CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012, is on display in the Great Hall and the south wing of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 55 exquisite quilts and wall hangings representing the talents of West Virginia quilters. Quiltmaking is one of West Virginia’s oldest and most treasured art forms, and this annual display is a favorite with visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.

The exhibition includes work by 44 quilters from 18 counties. Winners were selected in four categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, mixed/other quilts and wall hangings. Awards were presented at 7 p.m., May 25, during the Friday evening concert of the Vandalia Gathering. Quilt awards are $750 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third place. The Wall Hanging awards are $400 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The Division also made two purchase awards, one quilt and one wall hanging, and the judge designated a Best of Show prize of $100. In addition, seven non-monetary honorable mention distinctions were made. A complete list of exhibitors and winners is attached. High resolution photographs are available at

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

Linda McCuean of New Galilee, Pa. served as judge for this year’s exhibition. She learned to sew at age 9 in a 4-H club and has been making quilts for more than 30 years. Her wholecloth quilt “Bella” was the winner of the inaugural $100,000 Quilting Challenge and has been awarded the status of Masterpiece Quilt, the first longarm-quilted quilt to receive the distinction. McCuean teaches longarm quilting techniques across the country each year.

The Culture Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information about the Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012 exhibit, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Barbour County

Mary Ellen Sparks, Philippi
Stitcher’s Garden
2nd Place, Mixed Other

Berkeley County

Patsy Smith, Martinsburg
West Virginia

Braxton County

Joy Fritz, Sutton
Victorian RR
Honorable Mention, Wall Hanging

Cathy L. Sowa, Frametown
Round Robin–Circle of Friends
Honorable Mention, Mixed/Other

Cabell County

Winona Bays, Huntington
Cosmic Jewels

Carol M. Lucas, Barboursville
Forty Generations

Calhoun County

Beverly J. Harold, Chloe
Road to Oklahoma

Clay County

Joyce Anderson, Duck
Visions of West Virginia

Fayette County

Victoria Caldwell, Oak Hill
2nd Place, Applique

Agnes L. Casto, Fayetteville
Stack ‘n Wack

Hancock County

Janie Bull, Weirton
Wheel of Fortune

Harrison County

Betty Bond, Lost Creek
Rolling Waves

Cindy Buffington, Bridgeport
Country Manor Charm

Patricia Gray, Bridgeport
Christmas Logs
3rd Place, Mixed/Other
Dresden Star

Elwanda Dennison, Mt. Clare
Pink Lemonade
2nd Place, Pieced

Becky Forinash, Clarksburg
Ryan’s ABC Memory Quilt
Honorable Mention, Applique
Seasons in Time

Shirley Higginbotham, Clarksburg
Edie’s Aspen
3rd Place, Pieced

Elizabeth K. Layton, Clarksburg

Jackson County

Geneal Bailey, LeRoy
Friendship (Sampler)

Daisy Bennett, Ripley
West Virginia’s Nature Trail
Honorable Mention, Pieced
West Virginia’s Winter Cardinals

Ella Boggess, Ravenswood
Dear Jane

Kanawha County

Norma R. Blankenship, Alum Creek
Double Wedding Ring

Carolinda Cutlip, South Charleston
New York Beauty
New York Beauty
2nd Place, Wall Hanging
Purchase Award

Catherine DeMarco, Elkview
Log Cabin

Kristi Essex, Elkview
Follow the Leader

Phyllis “Peg” Griffith, South Charleston
Writer’s Block

Terry Lee Harper, Charleston
Postcards for Rose

Barbara R. Lantz, Charleston
Yellow Bird

Evelyn M. Miller, Charleston
Summer Splendor
Hugs and Kisses
1st Place, Applique

Mary A. Parsons, Charleston
Chocolate Bunny
1st Place, Wall Hanging
Country Album
Honorable Mention, Mixed/Other

Jennifer Schenck, South Charleston
Blizzard in Blue

Barbara J. Skidmore, Charleston
Double Wedding Ring
Hankies and More

Gladys Thomas, South Charleston
Old Pieces

Lincoln County

Serena Toppins, Branchland
Sweetheart Rose
3rd Place, Applique
Surf, Land and Sea

Logan County

Doris Frazier, Man
International Sunbonnet Sue
Whig Rose

Monongalia County

Nancy A. Swisher, Fairmont
French Braid

Putnam County

Jerry Adkins, Hurricane
Fresh and Bold
1st Place, Pieced
Best of Show
Purchase Award

Susan Amos, Hurricane
Budding Beauty
1st Place, Mixed/Other

Jean Boggess, Hurricane
Alaska Memories
3rd Place, Wall Hanging

Emma Lockhart, Red House
House Warming
Honorable Mention, Wall Hanging
Log Cabin Star

Raleigh County

Jody Postalwait, Beckley
Twisted Bargello

Randolph County

Fran Kordek, Elkins
Honorable Mention, Pieced

Roane County

Linda Dolan, Spencer
Blue Bayou

Hazeline Price, Spencer
Stitcher’s Garden

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