Tailgate Quilt Winner Announced


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The Portsmouth branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently awarded their Tailgate Quilt to Gerrie Nourse of Lucasville. Nourse’s name was drawn from hundreds of entries after the group’s recent business meeting.

Barb Wagner, quilter and AAUW officer, used various shades of red, gray, black, and white to create the quilt. A prominent “O” is featured in the center of the queen sized bedspread. A buckeye motif consisting of five leaves and the buckeye seed accent the bold “O”.

When asked how long it took Wagner to complete the quilt, she responded by saying that she had no idea because it was a labor of love. She continued by pointing out that the quilt used both handcrafting techniques and mechanical stitching. “I cut the quilt by hand and pieced it by sewing machine. It was quilted by machine and then bound by hand,” shared Wagner. Many hours of artistry were evident in the flawless quilt design.

Nourse, the quilt prizewinner, will have the quilt close at hand as she watches The Ohio State Buckeyes play the University of Southern California Trojans on Friday, December 29. The Buckeyes will meet the Trojans at the 82nd Annual Cotton Bowl Classic the evening of the 29th at the AT&T Stadium in North Texas. With the Cotton Bowl just around the corner, the quilt is a welcome surprise to Nourse, a big Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

The Ohio State University Buckeyes narrowly missed the top four seat after its victory over Alabama; however, it wasn’t enough to get to the play offs. The fifth ranked Buckeyes will challenge the eighth ranked Trojans in what should be an exciting game. The last time the Buckeyes played the Trojans was in 2009 in Columbus.

Monies raised from this quilt will be used to fund a scholarship to Shawnee State University. Interested students should check with SSU’s Financial Aid Office or use the email below to obtain more information. The funds raised will also permit the local organization to provide a scholarship to BeWISE Camp at Dennison University in Granville, Ohio during the summer of 2018. The BeWISE camp is a science, technology, engineering, and math summer camp for girls entering the seventh and eighth grades next fall. 2018 will mark the 28th year for the middle school girls’ camp where 140 lucky middle school girls will experience life on campus with peers.

For more information about AAUW/Portsmouth and any of its projects or activities, please email reiser_sandra@yahoo.com

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