Community Events

IHQS is proud to partner with local organizations in Bloomington to present a number of off-site events during our show. These include the Farmer House Museum, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, WonderLab and Wylie House Museum.


In 1999, Mary Ellen Farmer left her historic 1869 house to the community of Bloomington, along with her possessions, to be a museum dedicated to community, family and the history of ordinary life. The Farmer House will be exhibiting quilts and textiles from its permanent collection and textile-related art by local artists.  The Farmer House is located at 529 N. College Avenue in downtown Bloomington. We will be open from 9am - 7pm during the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show with a special reception on Friday night from 5:30 - 9pm. There is FREE PARKING  at the Farmer House from 5:30pm to closing on Thursday and Friday and all day on Saturday.
Phone: (812) 336-5597


“TUCSON SECTOR 2001-2002,   163 deaths” made by Cornelia Bayley of Green Valley, Arizona, 44.5″ h x 47″ w.

“TUCSON SECTOR 2001-2002, 163 deaths” made by Cornelia Bayley of Green Valley, Arizona, 44.5″ h x 47″ w.

An exhibit featuring quilts exploring migration will be on display at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures during Indiana University's Spring Semester 2020. "The Migrant Quilt Project" is a grassroots, collaborative effort of artists, quiltmakers, and activists to express compassion for migrants from Mexico and Central America who died in the Southern Arizona deserts on their way to create better lives for themselves and their families.

Materials used in the quilts were collected at migrant layup sites used for rest and shelter on established trails in the Sonoran Desert. Each quilt lists the deaths for a specific federal fiscal year, coinciding with the U.S. government's record-keeping. The name of each individual who died that year is inscribed on the quilt, with the word "unknown" or "desconocido" used to designate an unidentified person's remains. Quiltmakers are free to design their quilts however they desire, and the project shares the quilts at exhibits and immigration conferences and on its Facebook page. The project’s website is

"The Migrant Quilt Project" will be on display January 14 through March 15, 2020.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is located at 416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington. Its exhibit hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9am - 4:30pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 - 4:30pm. Admission to the museum is free. Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University EM-P, EM-S, and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.


Pat Surra’s Convex Illusion bargello quilt seems three dimensional. Come see her quilts at WonderLab.

Pat Surra’s Convex Illusion bargello quilt seems three dimensional. Come see her quilts at WonderLab.

WonderLab is pleased to display quilts by local quilt artist Pat Surra in conjunction with the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Pat's bargello quilts will be displayed Tuesday, March 3 - Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Attendees of the IHQS are invited to come to WonderLab and view Pat's work with no admission cost to the museum. WonderLab is open Tuesday - Thursday from 9am - 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am - 5 pm, and Sunday from 1pm - 5pm. It is closed on Mondays.

The museum is located at 308 W. 4th Street, Bloomington. Phone: (812) 337-1337.


Wylie House Museum is the charming 1835 home of Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University. It is part of IU Libraries as an academic resource for classes and research. Antique hand-quilted quilts are displayed throughout the museum.

Please note that museum hours are shorter than IHQS hours. Wylie House is open from 10am - 2pm each day.  Wylie House contact information:
Indiana University Libraries
317 E. Second St.
Bloomington IN, 47401
Phone: (812) 856-2353