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 11, 2017

Same day workshop:
Twisted Star

New Fangled Piecing

Cathy Busch

"A bad day quilting is better than a good day doing anything else."

Cathy's earliest days were not spent quilting but rather in stringing buttons for a neighbor lady. She later learned to sort the buttons by color, by shape, or by the number of holes. This experience in classification and organization led to a masters degree in mathematics education which, combined with her creative spirit, drew her to traditional pieced blocks and finding ways to adapt the blocks to create unique quilts.

Her programs range from the technical or the humorous aspects of quilting. Her workshops are designed with a technical component while strongly encouraging participants to explore their creativity.

Cathy's fun and innovative techniques will have you looking at quilt blocks in a whole new way. Her strategies of eliminating seams and substituting easy-to-sew units, along with block construction methods, will streamline your quiltmaking.

Inspired by the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver, and the witticisms of baseball great Yogi Bera, this program will explore techniques that reduce traditional patchwork down to its basic essentials. You'll see alternative ways to cut and sew blocks to make piecing faster and easier. (Note: No actual nudity in this program.)

October 9, 2017

Fabric Collage: The View Out My Window
Rebecca Kobos

Rebecca taught art in Iowa City for 16 years. Now that she is retired she splits her time between Lansing, Iowa, with views of the Mississippi River, and Bradenton, Florida, just a bike ride to the Gulf Coast beaches. Rebecca draws inspiration from each of these unique and varied locations. She is currently working on weaving and sur-face design on fiber and clay. Rebecca also enjoys spinning, painting, and collaborating with her husband on ceramic pieces.

Rebecca’s main interest is fabric collage, “fabric sketches,” made by combining hand-dyed and commercial fab-rics, and then drawing into them with free motion stitching. Some of her favorite images include landscapes, cats, birds, plants, faces, and geometric patterns. Her work can be seen in several galleries and art centers in Iowa, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Rebecca is a member of the Surface Design Guild, Sarasota, and the Manasota Weavers Guild.

Her presentation on October 9th will include:
— How I Choose My Images
— Where and How I Work - My Studio Space
— Mini-Sketches - Card Designs
— My Newest Work

November 13, 2017

Same day workshop:
Invisible Zig Zag Applique

Traditional Roots — Modern Interpretations
Jenifer Dick

Award winning quilt maker and author Jenifer Dick will take you on a 20+ year quilted retrospective from her traditional roots to the transition to modern quiltmaking. We'll discuss the "official" characteristics of modern quilting and see examples of quilts that may or may not be modern based on those characteristics — you decide! Jenifer also shares design tips and ideas with you so you can add a touch of modern to your projects!

Jenifer Dick began quilting in 1993 when on a whim she signed up for a beginning quiltmaking class. From that first stitch she was hooked. In 2003, she started teaching and lecturing at quilt shops and guilds, and shortly after, published her first book, Grapefruit Juice and Sugar.

She is the author of five quilt books with a new one on the way in Spring 2018, and her work has been published in many other books and magazines. Her pattern company, Everyday Stitches, produces quality quilt patterns for all skill levels.

Jenifer lives in Harrisonville, Mo., with her husband and 2 cats. Look for her online:

December 11, 2017

Paying It Forward — Giving Back

Our December meeting will highlight the many charitable activities we routinely do as part of our ongoing commitment to the communities in which we live and work.

We will feature the Service Committee and their leadership in gathering us all together to make the hundreds of items we give away yearly.

Pam Ehrhardt will have pillowcase patterns for anyone who wants to be a part of our continuing project to provide pillowcases for Shelter House.

Pam will also discuss the Days for Girls project, her role in it, and how we can all get involved.  We’ll watch a video which will illuminate how this project has changed the lives of young women in third-world countries and how positively it impacts their opportunity for education. 

Afterward we’ll honor member Nancy Sweet who passed away on May 24, 2017, and share “sweets” in her memory.

January 8, 2018

Translating Life into Textiles

Astrid Bennett

Astrid Bennett provides insight into her creative process and a hints about what we will be hearing from her during her presentation in January:

"I’m happiest with a brush in my hand, and textile art allows me a large-scale, exuberant canvas. Although visually abstract, my work constantly mines the daily life experiences of family, society and the natural world, with a hefty dose of music to guide the hand.  This is why I titled my presentation, Translating Life into Textiles.

