About the Iowa City Area Face Mask Project

UPDATED 09/16/2020 

  • We still have elastic and nose wires available free of charge. We ordered them using funds that were donated to the Guild for the Face Mask Project. 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.


Recognizing that there is still a demand for masks, the OCQG will continue to provide links to patterns, advice about construction, and contact information for the organizations that are seeking donated masks.

Originally, we distributed kits and collected completed masks from volunteers for delivery to the requesting facilities. We are now asking mask makers to deliver them directly to the hospitals and other organizations requesting them. 

  • Patterns for the project's face masks are now here

  • Requests for face masks and other items along with instructions for delivering them are on the Ongoing Needs page..

Another area volunteer face mask project, Face Masks for Johnson County Iowa, has been fulfilling a large number of requests made by individual UIHC departments. Our two groups have worked closely to ensure we covered the community's needs without duplicating effort.

Who has received the masks? We have supplied face masks to Iowa City's three hospitals: Mercy Hospital Iowa City; the Veterans Administration Hospital; and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics (volunteer services). In addition, we have provided face masks to 18 nursing homes and care centers throughout the area; police, fire, and transit workers in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty; and many social service agencies. See the full list of receiving organizations here.

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. 


Old Capitol Quilters Guild
Email: info@ocqg.org       

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. In response to the COVID-19 virus we have cancelled our in-person meetings through January 2022. We are still meeting monthly via Zoom and welcome new members. Check the Upcoming Events page for details.