Iowa QuiltScape – Current Exhibit, Gift Shop, Tuesdays @12 and More!

Happy Fall! This is my first Iowa QuiltScape so I wanted to take a moment to say “hi” and tell you how wonderful it is to be here at the Iowa Quilt Museum.

With just under a month as the IQM Director I have confirmed that the quilting community is one of the most welcoming and fun groups of people. It’s such a joy to speak to our visitors and share the love of quilting with them.

Thank you for the warm welcome and I look forward to continuing the success of the museum.


Carissa Heckathorn, IQM Director

It’s Here! Mary Pemble Barton’s Quilt & Textile Legacy

To understand the nature and meaning of quilts and the women who made them, Mary Pemble Barton examined and collected patterns, fabrics, correlating fashion trends, creative processes, and women’s changing roles over time.

A quilt collector before she became a quilt maker, Mary purchased and studied quilts representing significant aspects of quilting history. She later donated her enormous research collection to educational institutions including The State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa State University, and Living History Farms so that Iowans would have access to quilts from the past.

In our exhibit, curated by Millie Kerhli, PhD, you will see some of the historical quilts from Mary’s collection, quilts made by Mary, and the first quilts that took her on a her “wild goose chase’ of quilt research, collecting and making.

This exhibit runs through November 14, 2021.

Tuesdays @ 12

We’ve heard from so many of you about how you really enjoyed the Tuesdays @ 12 chats. So, we’re bringing them back! Keep an eye out for more information and the October line-up.

If you want to browse any of our past chats, visit our YouTube channel.

IQM Membership

We know that you understand the importance of quilt-making as an important artistic legacy that must be advanced and celebrated. Now more than ever, your purchase of a supporting membership will help ensure that the Iowa Quilt Museum can continue to thrive and fulfill its mission to promote appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit museum, we value your membership and donations, and the support they provide for our mission and programs.

Take a look at our online gift shop. The perfect place to shop for you or your quilty friends! We rotate our inventory on a regular basis and add new items to the shop often. Below is just a sampling of what we offer.

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!

Covered Bridges Quilters Annual Quilt Show

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9 AM to 5 PM andSunday, October 10, 2021, 10 AM to 4 PM

Feed your love of quilts at the upcoming Covered Bridges Quilters Annual Quilt Show. The show takes place at the Winterset Elementary School located at 404 2nd Ave. Enter gym off 4th Ave. Entrance. 

Find inspiration in the quilts and:

  • Purchase raffle quilt tickets for a $1 each
  • Stock up your stash with a quilt related garage sale
  • Find handmade items at their boutique
  • Admire Quilts of Valor
  • A display of baby quilts made for NICU babies in Des Moines hospitals

$5 Admission

When you’re done at the quilt show head over to the Covered Bridge Festival on the historic square of Winterset.

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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.

If you have an event you would like to share via Iowa QuiltScape, send your information to
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