Quilt show celebrates state history

PARKERSBURG – Quilts of many different sizes and colors are on display during the ninth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

Since 2013 is the West Virginia Sesquicentennial year, the theme for the show was “West Virginia,” said Kathryn Lamm, with the Friends of Blennerhassett, which sponsors the annual quilt exhibit at the museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg.

“This year the theme was West Virginia, in honor of the Sesquicentennial,” she said. “Next Saturday Doug Kreinik will have a seminar on threads.”

Lamm said the 2013 show attracted 65 quilts and a wide variety of quilters.

“We have noticed our exhibitors have come from farther out geographically,” she said. “We found that to be very interesting.”

Lamm said all judging has been completed except for the winner of “The People’s Choice,” which will be chosen next week. She said the quilts will remain on display through March 24.

Nina Ott, of Washington, W.Va., won second place with “Noah’s Ark” and third place with “The Hungry Caterpillar” in the crib quilt category. She also won third place in the antique quilt category for “Sixteen Patch” made by her aunt Myrtle Kimmel in the 1940s.

Ott, a member of the quilting guild at Good Sheppard Episcopal Church, said she has been quilting since the 1970s.

“I give them to people or I sell them, mostly I give them to family,” she said. “The ones in the crib quilts are for my grandchildren.”

Marion Smith, of Belleville, has made many quilts and has won ribbons for her work.

“I’ve been quilting to 10 years straight,” she said. “I’ve got one in the frame right now; and I’m the treasurer for the Helping Hands Quilt Guild of Belleville, I’ve been with them for nine years.”

Smith said her one quilt in the show was “Flower Garden Basket,” which was made with scraps of fabric left from making other quilts. She said the blanket won a blue ribbon last year.

“I’ve won a ribbon here but I’m not sure with what one,” she said. “Lots of times I just bring for show, the ribbons mean a lot but I don’t cry a lot if I don’t get one.”

Smith said she enjoys making a variety of quilt patterns and likes to use a lot of color.

“I’ve got a ‘Dresden Plate’ in the frame right now,” she said. “It’s a variegated block on a white block.”

Over the years Smith has made quilts for family and friends.

“I sent one to my sister in Pennsylvania, one for my daughter-in-law’s sister in Ohio,” she said. “I’ve made several and I just hand them on; I tell them it’s a souvenir from me.”

During the quilt exhibit, the museum will be open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information, call the museum office at 304-420-4800.