Iowa QuiltScape for April 18, 2021

Virtual Iowa Quiltscape: Quilts that Migrate

Tuesdays at Twelve CST via Zoom

If you follow the Iowa Quilt Museum on Facebook you may remember the post pictured here from back in December. This ‘bullseye’ quilt caused quite a buzz!

On Tuesday, April 20th, we’re going to dig deeper into the history of this quilt that migrated from Pennsylvania to Iowa at some point in the mid to late 1800s. One FB friend, Barb Garrett, commented that the quilt looked to be a pattern she had studied as being regional to Berks County, Pennsylvania, and so began the study of this quilt’s history! Barb will join us on Tuesday, as will two members of the family who brought this quilt to our attention. You won’t want to miss this!

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 through April. On April 27th, Phyllis Zylstra, a resident of Ames, Iowa, will share a program on the quilts of Marie Webster.

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.

Virtual Gallery Tour Admission

We sincerely hope that you’ll be able to visit us at the Iowa Quilt Museum to see our current exhibit of botanical beauties. If, however, you’re not ready to travel, or if you’re just too far away, you can take advantage of our Virtual Gallery Tour Admission.

The virtual gallery tour video features high resolution photos of each quilt accompanied by narration of the exhibit descriptions. The video is available for purchase in our online store for $6, the price of single in-person admission. Just like in-person admission to the museum, this is intended as a ‘single person’ purchase except that you can view it as many times as you want!

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a guild or group presentation, please contact us at:

You will receive an email from the Iowa Quilt Museum within two business days of your purchase with instructions for accessing the private video.

If you are an Annual Member of the Iowa Quilt Museum, you can receive a complimentary copy of the virtual gallery walk in lieu of your free admission to this exhibit. Simply email us to request that:

Madison County Airing of the Quilts

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a patchwork quilt gently waving in a spring breeze as it airs on your clothesline. This was the inspiration for the annual Madison County Airing of the Quilts, a community-wide colorfest celebrating the history, tradition , and artistry of quilting in Iowa.

Hundreds of quilts will hang in dozens of locations around historic and picturesque locations around Winterset and Madison County, Iowa. These locations include the famous covered bridges, the grand 1840s courthouse, the Winterset City Park, which recently received designation on the National Registry of Historic Places, and the Madison County Historical Complex, just to name a few. The celebration will also include a Quilt Walk through one of Winterset’s historic neighborhoods where quilts are artfully displayed on porch rails, patios, front stoops and other outdoor areas.

There’s so much to share about this one-of-a-kind event, that we’ve dedicated a whole page to it on our website. Pop over there now and learn more!

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