Quilts take over Blennerhassett Museum

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Penny Eddy’s “Butterfly Reborn,” was chosen for best of theme “Spread Your Wings ... All Things That Fly” at the 14th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

PARKERSBURG — Quilts of all shapes and sizes, hand-stitched and machine-stitched are on display at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in the 14th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show.

Brenda Wentzel, chairwoman of the show, said the total number of entrants was down slightly for the 2018 show. For the first day about 100 came out to see the quilts Saturday.

Wentzel said two very old quilts are included in the show for display only.

“We have two that are part of the museum’s quilt collection,” she said. “Very little is known about their history as to who made them and when and where they were made.”

Wentzel said machine-stitched quilts are more common, but the show attracted several hand-stitched entries.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Winning first place for best hand quilting and large quilt at the 14th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show was “Deck the Halls” by Emily Bargeloh.

Admission to the quilt show, which runs through March 18, allows admission to view the museum’s other displays.

Debbie Boatright, of Belpre, and Bonnie Smith, of New Martinsville, were looking over the entrants Saturday.

When asked what type of quilt she preferred to see Boatright said she likes the traditional patterns and colors.

“I’m a traditionalist,” she said. “I like my traditional quilts, I don’t mind if they are stitched by machine, I like to see hand quilting and traditional colors, not some of the wild ones you can see here.”

Smith on the other hand likes the old styles and the newer themes and bold colors seen in some of the entries.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Winner of Best of Show at the 14th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show was “Diamonds Jubilee” by Susie Franks and quilted by Bolts and Quarters.

“She’s the modern girl,” Boatright said.

Smith said there is no way she could be a judge at a quilt show.

“They are all gorgeous,” she said. “There is so much work and time involved. Only a quilter can understand how much is involved as opposed to someone who buys a quilt.”

Boatright and Smith said they agreed with the judges’ decision on the winners.

“I agree because even on the worst quilt there is a lot work involved — it’s unreal,” Boatright said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad quilt.”

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Irene Robinson’s entry “Flight of the Holiday Butterflies” won the superintendent’s award at the 14th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

Boatright is a quilter herself and she said she came to Saturday’s show with her camera to get ideas for patterns and colors for her next quilt project.

“There are a couple of blocks here I’ve never seen before,” she said.

Quilts in the show will be on display through March18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors of the quilt show will be able to vote for “People’s Choice” which will be announced March 18.

Wentzel said the theme for the 15th annual show in 2019 will be “Cabin Fever” and dates of the show will be March 9-12.

Admission to the museum is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages three to 12.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton “Crazy Quilt” was entered by Karen Green Fleet and Blanche Grueser and was made by Tanta Hann between 1890 and 1892.