Iowa QuiltScape for August 20, 2020

(Please ignore the text in the subject of the message asking you to join us on Monday for Part two of the gallery walk. Darn technology!)

We’ve just had a blast the last two weeks on our virtual gallery walks through the Out of Control exhibit. The quilts are amazing, Barbara, Deb, Julie & Joe are both knowledgable and enjoyable so basically, it’s quilter heaven! If you weren’t able to join us live on Monday, here are the video links to both programs.

This program, and all of our virtual programs, have been provided free of cost. If you are able to make a donation, of any size, to help support the work of the Iowa Quilt Museum right now, we welcome your contribution.Thank you for helping us promote appreciation for the America Quilt and the art of quiltmaking!

Join Curator, Millie Kerhli, this September 19th at 3 PM and learn more about Mary’s journey into the quilting world, her extensive research, and hear about the quilts in our exhibit.

Tickets to the gallery walk are $10 each followed by a reception at 5 PM.

Virtual Gallery Walk: Part TWO

Virtual Gallery Walk: Part ONE

Wishing you could own a catalog of this exhibit, complete with pictures of all of the quilts and the witty writing of Barbara Brackman? You’re in luck, you can find it in our online gift shop!

‘Out of Control’ Quilt Challenge

Show us YOUR creativity!

One of our fabulous volunteer docents came for her shift last week and brought with her a quilt top that she had recently designed and pieced. The design for this quilt was inspired by one of the pieces in our ‘Out of Control’ exhibit!

This gave us a great idea! We’ve heard so many visitors to this exhibit share how freeing it is to see quilts made in this ‘out of control’ style and that they’d like to try it themselves, so we’re issuing a quilt ‘challenge!’

Don’t be scared off by the word challenge, it’s really quite easy and fun! Here’s what you do…

  1. Find a quilt in this exhibit that you feel especially drawn to. You can look through the slide show on our “Current Exhibit” page for your inspiration or, better yet, visit in person!
  2. Use this quilt as inspiration for a design of your own; not a copy of the original! Your design can be any size from wall hanging to queen size bed. Anything goes!
  3. Send us an email with a photo of our quilt top and the following information:
    • Your Name
    • City and State where you live
    • What ‘Out of Control’ quilt inspired you
    • A short paragraph about yourself and your quilt!

The deadline for submissions is midnight on September 20th. We’ll share a slide show of all of the ‘entries’ on September 28th and encourage our online community to comment and vote for their favorites!

If you have any questions, contact IQM Director Megan Barrett at That’s where entries should be sent, too!

Current Hours at the IQM

Monday – Saturday • 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays • Noon – 4:00pm

We encourage the wearing of masks, especially while in our gift shop. We are also asking guests to travel in one direction around the gallery and maintain a safe distance from other guests. Hand washing and sanitizing areas are available and we are using increased cleaning procedures.

Visit the IQM Online Gift Shop

We’ve just received a new delivery of some handmade quilted items, including some lovely seasonal pieces! Check them out in our online gift shop. After all, Christmas is just 127 days away! Plus, when you shop our gift shop you can do so guild free—since your purchases benefit the Iowa Quilt Museum, it’s really like making a donation to a good cause!

Botanical Quilts

Our friends, the Iowa Art Quilters, opened a display in July at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The exhibit was scheduled to run in to October and while it looks like the gallery is closed now, you can still see pictures of these botanical-themed art quilts and even purchase some of them online.

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