Old Capitol Quilters Guild Iowa City,


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 the Guild members.

September 12, 2016

Contraints Driving Design: How We Turn Modern Quilt Relish logo
Constraints and Challenges into Positive Outcomes

Jill Guffy and Marny Buck of Modern Quilt Relish

As longtime friends and quilters, Jill Guffy and Marny Buck of Ames, Iowa, decided to share their contemporary quilting ideas.The result was MODERN QUILT RELISH. Their hallmark designs combine negative space, asymmetry, simple shapes, and use of color and value to create focus and depth. 

Their logo is a traditional relish jar with a slim modern label which reads:  'Modern Quilt Relish,’  and in combination with simple, clean bars of color it reflects their patterns….."simply sophisticated design(s) with a taste of the unexpected.”  Some of those pattern names include:  PIE Sweet or Savory,Tasty Measures, Torte, Cutlery, and Picnic.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Marny and Jill discuss how to turn constraints and challenges into positive outcomes!  

Jill Guffy and Marny Buck sign their new book, Quilts du Jour:  Make It Your Own with a la Carte Blocks & Settings,  from Stash Books by C&T Publishing. "Cook up some delicious designs with this clever new book from the creators of Modern Quilt Relish. The enticing menu of 18 quilts and pillow projects is inspired by modern cuisine and includes names like the Crispy Wonton block, Antipasto Platter and Tempting Turnover quilt. Included is an interchangeable menu of blocks, settings, and sizes for designing your own quilt, as well as easy patchwork blocks that are ideal for beginners.” Modern Quilts Unlimited, Fall 2015.

October 10, 2016

A Little History of Quilting
Kathleen Tracy

Kathleen made her first small quilt from a Martingale pattern book she picked up in 2000. Making quilts for her daughter's American Girl dolls sparked an interest in history and led to the publication of American Doll Quilts in 2004. Kathleen looks to antique quilts for inspiration in making her scrappy quilts from simple blocks and hopes that her books make the past come alive and give quilters a connection with quilters from long ago. She is also the author of Prairie Children & Their Quilts, Remembering Adelia, and The Civil War Sewing Circle.

Kathleen is a frequent lecturer to quilt guilds across the country and conducts workshops on making small quilts with an antique look. In addition to quilting, Kathleen is an avid reader and loves gardening, cooking and making simple beaded jewelry for family and friends. She lives in Illinois, with her husband, college-age son, teenage daughter, and their 2 dogs. Kathleen loves to hear from other quilters and welcomes comments. Visit her at www.countrylanequilts.com and http://sentimentalquilter.blogspot.com/.

Kathleen will also offer a workshop on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

November 14, 2016

Heidi Kaisand of "Hen and Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa

Heidi's presentation, "My Family Jewels," will showcase family quilts and Heidi's personal history. She will use a PowerPoint for her presentation plus show about 25 quilts.

December 12, 2016

Winter Holiday Social & Half-Square Triangle Exchange

The Holidays come barging into our lives like a freight train every year and this one is no exception. There’s too much to do…not enough time… it’s stressful….no time for friends….no time to be creative, or to sit and reflect on all the goodness of the past year and how grateful we are.

Our December 12th guild meeting will hopefully remedy some of that angst!

First and foremost, it’s a Social Time to commune with one another, share holiday cookies and talk about the things that matter to each of us….our Holiday plans and our families.  FYI, we’ve had a sign-up for cookies at the last meeting. Please contact Linda Alberhasky at linalb65@aol.com if you can bring cookies.   

Second, Linzee McCray is going to share her latest book, Feed Sacks:  A Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric.  Linzee will talk about her work on the book while showing us some samples of feed sacks.  We were lucky to be able to coordinate and slot her into our programming when the book is newly out.  We think this might be the perfect Christmas present for someone on your list.

Your Program Committee also decided to make a connection between our December meeting and our Challenge next July.  The idea is to have an Exchange of Half-Square Triangles at the December meeting that we can then wrap into our July Challenge.

Your Mission is to create - and square up! - 24 half-square triangles. They should be 2 1/2 inches square so that they will “finish” to 2 inches when incorporated into a project.  We want everyone who can to bring 24. Choose Winter Holiday fabric — the choice is yours — and the range is wide.  We’ll gather them at the beginning of the meeting - and the committee will separate them out and bag them up randomly. You will get back a varied bunch of 24.

Whoever participates - and chooses to do the Challenge for July’s meeting will need to use at least ONE of those half-square triangles in your own July Challenge Project.

January 9, 2017

Nine Patches Gone Wild!

Wednesday Wonders Small Group

For the last year, the members of the Wednesday Wonders have been exploring nine-patch quilt blocks. While they are among the first blocks learned by new quilters, we wanted to find out more: are they really just simple everyday blocks or do they have some hidden potential to become a star in many different roles?

The Wednesday Wonders will show you how this simple block can be transformed for use in quilt designs from traditional to modern, with some side trips in between. We’ll have lots of examples to share that will illustrate the diverse uses of these blocks. These will include a number of actual quilts and quilt blocks, plus photos of many others that we hope will inspire you to continue exploring nine patches on your own.

