Coping with the Pandemic - Marianne Fons

I made masks, but not nearly as many as other people did, and also started a new quilt. My husband and I are moving soon from our current home to a cool storefront/apartment just off the Winterset town square, a distance of a block and a half, so I spent A LOT of time sorting through household belongings, a worthwhile process though sometimes painful. A unique thing I did was help hang a new exhibit at the Iowa Quilt Museum here in Winterset, Iowa, on April 20, when the museum was, of course, closed. The exhibit, titled "Man Made," was curated by Tony Jacobson, a talented designer in his own right, manager of Piece Works quilt shop, and a member of the IQM Board of Directors. Museum director Megan Barrett, Tony, and I did it in one day, keeping our distance (which is pretty easy when one person is on a ladder!). From then until June 1, when we reopened (with restrictions) IQM hosted several online interviews with the makers, all of them wonderful. The show ran through July 5. Visit If you can't wait to read the individual stories, you can view SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #79 by CLICKING HERE.