What is QuiltFest?

The Ohio County Historical Society and The Sunshine Stitchers are pleased to organize and host the annual “Rising SunQuiltFest”.  The QuiltFest is located in the Rising Sun History Museum in Rising Sun, Indiana.

Originally, long time residents, Betty Ann and Lloyd Pavy, hosted an annual quilt show in their quilt and furniture store in Rising Sun.  When the Pavy's retired, the Ohio County Historical Society continued this annual tradition by hosting the quilt show.

In 2002, Rising Sun QuiltFest initially exhibited 35 quilts from the community and the Historical Society collection.  By 2008 and 2009, when the show moved to the Rising Sun Senior Citizen and Community Building, 98 quilts were exhibited.  Additionally, cash prizes were instituted; and the show included vendors, classes, art quilts and art items.  

The 2010 show marked another milestone as the show moved to the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun (formerly the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort).   In 2013, the show moved to downtown Rising Sun under a large event tent.

For 2014, the event returned to its original home at the Rising Sun History Museum in its newly renovated Clore wing. All activities are now under one roof.  

About the Community

The Museum is located in Rising Sun's historic downtown area.  There are several shops, restaurants, as well as plenty of parking and overnight accommodations within easy walking distance of the Museum.  

Rising Sun  is a small thriving community, rich with history, just beyond the next bend on the Ohio river.  Founded in 1814, we celebrated our 200th birthday in 2014. Visitors are always welcome. With a rich history, a vibrant museum, a genealogy library and cemeteries dating back to the 1700s, there are many reasons to explore our past.  Rising Sun has a riverfront park with beautiful vistas in every direction that inspires the artist in everyone.  Risk takers seeking fun and adventure will find their goals met in zip lining, seaplane rides, canoe and kayaking, and the exciting Rising Star riverboat casino. 

Thank You for Your Involvement

The Rising Sun Quiltfest Organizing Committee thanks our sponsors and our visitors who made the event a grand success in 2014. Hope to see you all again in March 2015!