41st Annual Quilt Show Opens 2017 Season at Sauder Village

Archbold, OH – 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 to Sauder Village from May 2-7. This annual event is a spectacular celebration of this traditional craft featuring hundreds of quilts, a new vendor market, special exhibits, workshops and more!
For six days starting Tuesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 7 hundreds of quilters will be sharing 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 are sure to enjoy browsing the variety of quilts this annual event has to offer.

“Our six-day Quilt Show celebrates the rich tradition of quilting while showcasing the fine craftsmanship of quilters from throughout the region,” shared 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.”

The brand new “Vendor Market” in the Museum Building will certainly be a highlight of the week for quilters. In addition to the great selection of fabric and supplies available at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop, guests will also be able to shop from quilt vendors from Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina. From craft storage bags, embroidery patterns and recycled wool bundles to yarn, sewing machines and embellishments . . . guests are sure to enjoy the variety of shopping opportunities offered this year!

Two spectacular exhibits have also been planned for the 6-day event at Sauder Village. Guest artist and teacher Mary W. Kerr is curator of the “Quilt As Desired” exhibit. This exhibit is 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 forty 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 of the popular 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 6 for $5 and 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 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Special workshops are also scheduled during the Quilt Show event – presented by guest instructors Lenore Crawford and Mary Kerr. Scheduled workshops presented by Lenore Crawford include “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. Ms. 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 www.saudervillage.org

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, cooper, weaver, spinner, blacksmith and many others! A buggy or train ride, stop at the ice-cream parlor, 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 in Founder’s Hall for the annual Quilt Show for only $11.00. The admission price for the Quilt Show and Historic Village is only $17.00 for adults and $11.00 for students ages 6-16 or, a two-day pass is available for $25 for adults. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season!
For more information about the 41st Annual Quilt Show, special workshops or other events planned for the 2017 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


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