Iowa QuiltScape for October 2nd, 2019

This weekend at the IQM

50th Annual Covered Bridge Festival
A Fons & Porter Homecoming Exhibit

Special Hours: Saturday & Sunday • 9am – 5pm
Marianne Fons will be at the museum on Sunday!

Every year on the second full weekend in October, Winterset & Madison County celebrate the annual Covered Bridge Festival. The downtown square will be closed to vehicle traffic and filled with food and craft vendors, games, demonstrators, live music and, of course, the Iowa Quilt Museum!

This year is extra special because it’s the 50th Anniversary of the festival! Come to Winterset and join the fun and while you’re here, check out the Fons & Porter Homecoming Exhibit that we opened last week. BONUS – Marianne Fons will be one of our ‘staff’ members on Sunday!

There are actually events all around town. You can take a bus to visit the covered bridges, there will be a car show on Sunday, the Madison County Historical museum has several events including a cannon firing and our local quilt guild, the Covered Bridge Quilters, have a show that is open both days. (see below). You can find a FULL schedule of events and details on the Madison County Chamber of Commerce website.

Covered Bridge Quilters Show

During Covered Bridge Festival
Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th
Winterset Elementary Gymnasium

The annual Covered Bridge Quilters Quilt Show is held in the gymnasium at Winterset Elementary School during the Covered Bridge Festival. Just off the festival grounds to the southwest, the address is 404 South 2nd Avenue, Winterset, IA. The cost is $5 admission at the door each day.

No Weeds Here by Jean Nolte, Raffle Quilt for the Covered Bridge Quilters

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, October 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday, October 13

The 2019 Covered Bridge Quilters Quilt Show will feature:

  • Raffle Quilt
  • Exhibit featuring quilts made by CBQ members
  • Display of baby quilts for NICU Baby Quilt Project
  • Items for sale, made by members
  • Bargain area featuring remnants
  • Vendors

For more information, visit

Meet the Teachers Event

Friday • October 18 • 11:30am

A GREAT opportunity for Quilt Guild Program Chairs

Earlier this year, we introduced a new program for quilt guilds to become supporting members of the Iowa Quilt Museum. Membership cost is a sliding scale based upon the size of the guild. In addition to supporting the Iowa Quilt Museum and our mission of promoting appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting, there are some perks for guilds that are supporting members.

One of those perks is happening in a few weeks, our “Meet the Teachers” event. At this event, a luncheon on Friday, October 18th, we will gather a slate of teachers who would love to visit your guild in the coming year. Each teacher will have three minutes to share about his or her program and at the end of the event, attendees will receive a compilation of the teachers’ contact information. This is an excellent opportunity for your guild’s program chair!

There is still time for your guild to become a supporting member and take advantage of this year’s Meet the Teachers event. Find all of the details on our membership page or email museum director, Megan Barrett, at

If you would like to attend the Meet the Teachers event as a presenter, we have just two spots open. Contact museum director, Megan Barrett, at

“Thank You” to our sponsors

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The Iowa QuiltScape

Gina Adams’ Broken Treaty Quilts

October 11 & 12
Des Moines Art Center

Photo by Edie Fuertes

The Des Moines Art Center is hosting several evens with weekend with artist Gina Adams and her work, Broken Treaty Quilts. This programming is part of the current exhibition Monument Valley – on display through January 12, 2020. Monument Valley is a group show that questions and deconstructs stereotypes and mythology about the American West. Gina Adams’ cross-media, hybrid studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Community programming at the Art Center for Adam’s work includes a gallery talk and performance, as well as an artist residency—letter cutting for Broken Treaty Quilts.

Events include:

10/11/2019 / 11:00am – 4:00pm

10/12/2019 / 10:00am – 4:00pm

10/12/2019 / 1:30pm

All of the above are links, so click and learn more!

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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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