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President’s Announcements: May 18, 2019 Quilt Day Meeting

 

The Morris Lawrence Building lobby was abuzz with energy at the GAAQG May 18 Quilt Day meeting. Thanks to the generosity—and fabric cravings—of our guild members, the annual Guild Fabric Sale raised $2,450, which will be applied toward our guild’s SafeHouse expenses. Any remaining proceeds will be donated to SafeHouse Center. Special thanks to Roberta Myyra and her Fabric Sale team of volunteers for such a successful sale.

And speaking of generosity, our guild members donated 46 quilts to SafeHouse during the May Quilt Day meeting, bringing our year-to-date total to 159 quilts that will provide much-needed comfort to domestic abuse survivors.

Lucinda Herring, Laura Sheets and Preservationist Pam Setla are forming a new Small Group to study quilt history—from vintage to modern.Topics will be driven by member interest. Possible activities include field trips, speakers, studying historical books, videos and quilts. Guild members interested in vintage and antique quilts are invited to attend the first planning meeting at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch on Thursday, June 13 from 6:30-8 pm.

Lynn Carson Harris Friday and Sunday Tiny Piecing and Intuitive Piecing with Solids workshops were packed with so much fun and quilting tips! Lynn’s lecture, “Do It for the Process,” is a good reminder of the value of a design wall. Lynn keeps several projects going at once on her design wall. She advises us not to get too invested in one design, but rather to listen to the fabrics when they speak to us. Blocks and pieces from one project might just migrate to other projects, resulting in surprising new designs.

The traumas of a family member caught in an abusive relationship led to Lynn’s series of domestic violence quilts that poignantly capture the emotional struggles of abusive relationships.

You don’t want to miss our July 20 Quilt Day meeting where you’ll see April Shipp’s fascinating lecture, “Griot of the Cloth.” I had no idea what a Griot is, so I Googled it. A Griot is a revered class of traveling storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa. April will share her quilts with us that tell stories of culture, human rights and African American History.

 Quilt University (July 26-28) features 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. Victoria Findley Wolfe’s classes are now full, and other classes are filling rapidly so be sure to register soon

 Now that you’ve organized your stash in preparation for the Fabric Sale, you may find yourself with unwanted quilting/crafting treasures you no longer need. Our Quilt Guild Garage Sale on Saturday, July 20 is the perfect solution! Remember all proceeds benefit SafeHouse and the guild’s general fund.

Garage Sale sellers, please attach price tags to each item with your name and price. When you arrive on July 20 to drop off your items, register with a volunteer and turn in your SASE. At the end of the sale, volunteers will tally up your total, deduct 10 percent for SafeHouse and send you a check.Please contact garagesale@gaaqg.com with any questions.

 In September, you’ll have a special opportunity to learn from an award-winning AQS teacher, author and designer—quilting superstar Kimberly Einmo! You’d pay so much more for Kimberly Einmo’s classes taught elsewhere and she’s teaching two classes, so be sure to register soon https://www.gaaqg.com/our-events/workshops/. Beginners and advanced piecers alike will learn a lot from Kimberly.

 Volunteer opportunities abound in our quilt guild. We’re looking for a 2020 Quilt Show co-chair, vendor assistant and small groups coordinator. Please contact President Susan Schwandt to volunteer: president@gaaqg.com.

 Thank you for promoting the art of quilting and sharing your passion with our Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

 Warm regards,

 Susan Weaver Schwandt

President

March 2019 Guild Meeting Announcements

On your mark, get set, GO! Members only registration for Quilt University opened on Monday, March 18. Register now before our phenomenal classes are filled. Registration opens to the public on May 1, so be sure to register before then to get the best class selection. The Quilt University team debuted the highly anticipated class choices and registration information during our March Quilt Day meeting. Class information is on the Quilt University Page.  Members need to sign in and go to the Member Resource page for links in the upper teal bar or under quick links to go to the registration site.  For questions or problems with registration, please contact quregistrar@gaaqg.com

Our Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild had much to celebrate on National Quilting Day, March 16. Meena Schaldenbrand’s Lucille Ball quilt was chosen for the international HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women exhibit at The National Quilting Museum in Paducah. Mary Hogan recently published her third book, Classic to Contemporary String Quilts.

Karen Linduska dazzled us with her innovate use of sewing machine decorative stitches. Her layering technique starts with hand-painted, stamped and dyed fabric, to which she applies surface design techniques using decorative machine stitching, couching, painted stabilizers, silk flowers—even hardware store finds! Her creativity is endless, and her Sunday class was a blast! Karen taught me how to release the hidden stitching gems in my little Janome Gem machine by varying the stitch width, length and feed dog settings! Who knew my little machine could perform such miracles!

Our May classes with Lynn Carson Harris are almost full and we’re looking forward to hosting national AQS quilt star Kimberly Einmo in September. Kimberly’s an author, designer and one of the highest-rated AQS teachers. Perhaps you’ve read her columns in American Quilter magazine. She recently published her newest book, Modern Quilts and More.

Share the love—As a membership perk, members can bring their friends to any Quilt Day meeting using our downloadable Be Our Guest cards. There’s no limit to the number of guests you can invite, but each individual guest may only use this free admission pass once.

Judging by the number of fabric boxes stored at the warehouse, the May Fabric Sale promises to be a doozy—chock full of beautiful fabrics and bargains galore. Roberta Myyra, our fabric sale coordinator, is collecting fabric donations. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse and support our guild.

Volunteer opportunities abound—we’re looking for a 2020 Quilt Show co-chair, Librarian, Vendor Assistant and Small Group coordinator. Please contact me if you’re interested in any of these positions. Carol Spaly also is looking for volunteers to help spread the word about our Storybook Quilts program and find fresh venues. What a great way to get kids interested in sewing!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our members, SafeHouse domestic violence survivors will receive 65 quilts that were donated on Saturday and quilt members stayed after the meeting for a very productive SafeHouse Sewing afternoon.

‘See you in May!

Susan Weaver Schwandt
President

January 2019 Guild Meeting Announcements

Despite the winter storm advisory, frigid temperatures and heavy snow, an intrepid group of GAAQG members cast their warm glow over our January Quilt Day gathering. The Quilting Season also braved the cold as our vendor—thank you!

GAAQG members present approved the 2019 slate of guild officers during our Annual Business Meeting: Susan Schwandt, President; Brenda Rigdon, Programs; Deb Truax, Secretary; Janet Rost, Membership; and Pat Timberlake-Turk, Treasurer. Please thank these quilters for stepping up to leadership positions.

