Past Mutton Hill Quilt shows

The 2015 Inaugural Mutton Hill Quilt Show featured more than 200 quilts, many submitted for competitive judging. The Society also featured quilts and coverlets from our collection. More than 1,800 people were in attendance and quilters and guests alike traveled from across the country to visit Akron. 

Artists Don and Lisa Drumm received the Society's Summit Award as a tribute to their extraordinary contributions to American arts and crafts. 


  • Red Feathers- Best of Show 2015

    Quilters: Claudia Clark Myers and Marilyn Badger of Duluth, Minnesota

    This paper-pieces and machine appliquéd feather extravaganza started with the question, "Why can't you have feathers on a Mariner's Compass?", combining two of my favorite traditional blocks. Marilyn topped it off with three months of feather immersion as she quilted her own free-motion original designs.  

  • Asian Window- Judge's Choice 2015

    Quilter: Arlene Hazlett of Akron, Ohio

    As it often happens, my quilt started when I purchased the 1 yard fabric panel on a whim. Traditional piecing ideas just didn't seem to fit the printed scene, so I envisioned being able to look through a multi-paned window to the seascape below. Adding the rectangles around the "window" made it almost like a series of shoji screens in an Asian room. The gold, pieced blocks at opposite corners were inspired by lanterns designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a building in Japan. The hand quilting is intended to show the arc of the sky and the movement of the sea. 

  • My Birds Wear Hats- Judge's Choice 2015

    Quilter: Ginger Mangie of Canfield, Ohio

    I designed this quilt to be used as a quilt challenge for my club members when I was president of my quilt guild. I love whimsical designs and birds! When combined along with a little hat on each bird, the end result was this cute quilt. Ladies who especially enjoy the hand work really had fun making their quilts. They were given a different pattern each month and were challenged to select their own fabrics for their blocks. The end result was no two quilts alike. 

  • Wandering 'Round My World- Best of Show 2016

    Quilter- Beth Schillig of Columbus, Ohio

  • Breakthrough- Judge's Choice 2016

    Quilter- Arrye Rosser of Stow, Ohio

    I decided to embrace turning 50 this year by trying new things and reflecting on what I want my life to be about. I imagined this quilt as a broken glass ceiling for me to rise up through and into the future. I didn't want the design to be too literal; I wanted viewers to ponder its meaning. It's an improvisation. I adapted my original vision as I played with different techniques: stenciling, applique, Angelina film and fiber, folding, and beading. The tone is aspirational, but there are "sharp edges" to create tension. Throughout life, we wrestle with our inner selves and must challenge ourselves to break free of whatever holds us back.

  • A Job Well Done- Judge's Choice 2016

    Quilter- Becky Conley of Akron, Ohio

    When my husband decided to hang up his helmet after 31.3 years of service to the Akron Fire Department, there was no question this life event would have to be commemorated with a quilt. It was going to have to be a special quilt so I came up with a design combining a crossword motif, some of his t-shirts and a few photo memories of his AFD family. My daughter also had the idea to capture photo memories on a blanket she and I was able to incorporate it as the back of the quilt. Here's to celebrating the life of a dedicated public servant!

Quilt national '15

Quilt National is a biennial international juried exhibition of contemporary innovative quilts. 30 of the 84 quilts selected by the jurors were displayed at the 2015 Mutton Hill Quilt Show. The exhibit was produced and circulated by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. 

"All of us who work in the realm of quilts want them to be accepted as art. This is the reason for the existence of Quilt National: to prove to the larger world out there that quilting is an art form on a level with traditional fine art mediums." -Judy Schwender, a juror for the 2015 competition


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