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Martha Offutt Scholarship

About Martha's Scholarship

Martha OffuttMartha Offutt, one of the five instructors at the first Lewis County Quilt Retreat, passed away in October, 2016. She was recognized at our 20th anniversary in 2016. Martha taught quilting and needlework throughout West Virginia. From one-day classes to week-long events, Martha shared her expertise and extended her friendship to thousands of students in our state and beyond. She had a wide range of skills and taught classes from applique to Hawaiian quilting to dimensional embroidery. She designed patterns and was most probably best known for her West Virginia Rose.

Martha was active with the West Virginia Quilters and served on the steering committee for the first Quilt Documentation Project. This committee's work resulted in publication of the book West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers in 2000.

After Martha's passing in 2016, her family listed organizations that were important to her as suggestions for memorial donations. The Lewis County Quilt Retreat was one of those. A scholarship which will cover the registration fee of $80 will be offered to one student for the 2018 retreat.

Scholarship Criteria & Application Process

The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on a brief application from the individual or a nomination from one or more others (retreat participants, guild members, or other friends).

The recipient must be a first-time participant in the Lewis County Quilt Retreat with the 2018 retreat. To apply, or nominate someone, submit a regular retreat registration form and a brief (300 words or less) statement about the person and his or her interest in learning to quilt or to improve existing skills. Applications and nominations are due December 1, 2017, as are all registration forms.

Following judging, the applicants will be contacted. The scholarship recipient will be offered the opportunity to accept the scholarship and pay other fees (meals and lodging). Applicants not receiving the scholarship will be given the choice of completing their registration with registration fees or declining their registration.



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