Madison County Airing of the Quilts
April 28th, 2018
Winterset, Iowa—birthplace of John Wayne, county seat of Madison County, home of the Bridges of Madison County and since 2016, the Iowa Quilt Museum—will play host to a community wide event featuring the display of hundreds of quilts on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. From 10:00am – 4:00pm, quilts will be on display in four covered bridges, inside and on the porticos of the historic county courthouse, in local business windows, and on clotheslines, porches, and fence rails throughout the community.
Visitors to the Airing of the Quilts can purchase a $20 ticket that will allow entry into additional quilt displays in three local churches, a tour of four historic homes featuring quilts, a tour of the upstairs gallery at Piece Works Quilt Shop, quilts from the collection of the Madison County Historical Society on display on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Museum, and the current exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective. Several of the churches will offer lunch for a modest price and markets with quilted items for sale.
10:00 – 4:00
Displays at four Covered Bridges featuring quilts by Iowans Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, Mary Fons & Sandy Gervais
Quilt displays inside & on the porticos of the historic Madison County Courthouse
Quilt display at the Winterset Public Library
A tour of four historic homes & quilts*
Tour of the upstairs gallery at Piece Works Quilt Shop featuring Tony Jacobsen’s art quilts*
Quilts shows at three local churches* + lunch and quilt markets at the churches!
A display of historic quilts on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Museum*
Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective at the Iowa Quilt Museum*
The day will conclude with two events benefiting the Iowa Quilt Museum. At 4:30, the museum, located on the south side of the town square, will host a cocktail reception featuring Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden, quilt collectors from Lawrence, Kansas. Brackman, author of many quilt publications including the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, and Rowden will present a trunk show of oddball quilts from the past—historic works of “art” one might consider wacky or out of control. Guests can purchase a ticket to the reception for $10 and enjoy the trunk show, Wolfe’s exhibit of quilts, plus drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Cocktail Reception & Out of Control Trunk Show with Barbara Brackman & Deb Rowden at the Iowa Quilt Museum, South side of the town square
Following the cocktail reception, a fundraiser dinner will be served at the First United Presbyterian Church in Winterset with a live quilt auction to follow. The auction will include both antique and contemporary quilts. Quilts are being donated for the auction by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, founders of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting; well-known Moda fabric designer Sandy Gervais, and Mary Fons, Madison County native, founding editor of Quilty magazine and “Quilty” online tutorials, and currently editor of Quiltfolk magazine. Price for the dinner and auction is $35 or $40 for a ticket to the dinner/auction and reception. The address of the Presbyterian Church is 210 W Green St, Winterset, IA, 50273. All auction items will be on display throughout the day in the Presbyterian Church sanctuary.
Benefit Dinner & Live Quilt Auction
held at First United Presbyterian Church
210 W Green St, Winterset, IA 50273
Dinner & Auction Ticket $35
Cocktail Reception AND Dinner Ticket $40
Here are seven of the quilts that will be available in the live quilt auction.
Also available in the auction:
- 1942 Singer Featherweight Sewing machine – tuned up and ready to use!
- Experience a taping of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting at the IPTV studios: The winner of this item will enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience at Iowa Public Television studios in Johnston, Iowa, during a taping of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting this fall. The winner will watch from the wings of the Love of Quilting set co-hosts Mary Fons and Marianne Fons create three episodes in a single day for the nationally broadcast quilting program. He or she will also be allowed in the control room for one episode—to see how the director calls the camera shots from afar. Lunch included!
- This Simplicity pattern cabinet FULL of high-quality quilting fabric. This would be a great purchase for a quilting guild or group.
Tickets for the Dinner & Auction must be purchased in advance. Tickets to the Trunk Show & Cocktail Reception can be purchased in advance as well and will only be available at the door if space permits. Tickets for the daytime Airing of the Quilts displays are available online or can be purchased on April 28th at the Iowa Quilt Museum.