Virtual Iowa Quiltscape
Join us each Tuesday at Twelve (CST) via Zoom.
Some programs will focus on our exhibit, String Theory, and feature the artists and lenders who have contributed to the exhibit. Other programs will highlight various aspects of quilt life in Iowa!
April 20 – Quilts that Travel: From Berks County, PA, to Madison County, IA
April 27 – TBD
To Join the Zoom meeting, click on the following link, or type the Meeting ID into Zoom:
Meeting ID: 943 9573 5155
We will use the SAME meeting link for ALL of our Virtual Iowa Quiltscape sessions – each Tuesday at Twelve. If you have questions about how to join the Zoom meeting, email or call us—director@IowaQuiltMuseum.org or 515-462-5988.
If you find benefit and enjoyment from our online programs, please consider making a financial donation the Iowa Quilt Museum.
Peppermint Pinwheels with Sujata Shah
Saturday • May 8 • 11:00am CDT
Online Class with in-person option
$60 registration fee (optional book purchase)
This folk art appliqué flowers-inspired quilt, Peppermint Pinwheel, is perfect for spring or summer projects—and specially coordinated with our current exhibit, A Quilted Garden. Join the Iowa Quilt Museum and Sujata Shah and create a whimsical version for yourself.
The class will take place via Zoom on Saturday, May 8th, beginning at 11:00am Central Daylight Time and last approximately four hours. The class fee is $60. A limited number of seats are available at the Iowa Quilt Museum where the class will be shown via video screen, and workspace will be provided. Participants choosing to join us at the Iowa Quilt Museum will need their own sewing machine and tools, and will need to be able to climb two flights of stairs. Someone will be available to help carry machines, etc. up the stairs.
Sujata Shah is a graphic designer and textile artist and was a featured exhibitor in the Iowa Quilt Museum’s most recent exhibit, String Theory: String-Pieced Quilts from Past to Present. Originally from Mumbai, India, the mother of three grown children lives with her husband in San Francisco Bray area. She has won awards for her quilts in local and national quilt shows and designed quilt patterns under the name of Rangoli Designs. Her teaching experiences include workshops inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend, needle-turn appliqué based on her original designs and color and design workshops in the Seattle area and Philadelphia. Her quilts have been shown at AQS in Lancaster and Padukah and the Pacific Northwest Quilt-Fest.
In 2003, she found an instant connection between the abstract utilitarian quilts of Gee’s Bend and Godharis from India. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a designer. She draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world. As a calligraphy major, she believes that each handmade craft has a stamp of the maker. In 2014, she wrote the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts – A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions, in which she introduced free-form blocks, and abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks to reflect her theory.
Talking about the process of finishing quilts, Sujata says, ”I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. The more I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts. I rarely have a plan before the start of a quilt. Designing a quilt is an evolving process. I believe that as the quilt evolves, I simply become the instrument in the making of that quilt.”