Iowa QuiltScape for September 26, 2018

DMAQG “Watch us Shine” Quilt Show

September 27 – 29 in Des Moines


I dropped off some sponsorship materials this evening at the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild show and got to enjoy a little sneak peek. Wow! It’s quite a show. The title of this year’s show is “Watch us Shine!” and the guild members are doing just that. You can catch this wonderful display in the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines this Thursday through Saturday.. Show hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday. There are around 600 quilts on display in various categories, including appliqué, pieced, miniature, mixed technique, modern, hand or machine quilted, and wool plus over 40 quilting vendors. There will also be classes, presentations, and much more! You can find a full listing of what will be available at this show on the DMAQG website.


Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair

On exhibit through October 14th at the IQM in Winterset

Don’t Forget – The Iowa Quilt Museum is celebrating Iowa Quilters and the rich tradition of the Iowa State Fair’s quilt judging through our current exhibit, Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair. This exhibit is exploding with Iowa charm and talent! On display through Sunday, October 14th.


Iowa State Fair Panel Discussion

Saturday, September 29th, 2:00 pm at the IQM

Just across from the 4-H building at the State Fairgrounds is the Jacobson Exhibition Center featuring rows of quilt block tiles adorning its exterior. My online searching didn’t turn up anything about their origins, but I’m sure that our state fair experts, Jerry Parkin & Dorothy Faidley will be able to tell us! Jerry & Dorothy will be at the Iowa Quilt Museum this Saturday, September 29th, at 2:00 pm. Jerry is an Iowa State Fair board member and Dorothy is the Superintendent of Fabrics & Threads. They each have a wealth of knowledge about the fair and, surely, some interesting stories to share as well! This event is included with the price of admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum – $6 for adults, $4 for children, FREE for members.


October Jewels Quilt Show

October 6 & 7 in Monona

Colorful vistas will be found both inside and outside during the Northeast Iowa Quilt Guild biennial show. October Jewels will held October 6th and 7th at the MFL MarMac High School, 700 S. Page St., Monona, Iowa. This is a new location for the guild, the last few shows have been in Decorah.

Approximately 300 quilts will be on display during the weekend and visitors are invited to peruse the artistic creations. Members have also set up a special display of Quilts of Valor and challenge projects. New this year to the show will be a display of quilts made by local high school students. Stop in and see the creativity of these young quilters.

Show hours are 10:00 – 5:00 on Saturday and 10:00 – 4:00 on Sunday. Admission is $5. Saturday events include a series of member demonstrations. At 2:00 pm Sunday, join guild members in the school auditorium as they honor the service of  tri-state area veterans in a Quilts of Valor ceremony. Visitors can also buy chances on the raffle quilt, a king-size batik quilt pieced by guild members and machine quilted by a guild member. Drawing for the raffle quilt is at the end of the show on Sunday.

Guild members have also created a variety of quilted items that will be offered for sale at the canister raffle, with different items each day. Other show highlights include a magazine and book sale and lunch stand that includes homemade pies. Several vendors will be displaying a vast selection of quilting fabrics, patterns and supplies. For more information, visit the guild website


Covered Bridge Quilters’ Annual Quilt Show

October 13 & 14 in Winterset

The annual Covered Bridge Quilters Guild Quilt Show is held each year in conjunction with the Covered Bridge Festival. 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.


“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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3 Responses

  1. Kathy M Sullivan
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    Thank you so much for the e-mail! I am from Up State NY, and enjoyed visiting the Museum this past July while in visiting our Daughter in Des Moines. It is a beautiful Museum, and have enjoyed getting the e-mails from you.

    • Megan Barrett
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      Thanks so much, Kathy! We’re so glad to have you as a fan 🙂

  2. Christine Gengler
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    Please add me to your email list for the QuiltScape.

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