Tinker Swiss raises $3,000 with quilt raffle

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum raised more than $3,000 for the support of the Museum’s educational programs with its sixth annual raffle of an heirloom-quality quilt.

The winning ticket was drawn Dec. 3. Mary Hannum of Rockford was the lucky winner. She purchased her ticket in July and forgot about it until she learned she won the quilt. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Hannum. “I was thinking of buying a coverlet for my bed. Now, I don’t have to!”

This year’s queen-size quilt, Peacock Garden, was designed, pieced, appliqued 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-appliqued 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.

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, contact the Museum at 964-2424 or visit www.tinkercottage.com.

From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue

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