The 29th Annual Quilt Show is happening now


By Mimi Vanderhaven

Anyone with an eye for art will simply lose themselves at Quilts 2020, the 29th Annual Quilt Show at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, now through Sunday, March 8. You’ll find exquisite pieces from a juried show of hundreds of local, regional and national quilters.

The Best of Show, shown in the photo accompanying this story—The Benjamin Biggs Quilt by Lin McQuiston, is one of a bevy of gorgeous entries.

A highlight of the show is nationally renowned artist David Taylor, who will be running several workshops, including “Rhythm & Hues: Understanding Tension,” and “Photoshop for Quilters.”

According to Andrea Pasquale, Lake Metroparks special events assistant, you don’t have to be a quilting maestro to learn how to create lovely things that will become instant family heirlooms.

For beginners, workshops include “Bees a Buzz 3,” which teaches impossibly adorable hand-sewn bees brought to life through decorative stitches, and “The Stitches Sampler Class,” which dabbles in pretty wool appliques.

If you’re more of a buyer that a creator, never fear, darling. From Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1, you can shop quilt vendor booths and enjoy quilting demonstrations, too.

Also at the Farmpark, if you’re looking for more of an outdoorsy pursuit, one that harkens back to yesteryear, don’t miss Maple Sugaring Weekends. A pancake breakfast is served with Farmpark maple syrup (additional fee applies).

Visitors take an old-fashioned wagon ride to the Woodland Center to learn about the maple production process as trees are tapped and sap is collected from a network of tubing and 1,000 taps. To make this celebration even sweeter, there will be samples of maple syrup and candy on hand, and you can make a maple craft and learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. Quilts 2020 is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register online to take any workshops, at or call 440-358-7275. Maple Sugaring Weekends are Saturdays and Sundays, March 7, 8, 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Farmpark applies for both events.