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Akron stages Ohio's largest judged quilt show this October

Published: August 30, 2016 2:00 PM

Akron - One of Ohio's largest displays of antique and contemporary quilts will be hosted by the Summit County Historical Society Oct. 22-23 in downtown Akron.

The Second Annual Mutton Hill Quilt Show will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 23. at the John S. Knight Center at 77 E. Mill St.

The display of antique and contemporary quilts, including new categories this year, will feature nearly 250 quilts, many submitted for competitive judging. Quilts are being judged by recognized quilting authorities and must have been made after Jan. 1, 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning entrants. Entrants may also submit quilts for display only, which will not be judged in the competition.

The application deadline for submitting quilts is Sept. 15. Applications are available at www.MuttonHillQuilts.org. Information is available on the website or on Facebook at "Mutton Hill Quilt Show."

The entry fee of $20 per quilt ($15, members) must be paid prior to Oct. 1. Quilts must be delivered either in person at the Society on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, or for those entrants who prefer to ship their quilt for judging and display, information will be provided to registered applicants. Judging will occur during the second week of October.

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Twenty-five different merchandise vendors will offer a variety of supplies and machinery for quilters as well as scissor sharpening.

New categories for 2016

"Challenge Quilts" comprise a new category. This year's challenge is to use sheep or wool as a theme. The show takes its name from the home of Akron's founding family, Col. Simon and Grace Tod Perkins. Between 1840 and 1855, more than a thousand head of Merino sheep owned by Perkins (and shepherded by John Brown of abolition fame) was one of the largest in the nation, producing fine wool. Rules for the category allow for quilts no larger than 30 inches by 30 inches. Judging will be by the vote of those attending, a viewer's choice award.

Quilters are also encouraged to enter a first-time category of "Rescue Quilts," that is, new quilts using materials from previously-made quilts. Many families have legacy quilts from decades past that may have deteriorated or otherwise are no longer useful. This category seeks new pieces where old parts have been "upcycled" and rescued in a new work.

Free quilting lecture schedule

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Oct. 22

11 a.m. - Linda Miller, "Entering Your Quilt in a Judged Show"

1 p.m. - Barb Callahan, "Using Vintage Treasures in Your Sewing"

3 p.m. - Dr. Virginia Gunn, "Nineteenth-Century Quilts and Woven Coverlets: Recognizing the Connections"

Oct. 23

11 a.m. - Laura Loew, "Red Work"

1 p.m.- Peg Bingham, "Contrast in Quilt Fabric Selection"

Reservations are not necessary but attendees must pick up a free ticket before the presentation.

Ohio craft preview party

The Summit County Historical Society will host a Preview Party, "A Salute to Ohio Craft," on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Knight Center.

Information about these and other events related to the Quilt Show is available at www.MuttonHillQuilts.org.

Additional show events

A nationally recognized display from Athens, Ohio will be part of the show. The Dairy Barn Arts Center will display 45 quilts, part of its Quilt National '15, a biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts from 33 states and 8 countries.

The Summit County Historical Society will show 20 of the 150 historic quilts and coverlets in its collections. The Society invites other history organizations to also display antique quilts, together with the stories behind them.

Additional activities will include a raffle of baskets appealing to quilters and sewing enthusiasts alike. The Society seeks tax-deductible donations of quilts for sale or auction with proceeds supporting the mission of the Summit County Historical Society and its textile preservation initiative.

A limited number of quilts will be offered for sale at the show. There will also be an auction of quilts Friday evening as part of the preview event.

Parking is free both days in nearby decks. Admission is $10. Group rates are available if purchased in advance.

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