It wasn't just West Virginia celebrating its birthday this past week in Summersville, WV. The West Virginia Quilt Festival celebrated its 11th annual quilt show at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center.

Quilters from all over the state of West Virginia were there showing quilts, taking classes and shopping at the various vendors set up at the show.

Calhoun County was well represented at the quilt show with three local women taking high honors and recognitions that showcased their skills and dedication to the tradition, culture and the history of quilt making in the State.

Martha Harris (above left) received "Judges Recognition Award for a Commemorative Presentation for her quilt "Lenore". "Lenore" a bargello style quilt depicting the breast cancer awareness ribbon, was made in memory of Lenore Collins, the mother of Patty Cain, who died at the age of 41 from breast cancer. Martha's quilt was machine quilted by Calhoun County longarm quilter Shirl Badgett.

Beverly Harold and Patty Cain

Beverly Harold received a 3rd place ribbon for her quilt, "Private Garden". Beverly's quilt showcased her skill in piece work and needle turn applique. Her quilt was quilted by Sue Papouschek of Smithville, WV.

Patty Cain received a 2nd place ribbon for her original designed quilt, "House Divided". "House Divided" is a civil war quilt laid out in the fields and furrows design of a log cabin pattern. The quilt tells the story of the battle fought between brothers against brothers, fathers against sons in the homes of the south and north long before it was fought in the fields and furrows of the south. Patty's quilt was machine quilted by Marla Work of Stanleyville, Ohio.

The West Virginia Quilters, Inc., (WVQ Inc.) which is a sister guild of the National Quilters Association (NQA) holds the Annual West Virginia Quilt Festival every 3rd week of June in Summersville, WV.

Beverly, Martha and Patty are members of both state and national quilt associations along with their local quilt guild, "Unbreakable Threads". All three ladies agree, it is an honor to be recognized by the WV Quilter's Association. They look forward to creating additional quilts that will continue to keep the traditions, cultures, the history and the spirit of West Virginia alive for generations to come.

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