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Sesquicentennial quilt to be unveiled

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

CHARLESTON - West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will unveil the West Virginia State Sesquicentennial Quilt featuring such icons as Camden Park and Sandstone Falls at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, at the Culture Center on the State Capitol Complex.

All of the 72 quilters from across West Virginia who invested hundreds of hours into making the commemorative quilt have been invited. A reception will follow.

Each of the state's 55 counties is represented by at least one quilt square made from Civil War-era fabric donated by Andover Fabrics of New York City. Quilters Toni Asbury and Winona Bays, both of Cabell County; Sheryl Carpenter of Wood County; and Eileen Farren, Marguriette "Corky" Perry and Sandy Sheffield, all of Wayne County; pieced together the squares to create the quilt top. Joni Hoffman of Clay County hand quilted it.

Local quilters and their pieces are Marian Midkiff Crowe (Dutchman's Puzzle) of Cabell County, Estell Hall (Bear's Paw) and Serena Toppins (Star of West Virginia and Abraham Lincoln) of Lincoln County, Mollie Yauger (Courthouse Steps), Elizabeth Van Sickle (Tour of Mason County) of Mason County, Jean Boggess (Colors of Putnam County) of Putnam County, Tammy Barnett (Little Red Caboose) and Beverly Beldon (Sign of the Happy Clown at Camden Park) of Wayne County.

The commemorative quilt project, which was spearheaded by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in partnership with the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, will be part of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's WV150 display, which is on exhibit at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, through the end of 2013. Once the exhibit is over, the quilt will be added to the West Virginia State Museum's permanent collection.