The Garden of Quilts is back in full bloom this September 15-18, 2021.
In 2019 we planted a seed and guests from across the nation and beyond joined Thanksgiving Point and partner Riley Blake Designs for the Garden of Quilts--a celebration of quilting and fabric arts unlike any other. Set within the 50-acre Ashton Gardens in Lehi, Utah, the festival includes classes from an international roster of favorite teachers (including classes you can take from your own home), vendors, trunk shows, demonstrations, and a stunning outdoor exhibit of hundreds of beautiful quilts displayed among the flowers and trees on the 17th and 18th.
See you in the Garden!
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The Garden of Quilts show will be held at the Ashton Gardens. The Gardens are one of five venues located on the Thanksgiving Point campus in Lehi, Utah. Lehi is located right off the I-15 corridor in between the Salt Lake and Provo metropolitan centers.
The festival will take place Friday and Saturday September 18-19, from 9:00am – 7:00pm. The outdoor quilt exhibition, vendor marketplace, and in-garden programming--such as trunk shows and demos--will be on Friday and Saturday.
Classes will run Wednesday September 15th to Saturday September 19th. The Jenny Doan Trunk Show and Meet the Maker event takes place Thursday evening on September 17th.
There are various ticket types and prices depending on days and duration of your intended visit. A General Admission ticket for the Garden of Quilts exhibition is $25.00 and covers admission to the Gardens. For additional options, weekend passes, and available discounts please click HERE.
Your Garden of Quilts admission includes entry to the Ashton Gardens for the day(s) specified. Friday and Saturday admission includes access to the vendor marketplace as well as all the additional public presentations, activities, and trunk shows. General admission does not include individual classes, or the Thursday evening “Meet the Maker” and “Triple Play” trunk show featuring Jenny Doan.
This event provides guests an opportunity to meet and interact to presenters and designers as they share their stories, quilts, products, and other projects during this fun evening.
You are in luck! There will be so many quilts it will be impossible to not find one—or a hundred. Broadly, quilts will be displayed according to specific themes, features, or techniques all throughout the 50-acre Ashton Gardens. All guests will be provided a program and map to help them navigate and ensure their experience is meaningful. Additionally, our volunteers and staff throughout the Gardens will have additional information and can provide you assistance in locating a specific quilt or artist you might be looking for.
We apologize for the difficulty. We want to make sure your questions are answered, and needs are met. Please call our main Thanksgiving Point information line at 801-768-2300 and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you with your registration over the phone.
Yes, we will have numerous food and retail vendors participate in the event. A list will be available this summer as they have are confirmed. If you are a vendor looking to participate please click HERE.
Yes! The ability to shop from beautiful and unique products is half the fun. Whether you are looking for fabric for your next project or just a fun treat, the Garden of Quilts show will feature a marketplace of thoughtfully curated shops and vendors that is sure to provide something to delight you.
Due to the volume of guests and the layout of the event golf carts will not be available to rent to individual guests. There will however be an extensive complementary shuttle system running continual loops throughout the entire Gardens allowing guests the opportunity to hop on and off at numerous locations. We have designed this service to meet our guest’s needs for mobility as well as allow everyone to enjoy a relaxing experience in the Gardens.
Yes, we have a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for rent. They are $20 reserved in advance and $15 day-of per day, if available. There are additional discounts for members for Thanksgiving Point Members.
Yes, we have many designated parking stalls for those with accessibility concerns and the proper handicap parking credentials.
There will be numerous shuttle options available. Within the Gardens there will be a golf cart shuttle option to assist guests in navigating the gardens. Depending on parking lot volume we will make a parking lot shuttle available once we meet a certain threshold. Our local hotel partners will also be offering their shuttles to guests of their hotels that will have drop-offs at the Ashton Gardens as well as other nearby places of interest (dependent on individual hotel policy).
