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Quilts of all kinds on display in Batavia this weekend

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Stephanie Gauerke of Quilter's Haven in Rockford hangs quilts in preparation for Batavia's Quilt and Textile Show at the Eastside Community Center. The show runs through Sunday.

BATAVIA – Nicole Magerkurth of Batavia may only be 6 years old, but she already is quite the quilter.

Her two quilts are among the more than 150 historical and contemporary quilts that will be on display through Sunday as part of this weekend’s seventh annual Quilt and Textile Show at the Eastside Community Center and Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia.

The show is presented by the Batavia Depot Museum and sponsored by Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia. It is a fundraiser for the museum, and proceeds from concessions sold at the show will benefit Valley Sheltered Workshop in Batavia.

Nicole started quilting when she was 3 after seeing the show one year and becoming inspired. Nicole designed her latest quilt.

“I was using some of my favorite colors, purple and blue,” she said.

Her mother, Christina Magerkurth, is proud of Nicole’s efforts. The quilt that Nicole made while she was a kindergarten student at Hoover-Wood Elementary School also is on display at the show.

“It’s amazing how much better she gets every year,” she said.

Nicole comes from a long line of quilters.

Her grandmothers, Susan Edwards and Sheila Magerkurth, are both quilters.

Nicole’s quilts are on display as part of an exhibit showing different generations of quilters.

Civil War-era quilts also are on display.

On Sept. 7 and 8, the museum will present a Civil War re-enactment at the Batavia Riverwalk.

Trevor Steinbach of Batavia was on hand Friday at a media preview for the quilt show.

He is a Civil War medical re-enactor in the 17th Corps Field Hospital Inc. re-enactment group, which will be featured in the upcoming re-enactment in Batavia.

One of the people he portrays is Dr. Charles Bucher.

“He was the only doctor from Batavia in the Civil War,” Steinbach said. “He was an assistant surgeon in the Civil War.”

Bonita Deering enjoys giving gifts that are personal, which is one reason why Deering likes to quilt.

“I love to make something I can actually use,” said Deering, owner of Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia. “I give most of my quilts away. There is something special about a gift that you made.”

Last year’s show raised between $3,500 and $4,000 for the museum, director Carla Hill said.

“It’s the biggest fundraiser we do,” she said.

Hill said she is amazed at the variety of quilts on display and the work that has gone into them.

“There are so many stories that go along with these quilts,” she said. “Every one in its own way is so unique.”

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