Iowa QuiltScape for September 27th, 2019

On Display through Sunday

Stitched Through Time: A History of Quilting

Current Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-4

This weekend is your last chance to catch this stunning exhibit dedicated to the history and progression of quilting in America.

Coming Soon to the Iowa Quilt Museum

A Fons & Porter Homecoming

October 1, 2019 through January 4, 2020
Special Events on October 3rd and 4th

On Tuesday, we’ll open an exhibit honoring two of our hometown legends whose careers impacted the quilting world in a BIG way. In July, Marianne Fons & Liz Porter were inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame and soon it will be our turn to acclaim their achievements through a display of their quilts in the town where they started their quilting journey together.

The IQM will be closed on Monday, September 30th, for exhibit installation.


Gallery Walk • at the Iowa Quilt Museum
Thursday, October 3rd • 11:00am – Noon
Join Liz & Marianne on a guided tour through their homecoming exhibit. The duo will share the stories behind the quilts and anecdotes about their making.
Tickets – $10, includes admission to the museum

Our Love of Quilting • The Iowa Theater
Thursday, October 3rd • 4:00 – 5:00pm
On the stage at the Iowa Theater, one of Marianne’s post-LOQ projects, hear Liz & Marianne share some of the stories from their years teaching the world to quilt and what they’ve been up to since. Megan Barrett, director at the Iowa Quilt Museum, will lead the discussion and your questions are welcome.
Tickets – $15, includes a small popcorn with real butter!

Exhibit Opening Reception • Iowa Quilt Museum
Thursday, October 3rd • 6:00 – 8:00pm
Tour the exhibit, visit with Liz & Marianne and enjoy refreshments.
No Admission Charge

Brunch with Liz & Marianne • Iowa Quilt Museum
Friday, October 4th • 11:00am
Join Marianne & Liz for brunch as they reminisce and share stories of how they built their business from two moms teaching quilting classes in Winterset to teaching across the country and publishing the most widely-circulated quilting magazine in the world.
Tickets – $25, includes light brunch

Tickets for all events except the brunch can be purchased at the door if space remains.

“Thank You” to our sponsors

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The Iowa QuiltScape

We Color the World Quilt Show

September 26th – 28th
Cultural Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Show Hours: 9:00 to 6:00 on Thursday and Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday
One of the Raffle Quilts Available at the 2019 DMAQG “We Color the World” show.

The 37th annual quilt show of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild is happening this weekend at the Cultural Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“We Color the World” is the theme of this year’s show. The third floor of the Cultural Center will be filled with more than 400 quilts created by the group’s members. Dozens of vendors from several states will be displaying and selling their goods on the first and second floors, including our Gold Level Sponsors: APQS, Bernina-Woodside Quilting, Gruber’s Quilt Shop, Off the Rails Quilting, The Iowa Quilt Block, and The Woolen Needle. Several special exhibits will be on display, including a “We Color the World” collection of treasured quilts; a “Color Me with Wool” exhibit; and the President’s Challenge quilts.

Free demonstrations and quilt turnings will take place throughout the three-day event. A “Little Quilt Silent Auction” features numerous little quilts and treasures created by members. This year’s raffle offers not one, but two colorful member-created quilts. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 at the door. Shuttles will be available between the parking areas and the quilt show. The three floors of the Cultural Center will be fully accessible by two sets of elevators and several stairways. Find more information on the DMAQG website or follow Des Moines Area Quilters Guild on Facebook.

Central Iowa Textile Artists Show

Ankeny Art Center
October 1st – November 27th

There will also be a reception for this exhibit on October 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Attend this reception at 5:00 and if you’re on the road by 6:00, you can get to Winterset for the second half of the reception here at the Iowa Quilt Museum.

A Special Opportunity for Quilt Guilds…

Meet the Teachers Event

Do you belong to a quilt guild? If so, gather your guild leadership together a let them know about this opportunity!

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 do still have a few spots open. Contact museum director, Megan Barrett, at

Thank you for reading Iowa QuiltScape.
Get out and enjoy some quilts!

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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