Iowa QuiltScape for October 8, 2020

Beautiful Simplicity: Two Color Quilts

Now on Exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum

In these twenty-five quilts from the collection of the International Quilt Museum, makers and collectors alike have recognized the striking results of using only two colors when creating a quilt. Some makers strove for a dramatic contrast; others highlighted their patchwork or quilting patterns by using a more harmonious pair of colors. Some used solid colors, and others chose tiny prints that read as two colors from a few steps away. In each case, these objects highlight the fundamental visual interest that draws us to quilts. Without the influence of large prints and multi-tonal compositions, the viewer can engage more fully with the overall composition and construction of each piece, from the quilting stitches to the way each pieced or appliquéd pattern is attached to the next.

Each of the quilts on the walls belongs to Int’l Quilt Museum’s education collection, which serves an important facet of the museum’s mission: engaging and educating the public about global quiltmaking practices.

Current Hours at the IQM

Monday – Saturday • 10:00am – 5:00pm
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.

‘Back to School’ Book Sale

All Books in the IQM Gift Shop are 20% off for ONE MORE WEEK!

Even if you’re all done with the ‘back to school’ phase of your life, it’s never too late to learn something new! That’s why we’re offering ALL of the books in our gift shop at a discount of at least 20% through October 15th. You can discover a new pattern or technique, learn something about quilt history, pick up a quilt-themed story to share with your children or grandchildren, and more!

While you’re browsing for your latest read, check out the rest of the gift shop as well! We carry a variety of items ranging from handy quilting tools, to beautiful quilted jewelry, to full-size vintage heirloom-quality quilts.

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

Raffle Drawing

Sunday • October 11th
Tickets available in our online gift shop – $2 each

In a typical year, the entire town of Winterset would be gearing up to welcome tens of thousands of visitors in the next few days for our annual Covered Bridge Festival. Here at the Iowa Quilt Museum we would be getting out our ‘quilted’ barn among our other preparations.

This year is anything but typical and the Covered Bridges Festival is among the countless activities and events that have been cancelled or postponed in 2020. However, in the spirit of celebration, we’ll be drawing the winner of our “Is this Heaven?” raffle quilt this Sunday and making one raffle ticket purchaser the proud new owner of this fantastic quilt!

We’ll be missing celebrating with you all this weekend but you don’t have to miss your chance to own this quilt that is a perfect iconic representation of Autumn in Iowa—pumpkins, corn, tractors, school houses, barns, silos, churches and quilt blocks!

Click HERE to buy a raffle ticket—or 10, or 20!

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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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