Presenters and Workshops


Join us as our own Jill Fisher shares her creative  journey, from being a busy mom to award-winning quilter. As she creates she knows that Every Quilt Has A Story.  

Find some of Jill’s stories at her blog, Keep up with her current projects at Instagram 

Jill Fisher

"Every Quilt Has a Story"

September 9, 2019  7 PM

Learn how to be more creative by looking at the honeybee. In this lecture you’ll get inspiration for your quilts from a variety of unexpected sources. Lessons learned from outside the quilting world can help you with color, design and composition.

Learn more about Weeks Ringle at


Weeks Ringle

"Creativity & Quilts:

The Power of Cross


October 14, 2019  7 PM

Learn different techniques for improvisational piecing and choose one to develop a new project. Weeks will guide you through a strategy that will have you making design decisions as you go. Students can begin making Call Me Crazy or Just Passing Through quilt or a project of their choice if they already have something in mind. 

Weeks Ringle


"Improvisational Piecing"

October 15, 2019  9-4 PM

 Organization in her dream sewing room gives you an insight to the reason JoAnn is able to create a number of quilt works each year

JoAnn Belling

"Organizing Yourself, Organizing Your Quilt Room"

    November 11, 2019  7 PM

Whether new to quilting, or new to the Guild, this program is especially designed to highlight their  creations allowing all of us to get to know them better and learn from their experiences as a quilter.  We are pleased to report that we have 13 individuals participating, so we are expecting this to be an exciting and inspiring display. 

Social time will follow show and tell. 

"New Member

Show and Tell with

Holiday Social"

    December 9, 2019  7 PM

Guild Member, Kristin Summerwill, has lived and traveled in Wales and will be sharing her knowledge about these unique quilts. 

Before Welsh quilts were “rediscovered” as national treasures, collectors would often find them relegated to dogs’ beds, covering farm vehicles, or stowed away in barns as “heavy old things.”

Kristin Summerwill

"Welsh Quilts"

     January 13, 2020  7 PM

“Image from Welsh Quilt Museum, Lampeter, Wales”

OCQG member Meredith Sewell brings her experience in hand-quilting to the decorative designs of traditional Welsh Quilts. This hands-on workshop incorporates quilting on whole cloth rather than on pieced fabric. Full Kits will be provided including: materials to construct a 36 x 36 inch ‘sandwich’ of cotton sateen solid fabric front, ‘wadding,’ as the Welsh would refer to batting, and a patterned fabric backing, quilting needle and thread. Meredith will provide Welsh style quilting patterns in leaves, paisley, spirals and hearts, for you to use to design your own quilting layout. You can also innovate with a layout of your own designs. In Welsh quilting there are no set quilt patterns or designs that everyone follows, and the quilting norm is only 3-4 stitches to the inch due to the heavy nature of the wadding. It’s wide open for innovation!


The Workshop fee is $25.

Bring a sack lunch, beverage, and a treat to share.


For information & to sign up contact:

Kristin Summerwill at:

or TEXT 319-530-7495.

Meredith Sewell

"Quilting Welsh Quilts"

January 14, 2020
9-4 PM

The February 10th guild meeting will be held from 12 noon to 8 pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. It will include a pot luck supper.


We will be sewing quilt tops using kits of pre-made blocks. The Service Committee needs your help to make the blocks. They  are seeking the following blocks:  

* 12" finished (12 1/2" unfinished) blocks in red, white and blue to be used for quilts for the VA Hospital . These can be any designed block.

* 8" finished (8 1/2" unfinished) Evening Star block using any color you want. You can find a good tutorial for making Evening Start blocks here.

Bring the donated blocks to the January meeting so blocks can be assembled into kits for quilt tops to be completed at Service  Day.


A full description of events of the Service Sew Day will be in the January newsletter. Other sewing experiences will be offered that day as well. 