We’re in the process of filling open positions, so please contact president@gaaqg.com if you’re interested. Thank you to Anne Bednar for continuing as co-chair of our Quilt Show and to Raylene Kruger for volunteering as Public Relations officer. We’re seeking a volunteer to manage our Small Groups program and a Quilt Show Co-chair for Anne.  Congratulations to Carol Wineman – she won the volunteer raffle quilt!

Be sure to check out the Happenings page on our guild’s website to see quilt-related activities outside our guild and support Michigan quilters.

Thank you for your patience during the online membership renewal process. If you’re having trouble renewing your membership, please contact VP Membership Janet Rost at membership@gaaqg.com.

Membership cards can be printed through the member portal. Because of the issue we’re having with incorrect joining dates, Janet printed membership cards for all current members. You can pick up your card at the membership table during our March Quilt Day meeting. If you want your card sooner and wish to have it mailed, please send Janet Rost a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Please note effective Feb. 1, guild member communications will be limited to active members. Please renew to maintain access to the guild member only website information and communications.

Our Guild Members Fabric Sale benefiting the SafeHouse Center is in May. Bring your fabric donations to Roberta Myyra at the March meeting or email her at fabricsale@gaaqg.com to arrange for a pickup.

Kathy Johnson received a lovely quilt presented by Kathy Schmidt and Susan Schwandt to thank her for her outstanding performance as President. The quilt top and backing fabric were donated by Kathy Schmidt. Board and committee chairs made heart blocks for the backing to express our appreciation to Kathy, who is continuing as past president and generously assisting Mary Beth with the care and feeding of our website.

The Quilt University team: Kathy Johnson, Nico Laudenberg and Roberta Myyra revealed the superstar lineup of teachers who are listed on the 2019 QU web page. Quilt University takes place July 26-28 and class registration opens on March 16, so on your mark, get set, GO REGISTER!

Heather Jone’s lecture and trunk show can be summed up as “Minimum Design + Minimum Colors = Maximum Impact!” Her quilts capture the fresh, Modern aesthetic while remaining true to traditional quilt making techniques. She takes traditional quilt blocks and gives them her own creative twist and her classes are receiving rave reviews.  Heather draws creative inspiration from the everyday world surrounding her.

Speaking of classes, don’t forget to register for our 2019 Workshops  coordinated by VP Programs Brenda Rigdon. We’re off to a brisk start as many of you already have signed up for classes. In March, Karen Linduska will teach you how to use your machine’s decorative stitches to create many images and surface designs! Karen will work one-on-one with you to show you how to unleash your machine’s full potential.

Our guild members generously made and donated 26 quilts to SafeHouse during the January meeting.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Jan Kosko and all of our caring volunteers who stayed on Saturday to adopt a kit and make quilts during our SafeHouse Sewing event.  They even served yummy snacks like brownies!

Yours in stitches,
Susan Schwandt
President GAAQG

November 2018 Guild Meeting Announcements

At our November meeting, our speaker Louisa Smith gave both a presentation and brought quilts for her lecture entitled “Double Visions: Curves and Circles That Create Wonderful Illusions”. It was quite a collection of eye candy and interesting to see so many ways she changed the quilts by asking the question “What if?”

Below are the announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

  • Officer Slate Approved at the meeting:
    • President – Susan Schwandt
    • VP Programs – Brenda Rigdon
    • VP Membership – Janet Rost
    • Treasurer – Pat Timberlake-Turk
    • Secretary – Deb Traux
  • SafeHouse Quilt and Donation Presentation
    • It was amazing to watch 99 quilts pile up on the stage to be presented to the SafeHouse representatives attending. Our total for 2018 is 280 beyond our goal of 275.  Thank you to all of you who helped reach this goal by making a quilt, a quilt top, quilting a top, cutting a quilt kit, binding or sewed at a SafeHouse Sewing Event.
    • We donated $8499 to the SafeHouse Center. This is the total of funds raised during our fabric sale, our garage sale, our fund-raising quilt raffle and direct donations by members.
    • Barbara Neiss-May, Director of the SafeHouse Center thanked us for all we do. Their service requests have increased this year and both the quilts and the funds will be put to good use.
  • SafeHouse Fund Raising Raffle Quilts
    • The 3 quilts were raffled. Two went to visitors at our quilt show and one to a member.
    • We did not draw for the guild volunteer quilt as the gathering of names was not completed in time. We will do this at the January 2019 meeting
    • One more 2019 Raffle Quilt is being sought. If you have a quilt that you would like to donate the raffle or have a quilt that could be a volunteer recognition quilt, please contact Patrice Smith at fundraiserquilts@gaaqg.com
  • With the change to a 365-day membership, many of you will find your membership expiring on Dec 31st. We will send you a reminder 30 days in advance of your renewal date.  By following the instructions, you can renew by credit card or check.  Renewal is required to keep your membership access to the guild website and our communications.  If you would like to find out your membership expiration you can log into the website, go the Membership Directory and look up yourself.  When found click on “View Profile”.  At the bottom of the Profile page, there is a link that says “Print your membership card”.  Click that link and it will show a virtual membership card with your membership expiration date.  We are working at making this more visible on the site.  You can also contact Janet our VP of Membership
  • Lastly if you are looking for a gift idea from you or from your significant other, gift certificates are available. Just go into the 2019 Class Registration/Online store and you will see the gift card.  Also, guild members can purchase classes for non-guild members at guild member pricing.  Just let Susan or Brenda know that you are doing this so they can get the class listing correct.

See you in January and join me in welcoming Susan as your new President – Kathy Johnson

September 2018 Guild Meeting Announcements

At our September meeting, our speaker Mickey Dupre brought a trunk show entitled “Quilts Young and Old: Timid and Bold”. It was quite a collection and interesting to see how many variations there were on half scrap quilts and hexie quilts.

