Delightful designs

Mary Wicoff|Commercial-NewsErin Bolton, an employee at the Vermilion County Museum, examines the details in "Flowers for Cassie's Wedding Ring," which won best in show at the Midwest Heritage Quilt Show at the museum. The quilt is owned by Anna Zimmerman. The show opens today.

DANVILLE — Wedding rings in pretty pastels, bordered by bright flowers, decorate a quilt that’s the centerpiece of the 37th annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show.

The quilt, owned by Anna Zimmerman, was named Best of Show, and is one of about 60 on display throughout July at the Vermilion County Museum. It opens today.

“The quality is really high this year,” museum director Sue Richter said. “The judges were impressed with the workmanship.”

Besides quilts, there are a couple of bags and a pillow on display.

Visitors will enjoy the variety of themes, designs and fabrics. Some of the entries include: a quilt detailing all 50 states, one made out of old jeans, state birds and flowers, one made out of a uniform with photos and a flag panel, an Illini theme, and hometown Christmas, and many others.

The Best of Show winner, called “Flowers for Cassie’s Wedding Ring,” is owned and pieced by Zimmerman and machine quilted by Valerie Funk. The Judy Niemeyer pattern was made as a gift for her daughter, Cassie, as a wedding gift on May 12, 2018.

“I’m proud to be chosen,” Zimmerman said. “They’ve got wonderful quilts in the display.”

She also won second place in the applique category for “Home,” made for her husband, Leslie, as a napping quilt. Zimmerman appliqued it and Valerie Funk machine quilted it using the Baby Jane pattern.

Zimmerman of Dana, Ind., was a family physician in Terre Haute and Clinton, Ind., before retiring. She took up quilting just two years ago.

“I’m just having a wonderful time in retirement,” she said.

Zimmerman also was a violinist with the Danville Symphony Orchestra. In fact, she said, “These are two treasures of the community — the orchestra and the quilt store (Threads of Time).”

The quilt is hanging on the ground floor, and is displayed so that visitors can see the backside, which has a lot of intricate detail.


Ribbons were awarded in 16 categories. The winners in their divisions are:

• First place: Betty Blanton, Pieced-1950 to Present; Virginia Erickson, Pieced -1950 to Present; Barb Garner, Appliqué/Pieced; Laura Harris, Machine Embroidered; Nancy Henderson, Appliqué /Pieced; Cindy Jaeger, Machine Embroidered; Bonnie Johnson, Clothing/Purses; Ellen Monson, Kit; Diane Sanders, Machine Embroidered; Becky Siddens, Machine Embroidered; Kathy Van Camp, Child; Lonna Wagner, Pieced -1950 to Present; and Anna Zimmerman, Appliqué /Pieced.

• Second place: Betty Blanton, Wall Hangings; Edy Farnsworth, Wall Hangings; Sue Garrison, Novelties; Ila Hillard, Wall Hangings; Candice Hoult, Pieced -1950 to Present; Susan Johnson, Lap Quilts; Sybil Mervis Pieced -1950 to Present; Ellen Monson, Wall Hangings; Lonna Wagner, Pieced -1950 to Present; Joyce Wallace, Machine Embroidered; and Anna Zimmerman, Appliqué.

• Third place: Bonnie Bodensteiner, Machine Embroidered; Janice Elwell, Household; Donna Gash, Wall Hangings; Donna Jones, Lap Quilts; Donica Miller, Appliqué/Pieced; Donica Miller, Wall Hangings; Brenda Spurgeon, Pieced -1950 to Present; Kathy Van Camp, Appliqué/Pieced; and Julia Wilson, Novelties.

• Honorable Mention winners are: Allison Jaeger, Pieced -1950 to Present; Susan Johnson, Lap Quilts; and Barbara Potts, Child.

Participants were able to enter a maximum of two quilted items; items entered in last year’s competition were ineligible.

This year’s show is sponsored by Threads of Time Creative Sewing & Retreat Center. E & B Gifts & Awards donated ribbons for the winners and participants.


The quilts may be viewed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Vermilion County Museum, 116 N. Gilbert St. Regular door fees for the quilt show are: adult, $3; teens, 13-17 years, $1; children, 12 years and under, free.

For information, call the museum at 442-2922, or visit the website at