September Iowa Quiltscape: Fiber Art Now – Excellence in Quilts 2022

We’re at the end of September and gearing up for the Covered Bridge Festival taking place this October 8 & 9, here in Winterset, Iowa. Every year we haul our big quilted barn from upstairs and set it up for a fun activity. This year we’re making simple ornaments by hand.

It was so much fun to see everyone who came to the area for the AQS show in the middle of the month. We really enjoyed all of the quilters coming to visit and truly appreciate your support in promoting the American quilt. We also hope you were able to take in the DMAQG Quilt Show Sept. 22-24 at the Rastetter 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fair grounds! Des Moines quilters are terrific supporters of the IQM.”

Seeing Marti Michell’s quilts these past few months was a true delight! We hate to see them go but we’re just as excited to change things up and see our new exhibit Fiber Art Now: Excellence in Quilts.

Happy Quilting,


Opening Day for Fiber Art Now – Excellence in Quilts 2022

September 27 – December 28, 2022

Today is the first day of our new exhibit called Fiber Art Now: Excellence in Quilts 2022. This exhibit showcases the winners of Fiber Art Now’s call for quilts in 2022. These 27 studio art quilts were chosen from hundreds of submissions by juror Nancy Bavor. 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.

Visit us from now until December 18 to experience these winning quilts and the role they play in our American heritage.

Volunteers Needed

2022 Covered Bridge Festival – October 8 & 9

Our well-attended and loved Covered Bridge Festival is taking place this October 8 & 9 in Winterset, IA, home to the Iowa Quilt Museum. We could use volunteers to help us in “The Quilt Barn” to instruct attendees on how to make an easy ornament by hand.

If you live in the area or are going to be in town you can register to volunteer here:

Leaves are Blowing In

Thank you everyone for the beautiful fabric leaves for our gift shop windows. These are going to make our windows shine for the Covered Bridge Festival! You can purchase these cuties in our gift shop or online.

We’re Hiring!

The Iowa Quilt Museum is hiring a Retail Manager to oversee our gift shop. We are looking for a reliable candidate with some experience in retail. You will need to manage current inventory, identify new inventory ideas, and have knowledge of Microsoft Office products. The main duties of this position include:

  • Greeting customers and introducing exhibits
  • Managing Retail Associates
  • Creating monthly schedules with employees and volunteers
  • Ordering new inventory and managing point of sale system
  • Keeping Gift Shop clean and orderly

This position will work 15 hours per week, include some weekends, and report to the Museum Director. We’re offering $15 an hour. Please send your resume to Carissa Heckathorn at

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!

Des Moines Area Quilters Huge Rummage Sale

November 5, 2022

Saturday, November 5th is DMAQG’s next huge rummage sale, The Mall in the Hall! Iowa’s largest quilting rummage sale will be in the gymnasium at the east end of the West Des Moines Christian Church, beginning about 3 pm, after the afternoon meeting, and will run until 7 pm. Proceeds from the sale support the DMAQG Community Giving/Education Outreach efforts. West Des Moines Christian Church

Location: 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA

Sea of Quilts Quilt Show

October 8, 9-5 & October 9, 10-4

Fort Dodge Area Quilters, Inc. hosts their biennial quilt show. The guild takes great pride in featuring approximately 300 quilts, a quilt raffle, silent auction, country store, fabric drive, a home cooked lunch for $10, demonstrations, featured artist and vendors. Webster County Fairgrounds.

Location: 22770 Old Hwy 169, Fort Dodge, IA

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