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Auction quilt features Crown Royal bags
June 04, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Quilters from left, Babbette Berger, Darlene Tagler, Kathy Wistrom and Marla Marx display their one-of-a-kind quilt made from remnants of last year’s Cattlemen’s Ball event. The quilt will be auctioned this weekend at the Redbird Ranch near Lynch, Neb.

Organizers of the 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball in Banner County are passing along their support for cancer research in a special way – with a unique quilt for the 2015 event.

Rick Keller of the Meat Shoppe was the bartender for the 2014 event at the Hoot Own Ranch in Banner County. After it was over, volunteers asked him to save the cloth bags from the Crown Royal whiskey served at the event.

“I think both Marla Marx and I had the same idea when we asked Rick to save the bags,” said Darlene Tagler of Prairie Pines Quilt Shop, who helped stitch the quilt together. “Then we corralled some others to help put it together.”

The quilt features 54 Crown Royal bags, which were taken apart and included in the finished product. The quilt is 117 by 103 inches, called a king size by quilters. An estimated 160 hours went into stitching the top together. The quilt was then passed off the Kathy Wistrom of Kathy’s Quilting Creations in Kimball, who finished the quilt with batting and backing.
“We really got to sewing the first part of May,” Tagler said. “It took us a solid three weeks to finish it. We even worked nights and Sundays.”
The finished quilt is a star pattern and is named “Crowning for a Cure.” It’s dedicated to the volunteers of the 2015 event by the 2014 volunteers.

“We have well over $1,500 in labor and materials for this quilt and that doesn’t include the bags,” Tagler said. “We’re hoping to at least double that when the quilt goes to auction. But we know that everyone who attends this event has been very generous over the years.”

This year’s Cattlemen’s Ball is June 5 and 6 and is being hosted by the Redbird Ranch in Boyd County, north of O’Neill and near to town of Lynch. The theme this year is “Outlaw Cancer.” Some of the music will be provided by country star Aaron Tippin.

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska is hosted annually by a different ranch around the state as a fundraiser to raise cancer awareness and help fund cancer research.

Ninety percent of the proceeds go to the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The remaining 10 percent is earmarked for regional medical organizations.
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