Annual Festival of Quilts

Annual Festival of Quilts




Each year, Cunningham Children’s Home hosts its Festival of Quilts in the Spiritual Life Center on the Cunningham campus in Urbana. The Festival is Cunningham’s signature fundraiser and honors the tradition of the United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women), and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for our kids since 1895.

The Festival includes a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. Quilts of all sizes are also available to purchase through our quilt auction and quilt boutique. Participants may also enjoy home-baked goods from the bake sale, handcrafted items from the gift shop, home decor with centerpieces and such and more! Admission to the Festival is a suggested $5 donation per person and all proceeds will benefit the 807 youth, adults and families Cunningham serves each year.

About the Festival:

For a suggested donation of $5 for admission,the Festival of Quilts, our signature fundraiser, features something for everyone:

  • QUILT SHOW with hundreds of hand and machine quilted pieces including contemporary designs as well as antique quilts on loan for the show
  • QUILT AUCTION featuring beautiful traditional and contemporary quilts and wall hangings
  • CENTERPIECES & SUCH with unique and decorative items our supporters have decorated, enhanced and “made their own” available in an auction format
  • GIFT SHOP packed with generously donated handcrafted items
  • BAKE SALE with delicious homemade goodies and treats
  • QUILT BOUTIQUE with quilts, wall hangings, and table runners for purchase
  • WALKING TOURS of Cunningham’s Urbana campus to learn more about the mission and ministry of Cunningham Children’s Home 

We celebrate a tradition that offers warmth, comfort, and hope to the youth at Cunningham.

For Questions, to Sponsor or to Volunteer:

Please contact Colleen Combes at 217.337.9058 or by email



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