POINT PLEASANT — Quilters work long hours piecing and stitching beautiful works of art. For most, it isn’t about money, although a quilt can draw a pretty nice price. No, it seems safe to say that quilting, as with most hobbies, is therapeutic.
The end result is its own reward, whether it graces a bed or a wall. Quilts are Memory Keepers, Scrapbooks in Fabric, Visions and Dreams laid out in patterns of print and beautifully sewn stitches.
Winners of the recent CEOS “Harvest of Quilts” which was held during the West Virginia Farm Museum’s Country Festival, were arrived at by the votes of over 276 visitors to the exhibit. Forty-four quilts and 19 quilt blocks, made by 22 quilters, competed for those votes. Following are the names of the winners along with the names of their quilts:
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 this year’s “Harvest of Quilts” and was received by Kay Rutherford for her quilt “Feels Like Spring.”
“Harvest of Quilts” celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year. It has been an annual project of the Community Educational Outreach Service (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.
April Pyles is a member of the WoHeLo CEOS club and a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.