The Iowa Quilt Museum held several events on Saturday in honor of Doreen Speckmann. 

Speckmann’s quilts are now on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset in an exhibit entitled, “Doreen Speckmann Remembered.” The Iowa Quilt Museum is proud to be the opening institution for this display of works.

Saturday’s events began with a guided gallery walk led by Marianne Fons and Judy Martin. Both were colleagues of Speckmann, and shared several anecdotes about her life as they guided attendees around the museum. Each noted that Speckmann’s use of color reflected her larger-than-life personality.

Later that afternoon, Joyce Franklin conducted a workshop exploring the triangle patchwork units Speckmann renamed Peaky and Spike. Franklin is an accomplished teacher and owner of Piece Works Quilt Shop. 

A reception was held in the museum from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with daughter, Megan Speckmann, the guest of honor. 

Speckmann died at age 48 in July 1999 as one of the most popular quilters in America. For the past 20 years, her prizewinning quilts have been in storage in New Hampshire. 

These quilts will be on exhibit in Winterset through April 5. 

From here, the collection will go to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Textiles in Cedarburg. Some will go into the facility’s permanent collection, while others may go into collections at other museums around the country. 

To see the exhibit for yourself, visit the Iowa Quilt Museum on the Winterset square. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sundays.