The first event is Kalona's 2018 Quilt Show and Sale held April 26-28 in the historic Kalona Historical Village. Named by Travel Iowa as one of April's top 5 Iowa events, this show features Amish quilts in this quaint city only 20 miles from Iowa City. To boost your energy while looking at quilts, stop in for a sweet treat at Kalona Chocolates or drop in for a bite and a brew at the Kalona Brewing Company.
To top off your quilt-infused weekend, head west to Winterset where on Saturday, April 28, from 10 am to 4 pm the Iowa Quilt Museum hosts the Madison County Airing of the Quilts, a community-wide display of quilts in businesses, the county courthouse, four of the county's famous covered bridges, and individual's porches, fence rails, and clotheslines. The quilts on display at the covered bridges were made by well-known Iowa quilters/authors Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, Mary Fons, and Sandy Gervais. Visitors may also purchase a $20 ticket which allows entry to more quilt displays at churches as well as tours of four historic homes and other exhibits.
Lunch and quilted items will be on sale at several of the churches. Two additional events conclude the day; both benefit the Iowa Quilt Museum. The first is held at 4:30 pm at the Museum and tickets are $10: a cocktail reception and trunk show hosted by Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden, quilt collectors from Lawrence, Kansas. This is followed by a dinner and fundraising live auction at the First Presbyterian Church in Winterset ($35 for the dinner and auction, or $40 for a combined reception, dinner, and auction ticket). Up for auction are quilts, a working 1942 Singer Featherlight sewing machine, a behind-the-scenes taping experience of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting show at Iowa Public Television studios, and a cabinet full of quilting fabric.
Even if, like me, you're more apt to buy than sew a quilt yourself, these events should satisfy and inspire you!
Photo credit and copyright: Iowa Quilt Museum website home page