Below are the announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

  • Officer positionsDeb Truax has volunteered for the Secretary role. We are still seeking someone for the VP Programs role. Please contact me at president@gaaqg.com if you are interested. The guild must have all 5 officers positions filled by January per our by-laws. Janet Rost, Pat Timberlake-Turk are returning as VP Membership and Treasurer. Susan Schwandt has volunteered for the President role.
  • Volunteers Needed –We were also seeking a volunteer to coordinate our SafeHouse Batting Program. Ruth Mieras has volunteered for this position.
  • SafeHouse Raffle QuiltsThe quilts raffle tickets were on sale in the lobby. They will also be on sale before the November meeting as the raffle will occur at the meeting. If you would like to directly to donate to SafeHouse Center without purchasing raffle tickets, just let Patrice know and we will log it as a direct donation. SafeHouse will send you confirmation of this donation. 2019 Raffle Quilts are being sought. If you have a quilt that you would like to donate the raffle or have a quilt that could be a volunteer recognition quilt, please contact Patrice Smith at fundraiserquilts@gaaqg.com
  • Mary Beth Donovan is seeking interested quilters to assist in assembling and quilting quilts for organ donor families. This work is aligned with the Gift of Life Michigan program. Please contact Mary Beth directly if you are interested in supporting this activity.
  • Sauder Village is seeking volunteers to demonstrate quilting techniques, products or education at their show in May 2019. They are also seeking special exhibits of quilt challenges. If you are interested, please contact me at president@gaaqg.com and I will forward the application information to you.
  • Pam Setla coordinates our preservation activities. She is looking to develop a listing of members that are interested in Preservation so that she can coordinate field trips or small group meetings on quilt preservation. Please email Pam at preservation@gaaqg.com to be added to her communication.
  • State of the GuildThis presentation gave an overview of the guild’s membership, finances and the results of our most recent survey. We will post a version of this on the website shortly. The main announcement was that guild membership will remain at $45 and class fees will remain at $60 for members/$80 for non-members.
  • Anne Bednar shared statistics on our Quilt Show. It was a great success and thank you to all who entered a quilt, chaired a committee, volunteered, made a silent auction item, or visited the show.  You were all part of making the show a success.

Lastly, we announced the lineup of speakers for next year at our July meeting. We will be sending out a survey shortly to solicit your preference for specific classes. You support in responding to this survey is appreciated and helps the board ensure we are selecting classes that are of interest to you.

See you in November – Kathy Johnson

Small Group Announcement

The height of summer, when we are soaking up the rays and spending time at the lake, does not seem the time to think about small groups, but it is a good time for fabric sales, quilt shows, and planning ahead for long winter nights and cold days. Our small groups tend to take breaks during the summer and to regroup.

The group which meets monthly on Sundays at the Ann Arbor Library to work on their own projects has openings. Contact Jan Burgess  for more information. If you prefer a weekday group in Ann Arbor, contact Michelle Kennedy or Naoma Jenks concerning the Never On Monday group.

The group which made Safe House quilts and was designed to assist new quilters has folded because of difficulties in scheduling and location. These really are two of the most difficult issues in getting a group started, especially if members live in far-flung areas. We are seeking two or three members willing to provide the nuclei of new groups with a Safe House or other focus.

If you do not know members living in your area, we are in the process of creating a new  zip-coded version of the membership list.  This will be similar to our past zip-code listing which Erika Keith kindly formulated for us but using the new membership system information.  We will post it when it becomes available.

If you are interested in small groups, you can find more information on the Small Group web page or please contact the small groups coordinator via the website for more information.

Enjoy the summer and plan for fall!

 

July 2018 Guild Meeting Announcements 


At our July meeting, our speaker Beth Donaldson, spoke on “Quilting in Detroit in the 1930s”.  There was a vibrant quilt revival during this period and it was interesting to see it presented in the context of decade and other events.  I am still trying to imagine a quilt show with 50,000 visitors. Beth also gave us a trunk show with quilts from her own collection.  Many of our guild members also shared their quilts from the time period.  Beth works at the Great Lakes Quilt Center and also shared the Quilt Index updates that are in process.  It looks like it will be a great update to a wonderful resource.  Some members expressed interest in visiting the Great Lakes Quilt Center or documenting their quilts in the Quilt Index.  After the quilt show, we will start talking about this.  Beth also shared the “The Quilt Teal Project” to create quilts for victims of sexual abuse including the Nassar victims.  You can find more information on this project athttps://www.smalltalkcac.org/teal-quilt-project-0 or emailtealquiltproject@gmail.com.

Below are the announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

2018 Quilt Show – Rock Around the Block: QUILTS – July 28-29, 2018  – Current information

  • Promote the show – Getting the word out that we are having a show is critical to attendance. Please click on the show poster link and print the poster or the bookmarks to hand out. Share the Facebook event information. Just let everyone know we are having a show.
  • Volunteering – For all regular quilt entries, there is a requirement to volunteer two hours per quilt.  Thank you to all who have volunteered.  There are still opening and you can volunteer using the Volunteer Webpage or contact Ericka Keith or Jan Burgess. If you need to change your volunteer schedule, there is information on how to do this on the Volunteer Page.
  • Quilt Show Set-up Day – If you have extra time and would like to join us and help set-up, you are welcome to do but please check in with Liz Rodriguiz when you arrive.  For those already scheduled to help set-up, if you have a 4,5 or 6 step ladder that you can bring it would be appreciated.  Please label the ladder and we will store if until Sunday take down when it is needed again.
  • Quilt Show Drop Off – Quilts must be checked in at WCC on Friday, July 27, between 7:30 am and10:00 am.  Quilts will not be accepted late.  You will receive a receipt for your quilt that you will need on Sunday to pick up your quilt at the end of the show. Please make sure your quilt has a sleeve.  Smaller quilts under 36” do not require a sleeve as they will be pinned.  All quilts should have a permanent label on the back of the quilt. If you have a question on drop off, please contact Judy Schmidt
  • Ambiance Drop Off – Upon delivery, items will be labeled with member’s names if you have already marked the piece. These items go home with the supplier on Sunday afternoon as the quilts are picked up at the end of the show. If you have a question about something you want to loan us for ambiance at the show, contact Lori Rhode.

Volunteers Needed 

  • We have two officer positions that are term limited, VP of Programs and the Secretary position.  Please contact Kathy Johnson or the current officers if you are interested in these positions. 
  • We are also seeking a volunteer to coordinate our SafeHouse Batting Program.  This is a needed and appreciated volunteer job that is relatively easy.  Please contact Nancy or Kathy Johnson if you are interested

2019 Speakers – We announced the lineup of speakers for next year.  We will be sending out a survey in the August/September time frame to solicit your preference for specific class.  So, take a few minutes, review the links and start planning which classes you would like to take.   

Lastly, thank you to Carol Repasky and all the volunteers that helped the garage sale go smoothly this year.  I saw many items going out the door to their new home.

