PrairieFest Quilt Show Needs Your Quilts
May 17, 2016 12:04PM
● By Steven Jack
Are you a proud quilt owner? If so, why not share your fabric art treasure with the whole community during the 2016 PrairieFest Quilt Show.
The event will be held June 17-19, during this year’s PrairieFest community celebration at the historic Little White School Museum. The museum is located at 72 Polk Street (Polk at Jackson), Oswego. The show is co-hosted by the Quilters Dozen Quilting Club and the Oswegoland Park District.
The Quilters Dozen is seeking both contemporary and antique quilts, hand or machine quilted, for exhibit during the show, which will be open to visitors Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, 12 noon until 4 p.m.
A certified quilt appraiser will be available to the public on Friday and Saturday.
Area residents who own heirloom family quilts or quilts they have created themselves or purchased are encouraged to display their treasures at this year’s show. There is no cost to display quilts at the show.
Quilts for the show should be dropped off at the Little White School Museum on Wednesday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Displayed quilts must be picked up by their owners on Sunday, June 21, after the quilt show closes, between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
Quilt show entry forms are available for download and print-out at www.prairiefest.com, from Quilters Dozen members, and will also be available during quilt drop-off at the Little White School Museum on Wednesday, June 15.
In addition, the Quilters Dozen have also kicked off their main annual fundraiser, the PrairieFest Quilt Raffle. One lucky winner will take home the 2016 PrairieFest Quilt, “Blue Ridge Beauty,” named with a nod to this year’s 100th birthday of the National Park Service.
The National Park Service’s Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles through the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains as it winds through 29 counties in Virginia and North Carolina.
The “Blue Ridge Beauty” pattern was designed by Brenda Plaster, and was featured in the May/June 2014 issue of “Fons & Porters Love of Quilting” magazine. Measuring 84 x 85-1/2 inches, this year’s quilt top was assembled from dark blue and white flowered patches, and was then hand-quilted by Quilters Dozen members with oval, elliptical, and curved designs, evoking the landscape shapes and colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Quilt raffle donation 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, including the Little White School Museum. 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, and the winner need not be present to win. Quilt raffle proceeds 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 Mary Ann Wagner, 630-896-3352 or Sue Matile, 630-554-8743.