ROCKTON, Ill. — The Rockton Township Historical Society will follow up the success of the 2011 Northern Illinois Quilt Fest with a local Quilt Show at the museum during the summer of 2012.
From June 9 through Aug. 25, the museum will showcase an assortment of quilts from their own collection and those of several members and friends of the society. They will include quilts from an 1805 English quilt through modern-day quilts, both entirely hand-stitched and those with machine quilting in a variety of patterns, pieced, embroidered and appliquéd.
Of special interest is the Crazy Quilt, made in 1888 by Adaline Talcott Emerson, daughter of Wait Talcott, and donated by her great-great-granddaughter, Georganne Hinchcliff Eggers.
Other quilt-themed items will be on display, as well as miniature wall-hanging quilts from the Rockton Quilt Club.
Society members have also continued the project to place smaller versions of the popular “Barn Quilts” throughout the downtown area. These smaller “Porch Quilts” have been painted in many styles and colors to replicate popular quilt patterns. A brochure listing the locations and names of the various patterns will be available at the museum, at the Talcott Library and the Village Hall as well as at numerous downtown merchants.
Another recurring feature of the quilt theme is the Quilt Garden in Old Settlers Park, sponsored by the Village of Rockton. The original design in three colors of marigolds can best be seen from the path off Blackhawk Boulevard or on the right as you cross the bridge from the south.
The Rockton Township Historical Society Museum is at 529 Green St., Rockton, Ill. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April-September, or by appointment. Call (815) 629-2210 or (815) 624-8200, or visit http://www.rocktontownshiphistoricalsociety.com/ for more information.
From the June 6-12, 2012, issue