About the Iowa City Area Face Mask Project

UPDATED 05/07/2021

  • We still have elastic and nose wires available free of charge.  Contact info@ocqg.org to find out how to request either of them.

In mid-March 2020, members of the Old Capitol Quilters Guild (OCQG) teamed with two other organizations who do charitable sewing--Days for Girls and The Preemie Project-- to make fabric face masks for hospitals, care centers, public employees (including police, fire, and transit workers), and a host of nonprofit organizations in the Iowa City area. Six weeks later we stopped counting, but by then our 300+ volunteers had sewn more than 7,500 masks. It was a remarkable effort undertaken selflessly by so many in our community.

COVID-19 Gothic, a quilt by Pam Ehrhardt, one of the coordinators of the Iowa City Area Face Mask Project. She originally created this quilt, based on Grant Wood's iconic painting, American Gothic, for an Iowa-themed quilt challenge held by the Old Capitol Quilters Guild in July 2016. She added the face masks on April 19, 2020, after making hundreds of them herself and assisting in the creation of many more through the project.