Iowa QuiltScape for November 13, 2020

Virtual Gallery Walk

Beautiful Simplicity: Two Color Quilts

Exhibit curator, Sarah Walcott, Collections Manager at the International Quilt Museum, will join us next Wednesday for a virtual walk through the gallery of Beautiful Simplicity: Two Color Quilts

Join us via Zoom at 11:00 CST on Wednesday, November 18th:
Meeting ID: 983 1422 5729

If you’re not able to log-in at the time of the event, a recording will be available afterward on our Current Exhibit page.

This event is offered at no charge, although donations are always appreciated. Participants will be invited for a Q & A session at the end of the program.

WINTER Hours at the IQM

Monday – Saturday • 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sundays • Noon – 4:00pm

We encourage the wearing of masks, especially while in our gift shop. We are also asking guests to travel in one direction around the gallery and maintain a safe distance from other guests. Hand washing and sanitizing areas are available and we are using increased cleaning procedures.

Three weeks ago we began a capital fundraising campaign to raise $40,000 for necessary restoration and repairs on the second story of our historic building. Thanks to the generosity of supporters from across the country, we’re already well over halfway to our goal—$26,000! This isn’t a formal ask, but if you had intended to donate and just forgot, here’s the button you’re looking for! : )

Let the Iowa Quilt Museum come to YOU!

Through the magic of technology, we can bring the Iowa Quilt Museum to your quilt guild, civic group, retirement community or any other interested group. We can share our pre-recorded presentation or even bring you a live program complete with Q&A if you so desire. If you know a program coordinator who is struggling to find material right now, encourage them to contact museum director Megan Barrett to inquire about dates and cost for a virtual program with the IQM!

Phone: 515-462-5988

Just for Fun!

State Fair Quilt on “exhibit”

Our friends at the Ankeny Quilting & Sewing Circle have shared this colorful quilt with us to exhibit for awhile and it’s really catching people’s eyes! This quilt represents 20 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Additionally, the state flower, the Wild Rose, is quilted into the border.

These block designs were commissioned from Iowa counties in 2009 and are featured on the exterior of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Building on the Iowa State Fair grounds. The quilt setting comes from the book Quilt Blocks of the Iowa State Fair.

A new class of quilt entries was scheduled for the 2020 Iowa State Fair featuring quilts made with these particular blocks. The Ankeny team intended to enter their quilt, but will now wait until 2021 to do so.

Copies of the book are available in our gift shop and sales benefit both the IQM and the Fabrics and Threads department of the Iowa State Fair. The quilt is hanging in our gift shop right now…come in a have a look for yourself!

Redwork Fundraising Quilt Complete!

The current IQM Board of Directors with the newly completed redwork fundraising quilt. L to R: Jeri Beem, Katy Schmitt, Gaylene Blankers, Randall Parkin, Marianne Fons, Annette Wildin, Tony Jacobson, David Negley. Not pictured: Deb Ohrn.

In 2015, the idea for a quilt museum located in Winterset began its journey to becoming a reality. The notion began with Pat and Nancy Corkrean and they soon recruited Marianne Fons, who founded Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting with her business partner Liz Porter right here in Winterset. Soon after, a board of directors was formed, the group applied for non-profit status and fundraising began to purchase and remodel the former JC Penney building on the south side of the square. 

The initial fundraising campaign centered around the creation of a red and white quilt as opposed to the more traditional fundraising plaques or name plates often used to signify fundraising efforts. Donors at various levels could have their names embroidered in a ‘piano key’ or ‘star’ block around the border of the quilt or even choose a local landmark to have digitally embroidered into the quilt.

The quilt, completed last month, represents over $215,000 in fundraising. The IQM extends its gratitude to everyone in Madison County who supported the museum in this initial fundraising campaign. The redwork fundraising quilt is currently on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum and donors and community members are invited to stop in for a viewing.

Remember the Iowa Quilt Museum Gift Shop for your Holiday Shopping!

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