Virtual Iowa Quiltscape

Join us each Tuesday at Twelve (CST) via Zoom.

Some programs will focus on our exhibit, String Theory, and feature the artists and lenders who have contributed to the exhibit. Other programs will highlight various aspects of quilt life in Iowa!
February 23rd – Millie Kehrli, Mary Barton’s Textile Legacy
March 2 – Sujata Shah & Ann Brauer, contributors to String Theory
March 9 – Mary Fons & Jody Sanders, Quilt Publication

To Join the Zoom meeting, click on the following link, or type the Meeting ID into Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/94395735155
Meeting ID: 943 9573 5155

We will use the SAME meeting link for ALL of our Virtual Iowa Quiltscape sessions – each Tuesday at Twelve. If you have questions about how to join the Zoom meeting, email or call us—director@IowaQuiltMuseum.org or 515-462-5988.

If you find benefit and enjoyment from our online programs, please consider making a financial donation the Iowa Quilt Museum.


Past Programs of the Virtual Iowa Quiltscape

February 23rd with Millie Kehrli: Mary Barton’s Textile Legacy

February 9th with Nancy Roth of the Kalona Historical Village

January 26th with Carol Bodensteiner, Melanie McNeil, Diane Murtha & Jessica Plunkett

January 12th with Tangular Irby, author of Pearl and her Gee’s Bend Quilt

Find more recordings of our past programs on our YouTube Channel!



Twisted Threads: The Significance of String

Saturday • February 27th • 10:00am – Noon CST
ONLINE CLASS with Sarah Nishiura • $10

On the occasion of the Iowa Quilt Museum’s wonderful exhibition of string quilts let’s take some time to consider actual string. From its earliest invention by our Neanderthal ancestors, to its prevalence in mythologies of all cultures, string is the foundation of human technology and the fuel of human imagination. The first half of this 2 hour lecture/workshop will explore the ways that string permeates our lives through history, language, technology, and myth. In the second hour, we will return our focus to quilts. After a technical introduction to methods for string piecing, we will explore the infinite possibilities of the technique with fun design exercises and a look at some of the brilliant ways that quiltmakers have employed the humble, scrappy technique to produce dazzling results.

This online class will be taught by Sarah Nishiura, a contributor to our String Theory exhibit. Sarah grew up in Detroit and now lives in Chicago, where she uses traditional techniques to craft one-of-a-kind quilts from her own designs. Sarah learned to sew from her mother and learned to love geometry from her father. From her grandparents, who were great builders, painters, stitchers, weavers and gardeners, she learned that making things is one of the greatest imperatives, privileges and pleasures in life.