASANT — That hint of fall in the air is ushering in the 31st annual Harvest of Quilts show to be held at the West Virginia State Farm Museum as part of its Country Fall Festival slated for Oct. 7-8.

The show is hosted by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) members.

As all quilters know, it takes time to put a quilt together, and with this knowledge in mind, CEOS members are giving exhibitors time to get their materials together for the annual show by getting the word out about the dates.

All quilters are invited to exhibit a quilt in four categories – Large Quilts (hand quilted), Large Quilts (machine quilted), Small Quilts (hand quilted), Small Quilts (machine quilted). There is another category which was added in the past two years for those who don’t have the time or desire to make a bed size quilt or wall hanging. The theme for this year’s exhibit is Thanksgiving, and for those who aren’t entering an entire quilt, they may enter a block representing Thanksgiving.

Once again, quilts will not be judged but the visitors to the show will be asked to vote on their favorite in all categories. There will be monetary prizes for first and second places and an Honorable Mention ribbon for third place.

Fan favorites (as voted upon by visitors to last year’s show) included:

Category 1 — Large (hand quilted), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places: Virginia Long-Star over Cabins; Marylin Higginbotham-Wedding Ring; and Edda Fields-Lone Star.

Category 2 — Large (machine quilted), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places: Kay Rutherford-Feels Like Spring; Katie Litchfield-WV Blue and Black; and Kay Rutherford-Potting Shed.

Category 3 — Small (hand quilted), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places: Leisa Wedge-Dutch Boy & Girl Baby Quilt; Leisa Wedge-Lamb Baby Quilt; and Kay Rutherford-Civil War Quilt.

Category 4 — Small (machine quilted), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places: Mollie Yauger-Spring Outside My Window; Kay Rutherford-Zebra Baby Quilt; and Irene Goff-House Around the Corner.

Category 5 — Quilt Block, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places: Carolyn Litchfield-W.V. Symbols; Marie Dulaney-Golden Blue Log Cabins; and Mollie Yauger-Country Roads.

Category “Best of Show” was a new award for last year’s “Harvest of Quilts” and was received by Kay Rutherford for her quilt “Feels Like Spring.”

In all, there were nearly 300 people who voted on their favorite pieces in last year’s show which consisted of 44 quilts and 19 quilt blocks, made by 22 quilters.

The Harvest of Quilts has been an annual project of the CEOS organization of Mason County as a way to showcase quilts free of charge to the quilters and at no cost to the visitors. CEOS members are volunteers whose projects and activities deal with the health, education and cultural arts of their homes and communities. For more information on this group, contact the West Virginia University Extension Office at 304-675-0888.

Information for this article provided by Catherine Yauger and previous articles in the Point Pleasant Register.

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Visitors to last year’s Harvest of Quilts show at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, organized by the Mason County CEOS Clubs.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_10.4-PPR-CFF-3.jpgVisitors to last year’s Harvest of Quilts show at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, organized by the Mason County CEOS Clubs. File photo

This is a photo of the block display celebrating local history from the 2016 quilt show, held in conjunction each year with the Country Fall Festival at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_8.26-PPR-WV-History.jpgThis is a photo of the block display celebrating local history from the 2016 quilt show, held in conjunction each year with the Country Fall Festival at the West Virginia State Farm Museum. Courtesy
31st annual CEOS quilt show set

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