Lebanon Quilt & Fabric Arts Show

2015 Lebanon Quilt & Fabric Arts Show

The 33rd annual Lebanon Quilt & Fabric Arts Show & Sale was held March 6, 7 & 8 at the Lebanon Conference & Banquet Center. Vendors from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Missouri braved the snow and ice to offer a variety of antique and contemporary textile arts. Vendors offered old and new quilts, quilt fabrics and patterns and a variety of contemporary fabric arts supplies.  Despite the snow and cold weather the show attendance held firm and sales were strong, especially for antique quilts.

Although vendors displayed many beautiful quilts, coverlets and other new and vintage textiles, the highlight of the three-day event was the special quilt exhibits displayed by the Warren County Historical Society. This year the Society showed a collection of crazy quilts, a collection of star quilts and several excellent examples of log cabin design quilts.  However, the showstopper exhibit  was a collection of 19th century quilts, woven coverlets, blankets and linens all stitched or woven by  Frances Clore Blankenbeker,  a  talented  19th century needlewoman from Florence, Kentucky. The exhibit was loaned to the Historical Society and presented by her descendants.

“Frances Clore Blankenbeker sense of color and design is some of the best work we’ve seen for the mid-19th century era of quilt making”, commented Julie Dawson, manager of the show for the Historical Society. “Many quilters of that era followed well established quilt patterns with specific names like Double Wedding Ring or Texas Star. Mrs. Blankenbeker developed her own designs and showed real artistic talent in her choice of colors. The result is work of true artistic merit.” 

The exhibit featured five quilts and five quilt tops, half a dozen woven coverlets and blankets and a collection of professionally woven Jacquard coverlets from Cincinnati weaver Samuel  Balantyne, all made from wool and linen grown by 19th century members of the Blankenbecker family.

A capacity crowd visited the show over the three day event. Traditionally the show attracts mostly women, but this year the event saw a marked rise in attendance by family groups which included men and children. Admission was $5.00 for anyone 18 years and older and all proceeds benefit the Warren County Historical Society, which owns and operates the event. 

 “The Lebanon Quilt & Fabric Arts Show is one of the main sources of operating funds for the Warren County Historical Society,” explained Society president Bill Duning, “Despite the bad weather our attendance held strong and our vendors were pleased with their sales and looking forward to our next event.”

The Historical Society will host a quilt and fiber arts show at the Warren County Fairgrounds as part of Country Applefest, September 26th.

For More Information, contact the Warren County Historical Society 513-932-1817 wchs@wchsmuseum.org