By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
The Culture Center, located at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, is featuring a new quilt display that commemorates West Virginia’s 150th birthday.
A sesquicentennial quilt, made of individual squares that represent and depict the stories of each of West Virginia’s 55 counties, hangs in the exhibit for visitors to admire.
“We have such a rich tradition of quilting,” said Renee Margocee, interim arts director for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. “Nationwide, West Virginia is associated with quilting, so we wanted to showcase a traditional art form that has been a part of the state from its very beginning.”
Margocee said quilters from each county were chosen to sew squares that would later be pieced together to form the finished product.
Lynda Sago, of Fairmont, created Marion County’s quilt block.
Sago said her grandmother inspired her to take up quilting.
“My quilting background begins with fond memories of my grandmother, Georgia Hayhurst, setting up her quilting frames on the porch of her log home,” Sago said. “Neighbors and relatives would hear the news and soon bring their thimbles to her old-fashioned quilting bee.”