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 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
Pam Ehrhardt, OCQG member


January 8, 2018

Translating Life into Textiles
Astrid Bennett

February 12, 2018

Service Day

March 12, 2018


April 9, 2018

Same day workshop:
Project Quilting

Challenge Quilts
Kim Lapacek

May 14, 2018

Next day workshop

Landscape Quilting—from Alaska to Wisconsin
Cathy Geier

June 11, 2018

Next day workshop

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

July 9, 2018

2017 Challenge: Medallion Quilts

August 13, 2018

No meeting