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at 1 pm and 6:30 pm

Quilt Show

Our Quilting Legacy: Honoring Our Past and Inspiring Our Future

September 26-28, 2024
Iowa State Fairgrounds
4-H Building

Come see our beautiful quilts in Iowa’s Largest Quilt Show.  Demonstrations, special exhibits and vendors, as well as a Little Quilts Silent Auction complement the event.

Beth Freeman and Karen Macon (Quilt Show Co-chairs)

Tickets $10/day at the door
Advance Tickets $8/day or $20 for all 3-days

Opportunity Quilt
Quilt Entries
Demos & Quilt Turnings
Special Exhibits
Sponsors & Vendor List

This beautiful applique quilt was made by Linda Ybarra and donated by her family.  Linda based the quilt on Lori Smith’s pattern “Floral Delight.”  It was quilted by Helen Nielsen.

Quilt Registration is not ready, but will be available soon!

Online registration will begin June 14th and end July 26th.

In the meantime, you may read the quilt entry rules and definitions to help you prepare your items.

Special Events for 2024 will be announced later.

We have an exciting list of special exhibits for our 2024 DMAQG Quilt Show.  If you are interested in entering a quilt in one of these exhibits, please contact the person(s) listed as the contact. 

Special exhibit quilts do not have to be made by a member, but they do need to be registered by a member – for example, if you have your grandmother’s beautiful hand quilted quilt that you would like to enter in the Treasured Quilts display, that is great, but you will need to register it. 

Slow Stitch

Martha Henrichs

Slow stitching is the creative practice of stitching by hand in a meditative and relaxed way. The term Slow Stitching is relatively recent but quilters have always embraced stitching which focuses on the moment. Examples of Slow Stitching can include crazy quilting, embroidery, sashiko, or kawandi, among others.

Central Iowa Textile Arts – Layered

Janet Pittman

The members of Central Iowa Textile Arts are all are award-winning artists whose works have hung in galleries and/or shows and private collections all over the country.  Each artist uses her own mix of quilting and art techniques that can vary for every piece of art she produces. These techniques may include piecing, painting, dye painting, dyeing, collage, silk screen, and embellishing with hand and machine decorative stitching, couching and beading.

Our Quilting Legacy

Beth Freeman/Karen Macon

Please enter at least 2 quilts that show your progress as a quilter, or your family’s progress as quilters.  For example: your grandmother’s quilt, your mother’s quilt, and your quilt in today’s style & fabric; or, your first quilt and your current quilting. 

President’s Challenge – Riley Blake fabrics

Donita Fredricks

In conjunction with the theme of the 2024 quilt show “Our Quilting Legacy – Honoring our Past and inspiring our future”, the theme of this year’s president’s challenge is “My Quilting Journey”.  The design of the quilt should represent some part of your quilting journey and feature the fabric provided by Riley Blake Designs prominently in the quilt. 

Quilt Turning

Susan Callison

Our annual show of quilts with a story! 

Renew, Recycle, Reuse

Mary Franck

Renew, Recycle, Reuse are important not only to our environment but central to the historic practices of quilt making.  The exhibit will show how contemporary quilters can incorporate sustainability into our quilts by reusing materials, recycling discarded materials and renewing old material. This exhibit will consist of quilts of all sizes, apparel, home decor, stuffed animals, headwear.  Use your imagination!

Treasured Quilts – Hand quilted Quilts 

Janelle Erwin

Our special exhibit of treasured quilts will highlight hand quilted quilts.  The piecing can be either by hand or by machine, but the quilting needs to be done by hand.  These can be new quilts, old quilts, a traditional pattern or a modern design.  

Putting the pedal to the treadle

Try your foot at grandma’s old sewing machine, as well as a display of other older sewing machines. 

Resource Center

2024 Sponsors

Off the Rails Quilting

WoodsideQuilting /Bernina

Leo 9 Textiles

Creekside Quilting

University Vaccuum & Sewing

Nolting Longarms

The Iowa Quilt Block

Riley Blake Fabrics

The Woolen Needle

Piece Works Quilt Shop



  1. Woodside Quilting – Warren Larsen –
  2.  Off the Rails Quilting – Hannah Schnur –
  3. Leo 9 Textiles – David Saunders –
  4. Creekside Quilting – Karen Steggerda –
  5. University Vacuum & Sewing- Denise Rairdin –
  6. Nolting Longarms – Melissa McAfee
  7. The Iowa Quilt Block – Shelly Draur –
  8. One Wing Wool – Darlene Smith –
  9. Good With Sugar – Colleen Marty
  10. The Meandering Thread – Theresa Porter
  11. Something Stitched – Sharon Wasteney –
  12. Quilting Among Friends – Linda Everhart –
  13. Debbie’s Quilt Shop and Gifts – Debbie May –
  14. The Curious Kansas Quilter – Denise Stahl
  15. Treasured Gifts, LLC – Rochelle Peters –
  16. Buttermilk Basin – Hannah West
  17. Cedar Creek Quilts – Janet Catron
  18. Mashe Modern – Kristen Lee –
  19. Quilted Strawberry – Marlene Gould – facebook
  20. Prairie Patches – Virginia Berger
  21. Quilt With Us at Cedar Bow Ranch – Marie Handsaker –
  22. Quilter’s Cupboard – Andrea Baker –
  23. Cottonwood Creations – Jennifer Clemen –