Iowa QuiltScape for February 14, 2020

At the Iowa Quilt Museum

Happy Valentine’s Day from the IQM!

We love many things in our lives; quilting is one of them and this exhibit of quilts by Doreen Speckmann has a LOT to love! We hope you’ll be able to visit the Iowa Quilt Museum soon!

My Heart Belongs to Quilting
85″ x 105″ • unquilted top by Doreen Speckmann
Using graph paper and six of her standby basic patchwork units, Doreen created a dynamic heart design that suggests curves, though all of the seams are straight. Doreen published My Heart Belongs to Quilting as a pattern in 1989, cautioning NOT FOR BEGINNERS on the eighteen-page set of instructions.

Doreen Speckmann Remembered

On Exhibit NOW through April 5th

This colorful exhibit features works by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann, the quilts on display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999. Known for her wit and wisdom, as well as her teaching and publishing, Doreen led quilting cruises and used the world she explored as inspiration for her original designs.

Celebrating Doreen

Saturday • March 7th • All Day!
Iowa Quilt Museum

On Saturday, March 7th, we’ll be holding a series of events celebrating our Doreen Speckmann exhibit. At 10:30 am, Marianne Fons & Judy Martin will lead a gallery walk through the exhibit. Marianne and Judy were both friends of Doreen’s and they’ll have some wonderful stories to share while they walk us through Doreen’s wonderful quilts. Admission for that event will be $10 and can be purchased at the door. At 5:00pm, we will host a reception in the museum. This event will be free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Doreen’s daughter, Megan, will be our guest of honor at the reception and will give short remarks at about 6:00.

That leaves over five hours of time in the day to enjoy Winterset and our lovely town square or…take our “Meet Peaky & Spike” class! Taught by long-time quilter and teacher and the owner of Piece Works Quilt Shop Joyce Franklin, this class will introduce you to Peaky & Spike, the fresh name Doreen gave to a simple, traditional, three-triangle patchwork unit she used over and over again in her quilts. She combined Peaky & Spike with other basic units she also renamed, such as Mutt & Jeff Right, Mutt & Jeff Left, Little House, Wingy Things, and Storm Center. The class will be held from 12:30 – 4:30pm in the brand new More Pieces retreat center less than a block away from the IQM. Registration details, will be released next week but seats will be limited to mark your calendars now so you can join us!

Current Hours at the IQM

Tuesday – Saturday • 10:00 – 4:00
Sundays • 12:00 – 4:00
Mondays • Closed

Airing of the Quilts | June 6, 2020

Nominate a quilter to be featured in one of our displays!

We love dreaming up unique ways to display quilts all around our community during our annual Airing of the Quilts. One of those ways is through four bed-turning displays located on the steps of each side of our glorious 1870s courthouse. We’re looking for four quilters to feature in these bed turnings and we need your help! Who is a great quilter in your community? Nominate her or him to be a part of this year’s Airing. The nomination process is simple. Just click on the button below and follow the instructions. If you have questions, or have any trouble with the nomination form, contact our director Megan Barrett: Nominations are due by Wednesday, March 4th at Noon.

The Iowa QuiltScape

Historic Quilt & Textile Exhibit

February 27-March 1 & March 5-8

Living History Farms
Urbandale, Iowa

There’s no denying it: winters in Iowa can be COLD! Living History Farms is dedicating to weekends to taking a look how historic Midwesterners used textiles to stay warm. Hand-quilters and textile artists (including some representing the IQM) will also be on hand throughout the two weekends demonstrating current textile arts! Take the kids or grandkids and visit Living History farms during their Historic Quilt and Textile exhibit!

Thank you for reading Iowa QuiltScape.
Get out and enjoy some quilts!

Iowa QuiltScape is a feature of the Iowa Quilt Museum’s periodical 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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