Presenters and Workshops


The regular monthly in-person meetings of the Old Capitol Quilters Guild have been suspended until further notice in accordance with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Iowa Governor designed to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 virus. HOWEVER, we are continuing to meet online via Zoom and we are delighted that our speakers are creatively adapting their presentations to this new format. 

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         October 12, 2020  7 PM

                via Zoom

           Rhonda Dort

     "Quilting with

   Vintage    Linens"

Rhonda Dort, a leading designer and teacher who makes extensive use of vintage linens in quilt making, has prepared a narrated PowerPoint specifically designed to be shown by quilt guilds in Zoom meetings.

Happily, it complements this year's challenge, "Vintage Made New" and contains many examples that should inspire OCQG members as they consider their options for the challenge.


     November 9, 2020  7 PM

                via Zoom

            Don Dixson

 "Beyond the Borders"

Don Dixson of Cedar Rapids enjoys working with hand-dyed fabrics to create
pieces with a balanced structure that seem to glow with an inner light.


He feels that his pieces "evoke the warmth and comfort of colorful quilts and trust that as people bring them into their homes and businesses, that they too will experience that warmth and comfort."

He will show us many of his creations during the November meeting on Zoom.

    December 14, 2020  7 PM

                via Zoom


  40 Years of OCQG"


The History Committee, led by Meredith Sewell, along with Pam Ehrhardt and Vicki Walch, will present a video of long-time members of the Guild in anticipation of our 40th anniversary coming in 2021. 

We hope to post the video on the website soon, so stay tuned!

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        January 11, 2021  7 PM

                  via Zoom

          Doris Montag


   "Sentiments of Sewing"

Doris Montag, a local curator and storyteller, will present a video display of artifacts with a narrated history of thread, pins, and needles, sewing machines and accessories. It is based on her exhibit, "Sentiments of Sewing," and features unique sewing kits, pin cushions, and more providing a delightful and educational tour through the evolution of sewing. This topic is one of many in a series that Doris calls "The History of Ordinary Things."

You can learn more on her Facebook page, "History of Ordinary Things."

Doris’s 2020 article, “The History of Man-Made Fibers,” was recently published in Mature Focus (

 February 8, 2021  9AM -7 PM


Organized by the Service Committee

Those who replied to the recent questionnaire will be contacted

via email about where to pick up kits, drop off quilts and when we will join together on Zoom during the service day. 


If you want to participate but have not signed up, please email

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March 8, 2021  7 PM

via Zoom

Ana Blickenderfer


Judy Niemeyer 

Quiltworx Method"

Ana Blickenderfer will share techniques for sewing Quiltworx paper pieced patterns. By the end of 2019, Ana has completed over 50 Quiltworx patterns and excitedly shares her love of paper piecing with others.

In September 2017, Ana opened a home training center/studio in Charles City to teach and carry Quiltworx patterns, fabric by Judy and Judel, a large selection of Moda Grunge, along with basic paper piecing supplies. Ana loves to color kits using Quiltster, cuts them down to strips for her students and even offers kit cutting services.


Find more information on Ana's website and


     April 12, 2021  7 PM


          Meg Prange


  "Meg's Artistic Process"

Meg's fascination with the wonderful patterns, textures, and colors of fabric led her to try her first pictorial hand-sewn wall hanging using the blind stitch her mother had taught her as a child. Having had no formal artistic training, she was surprised and delighted with the results. More pictures followed as she developed her distinctive quirky colorful style, and technique of working on a piece of foam board from the top, very simply with just needle, thread, pins, scissors and fabric.

During her Zoom presentation, Meg will talk with about how she get's inspired and how her creative process evolves.  The process starts as an idea and then she begins the technical process of production. Meg is planning on preparing a PowerPoint presentation to describe her creative process.  She is excited about doing this original presentation to our guild. 

For more information see:

        May 10, 2021  7 PM


      Dorothy Faidley


   "Share Your Quilts at

      Iowa State Fair"

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.

      June 14, 2021  7 PM


   "Quilts with Words"           Challenge


   We will be able to view and vote on the "Quilts with Words" Challenge Quilts! Entries must be submitted by June 7, 2021. Information on the Challenge Rules are available in the May 2021 Newsletter. Instructions on how to enter your quilts are available in the May 2021 Newsletter and in a recent email sent to members.



   July 12, 2021  7 PM


 Quilt Challenge

"Vintage Made New"