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Exhibition at 2021 Quilt Show

A multitude of judged quilts on display along with special exhibits by masters and more.

Quilt Show Exhibition
Every year hundreds of quilts are displayed full-length in Founder’s Hall in one of several categories. This annual event is made possible by quilters who are willing to submit their beautiful work for the exhibit. 

Exhibition: Quilt Categories

Read the following list carefully and determine which category best describes your entry. All quilts must be pre-registered and remain on display in Founder's Hall during the entire Quilt Show.


All quilts must fit the size requirements and definitions of the selected category. Please carefully check the category sizes and definitions before registering your quilts. 

Large Quilts: must measure more than 60" on at least one side

  • Large Quilt: Pieced & Hand Quilted

  • Large Quilt: Pieced & Home Sewing Machine Quilted

  • Large Quilt: Pieced & Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted (must measure 78" or more on the shortest side)

  • Large Quilt: Appliqué & Hand Quilted

  • Large Quilt: Appliqué & Machine Quilted

  • Large Quilt: Mixed Technique & Hand Quilted

  • Large Quilt: Mixed Technique & Machine Quilted

  • Large Quilt: Other Techniques, Hand or Machine Quilted

Medium Quilt: 

  • Medium Quilt: Pieced & Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted (must measure 60" but less than 78" on at least one side)

Small Quilts: must measure 60" or less in both width and length.

  • Small Quilt: Pieced & Hand Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Pieced & Home Sewing Machine Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Pieced & Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Appliqué & Hand Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Appliqué & Machine Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Mixed Techniques & Hand Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Mixed Techniques & Machine Quilted

  • Small Quilt: Other Techniques, Hand or Machine Quilted

Baby Quilt: Hand or Machine Quilted

Art/Innovative Quilt

Masters Showcase

Miniatures (proportionally scaled down)

Sauder Village Challenge: “Adoration of Amelia”

Youth Quilts (made by youth up to age 18) 

Note: Written judging evaluations are not provided for this show.

Category Definitions

Masters Showcase: In order to qualify, quilt artists must have traveled nationally to teach and have published books or patterns. The exhibit director will personally contact all Masters artists to discuss arrangements for this special display. This category is for exhibit only and will not be judged.

"Adoration of Amelia" Sauder Village Challenge: Since our 2020 Quilt Show was cancelled, we have continued the Sauder Village Challenge, Adoration of Amelia for our 2021 Quilt Show. It is not too late to enter the Challenge. A few fabric kits are still available at the Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop along with guidelines. Stop in soon! 

We’d love to have you visit us personally to pick up your fabric bundle, but if that is not possible, challenge fabrics may be viewed online and ordered by calling Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop at 419-445-9610 or 800-590-9755 ext. 3011, or by email at  All orders for fabric bundles and/or additional yardage of any selected fabrics will be priced according to current retail prices including tax, shipping and handling. Remember, kits are limited!

Click Sauder Village Challenge to view the guidelines and fabrics used for the challenge

Pieced: Piecing predominates over other techniques in amount or effect.

Appliqué: Appliqué predominates over other techniques in amount or effect.

Mixed Technique: A quilt where two or more major construction techniques, not including quilting or trapunto, are used to develop the design of the top. Construction and/or surface design must be used in significant amounts that affect the overall design.

Other Techniques: Quilting that uses one or more special techniques such as whole cloth, embroidery, cross-stitch, painting or other surface design techniques not included in the categories above. Construction and/or surface design must be used in significant amounts that affect the overall design.

Baby Quilts: Crib size or smaller quilt that is designed for an infant. 

Art / Innovative Quilts: A contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends. The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominantly fabric or fabric-like material and must be composed of at least two full and distinct layers - a face layer and a backing layer. The face and backing layers must be held together by hand- or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the work. 

Miniatures: Proportionally scaled down version of a large quilt design. 

Youth Quilts: Quilts made by youth ages 18 and younger can be submitted for this special category. Quilt tops must have been sewn by the youth and can be quilted or tied. All other registration guidelines apply. Please note the quilt-maker's age and other interesting information on the entry form. We encourage youth to embrace the art of quilt making and share their developing talents! This category is for exhibit only and will not be judged. 

For categories defined by quilting method: 

Home Sewing Machine includes use of any sewing machine that is table mounted/stationary, allowing the quilter to move the fabric rather than the machine. 

Long arm/Midarm Machine includes any sewing machine mounted in a frame, allowing the quilter to move the machine head rather than the fabric.
QUILT REGISTRATION FINISHED APRIL 8, 2021. Enter quilt/s for next year's 2022 Quilt Show check for details in early 2022.

All quilts must be pre-registered prior to Quilt Show.

Follow this link for Entry Requirements and Guidelines.


The exhibit is a secured facility and Village grounds are patrolled during the hours the exhibit is closed. While Sauder Village takes every precaution to protect all pieces brought in for the exhibit, we know you will understand that we cannot accept liability for them. Quilt owners are required to carry the appropriate insurance on their quilted pieces.

Awards & Judging

Judges for the 2021 Sauder Village Quilt Show are Doris Goins and Karen Blocher.

More information about our judges follow this link: Quilt Show Judges

More information about the Awards follow this link: Awards

Member's Special Viewing of the Quilt Exhibit 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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.

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

COVID-19 Information

In adherence with state and local safety precautions, facemasks are required while at Sauder Village. We will also moderate the number of people in the show to allow for physical distancing. We will continue to work with local health partners to ensure visitor safety. Thank you for your support of the Sauder Village Quilt Show and for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.

FREE admission to the Quilt Show & the Historic Village when your quilt entry is part of the 2021 Quilt Show.

Enter your quilt today to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!