Garden of Quilts



Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point.
3900 N Garden Dr. Lehi, Utah 84043

Tickets Available HERE

Class Registrations available HERE

Quilt Submissions available HERE

Vendor Applications available HERE

September 16-19, 2020

For a full schedule, see below:

Tickets available now!



The Garden of Quilts is returning for a second unforgettable year! In partnership with Riley Blake Designs, Thanksgiving Point brings to Utah an outdoor exhibition of hundreds of quilts. Set within the award-winning, 55-acre Ashton Gardens, the exhibition features a juried collection of quilts from artists across the country, as well as rare access to view some stunning private collections--all on display for two days only.

In addition to the exquisite quilt exhibition will be a weekend full of additional opportunities for classes, vendors, shopping, trunk shows, charity service projects, special events—like afternoon tea, and off-site tours—that is sure to make this event one not to be missed.




We are so grateful that you are part of our Thanksgiving Point community and we deeply appreciate your patience during the challenge of COVID-19. As we are unable to say firmly when Thanksgiving Points’ campus and venues will open to the public, we remain hopeful and responsible.

As of present, this event is scheduled to take place at Thanksgiving Point; however, in the hours, days, weeks ahead, this may change. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience it will cause you if this event is unable to be held at Thanksgiving Point, moves to an online format (where appropriate), or is postponed. We will keep you informed as we know more. At Thanksgiving Point, we are deeply committed to serving you responsibly and with great care.

Thank you so much; we are grateful for your loyalty to Thanksgiving Point and your gracious patience in the midst of this historic and challenging time.

Coming From out of Town?

For special rates, reserve a room at our partner hotel Home 2 Suites by clicking on the logo below:


When and where is the show held?

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.


What are the show hours?

The show will be open Friday and Saturday September 18 and 19, from 9:00am – 7:00pm. The Vendor Marketplace and in-Garden programming will only be on Friday and Saturday.


What does it cost to come to the show?

There are various ticket types and prices depending on days and duration of your intended visit. A One Day ticket for the Garden of Quilts exhibition is $30.00 and covers admission to the Gardens. For additional options, weekend passes, and available discounts please click HERE.


What does admission include?

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 Makers event.

The Weekend pass includes admission to the Gardens on Friday and Saturday.


What is the 'Meet the Makers'?

The Meet the Makers event offers up a rare opportunity to meet and listen to presenters and designers as they share their stories, quilts and other handmade projects during this fun evening.


How do I find a quilt at the show?

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 55-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 directions to locate a specific quilt or artist you might be looking for.


What if I am having difficulty buying tickets/registering for classes online?

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.


Are outside vendors allowed to participate?

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, check back soon for more information.


Will there be merchandise available to purchase?

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.


Will golf carts be available to rent?

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.


Are wheelchairs allowed/available to rent?

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.


Is there accessible parking?

Yes, we have many designated parking stalls for those with accessibility concerns and the proper handicap parking credentials.


Will there be a shuttle service?

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).


Do you offer shipping of purchases back to my home?

We will offer the ability to ship purchases and supplies home for those interested in the service.


I am coming from out of town. What else is there to do in the area?

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.

We have in the works multiple tours to visit local quilt shops and an special evening tour to the 46th Annual Utah Quilt Show at the Springville Museum of Art.

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.

We will have a concierge available during the Garden of Quilts that will be happy to help you with information regarding the area ensuring that your visit to Utah is one you won’t soon forget.


Is this a suitable event for children?

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.


What kind of quilts will be in the show?

We are looking for all kinds of quilt designs and all levels from beginner to expert. All submissions are welcome!

What options are there for lodging near the venue?

Ashton Gardens is ideally situated near several hotel properties. For special rates, book with our partner hotel Home 2 Suites.


Where is the nearest airport?

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.


Are there places for RVs to park?

We have set aside a limited number of spaces for overnight RV parking on the property. The exact logistics and location are still being determined. We are looking into the possibility of having power and/or water accessible on site but that is still in the works so to be safe plan on “dry” camping. If you plan on bringing an RV and would like more information, or to reserve a spot, please call our main info line at 801.768.2300.

How do I submit my quilt for exhibition?

Quilt submissions are available HERE. See below for more information on in-person submission.


Where and when do I deliver my quilt?

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. 

We are is offering local friends three days to drop off quilts for display at Garden of Quilts on August 15th and 22nd. Garden of Quilts has submissions from all over the world and we want to be sure they are displayed with our fine Utah quilt artists’ creations.


Can anyone apply to enter a quilt in the show?

Yes! We are looking for all kinds of quilt designs and all levels from beginner to expert! As long as it is submitted by the creator(s) of the quilt, we're interested!


What does it cost to enter a quilt in the show?

