Iowa QuiltScape for January 18, 2019

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.

Sip, Stitch, Knit & View

Saturday, January 26th • Noon – 4:00
Iowa Quilt Museum

with Covered Bridges Winery, Piece Works Quilt Shop & Heartland Fiber

The Iowa Quilt Museum is collaborating with Covered Bridges Winery, Piece Works Quilt Shop, and Heartland Fiber for this unique wine pairing event. Each location will have one of their favorite Covered Bridges Wines paired with a food that brings out the best flavors in each wine. Visit each location to sample the wine pairings, shop, and view the current exhibit Waste Not, Want Not here at the IQM. Join us from noon to 4:00 p.m and shake off the winter blues and enjoy a fun experience in historic Winterset, Iowa.

Last Days to See “Waste Not, Want Not”

Closes Sunday, January 27th

If you haven’t been to the Iowa Quilt Museum yet to see this amazing exhibit of scrappy quilts, wait for a break in the snow and then point your car this direction! This display features over three dozen quilts that embody the long-held philosophy among quilters of utilizing the smallest scraps for their art.

Portraits: The Many Faces of Iowa Art Quilters

At the Iowa Quilt Museum January 29th – April 14th

Opening reception on Saturday, February 9th, 5:00 – 7:00pm
• Free and open to the public •

The Iowa Art Quilters group exists to support textile artists interested in studio art rather than traditional genres. Members will display self-portrait quilts and other works while sharing how each quilter’s artistic journey has influenced her or his work.

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 MarketPlace 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

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.

Want to exhibit your quilt at the IQM?

Occasionally we like to host a ‘pop-up’ exhibit during special events or in celebration of certain holidays. We’re planning two such exhibits in the next few months: snowy quilts on January 26th to coordinate with our ‘Sip, Stitch, Knit & View’ event and Irish Chain quilts on March 16th for National Quilting Day. If you have a snowy quilt (yes, that’s a vague category) or an Irish Chain quilt that you’d like to submit for these two ‘pop-up’ exhibits, email a picture to or message it to us on Facebook. If we decide to use your quilt, we’ll give you the rest of the details.

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!

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