Old Capitol Quilters Guild
Iowa City, Iowa


Meetings: Held the second Monday of each month, September through July (no meeting in August).
Location:  Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2301 E. Court St. (corner of 1st Ave. and Court St.), in Iowa City.
Meeting times: 7:00 PM, unless noted otherwise.
Please join us! Click here for directions.

Each monthly meeting includes a program designed to inform and inspire. Programs generally begin at the conclusion of a business meeting and show and tell. Speakers are often nationally or regionally known quilt artists, designers, and teachers. Other months the program might focus on community service, challenge quilts, or programs presented by members of the Guild.

September 10, 2018

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Embroidery & Big Stitch Quilting

Lessons Learned While Quilting

Catherine Redford
Catherine Redford example

Catherine Redford

Our OCQG schedule starts anew with Catherine’s evening presentation, “Lessons Learned While Quilting,” which she describes as “My life as a quilter — not always serious, but definitely informative — a fun time of quilts and inspiration.”  

Catherine Redford moved from London, England, to Naperville, Illinois in 1995. In1998 she discovered quilting, began taking classes, then later teaching classes, and now teaches and speaks to guilds around the country. She is an author of quilting books and a contributor to quilting magazines.  

She describes her style as “eclectic” and is best known for her originality and innovation in the methods she uses to complete her projects, particularly in the realm of embellishment and free-motion quilting. Her diverse interests in world folk art design and embellishment, modern quilt design, and personalized machine quilting — plus any combination of the three — makes her style unique. She encourages her students to try all the processes involved in finishing a quilt.  

October 8, 2018

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"Lupine & Aurora"

Quilts of Iceland
Gudrun Erla

Gudrun Erla

Gudrun was born and raised in Iceland and didn't start quilting until the age of 23. She has owned and run quilt shops in Iceland and, since 2003, has been designing full time, publishing patterns, and writing books from her home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Gudrun loves to take traditional ideas and put a little bit of a modern spin on them. Her "quilt as you go" as well as patterns for precuts have been very popular with easy to follow instructions and quilt assembly and finishing.

Gudrun travels to teach and lecture both nationally and internationally year round and secorts quilting tours to Iceland and other areas each year.

November 12, 2018

Slightly Irregular
Sue Kluber

December 10, 2018

Christmas Quilt Show & Tell

January 14, 2019

Every Quilt Has a Story

Jill Fisher

February 11, 2019

8:30 am set-up,
9:00 am start
Lunch on your own


Service Day

The annual "sew-in" day is a favorite among many members of the OCQG. Instead of meeting in the evening, we will gather in the morning at our usual spot and, under guidance from the Service Committee, spend the day working on quilts and other items for donation to charitable organizations. 

The official start time is 9:00 am, but the committee plans to begin setting up tables at 8:30 am and you are welcome to come early and help get things ready.

Bring your machine and basic sewing supplies--but there will also be non-sewing jobs if you prefer not to sew. The guild has extension cords and power strips, but if you can bring one we may need extra.

We will have cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons boards, and irons. We have quilt top kits that are cut and redy to sew and also kits that are ready for quilting.

Lunch will be on your own, so bring a sack lunch or you may go out. If you would like to, please bring a dessert or snack to share.

Come stitch with us as your time permits!

Questions? Contact the service committee 

March 11, 2019

Simple Quilts for the Modern Home
Stephanie Soebbing

April 8, 2019

Let the Fabric Do the Work  
Tony Jacobsen


May 13, 2019

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"Modern Dresden"

Where Did the Dresden Come From?
Candyce Grisham


June 10, 2019

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"Amish Houses"

Designing Fabric and Books
Monique Jacobs

July 8, 2019

2018-2019 Guild Challenge

Theme to be announced.

August 12, 2019

No meeting