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Local quilting group plans annual show in Woodridge

Faith Circle Quilters Guild members Judy Pacanowski (left) and Jan Gochenaur stand with a quilt at the 2011 quilt show.
Faith Circle Quilters Guild members Judy Pacanowski (left) and Jan Gochenaur stand with a quilt at the 2011 quilt show.

WOODRIDGE – Every two years, a group of about 150 quilters display their latest designs and creations at a weekend showcase.

The Faithful Circle Quilters Guild, based in Downers Grove, has been together for almost 40 years and showcases about 350 quilts per show.

This year’s show, “Seasons of Color,” is coming to Woodridge.

The event, Sept. 14 to 15 at Jefferson Junior High School, 7200 Janes Ave., will include raffles, a merchant mall, quilt demonstrations, a mini-quilt challenge, bake sale, scissor sharpening, quilt appraisals and more.

Publicity co-chair Kathy Nybo said the group has been hosting its show in Woodridge about five years, with around 1,000 guests in

attendance throughout the weekend.

Every showcase also includes a silent auction. This year’s auction will be donating to the charity The Sharing Connection.

Judy Teska, a member since1989, said each show has a quilt to be raffled off for someone in the audience.

“There’s always two brave members who volunteer to make the quilt,” said Teska, a Lisle resident. “The show is quite a variety. Some quilts are king size and it ranges all the way down to table runners, or baby size.”

The brave soul who designed this year’s quilt to be raffled off was Judy Pacanowski, a member from Lisle.

Pacanowski, who joined the group in 2009, said her “Opportunity Quilt” project began around Thanksgiving in 2011.

“There was a lot of behind the scenes going on there,” Pacanowski said. “It took me about 50 hours just to get the design down alone. And then we started selecting the fabric.”

About 40 different people helped with the quilt, including Pacanowski’s friend Jody Caraballo, who was in charge of the actual quilting – sewing the blanket’s layers together.

Pacanowski said the Opportunity Quilt is a very important fundraiser for the group.

“We use the money we raise for programs, scholarships and we donate to charities throughout the year,” Pacanowski said.

The group makes about 140 quilts for local charities every year, according to Nybo, mostly for the Linus Project, a service group makes blankets hospitalized children.

“Everyone makes a charity quilt in their birthday month,” Nybo said. “And now that we’re prolific, we have more time to make quilts.”

Nybo, who said she’s met her best friends at the Faith Circle Quilting Guild, said although it’s a lot of planning, there aren’t any other shows around like this one.

“Everyone’s different and that makes it fun. “ Nybo said. “And we have a great time working together. It’s something different and it’s a pleasant afternoon.”

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