Quilt show winners announced


BYRON – ByronFest’s 32nd Annual Quilt Show was held July 12-14 at the Byron Museum of History.

Quilt Show Committee Co-Chairs Wanda Cacciatore and Jan Emmons announce the blue ribbon winners show and to thank everyone that entered a quilt or volunteered in order to make this quilt show possible every year.

On Friday, July 12 the committee hosted a reception for the quilters and volunteers before the show officially opened to the public. Monique Jacobs of Open Gate Quilts presented a “Trunk Show” of quilts that showcased her original quilt designs and fabric patterns.

Area quilters displayed 62 pieces of their fabric works of art throughout the museum’s campus which now includes the 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, Judge Donna Langford has selected the following quilts as first place winners in their category: Miriam Bruening, Wanda Cacciatore Virginia Christopherson, Karen Donoho, Linette Hall, Rosalinda Rienstra, Jan Stukenberg, Barbara Wells and Cindy Yoakum.


Area Quilters that registered their fabric creations this year included: Miriam Bruening, Wanda Cacciatore Virginia Christopherson, Mary Daniel, Nancy Derksen, Kathy Dodd, Karen Donoho, Pat Felton, Jannette Fogle, Linda Franna, Linette Hall, Melody Hedges, Beverly Kerby, Ken Lapp, Kathy Lonergan, Rosalinda Rienstra, Joellen Roos, Beth Simeone, Megan Smolinski, Jan Stukenberg, Bunny Sues, Carol Vaessen, Barbara Wells, and Cindy Yoakum. Many thanks to the Ogle County Historical Society for the temporary loan of the two antique “Crazy Quilts” that were displayed in the Lucius Read House.

Special thanks to Wanda Cacciatore for creating and sponsoring the ByronFest Quilt Show for 32 years.

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: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Learn more about volunteer oportunities 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.