Canal Quilters to host 32nd annual quilt show

| July 10, 2019

This year’s opportunity quilt at the Coshocton Canal Quilters Quilt Show features four rows of appliqued blocks that represent each season. It is 84” by 99” and each block is 11 ½” by 15”. Tickets are available at the quilt show and are $1 each or six for $5. Contributed | Beacon

COSHOCTON –The Coshocton Canal Quilters Quilt Show brings visitors to the county from all over Ohio and surrounding states. This year’s show, entitled, “Quilting Through the Seasons”, will be Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at the Coshocton County Career Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The career center is air conditioned and handicapped accessible.

More than 200 quilted items will be on display. People are encouraged to browse through the many quilts and vote on your favorite piece on Friday. Ribbons will be awarded Saturday. There will be a section specifically for quilts that fit with the theme of the show, a Hall of Veterans Quilt section, and a section for featured quilter Carol Shriver which will feature 50 of her quilted items.

The show will also feature eight vendors, five of which are new this year, from all over Ohio and one from West Virginia. There will also be a guild boutique with items for sale, a café where lunch will be available, and drawings for door prizes throughout both days. Free demonstrations will be held every hour.

Both children and adults are welcome to participate in an activity with the opportunity to learn different quilting techniques and design techniques. Each participant will receive a card with the various techniques listed and then can go and look for that specific design or technique used in creating the quilts.

This year’s opportunity quilt was created by Rhonda Faust and Patsy Cruxton. It is an 84” by 99” quilt that features four rows of appliques, each representing the different seasons. Each center block is 11 ½” by 15” and each row features a vintage truck with items in the truck that coordinate with each season. All blocks that border the quilt are Ohio Stars and made by quilt members. Tickets for the quilt are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the show.

This opportunity quilt is especially sentimental as two blocks, the sunbonnet Sue and the scarecrow in the fall, have fabric from ties. Geri Yoho lost her husband Mason of 80 years and requested that his ties be used in making the opportunity quilt this year. Geri passed away only two days after seeing the finished blocks.

“Rhonda and I both took care of them and saw them through their deaths,” said Cruxton. “When I took them [the blocks] over to show her, she had tears in her eyes. She was such an avid quilter and she wanted that done.”

The cost to get into the show is $5 and parking is free. Last year, 424 people attended the show.

“Why it’s so successful is because we’ve done this now for 32 years and people come in the state and out of state because they know we have a big quilt show, and it’s not just a quilt show,” said Cruxton. “We have the demonstrations and the boutiques. They’re seeing the talent and we have talented people who come here who are seeing new ideas.”

However, putting on a quilt show is not an easy task.

“It takes a year of planning to put on a quilt show,” said Cruxton. “As a matter of fact, we are voting on next year’s quilt show theme tonight. Our goal is to bring people in to educate them on quilting.”

The Coshocton Canal Quilters meet the first Tuesday of each month at Roscoe United Methodist Church. They have more than 100 members and are always looking for younger members to join. They quilt for veterans, Hospice, The James Cancer Research Center, and donate money to many non-profits in Coshocton County. Visit their website at or find them on Facebook for more information.

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