Iowa QuiltScape – New Exhibit: Here Comes the Sun

We switched exhibits this past Sunday and Monday, which is both rewarding and a bit sad as we said goodbye to our Mary Barton exhibit. We received great feedback from everyone who came to visit us these past 12 weeks. It truly was a one of a kind experience as we got to see how one woman implemented her research skills to tell the story of the quilts in her collection.

Starting today you can see our new quilt exhibit, Here Comes the Sun, which is a celebration of orange. We weren’t sure what to expect but Guest Curator Joe Cunningham, really came through in gathering a wide range of stunning quilts all using the color orange. This exhibit literally GLOWS. It’s stunning and will surely light up your winter when you come to visit us.

There are lots of volunteer hours to take down and put up our exhibits. Our board members put in many hours to make the Iowa Quilt Museum function smoothly and I send many thanks for their time and effort in helping make the exhibit changeover go smoothly.


Carissa Heckathorn, IQM Director

New Quilt Exhibit: Here Comes the Sun

Each winter, the days grow shorter, darkness envelopes more hours of the day, and color drains away from our natural landscape. Just as the ancients celebrated the winter solstice with rituals designed to encourage the sun’s return, this exhibit of 29 quilts honors the sun with a study of the color orange in both historic and contemporary quilts.

This exhibit runs through January 23, 2022.

Curated by Joe Cunningham.

Tuesdays @ 12

Our last Zoom chat was spectacular. Before we ended the call, I told everyone we would send them a recording. Well, somehow the event did not record and we believe it has something to do with the memory on our computer. Zoom validated that I did indeed hit the record button.

We will have future Tuesdays@12 and in the meantime we are working on our technology.

You can access past calls via our YouTube channel!

IQM Membership

A great way to support the Iowa Quilt Museum is to become a member. We have four different annual membership levels:

Individual/Senior Membership: $50/$45

Family/Couple Membership: $75

Donor Membership: $125

Patron Membership: $250

All memberships include free access to our Virtual Exhibits using the membership code. Visit our website for the full membership benefits.

We’ve added quite a few items to our gift shop this past month. From children’s books to decorative metal quilt blocks! It’s the perfect place to find gifts for the quilters in your life!

In addition to keeping you up-to-date on all of the happenings here at the IQM, we also use our Iowa QuiltScape messages to share quilt-related news and events happening across our great state. Check it out!

Winterset Holidays

We don’t know of any quilty happenings at this time but here is an extensive list of fun activities taking place in Winterset over the holiday season.

Festival of Lights

November 26, 2021 – 5 – 8 PM

  • Town square parade of floats all lit up for the holiday season
  • Come see Santa Claus on the last float of the parade. There will be a table on the courthouse lawn to write a letter to Santa.
  • Holiday Shopping with Local Businesses – Venture into the warm, cozy stores on the square to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list!
  • “Elf” at the Iowa Theater following the lighted parade.  FREE admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.

Small Business Saturday

November 27 – All Day

Support all local businesses on Small Business Saturday. The Winterset square is full of fun stores including our gift shop. You’ll find plenty for the people on your list.

Winter Solstice Market

December 11 & 12 – 12 – 6PM

This holiday themed market features 20 small business vendors. Vendors will be at the market on Saturday and Sunday, December 11th and 12th 12pm-6pm.

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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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