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Quilt Show 2020 - CANCELLED

Follow this link to the current Quilt Show: CURRENT QUILT SHOW
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of all Quilt Show Week 2020 activities at Sauder Village as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. As one of the most respected and popular events in the Midwest, there were many aspects to consider, guidelines and restrictions to follow, & safety implications. With safety being our #1 priority for our teachers, exhibitors, students, volunteers, staff & the general public who participate and come from all over to enjoy this show, we have made this difficult decision.

Students --- If you pre-registered for classes, we are sending you an email with cancellation info & instructions. Please read it carefully and email your reply by July 1st.

Heritage Inn and Campground Reservations ---All lodging reservations for Quilt Show week have been canceled. You do not need to contact the Heritage Inn. If you have lodging reservations at other hotels, please contact them directly. 

Quilt Registration --- Thank you to everyone who had already registered your work for this year’s exhibit, we hope you will participate in the 2021 exhibit. 

Special Exhibits --- We will soon contact all 2020 Special Exhibit coordinators with 2021 updates. 

Volunteers --- Thank you to each of you who volunteered to work at Quilt Show 2020, we hope you will join us as a Volunteer next year. 
Support Sauder Village-- For the past 43 years, Sauder Village has been one of the largest area supporters of quilting. Sauder Village not only features and supports quilting but also other textile arts and techniques. The Quilt Show is the second largest event at Sauder Village. 

Each year, the Sauder staff and volunteers go above and beyond to make Quilt Show an outstanding opportunity for artists of all levels to gather, network, learn, share, and enjoy their art and friendships - in an inclusive and supportive environment. This is shown in the exhibit - held in the beautiful Founder’s Hall where over 400 pieces hang each year. Through our classes and schoolhouse where outstanding teachers coach and demonstrate new and diverse techniques, encourage creativity, and help students to build skills and develop confidence. As a 501c3 public charity, Sauder Village’s mission relies on the generous donations of people like us who want to help preserve this special place. This organization is being hard hit by the pandemic and your support, would have a meaningful impact. 

Will you consider donating to Sauder Village? 
Moving Forward ---We want to assure you that we have already begun work on the classes, exhibits and events for April 28 - May 2, 2021 Also, be sure to “LIKE” our Facebook Page, we will soon be posting info & photos to help ease the pain of missing this year’s event. Plus, we have some fun surprises for you, as well as 2021 sneak peaks! 

We hope that you & yours are safe and well. We will miss you this year, along with all the creative art you have created in these challenging times. We look forward to 2021! 

Best Wishes to all! 

Lorraine McNeal, Quilt Show Director and the Team at Sauder Village

Quilt-Show-ExhibitionMake plans now to visit the 44th Annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village! The week is made up of hundreds of quilts on display at Founder's Hall, the main exhibition, special exhibits, a grouping of creative demonstrators as well as workshops with a world renowned instructor all set in the charming setting of Historic Sauder Village, with beautiful accommodations at the Heritage Inn or Sauder Campground and the delicious food of the Village restaurants and bakery. Hands-on activities and plenty of shopping opportunities at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop will add to the events of this fun-filled week. Whether you participate in a portion or all aspects of the week, plan now to attend one of the most respected and popular quilting events in the Midwest... you will be glad you did!

Check out the outstanding winning quilts of 2019, follow this link:
2019 Quilt Show Winners

Quilt Show 2020 at Sauder Village includes...


Winning-QuiltsOpen to the Public from...
Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19, 2020

Hundreds of beautiful quilts will hang full length in this spectacular five-day Quilt Show in spacious Founder's Hall. Each year brings a brand new kaleidoscope of color, pattern, size and design.

Categories... All pieces are exhibited in one of twenty-three categories, including the 2020 Challenge "Adoration of Amelia". Everyone is welcome to participate! Follow this link for more information about the 2020 Quilt Challenge.

Submit your quilts for the Exhibit... You are encouraged to enter your beautiful masterpiece. Quilt Exhibit Entry Guidelines on how to submit your quilt are coming soon. Once a quilt has been in the main exhibit it may not be re-entered into this popular show in future years. Entries are accepted in up to twenty-three categories. Online registration of quilts will begin February 3 at 2 p.m.. Look for a link & button to appear to the 2020 Quilt Registration webpage for registering your quilt for the exhibit.


Quilt-Show-Exhibit-newMember's Special Viewing of the Quilt Exhibit...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 pm 

Want a sneak peek to the 2020 Quilt Show? Join us for a private viewing of this incredible show. This special evening is open exclusively to Sauder Village Members and those attending the Winners' Showcase.

Special Exhibit

Old Glory Quilt Exhibit: Curated by Mary Kerr

Teacher’s Showcase
Quilts by Lisa Bongeon will be on display.

