Iowa QuiltScape for February 22, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Quilt & Textile Show

February 22nd & 23rd • Noon – 4:00pm
Living History Farms, Des Moines

This weekend is your last chance to catch this ‘springy’ fiber exhibit at Living History Farms in Des Moines! Combat the winter blues with a look at the birds, bees, and flower patterns found in the Living History Farms’ historic textile collection. This special exhibit of historic quilts, clothing, handwork, and hats have been selected for their nature motifs and garden themes. Visit with craft and quilting demonstrators and explore hands-on textile activities for kids and adults. Learn from creative demonstrators and bring your own knitting or sewing projects to work on alongside museum crafters. Chat with plant and pollinator specialists and browse the Market Place Museum Store for supplies to start your own spring nature projects. Tickets available in advance or at the door

Event Partners: Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild, Iowa Quilters Guild, Creekside Quilting, and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Shamrock ‘Piecing’ Party for Kids

Saturday • March 2nd • 9:00 – 10:30 am
Iowa Quilt Museum

Have some St. Patty’s Day fun with us & learn about quilt piecing using a fabric and ironing method (no sewing!) This hands-on class is best for ages 6-12 (kiddos under 8 will want a parent to stay and help). There is a $10 materials fee and preregistration is requested. You can register HERE.

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Spring Training Sewing Days

Mondays: March 11th & 25th, April 8th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Iowa Quilt Museum

While the baseball teams are gathering in Arizona for their spring training, join us at the IQM for a series of Spring Training Sewing Days. Bring your current project and supplies, we’ll provide the space and you can get to work surrounded by friends and inspiring quilts! We’ll also provide lunch at each session and a short mini-lesson aimed at improving your quilting skills so you’ll be ready for the Major League! Your $20 registration fee will help support the IQM, too. Click HERE to register.

A Unique Quilt Exhibit at the Iowa State Capitol

In 2013, artist Catherine Reinhart was gifted an “atrocious” quilt top made entirely of double-knit polyester squares in hot pink, caution orange and dated florals. What followed was a series of more than 40 thread “Sketches” exploring the material quality and patterns of the discarded textile. See eight of her favorites in “Art at the Library: Leisure Suit Series,” on display now through April 30 in the State Law Library at the Iowa State Capitol.

Currently on display at the IQM…
Portraits: The Many Faces of Iowa Art Quilters

Did you miss our “Blue Ribbon Quilts” Exhibit?

We know it’s unlikely that all of our fans can make it to Winterset to see every single exhibit. It breaks our heart as much as it does yours, so we decided to do something about it! At the suggestions one of our wonderful visitors, the we partnered with 2/5Studios to create a video of the exhibit “Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair,” which was on display this past summer and early fall. For $10, you can buy the video—we’ll send you the link and the password, you’ll grab a cup of coffee and settle in on the couch, and just like that you’ll be transported to the IQM for this amazing exhibit celebrating Iowa quilters. Your purchase supports the Iowa Quilt Museum, 2/5 Studios, and you get to see beautiful quilts. Win. Win. Win! Click HERE to purchase the video.

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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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3 Responses

  1. Star Ann Kloberdanz
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    Thank you for sharing the information about the show at the Living History Farms. It’s always fun to see quilts and other textiles while visiting with Quilters and those who appreciate quilts.

  2. Angie Tigges
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    Will you have a class on making barn quilts soon?

    • Megan Barrett
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      Angie, I’ll check with our teachers and see if we can get another session set up in the near future. Keep watching for news!

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