Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History to host Heritage Quilt Show

Photo by Wayne Towner Judges, from left, Amy Pabst, Meta Van Nostren and Sue Papouschek review a quilt submission this week in preparation for the 15th annual Heritage Quilt Show from March 9-17 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — The 15th annual Heritage Quilt Show will be held March 9-17 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in downtown Parkersburg.

The exhibit opens Saturday with an opening reception 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission will be regular museum admission.

Along with standard categories, the themed category for this year’s exhibit will be “Cabin Fever.” Other quilt categories include bed, crib, wall, duet/group and antique. Awards are given in each category along with Best of Show (hand-quilted), Best of Show (machine quilted), Superintendent’s Choice, and Best of Themed and Best of Show. Visitors of the quilt show can vote for the People’s Choice which will be announced on March 17.

As part of the quilt show, Brenda Wentzel will have a sample of her toy sewing machine collection on display at the museum. The collection includes sewing machines dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Some of the toy machines on display were made in Germany, France, England, Japan, Italy, the U.S. and other countries.

Among the special programs featured as part of the exhibit, a quilt lecture and trunk show at noon March 9 will feature Log Cabin quilt designs by Robert DiCarli from Downingtown, Pa. The cost is $5 in addition to the regular museum admission and it will be held in the third-floor conference room.

A quilt class for a Rapid Fire Hunter Star table runner taught by local quilt shop owner Brian McCoy of Bolts and Quarters will be held March 16. The cost is $60 and participants will need to supply their own fabric. To register for the class, call the quilt shop at 304-428-4933.

The museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admission to the museum, which includes the quilt show, is $4 for adults and $2 for children 4-12. Call the museum at 304 420-4800 for more information.

Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2019 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island.

With the opening of the island for the summer season, visitors can board the Island Belle Sternwheeler at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg for the trips to and from Blennerhassett Island. Boat ride tickets will be sold at the Blennerhassett Museum with boarding at the docking area at the city floodwall.