By Wayne Towner
Special to the Times
PARKERSBURG - The eighth annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett, will run from Saturday to April 1 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in downtown Parkersburg.
The exhibit will begin with a free open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets.
During the quilt exhibit, the museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3t o 12. For more information, call the museum office at 304-420-4800.
As part of the show, area quilters will be exhibiting their quilts, quilted wall hangings and quilted wearable fashions. Quilt categories for entries include: bed quilts (hand and machine); wall quilts; crib quilts; duet quilts; group quilts; antique (pre-1950) quilts; quilted fashions; and other.
Awards will be given for Best of Show for hand-quilted and machine-quilted, People's Choice and Superintendent's Choice.
Approximately 80 pieces were brought in this week to be displayed in the quilt show, organizers said.
Along with the quilt show, the museum will display a collection of antique and toy sewing machines, ladies handkerchiefs, quilt blocks, red work and artifacts from its textile collections.
This is the third year Parkersburg resident Brenda Wentzel has displayed her sewing machine collection at the Blennerhassett Museum as part of the quilt show.
Wentzel said she has been collecting sewing machines for about 15 years, including items from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, with a wide range of toys and actual sewing machines.