Questions? Contact the Service Committee by emailing


February 10, 2020
Noon - 8 PM

Few names are as well known in quilting today as Marianne Fons. Marianne is a teacher, author, magazine publisher, and co-creator of the television show “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.” With Liz Porter, she authored Quilter’s Complete Guide, one of the best selling quilting books of all time, published in 1993, reprinted in 2019 by Dover Publications. Marianne Fons and Liz Porter were the 2019 inductees into the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN.


Marianne served on the board of directors of Quilts of Valor Foundation for many years. She helped establish the Iowa Quilt Museum in 2016, and in 2017 reopened the Iowa Theater, both in her hometown of Winterset, Iowa. Currently she is pursuing a new career as a novelist.

Join us as longtime quiltmaker and literature lover Marianne Fons debuts a new lecture in which she shares visuals of quilts from the past (and present) that have something important to say. She'll examine ways in which quilters have delivered written messages via their quilts and compare her decades-long career in patchwork with her new career as a hopefully-soon-to-be-published novelist.

You can learn more about Marianne Fons here:


Marianne is a national speaker and teacher. There is a $5 admission fee for non-members for this program.

Marianne Fons

"Read My Latest Quilt"

March 9, 2020
7 PM

“Image from Welsh Quilt Museum, Lampeter, Wales”


"My history with the Iowa State Fair began in the food department when I was 16. At age 18 the superintendent,  asked me if I would like to help with the textile judging. With the exception of 8 years, I have been there ever since. My first fair as superintendent was in 1982. Armed with memories and good friends who agreed to help we judged and displayed over 800 exhibits. Now we average somewhere between 1800 and 2300 exhibits depending on the year. Many but not all forms of needlework are included. My personal philosophy is that any Iowan is eligible to enter and show their work at the Iowa State Fair in Fabric and Threads. There are no rules about when the exhibit was started and finished. It just cannot be entered more than once.

Many things have changed over the years, the most notable being our location. There were always challenges when our location was under the grandstand. There are still challenges but we are in a clean, cool space that has enabled us to show exhibits much better.

Quilts are our most popular exhibit and we usually have over 600 quilts entered. Our record number was 841.

It has been my pleasure to serve as superintendent and serving the exhibitors and showing their work is one of my most favorite things to do."

Dorothy Faidley

Dorothy Faidley

"Share Your Quilts at Iowa State Fair"

April 13, 2020  7 PM

     Originally an Iowa girl, Jane Sassaman began to quilt in 1980 after a varied career in the design world.  She found that these “soft paintings” satisfied the draftsman, the craftsman and the artist in her. 

     Her art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 1989 through 2005 and Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American art quilts in England. Her quilt “Willow” was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane is also the author of multiple book including “The Quilted Garden”.  The book includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts. 

     Her lecture is “Jane's Textile Treasure Garden.” This is a glimpse into the inspirations and process of designing fabric. From dreaming to drawing, coloring, and cutting. This is a colorful journey through the creative process. She will also bring many quilts and accessories made with her FreeSpirit fabrics. Everyone will enjoy seeing how to use these contemporary prints to make dramatic quilts.

     Jane is a national and international speaker and teacher. There is a $5 admission fee for non-members for this program.

     See more of Jane’s work at and

Jane Sassaman

"Jane's Textile
Treasure Garden

May 11, 2020  7 PM

Workshop is full. To add your name to the waiting list, email:


Workshop fee $50 for members, $55 for non-members. 

     LEVEL - Beginning to intermediate


     In Jane’s 6-hour workshop, you will spend the day making marvelous moths from her Moths & Moons pattern. Each student will get a pattern and directions for making the Moths and Moons Quilt. (Pattern fee of $18 paid directly to Jane.) 

      Bring your favorite fabrics or purchase a kit from Jane’s stash of FreeSpirit designs to create one to three giant moths (approximately 27”W X 21”H each). They will be assembled using Jane’s accessible appliqué method. After class you will be able to stitch your background and apply your gorgeous critters. Sewing machine with at least a few decorative stitches required. The rest of the supply list will be provided to registered participants prior to the workshop.

     For more information or to register, contact Melanie McNeil at

Jane Sassaman


"Moths and Moons"

May 12, 2020  9-4 PM


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.