On Display Now at the IQM
A Fons & Porter Homecoming
Current Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sundays 12-4
Due to the special event on Friday, October 4th, the IQM will open to the public at Noon.
The world of quilting has been brought into the homes of millions in the US and abroad by two women who learned to quilt in Winterset, IA—Liz Porter and Marianne Fons. Their career took them from a mid-1970s beginning class at the ISU Extension office on the town square, to teaching others locally, writing best-selling quilt books, teaching and lecturing nationally, hosting a how-to program (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) nationwide on public television, and ownership of the most popular quilting magazine in the world. In July 2019, the duo was inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN.
Special Events with Liz Porter & Marianne Fons
Thursday, October 3rd • 11:00am – Noon
Join Liz & Marianne on a guided tour through their homecoming exhibit. The duo will share the stories behind the quilts and anecdotes about their making.
Tickets – $10, includes admission to the museum
Our Love of Quilting Q&A
Thursday, October 3rd • 4:00 – 5:00pm
Hear Liz & Marianne share some of the stories from their years teaching the world to quilt and what they’ve been up to since. Megan Barrett, director at the Iowa Quilt Museum, will lead the discussion and your questions are welcome.
Tickets – $15, includes a small popcorn with real butter!
Exhibit Opening Reception
Thursday, October 3rd • 6:00 – 8:00pm
Tour the exhibit, visit with Liz & Marianne and enjoy refreshments.
No Admission Charge
Brunch with Liz & Marianne
Friday, October 4th • 11:00am
Join Marianne & Liz for brunch as they reminisce and share stories of how they built their business from two moms teaching quilting classes in Winterset to teaching across the country and publishing the most widely-circulated quilting magazine in the world.
Tickets – $25, includes light brunch
Tickets for all events except the brunch can be purchased at the door if space remains.
“Thank You” to our sponsors
The Iowa QuiltScape
Central Iowa Textile Artists Show
Ankeny Art Center
October 1st – November 27th
There will also be a reception for this exhibit on October 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Attend this reception at 5:00 and if you’re on the road by 6:00, you can get to Winterset for the second half of the reception here at the Iowa Quilt Museum.
Covered Bridge Quilters Show
During Covered Bridge Festival
Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th
Winterset Elementary Gymnasium
The annual Covered Bridge Quilters Quilt Show is held in the gymnasium at Winterset Elementary School during the Covered Bridge Festival. Just off the festival grounds to the southwest, the address is 404 South 2nd Avenue, Winterset, IA. The cost is $5 admission at the door each day.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, October 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday, October 13
The 2019 Covered Bridge Quilters Quilt Show will feature:
- Raffle Quilt
- Exhibit featuring quilts made by CBQ members
- Display of baby quilts for NICU Baby Quilt Project
- Items for sale, made by members
- Bargain area featuring remnants
For more information, visit https://coveredbridgequilters.com.
A Special Opportunity for Quilt Guilds…
Meet the Teachers Event
Do you belong to a quilt guild? If so, gather your guild leadership together a let them know about this opportunity!
Earlier this year, we introduced a new program for quilt guilds to become supporting members of the Iowa Quilt Museum. Membership cost is a sliding scale based upon the size of the guild. In addition to supporting the Iowa Quilt Museum and our mission of promoting appreciation of the American quilt and the art of quilting, there are some perks for guilds that are supporting members.
One of those perks is happening in a few weeks, our “Meet the Teachers” event. At this event, a luncheon on Friday, October 18th, we will gather a slate of teachers who would love to visit your guild in the coming year. Each teacher will have three minutes to share about his or her program and at the end of the event, attendees will receive a compilation of the teachers’ contact information. This is an excellent opportunity for your guild’s program chair!