Join us for our Garden of Quilts 2024 Event!

We are so excited to be writing this blog post today because REGISTRATION is now OPEN for our 2024 Garden of Quilts event!!

This is our favorite event of the year and we have loved adding new things to this event as we grow and expand Garden of Quilts. If you have been with us in the gardens in previous years then you already know what incredible things wait for you in the gardens. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, we hope you’ll read on!

This blog post is packed with information about the 2024 event. Please read through for answers to your questions! If you need further assistance please reach out to the team at Thanksgiving Point at 801.768.2300.

Class Registration

One of the highlights at this event are the classes! You can browse our 2024 class catalog and sign up for all the classes you want! Each class is unique and we have something for everyone from quilting to crochet. Some classes fill up quickly and space is limited so don’t delay! Register today!

VIP Packages

Every year the VIP Packages are the first thing to sell out and it’s no wonder, these packages are incredible! Visit the Garden of Quilts website and scroll down to the 2024 ADMISSION AND EVENT TICKETS and click the VIP PACKAGES tab to view the four packages!

Again, these are first come, first serve and they go fast!

This year we have four packages:

  • Quilter’s Weekend Escape
  • Ultimate Quilter’s Getaway
  • Everything, Everywhere, All the Time VIP Pass
  • Better with a Bestie


New this year is the ‘EVERYTHING ELSE’ PASS:

General Admission – $50

Ashton Gardens and the Garden of Quilts exhibit is surely on your list – now here is your chance to visit everything else Thanksgiving Point has to offer! The “Everything Else” pass allows you FOUR days to visit Thanksgiving Point’s other discovery centers for just $50. That’s more than a 50 percent savings over the price of individual venue admissions.

With this pass, you can visit the Museum of Natural Curiosity – one of the most interactive and fun museums in the state; Farm Country – a real working farm nestled quietly in its urban surrounds; the Mountain America Museum of Ancient Life – home to one of the world’s largest collections of mounted dinosaurs; and the Butterfly Biosphere – Utah’s only insectarium and butterfly conservatory where over a thousand live butterflies float through the air in a tropical, glass house. If you are interested in everything else Thanksgiving Point has to offer, this is your chance to see it all.

We also have a SEWING MACHINE RENTAL add-on:

Rental – $40 

(One time fee, per person)

Traveling to the Garden of Quilts and don’t want to lug your machine? Machine rentals are one of our most asked-about amenities. New this year, you can reserve a sewing machine for less than the cost of a checked bag on most airlines. For one price, you can use a rental machine during the entire duration of your Garden of Quilts classes. We will make sure that there is a machine set up in each of your classes—ready and waiting just for you!

You can find these add-ons on the Garden of Quilts website by scrolling down to the 2024 ADMISSION AND EVENT TICKETS and clicking on the ADD-ONS tab!

Just the Gardens

If you are not interested in classes, we hope you will join us for the quilt display in the gardens! We have two ticket options available for the weekend!

WEEKEND PASS- 2-Day Quilt Exhibition and Festival 

Includes entrance to the 50-acre Ashton Gardens, the Quilt exhibitions, trunk shows, lectures, and demos for both Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

Thanksgiving Point members: $18
General Admission (Ages 3 and up): $60

ONE DAY PASSFriday OR Saturday Quilt Exhibition and Festival

Includes entrance to the 50-acre Ashton Gardens, the Quilt exhibitions,  trunk shows, lectures, and demos for Friday, September 13 OR Saturday, September 14.

Thanksgiving Point members: $10
General Admission (Ages 3 and up): $35

Afternoon Tea

Friday & Saturday | Seatings at 12 PM, 12:30 PM and 1 PM

Gather your friends and experience an afternoon of decadence during the Afternoon Tea Party. This Garden of Quilts crowd favorite offers delectable delights in the beautiful Loggia Garden, a dreamy covered setting surrounded by flowers on the Water Tower Campus.

Enjoy English-style scones with jam and clotted cream, canapes, finger sandwiches, tea pastries, trifles, and a selection of assorted teas and other beverages. This is a special event you will not want to miss. Space is limited and sells out quickly every year.

You can find tickets for Afternoon Tea on the Garden of Quilts website by scrolling down to the 2024 ADMISSION AND EVENT TICKETS and clicking on the AFTERNOON TEA tab!

Evening Events

The evening events are SO much fun! We’ll share more about the events below. To reserve your space for any of these, visit the Garden of Quilts website and scroll down to the 2024 ADMISSION AND EVENT TICKETS and click on the EVENING EVENTS tab!


Wednesday, September 11, 2024
Doors Open: 5:30 PM, Show: 6:30 PM

Join us for an enchanting Fireside Chat with Melissa Gilbert! Delve into Melissa’s extraordinary life journey, reminisce about the timeless magic of the Little House on the Prairie series as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, and hear from Melissa as she shares what’s new with Modern Prairie. Plus, she’ll share a bit about her passion for quilting, and how her (re)discovery of this incredible art form has significant meaning to her. Don’t miss an evening of nostalgia, inspiration, and delightful surprises!


