Iowa QuiltScape for March 3rd, 2019

Spring Training Sewing Days

Mondays: March 11th & 25th, April 8th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Iowa Quilt Museum

We’ve still got some space in our remaining three Spring Training Sewing Days so grab a couple of friends and come sew together—there’s no place more inspiring! Your $20 registration fee covers lunch, a mini-lesson each session and a spacious place to work for the day. You get a fun place to work AND you support the IQM at the same time. 
The mini-lesson schedule is:
March 11th – “Made by Hand: Needle Turn Appliqué & Hand Quilting” – Marianne Fons
March 25th – “Setting Needle to Paper: An Introduction to Paper Piecing” – Jean Nolte
April 8th – “Finish Strong: Make your Binding Better” – Jill Mead

Sign up for your space at THIS LINK

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National Quilting Day

Saturday, March 16th

Celebrate National Quilting Day with the Iowa Quilt Museum and visit our fabulous exhibit, Portraits: The Many Faces of Iowa Art Quilters, PLUS a bonus pop-up exhibit of Irish Chain Quilts. You’re also invited to bring a quilt of your own to see what our experts can tell you about it. Textile experts Valorie Bonk and Elizabeth Andrews are waiting to tell you about your quilt—the pattern, when was it likely made, where might it have come from, and more. And if you’d like, our volunteers can help you document the information on a quilt label.

Limit two quilts per person, please. Sign up for one 15 minute slot for each quilt. If bringing two quilts, sign up for consecutive time slots. The cost of the consultation is included with admission to the IQM ($6 for adults). If you would like to document your quilt with a label, the suggested donation is $5. Sign up for consultations at THIS LINK. At 1:00pm, join us for a presentation about the care and preservation of antique quilts led by Elizabeth Andrews.

It’s a day for celebrating all things quilting and we want everyone to know. If you have a place to display a poster, they’re available to download and print here:
Black & White, Color

Show your quilts at the Madison County Airing of the Quilts

We’re looking for at least three quilt guilds that would like to adopt a covered bridge during the airing of the quilts. Adopting a bridge gives your guild a chance to display the fabulous work of quilters from your guild during this event that will draw hundreds of visitors from across the state and beyond.
To Adopt a Bridge you just need to agree to:

  • Provide several quilts for displaying in the bridge (number will vary depending on the bridge and the size of the quilts)
  • Provide enough people so that one or two will be ‘on duty’ at the bridge all day. We’ll supply you with four complementary passes to the event so those folks can take turns checking out the other displays as well!
  • Provide a short description of each quilt to be displayed including the name of its maker. You provide this in advance so we can make the display cards using a uniform format.
  • Share information about the event with your guild members and encourage them to attend. Or better yet, rent a bus and bring them all at once!

If you hold you own quilt show, you can also bring along flyers or cards to hand out to visitors. There are only a few bridges available so if your guild would like to adopt a bridge, contact our director Megan Barrett right away (

Currently on display at the IQM…
Portraits: The Many Faces of Iowa Art Quilters

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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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