"As a violinist, painting and printing fabrics is a bit like improvising or playing an instrument. There’s an immediacy, a give-and-take in the process. I may have an idea when I start but I always end up with something different. For me, some composers really inspire color, like Shostakovich, whose music matches the way I like to paint. 

"Recently I have also started The Drawing Sessions, a series of drawings from the natural world around me. These are transferred to cloth substrates for further dye work, or become small or larger mixed media paintings on fabric. Sometimes they form the basis for new silkscreen prints. Often, they end up as the basis for art quilts.

"Trained as a printmaker, my interest in art began in childhood, and textile art is the natural synthesis. I have a family heritage in music, printmaking, as well as business. I received my BFA in printmaking from Indiana University and have exhibited and taught at various locations throughout the country. Exhibitions include Quilt National (2007, 2015, 2017), Quilt Nihon in Japan, the Artist as Quiltmaker, and various other solo and group exhibits. I’ve also been a cultural activist, serving as longtime manager and Co-owner of Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City, plus as a Board member for local nonprofits. I currently serve as President of the Surface Design Association, a national textile nonprofit. For more information as well as images of techniques I use, please visit my website, www.astridhilgerbennett.com."

February 12, 2018

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 12, 2018


Our March meeting will be an Auction to support our Service Projects and Programs.

It’s time to prepare now!

1- Begin NOW to gather your items.

2- Organize & BAG them in clear bags.

3- Label your donations — # of yds / descriptions.

4- Bring the GOOD stuff.

5- Drop Off Early — from 4pm on Mar 12th.

Thanks to our Auctioneer: WEARS Auctioneering

Contact: kesummerwill@msn.com
Kristin Summerwill, Program Committee

April 9, 2018

Same day workshop

Challenge Quilts  
Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams

Many of Kim's quilts have been inspired by challenges, which helped tease out her true quilting style, an oddly beautiful display of color, motion, and texture.


May 14, 2018

Next day workshop

Note: There will be a meeting of the 
OCQG Board at 6:30pm

Landscape Quilting—from Alaska to Wisconsin
Cathy Geier

Cathy's lecture and trunk show feature many of her quilts, their stories, and a humorous look at her life as a quilter. She uses a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate tips and tricks for designing landscapes, drafting patterns on graph paper, sources of inspiration, and her quilting adventures from Alaska to Wisconsin. A brief overview of her technique using a tear-away foundation to piece quilts introduces quilters to a fast method of quilt top construction.

June 11, 2018

Next day workshop

Using Mirrors to Enhance and Add Variety to Your Quilt Blocks
Toby Lischko

Toby has been quilting since 1985 and teaching quilting workshops since 1995. She considers herself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks, but likes to add her own special flair. She is an accomplished quilter and teacher, with many national awards for her quilts, and her own line of patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts & Stuff. The author of two books, St. Louis Stars and Kaleidostars, she’s also been published in most of the national quilt magazines since 1998. She currently teaches for Craftsy as well as in person. Her Craftsy reviews are 5-star. In her own words, “When I teach classes I want to impart my love of quilting and show others it only looks hard. I break everything down to basic steps that even a beginner can do. I want people to leave my class saying ‘Wow, I did not know I could do that!’ My philosphy is ‘Quilting should be fun, not hard.’”

Her presentation will be guaranteed to get you hooked on using mirrors to find hidden treasures in your fabrics. The PowerPoint presentation shows a variety of ways to fussy cut your fabric using templates and many of the wonderful effects it can create. Afterwards, members are encouraged to play with my mirrors and fabric samples to see for themselves.

July 9, 2018

2017-18 Guild Challenge: Medallion Quilts

A medallion quilt is a quilt made with a central motif, which is surrounded by multiple borders. For this year’s guild challenge, we ask you to make a medallion quilt. It can be traditional, modern, improvisational, or any style you choose. You can use piecing, appliqué, wholecloth, or any combination.

There will be two categories for judging: My Original Design and Not My Design.

“My Original Design” includes quilts designed by the maker. The maker has chosen the fabrics, colors, blocks, and other shapes to create the quilt. It is not based on someone else's pattern.

“Not My Design” includes quilts not designed by the maker. The maker is interpreting a pattern by someone else or copying a quilt or design made previously by someone else.

For all quilts, the following rules apply:

* The quilt must be no less than 40” on a side. It does not have to be square.
* The quilt must have a center block and at least 2 borders on each side. The number of borders per side does not have to be the same.

August 13, 2018

No meeting