Sunday, July 12, 2020

Out of Control Exhibit: Iowa Quilt Museum

Deb Rowden & I have hung our show at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset. The theme is Out of Control: Quilts That Break the Rules.

We explained the rules and how to break them in the labels.

We borrowed quilts from friends with great collections,
like Julie Silber.

And Scott Heffley

Deb and stacks
But we had plenty of our own to show.
There are about 30 quilts on the walls.

There will be digital programming and a catalog. I'll keep you posted.
I made a 6 minute video and posted it on my Facebook page. I still have a lot to learn about videos besides they take up a lot of digital space. If it goes too fast you can hit the pause button.

The exhibit is up until October 4, 2020. The museum is open and quite
safe to visit. Here's a link:


  1. OMG - I love these! Thank you for doing this exhibit. We need more of these!

    The Quilt Police must be clutching their pearls and having conniptions and palpitations.

    There are some great examples of real creativity here....

  2. I wish the road to Iowa Museum was not long. I would have loved to come and see this exhibit in person. Glad I got to get a glimpse of it when I did!

  3. I love these quilts! They 'tell' more interesting stories than perfect quilts. Perhaps a sub title might be Free Spirt Quilts: Quilt Makers unfettered by Rules!

  4. Very interesting! And I LOVED the photo of that "unhappy" little girl, all dolled up for the camera. Brought back my own not-so-fond memories of how our mother dressed us up for church every Sunday morning ... ugh, those awful itchy ole crinolines!

  5. I had a friend who stopped in and got to watch some of the exhibit going up. She was so thrilled! These look like great quilts. I wonder what their friends said at the time. Always good to be an outlier, I think. Thanks for sharing these!

  6. Oh they were too good to miss! I love the churkendoose bird or pterodactyl even!

  7. Love the exhibit, wish I could go,. The first quilt pictured makes me think that maybe it was made for a bed with foot-posts and the lady didn't want to have to fuss when making the bed. That is what I'd do.

  8. this is super inspirational. I also have trouble with "pieces too small" and I almost always change my mind about a quilt top once I am in the process of constructing it. Love these examples

  9. Love it! And as inspirational as well done quilts are, somehow these strike me as even more so. As in "that's not a mistake - it's an opportunity for creative problem solving". Or "rules? we don't need no stinkin' rules".

  10. "Pieces Too Small to Save" sounds like a great title for a book or exhibit....

  11. I have to admit that rogue quilts are my favorites. What a great exhibition of free thinking.

  12. The perfect quilt show for these wacky times. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I thoroughly enjoyed this post - these quilts just put a smile on my face!

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