There is just something about being wrapped up in a quilt, that reminds me of 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 learning 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 Home Economics 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 am proud to admit that I am a fabric hoarder. I blame my grandmother for that. I can’t leave a quilt shop or fabric store without adding to my growing fabric stash. 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 have created this page to share upcoming Ohio quilting shows, events and local fabric stores. She would have loved the Ohio Quilt Trails.
SHOWS, EVENTS, TRAILS, AND FABRIC SHOPS
Shows, events and shops are listed by Ohio county.
ASHTABULA COUNTY – NE OH
“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.
ATHENS COUNTY – SE OH
QUILT NATIONAL 2023
The Best in Contemporary Quilts
Produced by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.
Duration of Exhibition: May 26-September 11, 2023
Additional dates in Ohio:
Canton Museum of Art on November 22, 2023 – March 3, 2024
COLUMBIANA COUNTY – NE OH
UNITED QUILT GUILD QUILT SHOW (biannual exhibit)
Location: First Friends Church
1028 Jennings Ave., Salem, OH 44460
COSHOCTON COUNTY – NE OH
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.
Coshocton Canal Quilters Quilt Show
Date: TBA – July
Location: Coshocton County Career Center
(23640 Airport Road, Coshocton, Ohio 43812)
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – NE OH
NORTH COAST NEEDLERS QUILT SHOW
Dates: October 21-22, 2023
Times: Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Location: Don Umerley Civic Center
21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116
Traditional, Contemporary & Art Quilts
Vendors, raffle quilt, challenge quilts, boutique.
Looking for a unique graduation gift? Why not have a T-shirt quilt made of all those sports jerseys. Click here for more information and pricing.
FULTON COUNTY – NW OH
Annual Quilt Show and Workshops
Dates: May 3-6, 2023
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 COUNTY – NE OH
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.”
Want to travel the trail? Looking for more are information?
Contact Destination Geauga for a FREE visitor guide and for trail information.
HAMILTON COUNTY – SE OH
ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO
Dates: October 12-14, 2023
Times: Thurs & Fri: 10am – 5:30 pm | Sat 10am-5pm
Location: Sharonville Convention Center
HOLMES COUNTY – NE OH
QUILTING n’ CUISINE
Dates: April 20-21, 2023
Location: Ohio’s Amish Country
Event Facebook post.
The Quilting n’ Cuisine event is coming up quickly! In this shop hop, you’ll visit 6 area quilt shops, get your passport stamped, sample delicious food, receive recipes & patterns, and view projects at each shop. The last shop will collect your fully stamped passport, making you eligible for prize drawings!
April 20 & 21, 2023, from 9AM-5PM.
Prizes will be drawn after the shop hop, and winners will be contacted.
Passport*: $12 pre-register | $15 day of event (if not sold out)
Call 330-674-3858 or stop in to purchase your passport.
*Price is per person. Choose your day (both days are the same)
OHIO’S AMISH COUNTRY QUILT FESTIVAL
Dates: September 7-9, 2023
Location: Mt. Hope Event Center
8076 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH 44654
330.674.3858 | .ohiosamishcountryquiltfestival.net/
Gramma Fannie’s Quilt Barn
4363 OH-39, Berlin, OH 44610
Lone Star Quilt Shop
7700 County Rd. 77, Mt. Hope, OH 44654
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
11004 Co Rd 320, Millersburg, OH 44654
330.674.1677 | website
Zinck’s Fabric Outlet
4568 State Route 39
Millersburg, OH 44654
JEFFERSON COUNTY – NE OH
2023 Spring Quilt Show
Dates: April 10-22, 2023
Times: M-F 10am-4pm| Sat Noon – 4pm
Location: Historic Fort Steuben
10 S. 3rd St. Steubenville, OH 43952
KNOX COUNTY – CENTRAL OH
Knox County Quilt Guild’s Quilt Show
Location: Hunter Hall, 221 S Main St., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
LAKE COUNTY – NE OH
Dates: March 30 – April 30, 2023
Times: 9am – 5pm
Location: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH 44094
Farmpark admission applies
Open Tuesday through Sunday | Quilt Vendor Event Apr. 28-30 | Farmpark admission applies
Enjoy an amazing display of 175 beautiful quilts and a variety of quilt-related works on display during Quilts 2023 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark! Now in its 31st year, this popular quilt show fills every nook and cranny in the Farmpark Visitor Center. “As you explore the show, you will be immersed into a variety of colors, patterns and a display of artists’ labor of love,” says Andrea Pasquale, Lake Metroparks Farmpark Special Event Assistant and show coordinator. “We are excited to once again present one of the finest quilt shows in Ohio!” Quilts 2023 opens on Friday, March 31, and runs from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday through April 30.
LORAIN COUNTY – NE OH
presented by The Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Date: September 15-17, 2023
Time: Fri-Sat 10am – 5pm | Sun 10am-4pm
New Russia Township Lodge
46300 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin, OH 44074
MEDINA COUNTY – NE OH
142 N Court St., Medina, OH 44256
330.725.3226 | fabricobsession.com
Little Red Quilt House
3616 Ridge Rd., Medina, OH 44256
234.248.4492 | website
PORTAGE COUNTY – NE OH
STREETSBORO QUILT GUILD QUILT SHOW
Dates: September 7-9, 2023
Times: Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-4pm
Location: Faith Baptist Church
9890 State Route 43 (at Frost Road), Streetsboro, OH 44241
SUMMIT COUNTY – NE OH
ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO
Dates: April 13-15, 2023
Location: John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
Ohio Star Quilts and Creative Sewing Center
2383 South Main Street C-101, Akron, OH 44319
330.644.6100 | website
Sew Deja Vu
1608 Norton Rd., Stow, Ohio 44224
330.653.5598 | website
The Polka Dot Pincushion
3807 Brecksville Road, Richfield, OH 44286
330.659.0233 | website
STARK COUNTY – NE OH
Angelics, a Quilter’s Haven
3095 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44707
330.484.5480 | website
TRUMBULL COUNTY -NE OH
Olive Grace Studios
2627 1/2 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Cortland, OH 44410
330.637.0800 | website
WAYNE COUNTY- NE OH
THE NORTH EAST OHIO QUILT SHOW
Dates: July 20-22, 2023
Location: Wayne County Fair Event Center
199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH 44691
Free admission. Free Parking.
TREE CITY QUILTERS’ GUILD QUILT SHOW
Location: Wooster Church of the Nazarene
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.
Special Ohio Quilting Shop Hops:
ALL OHIO SHOP HOP
Dates: August 1-September 30, 2023
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