Presenters and Workshops


September 9, 2019  7 PM

Jill Fisher

"Every Quilt Has a Story"

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 

October 14, 2019  7 PM

Weeks Ringle

"Creativity & Quilts:

The Power of Cross


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


October 15, 2019  9-4 PM

Weeks Ringle


"Improvisational Piecing"

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. 

    November 11, 2019  7 PM

JoAnn Belling

"Organizing Yourself, Organizing Your Quilt Room"

 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

    December 9, 2019  7 PM

"New Member

Show and Tell with

Holiday Social"

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. 

     January 13, 2020  7 PM

Kristin Summerwill

"Welsh Quilts"

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.”

“Image from Welsh Quilt Museum, Lampeter, Wales”

January 14, 2020
9-4 PM

Meredith Sewell

"Quilting Welsh Quilts"

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.

February 10, 2020
Noon - 8 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

March 9, 2020
7 PM

Marianne Fons

"You Call That A Quilt?"

In this delightful, insightful presentation, quilter and longtime public television host Marianne Fons discusses quilt style nomenclature in current, and sometimes controversial, use, including Traditional, Studio/Art, Contemporary, and Modern. Using images of quilts past and present, Marianne celebrates the elements all quilts, and quilters, have in common. She will also bring some quilts from her personal collection to share. 


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.


In honor of the great work these organizations do, Marianne has asked we donate her entire speaking fee to the Iowa Quilt Museum. 


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.

“Image from Welsh Quilt Museum, Lampeter, Wales”


April 13, 2020  7 PM

Dorothy Faidley

"Share Your Quilts at Iowa State Fair"



Monday, May 11, 2020  7 PM
Monthly OCQG Meeting 

The regular monthly meeting of the Old Capitol Quilters Guild scheduled for Monday, May, 11, has been cancelled in accordance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Iowa Governor designed to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus. 

The speaker was to be Jane Sassaman who will now do her presentation at the OCQG meeting on Monday, June 8, followed by a workshop on Tuesday, June 9. 

Originally May 11, 2020, now CANCELLED

Jane Sassaman

"Jane's Textile
Treasure Garden

     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 books 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

Originally May 12, 2020


Jane Sassaman


"Moths and Moons"

This workshop was originally scheduled for May 12 can been cancelled without a future 

rescheduled date. 

If you were registered for the workshop

you will be emailed soon regarding

refunding of your fee.


Please email her at


The workshop fee is $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 Susan Horan at


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. Social distancing in response to the COVID-19 virus has caused us to cancel some monthly meetings. Check the Presenters/Workshops page for details.