What a Show!

The 20th Annual Festival of Quilts was a wonderful event!

The show quilts room at the Festival of Quilts

All we can say is WOW!

What a great two days at the 20th Annual Festival of Quilts. With 17 quilts in the show and nearly 250 quilts for sale, our visitors were delighted with what they saw. And what we saw were smiles on faces. And lots of them! Few left empty-handed. Whether it was a quilt from the sale, a treasure from the gift shop, vibrant home décor from Centerpieces and Such or a delicious homemade baked goodie, our nearly 1,000 patrons took advantage of all the Festival of Quilts has to offer.

“Chicago” garnered the Judges’ Choice Award while “Honoring Veterans” earned the Peoples’ Choice Award with the most “votes” in the voting jars. Determining the Quilt Show winners seems to always be the toughest job for our judges. They were indeed impressed with each work of art, but here is their best of the best:

Beautiful show quilt depicting every Chicago has to offer
Judges’ Choice Award: “Chicago” owned and made by Sherry Burkhart and quilted by Nancy Fessel
Beautiful show quilt featuring a variety of colors and patch-like pieces of material with different images on them
Best Antique Quilt: “Crazy Quilt” owned by Anne Casey
Baby quilt featured blocks of pastel colors of blues, greens and pinks
Best Baby Quilt: “Baby Girl Pink Quilt” owned and made by Dorothy Kipling
Wall hanging with black backing that borders a cream interior with blocks including delightful images like butterflies and floweres in colors of yellow, pink, red and black
Best Wall Hanging/Lap Quilt: “Where We Love is Home” owned, made, embroidered and appliqued by Dorothy Kipling; pieced by Linda McMillan
Rich looking quilt with silvery background and border of vibrant, metallic like pink, blue, yellow, green. Interior has gorgeous images of butterflies, buildings, birds  and fruits
Best Bed Quilt – machine quilted: “Ubanologie” owned and pieced by Sherry Burkhart; quilted by Nancy Fessel
Classic quilt using red and tan diamond shaped blocks with cream colored interior.
Best Bed Quilt – hand quilted: “Aunt Hattie Stone” owned by Marge Stout
Patriotic quilt with red, white and blue border and stars and stripes interior
People’s Choice Award: “Honoring Veterans” owned by Stars Over CU, quilted by Kathy Perisho, pieced by Illini Country Stitchers