Iowa QuiltScape for June 3, 2020

We are OPEN!

We are taking extra precautions to keep our staff, volunteers and guests as safe as possible while they are visiting the Iowa Quilt Museum.

Reduced Hours

The IQM gallery will be open to the general public from 10:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Saturday and Noon to 4:00pm on Sundays.


Appointments are available at 9:00am and 3:30pm Monday through Saturday for anyone living with a serious chronic medical condition or with an underlying medical condition that increases the susceptibility to serious illness from COVID-19. To schedule an appointment for yourself, please click on the button below. You’ll be redirected to a page called SignUp Genius.

Contactless Transactions

When you purchase your admission or an item from the gift shop, you’ll be able to do so without having contact with our staff or our cash register. We will not ask for signatures and you will be able to insert your own credit card. We prefer credit transactions for this reason, but will still accept cash or check.

Cleaning & Sanitizing

We will increase our cleaning and sanitizing procedures as directed by the CDC and the EPA. High-frequency touch surfaces such as the counter top and door handles will be sanitized between each guest as often as is possible.


All of our staff and volunteers will wear masks that cover the mouth and nose while they are in contact with visitors. We strongly encourage visitors to wear masks, but will not require it.

Gallery Procedures

Guests are asked to maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and other visitors or IQM staff members. Additionally, guests will be asked to follow a one-way path through the gallery.

We don’t have any virtual programming scheduled for this week, but we dug up this video of Al Lind making a Quilt of Valor® to share with you!

When Al Lind retired from farming he was looking for something to do. He began cutting cotton strips for his neighbor, a quilter. She told him about her friend June Moore and June’s work with Quilts of Valor® Foundation. When Al (a former WWII POW and veteran) found out more about the effort, he put hours in each day cutting fabric for June as well.

Within a few weeks, June taught Al to make foundation string pieced blocks. His friend Sandy loaned him a sewing machine and Al’s quilting adventure began in February of 2007. 

Prior to his death in 2010, Al finished piecing more than 500 quilt tops. One of these quilts was awarded to Korean War Veteran Earl Jacobson at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, November of 2016, and is being displayed in our Man Made exhibit.

Video recordings of all of our previous virtual programs can be found on our Current Exhibit page. Catch anything you missed or watch them over and over again!

Madison County Airing of the Quilts
Saturday, June 27th

Hey Quilters & Collectors…we need your help!

In our last couple of posts, we’ve been announcing details for this year’s Madison County Airing of the Quilts which will be held on June 27th. In an effort to make this year’s event safe for everyone, we’ve moved all of our exhibits outdoors. You can read all of the details on our Events Page.

In order to make this year’s event into the colorfest we envision we need some help from our supportive community of quilters and quilt collectors! Here are some ways you can be involved…

Do you have a Crazy Quilt?

We can all agree that life has been a little CRAZY as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. So let’s just embrace it, shall we?! One of our beautiful and historic covered bridges will house a display of crazy quilts during this year’s Airing and we’d love to add yours to the group.

What projects have you finished during the pandemic ‘quarantine’?

Another of our bridges will feature a display of quilting projects finished during the pandemic. So bust out those newly-finished gems and give them a chance to be seen!

Donate a quilt for our online quilt auction.

If you’ve been looking for a way to support the Iowa Quilt Museum, but a cash donation isn’t the right fit, perhaps you have a quilt that you could donate to our fundraising auction. It could be something that you’ve made or one that you’ve collected and any size is welcome—bed quilts, wall hangings, baby quilts, etc.

If you have a crazy quilt, or a quilt that you finished during the pandemic that you’d like to loan for inclusion in these two displays, or a quilt you’d like to donate for the auction, here’s what to do.

  • Email us at or call 515-462-5988 to let us know.
  • Make sure the quilt has a hanging sleeve and a label with the lender’s name and contact information attached. (Auction quilts need a sleeve but not a label. They will be displayed during the Airing of the Quilts as well.)
  • Then just drop it off or ship it to the IQM.

Since the quilts are being displayed inside a covered bridge, it will be protected from light and precipitation so even antique quilts in good condition will be safe.

Oh yeah…one more thing…make plans to come to the Airing of the Quilts on Saturday, June 27th! Tickets will go on sale Saturday, June 13th!

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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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