POINT PLEASANT — The annual Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) “Harvest of Quilts” co-chaired by Carolyn Litchfield and Catherine Yauger, reaped many beautiful pieces in this year’s show. This event, which is free to the public and for which there is no charge to the quilters, was held Oct. 2-3 as part of the West Virginia Farm Museum’s Country Fall Festival. In addition to large and small quilts, a new category was added to the mix this year – Quilt Blocks.
Altogether, 45 quilts and 20 quilt blocks competed to win either First Place, Second Place, or Honorable Mention in five different categories. Over 160 quilt lovers registered to view the quilts and cast votes for their favorites during the two-day show.
Eleven quilts were entered as Large Quilts, Hand-stitched. First Place in this category, earning a cash prize of $20, was Katie Litchfield with “Quilt Square Barns”. Second Place, worth $10, was “Spring Flower Puff” by Patsy Shinn. Honorable mention went to Tanya Roberts for “Sew Many Squares”. Additional quilts in this category which also garnered a number of votes include “Sampler Block Quilt” by Sherry Higginbotham and “Star Quilt” belonging to Kitty Yoder.
Thirteen quilts were categorized as Large Quilts, Machine-stitched. Winning First Place and $20 in this category was Agnes Faber with “Memory Lane.” Second Place and $10 was “Kaleidoscope of Color” by Kay Rutherford, while Irene Goff was awarded Honorable Mention for her quilt, “Lone Star.” Other popular quilts included “Southern Belles” belonging to Kitty Yoder and Betty Rickard’s “Christmas Log Cabin.”
The third category, numbering seven Small Quilts, Hand-stitched, included the following winners: First Place, $10, Cindy Litchfield for “9-patch Star”; Second Place, $5, Katie Litchfield for “Pillow Set”; and Honorable Mention, Barbara Gerlach, for “Baby Bow Tie.” In addition, close votes were cast for Katie Litchfield’s “Barn Quilt Pillow Set” and Mary Sue Kincaid’s “Crazy Quilt.”
A total of 14 Small Quilts, Machine-stitched, made up the fourth category with the following winners: First Place, $10, Mollie Yauger for “Autumn Visions of West Virginia”; Second Place, $5, Kay Rutherford for “Whirly Gigs”; and Honorable Mention, Carolyn Litchfield for “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Fourth and fifth places were held by Cindy Litchfield’s “9 Patch” pillow shams and “Horses” by Anna Mae Keefer and Carol Varian.
As previously mentioned, the fifth category, introduced this year, was the Quilt Block. Janelle Erwin of the Wohelo Club, and her husband Bob, artfully arranged 20 quilt blocks, each with a Harvest Theme, on quilt racks draped with brown fabric. The colorful blocks were made of many different fabrics and materials. Although no cash prizes were awarded for this category, receiving ribbons for First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention were Connie Huston, Carolyn Litchfield, and Mollie Yauger, respectively. Frankie Bumgarner and Rhonda Mullins also fared well in this category.
Possibly the youngest quilter to compete, Anna Mae Keefer was only eight years old this year when she and Carol Varian entered their quilt, “Horses” in the Small Quilts, Machine-stitched category. Anna Mae is a member of the Busy Bodies Cloverbuds 4-H Club and the granddaughter of Leon CEOS member, Jackie Scarberry.
Mason County CEOS members say they appreciate the public’s participation and look forward to reaping “beautiful quilts” again next year. CEOS membership is open to all. For further information, contact the West Virginia University Extension Office at 304-675-0888.
April Pyles is a member of the Wohelo CEOS Club and the CEOS County Council.