Mark Your Calendar: The Museum Is Buzzing With Quilt Events

August 2023 Iowa Quiltscape

Greetings Quilt Enthusiasts!

As August sweeps across Iowa, the air in Iowa becomes charged with the anticipatory hum of the state fair. The sun-drenched fields, the aroma of funnel cakes, and the resonating laughter of fairgoers converge to create an atmosphere that is nothing short of magical.

Similarly, like the state fair our museum has transformed into a vibrant hub, welcoming visitors from every corner of the United States to immerse themselves in the captivating world of quilting.

Explore the full newsletter to ensure you’re fully immersed in what’s happening at the museum in the months to come as we have quilt a few quilt events to keep you busy!


Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts.

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There are only a few more weeks to see our current exhibit, curated by the esteemed Julie Silber, that speaks to the soul of quilting enthusiasts. The intricate stitches, the harmonious play of colors, and the artistry all converge to tell a story of comfort, tradition, and creativity. Witnessing these house quilts is like taking a stroll through the heartwarming memories of generations past, each thread woven with love and heritage.

The exhibit ends Sunday, September 10. We are hosting a complimentary Facebook Live event on August 29, more details are below!

Virtual Talk with Curator Julie Silber about the “Welcome Home. A Celebration of House Quilts” exhibit.

We are thrilled to invite you to a virtual talk with Curator Julie Silber about our current exhibit, “Welcome Home: A Celebration of House Quilts,” hosted by the Iowa Quilt Museum.

🧵 Event Details: Date: Tuesday, August 29th Time: 5:00 PM (CT) Platform: Zoom

During this hour-long session, Julie Silber will delve into the intriguing history behind the exquisite quilts that grace our exhibition. Explore the artistry, craftsmanship, and stories woven within each quilt, and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich tradition of house quilts.

This is an opportunity to connect with fellow quilting enthusiasts and learn from one of the foremost experts in the field. The best part? Participation is absolutely free!

🪡 How to Join:

  1. Mark your calendar for August 29th at 5:00 PM (your timezone).
  2. Click on this Zoom Link:
  3. Input the Meeting Passcode: 989699 (Meeting ID:827 4667 0101)
  4. Mute your audio.

Prepare to be inspired by the stories that unfold and the intricate details that make each quilt a work of art.

We can’t wait to embark on this journey with you and Curator Julie Silber. Feel free to invite friends who share your passion for quilting and artistry.

See you online on August 29th!

Kaffe Fassett: 85 and Fabulous” Exhibit

Step into a world of color and creativity as we celebrate the 85th birthday of the legendary artist, Kaffe Fassett. Prepare to be mesmerized by “Kaffe Fassett: 85 and Fabulous,” an exquisite exhibit that pays homage to the boundless imagination and artistic flair of this living icon. From Tuesday, September 12, 2023, to Sunday, December 10, 2023, immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of hues, patterns, and textures that embody Kaffe Fassett’s journey through the realms of art and design.

Prepare to be enchanted, inspired, and moved as you explore this extraordinary showcase. Whether you’re a longtime admirer of Kaffe’s work or a newcomer eager to discover his brilliance, this exhibition promises an unforgettable experience that honors the legacy of a true artistic luminary.

“I Found A Heart” at the Quilt Barn During the Covered Bridge Festival

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Covered Bridge Festival in Winterset, Iowa, a celebration that beautifully intertwines tradition and creativity.

As part of this year’s festivities, the Iowa Quilt Museum is excited to invite visitors of all ages to participate in the heartwarming “I Found A Quilted Heart” activity. Join us at “Quilt Barn”, where we’ll guide you in crafting heartfelt ornaments to share within the community. Upon creating your unique ornament, you’ll receive a special paper saying, “I Need a Home”, that allows you to share your heartfelt creation with the community. Hang your ornament in a public spot and give a little love to the stranger who finds it.

Join us at the Covered Bridge Festival and be part of this wonderful tapestry of connection and compassion. 🌉❤️🪡

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Share Your Stash Sale In November

Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Clear out your crafting corners and make room for new inspirations! Our Share Your Stash sale in November will be the perfect opportunity to exchange fabrics, patterns, and stories with fellow enthusiasts.

To ensure the success of the Share Your Stash fundraiser, we warmly welcome donations of quilting fabrics, tools, notions, and related supplies. Your contributions will be pivotal in curating future exhibits and sustaining the Iowa Quilt Museum’s growth.

Consider donating:

  • Odor-free fabric
  • Gently used books
  • Tools in good condition
  • Quilting rulers
  • Working sewing machines
  • Scraps ≥ 2.5″ x 2.5″
  • Odor-free orphan blocks

Drop off your donations at the Iowa Quilt Museum by October 15, 2023. If you need assistance, please let us know.

For those who can’t visit in person, you can mail donations to 68 E Court Ave, Winterset, IA 50273. Your support is greatly appreciated! 🪡🧵

Preserving Our Legacy

Our commitment to preserving the museum’s legacy is unswerving. As part of this endeavor, we’re undertaking the meticulous task of tuck-pointing our building, safeguarding its integrity against the intrusion of moisture and time.

Following tuckpointing, we’ll bring in mold remediators to check for mold between bricks and plaster. These unexpected expenses highlight the need for donations to our Quilting Legacy Campaign, preserving this building and our quilting heritage. Your support matters.

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 Quilt 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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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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