There is something about being wrapped up in a quilt on a cold Ohio winter day, that makes me think about my grandmother. When I was young I never really appreciated her quilts, as much as I do now. I knew they took long hours to make, and I enjoyed seeing bits of leftover fabric from outfits she made me included in the quilts. But I never really appreciated them as pieces of art.
My grandfather was also involved in the making of the quilts. He was in charge of creating the quilting templates out of cardboard that would be used to create the sewing patterns on the top of the quilts. He also made the quilt racks that would be used to create the various quilt sizes.
Throughout my early teens, I would sit at my grandmother’s old black singer sewing machine and help her sew blocks together. When maxi-skirts were all the rage, she helped me make a skirt all out of quilt blocks. Unfortunately, at the time I had no interest in sitting at the quilt rack and learn how to hand stitch all the quilt layers together to make a quilt.
In high school, I received a sewing machine for Christmas. Like all small town girls, you were taught how to use a sewing machine in the Home Economic class. I have used that sewing machine throughout my adulthood for various projects. Mending and small crafts. And yes, I even attempted a quilt. Still not finished 20 years later. It is on my to do list.
I have to admit I am a closet fabric hoarder. I blame my grandmother for that. I can’t leave a quilt shop or fabric store without adding to the fabric stash which has found a space in my very small craft area. Waiting for that one day when I will open up the box and create a quilt as warm and as beautiful as one of my grandmother’s quilts.
So in honor of my grandmother, I share with you information about upcoming Ohio quilting events and area quilting stores. She would of loved the Ohio Quilt Trails.
“The Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail wanders across Ohio’s largest county and takes visitors to orchards, wineries, working farms, historic sites and residences. Ours is the only barn quilt trail in northeast Ohio and has grown to more than 81 Barn Quilts! Travel our rural countryside and experience all the beauty Ashtabula County has to offer.”
For more information visit website.
QUILT NATIONAL 2017
January 25 – April 14, 2018
20th Biennial International Juried Art Quilt Exhibition
Produced by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.
The OAC Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215. Hours: Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and state holidays
Heritage Quilt Barn Trail
“Every pattern records a family history through the reproduction of old quilt squares and stories told in memory of those who worked to create them.”
For more information click here.
Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO
Dates: April 5-7, 2018
Location: I-X Center, 1 I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44135
6683 State Rd. Parma, OH 44134
440.843.2464 | website
Looking for a unique graduation gift? Why not have a T-shirt quilt made of all those sports jerseys.
Memory Lane Quilting
6950 Miller Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
330.468.2831 | website
42nd Annual Quilt Show and Workshops
Dates: May 1-6, 2018
Times: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502
1-800-590-9755 | website
“Travel the scenic countryside and town of Archbold, OH to see this beautiful display of Barn Quilts!”
Click here to learn more.
Geauga Barn Quilt Trail
“The goal of the Geauga County Quilt Trail is to promote the historic beauty and cultural significance of quilt making through the exhibition of hand painted historically accurate quilt squares affixed to highly visible barns and buildings in Geauga County. It’s an agricultural and tourism project designed to promote and celebrate our community pride.”
Granny’s Quilt Shop
15550 Grove Rd., Parkman, OH 44080
Gramma Fannie’s Quilt Barn
4363 OH-39, Berlin, OH 44610
Helping Hands Quilt Shop
4818 W Main St., Millersburg, OH 44654
330.893.2233 | website
Miller’s Dry Goods
4500 State Route 557, Charm, OH 44654
330.893.9899 | website
A mother and her six daughters tell the moving story of pioneer life, taken from the handwritten diaries of women who helped settle the west.
Click here to read more.
Weaving and Sewing Early Lake County – Prior to every performance patrons may visit an exhibit of pioneer era quilts, coverlets and spinning & weaving tools in the art gallery of the C. K. Rickel Theatre. The exhibit is from the collection of the Lake County History Center complimented by modern textile art pieces and tools from the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers. There will be live demonstrations of this pioneer art on opening night! The gallery opens one hour prior to the performance. Admission to the exhibit is free.
Dates: February 9 – March 11, 2018
Quilt Vendor Days Mar 2, 3, 4
Open Tuesday through Sunday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lake Metroparks Farmkpark
8800 Euclid ChardonRd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH
Farmpark admission applies
The 27th annual Quilt Show at Farmpark displays works from nationally-known featured artists and regional quilters. Enjoy more than 200 beautiful quilted works, including traditional bed quilts, contemporary wall art and apparel. Information about the quilts, including artist name, city and story behind their work, is posted on each piece.
Quits & Sew Forth
7406 Center St., Mentor, OH 44060
440.266.1601 | website
142 N Court St., Medina, OH 44256
The Spider’s Web Fabric Shop
2123 Martin Rd, Mogadore, OH 44260
MUTTON HILL QUILT SHOW: FIBER ART EXHIBIT
and VENDOR SHOWCASE
Dates: October TBA
Location: John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill Street, Akron, OH 44308
Ohio Star Quilts and Creative Sewing Center
2383 South Main Street C-101, Akron, OH 44319
330.644.6100 | website
Olive Grace Studios
2627 1/2 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Cortland, OH 44410
330.637.0800 | website
Mara’s Fabric & Quilts
35003 Vine Street, Eastlake, OH 44095
Dates: February 22-24, 2018
Location: University of Mount Union
Box Office: 330.821.2565
Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life.
Angelics, a Quilter’s Haven
3095 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44707
330.484.5480 | website
2018 LEBANON QUILT & FABRIC SHOW
Dates: March 2-3, 2018
Time: Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
Location: Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon, OH 45036
TREE CITY QUILTERS’ GUILD QUILT SHOW
Dates: April 20-21, 2018
Over 250 quilts on display, antique quilt display, vendors, demostrations and Quilters Boutique. Wooster Church of the Nazarene Fri 9 AM-6 PM, Sat 9 AM-3:30 PM 330-264-5843 | website
Want to purchase a quilt? A group of local women create quilts out of various fabrics to raise money for their not-for-profit.
MCC Thrift Shops
4080 Kidron Rd, Kidron, OH 44636
330.857.7802 | website
For more information about Ohio’s Barn Quilt Trail and links to a map click here.