Iowa QuiltScape for March 27, 2020

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Friday • April 3 • 12:00pm CST
Doreen Speckmann Remembered: Virtual Lunch-and-Learn with Iowa Quilt Museum and Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Join us Friday, April 3, 2020, at noon CST, for a virtual lunch-and-learn about decorated quilter Doreen Speckmann. Bring your lunch and enjoy a conversation between the Iowa Quilt Museum’s Marianne Fons and Megan Barrett and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts’ Emily Schlemowitz as they talk about Speckmann’s influential life and work amid the exhibition of her quilts, Doreen Speckmann Remembered. 

Known for her wit and wisdom, Speckmann was an avid teacher, who regularly led popular quilt cruises and international quilt tours. Doreen Speckmann Remembered features twenty-five years of her life’s work displayed for the first time since her untimely death in 1999. 

A Madison, Wisconsin-based artist, in 1985, as a relative newcomer to the quilting scene, she made a lasting impression on the judges of the first American Quilters’ Society national quilting competition in Paducah, Kentucky, where her innovative work, The Blade, won the professional patchwork category. 

After receiving the AQS honor, Speckmann was in high demand to teach. Endearing her to quilters the world over, she was recognized for her Birkenstocks, dance moves, and self-deprecating sense of humor. Marianne Fons recalls: “Doreen’s ability to poke fun at all of us by poking fun at herself—combined with her formidable patchwork and design skills—quickly made her one of the most popular quilters in America.” 

Tune in to hear personal recollections of Speckmann, discussions of her pioneering quilting techniques, and to view this incredible collection. The two cooperating museums are offering this conversation as a FREE event, with donations encouraged. All donations will be split equally between the two institutions to continue the vibrancy of our programs.

Doreen Speckmann Remembered has been on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum since early January and will be exhibited at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts from November 19, 2020, through January 31, 2021.

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing. Easy to use and reliable, Zoom is available to download for free on your PC/Mac or by using a dedicated app for iOS and Android. Before you join us, you will need to sign up for Zoom using a free Basic plan. Instructions for Zoom are available on the museum’s website.

Please join us on Friday, April 3, at noon CST, using the following link:

Topic: Doreen Speckmann Lunch-and-Learn
Time: Apr 3, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 982 181 1355

About the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA), located just east of historic downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin, is dedicated to creating, preserving and displaying cultural treasures and educating the public about the artistic, cultural, historic and social importance of quilts and fiber arts. A primary mission is to teach people of all ages and abilities the time-honored traditions of fiber arts such as quilting, weaving, embroidery and knitting. Our 1850s farmstead setting has allowed us to combine preservation of craft with preservation of historical agriculture buildings, offering a unique setting for enjoying an afternoon, taking a class, attending a lecture, or playing in a farm setting. The WMQFA is a non-profit 501 (3)c business. For more information go to

More instructions about how to use Zoom:

Thank you for coming along as we navigate our new virtual learning! When you join one of our programs (referred to as a meeting in Zoom), we will do a brief greeting, and then ask you to mute your microphones for optimal sound quality. With the Zoom meeting active, as you hover your mouse over the bottom of the page, you will click the icon of a microphone. We will have moderators standing by to assist you with this process. 

We encourage you to ask questions at any time, by using the Chat feature or by simply raising your hand via the hand signal and turning your microphone back on. 

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Update on closure due to COVID-19

In light of the more stringent closures recently put in place by Iowa’s Governor Reynolds, we are suspending our appointment visits and will be closed to all visitor traffic.

We ARE still proceeding with plans (and hope) to hold the annual Airing of the Quilts event on Saturday, June 6th. If that should change, we will make that announcement as early as possible.

We miss you and we look forward to being able to welcome visitors again in the near future!

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