See you at the 2018 Quilt Show – Kathy Johnson

Quilt Show Announcements

Quilt Preparation and Check-In:

  • Quilts must have a sewn label and a 4″ hanging sleeve (the only exception is the “30 Something Challenge” – these quilts will be pinned). Information on how to make a hanging sleeve is on the “Enter a Quilt” page linked to the member-only quilt show page on the GAAQG website.
  • Quilts must be checked in at WCC on Friday, July 27, between 7:30 am and10:00 am. Quilts will not be accepted late.  You will receive a receipt for your quilt that you will need on Sunday to pick up your quilt at the end of the show.

If you are unable to bring your quilt to WCC on Friday morning, we have drop-off sites in Ann Arbor, Canton and Milford.  Quilts must be dropped off no later than Thursday, July 26.  Please contact the drop-off person ahead of time to make arrangements and ensure they are available to receive your quilt.

  • Ann Arbor:  Marilyn Knepp (Pauline)
  • Ann Arbor: Ruth LaCoe (westside Knight Road)
  • Canton:  Anne Koehl
  • Milford: Mary Bajcz

Promoting the Show:

Did you see the ad in the most recent Observer?

In addition to the poster, the webpage asking you to help promote the quilt show will soon have a page of bookmarks that you can print off and handout to friends or post on bulletin boards.

Thanks for helping to get the word out there about the show.

Garage Sale Detailed Information

 At our July meeting, we will be having our Garage Sale. Carol Repasky supplied the notes below on the garage sale which is when you can take your useful, unwanted sewing / quilting / crafting items and sell them. The Garage Sale itself is open to the Public – so invite your friends, family and neighbors.

Buyers – This event is open to all GAAQG members to sell their items (or donate the proceeds to Safe House). The sale will start at the immediately after the dismissal of the GAAQG meeting. The shopping will end @ 1:00 pm, no sooner, this is to allow non-member who follow us on Facebook to travel and shop. No early shopping. Buyers will be charged $1.00 per purchase (not per item) to be donated to Safe House as well as the price on the items they buy. This year we are also asking buyers to bring their reusable shopping bags to shop with.

Sellers – Volunteers will start receiving priced and marked items at 7:00 am on July 21.

Set up will begin immediately. There is a 10% fee from every item sold to benefit the GAAQG General Fund. You are required to pick up any unsold items between 1:01 pm to 2:00 pm.

  • Saturday Morning drop off – When you come in on July 21st with your sale items, you will need to register with a volunteer and turn in a STAMPED, Self-Addresses envelope with your phone number beneath the envelope flap. At the end of the sale we will tally up the pull off name/price tags, deduct 10% and have a check sent to you.
  • Identification and Pricing on your items. You as the seller set the pricing on your own items. Each item or bundle must be marked with a pull off tag with your full name and price on it. A bundle could be 10 fat quarters in a sealed zip lock bag. This tag is the only way we have of tracking the payment to you. The pull off tag or heavy paper like index cards needs to be adhered with pins/safety pins (not returned) or MASKING TAPE. Painter’s tape will not secure your name to an item. If you would like to donate your earnings – make the items “Safe House” and a price.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carol Repasky directly

Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to shop the garage sale.

May 2018 Guild Meeting Announcements

At our March meeting, our speaker Linda Hahn of Frog Hollow Designs gave a trunk show/talk on “New York Beauty Simplified” showing a wide variety of stunning quilts using this block. She also explained the process of publishing a quilt book. Wow – there is a lot work, planning and risk in developing these books which we enjoy.

Below are the announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

2018 Quilt ShowRock Around the Block: QUILTS – July 28-29, 2018.  Anne Bednar gave an update of activities for the quilt show.

  • Promote the show – Getting the word out that we are having a show is critical to attendance. Please click on the show poster link and print the poster. You can post it at your library, the grocery store, your work place, any place there is an information posting for the community. Just let everyone know we are having a show.
  • Volunteering – For all regular quilt entries, there is a requirement to volunteer two hours per quilt. You can volunteer using the Volunteer Webpage. Special exhibit quilts do not have a volunteer requirement. If you are having difficulties, please contact Jan Burgess. If you need to change your volunteer schedule, there is information on how to do this on the Volunteer Page.
  • Silent Auction – Chairs will be in attendance to collect your donations for the silent auction at the July meeting or you can contact Gayle Kush or June Guthrie to coordinate a drop off at another time. Please note, donations will not be accepted after July 21st.
  • Ambiance – Please lend us items to display during the quilt show to help set the mood of the show. Our quilt show looks fabulous because of our attention to many details, including the ambiance created with small items displayed alongside the quilts. On the day you are delivering your quilts, we need you to bring one or two items. Suggestions include: small plant stands, extra tall vases, corner shelves, large baskets, trunks, medium pots of blooming flowers, or small chairs. These items should be big enough to fill a corner, but portable enough to be easily moved from home to the show. Upon delivery, items will be labeled with member’s names. Then items later go home with the supplier as the quilts are picked up at the end of the show. If you have a question about something you want to loan us for ambiance at the show, contact Lori Rhode.

SafeHouse Batting – Nancy Borgeson has coordinated our SafeHouse Batting Program for 3 years and we thank her for her service. It is time to rotate this volunteer job to another member.  This is a needed and appreciated volunteer job that is relatively easy.  Batting is ordered 4-6 time a year with an hour or so of cut-and-wrap time to prepare the smaller batts for the meeting, and then transporting the smaller rolls to the meeting. It takes a little space to store the rolls of batting. This position also collects the Hobbs Batting Labels that assist in getting the guild a discount for this SafeHouse batting.  Please contact Nancy or Kathy Johnson if you are interested 

Library Update – We have loaded all our books into a library program called “LibraryThing” to enable our members to better see the books we have and to search the library. Go to the Library Page on look down at the bottom of the right-hand side and you will see a link to the guild library. Click on the phrase “Books from My Library Thing” to see the library. Just email the librarians to pick at the next guild meeting or arrange for a pick-up at a specific date.

Our Member Fabric Sale occurred at the May meeting and thank you to all who donated and participated. And a special thank you to Roberta Myrra and her team that have picked up, sorted, stored and set-up the fabric sale even in the rainy weather on Saturday morning. It was a great success.

Safe House Quilt Tops overwhelmed Jan Kosko’s table again this month. First thank you to all who made tops. If you willing to create a backing for one of these quilts or completely quilt one of these tops, please contact Jan Kosko to coordinate pick-up.