Fusion Challenge by It's Not Your Mama's Quilting

Artistic Diversity by Knot Even Quilters

Follow this link Special Exhibits for more details.


Wednesday, July 15 - Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Follow this link to a listing of workshops and more: Workshops, Lecture and Schoolhouse

Registration for workshops and lecture will began online at 10 a.m on January 29, 2020 E.S.T.
Follow this link to the Workshops Registration Form.

2020 Winners’ Showcase Preview

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Quilt Show Preview: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Follow this link to information about the Winners' Showcase Preview

2020 Sauder Village Schoolhouse!

We regret that we are canceling the Schoolhouse event for this year. 

Registration for the 2020 Quilt Show workshops, lecture and showcase began online January 29, 2020 at 10 am EST.  Follow this link to REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS, LECTURE, SHOWCASE PREVIEWFollow this link for information about Registration.

Quilt Registration for the 2020 Quilt Show began online February 3, 2020 at 2 pm EST. Follow this link to REGISTER YOUR QUILT/S FOR THE EXHIBIT.
Follow this link for details: Quilt Registration for Exhibition Information. Links have been disengaged due to cancellation.

Featured Workshop Teacher...

Lisa-BongeanLisa Bongean

guest artist, author & instructor

Known world-wide for her primitive style in quilting, Lisa Bongean’s talents are many: proud mother of three sons, designer, teacher, award winning quilter, shop owner, and business woman partnered with her husband, Nick. Primitive Gatherings, her retail shop in Menasha, WI, as well as her wholesale and internet business, features Lisa’s designs on her hand-dyed wools, homespun, reproduction and designer fabrics. As a designer for Moda, Lisa embraces opportunities to reach out to quilters everywhere offering them beautiful new fabrics designed especially for creating her primitive and folk art designs.

Follow this link to more details about Lisa Bongean.


Professional Quilt Appraisals

Donna L. Kooistra, AQS Certified Quilt 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 Thursday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, July 17, from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m, and by appointment only on Saturday, July18. 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.


Threads-of-Tradition-Lorraine-McNealCheck out the great shopping at our Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop. Be sure to allow plenty of shopping 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, bags, batting and more. The Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop is located within Historic Sauder Village but only a short walk from the show. Follow this link to more information about the Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop.

Quilt Raffle

The quilt for the 2020 Quilt Raffle is Log Cabin Shuffle 93"x109".  Come see the full quilt at the 2020 Quilt Show and purchase a ticket for a chance to win this beautiful quilt. Proceeds from this annual Quilt Raffle benefit the Junior Historian Program in the Historic Sauder Village.


Lots of volunteers make this a great event. If you wish to volunteer, call Deb Ridgway, special events coordinator at 419.446.2541 or 800.590.9755.


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, July 15 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
    Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Registration is not required to attend the Quilt Show Exhibit.

    Winners' Showcase
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m

    Member Special Viewing
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m

    Quilt Show Workshops & Lecture
    Wednesday, July 15 - Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Sauder Village Schoolhouse
    Canceled for 2020.

  • Admission:

    Single Day Ticket into the Quilt Show and entire Historic Village... Adults - $20.00, Students (6-16) - $14.00 (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)

    Tickets into Quilt Show only - $12.00 (Must be purchased in Founder's Hall where exhibit is located. No Discounts apply.)

    2-Day Pass into the Quilt Show and entire Historic Village... Adults - $29.00, Students (6-16) - $19.00 (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)

  • 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, Winners' Showcase and Quilt Exhibition inquires and registration can be done online through the website and are processed in the order that they are received. 

Registration for Workshops, Lecture, Winners' Showcase began online at 10 a.m. E.S.T. on January 29, 2020. 

Follow this link to REGISTER A QUILT FOR QUILT SHOW EXHIBITION. Quilt Registration for Quilt/s for Exhibition began Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2 pm EST.


Member's Special Viewing of the Quilt Exhibit...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Can’t make it to the Sauder Village Quilt Show during the day? Join us for an exclusive preview of this incredible show during our Members’ Only Night! Enjoy an evening filled with creativity as you explore our 44th annual Quilt Show with other Sauder Village members.

Your membership also offers you discounts in Threads of Tradition, the Gift Shop and General Store, the Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery and the Sauder Heritage Inn or Campground and a full year of admission to Historic Sauder Village! 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 Debbi Russell at 800.590.9755 to join or renew your existing membership.

Event Highlights

Edyta Sitar and Kimberly Einmo

Special Guest Artists

Quilt artisan, Lisa Bonegean offers her talents to teach workshops at Sauder Village. 

Quilt Show Exhibit Highlight


Hundreds of quilts on display and judged at this popular exhibition. Take the opportunity to have Donna Kooistra appraise your quilt.

Quilt Show workshop student

Workshops & Lectures

Choose from a variety of creative & inspiring workshops as well as an afternoon lecture.