Just a short scenic drive from Des Moines via Interstates 80 or 35, Winterset is a picturesque and historic community. The Iowa Quilt Museum is located on the South side of the town square in a building that used to house a JC Penney store.
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10:00 – 5:00 Monday – Saturday
12:00 – 4:00 Sunday
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday.
If Winterset Community Schools close for inclement weather, we will also close.
$6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children (ages 3-12)
Admission for Groups of 20+ is $5 per visitor. In order to secure adequate staffing, we greatly appreciate advanced notice of group tours.
Quilts of Valor Salute
April 16th – July 7th, 2019
This exhibit includes seventeen Quilts of Valor made especially for display at the IQM. Each pattern is featured in the recently published book, Quilts of Valor: A 50 State Salute. Also on display, “Old Glory” quilts from the collection of Mary Kerr, each a vintage, patriotic top recently quilted by invited longarmers.
Stitched Through Time: A History of Quilting
July 9th – September 29th, 2019
The art of quilting has evolved over hundreds of years, often impacted by shifts in social class and advances in technology. This exhibit explores the progression of quilts and quilting over the course of history—examining its basic materials, its most rudimentary tools, and current-day gadgets.
Liz & Marianne’s Homecoming: A Fons & Porter Retrospective
October 1st, 2019 – January 5th, 2020
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 will be inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN. To celebrate this honor, IQM will exhibit favorite works from these two hometown legends.
Doreen Speckmann Retrospective
January 7th – April 5th, 2020
On display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999, this exhibit will feature quilts by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann.
April 7th – July 5th, 2020
In a woman-dominated artistic field, this exhibit will feature quilts made by men.
Out of Control
July 7th – October 4th, 2020
Wild quilts from the collections of Barbara Brackmann and Deb Rowden.