Julie the owner of Bits and Pieces asked us to let our members know that they continue to be in business. There may have been some rumors indicating they are closing but these are not true so please stop by when you are in the area.

Our July meeting speaker will be Beth Donaldson,  speaking on “Quilting in Detroit in the 1930s”. In this presentation Beth Donaldson, Great Lakes Quilt Center, discusses the vibrant quilt revival of the 1930s. Slides of quilts from the Clarke Family Collection at the Michigan State University Museum are featured along with scans of original newspaper columns and patterns. Also included are Depression era quilts from Beth’s collection. Ann Arbor Guild members are encouraged to bring quilts from the 1930s for a show-and-tell at lecture’s end.

In July, we will be having our Garage Sale. Carol Repasky supplied the notes below on the garage sale which is when you can take your useful, unwanted sewing / quilting / crafting items and sell them. The Garage Sale itself is open to the Public – so invite your friends, family and neighbors.

Buyers – This event is open to all GAAQG members to sell their items (or donate the proceeds to Safe House). The sale will start at the immediately after the dismissal of the GAAQG meeting. The shopping will end @ 1:00 pm, no sooner, this is to allow non-member who follow us on Facebook to travel and shop. No early shopping. Buyers will be charged $1.00 per purchase (not per item) to be donated to Safe House as well as the price on the items they buy. This year we are also asking buyers to bring their reusable shopping bags to shop with.

Sellers – Volunteers will start receiving priced and marked items at 7:00 am on July 21.

Set up will begin immediately. There is a 10% fee from every item sold to benefit the GAAQG General Fund. You are required to pick up any unsold items between 1:01 pm to 2:00 pm.

  • Saturday Morning drop off – When you come in on July 21st with your sale items, you will need to register with a volunteer and turn in a STAMPED, Self-Addresses envelope with your phone number beneath the envelope flap. At the end of the sale we will tally up the pull off name/price tags, deduct 10% and have a check sent to you.
  • Identification and Pricing on your items. You as the seller set the pricing on your own items. Each item or bundle must be marked with a pull off tag with your full name and price on it. A bundle could be 10 fat quarters in a sealed zip lock bag. This tag is the only way we have of tracking the payment to you. The pull off tag or heavy paper like index cards needs to be adhered with pins/safety pins (not returned) or MASKING TAPE. Painter’s tape will not secure your name to an item. If you would like to donate your earnings – make the items “Safe House” and a price.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carol Repasky directly

Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to shop the garage sale.

See you in July – Kathy Johnson

March 2018 Guild Meeting Announcements

 
At our March meeting, our speaker Jane Davila gave a lecture on “Elements of Design” showing both art quilts and traditional quilts in the demonstration of design principles and elements. We also had Teresa Weaver, an Etsy shop owner from Flint vend at the meeting. You can find her designs at https://www.etsy.com/shop/grateful4joynpeace. More on announcements on vending and on supporting our members that own businesses later in this message. Below are the announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

2018 Quilt ShowRock Around the Block: QUILTS – July 28-29, 2018 

  • Anne Bednar and the quilt show team using a skit demonstrated how to enter a quilt in the show, how to volunteer and how to donate to the silent auction. The links for these are available on the Members Only  Quilt Show webpage. Please sign in and look for the link in the upper teal bar or down in the “Quick Links and Resources” Section of the member home page. Below are a few key points from the Quilt Show Team:
  • Enter your quilts to show. The deadline for entries is May 7. Since this is the anniversary year for the guild, you might consider entering a quilt from the time when you first joined the guild (or when you started quilting) and another more recent so we can see how you have grown in your quilting ideas and techniques.
  • Please lend us items to display during the quilt show to help set the mood of the show. Our quilt show looks fabulous because of our attention to many details, including the ambiance created with small items displayed alongside the quilts. On the day you are delivering your quilts, we need you to bring one or two items. Suggestions include: small plant stands, extra tall vases, corner shelves, large baskets, trunks, medium pots of blooming flowers, or small chairs. These items should be big enough to fill a corner, but portable enough to be easily moved from home to the show. Upon delivery, items will be labeled with member’s names. Then items later go home with the supplier as the quilts are picked up at the end of the show. If you have a question about something you want to loan us for ambiance at the show, contact Lori Rhode.
  • Volunteer to work at the quilt show even if you are not going to enter a quilt. It is fun to work the Quilt Show – people are always smiling when they look at the quilts. There is warmth and good will somehow emanating from our creations. If you need help with volunteering to work at the quilt show, call Jan Burgess or Erika Keith if you have any questions or issues.
  • Advertising helps fund the show. If you know of someone who might like to advertise in the quilt show booklet, contact Cindy Herring (herring17@charter.net).

Our Member Fabric Sale will occur at the May meeting. This is where you buy a bag for a fee and then stuff it with wonderful “new to you” fabric. This sale occurs directly after the May Meeting ends. For those of you who would like to donate fabric, please contact Roberta Myyra prior to the May Meeting. We ask that you do not bring large quantities of fabric directly to the May meeting as we do organize the fabric by color and material type prior to the Fabric Sale. We are also planning a sale at the July Quilt Show to support the quilt show. If you cannot get fabric organized in time to donate for the May meeting, then please consider donating for the second sale. Roberta is also the contact for the second sale.

Our May Quilt Day speaker will be Linda Hahn of Frog Hollow Designs. Her topic is “New York Beauty Simplified” (with a big trunk show). Linda will talk about the New York Beauty block’s versatility, how she accidentally became an author, and provide an insider’s look at the publishing process. She’ll also share the funny stories behind her quilts.

Safe House Quilt Tops overwhelmed Jan Kosko’s table. First thank you to all who made tops. If you willing to quilt one of these tops, please contact Jan Kosko to coordinate pick-up.
 
Small Groups Listing and Information needs updating. If you have a small group, please review the information on our site for your group. If you have a new group or are seeking small groups, or have changes to your current group listing, please contact Isabel Das Gupta

If you are a member with a quilting related business or service, please send information on your business or service to Kathy Johnson. We are creating a new resource site to list all our members who have businesses. This site will be available on the public and member portion of our website to support our members. Pictures will be allowed.

Vending space at the guild meeting will be available in January, March, September and November. Marge Gladd our vendor liaison will be coordinating requests. Depending on the space requested by a vendor, we may schedule 1-3 quilt related businesses per meeting.

