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"Quilts with Words" & "Vintage Made New"

Each year the Program Committee comes up with a challenge for members to enter and devotes the July meeting to viewing member's entries.

In a typical year, the Challenge entries are viewed and voted on by the members at the Guild meeting in July. Since the Pandemic-related restrictions prevent us from meeting indoors, the Program Committee has decided to postpone viewing of the 2019-2020 Challenge quilts until the Guild can meet again in person.


The Committee has also developed a new Challenge for 2020-2021 (see below) with hopes that it can be viewed at a July 2021 in-person meeting.

2020-2021 Challenge: VINTAGE MADE NEW

Use the treasures that your Mom, Grandmother, or Aunt have passed down to you. This can be in the form of embroidered pillowcases, tablecloths, doilies, dresser scarves, hankies, laces and trims, even men's ties. Parts of old quilts or vintage fabrics can also be used.

Any information about the source (e.g., who the vintage items originally belonged to, how they were acquired, stories connected to the items) can be listed in the label.

The size range can be from a fat-quarter size (suitable for a wall-hanging) to a bed-size quilt. 
The only restriction is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, no T-shirts.


The Program Committee will be adding more details about labeling, prizes and other requirements soon.

2019-2020 Challenge:  QUILTS WITH WORDS

For this year’s Challenge, you will enter a quilt featuring WORDS. There are many ways to use words on quilts. They can be added with quilting, appliqué, embroidery, piecing, painting, printing, or other media, or they can be pre-printed on the fabric."

There are two categories: SMALL quilt, with no side longer than 40”, and LARGE quilt, with at least one side longer than 40”. (Example: a table runner measuring 20” x 60” would be a large quilt.) 

Here are the rules:

1. The quilt must FEATURE words. One or more words must be an essential design element. 

2. The quilt must be your own work, not purchased or received as a gift or inheritance. 

3. The quilt must be quilted, bound, and labeled.

4. The label must include the following:

your name

year of completion

name of designer* (if not you) 

name of quilter (if not you)

5. It must be entered in the correct size category, as above. 

6. You must be a paid member of the guild to enter.


*Designer name required if you have used a pattern or otherwise copied someone else’s design. 

Each size category will have a Viewer’s Choice prize of $50. In the case of any ties within categories, the Program Committee will break the tie with one vote. 


Kristin Summerwill
Melanie McNeil



Old Capitol Quilters Guild

Mailing address: 761 Camp Cardinal Blvd # 2208, Coralville, IA 52241

Most of our monthly meetings are held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2301 East Court Street, Iowa City. In response to the COVID-19 virus we have cancelled our in-person meetings through January 2022. We are still meeting monthly via Zoom and welcome new members. Check the Upcoming Events page for details.