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.


When will notification letters go out?

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 28, 2020.


What is the deadline for accepting quilts?

Quilt applications can be submitted through July 21, 2020 at 11:59pm Mountain Time.


Can I personally deliver/pick-up my quilt rather than shipping it?

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.

Do I get an exhibitor ribbon?

Yes! We are just as excited as you are to show off your beautiful creations. We will be providing a ribbon to each quilter that is invited to display their work so that they can have a memento of the occasion.

Do I need to bring my sewing machine?

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. We will have some demo machines that will be made available for those that prefer not to travel with their machine. Each classroom space will have at least half of the stations preset with a machine allowing guests the flexibility of bringing their preferred machine or giving a new one a test drive.


What does a class registration include?

The class fee covers the teachers fee and tuition for the class only.


What is a kit fee?

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.


What are supplies?

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.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

We invite anyone aged 18 or older that has a few hours to give to apply to be a volunteer. Check back soon to learn more about volunteering for the 2020 Garden of Quilts!


What does volunteering look like at the Garden of Quilts?

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. What you spend your time doing depends on the shift you sign up for and your unique skills, abilities, and limitations. You may be greeting guests, taking tickets, driving shuttle carts, helping class instructors, or countless other roles. At Thanksgiving Point we love our volunteers and count on them as partners to help make our experiences great.


What is the time commitment involved in being a volunteer?

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.


What benefits do I get as a volunteer?

As a Thanksgiving Point volunteer your hours accumulate towards a host of incentives based on amount of service. Additionally, as a Garden of Quilts volunteer you will have the opportunity to earn event specific rewards like event admissions, food discounts, class discounts.

Classes, Lectures, and Demos

September 16th, 2020


Patchwork Garden 2 - Beginner/Intermediate Piecing - Sherri McConnell
Heading South Quilt - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Amanda Castor
Granny's Scrappy Rows - Beginner Piecing - Carmen Geddes
Dutch Delight Applique - Confident Beginner Applique - Jill Finley
Make an Easy Strip Butterflies Quilt - Beginner Quilting - Jenny Doan
Neighborhood Mini Quilt - Beginner Free Motion Applique - Beverly McCullough
1 Charm Pack + 1 Yard Fabric = Cuteness - Confident Beginner Piecing - Amanda Niederhauser
Land That I Love - Intermediate Piecing - Amy Smart
Jump Start into Longarm Quilting - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Mary Beth Krapil


Flutter/Hidden Shoofly Traditional Gem Stones - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Gerri Robinson
Circle UP - Advanced Beginner Piecing and Applique - Dodi Lee Poulsen
Jane Austen Coverlet Quilt - Intermediate/Advanced Piecing - Cindy Cloward and Holly Draney
Prim Baskets Table Runner - Confident Beginner Piecing - Lori Holt
Starlight - Intermediate Piecing - Sherri McConnell 
Swiss Fall Bliss - Advanced Beginner - Amanda Niederhauser
Garment District Mini Quilt - Confident Beginner - Christopher Thompson
Fill Your Quilt with Quilting - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Gina Siembieda


September 17th, 2020


Layer Cake Sampler Quilt - Beginner Piecing - Amanda Castor


Flutter/Hidden Shoofly Brights Gem Stones - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Gerri Robinson
Strawberry Fields Scrappy Mini Quilt - Beginner Piecing - Rachel Erickson
Floral Sampler Embroidery Hoop - Beginner Hand Embroidery - Beverly McCullough
Prim Village Quilt - Intermediate Piecing - Lori Holt
Gelato Remix - Confident Beginner/Intermediate - Sherri McConnell
Ohio Cat Quilt - Confident Beginner - Amanda Niederhauser
Arabian Nights Quilt - Confident Beginner - Jill Finley
Building a Free-Motion Quilting Design Library - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Gina Siembieda


Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest - Beginner Improv Piecing - Amy Smart
Piccadilly Squares - Beginner  Piecing - Carmen Geddes
Sweet & Simple Sewing - Beginner Wool Applique - Stacy West
Mini Spools - Beginner Piecing - Camille Roskelley
Penny Serenade - Beginner Piecing - Beverly McCullough
Mama Said Sew - Confident Beginner Piecing/Applique - Dodi Lee Poulsen
Iridescent Star - Beginner Peiceing - Deonn Stott
Feathers for Everyone - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Mary Beth Krapil


