10th Annual Festival of Quilts

10th Annual Festival of Quilts

“Sedona Joy” Takes Best of Show Award at 2014 Festival of Quilts at Cunningham Children’s Home

Urbana, IL (April 4, 2014) – Quilt Awards were announced today for the 10th Annual Festival of Quilts at Cunningham Children’s Home. Professional quilt judges reviewed the show quilts and awarded ribbons to the best quilts in various categories.

The 2014 Quilt Show Awards are:                               

Best of Show   

“Sedona Joy” by Maggie Szafranski

Bed Quilt - Hand Quilted

            First Place: “Tumbler Quilt” by Sarah Raymond

            Honorable Mention: “Crazy for Cowboys” by Jerry Rich

Bed Quilt - Machine Quilted

            First Place: “Trees of Life” by Sherry Fourez

            Honorable Mention: “Heavenly Blues and Whites” by Helen Cox

Antique Quilt

            First Place:  “Farmhouse Quilt” by Kay McCoy

            Honorable Mention:  “Spring Afternoon” by Lois Young

Baby Quilts

            First Place:  “Toddler Time” by Allison Bergquist

            Honorable Mention:  “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Brenda Mingee

Wall Hanging or Lap Quilt

            First Place:  “Inspirations from Africa” by Judy Gamble

            Honorable Mention:  “Golf Anyone” by Barbara Shideler

Judge’s Choice

            “Asian, Blue Satin” by Eileen Burrell

            “International Sunbonnet Sue” by Dorothy Kipling

The Festival of Quilts continues tomorrow, Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Spiritual Life Center on the Cunningham Children’s Home campus in Urbana. Admission is $5.00 per person and all proceeds will benefit Cunningham children and youth.

The Festival of Quilts celebrates a special tradition at Cunningham; since 1895, every young person that comes to live at Cunningham is given a hand-made quilt to enjoy and treasure forever. The quilts are created by United Methodist Women and other members of the quilting community throughout Illinois who care about Cunningham youth.

The Festival includes a quilt show featuring dozens of beautifully handcrafted quilts. The exhibit includes a variety of contemporary designs as well as antique quilts, some of which are family heirlooms on loan for the show.

Best of Show award winner Maggie Szafranski of Urbana, Illinois said, “I’ve had a long affinity for the Festival of Quilts and its support of Cunningham Children’s Home. I’ve entered several quilts into the show over the years.  Also, my mother was involved with a United Methodist Women’s group as I was growing up and I appreciate the good work that they do.”

On an annual basis, Cunningham Children’s Home serves over 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 United Methodist Women, Inc.


Photo Caption (left):

This quilt received the 2014 Best of Show Award at the 10th Annual Festival of Quilts at Cunningham Children’s Home. It was quilted by Maggie Szafranski of Urbana, Illinois and is titled “Sedona Joy.”