The art of quilting gained popularity in millions of homes in the U.S. and abroad thanks to Liz Porter and Marianne Fons of Winterset.

Their passion for quilting led to teaching a beginning quilt class locally, in the mid-1970s, at the ISU Extension office on the local town square. Since then, their career exploded into writing best-selling books, teaching and lecturing nationally, to hosting a how-to program (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) nationwide on public television. In 1999, they began publishing what has become one of the most popular quilting magazines in the world, Fons & Porters Love of Quilting.

Fons & Porter exhibit

In honor of these two hometown legends, the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset will display their favorite works in an exhibit opening on Oct. 1 and running through Jan. 5, 2020. Additionally, a series of events are planned on Oct. 3-4 while the two quilters are in town.

Gallery Walk at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Thursday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-noon.

Join Liz and Marianne on a guided tour through their homecoming exhibit. The duo will share the stories behind the quilts and anecdotes about their making. Tickets are $10 which includes admission to the museum.

Our Love of Quilting at the Iowa Theater, Thursday, Oct. 3, 4-5 p.m.

On the stage at the Iowa Theater, one of Marianne’s post-Love of Quilting projects, hear Liz and Marianne share some of the stories from their years of teaching the world to quilt and what they have been up to since. Megan Barrett, director of the Iowa Quilt Museum will lead the discussion. Tickets are $15 and questions from the audience will be welcomed during the presentation.  

Exhibit Opening Reception at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m.

Visitors will be able to tour the exhibit and visit with Liz and Marianne while enjoying refreshments. There will be no admission charge for this reception.

Brunch with Liz and Marianne at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Friday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.

Join Marianne and Liz for brunch as they reminisce and share stories of how they built their business from two moms teaching quilt classes in Winterset, to teaching across the country and publishing the most widely-circulated quilting magazine in the world. Tickets for the light brunch are $25.

Tickets for all the events may be purchased online through the Iowa Quilt Museum at or by calling 515-462-5988.

Fons & Porter exhibit

Regular admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum to view the exhibit is $6 for adults and $4 for children. The museum is open seven days a week through October and then closed on Mondays for the winter season. Find current hours on their web site.