At the Iowa Quilt Museum through April 5, 2020, a celebration of the life and quilts of Doreen Speckmann.

"This colorful exhibit features works by noted teacher Doreen Speckmann, the quilts on display for the first time since her untimely death in 1999. Known for her wit & wisdom, as well as her teaching and publishing, Doreen led quilting cruises and used the world she explored as inspiration for her original designs." - Iowa Quilt Museum

The museum will be hosting some special events for the exhibit. They've provided the following:

On Saturday, March 7th, we will host three special events to celebrate Doreen and her impact on the quilting world.

At 10:30 am, Marianne Fons & Judy Martin will lead a guided gallery walk.

From 12:30 - 4:30, Joyce Franklin, owner of Piece Works Quilt Shop here in Winterset, will lead a class called  Meet Peaky & Spike. Participants will create a table runner from one of Doreen's patterns.

At 5:00, we'll hold a reception which is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, I'll make a few remarks as will Megan, and we'll recognize any of Doreen's family & former colleagues who are present. 

Don't know Doreen? Click here to find out about this wonderful lady and pioneer in the quilting world.

(photo: Iowa Quilt Museum)


#6 Melinda Capozza 2020-03-06 13:14
Doreen was definitely one of a kind.
I wish someone, somewhere, would do an exhibit honoring Mary Ellen Hopkins (dec.2013) who was an amazingly creative & talented teacher, author, designer, quiltmaker. She had a good influence on many quilters.
#5 micheleinla 2020-03-02 19:53
Doreen was a wonderful teacher - in a one day class, she taught me so much more than what was listed as the class description. She empowered me to follow my creative thoughts in my quilts. Such a wonderful lady - wish I was in Iowa to be able to see the exhibit.
#4 MaryParks 2020-02-25 20:29
Doreen was the first person who made me know I might be able to piece. When she passed my friend and I decided to make a star quilt in her honer. Doreen liked stars. Some of my fabric is in my friends quilt and some of hers is in mine.Thanks you Doreen. We miss you.
#3 NDprairiechick 2020-02-25 08:56
Doreen taught at our guild many years ago. I, too, have her Peaky and Spike templates and still use them. Her quilts are as innovative today as they were when she designed them!
#2 Ann Rippel 2020-02-24 16:23
Love Iowa. My husband was born raised on a farm.
We toured around most of state, what is interesting is that most if not all towns, cities, hamlets have a museum. I stopped in Libraries that have quilt shows it is lovely.
#1 Linda D 2020-02-24 10:11
I remember Doreen. I can't remember exactly (it's been since the "dark ages") but I think she came to my guild and did a lecture. I must have been impressed by her and her techniques, if I bought the templates. Pennies were really tight when I started quilting back then. I think I will pull out my box with my Peaky and Spike templates and make something while thinking of her. This exhibit looks like a nice way to remember her. Wish I lived closer so I could come see and participate. I'm sure she will be smiling and looking down, laughing along with all the fond memories we have of her.
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