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Quilt Show 2022

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45th Annual Sauder Village Quilt Show

Wednesday, May 4 – Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Founder’s Hall

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FREE admission to the Quilt Show & the Historic Village for one day when your quilt entry is part of the 2022 Quilt Show.

Enter your quilt beginning February 15 to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Celebrate the rich tradition of quilting at Sauder Village’s annual event! With hundreds of quilts on full-length display, this event showcases a traditional craft that has become a form of art worldwide. The kaleidoscope of color and creativity will inspire and astound you. The National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) juries this annual show. Ribbon winning categories range from pieced, applique, mixed media, and art/innovation. 


Special Exhibit: Hand Quilting Legacy, curated by Linda Rufenacht

Special Exhibit: Garden State of Mind - Hoffman Challenge, curated by Jean Impey, Hoffman Fabrics

Sauder Village Challenge: Winter Traditions, curated by Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop

Guest Artist: Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings

Shopping with Primitive Gatherings and Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop

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

Workshops: Lisa Bongean, instructor

Schoolhouse: Back to Basics with instructors Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings & Mary Zesiger, NACQJ

Demonstrations: Tips, Techniques, Tools of the Trade

Quilt Appraisals: Donna Kooistra, AQS Certified

Juried Show: Sue Cortese & Doris Goins, National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ)

Check out the outstanding winning quilts of 2022, follow this link: 2022 Quilt Show Winners

Quilt Show 2022 at Sauder Village includes...


Quilt-Show-overhead-winners-circle-centerOpen to the Public from...
Wednesday, May 4 – Saturday, May 7, 2022

Beautiful quilts will hang full length in this spectacular four-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 2022 Sauder Village Challenge "Winter Traditions". Everyone is welcome to participate! Follow this link for more information about the 2022 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 listed here. 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 begins February 15, 2022 at 10 a.m.. At that time, look for a link & button to appear to the 2022 Quilt Registration webpage for registering your quilt for the exhibit.

Quilt Show 2022 Members Night - Winners Showcase

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
5:30 - 7:00 pm 
Join us for an exclusive after hours viewing of the annual Quilt Show.
A special opportunity for Sauder Village Members to view the 2022 award recipient quilts, special exhibits and main hall. Curators and experts will be on hand to provide detailed information about the Hand Quilting Legacy and Garden State of Mind, Hoffman Challenge Special Exhibits.
This event is FREE and exclusive for Sauder Village Members. 
Follow this link to register:
Quilt Show 2022 Member's Night Registration. Links have been disengaged. Registration is closed.Or register for Workshops, Schoolhouse and Member's Night at one time by following this link:
Quilt Show 2022 Workshops, Schoolhouse and Member's Night Registration. Links have been disengaged. Registration is closed.

Special Exhibit

Garden State of Mind, Hoffman Challenge

Curated by Jean Impey, Hoffman Fabrics

Description: This annual Hoffman Challenge invites quilters, sewists and crafters from around the world to create something new and unique from a specific grouping of fabrics offered by Hoffman Fabrics. 

This challenge is for the exhibition only - your quilt cannot be submitted for this challenge.

Hand Quilting Legacy 

Curated by Linda Rufenacht

Hand quilting, using a needle and thread, is the traditional method of sewing quilt layers together by hand with simple straight lines or intricate designs. View the different stitches used to create these beautifully hand-crafted quilts. 

Follow the link to learn more about the Special Exhibits.

Professional Quilt Appraisals

Donna KooistraDonna 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 Thursday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, May 6, from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m, and by appointment only on Saturday, May 7. 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-Quilt-shopCheck 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.

Primitive-Gatherings-LOGOPrimitive Gatherings - Larson, WI

Primitive Gatherings specializes in hand dyed wools, reproduction fabrics, cozy flannels and beautiful homespuns. Owner, Lisa Bongean recently expanded Primitive Gatherings retail space based in Larsen, Wisconsin adding a full service retreat facility. Lisa and her team will be setup for shopping at the Sauder Village Annual Quilt Show. Find patterns, books, kits, wool and fabric in Founder’s Hall Lobby.


Lots of volunteers make this a great event. If you wish to volunteer, call Deb Ridgway, Special Events Coordinator at 419.446.2541 et. 3076 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, May 4 – Saturday, May 7, 2022
    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 into 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:

    The Sauder Village Quilt Show this year will include the Quilt Show display in Founders Hall & Admission into the Historic Village.

    Guests will have the opportunity to visit quilting displays within the historic homes & shops, 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 (6-16) - $11.00
    Single Day Historic Village and Quilt Show Ticket: Adults $22.00 Students 6 – 16 $16.00
    Two Day Ticket into the Quilt Show and Historic Village: Adults - $30.00, Students (6-16) - $20.00

    If you enter a quilt into the show, you will receive Free Admission.

    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 and Schoolhouse Registration
Follow this link to register:
2022 Quilt Show Workshops and Schoolhouse Registration.Link has been disengaged. Registration is closed.

Quilt Registration for Exhibit.
Follow this link to register:
Quilt Registration for 2022 Quilt Show.
Link has been disengaged. Registration is closed.
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 Debbi Russell at 800.590.9755 to join or renew your existing membership.

Event Highlights

Quilt Show Exhibit Highlight


Hundreds of quilts on display and judged at this popular exhibition. Take the opportunity to have your quilt appraised by Donna Kooistra, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser.

Quilt Show Exhibit Highlight


Visit the Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop for fabric, quilting supplies and tools. Browse the Sauder Village Gift Shop, General Store & the Historic Village Craft Shops for many unique or creative items.

Quilt Show workshop student


Stay at the cozy Heritage Inn with pool, hot tub, fitness room and free WIFI or camp at the Sauder Village Campground with "Little Lake Erie" to make it a full, relaxing getaway.