Iowa QuiltScape for July 2, 2021

Exhibit Reception & Online Lecture

Saturday • July 10th • 10:30 reception, 12:00 Lecture (CDT)
No charge for reception
Read below for lecture ticket information

In light of the major improvements in COVID cases and COVID vaccine rates, we are ready to return to our tradition of holding a reception at the museum in conjunction with each new exhibit. Join us to celebrate our newly-opened exhibit of contemporary art quilts that are commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Manhattan Quilters Guild in NYC: 40×40@40.

This reception will be held on Saturday morning, July 10th, from 10:30 – 11:30 am with light brunch food being served. The reception itself is free and open to the public. At 12:00, Meg Cox, author of the popular monthly e-newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All, and a member of the Manhattan Quilters Guild will share an online lecture. In this lecture—which she has prepared especially for Iowa Quilt Museum’s exhibition of this collection—Meg will share history about this unique g group and the artists who are members.

An Ohio native, Meg Cox has been earning her living as a writer since graduating from Northwestern University in 1975. Following 17 years at the Wall Street Journal, she has has written for many national magazines, lectured and taught all over the country and authored five books. She continues to contribute weekend arts features to the WSJ.

Her two main specialties are FAMILY TRADITIONS and QUILTING, two wildly misunderstood topics. Both are thought to be old-fashioned and un-hip which could not be farther from the truth. Today’s smart parents are avid inventors of personalized rituals and celebrations that give their kids a sense of identity, security, meaning and fun. These traditions encompass everything from meals and activities handed down through generations, to brand new rituals, including some built around cutting-edge tech devices like iPads and smart phones.

The same is true of quilting: the 21 million American quilters who have built this burgeoning craft into a $3.6 billion industry are educated, computer-literate and fiercely creative. Her expertise on QUILTING stems partly from the 25 years that she has been a passionate quilter. Additionally, Meg served on the board of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance for 10 years and was president for 6 years. She writes a popular free monthly e-newsletter called Quilt Journalist Tells All.

This lecture can be viewed on the big screen at the Iowa Quilt Museum (upstairs) or at home via Zoom. Tickets for both viewing options are $10 each. Quilt guilds wishing to view the program as a group can do so for $75. If you purchase the ‘in home’ viewing ticket or the ‘guild watch party’ but are unable to attend live, a recording will be provided to you after the lecture which can be accessed at a later date. Note that if you’re planning to watch on the big screen at the Iowa Quilt Museum, you will need to climb two flights of stairs.


Virtual Iowa Quiltscape

Tuesdays • July 27th, August 24th

Join us online as we visit with members of the Manhattan Quilt Guild and learn more about the pieces in the 40×40@40 exhibit.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91498139770
Meeting ID: 914 9813 9770

We will use the same link for both sessions: July 27th and August 24th, 12:00 CDT


Did you miss our June 22nd session of Virtual Iowa Quiltscape with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Beth Carney & Theresa Barkley? Watch it—and all of our past programs—on our YouTube Channel.


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