Iowa QuiltScape for March 2, 2020

Enjoy the balmy early-March temperatures again this weekend—get yourself to central Iowa to enjoy a special quilt and textile event at Living History Farms and a celebration of Doreen Speckmann at the Iowa Quilt Museum.

Doreen Speckmann Remembered

Saturday • March 7th • All Day!
Iowa Quilt Museum

This Saturday, March 7th, we’ll be holding a series of events celebrating our Doreen Speckmann exhibit. At 10:30 am, Marianne Fons & Judy Martin will lead a gallery walk through the exhibit. Marianne and Judy were both friends of Doreen’s and they’ll have some wonderful stories to share while they walk us through Doreen’s wonderful quilts. Admission for that event will be $10 and can be purchased at the door. At 5:00pm, we will host a reception in the museum. This event will be free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Doreen’s daughter, Megan, will be our guest of honor at the reception and will give short remarks at about 6:00.

That leaves over five hours of time in the day to enjoy Winterset and our lovely town square or…take our “Meet Peaky & Spike” class! Taught by long-time quilter and teacher and the owner of Piece Works Quilt Shop Joyce Franklin, this class will introduce you to Peaky & Spike, the fresh name Doreen gave to a simple, traditional, three-triangle patchwork unit she used over and over again in her quilts. She combined Peaky & Spike with other basic units she also renamed, such as Mutt & Jeff Right, Mutt & Jeff Left, Little House, Wingy Things, and Storm Center. The class will be held from 12:30 – 4:30pm in the brand new More Pieces retreat center less than a block away from the IQM.

The project will require three Fat Quarters, which are included with the cost of the class (you’ll get to pick your fabrics!). In addition, please bring:

  • Tri-recs template set (available to purchase at Piece Works or bring yours if you already own it)
  • Sewing Machine with neutral thread
  • Rotary mat and cutter
  • Straight ruler

The registration fee is $25 for this class. Call Piece Works Quilt Shop to register: 515-493-1121. Class size is limited to 24 participants.

We’re open on Mondays!

We’re getting a touch of Spring Fever now that the weather is warming up…plus we don’t want anyone to miss an opportunity to see our current exhibit featuring Doreen Speckmann’s fabulous quilts so we’re opening on Mondays two full months earlier than scheduled this year! We still close at 4:00 every day and we’ll switch to our full ‘summer hours’ (open until 5pm) starting May 1st. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Current Hours at the IQM

Monday – Saturday • 10:00 – 4:00
Sundays • 12:00 – 4:00

Historic Quilt & Textile Exhibit

March 5-8 • 1:00 – 6:00pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

The Iowa Quilt Museum is happy to be supporting our neighbors at Living History Farms during their Historic Quilt & Textile Exhibit! This is the second weekend for the event which will be open 1:00- 6:00 pm this Thursday through Saturday.

In spite of the rather warm conditions we’ll be experiencing this week, the goal of this exhibit to take a look at how historic Midwesterners used textiles to stay warm during the long winter months. Hand-quilters and textile artists (including some representing the IQM) will also be on hand throughout the weekend demonstrating current textile arts! Take the kids or grandkids and visit Living History farms during their Historic Quilt and Textile exhibit!

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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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  1. Star Ann Kloberdanz
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    It’s great to see two of my favorite places working together as they promote and preserve quilts and quilting.

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