41st Annual Quilt Show

Join us May 2 - 7, 2017 

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Quilt Show at Sauder Village overhead view

41st Annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village

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Quilt Show demonstrationsMake plans now to visit the 41st Annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village! The week is made up of the vendor market, exhibition, special exhibits, a grouping of creative demonstrators as well as full-day workshops 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 and Vendor Market 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! Registration is simple and can be completed online on January 25, beginning at 10 a.m. E.S.T..

An outstanding showing of winning quilts, follow this link for a listing & photos of the

2017 Quilt Show Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners!

Quilt Show at Sauder Village includes...


Open to the Public from...
Tuesday, May 2 – Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hundreds of beautiful quilts will hang full length in this spectacular six-day Quilt Show in spacious Founder's Hall. There is always a brand new kaleidoscope of color, pattern, size and design. Follow this link for more information about the Exhibition

Categories... All pieces are exhibited in one of twenty-two categories, including the 2017 Challenge "Permission to Play". Everyone is welcome to participate! Follow this link for more information about the 2017 Quilt Challenge.

Registration of Quilts for Exhibition is NOW FILLED for the 2017 Quilt Show.

Submit your quilts for the Exhibit... You are encouraged to enter your beautiful masterpiece. Follow this link Quilt Exhibit Entry Guidelines for details on how to submit your quilt. Once a quilt has been exhibited it can not be re-entered into this popular show. Entries accepted in twenty-two categories. Register your quilt for exhibit by following this link to the Quilt Registration Form

Member's Only Special Viewing of the Quilt Exhibit...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Can’t make it to the Quilt Show during the day? Join us for a private viewing of this
incredible show. This special evening is open exclusively to Sauder Village Members.

Special Exhibits 

Two special collections 
Quilt As Desired, curated by Mary W. Kerr  
Some of the best long arm quilters in the business have taken unremarkable vintage tops and created something magical! Enjoy this unique marriage of the old and new as the lines that divide our quilt worlds become blurred.

SAQA Ohio Region Gems 
A collection of 8" x10" art quilts made by Studio Art Quilts Associates quilt artists from across the state of Ohio. 

Follow this link Special Exhibits for more details.


Quilt Show Workshop

Workshops & Lectures

Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 6, 2017

A variety of inspiring, creative workshops with talented quilt artisans for learning new techniques & skills. 

Join fellow quilters for a dinner lecture with Mary Kerr.  

Registration for workshops and lecture opened online at 10 a.m on January 25, 2017 E.S.T. Follow this link to the 2017 Quilt Show Workshops and Dinner/Lecture Registration.

Follow this link for a full listing of the Quilt Show Workshops and Lectures offered.

Featured Workshop Teachers...

Lenore Crawford guest artist


Lenore Crawford - guest artist, author & instructor.

“My fabric art combines my love of France, French architecture, and flower gardens, along with my passion for color and realism. The texture and warmth of the fabric itself, along with fabric painting, give the art an impressionistic feeling that only this medium can produce. Currently I am teaching my fusing/fabric painting technique, using my patterns, plus other techniques. I invite you to explore the many lovely possibilities with me, while learning to create your own fabric art.” 

Visit her website: LenoreCrawford.com

We are excited that our registration for Lenore Crawford's Workshops began January 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Mary Kerr

Mary W. Kerr - an award winning quilter from Woodbridge, VA. Mary will be teaching fast precision piecing techniques in Stars Over Virginia, Learn the basics of restoration, conservation and repair of antique quilts in Saving our Treasures and her third class encourages play with Vintage textiles as you recreate the timeless Log Cabin block with a modern slant in Log Cabin Improv with a Vintage Twist.  Details about these classes will be online later this week.  

Visit her website: MaryWKerr.com

Pam Buda's replacement as teacher is Mary W. Kerr, she will be teaching three workshops during Quilt Show 2017. Follow this link for details about these Quilt Show workshops. Registration for these workshops began Friday, January 27 at 5pm EST.


Professional Quilt Appraisals

Professional Quilt Appraiser Donna L. Kooistra 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 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m and Friday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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 Shop


New this year!
In addition to great shopping at our Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop, select vendors will be set-up adjacent to the quilt shop in the Museum Building on Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 6. Be sure to allow plenty of shopping time to fully experience the Vendor Market along with Threads of Tradition.

Visit the Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop for 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. During the Quilt Show, the new Vendor Market will be open in the Museum Building near Threads of Tradition within the Historic Village. 

Quilt Raffle 

The quilt for the Quilt Raffle is  “Amish With a Twist”, 88" x 105" - pictured below.
Pam Ray, Milan, MI is the winner of the 2017 Quilt Raffle. 
Raffle Quilt - Amish with a Twist

Proceeds from this annual Quilt Raffle benefit the Junior Historian Program at Sauder Village.


Lots of volunteers make this a great event. If you wish to volunteer, call Sue Link at 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...
    Tuesday, May 2 – Sunday, May 7, 2017
    Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Quilt Show Workshops & Dinner Lecture 
    Wednesday May 3 - Saturday May 6, 2017

  • Admission:

    Single Day Ticket into the Quilt Show and entire Historic Village... Adults - $17.00, Students (6-16) - $12.00 (Senior, Military and AAA discounts apply)

    Tickets into Quilt Show only - $11.00 (Must be purchased in Founder's Hall where exhibit is located.)

    2-Day Pass into the Quilt Show and entire Historic Village... Adults - $25.00, Students (6-16) - $15.00 (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.


Workshop, Lecture, Quilt Exhibition inquires and registration can be done online through the website and are processed in the order that they are received. Registration began online at 10 a.m. E.S.T. on January 25, 2017. Registration for Mary W. Kerr's workshops began online at 5 p.m. E.S.T. on January 27, 2017. 

Follow this link to Quilt Show 2017 WORKSHOPS Registration.


Member's Only Special Viewing of the Quilt Exhibit... Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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

Quilt Show 2017 Guest Artists

Special Guest Artists

Quilt artisans, Mary W. Kerr and Lenore Crawford offer their 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

A variety of creative & inspiring workshops are offered. Also join fellow quilters for an evening dinner along with a lecture given by Mary W. Kerr.