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 state and local officials 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. 

      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.


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.