December 2022 Iowa Quiltscape

This week mother nature decorated our landscape in white frost. The contrast between the white wrapping the branches of the bare trees and the dark brown of the bark is exquisite. It’d make a stunning landscape quilt.

With our white landscape is the coming of the holidays! It’s so cliché, but this year really did go by fast. We’ve installed four exhibits, hosted four gallery walks and multiple Zoom events, held the Airing of the Quilts Festival with classes, a retreat and more. It’s been a busy year and was a great learning year for me.

I’m looking forward to the next year as we start to streamline a few of our programs and expand our programming.

Happy Holidays,

Carissa Heckathorn, Museum Director

Gallery Walk Success

We had over 20 people at our gallery walk on December 9th where attendees were able to hear from Nancy Bavor, the juror of the Fiber Art Now Excellence in Quilts 2022 exhibit. Nancy gave us firsthand insights into the process of choosing 30 quilts from over 300 submissions, and explaining why the winning quilts stood out from the others. Exhibit artists Lisa Ellis and Kathy Suprenant also joined us and gave us the story of their quilts. Overall, it was an inspiring evening at the Museum!

This is the last weekend to see this exhibit before we switch it out for These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts showcasing the quilts of our Iowa Grandmothers.

You can see more photos of the gallery walk on our Facebook page.

Or visit our website under Current Exhibit and see all of the quilts from this exhibit.

Home For The Holidays

Please note the Museum’s upcoming holiday and exhibit hours.

On Sunday, December 18 we will close at 2 PM to take down the current exhibit.

We are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

New Exhibit – These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts

Most of us have memories of our grandmothers and there are a lucky few who have been given firsthand the legacy of quilting by their grandmothers. We celebrate those Iowa grandmothers who have made quilts that have been passed down with memories tucked among their stitches and grandmothers who are still making those quilts and memories.

You will get to help us celebrate 27 grandmothers and their stories in our next exhibit These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts. We have photos and commentary from their families and hope you’ll delight in these stories as much as we have.

This exhibit runs from December 20, 2022 to March 12, 2023. It is graciously sponsored by the Robert Van Scoy family in loving memory of Velma Van Scoy of Winterset, IA.

Gifts For Everyone

We have gifts for everyone in our Museum Gift Shop. Everything from children’s quilts to potholders and quilt block soaps. Most of our items are handmade or locally sourced so you know you’re supporting the local economy.

Come in and see us or shop online. If you don’t see what you want, give us a call at 515-462-5988 and we can help you via the phone.

Will You Support The Iowa Quilt Museum?

It’s that time of year to donate to your favorite non-profits. We hope the Iowa Quilt Museum is in your consideration. To make the act of donating feel a bit more tangible, we’ve provided levels of donations that go directly to a program or exhibit.

Donations before December 31 will be matched by a generous donor up to $5,000.

Review options on our website.

After the second floor of the museum was renovated thanks to your gracious donations, we hosted a 4-H Youth sewing day.

Amazon Smile

There’s another way to support the Iowa Quilt Museum, and that’s through Amazon Smile. With every purchase you make in Amazon, 0.5% will go to the Iowa Quilt Museum. If 100 people spent $100 every month, the museum would receive $1,500 per quarter! That would pay for an exhibit!

Here is a great link to get you started and to set it up on your mobile device:

Membership is for ALL Seasons!

Become a member of the Iowa Quilt Museum to receive free admission to our exhibits and discounts in our gift shop. We’re working on creating more benefits for members so join now to make sure you’re in on all the fun!

I Don’t Want To Miss Out

Future Exhibits

Start making plans to see our upcoming exhibits. There’s something for everyone! Get the details.

These ARE Your Grandmother’s Quilts

December 18, 2022 – March 12, 2023

Timestamps by Ricky Tims

March 14 – June 18, 2023

Come to Our (Patchwork) House, curated by Julie Silber

June 20 – September 10, 2023

In addition to keeping you up-to-date on all of the happenings here at the IQM, we also use our Iowa QuiltScape messages to share quilt-related news and events happening across our great state. Check it out!

Quilt Events in Iowa

As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be any quilt events taking place in January 2023. Check our website for any events we add and we’ll post on our Facebook and Instagram accounts any events we are made aware of.

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Iowa QuiltScape is a feature of the Iowa Quilt Museum’s periodical e-newsletter, and 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.

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2 Responses

  1. Connie
    | Reply

    Wonderful! Wish we could visit us but our state is so far away! Thank you!!!

    • Carissa Heckathorn
      | Reply

      Maybe one day! We’re going to try to bring some more online programming this year so look out for that!

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