Iowa QuiltScape for May 8, 2021

2021 Madison County Airing of the Quilts

Tickets on Sale Today!

A Community-wide Colorfest!

June 5, 2021

The Madison County Airing of the Quilts celebrates the history, tradition, and artistry of quilting in Iowa! Hundreds of quilts are displayed in dozens of historical and cultural landmarks across our picturesque county. This unique event is one that you don’t want to miss!

One-of-a-Kind Displays

Get Involved

Exhibit Your Quilts

If you’re a quilter in Iowa, we’d LOVE to exhibit your quilts. We’re seeking Black & White Quilts for a specific display area. If you have one, we’d love to show it off!


It requires over 80 volunteers throughout the day to create this amazing event. But, each volunteer needs only to give an hour or two of their time. Share a small portion of your day with us!

Attend the Madison County Airing of the Quilts

This Weekend Only

Win a Freebie!

Get our ticket sales kickstarted! Purchase your ticket to the Airing of the Quilts by Monday, May 10th, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! We have 10 nifty gifts to give away…they’re nothing huge but who doesn’t love free stuff, right?!

Whatcha doin’ up there?

You may recall that, last fall and winter, we were raising funds to complete necessary repairs and renovations to the second-story of our historic building. Thanks to the generosity of over one hundred donors, we were able to secure almost $40,000 in funds to complete that work! Throughout that entire process, the most common question we encountered was, “what are you planning to do with that space.” So, here’s a peek at some of the ways we’ve been using our second floor now that the renovations are complete!

Every quilt in the Quilted Garden exhibit was photographed for the Virtual Gallery Tour (see below!) Soon, we’ll be using the space to prepare the quilts for “40 x 40 @ 40”
On May 2nd, we hosted 18 local 4H students in our very first ‘how to’ quilt class! We also have a group of yoga practitioners that meets in the space several times a week.
We’re in the process of photographing all of the items that will be offered in our annual auction. See our handiwork by visiting the online auction catalog.

Thank you to Sujata Shah!

Today twenty-two students from across the country participated in a virtual class with Sujata Shah and learned how to make freestyle Peppermint Pinwheels! It was a wonderful learning opportunity. We’re thankful to Sujata for sharing her time with us, and to all who joined us for the class. Some fabulous quilts will come from this!

Virtual Gallery Tour Admission

We sincerely hope that you’ll be able to visit us at the Iowa Quilt Museum to see our current exhibit of botanical beauties. If, however, you’re not ready to travel, or if you’re just too far away, you can take advantage of our Virtual Gallery Tour Admission.

The virtual gallery tour video features high resolution photos of each quilt accompanied by narration of the exhibit descriptions. The video is available for purchase in our online store for $6, the price of single in-person admission. Just like in-person admission to the museum, this is intended as a ‘single person’ purchase except that you can view it as many times as you want!

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a guild or group presentation, please contact us at:

You will receive an email from the Iowa Quilt Museum within two business days of your purchase with instructions for accessing the private video.

If you are an Annual Member of the Iowa Quilt Museum, you can receive a complimentary copy of the virtual gallery walk in lieu of your free admission to this exhibit. Simply email us to request that:

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  1. Ann Halligan
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    Oh, how I wish I were in Iowa to see the “Airing of the Quilts”!

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