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

Our November speaker will be Sue Kluber.  She is an award winning textile artist from Guernsey, Iowa. Here is how she describes herself and her work:

"I feel there are enough tough and painful things going on in the world; I like to focus on the mystical magical moments that happen everyday around us—often unnoticed and unappreciated—elements we take for granted—water, trees, flora and fauna-the earth itself." I grew up in a little town of Guernsey and never left. my mother said I started drawing tadpoles developing into frogs in 1st grade and i never remember a time I didn't observe and draw or paint. I took high school art with a great teacher who interned in college under Grant Wood.she also further fueled my love of art, and after high school I still pursued painting on everything that would hold still long enough. I began learning to quilt about 1993 and a few years in began incorporating fabric paint into my pieces. I love to collage fabric-using it like paint also.

Sue creates wonderful fiber art from what most of us throw away-threads and snippets of fabric. Many of her pieces feature painted animals, faces, landscape, and abstract designs.

She was the first place winner in the Fabric Art Division of the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Des Moines in 2012 with her winning entry “Old Soldier”. In 2011 she won second place with her entry titled “Landslide”.

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

We canceled the meeting on January 14 because of risky winter weather in the area. 

But the good news is that Jill's presentation has been rescheduled. It will be the first program of the 2019-2020 year on Monday, September 9, 2019. Plan to join us then to hear from one of our most creative and productive members.

In the meantime, check out Jill's blog at http://pieladyquilts.blogspot.com/ for inspiration from both her quilts and her writing!

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

Growing up Stephanie Soebbing had one goal, to make a career out of writing. Really she just wanted to be creative, but it took some time to figure that out. She started her career as a journalist and them moved into digital marketing.

While she was pregnant with her first child, Stephanie was looking for a way out of the rat race that is the advertising agency world so she would have more flexibility to be present for her daughter.

That way out came from her first block of the month design that she was teaching to five students at her local quilt shop. She published her pattern online and combined her marketing skills with her story-telling and video production training from her journalism days and turned her blog, QuiltAddictsAnonymous.com, into a fast-growing pattern design company and fabric store.

Four years and seven block of the month designs later, those five students have turned into thousands of quilters worldwide who have been inspired by Stephanie’s designs and video tutorials. Today she works with her husband at their quilt shop Quilt Addicts Anonymous, in Rock Island, IL, and you can often see her now toddler daughter pulling bolts from shelves and asking for a new dress.

You can find more of Stephanie’s original patterns at shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com and browse dozens of free quilting tutorials at quiltaddictsanonymous/tutorials.

April 8, 2019

Let the Fabric Do the Work  Tony Jacobson quilt

Tony Jacobson

Tony Jacobson is a nationally known quilt designer and teacher. He learned to piece quilts from his grandmother when he was 10-years-old and has been creating quilts ever since. Tony’s background as an art director serves him well as he designs his creations. He and his wife, Jeanne, wrote Quilting Around Your Home in 1992. Since then many of his designs have been published in major magazines, including Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. 

Tony creates art quilts as well as more traditional ones. “The art quilts are something that I do just for myself and if someone else likes it, all the better,” says Tony. 

When not designing quilts or managing Piece Works Quilt Shop in Winterset, IA, Tony can be found teaching or giving guild presentations. He’s constantly searching for techniques to make the quilting process easier and more accurate. He also volunteers as a board member with the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Join us as Tony shows how to let the fabric do most of the work, so the finished quilt looks more intricate than the piecing needed to complete the quilt. 

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

May 13, 2019

This meeting will be held at the Coralville Public Library, Meeting Room A. It will also start earlier than usual (6:30 pm) and end at 8:30 pm. 

View next day workshop:
"Modern Dresden," which will also be held at the Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

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

This meeting will take place upstairs in the Sanctuary rather than our usual meeting space on the lower level.

View next day workshop:
"Amish Houses," which will take place at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2675 E. Washington Street,
9:00am - 4:00pm.

Designing Fabric and Books

Monique Jacobs
Monique Jacobs' quilt

Monique Jacobs

Have you ever wondered how fabric designs are developed, or how books are created from concept to publication? Monique Jacobs joins us to share her experiences designing fabric and writing books. She also brings her beautiful quilts for a trunk show.

Monique Jacobs, (formerly Dillard) of Rockford IL, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her love of quilting was nurtured by relatives in Canada, who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. She parlayed her degree in mathematics into a genuine understanding of the need for an accurate 1/4” seam, squared blocks and precise cutting. She was a regular teacher at her local quilt shop for 15 years until her budding quilt design business - Open Gate – steered her career toward a national audience. These days, you can find Monique teaching across the United States at quilt guilds and weekend retreats.

Monique has over 150 Open Gate patterns, including many published in favorite quilters’ magazines. Her 5 rulers are Fit to be Geese©, Mini Fit to be Geese©, Fit to be Quarter©, Fit to be Quarter 2.5©, Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion©. She has written 3 books with C&T Publishing, Fat Quarter Winners, Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts, and Diamond Traditions. All 3 books feature traditional, Americana-inspired fat quarter quilts. She finds inspiration for her traditional designs everywhere. Several trips to Europe have resulted in beautiful quilt pattern designs, as well as her fabric collections with Maywood Studio. Her latest fabric collection, Coastal Chic Batiks, came out in May, 2018.

You can find Monique at http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/
Facebook: OpenGateQuilts
Instagram: @Opengatequilts
Website: OpenGateQuilts.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