Iowa QuiltScape for October 10, 2018

At the Iowa Quilt Museum

Covered Bridge Festival and

Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair

October 13th and 14th in Winterset

The fall colors are exploding in South Central Iowa just in time for the Covered Bridge Festival this Saturday, October 13th, and Sunday, October 14th. The festival is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days on the historic downtown square in Winterset. The Iowa Quilt Museum is located right in the thick of the festival and our exhibit, Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair will be coming down at the conclusion of the festival. Don’t miss your chance to see this top-notch exhibit featuring all Iowa quilters and their blue-ribbon winning quilts!


Covered Bridge Quilters’ Annual Quilt Show

October 13 & 14 in Winterset

In addition to the Iowa Quilt Museum, you can visit Piece Works Quilt Shop and Ben Franklin to pad your fabric stash and the Covered Bridge Quilters Guild Quilt Show. Held in the Winterset Elementary School Gymnasium, this show features racks of expertly designed, pieced, and stitched creations hanging on display in all their glory for visitors to admire. Quilts of Valor quilts made for service men and women who have served our country in any capacity, as well as a selection of baby quilts made for the NICU at Mercy Hospital and Blank Children’s Hospital will also be on display. Visitors may also be able to find some bargain fabric or quilting supplies in the garage sale.


Waste Not, Want Not

New Exhibit opening October 16th at the IQM

Resourceful quilters have a long history of making artistic quilts utilizing the smallest scraps and efficient piecing methods—adhering to the philosophy of “waste not, want not.” This exhibit is curated by Virginia Berger of Adel, Iowa. The Iowa Quilt Museum will be closed on Monday, October 15th, for exhibit hanging. Yes, we hang a new exhibit in just ONE day!


Book the Iowa Quilt Museum for a Guild Presentation

Iowa Quilt Museum Director, Megan Barrett, would be delighted to visit your quilt guild or civic group and share a presentation about the Iowa Quilt Museum. We ask only that you pay a mileage reimbursement and make a donation to the IQM in whatever amount suits your organization. Email Megan ( to book your date in 2019.

Across the State



“Our Quilted Neighborhood” Quilt Show

October 27th & 28th in Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge Area Quilters will hold their 24th Biennial Quilt Show on Saturday, October 27th, 9:00 to 5:00, and Sunday, October 28th, 10:00 to 4:00. Over 300 quilted items will be on display at the Webster County Fairgrounds as well as vendors, a quilt raffle, silent auction, fabric dive, and Dave’s mobile sharpening service. Lunch will be available for $5. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 7-12 or $10 for a two-day pass.


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Iowa QuiltScape is a feature of the Iowa Quilt Museum’s weekly 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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