Photographer's Note

This is a section of a patchwork quilt being offered at a raffle during the Vandalia Gathering over Memorial Day weekend. The Vandalia Gathering is an annual celebration of mountain culture (arts, crafts, music, dance, food) held on the Capitol grounds in Charleston, West Virginia. There are musician contests, square dancing, a "Liar's Contest", food booths, arts and crafts by local artists. Each year they raffle off one of these hand stitched patchwork quilts.

I remember as a child, my great grandmother and both my grandmothers stitching small pieces of material together and making these quilts. We would stay at my great grandmother's and sleep in a feather bed upstairs with a pile of these quilts so thick, you'd better be comfortable when you were tucked in because you couldn't hardly move afterward. These quilts are a warm reminder always of Appalachia.

I could only get a section of it because so many people stopped to admire it and buy the raffle tickets.

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Additional Photos by Shelly O'Brien (AROBN54) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1333 W: 274 N: 3079] (11475)
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