2022 Airing of the Quilts

Iowa Quiltscape May 2022

If you haven’t heard, the 2022 Airing of the Quilts is quickly approaching on Saturday, June 4. Most of our activity the past few weeks has revolved around our yearly fundraiser and we’re very excited to spend the day with you in less than a month!

We’ve also started a call for quilts for our Winter 2022/2023 exhibit: These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts. Check out the guidelines below!

Our current exhibit Midwest Modern is receiving great reviews! It’s turned out to be a wonderful exhibit for our rainy Spring. The gallery is full of bold and bright colors.

Hopefully we’ll see you soon!

Carissa Heckathorn, IQM Director


2022 Madison County Airing of the Quilts

We’re so excited for the sun to come out and to start hanging quilts around Winterset, Iowa for the 2022 Airing of the Quilts.

There’s quit a bit more to this year’s event in that we’ve extended the fun three days prior to the Saturday quilt festival. I’ll cover more about the classes and retreat below.

Saturday is all about the QUILTS! This year we’re looking forward to seeing the Central Iowa Modern Quilt Guild’s (CIAMQG) quilts hanging on Cedar, Holliwell and Hogback covered bridges.

For the first time since QuiltCon 2022 you can see the winning quilts. They’ll be hanging inside the Cutler-Donahoe Bridge located at the City Park.

Grab a glass of wine before or after you take a peek at the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild’s quilts hanging at the Madison County Winery.

Diana Murtha will show her quilts at the Winterset Art Center in a single artist show. Be sure to check that out!

Even though the Madison County Courthouse is under construction, we’ll still hang quilts around the historical town square. You can also see quilts at the Winterset Livery and in the More Pieces Retreat Center.

Get your early bird tickets now using the discount code: 2022EarlyBird


Pre-Airing of the Quilts Classes

There is so much fun planned for the three days prior to the official Airing of the Quilts!

We have eight classes to choose from so there should be something for everyone!

  • Log Cabin Sampler
  • Quilt Consultation
  • Winter Winds (pictured)
  • Basic Beginning Needle Turn Appliqué
  • Beginning Foundation Paper Piecing
  • Color Crayon Embroidery
  • Certified Quilt Appraisal
  • Pirouette

Click the button to learn more about the classes and instructors!


Pre-Airing of the Quilts Retreat

Quilt retreats are a bit like the old sewing bees. It gives quilters the opportunity to gab and do what they love best. Our Airing of the Quilts retreat will give you all the time you need to catch up with your quilting friends and meet new quilting friends! Our retreat takes place in the beautiful rustic Winterset Livery. Here’s what you get with your retreat registration:

  • Ticket to the 2022 Airing of the Quilts
  • Lunch & Learn with Stephanie Hackney of Hobbs Bonded Fiber – Prizes included!
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Access to cutting tables and ironing stations sponsored by Oliso
  • Iowa Quilt Museum swag
  • Mini classes taught by Tony Jacobson and Joyce Franklin from Piece Works Quilt Shop
  • $5 off quilt classes taking place June 1-3, 2022

Starts at 9 AM, Wednesday, June 1 and ends at 3 PM, Friday, June 3.


Quilt, Wine & What Ifs

Friday, June 3

5:00 to 7:00 pm

Tony Jacobson, nationally known quilt designer and Creative Director for Piece Works Quilt Shop in Winterset, will be presenting his program Quilting: the Art of What If. In this hour-long presentation, he will present around 40 quilts showing you how different the same pattern can look by changing the colors, style of fabrics, and even switching up the values of the fabrics used in the background and the main prints.

Piece Works Quilt Shop will be supplying gift bags for all those who pre-register for the program. There will also be door prizes given throughout the night. Covered Bridges Winery will supply a glass of wine (or beverage of your choice) and an individual charcuterie plate for all who pre-register as well. 

Cost: $20


Covered Bridge Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Friday, June 3 – 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday, June 4 – 9 am to 4:00 pm

Visit our local quilt guild’s 2o22 Quilt Show at the Winterset Elementary School.

On display are a variety of quilts made by the members of the guild. They’ll also display NICU quilts they make for local hospitals and have a “garage sale” garage sale to purchase great quilting supplies at a discount.

You can purchase tickets the day of the event or add it onto your Airing of the Quilts ticket.


These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts

December 20, 2022 – March 12, 2023

We’re celebrating Iowa Grandmothers for our 2022 Winter exhibit and are asking for submissions by you!

If you own (or can borrow) a family quilt made by your grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, or grandmother-in-law, the museum would like to consider it for inclusion. If you are a quilter who happens to be a grandmother, our committee is interested in those quilts, too. We are searching for quilts from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

The museum is looking for approximately 28 visually striking quilts to fill the gallery, but showcasing the lives of the women who made them is equally important. We want to include a photograph of the maker and lots of information about her life in our show signage. We are hoping the maker’s family will have at least one good story about her to share.

For quilts made by grandmothers now deceased, we’ll need to know the full name of the maker, her birth and death dates, where she was living at the time she made the quilt (i.e., name of town), and the approximate date the quilt was made if known.

We know there are great antique quilts all over Iowa, and we are counting on people to dig them out of the closet and attic and submit them. We also know there are plenty of grandmothers in the community making wonderful quilts every day. We want to build a great exhibit using Iowan quilts.

Submission Requirements:
—2 photos (or more) of quilt (please include one overall and one detail)
—completed submission form
—quilts must be clean and in non-fragile condition to be considered

The submission deadline is May 13.


In addition to keeping you up-to-date on all of the happenings here at the IQM, we also use our Iowa QuiltScape messages to share quilt-related news and events happening across our great state. Check it out!

All Iowa Shop Hop

June 1 – June 31

The All Iowa Shop Hop brings together sewing and quilting enthusiasts from across Iowa and neighboring states. The event will run June 1 through July 31 in 2022 with 90 participating shops.


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  1. Diana Birkenholtz
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    Thank you for your extra efforts to promote quilting.

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