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.

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September 10, 2018

View workshop the next day:
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.  

Visit Catherine's website at https://catherineredford.com

October 8, 2018

View workshop the same day:
"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.

Visit Gudrun's website at https://gequiltdesigns.com

November 12, 2018

Slightly Irregular

Sue Kluber

Sue Kluber

Sue Kluber

December 10, 2018

Christmas Quilt Show & Tell

Join us for an evening of holiday spirit! We’ll enjoy treats and relaxed social time, as well as a special Show & Tell of your Christmas quilts. Everyone is welcome to bring quilts to share. They can be any size from miniature to big bed quilt, and can include tree skirts, table runners, or even your favorite quilted holiday vest.

You’ll be inspired and amazed at the things we make to celebrate.

Even your non-quilting friends will enjoy this program, so bring them, too! 

January 14, 2019

Every Quilt Has a Story

Jill Fisher

Visit Jill's blog at http://pieladyquilts.blogspot.com/

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 Jacobson

Visit Tony's blog at http://www.pieceworksquiltshop.com/blog/

May 13, 2019

View next day workshop:
"Modern Dresden"

Where Did the Dresden Come From?

Candyce Grisham Candyce Grisham quilt

Candyce Grisham

Candyce's talk will represent her journey with Dresden quilts, blocks, patterns, and more.

Visit Candy's website at http://icandyfiberart.com

June 10, 2019

View next day workshop:
"Amish Houses"

Designing Fabric and Books
Monique Jacobs

Visit Monique's blog at http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/

July 8, 2019

2018-2019 Guild Challenge

The Workshop Challenge

We will have four workshops this guild year. Two of them are pattern-based (Gudrun Erla in October and Monique Jacobs in June) and two of them are technique-based (Catherine Redford in September and Candyce Grisham in May).

This year you can enter as many as four challenge quilts, one for EACH of the workshops you attend.

Here are the rules:

  1. Your entry must be made during this guild year, based on one of the four workshops. You need to have attended the workshop to enter.
  2. Your entry can be a workshop project (specifically using the pattern as provided) or a derivative or variation of it; or it can be made using the techniques learned in the workshop.
  3. Your entry can be any size. As always it must be quilted, bound, and labeled.

All of the projects will be judged as one group, not separately by workshop. There will be two prizes awarded, one viewers’ choice and one judges’ choice. Each prize will be $50.

August 12, 2019

No meeting