Tinker Swiss kicks off annual quilt raffle

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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum announced the kickoff of its sixth annual raffle of an heirloom-quality quilt. In 2005, the quilt raffle raised more than $1,600 in support of the museum’s varied educational programs.

This year’s queen-size quilt, Peacock Garden, was designed, pieced, appliquéd and quilted by the talented members of the Sinnissippi Quilt Guild of Rockford. Thirty-five members of the guild were involved in the project. The quilt is a sophisticated hand-appliquéd design featuring sprays of flowers, birds and leaves around a large center vase of flowers. All are created from vibrant batik fabrics of many colors.

The design was developed from those of nationally-recognized quilter Jane Townswick. Of the quilt, Townswick said: “I wish I had the money to purchase every single raffle ticket myself! I hope that whoever is fortunate enough to win this work of art is able to truly appreciate it, for it is a magnificent and stunning museum-quality quilt.”

Tickets will be sold through Dec. 2 when the winning ticket will be drawn. Four-thousand tickets are available. They can be purchased for $1 each, or six for $5.

Tinker Swiss Cottage was built in 1865 by local businessman Robert Tinker, and is a veritable treasure trove of life in Rockford a century ago. The Cottage receives more than 8,000 visitors each year.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Museum at 964-2424 or go to www.tinkercottage.com.

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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