Iowa QuiltScape for April 26th, 2018

Annual Quilt Show & Sale

April 26th-28th in Kalona

Over 200 new and antique hand quilted quilts will be on display and for sale in this annual show in the Kalona Historic Village. Many of the quilts are Amish or Mennonite made. For more information call 319-656-4489 or email Admission is $6.


Madison County Airing of the Quilts

Saturday, April 28th in Winterset

Over 15 unique displays from 10:00 – 4:00

  • Four Covered Bridges – quilts by Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, Mary Fons, Sandy Gervais
  • Inside and on the porticos of the historic Madison County Courthouse
  • Tour of four historic homes & quilts *
  • Admission to the upstairs gallery at Piece Works Quilt Shop featuring Tony Jacobson’s art quilts *
  • Three churches offering quilt shows, lunch & quilt markets *
  • Quilts from the collection of Madison County Historical Museum on display in the historic Zion Church *
  • Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective at the IQM *

Items marked with a * are all included with the purchase of a $20 ticket.

Cocktail Reception & Trunk Show of “Out of Control” quilts by Barbara Brackman & Deb Rowden

4:30 pm at the Iowa Quilt Museum (68 E Court Ave)

Fundraising Dinner & Live Quilt Auction

5:30 pm at Winterset First United Presbyterian Church (210 W Green St)

Here’s a glimpse at many of the auction items!

Get more details and links to tickets for the Airing of the Quilts HERE!


Meet & Greet with Mr. Paul Ashworth, President & CEO of Bernina

Monday, April 30 in Cedar Rapids

Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids will be hosting a Meet and Green with Mr. Paul Ashworth, President & CEO of Bernina on Monday, April 30th, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Mr. Ashworth will be giving a presentation around 4:00 pm and guests will have the opportunity to meet him and ask questions. There will be food and gifts for all attendees to enjoy and information about upcoming events as well. This is a FREE open house event to attend, but must RSVP, by calling 319-373-0334, or signing up at this link –

GE Quilt Designs-One Day Quilting Workshop

Thursday, May 3rd in New Hampton

This is your chance to take a full day workshop with the creative talent behind the Stripology Rulers. Gudrun Erla of GE Designs, will be at Quilter’s Window (101 E Main, New Hampton) to teach the tricks to using her Creative Grids ruler, Stripology. Gudrun has published several patterns and books; at this workshop participants will choose from two pattern options, Strip Twist or Strip Burst. Students will learn methods for both quilts while working on the one they chose to make during class. After completing registration for the workshop, a supply list will be e-mailed or mailed. Purchase supplies for the one day workshop with Quilter’s Window and save 10%. Fee is $75 and includes the project pattern and a light lunch. Register at or call the Quilter’s Window at 641-394-6900.


Humboldt County Historical Association 2nd Annual Quilt Show

Saturday, May 5th in Dakota City

On May 5th, the Clancy-Erickson Buildings at the Humboldt County Historical Association will be open to the public to view works from local quilters and artisans. All persons interested in displaying their quilts are welcome to do so. They can be antique, family heirlooms, current creations, modern, clothing, table toppers and wall hangings. If you would like to participate, call 515-570-7089 for more information.


Feed Sacks: A Lecture by Linzee Kull McCray

Thursday, May 10th in Grinnell

If you missed seeing Linzee Kull McCray at the Iowa Quilt Museum earlier this year, here’s another chance. Based on her book Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, author Linzee Kull McCray will share the story of the evolution of utilitarian bags stitched from plain white cotton to sacks sewn of exuberantly colored and patterned fabrics. These containers for animal feed, seeds, fertilizer, and flour became dresses, aprons, curtains, and quilts, repurposed by thrifty women in the first half of the 20th century. Long after paper bags were cheaper and considered more sanitary, cotton producers and bag manufacturers carried out ambitious marketing schemes to build and maintain loyalty to cotton sacks. In 1942, it was estimated that more than 3 million people wore clothing stitched from feed sacks. Linzee will share examples of feed sacks and the items made from them during her talk—if you have sacks or items re-purposed from feed sacks, Linzee encourages you to bring them along to share, as well. This event is hosted by the Jewel Box Quilt Guild in Grinnell. There is a $10 guest fee for those who are not guild members.



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5 Responses

  1. Lolita Brinning
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    Great information! Look forward to visiting some of those featured. Relatively new to Iowa, this information is great!!

    • Megan Barrett
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      Thanks, Lolita! Glad you’re enjoying the information. Welcome to Iowa.

  2. Pat Eggert
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    Wonderful site. Jealous of all your coordinated activities.

  3. Kathy Kelly
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    Please include me in the Iowa Quiltscape news. Thanks

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