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Ohio and the Art of Quilting

    Last week at this time I was driving home from Akron, Ohio after attending the first Mutton Hill Quilt Show. As well as entering a quilt in the show, I also shared a vendor’s booth with my friend, Melissa, from “Lost your Marbles.”  Her hand painted fabrics are just beautiful!  We met many wonderful people.

 

    This new quilt show was sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society. Columbus, Ohio, in years’ past was home for the NQA (National Quilting Association) quilt show.  This past summer, the show was moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. The show was not successful and after several years of financial issues, the NQA’s board of directors voted to dissolve the organization. Along with the yearly quilt show, NQA provided programs to certify quilting teachers and quilt judges. These programs will be transfered to another similar organization. After 47 years, this organization will be missed by many quilters who considered the organization a family.

 

   It is always sad to see things change, but I feel that Northeastern Ohio has a wonderful opportunity to build this quilt show into something spectacular

   We also have a large quilting organization under the name of NEORQC (North Eastern Ohio Regional Quilt Council.) This organization encourages the continuation of the art and history of the quilting movement in America. Also, for anyone that isn’t aware of this, Ohio is the home of the art quilting movement in the United States. Nancy Crowe started this movement. Along with her, there are several other well known quilt artists from Ohio including Susan Shei from Wooster, Sue Spargo from Uniontown and Anita Shackelford from Bucyrus. These women are published and their beautiful quilts speak for themselves. I have been fortunate enough to take classes from three of the four women.

 

   Going forward, I will continue to encourage quilters to get involved and enter their beautiful quilts in the new show in Akron. Many people were skeptical about entering a first time show but, I, personally, think Mutton Hill is here to stay.

 

(PICTURED: THE DAIRY BARN ARTS CENTER IN ATHENS, OHIO - HOME OF QUILT NATIONAL 2015)

 

By: Ginger Mangie