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Quilt Show 2024 

47th Annual Sauder Village Quilt Show

Wednesday – Saturday, May 1 - 4, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village

Quilt Show 2017 Overhead
FREE admission to the Quilt Show & the Historic Village for one day when your quilt entry is part of the 2024 Quilt Show.One pass per person. Passes are non-transferable and may not be exchanged for cash. 

Celebrate the rich tradition of quilting during this special four-day showcase! Walk through hundreds of unique, handcrafted quilts on full-length display while enjoying the soothing sounds of live pianists in the exhibit hall. Our regional show attracts talent and expertise from across the country. Explore the Feature and Special Exhibits, discover tools and techniques from our skilled demonstrators, take a class with our guest artist Sue Cortese, and shop at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop.

The National Association of Certified Quilt Judges determines ribbon winners across more than 20 categories. Novel art quilts, time-honored traditional quilts, and everything in between are celebrated here.

Spend a day or two with us! Expand your skills by taking a class on Japanese shibori techniques, learn needle turn applique, explore hand stitching methods, and peek behind the curtain of the judging world with a lecture from Sue Cortese.

New to the Quilt Show is a Gallery Talk. Hear firsthand from the curator, creator and designer of the Special Exhibit: Artistic Expressions in Quilt & Fiber Form. 

No matter how you spend your time at our show, you won’t be disappointed.

Feature Exhibit: Gastronomy - a SAQA Global Exhibition

Special Exhibit: Artistic Expressions in Quilt & Fiber - The Work of Sue Cortese

Special Exhibit: Bits & Pieces: The Bilious Green Fight

Guest Artist: Sue Cortese

Shopping with Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop

Member’s Night: Exclusive after hours viewing for Sauder Village members

Lecture - Identifying Ribbon Winning Quilts - with the lecture given by Sue Cortese

Workshops: Sue Cortese, instructor 

Gallery Talk: Special Exhibit – Artistic Expressions in Quilt & Fiber - The Work of Sue Cortese

Quilt Appraisals: Donna Kooistra, AQS Certified

Juried Show: National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) Doris Goins and Lisa Schreck

Check out the outstanding winning quilts of 2023, follow this link:

CONGRATULATIONS 2023 Quilt Show Winners

Quilt Show 2024 at Sauder Village includes...

Main Exhibit

Open to the Public from...
Wednesday, May 1 – Saturday, May 4, 2024

Walk through hundreds of beautiful, handcrafted quilts made by quilters around the country. Each year brings a brand-new kaleidoscope of color, pattern, size, and design..

Submit your quilts for the Exhibit... We’d love to exhibit your quilted masterpiece in our show. Once a quilt has been in the main exhibit, it cannot be re-entered in future years. Entries are accepted in up to twenty-three categories. Quilt Exhibit Entry Guidelines can be found here. Online registration of quilts will open on February 1, 2024 at 10am. Follow this link to the 2024 Quilt Registration to register your quilt for the exhibit. Follow this link to Quilt Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information.


Quilt Show 2024
Members Night

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Join us for an exclusive after hours viewing of the annual Quilt Show.
Sauder Village Members are invited to an exclusive preview of the annual Quilt Show. Enjoy a quiet evening viewing ribbon-winning quilts from around the country, admiring the work of our feature artists, and taking in “Gastronomy”—a special Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) Global Exhibition.

Registration is not required. Show your membership card at the information desk for free entry.


Feature Exhibit

Gastronomy – a SAQA Global Exhibition

Gastronomy is the study of the relationship between food and culture, featuring not only the bountiful gifts from nature, but a gift from the human hand. The art of preparing unique, delicate food is a tradition passed from generation to generation, around the world. Combining innovative ingredients, colors, textures, and flavors creates dishes pleasing to both the palette and the eye.

Juried by Cecilia and Merce, two sisters who started silk painting 23 years ago as a hobby.

Special Exhibits

Open to the Public from...
Wednesday, May 1 – Saturday, May 4, 2024


Bits & Pieces: The Bilious Green Fight

Knot Even Quilters (KEQ) in Tecumseh, MI

Ann Stamm Merrell was a fiber artist who fought a hard battle against cancer.  She came to regard 'bilious green' as a symbol of her fight and we are challenged to use a bit of that color in our final pieces. We selected bits and pieces from the leftovers of her textile art and built our art based upon her starts. This challenge was a bridge to honor those who built textile art before us and gave us a base upon which we will continue to grow our art.

