Quilters invited to enter annual quilts, wall hanging exhibit

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites West Virginia quilters to enter its annual Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition, which will open May 24 and continue through Sept. 2 at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.

“The quilt exhibition in the Great Hall is one of our most popular and colorful exhibitions,” said Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of culture and history. “Visitors from around the country enjoy the fine handiwork of West Virginians whose creativity and appreciation of tradition are showcased in the quilts and wall hangings we feature.”

Hand- or machine-made quilts by West Virginia residents and not shown previously in the exhibition are eligible.

Entries must be shipped or mailed no earlier than April 8 and arrive at the Culture Center no later than May 3.

Hand-delivered entries will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 25-26.

Each entrant may submit one quilt and one wall hanging, which must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 for each entry.

For information or applications, visit www.wvculture.org/museum, or call Betty Gay, exhibits coordinator, at (304) 558-0220, extension 128.

Cash awards of $750, $400 and $300 will go to first, second and third place winners, respectively, for quilts in the following categories: pieced, appliqued and quilts made with mixed/other techniques and for winners of a general category of wall hangings.

A best of show prize of $100 as well as honorable mention or other non-monetary awards may be given at the judge’s discretion.

The Division of Culture and History will provide two purchase awards and add the purchased quilt and wall hanging to the collection of the West Virginia State Museum.

Quilters may sell their quilts during the exhibition, but quilts may not be removed until after the show ends.

Beverly Fine, a National Quilting Association-certified judge from Haymarket, Va., will be the juror for this year’s exhibition.

The co-author of “A Guide to Judged Quilt Shows,” Fine will lead a workshop titled “A Judge’s Guide to a Professional Finish” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10.

Those attending the class will learn a step-by-step process for making bindings and facings that will win praise from a quilt judge.

The workshop is limited to only 25 participants, with a $20 fee per person required. Early registration is encouraged.

Call Betty Gay at (304) 558-0220, extension 128 to register for the course and receive a supply list.