Gearing up for the Festival of Quilts

Gearing up for the Festival of Quilts

Cunningham Children’s Home will host the 14th Annual Festival of Quilts, presented by WCIA and Arby’s, on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 Methodist Women, and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for our kids for more than 120 years.

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 available to purchase through our quilt auction and quilt boutique. Participants may also enjoy home-baked goods from the bake sale, lunch at the Patchwork CafĂ©, and handcrafted items from the gift shop.  Admission to the Festival is a suggested donation of $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.

This year’s event features two guest speakers. Friday at 11 a.m., Marie Samuel will present A Trunk Show of Eco-Art Collage Quilts. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Cynthia Cossu and Harris Gosselin, owners of Threads of Time in Danville, Ill., will present Threads and Needles and Machines. Oh My!

The Festival of Quilts will again be a recognized gallery of the Boneyard Arts Festival, a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community.

“The Festival of Quilts is an important fundraising event for us and we are grateful for those who provide beautiful quilts for the show and auction and for the many people who attend the event each year,” Sharla Jolly, Cunningham’s Director of Advancement, said. “We are so fortunate to live in such a supportive and generous community and we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces each year.”

Last year, the Festival attracted nearly 1,400 visitors and raised more than $76,000 to help bring hope to hundreds of youth and families.