Iowa QuiltScape for March 16th, 2018


Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric

Gallery Walks with the Exhibit Curator & Consultations with Feed Sack Collectors

Saturday, March 17th

Put on your favorite green shirt and come celebrate National Quilting Day tomorrow at the Iowa Quilt Museum with Linzee Kull McCray, author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric (published by UPPERCASE) and curator of our current exhibit. Using her research for the book as a starting place, Linzee created an exceptional exhibit that features quilts (and other articles) made from feed sack fabrics. Throughout the day tomorrow, Linzee will share the story of this exhibit with museum visitors through gallery walks, short presentations, and informal discussions. Owners of many of the pieces in the exhibit will also be on hand to visit with guests about their items on display. If you have feed sacks, feed sack clothing, or feed sack quilts and would like more information about your treasures, bring them along and see if our collectors can tell you more about them. (Remember, these are informal conversations and not appraisals!) The all-day event is included with regular IQM admission ($6).

Linzee is also one of Moda Fabric’s newest designers and has created her first line called Feed Sacks: True Blue. Linzee’s fabric line won’t be available for purchase until next month but thanks to Linzee and the wonderful folks at Moda Fabrics, we will be raffling a bundle of her fabric tomorrow! Aren’t these prints beyond charming?


The Feed Sack Quilts Exhibit is on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset through Sunday, April 15th. Current hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sundays 12-4.

If you’re also a yarn lover, then Heartland Fiber’s Fiberpalooza can be the ‘cherry on top’ of your visit to lovely Winterset tomorrow. Held in the gymnasium at Winterset Elementary, Fiberpalooza is a day of yarn, fiber, food, fun and learning! Vendors from throughout the Midwest will offer all things related to the fiber industry. Spun and un-spun wool and alpaca, finished items, looms, spinning wheels, weaving looms, notions, bags and much, much more. Five star Cafe’ Yarnia will offer breakfast, lunch and snacks with plenty of seating so you can relax, knit, crochet and visit. $3 admission at the door.


Piecing the Generations Together Quilt Show

March 23rd and 24th in Muscatine

The Muscatine Melon Patchers Quilt Guild will present a quilt show on March 23rd and 24th at the First Baptist Church in Muscatine (3003 Mulberry Ave.). Local quilters’ art and quilts will be on display, all focusing on the theme of multigenerational quilting. The show is titled Piecing the Generations TogetherVisitors will have the opportunity to view a garden of quilts & family heirlooms along with their stories. Food will also be available and vendors will be on hand if you’d like to do some shopping.

Julie Letvin (Me & My Stitches) Trunk Show & Demo

April 7th at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Julie Letvin (Me & My Stitches) specializes in hand made, miniature, paper pieced jewelry. Her jewelry designs range in size from 3/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches. These tiny quilt blocks are encased in glass and made into pins, pendants, scissor fobs, charms and earrings.

On Saturday, April 7th, visitors to the Iowa Quilt Museum can meet Julie, hear the story of how she got started quilting tiny jewelry, check out the variety of items Julie has to offer & see a demonstration of how she makes her tiny quilted jewelry! Julie will graciously donate back to the Iowa Quilt Museum a portion of any sales made during this event.

Julie’s Trunk Show and Demonstration is included with the price of admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum ($6) on Saturday, April 7th. Free for IQM Members. Thank you to Deb Borwig and Covered Bridge Realty for their financial sponsorship of this event.


Spring Quilt Show

April 7th-14th at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in Orient

Not just a one-day show, the Spring Quilt Show at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center includes a whole week of beautiful quilts. Over 65 quilts will be on display on the handicap-accessible second floor of the Gathering Barn at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center located in Orient. Quilters and quilt collectors in Adel, Bridgewater, Casey, Creston, Mt. Ayr and Des Moines are loaning their treasures for this display that will feature antique quilts, artsy quilts, bed-sized quilts, wall hangings, and everything in between. Please note that the show is closed Sunday, April 8. $5/person admission at the door.


Iowa Quilt Museum seeking submissions

Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair

If you’ve won a blue ribbon on a quilted project at the Iowa State Fair, your quilt (or quilted item) could be chosen for display at the Iowa Quilt Museum. We are seeking submissions of Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Winners for an exhibit to be on display July 31 – October 14, 2018. Submit your Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon winning quilt by May 15, 2018.

To submit your quilt or quilted item:

  • Submit an overall photo of the entire item.
  • Include the following contact information for the quilt owner: Name, Mailing address, Email address and Phone number
  • Include the following information about the quilt: Name of Quilter, Year & Class in which blue ribbon was awarded
  • Electronic submissions strongly preferred!

Please direct entries and questions to

Iowa QuiltScape is a new feature of Iowa Quilt Museum’s weekly 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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4 Responses

  1. Barb Onnen
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    What time is Julie Letvin’s program?

    • Megan Barrett
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      Julie will be at the IQM from 10am-4pm and will give her program at 11:00 and 2:00. Thanks 🙂

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    Love this feature, Iowa quiltscape . Great place to feature quilt info from across the state. Thanks so much!

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