SOUTHSIDE — A quilt made of squares meant to reflect Mason County and West Virginia, has been made to benefit the completion of the new 4-H dining hall in Southside.
The Quilts ‘N Things Quilt Guild, with members from both Mason and Gallia counties, recently constructed the quilt and donated it as a fund raiser for the dining hall. The 4-H Leaders Association and WVU Extension Office are selling tickets to win the unique item with six tickets purchased for $5. The winner of the quilt will be chosen in November during the 4-H achievement banquet.
The quilt contains blocks which reflect the history of the area, including the Battle Monument at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Mothman, Chief Cornstalk’s resting place, a black bear, a coal miner, a local barn on Black Oak Road and more.
The guild has been working on the project off and on since October with all members contributing in some way to this literal work of local art. Member Rhonda Mullins helped pull the final product all together with her own longarm quilting machine. Mullins, of Gallipolis, Ohio, is herself a former 4-H member and she said she was happy to work on the project, giving back to a program that actually helped her learn how to sew. Her first sewing project was an apron, by the way.
The quilt is around 73 inches across and 88-90 inches in length – members measured it to be sure.
“Quilters don’t like to guess…it doesn’t fit when you guess,” Agnes Faber, of the guild said.
Melissa Deem and Linda Roush of the 4-H Leaders Association, attended an Easter dinner this week hosted by the guild to accept the quilt.
“On behalf of the Leader’s Association, I want to thank you for your work…it’s (the quilt) absolutely stunning,” Deem said. “I can’t wait to buy a ticket.”
Efforts to construct the dining hall are ongoing with the huge expense of interior work, including electrical and the purchase of appliances looming, however, camp will be held this year, even though the meals won’t come from the new kitchen.
To buy tickets or contribute to the dining hall, call Extension Educator Lorrie Wright at 304-675-0888.
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