Events at the IQM & Iowa QuiltScape!

Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric

Gallery Walks with the Exhibit Curator & Consultations with Feed Sack Collectors

Saturday, March 17th – National Quilting Day!



Linzee Kull McCray, author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric (published by UPPERCASE) and curator of our current exhibit, will be at the Iowa Quilt Museum Saturday, March 17th. Using her research for the book as a starting place, Linzee created an exceptional exhibit that features quilts (and other articles) made from feed sack fabrics. Throughout the day on March 17th, Linzee will share the story of this exhibit with museum visitors through gallery walks, short presentations, and informal discussions. Owners of many of the pieces in the exhibit will also be on hand to visit with guests about their items on display. If you have feed sacks, feed sack clothing, or feed sack quilts and would like more information about your treasures, bring them along March 17th and see if our collectors can tell you more about them. (Remember, these are informal conversations and not appraisals!) The all-day event is free with regular IQM admission ($6).

The Feed Sack Quilts Exhibit is on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset through Sunday, April 15th. Current hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sundays 12-4.

Welcome to Iowa QuiltScape!

A new feature of Iowa Quilt Museum’s weekly e-newsletter, Iowa QuiltScape will highlight quilting events happening all around the state. The goal of Iowa QuiltScape is to provide a central place for Iowa quilting organizations to share upcoming events and help quilters and quilter lovers across Iowa reach a broader audience. If you have an event you would like to share via Iowa QuiltScape, send your information to Museum Director Megan Barrett: Photos to accompany information are appreciated!

Read on for news of our first featured events.

Mark Sherman visits the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild

February 27th & 28th

International award winning quilt artist, teacher, and lecturer Mark Sherman will lecture and teach in Des Moines February 27th and 28th. Join the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild during their meetings on Tuesday, February 27th, at 1:00 or 7:00 pm for Mark’s lecture, Man Quilter, and a trunk show. Non-guild members are charged $10 for meetings featuring a paid speaker.

On Wednesday, February 28th, Mr. Sherman will teach a workshop titled ReMarkable Hand Appliqué by Machine. Mark has a unique method for machine appliqué that appears done by hand. Workshop fee for the class is $50, payable to DMAQG. A kit fee of $50 is payable to Mark Sherman the day of the workshop. More information is available on the DMAQG website. Participants can either register online or print a registration form and mail it and a check to Susan Callison, 4711 94th Place, Urbandale, IA 50322. Please email or call Susan with any questions: or 515-450-6201.

Meetings and workshops are at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. From Interstate 35, exit at Mills Civic Parkway (Exit 70). Proceed east on Mills Civic Parkway for 0.9 mile. The church is on the north side of Mills Civic Parkway. Meetings are in the Sanctuary in Building 2, and workshops are in Building 3.

Quilt Retreat at Twin Lake Bible Camp in Manson

March 9–11, 2018

(early arrival option March 8)

Pack up your machines, load up your fabrics, and head to Twin Lakes Bible Camp for a relaxing weekend of quilting, coffee, and time with friends!

Local quilting instructor Marlene Armbrecht will be on hand to answer sewing questions participants may have, and will bring a new spring design, “Scrappy Bricks,” for those who want to start something new. Also on hand will be a licensed massage therapist available by appointment throughout the weekend so you can truly relax as you create!

Other activities include a “garage sale” table (bring items to sell or take something home); three demonstrations on small projects; the fat quarter game; show and tell, and a door prize for everyone!

Scrappy Bricks Quilt

Most quilters have LOTS of scraps. Use those leftovers or a specific group of scraps such as brights, Civil War reproductions, 1930s reproductions, batiks, polka dots, etc., to cut small rectangles (bricks) to create a unique table runner, wall-hanging, or quilt of any size! Scraps will be divided into darks and lights. Several options for block designs will be explored.

Questions about Scrappy Bricks? Email Marlene Armbrecht at or call (712) 210-0013.

Register to attend the Twin Lake Bible Camp Quilting Retreat by using the registration form found HERE. Costs for several arrival and lodging options are on the registration form.


Remember, if you have an event you would like to share via Iowa QuiltScape, send your information to Museum Director Megan Barrett:
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