Iowa QuiltScape for February 8, 2019

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

Opening Reception • Saturday, Feb 9th • 5-7pm

This exhibit, featuring works by nineteen artists, contains over 80 quilts—an unprecedented amount here at the IQM! Each artist is a member of the Iowa Art Quilters and has provided a quilted self portrait and at least two other art quilts representative of their journey in the genre of art quilting. This exhibit is, quite simply, amazing!

At the exhibit opening reception on Saturday, February 9th, many of the artists will be present to speak with visitors about their quilts.

A Valentine’s Day Gift for You!

We’re showing YOU our love this Valentine’s Day! Visit us on Thursday, February 14th, and receive a free “Sweetness” Mini Charm pack with any purchase from our gift shop!

“Welcome” and “Thank You” to our newest sponsors:
Helios Stitches N Stuff!

Located in the Old School Shops Building in Mt. Vernon, Helios specializes in modern, bright and unique fabrics. Visit their Mt. Vernon location (near Cedar Rapids) or their online store and find something fun for your next project. (or your stash!)

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If you’re an Iowa quilt shop, we’d love to feature you, too!
Learn more about sponsorship HERE.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Quilt & Textile Show

February 14-16 & 21-23 • Noon – 4:00pm
Living History Farms, Des Moines

Wishing for spring? 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

Spring Training Sewing Days

February 25th, March 11th & 25th, April 8th
9:00am – 3:00pm • 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.

2019 Airing of the Quilts

Saturday, April 27th

Make plans to join us for the 2nd Annual Madison County Airing of the Quilts featuring hundreds of quilts on display throughout our beautiful and historic community.

We want to display your Irish Chain quilts

Occasionally we like to host a ‘pop-up’ exhibit during special events or in celebration of certain holidays. On March 16th, we’re planning a display of Irish Chain quilts to celebrate both National Quilting Day & St. Patrick’s Day. If you have an Irish Chain quilt that you’d like to submit for this exhibit, email a picture to or message it to us on Facebook.

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.

Become a Member of the Iowa Quilt Museum

Admission revenue from visitors makes up about a third of our annual budget here at the IQM. For the rest of our operating expenses we rely on merchandise sales in our gift shop, special events and the generosity of people like you who understand the importance of quiltmaking as an important artistic legacy that must be advanced and celebrated. Your purchase of a supporting membership will help ensure that the Iowa Quilt Museum can continue to thrive and fulfill its mission to promote appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting.

Memberships are available for individuals, families and even entire guilds. Hop on over to our MEMBERSHIP PAGE to learn more!

Attention Quilt Shop Owners!

The goal of Iowa QuiltScape is to build up a community of quilters and we’d love to feature you as a part of that network.

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.
If you have an event you would like to share via Iowa QuiltScape, send your information to Museum Director Megan Barrett:
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  1. Martha
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    What is contact information and website for the Iowa Art Quilters group which is featured in the new exhibit? Thanks!

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