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Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo today and Saturday

GALENA — Quilters from throughout the Tri-State area will be at the Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo at the Galena Convention Center Friday, March 15 and Saturday March 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $3 at Sojourn House in Freeport, Stockton Banking Center in Stockton, and Galena State Bank on Main Street in Galena. Tickets will also be available for $5 at the door.

The quilt expo showcases vendors from around the area as well as a quilt exhibition with more than 100 quilts. Prizes are awarded for the categories of antique, baby quilt, hand-stitched, machine made and wall hanging, as well as for Best in Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice award is determined by the amount of money (change or dollars) placed in the jug next to each quilt.

The Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo will also feature speakers each day at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. A complete list of speakers and descriptions is available at  AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Sherri Branson also will be at the expo to appraise quilts for insurance or sentimental purposes.

Light sandwiches, salads, cookies and pies will be available for sale along with complimentary coffee and lemonade.
In conjunction with this year’s quilt expo, raffle tickets are being sold for a quilt donated by the Stagecoach Quilters of Lena, Ill., and quilted by Greg and Ginny Townsend, “The Spice of Life.”

Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event and from any Stagecoach Quilt Guild member. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The raffle drawing will be held April 5.

For more information on the quilt expo, visit or find it on Facebook, or call (815) 238-5141.

The Northwest Illinois Quilt Expo is hosted as a fundraiser for Sojourn House, a local, non-profit substance abuse treatment center serving Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties as well as the surrounding area.  All proceeds from the event, raffle, tip jugs and refreshment stand are donated 100 percent to Sojourn House. For more information about Sojourn House, visit