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Sept 2019 President’s Message

By Susan Schwandt
Sept 2019

GAAQG is Zooming Full Speed Ahead

This year’s challenges called for fluidity and flexibility, and the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild successfully met our challenges head on! Instead of dwelling what we can’t do during this pandemic, we focused on what we CAN DO and Zoomed full speed ahead! The success of our online Quilt Show exceeded all expectations. We’re hosting great teachers and workshops this fall. Join the fun!

Have you visited our online Celebrate the Quilt FROM HOME quilt show?  Now is the perfect time to take a break from politics and relish in the dazzling quilts. Vote for your favorite in the Viewer’s Choice awards! 

Please continue to promote the quilt show on social media and share the link with family and friends—even people in other countries can view the quilt show!

We’re raising money for Ann Arbor’s SafeHouse Center through voluntary contributions. The public can purchase beautiful, twin-sized quilts in the SafeHouse Quilts for Sale slideshow gallery. Half of the quilts are already sold! Don’t miss your chance to buy a lovely quilt made and generously donated by talented GAAQG members. Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds benefit SafeHouse Center.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND SET YOUR PHONE ALARM: Saturday, September 19 Quilt Day Meeting via Zoom!

Yes —GAAQG has switched from GoToMeeting to Zoom for our online meetings and we’ll kick off our Zoom meeting with a lecture from Ellen Lindner.  Members will get Zoom meeting details in an email ahead of the Quilt Day meeting.

What do 750 pins, window screening and paint have in common? Guest lecturer Ellen Lindner has used them all in creative ways as she’s making quilts. Watch her amazing account (confession?) of some of the wackiest things she’s done over the years, some of them successful and some of them…well… Ellen will share why even the unsuccessful ones are useful and why she fearlessly embraces experimentation—and you can, too!

We’re bringing back the ever-popular Show and Tell and debuting the 2021 slate of GAAQG board officers.

Show and Tell is always one of the best parts of GAAQG meetings. So that lots of folks can participate in Show and Tell at the September Quilt Day meeting, we’ll feature a slide show of our members’ quilting projects.

To participate in Show and Tell:

  • Take a picture of your completed project or work in progress
  • Write up 3-4 brief sentences about your project
  • Send these materials to: showandtell@gaaqg.com
  • Deadline: 4 pm, Wednesday, September 16—no exceptions!

Remember, you must be a GAAQG member to participate in Quilt Day meetings, so renew your membership today or join the guild!  We have more than 250 members!

Public Registration Open for Ellen Lindner’s September Workshops

GAAQG’s fall classes are virtual! Workshops registration is open to the public! By signing up for online classes, you can learn from home and be close to your stash and all your supplies, savor a “front row” seat for all the teacher’s demos, and you won’t have to haul your equipment to class! You’ll still have quality one-on-one time with the instructor, get your questions answered and socialize with friends.

Members: login to the Members page to get the discounted GAAQG member price.

Ellen Lindner will present ‘Floral Improv’ on September 18 and ‘Double Reverse Applique’ on September 20. For more information on Ellen’s classes and to register: https://www.gaaqg.com/our-events/workshops/

The Floral Improv class will give your artistic skills a boost while making a quick project. Learn how to make a variety of flowers with no patterns and use those flowers to create a dynamic composition. Ellen’s pointers guarantee a quilty masterpiece. BONUS! You’ll learn a quick technique to finish your quilt with no hand sewing!

Ellen’s raw-edge applique technique is amazingly accurate. Her tricks for staying organized will ensure productive and frustration-free class time.

Adult Fabric Face Masks Needed for SafeHouse Center

SafeHouse Center could use about 160 masks to get them through this fall and winter. Please make and donate adult-size fabric face masks. The Center has plenty of children’s face masks. You can either deliver the masks to SafeHouse Center or contact president@gaaqg.com to arrange a pickup.

Thank you!

Stay Well, Stay Safe and Stay Connected to GAAQG!

Susan Schwandt

July 2019 President’s Message

By Susan Schwandt
July 2019

July is a star-spangled month for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild and the soaring summer temperatures aren’t the only thing that’s hot!

As we celebrate all things patriotic, it’s a great time to appreciate the art of April Anue Shipp, our featured Quilt Day lecturer. April has participated in quilt projects such as: The Diversity Quilt for the University of Michigan and The Detroit 300th Anniversary Underground Railroad Quilt, which she donated to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Her largest quilt to date, Strange Fruit: A Century of Lynching and Murder, took three years to complete and was dedicated to Ida B. Wells, Billie Holiday and Laura Nelson a female lynch victim. In 2014 April traveled to South Africa, visiting Cape Town and Johannesburg, as part of the Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela Quilt Exhibit; a tribute by Quilt Artists from South Africa and the United States curated by Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn L. Mazloomi.

