All Iowa Shop Hop
June 1-30 Statewide
We’re five days into the month of June and the All Iowa Shop Hop. Ninety-one Iowa quilts shops are participating in this annual shopping extravaganza with store specials, special patterns, give-aways, prizes and more. This year’s theme is Postmarked Iowa. Shop hoppers should pick up a copy of Sew Iowa Magazine from their favorite quilt shop to find their passports, a list of all of the stops, and where they can get their custom Postmarked Iowa fabric. Visit five or more participating stores and turn in your completed passport and you can be eligible for the prize drawings. Find out more at the AISH website or Facebook page.
Beginner’s Quilting Retreat
June 8-10 in Avoca
We assume that most of our readers are already quilters. But, maybe you (like our Museum Director) are an avid quilt admirer but don’t yet quilt.
At the Beginners Quilting Retreat hosted by Avoca Retreat, Colleen Arnold will guide students through patchwork and quilting for beginners. She will cover all aspects of quilting from piecing to binding. Students will choose from a couple of simple projects, each focusing on a different technique. Clear step-by-step instructions will accompany each project. Colleen will also explain common quilting and sewing terms. Students should be able to take home a completed throw sized quilt at the end of the retreat.
The retreat begins Friday, June 8th, at 6:00 p.m. and concludes Sunday, June 10th, at 1:00 p.m. The cost for this fun weekend is $125 + tax per person plus one co-op meal. Only ten spots are available; call Janine at 712-310-2110 to secure yours. You can find more information (including a supply list) at the Avoca Retreat Facebook page.
Mini Barn Quilt Block Painting
June 8 & 9 in Winterset at the Iowa Quilt Museum
The Iowa Quilt Museum will host two sessions of a Mini Barn Block Painting class on Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th. This event is being held as a part of Women’s Weekend in Winterset, a special weekend of classes, workshops, demos, entertainment, pampering, dining, & shopping. Saturday’s class is full, but there are still a few spots left in Sunday’s class at 1:30 pm. Women’s Weekend in Winterset is sponsored by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and you can register for this and other classes through their website.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe Lecture: Creativity & Play
June 29 at Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset
Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s first retrospective exhibit, Playing with Purpose, is on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum through July 29th. Victoria entered the modern quilt world when making quilts for her three-year-old daughter. Now she is known for creating unique one-of-a-kind quilts of her own design and sells her original works to collectors, architects and decorators while also available to work on commissioned projects. She has also published three books and lectures and teaches globally. In late June, Victoria will be in Iowa teaching for the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild and at Piece Works Quilt Shop in Winterset. And on June 29th at 5:30 pm, she will give a lecture at the Iowa Quilt Museum on Creativity & Play; about her quilts, her stories and her passion for quilting. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited so purchasing them ahead of time is highly recommended.
Barn Quilt Trail
In this edition of Iowa QuiltScape, we’re highlighting another Barn Quilt Block Trail, this time in Grundy County located around the convergence of Highways 20 and 14 between Iowa Falls and Cedar Falls. The barn quilt block concept was brought to Grundy County in the fall of 2003 as a way to bring visitors off of newly completed Highway 20 and back into the heart of Grundy County. Designed to highlight the rural, agricultural heritage of Grundy County, as well as the important folk art of quilting, the Barn Quilt Loop features large patchwork quilt blocks that have been painted onto the sides of barns and other farm buildings in the area. These designs range in size from 8′ x 8′ to 12′ x 12′ and are painted either directly onto the sides of the buildings, or onto a plywood frame and mounted to the side of the structure.
As you travel along the 64-mile Barn Quilt Loop, you will be delighted by dozens of colorful quilt patterns that are spread across the rural areas and in the towns of Wellsburg, Conrad, Beaman, Grundy Center, Morrison, Reinbeck and Dike. Over the past few years, the Barn Quilt Loop of Grundy County has grown into a unique attraction that has drawn visitors from all over the country to see the quilt blocks, shop in the county’s many specialty and gift shops, enjoy a meal at one of several locally-owned restaurants, and just generally have a pleasant time in Grundy County, home of the Original Iowa Barn Quilts.
Christmas in July Quilt Show
July 6 and 7 in Ankeny
The Ankeny Area Quilters’ Guild will present their annual show, Christmas in July, on Friday, July 6th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, July 7th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visitors can see over 200 beautiful quilts crafted by members of the guild, enjoy a bed turning with stories about how the quilts came to be, visit vendors, learn at free demonstrations and instructor-led classes and enjoy a tasty lunch in the cafe. The show is held in the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Motorcoach Trip to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE
July 27 departing from Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset
If you’ve never been to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, it’s time to remedy that! And if you haven’t been for a while, then surely you’re ready for a return trip. Join IQM director, Megan Barrett, on a motorcoach trip to Lincoln on Friday, July 27th. While at the IQSCM, we’ll see the following exhibits: War & Pieced (The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics), Singular Fascination, Molly Anderson: Intricate Embellishments, Crazy Quilts, Color & Contour: Provencal Quilts & Domestic Objects, and Marti Michelle & the Business of Quilts. We’ll have a guided tour through some of the exhibits and others will be self-explored. The tour will also include a behind-the-scenes tour of the storage and preservation rooms of the IQSCM. A delegation from the IQM got to see this in March and it is fascinating! No tour of quilts would be complete without some shopping and on this trip we’ll be visiting the Cosmic Cow in Lincoln and another shop along the way (TBD).
The price of the tour is $94 per person and includes: comfortable motorcoach transportation, admission to the IQSCM plus a behind-the-scenes tour, lunch, trips to two quilt shops (sorry, no allowance provided!) and quality time spent in the company of like-minded quilters! The tour will depart from the Iowa Quilt Museum at 7:00 am and return at approximately 9:00 pm. The IQM will be open at 6:30 am for those early birds who would like to view the exhibit (the last few days of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Playing with Purpose) before departure, and will re-open for 30 minutes upon our return for the night owls.
A minimum of 30 travelers are needed (by July 13th) for the trip to be viable. Follow this link to sign up!