About Martha's Scholarship
Martha 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