Iowa QuiltScape for April 4th, 2018



Julie Letvin (Me & My Stitches) Trunk Show & Demo

April 7th at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Julie Letvin (Me & My Stitches) specializes in hand made, miniature, paper pieced jewelry. Her jewelry designs range in size from 3/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches. These tiny quilt blocks are encased in glass and made into pins, pendants, scissor fobs, charms and earrings.

On Saturday, April 7th, visitors to the Iowa Quilt Museum can meet Julie, hear the story of how she got started quilting tiny jewelry, check out the variety of items Julie has to offer & see a demonstration of how she makes her tiny quilted jewelry! Julie will be at the IQM from 10:00 am  – 4:00pm on April 7th and will give her presentation at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Julie’s Trunk Show and Demonstration is included with the price of admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum ($6) on Saturday, April 7th. Free for IQM Members.  Reserve a space at either the 11:00 or 2:00 trunk show/demo by clicking HERE. Reserving a space is not required but it is appreciated because it will help us with our planning.

Thank you to Deb Borwig and Covered Bridge Realty for their financial sponsorship of this event. Additionally, Julie will graciously donate back to the Iowa Quilt Museum a portion of any sales made during this event.


Spring Quilt Show

April 7th-14th at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in Orient

Not just a one-day show, the Spring Quilt Show at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center includes a whole week of beautiful quilts. Over 65 quilts will be on display on the handicap-accessible second floor of the Gathering Barn at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center located in Orient. Quilters and quilt collectors in Adel, Bridgewater, Casey, Creston, Mt. Ayr and Des Moines are loaning their treasures for this display that will feature antique quilts, artsy quilts, bed-sized quilts, wall hangings, and everything in between. Please note that the show is closed Sunday, April 8. $5/person admission at the door.


Homegrown with Deb Strain

April 12th at the Jewel Box Quilt Guild in Grinnell

The Jewel Box Quilt Guild in Grinnell will welcome fabric designer Deb Strain to their next meeting, April 12th at 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome to attend this event for a $10 guest fee – which can be applied towards a membership!

From Deb Strain:

“One of my favorite things to do is speak with Quilters about the process of fabric design! As a 20 year veteran of the industry, I love to share how my hand drawn and hand painted artwork evolves into lovely fabric by Moda. The presentation is conducted casually, with questions welcome. Using artwork from actual fabrics, quilters are guided through my journey of fabric design from initial concept to delivery in your favorite Quilt store. The program always ends with a parade of 20-30 quilts made over the years from my fabrics, providing ideas for future quilts to many. Fun stories of how I got started and adventures along the way, make this a light-hearted, yet informative 45 minutes to 1 hour.”


Quilt Show

Saturday, April 14th at the Garner Public Library

The Garner Public Library is hosting a quilt show featuring local works on Saturday, April 14, from 10:00 am to 2:00pm. If you live in the Garner area and are interested in displaying some of your quilts or textiles, you can register at the library or call 641-923-2850.


Upcoming Exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Exhibit opening April 17th | Opening Reception April 21st

In just thirteen days, the Iowa Quilt Museum will unveil its newest exhibit Playing With Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective. The exhibit will be on display April 17th through July 29th at the IQM in Winterset. Victoria Findlay Wolfe is an award-winning quilter, an international instructor, lecturer and author and a designer for Marcus Fabrics. Victoria will be at the Exhibit Opening Reception for this, her first retrospective, on April 21st, 5:00-8:00pm. Her remarks are planned for approximately 6:15. Tickets to the opening reception can be purchased at the door or in advance ($10).


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

Winterset, Iowa—birthplace of John Wayne, county seat of Madison County, home of the Bridges of Madison County and since 2016, the Iowa Quilt Museum—will play host to a community wide event featuring the display of hundreds of quilts on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. From 10:00am – 4:00pm, quilts will be on display in four covered bridges, inside and on the porticos of the historic county courthouse, in local businesses windows, and on clotheslines, porches, and fence rails throughout the community.

Visitors to the Airing of the Quilts can purchase a $20 wristband that will allow entry into additional quilt displays in three local churches, a tour of five historic homes featuring quilts, quilts from the collection of the Madison County Historical Society on display on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Museum, and the current exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum, Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective. Several of the churches will offer lunch for a modest price and markets with quilted items for sale.

The day will conclude with two events benefiting the Iowa Quilt Museum. At 4:30, the museum, located on the south side of the town square, will host a cocktail reception featuring Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden, quilt collectors from Lawrence, Kansas. Brackman, author of many quilt publications including the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, and Rowden will present a trunk show of oddball quilts from the past—historic works of “art” one might consider wacky or out of control. Guests can purchase a ticket to the reception for $10 and enjoy the trunk show, Wolfe’s exhibit of quilts, plus drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Following the cocktail reception, a fundraiser dinner will be served at the First United Presbyterian Church in Winterset with a live quilt auction to follow. The auction will include both antique and contemporary quilts and quilts donated by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting fame; well-known Moda fabric designer Sandy Gervais, and Mary Fons, Madison County native, founding editor of Quilty magazine and “Quilty” online tutorials, now currently editor of Quiltfolk magazine. Price for the dinner and auction is $35 for $40 for a ticket to the dinner and reception. The address of the Presbyterian church is 201 W Green St, Winterset, IA 50273.

You’re not going to want to miss this amazing community-wide quilt event. Purchase tickets


Quilt Walk

Entire month of April in Fort Madison

And if you’re going to be near Fort Madison, stop for a visit to their shopping district and enjoy their Quilt Walk anytime during the month of April.

Iowa QuiltScape is a feature of the Iowa Quilt Museum’s weekly 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. Diane Fogel
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    What is the name of the quilt block featured on the quilt in your quilt show Saturday, April 14th at the Garner Public Library? The closest I can come to it is the Maple Star, but that has solid shorter points on the two toned ones featured here.
    Thanks for your help!

    • Megan Barrett
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      Wow! You found an OLD post, Diane! I’m afraid I don’t know the name of that block. You could probably find it in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, though. Many public libraries have a copy of this resource.

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