Iowa QuiltScape for September 18, 2018

Pieced Together Documentary Screening

Tuesday, September 25th, 6:30 pm

at the Iowa Theater in Winterset


Donna Sue Groves wanted to pretty up an old barn for her mother, a quilter, by hanging a wooden square painted like a quilt block. The idea sparked a grassroots phenomenon known as “Barn Quilt Trails”…and created a cross-country community that has helped Donna Sue piece together her life after job loss and cancer.

Pieced Together: A Feature Documentary is about how one woman’s love for her mother changed the American landscape – and saved her life. At this special screening, filmmaker Julianne Donofrio will join us from New York to share a presentation about the creation of the film.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance using this link or at the door. The Iowa Quilt Museum would like to extend our gratitude to Quiltfolk Magazine for their financial support of this special event. Because of their generosity, all ticket revenue from this screening will support the Iowa Quilt Museum and the Madison County Bras for the Cause organization that helps provide mammograms for uninsured and underinsured Iowans. Click HERE to learn more about Quiltfolk and their mission to tell the stories of the people who love and make quilts in America.


Sunset Restorative Yoga

Thursday, September 20th, 5:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and comfort of the Iowa Quilt Museum for restorative yoga led by IQM board member and yoga instructor Deb Ohrn. Use this time to energize your body, and rejuvenate your spirit. The evening will conclude with chocolate and a tasting of Madison County wines! Class fee is $20. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.


Great River Quilt Show

September 21st & 22nd in Davenport

The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild will present their 2018 Great River Quilt Show on September 21st and 22nd at the Mississippi Valley Fair Grounds in the Fair Center Building. The show will run from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Admission is $7 for a single day or $10 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under are free. The building is handicap accessible, there’s plenty of free parking and buses are welcome. The Great River Quilt Show will feature:

  • Over 400 quilts
  • Judged Quilt Show
  • Merchants Mall
  • Small Quilts Auctions – 2 p.m. Friday & 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Raffle Quilt
  • Gift Baskets Raffle
  • Second Hand Treasures
  • Quilting Demos
  • Quilt Appraisals (by appointment)
  • Featured Quilter Dona and Gary Lanman


Seems Sew Fun Sampler Raffle

Drawing on Friday, September 21st

Benefiting the Iowa Quilt Museum



This row quilt, “Seems Sew Fun Sampler,” is being raffled for the benefit of the Iowa Quilt Museum. The quilt was designed and made by the legendary team of Marianne Fons and Liz Porter and was published in their 1999 “Basic Guide to Rotary Cut Quilts.” It measures 75″ x 93″. For just $2 you can have a chance to own a piece of Fons & Porter History. (Of course, the more tickets you buy the better your chances!) We’ll be drawing for a winner on the last day of summer, Friday, September 21st. Purchase tickets online or call the IQM at 515-462-5988.




DMAQG “Watch us Shine” Quilt Show

September 27 – 29 in Des Moines

The Des Moines Area Quilt Guild will present a quilt show Thursday through Saturday, September 27, 28 & 29 in the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines. Show hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday. There will be around 600 quilts on display in various categories, including appliqué, pieced, miniature, mixed technique, modern, hand or machine quilted, and wool. There are about 40 confirmed vendors filling nearly half of the 4-H Building. 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

In conjunction with the current exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum, on Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 pm, Iowa State Fair Board Member, Jerry Parkin, and Superintendent of Fabrics & Threads, Dorothy Faidley, will share stories and information drawn from their years of experience at the fair in a panel discussion format. Jerry’s area of expertise is Iowa State Fair history and Dorothy has a vast amount of knowledge about the history and inner-workings of the Fabrics and Threads department.

This event is included with the price of admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum – $6 for adults, $4 for children, FREE for members.


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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2 Responses

  1. Neola Olsem
    | Reply

    Our guild is having quilt show in November. Where is Dave’s sharpening service from?

  2. Lois Gustafson
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    I really enjoyed looking through your presentation. Can anyone tell be where you purchased the racks that the quilts are displayed on? I am a member of the Flying Geese quilt club on Montevideo, MN. We have our “Meander” The upper Minnesota River art Crawl coming up the first Weekend of October. We need to think a bout replacing our Display racks. They are plastic and getting brittle from age.
    Thank you

    Lois Gustafson

    1203 Benson Rd, Montevideo, MN

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