September 18th, 2020


10:00am-11:00am: Fabric Design: From Paint to Prints - Tara Reed of Tara Reed Designs
11:00am-12:00pm: Working with Wool, Cotton, & Fibers - Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin
12:00pm-1:00pm: Jane Austen at Home - Cindy Cloward and Holly Draney of Riley Blake Designs
1:00pm-2:00pm: Quilting for Joy: How to love where you are in your quilt journey amid perfection driven social media - Amanda Niederhauser of Jedi Craft Girl
2:00pm-3:00pm: Modern Traditionalism in Quilting - Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts
3:00pm-4:00pm: Batting: What's Inside Matters! - Sephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting
4:00pm-5:00pm: Mini Quilts: How and Why with Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
5:00pm-6:00pm: Border Beauties and Stripes with Gail Berry


Watermelon Placemats -  All Skill Levels Foundation Paper Piecing - Judy Niemeyer and Judel Niemeyer


Wool Penny Notes - Beginner Hand Embroidery/Wool Applique - Charisma Horton
Exclusive Surprise Cross Stitch - Confident Beginner Cross Stitch - Lori Holt and Kimberly Jolly
Granny Style Bag - Intermediate Bag Making - Karen Pratt
Wintery Wall Hanging or Decorative Pillow - Beginner/Intermediate Raw Edge Applique - Janet Wecker Frisch
Rhinestones Quilt - Beginner/Interediate Piecing - Melanie Collette
Utah State Embroidery - Beginner Embroidery - Rachel Erickson
On the Go Backpack - Any Skill Level Curved Piecing - Heather Bailey
Bindings and Alternate Endings - All Skill Levels Bindings - Deonn Stott
Sewing a Mermaid! - Beginner Doll Sewing - Little Lizard King
Who Doesn't Want to Feather? - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Martha Higdon


Afternoon Tea at the Trellis Café - Reservations available HERE


Halloween Applique Hoops - Beginner Applique/Embroidery - Amy Chappell
Simply Scalloped Pillow - Beginner Wool Applique - Stacy West
Versatile Dresden Tote Bag - Intermediate Bag Making - Karen Pratt
Nordic Nights - Advanced Beginner Piecing - Melissa Corry
How to Make A Quilted Block Pouch - Advanced Beginner Quilting, Zipper and Binding - Minki Kim
Pincushions with Personality - All Skill Levels Hand Stitching/Embroidery - Heather Bailey
Lighthearted - All Skill Levels Piecing - Camille Roskelley
Hearts at Home - Condfident Beginner - Chelsi Stratton
New Leaf - Beginner Piecing - Vanessa Goertzen 
Border Patrol - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Harriet Carpanini


September 19th, 2020


10:00am-11:00am: Designing Full Circle - Janet Wecker Frisch of Joy Studio
11:00am-12:00pm: Marking for Scalloped Borders - Carmen Geddes of Tensisters Handicraft
12:00pm-1:00pm: The Color Blue - Gail Berry
1:00pm-3:00pm: Half Square Triangle Possibilities Trunk Show - Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. 
3:00pm-4:00pm: Making Meaningful Quilts: Tell Your Story -  Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
4:00pm-5:00pm: Creative Journey - Heather Bailey of Heather Bailey, LLC.


Starbaby Wall Hanging - All Skill Levels Foundation Paper Piecing - Judy Niemeyer and Judel Niemeyer Buls


Beginning Hand Lettering - Beginner Brush Pen Lettering - Melanie Collette
Twist and Shout - Beginner EPP - Andy Knowlton
Envelope Pouch - Intermediate Sewing with Zippers, Vinyl, and Various Fabrics - Karen Pratt
Desert Rose - Intermediate Piecing - Melissa Corry
The Charming Churndash Pattern - Beginner Piecing - Elizabeth Evans and Elizabeth Evans
Hand Embroidered Jewelry - All Skill Level Embroidery - Heather Bailey
Tranquil Triangles Quilt - Beginner Quilting - Jenny Doan
Intro to PDF Patterns - Beginner Clothing Sewing with PDF Patterns - Little Lizard King
Icebox - Beginner Pieicing - Vanessa Goertzen
Inside the Shell - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Harriet Carpanini


Afternoon Tea at the Trellis Café - Reservations available HERE


Embroidered Word Ornaments - Beginner Applique/Embroidery - Amy Chappell
Blooming Hope - Beginner Hand Embroidery and Wool Applique - Charisma Horton
How to Draw With Your Sewing Machine - Advanced Beginner Raw Edge Applique - Minki Kim
Stamp Collecting - Intermediate Piecing - Melissa Corry
Quilting 101 - Beginner Piecing - Melanie Collette
Pretty Posies Hexden Flowers - Beginner EPP - Andy Knowlton
Crazy Patch Puzzle Journal - Beginner/Intermediate Quilting - Janet Wecker Frisch
Star Crossed - Confident Beginner Piecing - Chelsi Stratton
Modern Herringbone - Beginner Piecing - Vanessa Goertzen
Rulers are Fun! - Beginner Longarm Quilting - Martha Higdon

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