37th Annual Quilt Show Opens 2013 Season At Sauder Village

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Archbold, OH – From Tuesday, April 30 through Sunday, May 5, guests from across the country will gather in Archbold for the annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village. Again this year, the talents of quilters from throughout the Midwest will be celebrated with a display of more than 400 quilts, unique quilting demonstrations, shopping, special exhibits, workshops and more!

“Our six-day Quilt Show is always a very special way to start our Sauder Village season,” shared Jeanette Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing. “This extraordinary event celebrates the rich tradition of quilting while showcasing the fine craftsmanship of quilters from throughout the region.”

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During the annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village, both traditional and modern interpretations of quilts will be represented. Each year the show is a new experience since once a quilt has been exhibited it cannot be re-entered into the Sauder Village Show. With 23 categories ranging from pieced, appliqué and mixed technique to art, masters, baby, miniatures and youth quilts – guests are sure to enjoy browsing the variety of quilts this annual event has to offer.

Other highlights of the popular week include live piano music and quilting demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations will vary by day and may include piecing, needle turn appliqué, hand quilting, wool appliqué, fabric flowers, and paper piecing. There will also be demonstrations of original piecing techniques developed by Gyleen Fitzgerald, guest artist for the 2014 Sauder Village Quilt Show! Guests will enjoy a special exhibit of Masters Class quilts, including three quilts by guest artist Kim Diehl, on the stage in Founder’s Hall.
There will be a quilt raffle held for a chance to win a lap quilt. Tickets for the “Summer Porch” lap quilt are only $1.00 each and proceeds will benefit the Junior Historian Program at Sauder Village.

Another popular element of this event is the annual Quilt Challenge. This year’s theme is “Veiled in Mystery.” Starting a year ago, entrants purchased a challenge packet and were given the challenge to take those fabrics and create a quilt design that honors something that the artist either considers to be steeped in mystery and wonder or holds as sacred. Always a crowd favorite, this spectacular display will include nearly 30 unique challenge quilts in the lobby of Founder’s Hall.

As part of the Quilt Show, Sauder Village always brings in leaders in the quilting field and this year’s guest artist is no exception. Kim Diehl of Pocatello, Idaho, is known for her invisible machine appliqué methods. When Kim is not designing quilts and fabric, sewing patchwork or working in her country-style flower gardens, she travels to quilting shops, guilds and events across the country to share her quilts and unique techniques. It is an honor to have such a respected teacher, designer and quilter involved at the 2013 Sauder Village Quilt Show.

For those with a passion for quilting that extends beyond the week-long show, Sauder Village offers a wide range of classes in quilting throughout the year. Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop at Sauder Village, open year round, is recognized as one of the most extensive quilting shops in the area with supplies, books and more than 3,500 bolts of fabric.

Throughout the week guests will also have an opportunity to explore Historic Sauder Village to visit with costumed guides in historic homes, farms and gardens, and community shops. Guests can also watch the many craftsmen at work in the Village including the glassblower, potter, blacksmith, weaver, spinner and many others! A buggy or train ride, stop at the ice-cream parlor, Sweet Shoppe and Lauber’s General Store are also favorite activities for guests of all ages.

The Sauder Village Quilt Show runs Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A special “Exhibit Only” admission pass is available for the annual Quilt Show for $10.00. The admission price for the Quilt Show and Historic Village is only $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for students ages 6-16 or, a two-day pass is available for $20 for adults. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season!

For more information about the 37th annual Quilt Show, special workshops or other events planned for the 2013 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage.

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