The public is invited to participate in a Merchants Mall and the West Virginia Quilt History Documentation Project as a part of the 22nd-Annual Lewis County Quit Retreat at Jackson’s Mill.
The annual retreat, sponsored by WVU Extension in Lewis County, offers workshops in quilting techniques throughout the weekend. The public is invited to participate in special events scheduled on Friday, March 16.
The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project gathers information on quilts made before 1970 that were made in, or currently reside in, West Virginia. Make an appointment (Friday, March 16, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and a team of volunteers will measure, photograph, date and identify the quilt pattern. Bring information and pictures of the quiltmaker if available; “maker unknown” quilts are also welcomed.
Data gathered will be stored in the WV Culture Center Archives and will be uploaded to the Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org). Information about quilt ownership will remain confidential.
The Lewis County Quilt Retreat is pleased to help facilitate this opportunity for residents in Lewis and surrounding counties. The team will work in the Assembly Hall at Jackson’s Mill.
Contact Fran Kordek for more information or to make an appointment (304-636-7973, [email protected]). If you enjoy getting up close and personal to some pretty special quilts, contact Kordek to volunteer.
More information about the documentation project is on the WV Quilters, Inc. website on the documentation page at www.wvquilters.org.
The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project is sponsored by the West Virginia Quilters, Inc., in collaboration with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
The Merchants Mall features vendors from around the state who will have fabric and quilting supplies available.
For several years, the Mall has been available to quilt retreat participants. For the second year, the mall will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m., Friday, March 16, only, at the West Virginia Building at Jackson’s Mill.
Confirmed vendors are Don Reynolds Scissor Sharpening, Summersville; Sew Many Blessings, Huntington; The Stitching House, Buckhannon; and Soul Reflections Massage Therapy, Bridgeport. Others may be added.
Submitted by: Linda Schmidt ([email protected];