Iowa QuiltScape for February 8, 2021

Virtual Iowa Quiltscape Series

February 9th • Kalona, the “Quilt Capital of Iowa”

Join us each Tuesday at Twelve for a live program from the Iowa Quilt Museum. Some weeks will focus on our current exhibit, String Theory, while other weeks will focus on various aspects of the quilting landscape (or Quiltscape) in Iowa.

Our February 9th session will feature an Iowa quilting destination, the Kalona Historical Village.

Nancy Roth, Managing Director of the Kalona Historical Society will lead us on a virtual tour of the “Quilt Capital of Iowa.” In addition to 12 restored historical buildings, each filled with interesting and informative displays depicting the years the pioneers settled the Iowa prairies, the Kalona Historical Village hosts two nationally-known quilt galleries, one strictly for Amish textiles, and the other displaying a themed group of quilts. Another unique quilt-themed attraction in Kalona is the Quilt Block Walking Tour—42 quilt block patterns installed in sidewalks throughout the downtown area.

To Join the Zoom meeting, click on the following link, or type the Meeting ID into Zoom:
Meeting ID: 943 9573 5155

We will use the SAME meeting link for ALL of our Virtual Iowa Quiltscape sessions – each Tuesday at Twelve. If you have questions about how to join the Zoom meeting, email or call us— or 515-462-5988. To find the full listing of programs, visit the Current Exhibit page on our website.

Virtual Gallery Walk

Now Available for Purchase

Longing for an ‘up close’ look at the quilts in our String Theory exhibit? This virtual gallery walk video features high resolution photos of each individual quilt, accompanied by narration of the exhibit descriptions. The video is available for purchase in our online store for $6, the price of single in-person admission and just like in-person admission to the museum, this is intended as a ‘single viewer’ purchase. If you would like to discuss the possibility of a guild or group presentation, please contact Megan Barrett,

You will receive an email from the Iowa Quilt Museum within one business day of your purchase with instructions for accessing the private video.

If you are an Annual Member of the Iowa Quilt Museum, you can receive a complimentary copy of the virtual gallery walk in lieu of your free admission to this exhibit. Simply email us to request that:

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Twisted Threads: The Significance of String

Saturday • February 27th • 10:00am – Noon CST
ONLINE CLASS with Sarah Nishiura • $10

On the occasion of the Iowa Quilt Museum’s wonderful exhibition of string quilts let’s take some time to consider actual string. From its earliest invention by our Neanderthal ancestors, to its prevalence in mythologies of all cultures, string is the foundation of human technology and the fuel of human imagination. The first half of this 2 hour lecture/workshop will explore the ways that string permeates our lives through history, language, technology, and myth. In the second hour, we will return our focus to quilts. After a technical introduction to methods for string piecing, we will explore the infinite possibilities of the technique with fun design exercises and a look at some of the brilliant ways that quiltmakers have employed the humble, scrappy technique to produce dazzling results.

This online class will be taught by Sarah Nishiura, a contributor to our String Theory exhibit. Sarah grew up in Detroit and now lives in Chicago, where she uses traditional techniques to craft one-of-a-kind quilts from her own designs. Sarah learned to sew from her mother and learned to love geometry from her father. From her grandparents, who were great builders, painters, stitchers, weavers and gardeners, she learned that making things is one of the greatest imperatives, privileges and pleasures in life.

Sarah Nishiura is pictured with her quilt, “Untitled (Purple & Brown)” which is hanging in the Iowa Quilt Museum as a part of our exhibit, String Theory: String-pieced Quilts from Past to Present.

To purchase your seat in this class, click the button below to be redirected to our online store. The class will be taught via Zoom and the log in link will be emailed to class participants approximately 24 hours prior to the beginning of the session. If you are unable to participate at the actual class time, you can request a video recording of the session, which will be available for two weeks after its conclusion.

Share the Iowa Quilt Museum with your friends!

Through the magic of technology, we can bring the Iowa Quilt Museum to your quilt guild, civic group, retirement community or any other interested group. We can share our pre-recorded presentation or even bring you a live program complete with Q&A if you so desire. If you know a program coordinator who is struggling to find material right now, encourage them to contact museum director Megan Barrett to inquire about dates and cost for a virtual program with the IQM!

Phone: 515-462-5988

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