Quilts are displayed outdoors in Libertyville senior community

  • Sandy Adams stands beside quilts being displayed outside the clubhouse as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday.

      Sandy Adams stands beside quilts being displayed outside the clubhouse as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A quilt hangs outside a home as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday.

      A quilt hangs outside a home as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Event co-organizer Jackie Pyter, left, views antique quilts being displayed by Eleanor Botker, 93, as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday.

      Event co-organizer Jackie Pyter, left, views antique quilts being displayed by Eleanor Botker, 93, as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • An ironing board is used to display a quilt as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday.

      An ironing board is used to display a quilt as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A quilt rests on two chairs as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday.

      A quilt rests on two chairs as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Quilts belonging to Nancy Dunn are displayed outside her home as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday.

      Quilts belonging to Nancy Dunn are displayed outside her home as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community show quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Close-up view of the pattern on a quilt belonging to Nancy Dunn, as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community display quilts outdoors Saturday.

      Close-up view of the pattern on a quilt belonging to Nancy Dunn, as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community display quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Quilts hang outside homes as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community display quilts outdoors Saturday.

      Quilts hang outside homes as residents of the Victoria Park 55-and-older community display quilts outdoors Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/19/2020 6:37 PM

Quilts were displayed outside residences in a Libertyville 55-and-older community Saturday, giving people a chance to see one another while adding a splash of color to the neighborhood.

With indoor quilt shows across the country canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, event co-organizers Jackie Pyter and Sharon Pierluissi decided to have an outdoor quilt show within their community, Victoria Park. The event was supposed to take place last week, since Sept. 12 was "National Hang a Quilt Outside Day," but it was postponed because of rainy weather.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The idea was for whoever quilted already in the community to hang their own quilts and then for anyone who had quilts made by family members to hang theirs as well, Pierluissi said. Residents then walked around the neighborhood and viewed the displays.

"Some of the quilts here are very old, and it's awesome," Pierluissi said.

Resident Eleanor Botker, 93, displayed a 100-year-old quilt that was made by her grandmother.

"It's just something fun to do, and we can do it together, but we're outside," Pyter said.

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