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, pieladyquilts.blogspot.com Keep up with her current projects at Instagram
"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 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.
New to quilting, or simply new to OCQG, our newest members will share highlights of their quilting accomplishments in an informal Show and Tell.
Show and Tell with
December 9, 2019 7 PM
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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.” Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge in their book,
Making Welsh Quilts, call them the “Cinderella” quilts, literally having been left out in the cold and now exhibited in museums.
In 2009 Jen Jones opened The Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter, Wales. This avid collector of Welsh quilts had nearly 350 quilts in her collection and transformed the Old Town Hall in this mid-Wales market town into a space to display and share them, actively preserving a key part of the cultural heritage of Wales.
Welsh quilts are known by their quilting designs….dense, decorative and often incorporating paisley patterns, leaves and other natural designs, hearts, and most recognizably, the spiral. Martha Waterman cites, “the spiral is the most characteristic of Welsh quilt patterns, and with its echoes back to ancient rock carvings in North Wales, the spiral is the signature of the Welsh quilt.”
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. ______________
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.
"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."
"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
May 11, 2020 7 PM
Workshop fee $50 for members, $55 for non-members. As always, members have first dibs on workshop participation. If there are slots open after the April meeting, it will be opened to 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