Thanksgiving Point is a unique complex that—in addition to our Gardens--includes two world-class museums: the Museum of Natural Curiosity and the Museum of Ancient Life, a working farm, and our newest experience the Butterfly Biosphere where guests can experience all the creepy-crawlies and a stunning conservatory that is home to over a thousand glittering butterflies.
In addition to on campus options we are within a short drive of countless natural and cultural destinations such as the Timpanogos Caves, Sundance Resort, Olympic Park, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple Square, Family Search, Hogle Zoo, Living Planet Aquarium, art museums, multiple theaters, and so much more.
Facilitation and activities for this event are much more geared towards adults and older teens. We love families and want guests of all ages to feel welcome. Due to the nature of the exhibit we ask that parents and caregivers keep their children with them and help them respect the quilts by not touching.
We expect all kinds of quilt designs and all levels from beginner to expert. All submissions are welcome!
If you are a quilter and would like to include your work in the show we would love to have you join in on the fun. Click HERE for more information regarding submitting a quilt—or five.
Ashton Gardens is ideally situated near several hotel properties. Our preferred partner is the Hilton H2 Suites in Lehi, Utah. They have generously agreed to offer our guests of the Garden of Quilts special rates, and shuttle service to and from the Gardens. For more information on availability or to book, please click HERE or call 801-753-5430.
The Salt Lake International Airport is located 30 miles to the North of the Ashton Gardens. In ideal traffic, it is a 40-60 minute commute. The Provo Regional Airport is situated 22 miles to the South of us and is approximately a 30 drive in ideal traffic.
If you are interested in submitting a quilt for display in our exhibition, check back next year for more information! Submissions for 2021 are currently closed.
It is important that quilts not be dropped off or delivered until requested. Those requests will be accompanied with detailed information regarding the delivery and return of your quilt.
More details, including the time and place of these drop-offs will be emailed out with quilt acceptance.
Yes! As long as it is submitted by the creator(s) of the quilt. For more information please refer to the application directions.
It doesn’t cost anything to apply to submit a quilt. For those whose quilts are accepted we charge a $20 entry fee. This fee covers up to five quilts and is required to help offset the cost of return shipping.
Quilt applications can be submitted through July 25, 2021 at 11:59pm Mountain Time.
Final decisions will be made by our jury in late July and notification letters will be mailed to all those who applied on or before, July 30, 2021.
Absolutely! For those of you that live locally we will have arrangements for both drop-off and pick-up. There will be more details provided with acceptance letters when they are sent out.
The quilts on exhibit during the Garden of Quilts are not offered for sale this year.
Yes! There are several options for classes you can attend via Zoom from the comfort of your own home:
Wednesday September 15th, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm MDT
At Home - Hand Pieced Liberty Manx Log Cabin
Thursday September 16th, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm MDT
At Home - Love & Kisses Mini Quilt or Cushion
Friday September 17th, 2021
9:00am - 10:30am MDT
At Home - Quilting with Liberty Fabrics Lecture
Saturday September 18th, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm MDT
At Home - She Who Sews, Seamstress
Guests are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine. We do understand that many of our guest are traveling from out of state and machines can be cumbersome. To accommodate all our guests, we will be partnering with Nuttall’s and will have a number of machines to use and/or demo. Stay tuned for additional details.
The class fee covers the teachers fee and tuition for the class only.
A kit fee includes all the consumable materials needed to complete the project being covered in the class. For instance, the fabric and notions to create the quilt.
Supplies are typically additional tools you will need to complete your project during class. These typically include things like scissors, pins, marking pencils, etc. Larger equipment not on the list, such as irons, will be provided for each class.
We invite anyone aged 18 or older that has a few hours to give to apply to be a volunteer. Volunteer applications for Garden of Quilts 2021 are currently closed.
The Garden of Quilts is sizable production. We will utilize the generous service of well over 100 volunteers. While each task may be a little different, the average shift lasts four hours. This year, we are in need of volunteers to assist in keeping the displayed quilts safe and to provide a friendly face for our visitors throughout the garden. At Thanksgiving Point we love our volunteers and count on them as partners to help make our experiences great.
