Quilt show winners announced


BYRON – ByronFest Quilt Show was held July 9 through 11 at the Byron Museum of History, and the Quilt Show Committee is happy to announce the blue ribbon winners and to thank everyone that entered a quilt or volunteered in order to make this quilt show possible.

Area quilters displayed 67 pieces of their fabric works of art throughout the museum’s campus which includes the Lucius Read House and Byron Theater Quonset Hut. Items were selected for awards by a judge and viewers voted on their favorite quilt and wall hanging to win a “People’s Choice” award. First place winners received a blue ribbon and cash prize.

Every year we are amazed by the creativity and handiwork of the people that display their fabric art in Byron. After careful deliberation, the judge has selected the following quilters as first place winners in their category: Miriam Bruening, Laura Benthien, Pat Felton, Carol Larson, Kathy Lonergan, Hazel Lovegren, Carol Vaessen, Cindy Yoakum. The People’s Choice ribbon winners for Wall Hanging went to Celilia Mann and the People’s Choice Quilt was a dragon theme, made by Joellen Roos.


The Great American Quilt Raffle also began during ByronFest. The Byron Women’s Club was onsite kicking off their fundraiser and selling the first raffle tickets. Four winners will be drawn on May 17, 2022. The four quilts being raffled are still on display at the Byron Museum of History and tickets can be purchased for $1 each or six for $5.

Proceeds benefit Byron Women’s Empowerment, Scholarships, and Ogle County Charities. Ticket holders need not be present to win. For more information visit the Facebook page for Byron Women’s Club Illinois.

The Byron Museum of History is dedicated to preserving Byron’s rich history through exhibits, programs, and artifact preservation. Built in 1843 for the Read family by Pardon Kimball, the house was a focal point in early Byron. The Museum also features local history exhibits and the historic Read House, including Albert G. Spalding, Underground Railroad, Byron Schools, Farming, Outhouse Archeology, Local Railroad, Clamming on the Rock River, and much more!

Museum Hours: 10am to 3pm Wednesday through Saturday. Learn more about volunteer opportunities by calling the Byron Museum at 815-234-5031, or sending an e-mail to director@byronmuseum.org. The Byron Museum of History is located at 110 N. Union Street in Byron, Illinois, 61010. Our website address is www.byronmuseum.org.