New Exhibit – Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts.

July 2023 Iowa Quiltscape

It’s summer and we love seeing visitors from all over the country! Here in Iowa, the corn is well past our knees. At the museum, we experienced another successful Iowa Quilt Festival, installed a new exhibit, and are getting the front of our building tuck pointed.  

Our new neighbor, Dutch Country General Store, is now open so come see our exhibit, shop in our Gift Shop, and go visit next door!


Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts.

Our new exhibit Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts, celebrates the home with one of the most popular quilt blocks: houses.

Artists have long depicted Houses on walls, on canvas, in wood, fiber, and whatever was at hand.  The image has been used to symbolize beginning, anchor, woman, security, family, privacy (our separation from the public world), and more.  

The house is a frequent element in School Girl Samplers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Quilt makers, too, occasionally worked individual interpretations of Houses into their quilts before the end of the 19th century.  A few of those early examples are included in this exhibition.  

In the 1890s, commercial patterns for the House design appeared in newspapers and magazines in increasing numbers – and a trend was born!  Over the next decades, House and Schoolhouse quilts began to pop up in large numbers and in a host of variations. 

Make plans to visit Winterset, IA to experience our gallery featuring these vintage and new quilts. This exhibit was curated by Julie Silber, a well-known lecturer, author, and curator with more than fifty years of experience collecting, selling, appraising, and studying quilts. The oldest quilt in this exhibit is from the 1850s and the newest is from 2023. 

Iowa Quilt Festival 2023

If you missed it, you can make plans for 2024. Save the date for June 5-8, 2024, and get the full quilt experience with classes, lectures, a retreat, and the Airing of the Quilts finale. 

We thank everyone who attended the 2023 event and hope you had a great time. This was the second year we offered a retreat and classes. It was the first time we brought in a national name, and we are very happy with the experience and excitement created by Ricky Tims joining us in Winterset, IA. 

Check out the photos from the event and mark your calendar for 2024. We are already planning and hope to start sharing more details in the coming months.

Honor the Legacy 

We’re almost halfway to our $20,000 fundraising goal! Our anonymous donor is matching up to $20,000 so make sure to double your dollars by donating today. 

We recently found out we have moisture coming through our bricks into our upstairs area. Your donations will help us hire a tuck pointing professional to maintain our historical building with a rich history here in Winterset. Even more importantly it helps us continue to honor the quilting legacy with ongoing exhibits featuring well-known and emerging quilt artists. 

Please give today and support the future of the quilting legacy.

You can also call us, and we can take a donation over the phone. Make sure to ask for our Carissa Heckathorn. You can also mail a check to 68 E Court Ave, Winterset, IA 50273.

Krazy Days Sidewalk Sale

The summer sidewalk sale is happening Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. Stores around the historic square in Winterset, IA will have tables outside with discounted merchandise. Come see our latest exhibit and check out our used book sale and then visit the other stores in town. 

Facebook Live

If you want to see more of our current exhibit, join us on Facebook, Thursdays at 9 AM Central Time. Our director, Carissa Heckathorn, will share one of the stories of the quilts in our “Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts.” exhibit. 

Join us on Facebook.

New in our Gift Shop

We have some great new items in our Gift Shop. Purchase in our online shop!

Tula Pink Project Bags

There are multiple options for sizing, including a large bag with a corner zipper to hold finished tops with their backing. A great way to take your project to the quilter! 

The Art of Make Do Quilting by Mary Kerr

Vintage is gold to contemporary quilters, and for good reason. This guide from the quilt world’s expert in vintage shares the how-tos, inspirations, and ideas to make your project work!

Birds in the Air by Frances Dowell

With Birds in the Air, Frances O’Roark Dowell (winner of the Edgar Award, the William Allen White Award and the Christopher Medal) has created a warm, funny novel about fitting in, falling out and mending frayed relationships one stitch at a time.

In Memory of Members of the Quilting Community

We are extremely appreciative of the Memorial donations we receive at the Iowa Quilt Museum and have pondered the best way to honor these gifts. 

For every exhibit we will share the names of those we’ve received donations in memory of both on our social media channels and our Current Exhibit website page. 

For our “Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts.” exhibit we take a moment for the following quilters and quilt appreciators. 

❤Alice Bartelt of Titonka, IA. Alice loved the art of quilting and crafting and sold at many craft sales in Northern Iowa. Alice was the Mother-In-Law of our friend Gloria Bartelt (Gaylene Blankers’ sister) and the Mother of her husband Brian. 

❤Jerry and Leslie Seley both loved visiting Winterset. Leslie was an excellent quilter and shared many of her talents with me, Jo Ann Walser. Jerry is one of Jo Ann’s favorite cousins. 

❤Shirley Rinderknecht and Katie Miller were both members of the East Iowa Heirloom Quilters Guild. Both were very active in the guild and this is a donation of which they would approve. 

❤Cindy Kaufman of Fort Dodge, IA. Cindy was a quilt maker, designer, teacher, and quilter, and owned The Family Quilt Shop in Fort Dodge.

If you’d like to give a memorial gift in the name of your loved one, please contact us at 515-462-5988 or

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!

Quilt Events in Iowa

East Iowa Heirloom Quilters “Quilts for All Seasons” quilt show is taking place July 21-22, 2023 at College Community School District’s Prairie High School Gymnasium, Cedar Rapids Iowa.

*Judged Quilt Show – over 400 quilts, Raffle Quilt, Featured Quilter, Two trunk shows by Scott Flanagan: 1:00 pm on Friday and 11:00 am on Saturday
*Gift Baskets for Sale, Quilts For Sale, Boutique, Merchants Mall, Sharing Our Skills Sew-in
*Quilts of Valor and the Quilts of Valor Presentation

Dates and Times:
July 21- 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
July 22 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

$10.00 at the door (good for the whole show)

Prairie High School
401 76th Ave
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

13th Annual Garden Quilt Show at Reiman Gardens Hosted by the Iowa Quilters Guild

Join the Iowa Quilt Guild for the annual Garden Quilt Show at Reiman Gardens August 25-27. Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM on Sunday. Free lecture Friday will be back with a day full of great presentations.

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