Iowa QuiltScape for June 13, 2020

Limited time offer just for our email subscribers!

Because you’re amazing and we love that you’re a fan and follower of the Iowa Quilt Museum, we’ve got a deal for you—purchase your tickets to the 2020 Madison County Airing of the Quilts in the next 24 hours and we’ll throw in a complimentary pass* to the IQM! This offer is only good until 4:00pm CDT on Wednesday, June 17th, so get on it!

Tickets are just $20* and include admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum where you can view our Man Made exhibit.

(*Complimentary pass is for one single admission to the IQM and is valid through June 30th, 2021.)

All of the community exhibits will be OUTDOORS this year with plenty of space to wander (or drive) around and still maintain the recommended six feet of distance between yourself and others. 

Exhibits will be on display from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm so you can spend hours wandering leisurely through Winterset and Madison County viewing quilts, historical landmarks, and all that our lovely community has to offer. 

Once you purchase your ticket online, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Closer to June 27th, you’ll receive another email with a printable map showing the locations of all of the displays around the community. This map will also serve as your admission ticket to the Iowa Quilt Museum. We’ll also share suggestions for lunch and let you know where you can find public restroom facilities.


Remember to visit our online auction, too!

This fundraiser serves as a main source of income for the Iowa Quilt Museum. Our annual budget is supported only in part by admissions and gift shop sales. The remainder comes from private donations and grants and this annual fundraising event.

The auction offers both antique and contemporary quilts in a variety of styles, as well as some other quilt-related items. Many of the quilts in this year’s auction were made or collected by former Winterset resident, Peggy Freligh [free-lee], and donated for the auction by her husband, Dave. Remember, in addition to making beautiful bed coverings, quilts can also serve as dramatic pieces of art in a home or business.

*Because all of this year’s exhibits are outdoors, we can’t restrict viewing to just those who have a ticket. However, we hope you’ll decide to purchase a ticket in order to support the Iowa Quilt Museum so that we can keep providing quality exhibits and programming that celebrates and honors the tradition of American quiltmaking.


We’re back online Wednesday!

MAN MADE [Virtual] with Ricky Tims

Wednesday • June 17th • 11:00am CDT
online via Zoom

Although the IQM is open again (and this exhibit will be on display through July 5th), we’re continuing virtual programming in conjunction with our current exhibit, Man Made.

On Wednesday, June 17th, we’ll meet up with Ricky Tims and hear the story behind two quilts he shared for this exhibit. Join us via Zoom at 11:00 Central, to join the conversation between Ricky, exhibit curator Tony Jacobson and IQM director Megan Barrett. Participants are invited to share their comments through the chat feature during the session.

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Ricky Tims has successfully blended two diverse passions into one very unique and interesting career. He is known in the international world of quilting as a best-selling author, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher, an award-winning quilter, fabric designer, and a talented and spellbinding speaker. His quilts have been displayed worldwide and are highly regarded as excellent examples of contemporary quilts with traditional appeal.

Ricky has made quilts that have won numerous international awards. He began designing and making quilts in 1991, and was recently named as one of The Thirty Most Distinguished Quilters in the World. In 2009 he was selected (in a three-way tie) by the readers of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine as The Most Influential Person in the Quilting Industry. in 2008 he was profiled and featured on the popular television news show, CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

He maintains an extensive international schedule of teaching and speaking engagements, is co-founder and co-host of The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com) with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims – an online, subscription-based TV show for quilters. He presents three-day Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminars in select cities throughout the United States and holds week-long La Veta Quilt Retreats at his art quilt studio in the tiny mountain town of La Veta, CO. In 2010, he and Alex Anderson started a new quilting lifestyle magazine called The Quilt Life (published by AQS).

In spite of all this notoriety in the quilting industry, quilting is a relatively new interest compared to Ricky’s lifelong passion for music. He began formal music lessons at the age of three. He is a pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, music producer, and performing artist. His music is neither classical, new age, pop nor world, and yet it could fall under any of those classifications.

Ricky is passionate about quilting, and is delighted to share his experience and enthusiasm with quilters of every level of expertise. He is challenged by creativity in all forms, and encourages individuals to cultivate self-expression, reach for the unreachable, and believe in the impossible.

Don’t miss this chance to ‘Zoom’ with one of today’s most well-known quilters!


Kids visit FREE through July 5th

And we’ve got a fun scavenger hunt to do while you’re here!

We know this is going to be a unique, and somewhat tough, summer for families with kids at home. We hope that in a small way we can make things a little better by offering an inexpensive family outing!

So grab the kids, or grandkids, and come on over to see our Man Made exhibit between now and July 5th, and the kids will get in free with a paid adult. We’ve also created a fun “Search & Find” activity for kids to do while they’re looking at the quilts.

This is a preview of the Search & Find activity. When you come visit, we’ll have one printed up and ready for you!


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  1. Pat Steckman
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    Rats – I was all primed to go and getting the RV in traveling shape – then a family commitment has been tossed into the mix, Due to the distance I have to travel a come and go trip is not possible. Look forward to getting there just to see the museum again and travel the county – love it.
    I wish you success with this years event – we have had to cancel ALL of ours.

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