Garden of Quilts



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

September 12-14, 2019





You are invited to an event like none other. In partnership with Riley Blake Designs, Thanksgiving Point is bringing to Utah an outdoor exhibition of hundreds of quilts. Set within the award-winning, 55-acre Ashton Gardens, the exhibition will feature 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 three 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.





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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 Thursday, September 12 from 9:00am to 5:00pm, as well as Friday and Saturday September 13-14, 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 General Admission ticket for the Garden of Quilts exhibition is $35.00 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 Maker Meet and Greet and trunk show featuring Jenny Doan.

The 3-Day pass includes admission to the Gardens on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and includes the Jenny Doan Trunk Show.


What is the 'Makers Meet and Greet'?

The Maker’s Meet and Greet 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 please click HERE.


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 is a “juried” show?

A juried show is one in which all entries have gone through a process wherein the quilts are judged by a panel of experts to ensure those put-on display meet a certain threshold criterion of quality and craftsmanship. 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. We have partnered with six: Courtyard Marriott, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Hyatt Place, Springhill Suites by Marriott, and Staybridge Suites. 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 see the following links for individual hotels:

SpringHill Suites
Courtyard Marriott
Staybridge Suites
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Hyatt Place


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?

9.12.19 Update: All RV parking spaces are now full. 

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?

Missed the submission time period? See below for information on in-person applications and delivery! 


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 3, 10, and 17 (all Saturdays) from 10 am to 2 pm at the Ashton Gardens Visitor Center ( 3900 N Garden Drive in Lehi, Utah), we are accepting and checking in your beautiful quilts with on-the-spot applications. 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 26, 2019.


What is a quilt “sleeve” and how do I add a sleeve to your quilt?

Great question. You can watch THIS helpful YouTube tutorial for more information and instructions. 


What is the deadline for accepting quilts?

Quilt applications can be submitted through July 21, 2019 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. Thanks to the generosity of our Platinum sponsor Nuttall’s we have a large number of BabyLock 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 BabyLock machine allowing guests the flexibility of bringing their preferred machine or giving a new one a test drive.


What does a class fee 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. Volunteers applications for the 2019 Garden of Quilts are currently closed.


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.


(subject to change)



9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday classes HERE

Quilt Preview:
This is a exhibition preview ticket available to the general public. No vendors access or presentations are included.

Jenny Doan Trunk Show:
You are invited to our exclusive kick-off event—a trunkshow event featuring quilting luminary, Jenny Doan as she shares stories, fabrics, and fun. Those in the know will appreciate what a special treat this is as Jenny has drastically reduced her touring schedule and this will be one of the very few opportunities to see her in person outside of pilgrimage to Hamilton, Missouri! This ticket is sure to sell out fast.




9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday classes HERE

Lectures/Demos/Trunk Shows: (included with Garden of Quilts admission)

Presentation Tent:
10:00am - An Artist's Concept to Fabric - Janet Wecker Frisch of Joy Studio
11:00am - Curves and Curves Trunk Show - Jenny Pedigo & Helen Robinson of Sew Kind of Wonderful
12:00pm - Ten Years of Riley Blake Designs and Going Strong! - Cindy Cloward, Founder of Riley Blake Designs
1:00pm - Children's Storybook Quilts - Corey Kunde
2:00pm - Jo Packham of Where Women Create
3:00pm - How to Seduce a Sasquatch: 101 Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity - Ben Behunin

Secret Garden:
12:00pm - Karen's Favorite Quilts with Karen Ashton

Waterfall Stage:
10:00am - Donald Davis - Storyteller
11:00am - Take a Quilting Journey - Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs 
12:00pm - A Road Less Travelled - Sue Daley of Patchwork with Busyfingers
1:00pm - The History of Quilts - Gail Berry
2:00pm - Working with Wool, Cotton, & Fibers - Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin
3:00pm - Modern Heritage Quilts: Updating Classics & More - Amy Ellis
4:00pm - Barbara McBride-Smith - Storyteller

Afternoon Tea:
3:00pm - SOLD OUT

Exhibit Field Trip to the Springville Museum of Art:
6:0opm - 9:00pm: Tickets HERE

Garden of Quilts:
9:00am-8:00pm. (Vendors 10am-7pm).





9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday classes HERE

Lectures/Demos/Trunk Shows: (included with Garden of Quilts admission)

Presentation Tent:
11:00am - Mini Trunk Show - Heather Peterson of Anka's Treasures
12:00pm - A Retrospective: Five Years of the Tattooed Quilter with Christopher Thompson
1:00pm - Curves and Curves Trunk Show - Jenny Pedigo & Helen Robinson of Sew Kind of Wonderful
2:00pm - Why Do I Quilt? - A Jillily Trunk Show with Jill Finley of Jillily Studio
3:00pm - How to Seduce a Sasquatch: 101 Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity - Ben Behunin
4:00pm - Batting: What's Inside Matters! with Sephanie Hackney of Hobbs Batting

Secret Garden:
12:00pm - Karen's Favorite Quilts with Karen Ashton

Waterfall Stage:
10:00am - My Take on a Trunk Show - with Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter
11:00am - Over the Edge Binding Techniques with Carmen Geddes of Ten Sisters Handicraft 
12:00pm - 
1:00pm - The Color Red with Gail Berry
2:00pm - Holiday Themed Project Ideas - Melissa Mortenson of Polka-Dot Chair
3:00pm - Taking the Art to Applique - Janet Wecker Frisch of Joy Studio
4:00pm - Trunk Show and Book Signing - Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Afternoon Tea:
3:00pm - SOLD OUT

Garden of Quilts:
9:00am-7:00pm. (Vendors 10am-6pm).


Class Schedule and information available HERE.

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