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Arts Council announces quilt show winners, Feb. 29 workshop
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Arts Council announces quilt show winners, Feb. 29 workshop


MATTOON — The Mattoon Arts Council has announced the winners of its recent annual quilt show and announced a Feb. 29 Dresden plate quilting workshop.

Votes taken by visitors to the quilt show in the Mattoon train depot's Lone Elm Room resulted in Libby Fox's quilt winning first place and Donna Homann's quilt winning second place in the Viewers Choice Award category. Their quilts were selected from among 54 new quilts shown by 34 exhibitors.

“Color Me Happy” was the theme of the 2020 show, which was organized once again by the Prairie Stitchers group. They have already chosen the theme of the Jan. 30-31, 2021 show, "Quilts Around Town," to give prospective exhibitors time to create their new quilts.

Prairie Stitcher Jamie Willis is scheduled to lead the "Dresden Plates: A New Look" quilt workshop at 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Lone Elm Room. The $40 entry fee will go to benefit Arts Council programming.

Workshop participants are invited to explore the simplicity of the classic Dresden plate block and learn several variations of this style's "fan blade" designs. They will use modern fabrics and their favorite colors to create a pillow, wall hanging, or block to begin an entire quilt.

Participants can bring a sack lunch or dine at one of many nearby restaurants downtown. They will need to bring a sewing machine and extension cord and other quilting supplies. The full supply list and registration information is available by calling the Arts Council at 217-258-6286 or by visiting


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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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