CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in partnership with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is inviting quilters from across the state to help make a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt.
The quilt is to be made up of 55 squares, with a handmade square representing each of the state's counties. The finished quilt will be a feature of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's WV150 display, which will be exhibited at the Culture Center in 2013.
Quilters interested in making a square to represent their counties should contact Renee Margocee, individual artist coordinator for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, who will accept applications for each county on a first-come, first accepted basis.
The 6-inch squares must be completed and received by the Division by Dec. 15.
"Each quilter may select any pattern for the 6-inch square that he or she is submitting," Margocee said. "In keeping with the statehood theme, we encourage them to consider a West Virginia or traditional theme, but are not limiting their choice of pattern."
Pieced and applique patterns are acceptable, as is embroidery stitching. Each participating quilter will receive a packet with quilt guidelines and fabric for the background and two main feature fabrics. These colorways focus on the fabric patterns and colors that would have been available in 1863, the year West Virginia became a state.
West Virginia quilters will stitch the squares together and quilt them.
Margocee can be reached at 304-558-0240 or at Renee.Margo...@wv.gov.