Iowa QuiltScape for February 28th, 2018


Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric

Gallery Walks with the Exhibit Curator & Consultations with Feed Sack Collectors

Saturday, March 17th

March 17th isn’t just for the Irish this year; it’s also National Quilting Day!

Celebrate at the Iowa Quilt Museum with Linzee Kull McCray, author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric (published by UPPERCASE) and curator of our current exhibit. Using her research for the book as a starting place, Linzee created an exceptional exhibit that features quilts (and other articles) made from feed sack fabrics. Throughout the day on March 17th, Linzee will share the story of this exhibit with museum visitors through gallery walks, short presentations, and informal discussions. Owners of many of the pieces in the exhibit will also be on hand to visit with guests about their items on display. If you have feed sacks, feed sack clothing, or feed sack quilts and would like more information about your treasures, bring them along March 17th and see if our collectors can tell you more about them. (Remember, these are informal conversations and not appraisals!) The all-day event is included with regular IQM admission ($6).

The Feed Sack Quilts Exhibit is on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset through Sunday, April 15th. Current hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sundays 12-4.



If you’re also a yarn lover, then Heartland FIber’s Fiberpalooza can be the ‘cherry on top’ of your visit to lovely Winterset. Held in the gymnasium at Winterset Elementary, Fiberpalooza is a day of yarn, fiber, food, fun and learning! Vendors from throughout the Midwest will offer all things related to the fiber industry. Spun and un-spun wool and alpaca, finished items, looms, spinning wheels, weaving looms, notions, bags and much, much more. Five star Cafe’ Yarnia will offer breakfast, lunch and snacks with plenty of seating so you can relax, knit, crochet and visit. $3 admission at the door.


Quilt Retreat at Twin Lake Bible Camp in Manson

March 9th–11th, 2018

(early arrival option March 8)

If our recent taste of spring weather has turned your thoughts toward venturing out of the house again, maybe a couple of days spent at the Twin Lakes Bible Camp Quilt Retreat is in order.

Local quilting instructor Marlene Armbrecht will be on hand to answer sewing questions participants may have, and will bring a new spring design, “Scrappy Bricks,” for those who want to start something new. Also on hand will be a licensed massage therapist available by appointment throughout the weekend so you can truly relax as you create!

Other activities include a “garage sale” table (bring items to sell or take something home); three demonstrations on small projects; the fat quarter game; show and tell, and a door prize for everyone!

Scrappy Bricks Quilt

Most quilters have LOTS of scraps. Use those leftovers or a specific group of scraps such as brights, Civil War reproductions, 1930s reproductions, batiks, polka dots, etc., to cut small rectangles (bricks) to create a unique table runner, wall-hanging, or quilt of any size! Scraps will be divided into darks and lights. Several options for block designs will be explored.

Questions about Scrappy Bricks? Email Marlene Armbrecht at or call (712) 210-0013.

Register to attend the Twin Lake Bible Camp Quilting Retreat by using the registration form found HERE. Costs for several arrival and lodging options are on the registration form.


Piecing the Generations Together Quilt Show

March 23rd and 24th in Muscatine

The Muscatine Melon Patchers Quilt Guild will present a quilt show on March 23rd and 24th at the First Baptist Church in Muscatine (3003 Mulberry Ave.). Local quilters’ art and quilts will be on display, all focusing on the theme of multigenerational quilting. The show is titled Piecing the Generations TogetherVisitors will have the opportunity to view a garden of quilts & family heirlooms along with their stories. Food will also be available and vendors will be on hand if you’d like to do some shopping.

Iowa Quilt Museum seeking submissions

Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair

If you’ve won a blue ribbon on a quilted project at the Iowa State Fair, your quilt (or quilted item) could be chosen for display at the Iowa Quilt Museum. We are seeking submissions of Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Winners for an exhibit to be on display July 31 – October 14, 2018. Submit your Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon winning quilt by May 15, 2018.

To submit your quilt or quilted item:

  • Submit an overall photo of the entire item.
  • Include the following contact information for the quilt owner: Name, Mailing address, Email address and Phone number
  • Include the following information about the quilt: Name of Quilter, Year & Class in which blue ribbon was awarded
  • Electronic submissions strongly preferred!

Please direct entries and questions to

Iowa QuiltScape is a new feature of 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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