MADISON — The members of The Boone County West Virginia Quilters are using their talent, resources and time to make masks for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the use of donated materials and resources, the quilters have sewn hundreds of masks and look to produce even more as spring turns to summer.

Wanda Tomblin has made over 50 on her own and sees the need in the community.

“We saw on Facebook that CAMC in Charleston needed masks and we just thought that people in our area must need them as well,” she said. “We got online and printed off patterns for masks and began sending them to our families and the (Madison) Rotary asked us to make over 100 for them and they will distribute them locally. The demand has grown from there.”

Tomblin, along with group quilters Kay Furbee, Joan Hays and Ruth Brown, are producing the protective wear collectively using a variety of patterns and materials.

“We formed and organized to do community work and charity work and we want to help others in need,” Tomblin said. “Joan has hit the 200 mark and Ruth is right at 100. They work a little faster than me.”

The masks are available free of charge for anyone in the community who has a need for them. Those who are in need are encouraged to reach out to Tomblin for more information on how to acquire them.

“We just want to help people and this is our way of doing our part through this tough time,” she concluded.

The quilters participate in multiple community projects, including the creation of blankets for area foster children and diaper shirts for children in NICU throughout local hospitals, among many other outreach initiatives.

Collectively, they have garnered multiple “Best of Show” awards for their quilting work in their appearances at the Boone County Fair, among other organized contests.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or contact Wanda Tomblin at 304-785-1986 or email her at

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.