"We had a bunch of Krush and Illini T-shirts and thought it would be fun to make a quilt out of them."
URBANA — The 10th annual Cunningham Children's Home Festival of Quilts this weekend will take on an orange-and-blue flavor in one respect.
A unique Illini quilt made by the Orange Krush, the University of Illinois students who cheer on the Illini, is the centerpiece of the two-day festival.
"After visiting Cunningham, we knew we wanted to do something unique to help the kids," said Hannah Taylor, Orange Krush chair. "We had a bunch of Krush and Illini T-shirts and thought it would be fun to make a quilt out of them."
People may bid online at bit.ly/1mFtqQK through noon Thursday on the Illini Krush quilt. The closing bid on Thursday will become the opening bid at the live auction starting at 9 a.m. Friday.
"We have assigned staff to manage any maximum bids from our online auction participants who may want to carry their potential maximum through the live event," said Elissa McGlaughlin, marketing and communications specialist for Cunningham Children's Home.
Altogether, the festival will showcase 44 quilts on display and another 70 donated for the silent auction. The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the children's home, 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., U.
Besides the show and silent auction, the two-day festival features a bake sale, cafe, gift shop and other events. Admission is $5, with all proceeds benefiting Cunningham youths.
The festival celebrates a special tradition at Cunningham: Since 1895 every young person who arrives at the children's home is given a hand-made quilt to keep.
Each year, the Cunningham Children's Home serves more than 250 children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disabilities and their families. Its programs include residential treatment, foster care, independent living and therapeutic special education.