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June 27: historic landmarks to provide backdrop for Airing of the Quilts

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Although many community celebrations originally scheduled for this spring and summer have been canceled or postponed, the Iowa Quilt Museum’s third Madison County Airing of the Quilts will take place in Winterset and Madison County on Saturday, June 27. 

Airing of the Quilts

The monthly Central Iowa Auto Club Car Show will join Airing of the Quilts festivities from the Winterset Community Church parking lot.

The Madison County Airing of the Quilts is a community-wide display highlighting quilts among the historic and picturesque surroundings of Winterset and Madison County. This event also serves as a major source of funding for the Iowa Quilt Museum through ticket sales and the accompanying quilt auction. 

Airing of the Quilts

Covered bridges are just one of the local landmarks that will host quilts for this weekend's event.

All of the community exhibits will be outdoors this year, allowing for plenty of space to wander or drive around and still maintain the recommended six feet of distance between yourself and others. Exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout Winterset and Madison County, at several historic landmarks and public places. 

Airing of the Quilts

Covered bridges are just one of the local landmarks that will host quilts for this weekend's event.

Tickets are $20 and should be purchased online before the event at www.IowaQuiltMuseum.org. Once you receive your ticket online, you will receive a confirmation email. Closer to June 27, another email will be sent that includes a printable map showing the locations of all of the displays around the community. This map will also serve as your admission ticket to the Iowa Quilt Museum on June 27, where you can see the current exhibit, Man Made, which was curated by Tony Jacobson, manager at Piece Works Quilt Shop. 

Since the usual in-person dinner and auction is not possible this year, the auction has moved to an online platform. The auction catalog can be found at www.IowaQuiltMuseum.org. The auction offers both antique and contemporary quilts in a variety of styles, as well as some other quilt-related items. Many of the quilts in this year’s auction were made or collected by former Winterset resident, Peggy Firelight, and donated for the auction by her husband, Dave.