Iowa QuiltScape for January 31, 2020

Are you going a little ‘stir crazy’ from being indoors too much?
Maybe you enjoy seeing attractions when there isn’t as much of a crowd?
There are lots of great reasons to visit the Iowa Quilt Museum right now! The drive to Winterset is beautiful with snow-covered trees, and since we haven’t seen new snowfall for several days, the roads are easy to travel.
Plus, the beautiful quilts in this exhibit and the stories about the wonderful woman who made them will warm inspire you.
We hope to see you soon!

Doreen Speckmann Remembered

On Exhibit NOW through April 5th

This colorful exhibit features works by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann, the quilts on display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999. Known for her wit and wisdom, as well as her teaching and publishing, Doreen led quilting cruises and used the world she explored as inspiration for her original designs.


Current Hours at the IQM

Tuesday – Saturday • 10:00 – 4:00
Sundays • 12:00 – 4:00
Mondays • Closed

Winter “Road Trip Rate” Admission

Pack up a car-load of your friends and head to Winterset and the Iowa Quilt Museum this winter and take advantage of our “Road Trip Rate” admission – $5 each for a group of five or more!


“Thank You” to our sponsors

Celebrating Peggy Freligh

The Iowa Quilt Museum has been fortunate to be on the receiving end of many wonderful gifts, one of which occurred last year with the acquisition of three-dozen quilts from the collection of Peggy Freligh [free-lee]. Peggy, and her husband David, were Winterset residents for many years and had moved to Pella a few years past. Peggy was a marvelous seamstress in all respects including quilting and had an eye for collecting great antique quilts as well, with an affinity for red and white designs.

Peggy passed away about two years ago, leaving behind an extensive collection of quilts that she had made and acquired. David contacted us about taking some of them and we were happy to work with him to find away that Peggy’s legacy could be honored, and her quilts could find new homes so that they could continue to provide warmth and enjoyment for many more years.

Three of Peggy’s quilts were offered during our annual auction at last year’s Airing of the Quilts, and some of her red and white quilts were displayed on an antique fire engine. We will create a full-scale display of her quilts during this year’s Airing as well, honoring Peggy’s legacy and allowing her family and friends an opportunity to view them again.

All of the quilts are also being offered for sale through the IQM gift shop. You can purchase them now with the caveat that we will either be allowed to borrow them back for the display during the Airing of the Quilts, or we will keep the quilt and ship it to you at no charge following the display at the Airing (June 6, 2020.)

You can view all of the quilts being offered for sale through our online store.


Back in Print: The Quilter’s Complete Guide

Autographed copies available exclusively through the IQM

The Quilter’s Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter is the definitive how-to manual by two of America’s most trusted quilters and, their words, the publication that really “put them on the map.” The perfect book for both beginners and those wishing to brush up on their skills, this trusted guide takes readers from the basics of choosing and cutting fabric to placing the finishing touches on their handmade quilts. Hundreds of full-color photos, charts, and diagrams accompany lessons on quilting styles—hand, machine, trapunto, and appliqué—and instructions for assembly, plus a wealth of patterns and sewing tips.

The Quilters Complete Guide is available through many sources, and maybe even in your local quilt shop, but the ONLY way you can get an AUTOGRAPHED copy is by ordering it from the Iowa Quilt Museum! If you visit us in person, you can pick it up for $25 or order it through our online store and we’ll ship it to you for just a little more.


Airing of the Quilts | June 6, 2020


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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.
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