On the free table there was a quilt frame and hoop. If you took the quilt frame, please contact Lottie Parker as the hoop goes with the quilt frame. She has the hoop.
 
Lastly, Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can hand them to Nancy Borgeson at the meeting or email her at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com to coordinate mailing or delivery
 
See you in May – Kathy Johnson


January 2018 Guild Meeting Announcements

At our January meeting, our speaker Michelle May gave a chat on her “Adventures down the Rabbit Hole”.  What an engaging speaker and teacher! Quilting Season kept us supplied in fabric and quilting notions.  Carol Repasky brought a wonderful selection of pottery and embroidered items.  Lastly, we found homes for all our “orphaned” quilt frames. Below are the announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

  • We held our annual meeting and the 2018 officers are now official. They are Kathy Johnson for President, Susan Schwandt for VP Programs, Janet Rost for VP Membership, Patricia Timberlake-Turk for Treasurer and Roberts Myyra for Secretary. Three positions are term limited in 2018: President, VP-Programs and Secretary.  If you are interested in one of these positions starting in 2019, please contact any of the current officers for information.
  • About 20 of the “30 Something” Challenge quilts were displayed. These quilts will become a special exhibit will really showcase who we are. Thank you to all who have participated.  Any who were not able to show their quilt at the January meeting are still invited to show their quilt at the quilt show as long as it meets the challenge requirements.
  • Thank you also to those of you who have stepped into new volunteer positions
    • Nancy Finlayson – Historian
    • Donna Hoskins – Librarian
    • Pam Setla – Preservation
    • Linda Thiel – Quilt Day Demos
    • Kathy Johnson, Roberta Myyra and Nico Laudenberg – 2019 QU

2018 Quilt ShowRock Around the Block: QUILTS – July 28-29, 2018

Anne Bednar presented information on our “PARTY” that we throw every other year to celebrate our quilts.  The public quilt show page is open on our web site and the members only site will be available on Feb 14th.  Look for more information in future emails.

  • Quilt registration will be online in the same format as last year. Members can enter up to 2 quilts for the main exhibit with an optional 3rd if space is available.
  • For each quilt registered, a two hour volunteer commitment is required.
  • Volunteer registration will be using a new online process.
  • Instructions for donating to the silent auction which pays for the professional set-up of the quilt display frames will also be on the site.
  • You can also download the quilt show poster for communication to friends, co-workers and shops in your area.

2018 Membership and Class Registration for members are now open.

    • Membership registration must be completed on the GAAQG public page. If you are signed into the website, then you are already recognized as a member.
    • Class Registration is open to the public. Please make sure that as a member you are registering for the member priced class. This can be accessed from the Member Home Page Banner at the top of the page.
    • Susan has developed the 2018 class information to include any of the instructor’s websites, blogs, books, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to help you research the teacher and their classes. Just click on the links for more information.
    • If a class is full, please send an email to Susan Schwandt at programs@gaaqg.com. She will place you on the waiting list. When an opening happens for that class, she will contact you directly for enrollment. Openings often occur over the course of the year.
    • Please note we will be revising the workshop for Mickey Dupree’s Sunday class in September.  We will send out a notice when this occurs.

March Quilt Day speaker will be Jane Davila. Her lecture will be “Elements of Design” Good design starts with the basic elements like color, texture, line, and shape. This lecture features real life examples of these elements in action on quilts and offers solutions to common design problems.

  • Jane’s Friday Class, “Nature Printing on Fabric” is currently full.
  • Jane’s Sunday Class is “Outer Limits – Edge Finishing Techniques”. She will introduce an assortment of 20 different ways to finish quilt edges using hand and machine sewing as well as non-traditional materials and supplies. You’ll make small samples that cover as many finishing options as possible during class. Openings are still available for this class.

Pam Setla at preservation@gaaqg.com is interested in coordinating a trip to either Henry Ford or the MSU Quilt Museum for a behind the scenes tour. If you are willing to help Pam, please contact her directly at the above email.

Lastly, Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can hand them to Nancy Borgeson at the meeting or email her at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com to coordinate mailing or delivery

See you in March – Kathy Johnson


November 2017 Guild Meeting Announcements

At our November meeting, our speaker Paula Golden gave a trunk show and spoke on Color- How to Make Your Quilts. It always nice to see and touch the actual quilts. We also had our annual presentation to the SafeHouse Center. Material Girls kept us supplied in fabric and quilting notions.

Below are the highlights and announcements made at the meeting. Please take a few minutes to read these.

  • The candidate slate for 2018 officers is now approved. The slate is Kathy Johnson for President, Susan Schwandt for VP Programs, Janet Rost for VP Membership, Patricia Timberlake-Turk for Treasurer and Roberts Myyra for Secretary. Official voting on the individuals will occur during our annual business meeting in January 2018.
  • Our SafeHouse Center presentation was wonderful. There were 100 quilts given to SafeHouse by our members. The makes a total of 287 for the year and above our target of 275. Thank you to all who made or finished a quilt this year. We additional donated $5295 to SafeHouse through our fundraising efforts. Again, thank you to all of you who have worked on an activity or donated. This will make a difference in our community. Grace, Roberta and Emily were excited to take home new quilts in the drawing. Jackie won the volunteer quilt.
  • Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can hand them to Nancy Borgeson at the meeting or email her at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com to coordinate mailing or delivery.
  • We have several volunteer open positions including Librarian, Historian and 2019 QU Chairs. The job descriptions are on the Volunteer Page. Contact me if you are interested.
  • 2018 Membership and Class Registration for members is now open. Mary Beth walked us through a demonstration of the site. Tutorials are available on the Member Home Page. If you are having difficulty, please follow the instructions sent out or contact either myself, Mary Beth or Susan Schwandt. Several other key points are:
    • Membership registration must be completed on the GAAQG public page. If you are signed into the website, then you are already recognized as a member.
    • Class Registration is opening to the public on Monday Nov 20th. Please make sure that as a member you are registering for the member priced class. This can be accessed from the Member Home Page Banner at the top of the page.
    • Susan has developed the 2018 class information to include any of the instructors websites, blogs, books, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to help you research the teacher and their classes. Just click on the links for more information.
    • If a class is full, please send an email to Susan Schwandt at programs@gaaqg.com. She will place you on the waiting list. When an opening happens for that class, she will contact you directly for enrollment. Openings often occur over the course of the year.
  • Jan 21st Quilt Day speaker will be Michelle May of Raspberry Rabbits also known as “The Crazy Bunny Lady,” who created Folk Art Fusion, a whimsical expression of fusing folk art applique and embroidery with quilting. Her lecture is “Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole Chat” including a trunk show. Her workshop classes are “Bee Keeper Pin Cushion Play Date” on Friday Jan 19th and “Heart Felt Notes” on Sunday Jan 21st. Both classes require one pair of fabric scissors and one pair of embroidery scissors. All other martials and supplies are included in a kit which is purchased in class
  • The Holiday Display of GAAQG Quilts at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor will be open Dec 1st. A number of our guild members have loaned their quilt for the display this year. This is a great opportunity to showcase quilts and our guild. Take a few minutes and enjoy.

