Annual Quilt Show

at Reiman Gardens - Iowa State University

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Workshops With National Presenters

Iowa Quilters Guild members have opportunities throughout the year to take workshops with top national and regional presenters.  We strive to arrange programs and workshops that cover a broad range of quilting techniques and topics.

Time To Finish Projects

Our annual Fall Retreat, held in November, is a 3-day event designed to help our members finish projects, share ideas, and learn from each other.  Of course, we always find time to do a little shopping and a whole lot of eating.

Silent Auction

Iowa Quilters Guild members donate items for the Silent Auction/Buy It Now area of the Reiman Gardens Quilt Show.  In 2012, the Silent Auction items generated ove $500 for the Guild.

Show Winning Quilts

Iowa Quilters Guild is filled with many talented quilters who enter their quilts in shows across the state and nation.  Marilyn Cox's applique quilt won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair. Want to see more award-winning quilts?  Check out our photo gallery, or you can read all about them in our quarterly newsletter.  Or better yet, become a member and see the quilts during our show-n-tell.

Making Projects Together

IQG Members worked together to make Yo-Yo pins as give-aways at the Reiman Garden Show.  Show Chair, Libby Steinfeldt, plans a craft item each year to give away to show visitors.  In 2012, over 2500 visitors attended the show.

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 Looking Forward to 8th Annual

Reiman Gardens Show

Friday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The annual Garden Quilt Show returns, bigger and better than ever!

Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Quilters Guild will be hosting the annual Garden Quilt Show. The three-day show will encourage the art of quilting through beautiful displays of garden-themed quilts created by talented Midwesterners as part of a juried show with prizes awarded by central Iowa sponsors. Guests will be inspired by the quilts as well as the living beauty through the Gardens, in the Hughes Conservatory, and within the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing.

Instruction, demonstrations and lectures for both novice and experienced quilters will be scheduled throughout the three day event.

No preregistration is required. Cost is free for members and Iowa State University students with ID. The general public pays $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 65+, $4 for kids ages 4-17, and free for kids ages 3 and under.


Water is life! In 2017, Reiman Gardens celebrates water as its theme, as well as the plant, insect and human lives it sustains. The Gardens are alive with colorful displays inspired by all things water-related – from umbrellas and fountains to sea monsters and surfing. The importance of water will be on display with the Washed Ashore™ exhibit whose trash to art sculptures highlights the importance of clean water. Join us at the Gardens as we show you the importance and beauty of water in the Gardens! To learn more about the 2017 theme year, please visit

Quilt Show



Aquatic Wonders

 Block Challenge

Sea of Flowers – Garden Themed Quilts
Help us celebrate Reiman Garden’s beautiful gardens with a garden-themed quilt. Quilts in this category must include a garden theme in the design either by including fabrics which display a garden theme in the pattern or by creating a garden theme in the quilt pattern. Traditional quilt blocks with garden names such as: Lily, Flower Basket, Nosegay, Maple Leaf, Bear Paw, Flying Geese, etc. would also be included in this category. There’s no better way for an appliqué quilter or art quilters to show off their amazing talents than with a lovely garden-themed quilt!

Deep Blue – Water Themed Quilts
Being from the land between two rivers doesn’t mean an Iowan doesn’t appreciate the high seas. The pioneers often described the prairies as “oceans of grass” so and appreciation of waves must have been passed down from our ancestors. Quilts in the category must have a water theme or be blue in color. Traditional blocks with garden names such as Storm at Sea, Mariner’s Compass, and Ocean Wave would also be included in this category.

Oceans of Valor – Patriotic Themed Quilts
Whether they served during peacetime or at war, our service men and women deserve our thanks. Help us reach our goal of presenting a minimum of 10 quilts to these deserving veterans. If you have someone to give a quilt to, please have them complete the QOV form attached. If you would like to make a quilt for presentation to a veteran, but do not have a veteran – we’ll happily find one for you. Quilts in this category will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 17th at Reiman Gardens. Quilters need not be members of IQG to donate and present a quilt at this ceremony and there is not charge for entering these quilts in the show. These quilts will not be judged, but will be eligible for Director’s Choice, President’s Choice, and Viewer’s Choice awards.

Aquatic Wonders Block Challenge
This special category is open to Iowa Quilters Guild members only. Please visit for information on becoming a member of the guild. Quilt blocks in this category must include use of a provided fabric (at no charge) and measure 12 ½ inches (for a finished block size of 12 inches). All blocks will become the property of IQG once entered in the challenge and will not be returned to the quilter. There is no charge to enter.

             The IQG members-only category at the Reiman Gardens quilt show will be a block challenge usingthis water-themed fabric pictured below. Quilt blocks for this category must include use of the provided fabric (no charge for fabric) and measure 12 ½ inches (for a finished block size of 12 inches.)

If interested in participating, please contact quilt show chair Jeni Christensen at to receive your free fat 1/8th. All blocks will become the property of IQG once entered in the challenge and will not be returned to the quilter. Blocks will be assembled into a raffle quilt for 2018. There is no charge to enter. Please have quilt blocks delivered to Reiman Gardens no later than noon on Sept. 14th.


Come to the 2017 Show

Reiman Gardens - Iowa State University
1407 University Blvd. – Ames, IA 50011

September 15-17, 2017
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact the Events Coordinator at 515-294-8981

Vendor Applications

If you are interested in being a Vendor at the 2017 Show, contact Beth Wessel-Kroeschell,  Event Coordinator at 515-294-8981.

Volunteers Needed

Iowa Quilters Guild is looking for volunteers to help with white gloving and/or manning the booth. If you have a few hours to volunteer, (and would like to get into the event for FREE) contact Jeni Christensen at

Show Images

Go to our photo gallery to see images from the Reiman Gardens Shows


Show Chairwomen

IQG member, Libby Steinfeld, has taken on the daunting task of coordinating the annual quilt show.  Together with her friend and trusty sidekick, Jeni Christensen, these two ladies do an outstanding job.

Quilts of Valor

IQG is once again planning a Quilts of Valor presentation during our 2017 Reiman Gardens Quilt Show.  If you would like to make a QOV quilt to be presented to a veteran, please use the form below:

QOV Registration for Quilters

If you know a veteran you would like to nominate for a QOV quilt, please use the form below:

QOV Registration for Veterans


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