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Quilts Sought for Annual PrairieFest Quilt Show

Apr 29, 2015 10:42AM ● By Steven Jack

Members of the Quilters Dozen Quilt Group of Oswego show off their recently-completed bear-patterned quilt, which will be given away to a lucky winner during this year’s PrairieFest community celebration. Ticket donation for this year’s contest is $1 each or six for $5 and are available from quilt group members and at all Oswegoland Park District offices. The quilt, along with dozens of others, will be on display during the PrairieFest Quilt Show, June 19-21, at Oswego’s historic Little White School Museum. For more information, call Sandy Dickinson, 630-554-8755; Mary Ann Wagner, 630-896-3352; or Sue Matile, 630-554-8743.

The Quilters Dozen Quilt Group and the Oswegoland Park District will again co-host the PrairieFest Quilt Show at Oswego’s historic Little White School Museum, June 19-21, during this year’s PrairieFest celebration. Themuseum is located at 72 Polk Street (Polk at Jackson), Oswego.

During the show, contemporary and antique quilts, hand and machine quilted, will be on display. Hours areFriday and Saturday, June 19-20, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, 12 noon until 4 p.m.

A certified quilt appraiser will be available to the public on Friday and Saturday.

The Quilters Dozen is seeking family quilts or quilts area residents have created that they would like to display during the show. Quilts for the show may be dropped off at the Little White School Museum on Wednesday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Displayed quilts must be picked up on Sunday, June 21, after the quilt show closes, between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Quilt show entry forms are available on the Oswegoland Park District website at, from Quilters Dozen members, and will also be available during quilt drop-off at the Little White School Museum onWednesday, June 17.

The Quilters Dozen will also hold their annual quilt raffle during this year’s PrairieFest quilt show. This year’s quilt is entitled “Bear Country,” and is a traditional bear pattern PrairieFest quilt created with plaid material alternating with a companion fabric and surrounded by gold and brown bear print material. The back is muslin.

The quilt top was pieced by Bette Squier many years ago, and then hand-quilted by the Quilters Dozen this past fall and winter.

Squier, who died in 2011, was a life-long Kendall County resident. Raised in Little Rock Township, she lived in the Oswego School District for many years where she taught first grade. In fact, she taught several of the quilt group’s children. After her retirement, she enjoyed quilting as a hobby and belonged to several local craft and quilt groups.

“We were delighted to finish this quilt in Bette Squier’s memory,” said Quilters Dozen Treasurer Sue Matile.

Quilt raffle donations is $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Raffle tickets are now available from quilt club members and at all Oswegoland Park District offices. Tickets for the raffle quilt will also be sold during the quilt show. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 21. The winner need not be present to win.

Proceeds from the quilt raffle will benefit the Little White School Museum and the Oswegoland Park District’s PrairieFest celebration.

The Quilters Dozen meets weekly at the museum. For more information call Sandy Dickinson, 630-554-8755; Mary Ann Wagner, 630-896-3352; or Sue Matile, 630-554-8743.