Lastly just a reminder, we will have “reveal” the 30th anniversary challenge quilts at the January 2018 Meeting. You still have time to make one! Details of the “30 Something” challenge are on the website in the members section. These quilts will then be part of a special exhibit at our 2018 Quilt Show. If you will be out of town at the January meeting, you can send it in with a friend or send me a note so that I can add you into the communication for the special exhibit. No quilt statement is needed for the reveal but we will ask you to create one for the quilt show display.

I hope all of you have an enjoyable and safe holiday season. My best wishes to you and thank you so much for what you do to make this guild fantastic!

See you in 2018!

Kathy


September Guild Announcements – September 17

At our September meeting, our speaker, Barb Vedder spoke on Scrap Quilts – The Secret to Success. We also had a great library book sale, demonstration by Maker Works on template making and our own Mary Lindquist brought the Quilting Season store to us. I also presented the State of the Guild and announced changes for 2018 that are summarized in the notes below. Please take a few minutes to read these.

For your convenience, below are the announcements from the meeting:

  • The candidate slate for 2018 officers is now full. If any other guild member would like to run for a position, please contact me at president@gaaqg.com. The slate is Kathy Johnson for President, Susan Schwandt for VP Programs, Janet Rost for VP Membership, Patricia Timberlake-Turk for Treasurer and Roberts Myyra for Secretary. Voting on this slate will occur at the November Meeting with induction at the January meeting
  • We have several volunteer open positions including Demo Coordinator, Librarian and 2019 QU Chairs. The job descriptions are on the Volunteer Page. Contact me if you are interested.
  • The Board presented the Annual State of the Guild which is now posted on the website. Key changes for 2018 include
    • A new online membership process starting Nov 1 with individual ID and passwords of your choosing and ability to update your information on line.
    • Change to a yearly membership based on payment date instead of a calendar membership
    • Workshop registration open to Members on Nov 1 and to Non-members for all 2018 classes on Nov 20.
    • 2018 Membership dues and Workshop fees remain the same as 2017
  • Susan Schwandt presented our November speaker; Paula Golden. Paula will be teaching Free and Easy, an exploration in design and color and Frolicking Felines, a color theory class. Opening are available in both classes. Please contact Susan if you have any questions on the workshops at programs@gaaqg.com.
  • Our SafeHouse Fund-Raiser quilts were displayed in the lobby. For a $10 donation, you will receive 3 chances to place into a drawing for the quilt of your choice. Please contact Patrice Smith at fundraiserquilts@gaaqg.com if you would like to send in a donation. The quilts will be on display at the start of the November meetings and we will be collecting donations. This is our major fund-raising activity for SafeHouse, so please give generously.
  • The guild has been asked to display winter related quilts at the Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor and Museum in Grand Rapids. Quilts should have any of the following themes – Seasonal, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year. Quilts can be of any size and may have been displayed in other venues. Quilts need to be available by late October. Susan Schwandt is coordinating this activity and can be contacted at programs@gaaqg.com for more details.
  • Isabel Das Gupta is seeking small group members interested in meeting on Weekends or Evening in the North Wayne/South Oakland area. Please contact Isabel at smallgroups@gaaqg.com
  • Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can hand them to Nancy Borgeson at the meeting or email her at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com to coordinate mailing or delivery.

Lastly, I am asking your assistance in bringing all completed Safe House Quilts to the November Meeting where we will be presenting them to the SafeHouse team. We took in 30 quilts at the September meeting to bring our yearly total to 176. If you would like to quilt and finish a top, please contact Jan Kosko at safehousequiltkits@gaaqg.com as she has several tops in need of quilting. If you have finished quilts and you are not able to send them with another member, please contact me to coordinate a pick-up. If you need a label, you can print your own from the files at the bottom of the SafeHouse webpage.

I look forward to seeing at the November Meeting.

Kathy


July Guild Announcements – July 16, 2017

Our July meeting was great fun with the announcement of the 2018 speakers by Susan Schwandt, an inspiring lecture by Carol Harris and the garage sale with tables of wonderful sale items. I hope all of you who shopped are as pleased with your “new to you” items as I am with mine.
 
For your convenience, below are the announcements from the meeting:

  • We are seeking a VP of Membership for 2018. This job is term limited and Erika Keith has now served for 2 years. If you are familiar with databases or seeking to learn a new skill, please contact me at president@gaaqg.com for more information. I was pleased to announce that the following officers have agreed to a second one year term, Kathy Johnson as President, Susan Schwandt as VP Programs and Roberta Myyra as Secretary. It was also my pleasure to announce that Pat Timberlake-Turk has agreed to be our new treasurer for 2018. Claudia Tam who is our current treasurer is also term limited after 2 years of service.
  • Our SafeHouse Fund-Raiser quilts were displayed in the lobby. For a $10 donation, you will receive 3 chances to place into a drawing for the quilt of your choice. Please contact Patrice Smith at fundraiserquilts@gaaqg.comif you would like to send in a donation. The quilts will be on display at both the September and November meetings and we will be collecting donations. This is our major fund-raising activity for SafeHouse, so please give generously.
  • Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can hand them to Nancy Borgeson at the meeting or email her at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com to coordinate mailing or delivery.
  • QU is coming in two weeks. Class registrations are still open until July 22nd but meal reservations are now closed. Wanda and Katie shared with us the QU evening activities. There will be 3 “Make and Take” projects on Friday evening and three new ones on Saturday evening. All who are registered for QU can participate with all supplies provided. If you are not registered for QU but would like to participate, there is a $25 fee for both nights or a $15 for one night. You must contact Wanda directly by July 22nd if you want to participate as a non-QU registrant.
  • Susan Schwandt presented the next two teachers; Barb Vedder and Paula Golden. Both bring an extensive background and experience to their workshops and lecture, so they should be fun. Please contact Susan if you have any questions on the workshops at programs@gaaqg.com.
  • 2018 Speakers were announced. I have listed them in calendar order below. Susan also shared some of the classes that they will teach. We will post this information on our site later this year and registration should be open in November aligned the 2018 membership renewal. If you have suggestions for 2019 speakers, please send them to Susan at programs@gaaqg.com
  •  Glass City Quilts is holding their quilt show this coming weekend (7/21 and 7/22) in Sylvania, Ohio. It looks to be a good one so consider visiting.
  • We will be doing a SafeHouse sewing event after our September meeting. Bring your sewing machine for a free fun afternoon of sewing. Easy patterns and fabric are usually provided. Sew in a group or by yourself. No portable sewing machine? Come anyway, as we always need people to iron and cut fabric. Irons, ironing boards, rotary cutters and mats are provided. Beginners and advanced quilters welcome. Make new friends and let’s see how many quilt tops we can make in one afternoon for the families at SafeHouse!

