Due to icy conditions and the closure of Winterset Schools, the Iowa Quilt Museum will be closed today, February 20th.

Current Exhibit

Feed Sack Quilts is on display through April 15th

This may be our most ‘colorful’ exhibit to date. Not just because of the color in the quilts, but because we’re pushing the envelope of what an exhibit looks like at the Iowa Quilt Museum. This display not only includes examples of quilts made from feed sack material but also authentic feed sacks themselves and clothing, dolls, and other utility items made from feed sacks.

Four quilts are hanging from the ceiling so that visitors can view both the fronts and the backs. The exhibit also includes fourteen custom bound volumes of curator Linzee McCray’s book, “Feedsacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric”. Many of the book bindings feature antique feed sacks and all are stunningly unique.

Future Exhibits

Playing with Purpose: A Victoria Findlay Wolfe Retrospective

April 17th – July 29th

Curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria Findlay Wolfe is an award-winning quilter, international instructor, lecturer, and author. Victoria also designs for Marcus Fabrics.


Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair

July 31st – October 14th

Curated by Virginia Berger

Each year, some of the best quilts from around the state are entered in the Iowa State Fair. This exhibit will feature Blue Ribbon Winners from the recent and more distant past.


Waste Not, Want Not

October 16th – January 27th

Curated by Virginia Berger

Resourceful quilters have a long history of making artistic quilts utilizing the smallest scraps and efficient piecing methods—adhering to the philosophy of “waste not, want not.”

Located on the south side of the town square in historic Winterset, Iowa—birthplace of John Wayne, county seat of Madison County, home of the Bridges of Madison County—our unique space occupies a storefront that was for many years a JC Penney local branch. The museum offers changing exhibits—three to four per year—of American quilts both vintage and new.

The Iowa Quilt Museum welcomes quilters, quilt lovers, history buffs, and all appreciators of American art and culture.