There is just 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 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 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.
Events are listed by Ohio county.
ASHTABULA COUNTY – NEOH
“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 – SEOH
QUILT NATIONAL 2021 (biennual exhibit)
Details to follow.
Produced by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.
COLUMBIANA COUNTY – NEOH
UNITED QUILT GUILD 2019 QUILT SHOW (biennual exhibit)
Date: TBA – 2021
Location: First Friends Church
1028 Jennings Ave., Salem, OH 44460
Admission- $6, 3-day pass $10
The Guild donates 20% of their profits to Willow Grove Playground, Canfield, Ohio, accessible to the handicapped.
COSHOCTON COUNTY – NEOH
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: July 11-12, 2020
Location: Coshocton County Career Center
(23640 Airport Road, Coshocton, Ohio 43812)
CUYAHOGA COUNTY – NEOH
Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO
Dates: April 2-4, 2020
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. Click here for more information and pricing.
FULTON COUNTY – NWOH
Annual Quilt Show and Workshops
Dates: April 29 – May 3, 2020
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 – NEOH
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
Want to travel the trail? Looking for more are information?
Contact Destination Geauga for a FREE visitor guide and for trail information.
GREENE COUNTY – SWOH
Ohio One Stop Shop Hop
Dates: April 3-4, 2020 | October 16-17, 2020
Times: Firday 9am-5pm | Saturday 9am-3pm
Location: Wright State University – Nutter Center
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, OH 45324
The Ohio One Stop Shop Hop means just that! You drive to one central Ohio location, instead of driving to each quilt shop, and get to visit all of your favorite Quilt shops in one place! You save all that driving, time, and gas.
How fun and convenient is that?
HOLMES COUNTY – NEOH
Ohio’s Amish Country Quilt Festival
Dates: September 10-12, 2020
Location: Mt. Hope Event Center
8076 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH 44654
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 – NEOH
2020 Spring Quilt Show
Dates: March 30 – April 10, 2020
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 – NEOH
Dates: February 8 – March 8, 2020
Open Tuesday through Sunday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lake Metroparks Farmkpark
8800 Euclid ChardonRd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH
Farmpark admission applies
Quits & Sew Forth
7406 Center St., Mentor, OH 44060
440.266.1601 | website
LORAIN COUNTY – NEOH
presented by The Lorain County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Date: October 9, 2020
Time: 11am – 4pm
New Russia Township Lodge
46300 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin, OH 44074
MEDINA COUNTY – NEOH
142 N Court St., Medina, OH 44256
Little Red Quilt House
3616 Ridge Rd., Medina, OH 44256
234.248.4492 | website
PORTAGE COUNTY – NEOH
Streetsboro Quilt Guild 32nd Quilt Show
Dates: October 2-3, 2020
Times: Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-4pm
Location: Faith Baptist Church
9890 State Route 43 (at Frost Road), Streetsboro, OH 44241
The Spider’s Web Fabric Shop
2123 Martin Rd, Mogadore, OH 44260
SUMMIT COUNTY – NEOH
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 – NEOH
Angelics, a Quilter’s Haven
3095 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44707
330.484.5480 | website
TRUMBULL COUNTY -NEOH
Olive Grace Studios
2627 1/2 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Cortland, OH 44410
330.637.0800 | website
WAYNE COUNTY- NEOH
THE NORTH EAST OHIO QUILT SHOW
Dates: July 23-25, 2020
Location: Wayne County Fair Event Center
199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH 44691
Free admission. Free Parking.
Coming in from out of town? Need a place to stay? Contact the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
TREE CITY QUILTERS’ GUILD QUILT SHOW
Dates: Next show 2020
Over 250 quilts on display, antique quilt display, vendors, demonstrations 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.
Special Quilting events:
QUILTERS’ FLING PRESENTS: A “Scrap Happy Shop Hop”
Many of the area quilt shops offer classes. This past year I took a class to create a table runner. It was a fun way to start learning about quilting.
Article and quilt photo credits: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2019. The dates and additional events have been updated for 2019. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.