Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

The evening begins at 6:00 with a joint reception
held after the Gobble Sculpture Unveiling
which takes place at 6:30 PM outside.


Exhibit features 24 Iowa artists:

Ilene Bartos, Janet Bergeron, Mary Cecil,Michelle Devine,
Karen Harris, Ann Igoe, Linda Nelson Johnson, Judy Kash,
Rebecca Kemble, Sue Kluber, Jane Knapp, Linda Knierim,
Rebecca Lowe, Judy Ludwick, Susan McIntyre, Sal Miller,
Marie Cumberford Munyon, Janet Pittman,
Wendy Read, Barbara Riggs, Lois Sheriff, Jean Taft,
Carol Trumbull and Patricia Weber.
Two small group challenges:
“Portals and Pathways”
“Obviously Three”
Another group project is
“The Plant Wall” and includes 4”x4” quilts that are attached to lattice pieces.

The Iowa Art Quilters began meeting in 2005 in Grinnell to encourage and support one another in making art quilts. A simple definition of an art quilt is “a quilt you hang on the wall” instead of a quilt you lay on the bed. Art Quilts are designed and constructed by the artist and are original. Art quilts may be abstract or representational, portraying landscapes, faces or objects, or modifying traditional quilt blocks.

Usually art quilts are considered more decorative than functional, with artists frequently using a variety of fabrics, threads and embellishments such as beads, sequins, buttons, metal, wood and other materials. Surface design, like altering the fabric itself, is a common feature. One might add or remove color using dye, paint, or bleach with brushes, stamps or stencils. Artists might go further by selectively damaging the cloth with fire or rust, or less drastically by folding, scrunching or gathering the cloth.


There are about 30 members in Iowa Art Quilters, most of whom live in central Iowa. A monthly meetings they gather to teach and learn new techniques and to share ideas for projects. Some members have formal art  education and experience, some coming from a background of sewing and quilting. Some are business women who market their work (patterns, cloth completed pieces) or receive a commission for art work. Other members are hobbyists who make art for the pleasure of creating, and several have won regional and national acclaim.

Iowa Art Quilters is open to anyone interested in quilting arts and currently live in Iowa. Beginners and advanced are welcome and can make contact through email at


Art Quilts featured above include:
“The Spirit of Many Moons” by Sue Kluber,
“Tropical Delight” by Jane Worley Knapp,
“Three Graces” by Wendy Read