Each year the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) catalog inspires gardeners nationwide to grow and save hundreds of unique, open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower varieties. In 2022, the SSE catalog inspired a different but every bit as creative group — the NorthEast Iowa Quilters’ Guild (NEIQG). This April the public is invited to view the results of that inspiration at Heritage Farm, SSE’s headquarters outside Decorah.
The NEIQG “Seed Savers Challenge” quilt exhibition will be on display daily April 15-24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at SSE’s Lillian Goldman Visitors Center located at 3074 North Winn Road near Decorah. The exhibition is free of charge; the quilts are not for sale at this time.
The exhibit will showcase 26 quilts varying in size from 12” x 12” to 72” x 81” – all made in 2022 as part of the NEIQG’s Seed Savers Exchange challenge project. Each participant chose a photo from the 2021 SSE catalog as inspiration; entries could be based on color or shape and be as literal or abstract as the quilter wished.
The exhibition will also travel to the Minnesota Quilters State Show in St. Cloud, Minn., in June 2023.