Curated by Kathy Smith, Kathryn Schmidt, and Deb Ridgway

Artistic Expressions in Quilt & Fiber - The Work of Sue Cortese 

This special exhibit is a collection of Sue’s work, reflecting her passion for fabric dyeing and her unique transformation of that fabric into stunning works of fiber art. Her recent work centers around shibori and indigo dyeing. Shibori is a Japanese method of using pressure as a resist, creating a pattern when dyed. The Kumo or spiderweb pattern is a favorite shibori technique of Sue’s. The energy of the circular motif combined with the rhythm of the striped lines is something she finds interesting and pleasing. Knowing various shibori techniques allows her work to take advantage of the different pattern and textures each produces. The use of natural indigo adds a touch of familiarity and a color used worldwide for centuries.

You won’t want to miss this special exhibit! Join Sue for a Gallery Talk on Saturday, May 4 at 9 am where she will share details about her work on display.

Sue will also be teaching an indigo dyeing workshop during Quilt Show 2024. See the schedule for this and other class offerings.

Follow the link to learn more about the Feature and Special Exhibits.

Donna KooistraProfessional Quilt Appraisals

Donna L. Kooistra, AQS Certified Quilt & Textile Appraiser and President of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles, brings her knowledge of a quilt's estimated value to the Sauder Village Quilt Show. 

Quilt appraisals will be done at the Sauder Village Quilt Show in Founder’s Hall by appointment or by walk-in Friday, May 5, from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m, and by appointment Saturday, May 6. Registration is preferred but not required and you will be contacted to set up an appointment time. Walk-ins will be seen as soon as possible. Follow this link for additional Quilt Appraisal information and to register.


Check out the great shopping at our Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop. Be sure to allow plenty of time to find fabric, notions, patterns and tools for your quilting or sewing projects.

Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop offers a variety of fabrics, patterns, books, thread, tools, batting and more. The Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop is located within Historic Sauder Village and only a short walk from the show. Follow this link to more information about the Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop.

The shop will be following social distancing and safety protocols for a pleasant shopping experience.



Our volunteers graciously donate their time and talents to keep the Quilt Show running smoothly year after year. Please see our 2024 Quilt Show volunteer needs here: Volunteering Opportunities. Thank you for helping us share the love of quilting for many years to come!



Whether you spend all week or just a day or two, make plans to stay in our beautiful Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground. For additional information follow these links...
Sauder Heritage Inn
Sauder Village Campground

Event Overview & Information

  • Dates & Hours:

    Quilt Show - Open to the Public from...
    Wednesday, May 1 – Saturday, May 4, 2024
    Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Registration is not required to attend the Quilt Show Exhibit.

  • Location:

    Founder's Hall at Sauder Village - Enter the Hall using the west side entrance or enter through the Historic Village Welcome Center and make your way west to Founder's Hall east side entrance. 

  • Admission:With paid Historic Village admission, guests will have the opportunity to participate in quilting related activities within the historic homes & shops and visit the historic craft shops of baskets, brooms, weaving, spinning and coopering as well the newest addition, the 1920s Main Street.  Come for a day of inspiration at the Quilt Show &  Historic Sauder Village.

    Single Day Ticket into the Quilt Show ONLY: Adults - $15.00, Students (4-16) - $12.00
    Single Day Historic Village & Quilt Show: Adults $25.00 Students 4 – 16 $19.00
    Two Day Ticket into the Quilt Show and Historic Village: Adults - $35, Students (4-16) - $25

    We look forward to having you join us!

  • Group rates:

    Bringing a group of 20 or more? Special group rates and arrangements are available by calling our Group Sales Department at 800.590.9755.


Workshops, Lecture and Gallery Talk Registration:
Register by following this link: 2024 Quilt Show Workshops, Lecture and Gallery Talk

Quilt Registration for Exhibit:
Register your quilt by following this link: QUILT REGISTRATION
It is FREE to register your quilt for the exhibition. 

Quilt Exhibition inquiries and registration can be done online through the website and are processed in the order that they are received.  


Your membership also offers you discounts in select venues across Sauder Village like Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop, the Gift Shop, the General Store, the Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, Sauder Heritage Inn and Campground and are given a full year of general admission to Historic Sauder Village and discounts for Member events! You can also feel good knowing that your supporting membership helps provide wonderful family experiences and educational opportunities for all ages throughout the year and helps to preserve the past for many generations to come.

Follow this Membership link join as a member online or call Tiffani Graber at 800.590.9755 to join or renew your existing membership.

Event Highlights

Quilt Show Exhibit Highlight

Guest Artist

Sue Cortese, multi-faceted quilt artisan, judge and teacher. 

Quilt Show Exhibit Highlight


Workshops, Lecture and Gallery Talk – join us for creative art of quilting, insights, techniques and inspiration from Sue Cortese.

Quilt Show workshop student

Special Exhibits

Check out the Feature and Special Exhibits at this amazing show of quilts.