The members of the Wednesday Wonders Small Group include Karen Albertus, Barb Aldeman, Nancy Granner, Katherine Konz, Sue Moffitt, Carole Ramsey, Phyllis Rosenwinkel, and Vicki Walch.

Come join us at the January meeting to see how a nine-patch can go wild!

February 13, 2017

Service Day

Ladies….Mark your calendar now for Monday, February 13, 2017. That is the date for the annual, highly anticipated Service Day. Our hours will be from 10:00 AM to around 03:00 PM. We will have three exciting options for you to work on:

  1. Sew a quilt top from one of our “kits”;
  2. Machine quilt a top – nothing fancy and we will have someone available to help you get started so don’t be nervous;
  3. Bring your own project to work on that you can then donate to the Auction Committee for our Quilt Show in June.

Plan to bring a sack lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. We might even have some chocolate for you – who can resist that?

For the newer members, this will be a great opportunity for you to meet other members in a smaller setting. As quilters we have a common bond and enjoy sharing our knowledge with others, which is why this is such a fun day.

Cleanne Schieber and Vicki Walch have graciously agreed to be in charge of Service Day, however, they would not turn down additional help so if you are interested please contact them.

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March 13, 2017

UFO Bottomless Quilts

Crack open your Grandmother’s cedar chest and you may find carefully folded patchwork quilts preserved for future generations. Dig a little deeper and you may come across another trove …. “UFO Bottomless Quilts”….. those tops that we all keep making but haven’t quite finished….those with no backs, or “bottomless.”

We’re pretty sure that quilt tops are still in abundance among our guild members, so for our March 13, 2017, program we want everyone to bring in all their bottomless quilts… those finished tops which never got a backing because you were enticed away from that project to move on to the next!

These hidden treasures will replace Show & Tell for the night so dig deep and bring your bottomless quilts along with those you may have found in someone else’s cedar chest. It’s time they came out into the light!

April 10, 2017

Let's Get Hexed
Mickey Depre

Mickey Depre, from Oak Lawn, IL, describes herself as a "quilt artist, teacher, lecturer, and author." Her presentation will be an interactive lecture/demo/audience participation event that includes a small trunk show of English Paper Pieced quilts, some made by Mickey, some antique. She will take the audience thru basting a Hexie hands on as they will actually baste one Hexie during the powerpoint presentation that will be filled with tips and tricks about English Paper Piecing.

May 8, 2017

Gee's Bend Quilts

University of Iowa Museum of Art

Gee’s Bend quilts are the geographically-inspired term for works handcrafted by a multigenerational group of African-American women. They consist of a combination of traditional forms and innovation. Gee’s Bend, Alabama, is a remote, rural community of 275 people (as of 2010 census). The hand-sewn quilts have a unique historic and stylistic development due to the community of Gee’s Bend’s almost complete isolation from the outside world for the better part of the twentieth century.

Historically, the quilts were first created out of necessity and used for warmth. Using whatever material was available to them, the women quilted together. One quilter, Bettie Bendolph Seltzer, recalls the materials her mother and mother’s friends used, “At the start all they was making them out of was old clothes, pants, fertilizer sacks, dress tails, and meal and flour sacks, too.” The women taught their daughters, who taught their daughters. Thus the quilting community of Gee’s Bend became something of an informal art school, passing down their own forms of beauty.

The Gee’s Bend quilts are but one example of the ongoing debate regarding the distinction between art and craft. From concept to everyday use or exhibition, Gee’s Bend quilts are considered to be one of the great examples of American art.

One of the staff or a docent from the UI Museum of Art will discuss the Gee’s Bend community and show examples of the quilts in their collection.

June 12, 2017

Medallion Design Basics
Melanie McNeil

How are medallion quilts different from block quilts? What challenges do medallions present? Why is it more fun to design your own than to use a pattern? This one hour lecture and trunk show will demonstrate the basics of medallion quilt design. With a PowerPoint lecture, Melanie will illustrate design principles and elements, and how they apply to medallions. Principles describe how the design looks. Principles include unity; repetition and rhythm; contrast; balance, proportion, and symmetry; and movement. Elements are the tools used to achieve the principles. Elements include color, value, shape and size, line, and placement.

With examples from her own work, Melanie will show how she uses these design concepts to develop exciting medallion quilts. And how you can, too! 

July 10, 2017

2017 Challenge

This year's July Challenge entries will be based on the theme “Winter Inspirations.” The twist will be that you have to incorporate one or more two-inch finished half-square triangle(s) into your project. (You choose how many you want to include.) Half-square triangles will be available from the half square triangle exchange planned for our December meeting.

Since we wanted to keep the projects small this year, no side can measure more than 36". The projects must be quilted, bound, and labeled. Since we have a small project this year, we hope to have lots of entries. Just think, you could have your Christmas presents done early next year!

August 2017

No meeting