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Amazing Handiwork Will Be On Display At Show

By Staff | Jul 7, 2010

Organizers of the New Martinsville Heritage Quilt Show, from left, Kay Morris, Becky Livingtson, and Joy Hayes, display the raffle quilt that helps support the free show. The Louisa’s Geese pattern includes popular country colors such as beige, brown, navy blue, burgundy, and green. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. They are available at the Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union in New Martinsville or at the show. The drawing will be held at the close of the quilt show. The winner does not need to be present. (Photo by?Amy?Witschey)

Once again the New Martinsville Heritage Quilt Show will offer a treat for the eyes as local quilters and quilt owners will display gorgeous examples of fabric and thread handiwork July 16 and 17 at West Virginia Northern Community College.

This 22nd annual show is being held in conjunction with the Festival of Memories that will take place in downtown New Martinsville on July 17. However, the quilt show will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Those wishing to show quilts can register them, for free, on July 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at WVNCC. Organizers are looking forward to seeing quilters and their wonderful works of art. Quilts can be picked up on July 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. “Anyone who owns a quilt and would like to enter it is welcome to do so,” said Kay Morris, one of the organizers.

The theme for this year’s show is “Flying Geese”. This traditional pattern never seems to grow old and can be found within many quilt blocks. While all quilt patterns are accepted, each year organizers like to pick one pattern as an inspiration for quilters during the year. “We hope you are busy getting the finishing touches done on your projects and we will be looking forward to seeing them at the show,” said Becky Livingston, one of the organizers.

To promote the show, said organizer Joy Hayes, quilts are hung in New Martinsville and Hannibal banks for two weeks preceding the show and remain there through the weekend of the show. Also, Livingston said they would really appreciate New Martinsville residents, particularly those along the main route to the show, displaying quilts on their porches and yards July 16 and 17 during the quilt show, weather permitting. Many residents did that two years ago and it was a nice accent to the town.

The theme also is used in the annual raffle quilt. This year’s edition, Louisa’s Geese, is made by Morris, Hayes, and Livingston, with a melange of popular country colors such as beige, brown, navy blue, burgundy, and green.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. They are available at the Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union in New Martinsville or at the show. The drawing will be held at the close of the quilt show. The winner does not need to be present.

This raffle is an important fund raiser as it and any donations given at the door during the show are the only funds that support this free event.

During the show different quilting techniques will be demonstrated. There is always a quilt in frames where quilters can add their stitches to the piece. Also, vendors will be there with quilting supplies, patterns, fabrics, threads, and much more.

While the show is not judged, visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt. The one that receives the most votes is declared the Peoples’ Choice. The owners of it and the one receiving the second-most votes will receive a gift. They are also asked to be hung in the following year’s show.

“Our quilt show would not be a success without the help of our surrounding area quilters and quilt group, Stitching Sisters,” said Livingston, who is also the group’s president. “They never cease to amaze us with their wonderful quilts each year.”

The Stitching Sisters meet on the second Thursday of the month at the PPG Shelter in Proctor from 6-9 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend. They have members from Wetzel, Tyler, Monroe, Marshall, Belmont, and Ohio counties.

For more information about the show or Stitching Sisters contact Hayes at 304-386-4270; Morris at 304-455-2588 or jkmorris@ wildblue.net; or Livingston at 304-266-2122 or by e-mail at beckylivingston@ bayerhfcu.com.