It’s December! Show Your Orange!

It’s the holiday season and the Iowa Quilt Museum is decked out in orange. We’re running a fun social media campaign ‘Show Your Orange’ where all of you get to show us your orange quilts. Read more about it below.

Our gift shop is also full of inventory so you can purchase fun items for the quilters in your life. Not a quilter? No quilters in your life? That’s okay, we also have a variety of handmade quilt items that are sure to impress your loved ones this holiday season.

We’ve also been busy planning online content for you so check out what we have going on and be sure to register!


Carissa Heckathorn, IQM Director

Show Your Orange

We want to see your orange quilts!Our current exhibit, Here Comes the Sun, is a celebration of Orange and we want to take this celebration beyond our gallery. We would love to post your orange quilts from now until January 23. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of 5 individual memberships to the Iowa Quilt Museum.

Send me an email at and share the following information:

🧵 Width and Length of Quilt

🧵 Maker Name

🧵 Quilter Name

🧵 Date Made or Timeframe

🧵 Name of Quilt (if applicable)

🧵 Pattern name (if applicable)

🧵 PHOTO of your quilt!

🧵 QUILT STORY – What inspired you? Why’d you choose the pattern, fabrics? Why’d you buy the quilt? History of quilt? Have fun with the story and it doesn’t have to be long. Share anything you find interesting about the quilt whether you’re the maker, collector, or gift recipient.

Send Carissa Heckathorn an email at

Here Comes the Sun – Virtual Exhibit

It’s winter and it is cold. We understand when the weather prevents you from coming to visit us in person. So, here is the next best thing. Our current exhibit is now available in video format. It costs $8 for non-members and is free to our members (you’ll get an email with your code).

The holidays have arrived and we have ALL the stocking stuffers for the quilter in your life. If you’re the quilter in your life, make sure to share this with that special someone trying to figure out what to stuff your stocking with!

Tuesdays @ 12 – Iowa Virtual Quiltscape

A Talk with Joe Cunningham

Let’s chat over Zoom with Joe Cunningham, curator of our current exhibit Here Comes the Sun. Joe has been a professional quilt artist since 1979 and has written many books, been seen on TV, and performs his own musical quilt show for guilds and theaters nationwide. We will definitely have to ask more about this one!

January 11, 2022 at Noon Central Standard Time.

Quilt Collectors: The How and The Why

We’ve invited three quilt collectors from our current exhibit Here Comes the Sun to come and share how they became collectors and their experiences in collecting quilts. Go to the event page to learn more about our guests.

Give the Gift of Membership

Give or ask for an annual membership to the Iowa Quilt Museum this holiday. It’s the kind of gift you can use all year! Membership to IQM gives you the joy and inspiration only a quilt exhibit can provide. In more tangible terms, you receive:

  • Free admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum for member
  • 1 single use guest pass
  • 10% discount in gift shop & on classes (excludes consigned fabric items)
  • Free access to Virtual exhibit
  • Iowa Quilt Museum logo pin, magnet, bookmark or nail file


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.

Historic Square Living Windows

It’s the holidays which means it’s time for living windows in the shops around the historic Winterset Square this Friday, December 10 from 5-7 PM. This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World.

Yes, the Iowa Quilt Museum is participating and we’re celebrating chocolate, books and cold weather. Marianne Fons and Annette Wilden, both board members of the IQM, are going to be reading and eating for all to see. Can you guess what country tradition we’re celebrating?

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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