Sauder Village presenting annual Quilt Show

Staff report

Sauder Village’s annual Quilt Show will be held May 2-7.

Sauder Village’s annual Quilt Show will be held May 2-7.

Recognized as one of the top quilting events in the Midwest, the 41st Annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village is again expected to draw quilters from across the country from May 2-7.

For six days hundreds of quilters will share their talents as both traditional and modern interpretations of quilts are on display in Founders Hall. Each year, the show is a new experience, since once a quilt has been exhibited it cannot not be entered into the Sauder Village Show again. With categories ranging from pieced, appliqué and mixed technique to art, masters, baby and miniatures – guests can browse the variety of quilts.

“Our six-day Quilt Show celebrates the rich tradition of quilting while showcasing the fine craftsmanship of quilters from throughout the region,” said Kim Krieger, media relations. “In addition to the quilt exhibits guests can also enjoy a new vendor market, quilting demonstrations, special music and workshops – all set near the charming setting of Historic Sauder Village.”

At the brand-new Vendor Market in the Museum Building, guests will be able to shop from quilt vendors from Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina. Items will include craft storage bags, embroidery patterns, recycled wool bundles, yarn, sewing machines, and embellishments.

Two exhibits have also been planned for the event. Guest artist and teacher Mary W. Kerr is curator of the “Quilt As Desired” exhibit, a unique showcase of old vintage tops that have been made into something new by some of the best long arm quilters in the business. Another special exhibit is the “SAQA Ohio Region Gems” – a collection of 40 8” x 10” art quilts made by Studio Art Quilts Associates quilt artists from across the state of Ohio.

The goals of this exhibit are to educate quilt and art guilds on various approaches and techniques used in art quilts, to serve as an outreach program for schools and youth groups, and to attract new members to SAQA and continue growing the art quilt world. Sauder Village is one of the first venues to display this group of quilts featuring Ohio artists.

Other highlights during the week include live piano music, quilting demonstrations, and the “Permission to Play” Quilt Challenge display. There will also be a quilt raffle held for the chance to win an 88” x 105” quilt, “Amish with a Twist.” Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5; proceeds will benefit the Junior Historian Program at Sauder Village.

Again this year, Certified Quilt Appraiser Donna L Kooistra will be at the Quilt Show to appraise quilts for insurance replacement value, fair market value, and donation value. Appraisal appointments can be scheduled online for Thursday, May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, May 5, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Special workshops are also scheduled. Lenore Crawford will present “Shredded Fabric Art Quilts” on May 3 and “Creating a Flower from a Photo” on May 4-5. Mary Kerr’s workshops include “Stars Over Virginia” on May 4, “Saving Our Treasures” on May 5, and “Log Cabin Improv with a Vintage Twist” on May 6. Kerr is also presenting a dinner lecture on Friday evening, “Quilting Old Into Art.” Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Workshop and lecture details and registration forms are available online at

For more information, call 800-590-9755 or visit

Sauder Village’s annual Quilt Show will be held May 2-7. Village’s annual Quilt Show will be held May 2-7.

Staff report