As an exhibit-only quilt museum, we install new exhibits four times a year. Here are our upcoming exhibits and be sure to check back as we continue to plan for the future.

Marti Michell, Yours Truly

June 28 – September 25, 2022

Quilting legend Marti Michell is a champion of both the art and the business of quilting. This exhibit will honor her far-reaching contributions to both, here in her home state!

Fiber Arts Now – Excellence in Quilts

September 27 – to December 18, 2022

Be the first to see the winners of Fiber Arts Now’s 2022 Excellence in Quilts. Nancy Bavor as the juror for the 2022 Excellence In Quilts will choose approximately 40 quilts from hundreds of entries. Bavor is a quilt appraiser, curator, and lecturer, and most recently the director emerita of San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. The chosen quilts are of original design that show inventiveness and mastery of techniques.

The Iowa Quilt Museum was chosen to show approximately 28 of the chosen 40 quilts to hang in our gallery from September 27 – to December 18, 2022.

These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts

December 20, 2022 – March 12, 2023

We’re celebrating Iowa Grandmother’s for our 2022 Winter exhibit and are asking for submissions by you!

If you own (or can borrow) a family quilt made by your grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, or grandmother-in-law, the museum would like to consider it for inclusion. If you are a quilter who happens to be a grandmother, our committee is interested in those quilts, too. We are searching for quilts from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first

The museum is looking for approximately 28 visually striking quilts to fill the gallery, but showcasing the lives of the women who made them is equally important. We want to include a photograph of the maker and lots of information about her life in our show signage. We are hoping the maker’s family will have at least one good story about her to share.

For quilts made by grandmothers now deceased, we’ll need to know the full name of the maker, her birth and death dates, where she was living at the time she made the quilt (i.e., name of town), and the approximate date the quilt was made if known.

We know there are great antique quilts all over Iowa, and we are counting on people to dig them out of the closet and attic and submit them. We also know there are plenty of grandmothers in the community making wonderful quilts every day. We want to build a great exhibit using Iowan quilts.

Submission Requirements:
—2 photos (or more) of quilt (please include one overall and one detail)
—completed submission form
—quilts must be clean and in non-fragile condition to be considered

The submission deadline is May 20th (we’ve extended the deadline).