Festival of Quilts raises $34,000 for Cunningham Home


Carolyn Stine with "Woodland Creatures" quilt, judged Best of ShowURBANA – More than 100 handcrafted quilts were on display recently at Cunningham Children’s Home for the 7th Annual Festival of Quilts in the Spiritual Life Center on the Cunningham campus.

More than 1,000 people attended the Festival April 8-9. The annual event benefits Cunningham children and youth and this year the net proceeds were $34,000. “We are so pleased that the Festival of Quilts has been so warmly received by the community and our friends throughout Illinois,” said Cloydia Hill Larimore, Vice President of Advancement. “Thanks to our generous quilters, sponsors and patrons, this year’s festival was our best ever.”
The Festival features a quilt show, quilt auction, quilt boutique, gift shop and bake sale.
The quilts were contributed by United Methodist Women and members of the quilting community throughout Illinois. Professional quilt judges awarded ribbons prior to the show for the best quilts in various categories. Patrons of the shown annually vote for their favorite quilt with pennies, and one penny equals one vote. Award recipients are:
Best of Show: “Woodland Creatures” by Carolyn Stine
Bed Quilt – Machine Quilted:1st Place – “Birthday Quilt” by Dorothy Kipling and Honorable Mention – “Pictogram” by Vera Keller
Bed Quilt – Hand Quilted:        1st Place – “Woodland Creatures” by Carolyn Stine and
          Honorable Mention – “Double Wedding Ring” by Judy Gamble
Antique Quilt: 1st Place – “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” by Carolyn Stine and
          Honorable Mention – “Lonestar” – Rosemarie Umland
Baby Quilt: 1st Place – “Time Span” by Carolyn Stine and
          Honorable Mention – “Dessert Sampler” – Deborah Maranville
Wall-hanging or Lap Quilt: 1st Place – “Circle of Life” – Maggie Szafranski and
          Honorable Mention – “Rooster with Hens and Chicks” – Dorothy Kipling
People’s Choice: “Woodland Creatures” – Carolyn Stine
The Festival of Quilts is a special tradition at Cunningham Children’s Home. Since 1895, every young person that comes to Cunningham is given a hand-made quilt to enjoy and treasure forever. This is the seventh consecutive year for the Festival.
On an annual basis, Cunningham Children’s Home serves more than 250 children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disabilities and their families in programs that include Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Independent Living, and Therapeutic Special Education. Cunningham Children’s Home is a mission and ministry of the United Methodist Women of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.