If you want to volunteer, we want to have you participate! There are so many different ways to help out we will find a position that meets your needs and limitations. From two hours to two-hundred, we will gladly consider you for part of the team.
As a Thanksgiving Point volunteer your hours accumulate towards an admission ticket towards the Garden of Quilts, or regular Ashton Garden admissions.
September 15th, 2021
Flutter/Hidden Shoofly Traditional Gem Stones - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Gerri Robinson
Granny's Scrappy Rows - Beginner Piecing - Carmen Geddes
Garden of Stitches - All Skill Levels Hand Embroidery - Sandra Workman
1 Charm Pack + 1 Yard Fabric = Cuteness - Confident Beginner Piecing - Amanda Niederhauser
Neighborhood Mini Quilt - Beginner Free Motion Applique - Beverly McCullough
Patchwork Garden 2 - Intermediate Piecing - Sherri McConnell
At Thanksgiving Point - Hand Pieced Liberty Manx Log Cabin - All Levels Piecing - Jenni Smith (presenting Virtually)
At Home - Hand Pieced Liberty Manx Log Cabin - All Levels Piecing - Jenni Smith (presenting Virtually)
Coffee Filter Wreath - Intermediate Wreath Making - Kristin Russon
Circle Up - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Dodi Lee Poulsen
Piccadilly Squares - Beginner Piecing - Carmen Geddes
Floral Sampler Emrboidery Hoop - Beginner Hand Embroidery - Beverly McCullough
Jane Austen Coverlet Quilt - Intermediate/Advanced Piecing - Cindy Cloward and Holly Draney
Swiss Fall Bliss - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Amanda Niederhauser
Starlight - Intermediate Piecing - Sherri McConnell
Granny Square Crochet - Beginner Crochet - Lori Holt
September 16th, 2021
Strawberry Fields Scrappy Mini Quilt - Beginner Piecing - Rachel Erickson
Patchwork Village - Beginner Piecing - Carmen Geddes
Pincushions with Personailty - All Levels Hand Stitching - Heather Bailey
Gelato Remix - Intermediate Piecing - Sherri McConnell
Flutter/Hidden Shoofly Brights Gem Stones - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Gerri Robinson
Colonial Flowers - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Amanda Niederhauser
At Thanksgiving Point - Love & Kisses Mini Quilt or Cushion - Beginner Piecing - Jenni Smith (presenting Virtually)
At Home - Love & Kisses Mini Quilt or Cushion - Beginner Piecing - Jenni Smith (presenting Virtually)
Panels to Embroidery Hoop Art - Beginner Embroidery - Melissa Mortenson (Thanksgiving Point member Pre Sale: June 7, General On-Sale: June 14)
Iridescent Star - Beginner Piecing - Deonn Stott
Summer Sugar Quilt - Intermediate Piecing and Applique - Melissa Mortenson
Twist & Shout - Beginner EPP - Andy Knowlton
On the Go Backpack - Beginner Curved Piecing - Heather Bailey
Penny Serenade - Beginner Piecing with Template - Beverly McCullough
Mama Said Sew - Advanced Piecing, Applique, and Stitchery - Dodi Lee Poulsen
September 17th, 2021
Included with Garden of Quilts Admission
10:00am-11:00am: Trunk Show - Making Meaningful Quilts: Tell Your Story - Amy Smart
11:00am-12:00pm: Creative Journey - Heather Bailey
12:00pm-1:00pm: Charming Baby Quilts Trunk Show - Melissa Corry
1:00pm-2:00pm: Jane Austen at Home with Riley Blake Designs
2:00pm-3:00pm: Show and Tell with Heather from Anka's Treasures - Anka's Treasures
3:00pm-4:00pm: Quilting For Joy - How to love where you are in your quilt journey amid perfection driven social media - Jedi Craft Girl
4:00pm-5:00pm: Mini Quilts: How and Why - The Tattooed Quilter
5:00pm-6:00pm: Border Beauties and Stripes with Gail Berry
