The Guild began with an invitation circulated in January 1981 to attend the first organizational meeting for a new Iowa City area quilters' group named "Quilting for Fun. Intended to be "an informal group of people of all ages and interests" ranging from "absolute beginners to the more advanced quilters and even to quilting instructors," the organizers saw it as a "place to meet new friends, to learn or pass along new techniques, or just to get out for the evening." Twenty-one individuals joined as members in the first month. A year later in February 1982 their ranks had more than doubled to 46 members.

Some twelve years later, in October 1993, Guild members voted to change the name of the organization to "Old Capitol Quilters Guild." Evidently a possible change had been discussed for some time and arose again as the group began planning their first show (scheduled to be held in June 1995). At the time of the name change in 1993, the Guild had more than 100 members.

NOTE: We will be adding to this History Section on the website as we celebrate the Guild's 40th anniversary during the 2020-2021 membership year. Please watch for more in months to come and be sure to view the short feature articles published monthly in the Guild's newsletter and posted on the website that offer up interesting events, personal stories, or nuggets of inspiration. Some will highlight how much things have changed, while others will show how much is still the same.


Old Capitol Quilters Guild
Email: info@ocqg.org       

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 the end of 2020. We are still meeting monthly via Zoom and welcome new members. Check the Upcoming Events page for details.