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

November 13, 2017

Same day workshop:
Invisible Zig Zag Applique

Traditional Roots — Modern Interpretations
Jenifer Dick

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