The Madison County Airing of the Quilts, taking place Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 10 AM – 4 PM is the perfect time to experience the rolling hills of Madison County, Iowa, and quilts made by Iowans. With the help of many volunteers and our event committee, the Iowa Quilt Museum is displaying hundreds of quilts across the southwest Iowa landscape. From our historic downtown to the famous Covered Bridges, visitors will surely find a favorite or two among our outdoor quilt festival.

If you’ve registered for the event, you will receive an email a week or two before the Airing of the Quilts with more information about events and a map of where the quilts and other events are taking place.

Tickets are $20.

Purchase online or at the Iowa Quilt Museum on June 4, 2022.

Airing of the Quilts
Central Iowa Modern Quilt Guild

Cedar, Holliwell and Hogback Covered Bridges

We are thrilled to have The Central Iowa Modern Quilt Guild sponsor three of the Madison County Airing of the Quilts Covered Bridges.

The Central Iowa Modern Quilt Guild (CIAMQG) develops and encourages the art and craft of modern quilting through educational and philanthropic opportunities.

Best of QuiltCon

Cutler-Donohoe Covered Bridge

For the first time since QuiltCon 2022, you will get the opportunity to see winning quilts from this popular Modern Quilt Guild juried show.

Presented by The Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. Each year, thousands of attendees come to see hundreds of modern quilts on display, including a juried quilt show with entries from MQG members around the world.

Iowa Quilt Museum Employee and Board Member Quilts

Winterset Historical Square

You’ll get to see a variety of quilts made by the Iowa Quilt Museum’s staff and board. We’ll string quilts between light posts on the South, West, and North blocks of the street.

Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild

Madison County Winery

Marvel over the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild quilts at the beautiful Madison County Winery and then grab a glass of wine while you take-in the gorgeous Iowa landscape.

Diane L. Murtha

Winterset Art Center

It’s a one-woman show at the Winterset Art Center. We will hang about 11 of Diana Murthas art quilts in one of the oldest structures in Winterset where many residents take a range of art classes.

Diane L. Murtha is a quilter, fiber artist, lecturer, and instructor.  Quilting for over 30 years, she gravitated to art quilts 10 years ago and discovering she loves challenges. Her quilts are included in 4 books, numerous magazines, and multiple juried exhibits and international shows.  She loves to challenge herself and others through quilting and thinking out of the box.  After many years in Germany and Northern Virginia, she currently resides in Iowa. Learn more at: www.dianeLmurtha.com  or Instagram: @dianelmurtha.

Midwest Modern

Iowa Quilt Museum

Your Airing of the Quilts ticket also gets you into see our Midwest Modern exhibit curated by Heather Kinion.

Quilts in this exhibit were made by Midwestern modern quilt artists in the last decade. You’ll get to see a wide range of modern quilts, some on the line of traditional and others on the line of contemporary. All are beautiful!

Stitch-Works

Madison County Historical Complex

While you’re here for the 2022 Airing of the Quilts on Saturday , June 4, be sure to check out the Madison County Historical Society’s new exhibit “Stitch-Works”.This cozy exhibition features all things stitched – quilts of 13 different patterns, wedding dresses and other garments spanning nearly 150 years, and other stitching-related pieces like a hair wreath, sewing tools, beaded purses and shoes, a chair with a woven seat, and more! Enjoy the color, texture, and beauty represented by these wonderful objects!

Quilts of Valor

American Legion Green Rogers Post #184

Quilts of Valor is headquartered in Winterset, Iowa! Take a look at quilts given to our local military heroes in the American Legion Hall located at 221 N 1st Ave, Winterset, IA.

First United Presbyterian Church

Parishioners Quilts and Lunch

Come see beautiful quilts made by the parishioners of the First United Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Women will be offering “Chicken Salad Croissant ” lunches (to go or eat in) on June 4, 2022, from 11-2 pm.  The $8 box lunch can be picked up at the Presbyterian Church, located one block off the town square at 210 West Green Street. 

Tony Jacobson’s Quilts

McBroom Barn

A regular stop on the Iowa Barn Foundation tour in the Fall, the McBroom barn will feature quilts made by Tony Jacobson from Piece Works Quilt Shop and a Board Member of the Iowa Quilt Museum.

Patriotic Quilts

Monument Park

Feel the spirit of American at Monument Park where we’ll show 8-10 patriotic quilts.

Parishioners Quilts

United Methodist Church

Come see beautiful quilts made by the parishioners of the United Methodist Church.

Dorothy Weller

More Pieces Retreat Center

Take a look at some miniature quilts made by Centenarian Dorothy Weller. Born January 14, 1919, in Saline county, Nebraska, Dorothy was raised on a small family farm. Dorothy’s mother and grandmothers all quilted, knitted, crocheted and tatted to create household items. Dorothy learned these skills in childhood.

In 2022, At 103 years old, Dorothy currently lives on her own in Earlham, Iowa, and continues to make small quilts sewn by hand.

Jean Nolte

Winterset Library

View quilts made by Winterset local Jean Nolte. You’ll get to see quite a number of quilts and Jean is known for her beautiful longarm quilting.