Wool Penny Notes - Beginner Hand Embroidery and Hand Applique - Charisma Horton
Utah State Embroidery - Beginner Embroidery - Rachel Erickson
Big Stitch Striped Pillow - Advanced Beginner Traditional Piecing and Embroidery - Allison Jensen
Rhintestones Quilt - Intermediate Piecing - Melanie Collette
Granny Style Bag - Intermediate Bag Making - Karen Pratt
Shellie - All Skill Level Collage - Laura Heine
Garment District Mini Quilt - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Christopher Thomson
Sewing a Mermaid - Doll Sewing - Little Lizard King
Bindings and Alternate Endings - All Levels Bindings Workshop - Deonn Stott
Who Doesn't Love Feathers - All Levels Longarm Quilting - Martha Rochelle Higdon
Halloween Applique Hoops - Beginner Applique and Embroidery - Amy Chappell
Blooming Hope - Beginner Hand Embroidery and Wool Applique - Amy Chappell
Choose Happiness - Advanced Beginner Traditional Piecing - Melissa Mortenson
Nordic Nights - Experienced Beginner Curved Piecing - Melissa Corry
Multifuctional Handbag - Intermediate General Sewing - Karen Pratt
Prize Bloom Quilt - Intermediate Piecing and Applique - Heather Bailey
Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest - Beginner Improv Piecing - Amy Smart
Fun Curved Piecing - Confident Beginner Piecing - Deonn Stott
First Snow Mini Quilt - Advanced Beginner Traditional Piecing - Allison Jensen
Fun, Fancy, and Fast Fillers!- All Levels Longarm Quilting - Martha Rochelle Higdon
September 18th, 2021
Included with Garden of Quilts Admission
10:30am-11:00am: We've Got a Surprising Answer to All Of Those Quilt Tops! - My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe
11:00am-12:00pm: Make the Quilts You Wish You Had Inherited - Tensisters Handicraft
1:00pm-2:00pm: Quilting For Joy - Q&A with Jenny Doan - Missouri Star Quilt Co.
2:00pm-3:00pm: The Color Blue - Gail Berry
3:00pm-3:30pm: We've Got a Surprising Answer to All Of Those Quilt Tops! - My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe
Beginning Hand Lettering - Beginner Brush Pen Lettering - Melanie Collette
Summertime Picnic - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Heather Peterson
Animal Faces Skirt - Intro to PDF Patterns - Beginner Sewing Clothing with PDF Patterns - Little Lizard King
Versatile Envelope Bag and Pouch - Intermediate General Sewing - Karen Pratt
Sew! - All Skill Level Collage - Laura Heine
The Doan Girls Triple Play - Missouri Star - Confident Beginner Piecing - Jenny Doan, Natalie Earnheart, Misty Doan
Land That I Love - Intermediate Piecing - Amy Smart
Desert Rose - Intermediate Piecing - Melissa Corry
For the Love of Nature Painting Class - Beginner to Advanced Watercolor Painting - Teresa Kogut
Straight to the Point - Straight Line Quilting - Intermediate Longarm Quilting - Martha Rochelle Higdon
Embroidered Word Ornaments - Beginner Embroidery - Amy Chappell
Live Boldly - Advanced Beginner Rotary Cutting and Piecing - Charisma Horton
Mr. Frosty - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Heather Peterson
You & Me Quilting 101 - Beginner Piecing - Melanie Collette
Decades Past - All Skill Levels Piecing - Melissa Corry
The Charming Churndash Pattern - Beginner Piecing - Elizabeth Evans and Elizabeth Evans
Sew Easy Hearts Embroidery Hoop - Advanced Beginner Paper Peicing - Christopher Thompson
Sew Fun Sit'n Stitch - Beginner Cross Stitch - Sandra Workman
Cross Stitching for Beginners - Beginner Cross Stitch - Teresa Kogut
Fabulous Grids and Fillers - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Martha Rochelle Higdon
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