Sauder Village to open for season with Annual Quilt Show

Press Staff Writer

        Sauder Village is set to open for its 47th Season with the Annual Quilt Show. The show will be a celebration of creativity and fine craftsmanship with hundreds of quilts on display from May 3-6 in Founders Hall.
        Recognized as one of the top quilting events in the Midwest, this four-day event will also feature special exhibits, creative demonstrations, live piano music, unique shopping, and opportunities to learn about quilting in the Historic Village.
        Hundreds of quilters will share their talents as both traditional and modern interpretations of quilts are on full display in categories ranging from pieced, appliqué and mixed media to baby, miniatures and youth.
        Special exhibits at this year’s show include “Living Outside the Lines – The Works of the Late Ann Stamm Merrell,” “Not Quite Black & White,” “Quilt Challenge” and “Quilts of Valor.” A Quilt of Valor is an award to servicemembers and veterans who have been touched by war. There will be a special awarding ceremony during the show.
        Special guest artist Christa Watson, a fabric designer and teacher from Las Vegas, Nevada, will be onsite, offering quilting workshops during Quilt Show week for registered students.
        Throughout the event, there will be a variety of quilting demonstrations in Founder’s Hall. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about machine and wool applique, fabric baskets and pouches, special wedge star rulers and watch hand quilting.
        Certified Quilt Appraiser Donna L. Kooistra will also be at the show to appraise quilts for insurance replacement, fair market and donation value. Quilt appraisals will be offered Friday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 by appointment.
        The rich tradition of quilting will also be shared throughout the Historic Village. The “Our Quilt Story” programs will explore how quilting is tied to social studies, science, math and language arts. Guests will discover techniques for assembling quilts, learn how quilters are mathematicians, and explore the natural dyeing process and quilt patterns in nature.
        Guests can also explore the Historic Village to visit the community shops, farms and gardens, and watch the many craftsmen at work, including the glassblower, potter, cooper, weaver, spinner, blacksmith and many others.
        The 1920s Main Street is sure to be a favorite stop as guests explore the theater, candy shop, bank, barbershop, hardware store, fire station, soda fountain and more.
        The Sauder Village Quilt Show runs Wednesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A special “Exhibit Only” admission pass is available in Founder’s Hall for $15.
        The admission price for the Quilt Show and Historic Village is $24 for adults and $18 for students ages 4-16.
        Hours for the historic village this spring are Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
        Sauder Village is located at 22611 SR 2, Archbold. For more information about the Annual Quilt Show, special workshops, or other special events planned for the 2023 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit or follow Sauder Village on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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