March 16-17 Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo brings quilters to Freeport for a cause

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FREEPORT, Ill. — Join vendors, speakers and attendees from the tri-state region for the first Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 16 and 17 at the Freeport Lincoln Mall. Advance tickets are being sold at Fifth Third Bank in Freeport for $3, or you may buy your tickets at the door for $5.

With more than 20 vendors, speakers and aisles of quilt exhibitions, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Bring a friend to enjoy the day and pick up ideas and materials for your next project. Whether you have a quilt to exhibit, are interested in listening to speakers or like to shop, the quilt expo will have something for everyone.

Quilt entries are still being accepted through March 10. See the website at for more information about how to submit a quilt. There is no cost to enter a quilt, and cash prizes will be awarded for best in show, people’s choice and top honors for the categories of antique, baby quilt, handmade, machine-made, and wall hanging. Limited vendor space is also still available if you would like to participate in the show.

Do you know how much your quilts are worth? Bring them to the expo, and certified appraiser, Sheryl Branson, will help you to put a value on your heirlooms or projects for insuring and sentimental purposes. Please visit the website for appointment times.

Speakers will be featured throughout both days of the expo, educating attendees on quick tips as well as sharing some of their most admired works.

The Freeport Lincoln Mall, 1225 W. Galena Ave., is a perfect venue for the quilt expo with ample parking, a prime location from U.S. Highway 20 and Highway 26, and a nostalgic atmosphere for most local attendees.

This event is also being organized as a fund-raiser for Sojourn House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment facility serving clients in northern Illinois. All profit from this event will be donated to Sojourn House in an effort to keep treatment service available to anyone who seeks the services. For more information about Sojourn House and its mission, visit

For more about the quilt expo, visit the website at

Posted March 14, 2012

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