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Raffle to Highlight This Year’s PrairieFest Quilt Show

May 14, 2014 03:18PM ● By Steven Jack

Quilters Dozen members Leota Hummel (left) and Mary Feiden are part of the group working to complete the 2014 PrairieFest Quilt, "Seasons," a traditional Tree of Life pattern quilt, in time for Oswego’s annual PrairieFest community celebration. Members of the group, who meet weekly at Oswego's Little White School Museum, handmade this year's offering, which will be raffled off during the celebration. Funds raised traditionally benefit the Little White School Museum and the PrairieFest celebration. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and are on sale at the museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego; at all Oswegoland Park District locations; and from club members. Call 630-892-8755 or 630-554-9367 for more information.

Visit the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego, during this year’s PrairieFest community celebration and enjoy seeing an extensive exhibit of quilted treasures, and also take advantage of the opportunity to own your own handmade quilt.

The Quilters Dozen Quilting Club are now selling tickets for this year’s handcrafted PrairieFest Quilt, an instant heirloom. A winning raffle ticket will be chosen at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15. The annual raffle is the group’s main fundraiser.

This year’s queen-size quilt is entitled “Seasons,” and is a traditional Tree of Life-inspired design. The Tree of Life pattern has been used in the United States from the early 1800s to the present, often used as wedding gifts. The 2014 PrairieFest Quilt features a pattern of colorful seasonal trees set in a cream background representing balance and harmony, and suggesting unity and longevity.

Raffle tickets are now available at all Oswegoland Park District offices or from Quilters Dozen members at $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. In the past, proceeds have benefited the Little White School Museum and the PrairieFest community celebration.

Quilts sought for display at show

Owners of treasured quilts are invited to display them at this year’s PrairieFest Quilt Show, set for PrairieFest weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 13-15, at Oswego’s historic Little White School Museum.

The Quilters Dozen Quilt Group, organizers and sponsors of the annual show, are seeking handmade, machine made, new, heirloom, and otherwise treasured quilts for this year’s show. Each year’s show attracts dozens of colorful examples of the craft of quilting.

There is no cost to enter quilts in the show.

Quilt owners should drop off their quilts, each accompanied by an entry form, on Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 72 Polk Street (Polk at Jackson), in Oswego. At the end of the show, quilts may be picked up, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 15.
Quilt show entry forms are available at all Oswegoland Park District locations and are also available for on-line download at Forms will also be available during quilt drop-off on Wednesday, June 11.

Besides a large display of modern and antique quilts, the show will also feature certified quilt appraiser Chris Moline, who will appraise quilts during the show on Friday and Saturday for $50 each. Quilt show hours will be Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, June 15 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Show admission will be free.

For more information on the quilt raffle, quilt drop-off for the show, or the show itself, call Sandy Dickinson, 630-892-8755; or Diana Schlosser, 630-554-9367.