Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair
Now through October 14th at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset
Thirty quilts, all of which are Blue Ribbon Winners from previous years at the Iowa State Fair, are on display in this amazing exhibit celebrating the rich tradition of quilts at the Iowa State Fair. Quilts have arrived from around the state for this exhibit—the oldest was entered in the 1986 fair (back when quilts were still exhibited under the grandstand) and the newest, in 2017.
The exhibit features quilts by the following Iowans:
Abbie Allen, Grimes
JoAnn Allen, Winterset
Kellie Belden, Madrid
Helen Birchard, Whiting
Cindy Bortell, Winterset
Marty Freed, Des Moines
Anita Gogerty, Norwalk
Marcia Handsaker, Nevada
Martha Henrichs, Des Moines
Deb Kimball, Clive
Martha Klatt, Adel
Serena Linn, Des Moines
Carolyn Magnani, Johnston
Sharon Meisenheimer, Des Moines
Lynne Ott, Webster City
Randall Parkin, Earlham
Teresa Peterson-Smith, Boone
Anna Pilcher, Norwalk
Janet Rabe, Ottumwa
Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree
Tricia Snyder, Waukee
Laura Stephens, Marshalltown
Sherri Street, Runnells
Peggy Vespestad, Maxwell
Helene Viall, Des Moines
Sharon Wasteney, Hannibal, MO
Tamara Watts-McPhail, Des Moines
Betty Whitson, Ottumwa
Phyllis Zylstra, Pella
At Home with Marianne Fons, Quilting Escapes Retreat
September 13 – 15 in Winterset
Winterset, Iowa, the town where Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting was born, will be host to an unprecedented quilt retreat. And you’re invited! In no time at all, you’ll fall under the spell of Winterset’s unique charms. And you’ll learn a new thing or two about quilting, too! Spend your days piecing new projects in the company of friends, old and new. This exclusive quiltmaking experience with Marianne Fons and Love of Quilting alum, Diane Tomlinson, will be an unforgettable retreat you won’t want to miss.
During these three memorable days, you will enjoy:
• Two plus days of quiltmaking tips, tutorials, advice, and guidance from Marianne Fons & Diane Tomlinson
• Two exclusive kits to make during the retreat: Marianne’s full-size quilt and Diane’s dynamic table runner
• A ticket and VIP seating to a very special event: “Ask Me Anything”, where you will have the opportunity to ask Marianne Fons, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Paula Nadelstern questions about the quilting life (refreshments included, of course!)
• A personal tour of the Iowa Quilt Museum
• Trunk Show with Linzee McCray, designer of the Moda fabric line that inspired Marianne’s retreat quilt
• A Trunk Show with Tony Jacobson, prolific, creative local designer and quiltmaker
• Local cuisine, including fresh farm-to-table meals, special treats, locally roasted coffee and local wine (really!)
• And much, much more!
Learn more and get registered HERE.
Harvest of Quilts Show
September 14 & 15 in Clarinda
The Scrap Happy Quilt Guild of Clarinda will host a quilt show on Friday, September 14th, from 4:00 to 7:00pm and on Saturday, September 15th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is $3 for ages 10 and older. There will be a bed turning with stories about the quilts, a tea room with beverages and desserts, and a boutique with quilted items for sale. Over 150 quilts will be on display. Tickets can be purchased to win a Christmas quilt which will be given away at the end of the day. The quilt show will be held at First United Methodist Church, 923 West State Street, Clarinda, Iowa.
Iowa State Fair Panel Discussion
September 29th at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset
Join us at the Iowa Quilt Museum on Saturday, September 29th, for a discussion with Jerry Parkin, Iowa State Fair Board Member, and Dorothy Faidley, Iowa State Fair Superintendent of Fabrics & Threads. Dorothy and Jerry will share about the history of the Iowa State Fair and the long tradition of quilting entries. We’ll have more to share about this as the date gets closer and plans get finalized!
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Would it be possible for someone to videotape each quilt exhibit and we could then make a donation to watch it on line?
I loved touring the museum in 2017, but I will not be able to visit often as I live in California.
Marianne, that’s an interesting idea. We’ll bring it up at our next board meeting.