More than one hundred quilts and quilt projects from central Illinois will be displayed in Rochester at the 11th annual charity quilt show, hosted by Peace & Applique quilt store.
“Making a Peaceable Difference” is the theme of the show, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, in the Masonic Hall, 121 E. Main St., Rochester. A donation at the door is requested for admission.
“We wanted a theme to highlight how quilts make a difference in the lives of the people who make them and receive them as well as the charity we support,” explained Lois Weissberg, co-owner of the Rochester shop, which is located several doors down from the Masonic Hall. The shop is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Rochester, having opened in July 1998. “There is so much talent and effort put into these projects, some of which take many hours to create.”
The quilts displayed are those made by central Illinois quilters. They are machine or hand pieced and appliqued in various sizes, baby through king size. Some wall hangings and other household items like table runners are included. Antique quilts are usually shown too.
For two years, Rochester Boy Scouts Troop #40 has been the recipient of the proceeds from the show. The group helps with set up and take down for the show. Quilts also are being collected by the shop in the weeks leading up to the show for storm victims in Oklahoma.
“It has been inspiring to learn what a difference this show has meant to the troop,” added Gretchen Quistgaard, store co-owner and Weissberg’s daughter. “Last year these Scouts visited the U.S.S. Silversides Submarine Museum in Michigan, using the show proceeds.” Previous recipients were the Rochester fire department, library and historical society.
For more information, stop by the Peace and Applique quilt store at 145 E. Main St., Rochester, or call 217-498-6771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also posted on its website, www.peacenapplique.com. Quilts are accepted on a first-come-basis – anyone wanting to submit a locally made quilt for the show should contact the quilt store staff.