Thursday, September 12, 2024
Doors Open: 5:30 PM, Show: 6:30 PM

Join your favorite designers Amanda Niederhauser and Bev McCullough for a delicious, luau-themed buffet dinner and some high-energy, quilty fun! This game show-style evening will inspire you to get on your feet and make new friends. If you’re lucky, you might even go home with a prize! Luau-themed attire is encouraged!


Friday, September 13, 2024 | Doors Open: 6:30 PM

The Meet the Maker event is a guest favorite! Get up close and personal with all your favorite designers and sew-lebrities. Mingle and shop at the display tables of your favorite designers, discover new favorites, and enter to win one of several door prizes throughout the evening. You won’t want to miss it!


Friday, September 13, 2024 | Dinner 5 PM – 6:30 PM | Meet the Maker: 6:30 PM

Interested in attending Meet the Maker but looking for something even more exclusive? The Maker BBQ is the perfect event for you! Come early and chat with designers and fellow guests before Meet the Maker at this delicious picnic dinner. We will be firing up the grill and serving BBQ favorites like hamburgers, chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, and more. After dinner, Meet the Maker kicks off –  bringing even more fun, shopping, games, and door prizes. For one price, enjoy two all-star events, only at Garden of Quilts.

2024 Quilt Block Challenge: My Heritage

We will be doing another quilting challenge this year!!

Show us your roots!

Behind each bloom is a complex root system that helps each bud become what it is meant to be. This year’s Quilt Block Challenge will have you going back to your roots, showing us what makes you, you! The “My Heritage” challenge shows a person’s unique, inherited sense of identity. This theme highlights family, culture, traditions, and more to showcase your individuality and growth, providing gratitude for the people and moments in your life that are important to you. So, if you are an avid quilter looking for a fun challenge or a new quilter in search of a creative project, we invite you to give our 2024 Garden of Quilts Block Challenge a go!

We will ship out a pack of six Riley Blake Designs fat quarters for you to utilize as a springboard in your design. From there you can embellish with other fabrics, applique, embroidery, beadwork, etcetera, all to create a 20’” x 20” finished quilt block playing off the theme, “My Heritage”. Once your block is complete, email us a picture and we will then send you a release form and further information on submitting your quilts to us.

Participation is easy. Register using the form on the Garden of Quilts website by scrolling down to the 2024 ADMISSION AND EVENT TICKETS and clicking on the QUILT BLOCK CHALLENGE tab! There you will also find more details and information about the challenge!

Check out some of the quilts from last year’s challenge!

Submit Your Quilts!

We want to see YOUR quilts hanging in the gardens! We display all sorts of quilts from mini to heirloom. Beginner quilts are welcomed and encouraged! It is such a cool experience to see your quilts in the display and even if you can’t attend the event, we post photos of EVERY QUILT in the gardens!

There is lots of information available about this process. Please find that info here and submit your quilts!

Vendor Application

In partnership with Riley Blake Designs, Thanksgiving Point is proud to host a quilting event unlike any other. This multi-faceted experience features over 80 classes held over four days, special dining events, presentations, quilt exhibitions and gatherings. A highlight for our guests is always the opportunities to shop and visit with our vendors.

The Garden of Quilts is open for retail and informational vending on Friday, September 13, 2024, from 9 am to 8 pm, and Saturday, September 14, 2024, from 9 am to 6 pm.

This year our vendor marketplace will be in the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn on the Water Tower Campus. The location features great proximity to all the exciting happenings on our biggest campus.

If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, click here for the application!

Shop Owner Track

New this year, the Shop Owner Track!

Are you a passionate quilt shop owner or online retailer looking to improve your efficiency, increase your revenue, or build your social channels? Look no further! Join us for an exclusive Shop Owner Education Track during the 2024 Garden of Quilts event, specially designed to empower you! This track is also appropriate to those with a dream of turning your love for quilting into a successful business venture.

What’s included:

  • Three shop owner focused compelling classes from experienced presenters PLUS lunches on class days
  • Room at a partner hotel for three nights
  • VIP seating at the Fireside Chat with Melissa Gilbert
  • A ticket to the crowd-favorite Meet the Maker BBQ event
  • A Saturday admission ticket to the 2024 Garden of Quilts

For more details and registration, visit the Garden of Quilts website and scroll down to the 2024 ADMISSION AND EVENT TICKETS and click on the SHOP OWNER TRACK tab!


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.

The Vendor Marketplace is located at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn at 2476 W Sycamore Lane, Lehi UT 84043.

What are the show hours?
Garden of Quilts is open Friday, September 13  from 9 am to 8 pm and Saturday, September 14 from 9 am – 6 pm.

The Vendor Marketplace is open Friday, September 13  from 9 am to 8 pm and Saturday, September 14 from 9 am – 6 pm.

Classes will run Wednesday September 13 to Saturday September 16.

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. View 2023 ticket options 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.

What is “Meet the Maker”?
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.

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 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.

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.

Learn more about applying to be a Vendor 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).

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.

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.

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 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.

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