This lecture follows the business meeting on Quilt Day, July 20.

Members and nonmembers alike—we have a number of our Quilt University classes available. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the hottest, world-class teachers coming to Ann Arbor on July 26-28. If you’re looking for new techniques or just a mini-summer vacation, we would love to have you join us.  We will accept class registrations up to the event but lunch registrations will close on July 15. If taking a class isn’t your cup of tea, you can register for a fun-filled day of SafeHouse sewing.

Sellers are pricing and preparing gently used items—and our never-used items we previously purchased with the best of intentions—for the Guild Garage Sale following the July meeting. Buyers will find great deals on quilting and crafting items. The proceeds support our quilt guild and SafeHouse Center charitable projects.

Thanks to GAAQG Member Patrice Smith and SafeHouse Development Director Deborah Kern, we’ll also debut our three gorgeous raffle quilts! Tickets will be sold for $5 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to SafeHouse Center. Recent funding cuts have increased the need for private support. SafeHouse Center must now privately raise 70 percent of its annual operating costs. Now, more than ever, your support is needed! One in four women is a survivor. Please join us in making a positive difference in the lives of survivors and their children. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

At the July meeting, we will start identifying new guild board members for 2020.  Both the Treasurer, Pat Timberlake-Turk and the VP of Membership, Janet Rost, have reached their term limits. Please thank Laura Sheets for her willingness to serve as our new VP of Membership! The guild must operate with a full board, so the Treasurer position needs to be filled. Serving on the board is a great way to support the guild and make new quilting friends. Although these jobs require some time commitment, board-level positions are rewarding and fun. Please consider joining the board! I have a job description for the Treasurer’s position. If you’re interested, please contact me at president@gaaqg.com.

Enjoy your summer and remember attending QU classes is a great way to beat the heat while basking in the glow of some of the hottest teachers in the world of quilting.


Susan Schwandt

President, GAAQG

May 2019 President’s Message

WHEW! Winter sure took its time releasing its icy grip, but the rewards of spring are finally here! There is a robin’s nest on my patio, and I enjoy watching the Robinson family tend to their babies while working on my spring-themed quilts.With the arrival of spring, comes our guild’s eagerly anticipated May Quilt Day activities. The Friday, May 17 Lynn Harris Tiny Piecing class is full, but openings are available in Lynn’s Sunday, May 19 class, Intuitive Piecing With Solids.

You are all invited to enjoy the Lynn Carson Harris Saturday, May 18  Quilt Day lecture, “Do it for the Process.” Lynn’s expertise is in creating improvisational quilt blocks and sewing tiny blocks. Studying antique quilts taught Lynn how to work intuitively to create improvisational blocks. Attending retreats at the late Gwen Marston’s Beaver Island home gave her the insight and confidence to enjoy making non-pattern pieced quilts. Learn more about Lynn by reading Raylene Kruger’s blog post. This lecture follows the business meeting on Quilt Day.

We have openings for quilting superstar Kimberly Einmo’s classes in September. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an award-winning AQS teacher, author and designer! You’d pay much more for her classes taught elsewhere. Register now: https://www.gaaqg.com/our-events/workshops/. Members should register through the Members only section of the website to get the discounted Member pricing. 

In the spirit of new spring projects, the guild is hosting a Fabric Sale at the May Quilt Day Meeting. Members donate yardage and all sales benefit the guild and SafeHouse Center. Fabric sales are based on the size bag (quart, gallon, or larger) you can fill with all your “new treasures.” Please note we can only accept cash or checks – no credit cards! The sale will start at the end of the guild meeting after Show & Tell and is open to the general public. Quilt day admission for visitors is $10.00.

Did you know that GAAQG has an extensive Library of quilt-related books listed in searchable software called “Library Thing”? Anyone can view the list of books, but only GAAQG active members may borrow them.  Log in and follow the tutorial to learn how to borrow books. Library Thing is very simple to use, just go to our website, click on Resources, then Library: https://www.gaaqg.com/resources/library/.

Registration is now open to the public for Quilt University (July 26-28) featuring an all-star lineup of teachers: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Susan Purney Mark, Shannon Brinkley, Debbie Grifka and Michelle Dobrin. Class information is available at: Quilt University. There is currently space in all classes, but some classes are filling rapidly.

Nonmembers, please use this link to the public registration page for further information and to register for Quilting University classes: https://www.gaaqg.com/our-events/quilt-university/.Members should register through the Members only section of the website to get the discounted Member pricing. 

‘See you all at our May Quilt Day meeting!
Warm regards,
Susan Schwandt