I look forward to seeing some of you at QU and hope all of you enjoy the rest of the summer.
 
Kathy


May Guild Annoucements – May 22, 2017

We had a good turnout at our May meeting to hear our own Meena Schaldenbrand speak on “Texting in Quilts” and see her wonderful trunk show. The fabric sale was successful in raising $2,324 for SafeHouse. Many thanks to Roberta Myyra who coordinated the sale, to all who donated fabric or worked to prepare the sale and to those of you that took home new treasurers! Also, my thank you to all who dealt with the WCC parking lot repaving to come to the meeting. We will enjoy the new lots when rolling our machines across them.
 
The announcements from the May meeting are summarized below:

  • Volunteer Activities that qualify for the November Volunteer Quilt are posted on the website.  This is an updated version of the previous newsletter article.
  • Our website is being moved to a new server which will improve the response time and allow for more content and photos.
    • Members are encouraged to complete your visual directory on the membership page. If you’re not sure now, there’s a tutorial on the page.
    • We are also looking for photos of your current quilts to update the gallery.  Please send photo with quilt title to Mary Beth Donovan at webmaster@gaaqg.com.
    • If you have a kudo that you would like to share, please complete the form with a brief summary, along with a photo, to Mary Beth Donovan.
  • Kathy Schmidt collected the Volunteer Quilt Blocks at the meeting. If you still have block, please mail it to Kathy at 714 Sunset Dr. Tecumseh MI 49286
  • Isabel Das Gupta is working to connect guild members that are interested in small groups.  Please contact her directly if you have an interest in joining a small group. Currently, we are looking for interested members willing to lead/participate in a group near Grand Blanc, a group near the Ohio border, a group in the Farmington, W. Bloomfield, Northville and Novi area, a “postcard” small item group, and a new art quilt group.
  • Carol Repasky is our new Garage Sale Coordinator. The garage sale is held at our July Guild meeting. Members may bring for sale surplus and unwanted sewing, quilting, crafting, fiber, and studio related items. Items are priced and marked by members, put on display by Garage Sale volunteers, and bought by eager shoppers; both members and non-members are welcome to browse and buy.
    • Members are asked to clearly label the items with their name and price using a paper label that is taped or pinned on (note pins will not be returned). These tags are pulled off at the time of sale and become the financial record of what is to paid back to the member.
    • Any item’s proceeds that are to be donated to SafeHouse, should be marked “Donate”
    • Members must also bring a self-addressed stamped envelope with your phone number written under the envelope flap. This is for the guild to mail the check to the member
    • All members that bring items for sale must return back at 2PM to pick-up any unsold items. 
  • Patrice Smith is our new Fund-Raising Quilts Coordinator. We are still seeking groups or individuals that are willing to make a Fund-Raising quilt for 2018 or 2019. Please contact Patrice if you are interested
  • Katie McGrath and Wanda Nash gave an update on Quilt University. If you are interested in a class, please register as two are already sold out and others are filling fast. There are also 2 extra hotel rooms that are reserved. If you would like to use one of these, please contact Katie McGrath at qu@gaaqg.com.
  • Carole Harris is our speaker for July and will speak on her journey as an artist. Carole Harris is a Detroit based fiber artist who has redefined and subverted the concepts of quilting to suit her own purposes. She extends the boundaries of the tradition beyond utilitarian usage through explorations that include other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textures, materials and objects. Her work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited and published extensively. Highlights include a 2014 solo exhibition at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (Rochester, MI) and inclusion in the exhibition “The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmaker in 21st Century America” which toured China, where she was a guest lecturer. Carole’s exhibit “Bearing Witness” is currently at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, through August 23.

 
Have a happy rest of spring and I look forward to seeing you at the July Guild Meeting. 
 
Kathy Johnson


March Guild Announcements – March 18, 2017

We had a good group of attendees at the March Guild Meeting in spite of the weather – fog, snow, rain and ice.  Mary’s lecture was inspirational and the QU reveal was a success.  Some of the announcements from the guild meeting are as follows:

  • Please pick up your membership cards.  The guild will not be mailing them until after next meeting.  The password for membership access is on the back of the card.  If you need this information prior to the next meeting please contact Erika at membership@gaaqg.com.
  • We are seeking individuals or groups for either creating or donating quilts for the 2018 Safe House Fund Raising Quilt and 2018 Volunteer Quilt.  Please contact Kathy if you are interested at president@gaaqg.com.
  • Kathy Schmidt is coordinating our 2017 volunteer quilt and is asking members to complete a block by the May meeting.  Instructions are modern-and-improv-great.
  • Two new small groups are forming.  One in the Ypsilanti/Canton area will focus on Safe House quilting.  A second one will focus on computer technology.  Isabel has details on the Small Group site or contact her at smallgroups@gaaqg.com
  • Reminder, we will have our guild’s annual Safe House Fabric Sale at the May meeting.  Please come ready to shop.  If you have fabric you would like to donate, please contact Roberta to coordinate drop off or pick up in advance of the meeting.  We are not able to accept large donations on the day of the sale as we organize the fabric prior to the sale.  Contact Roberta at secretary@gaaqg.com
  • July will be our annual Garage Sale.  Instructions for the sale will come out shortly but now may be a good time to start identifying your gently used items for resale. 

QU Reveal was made by Katie and Wanda.
All QU classes are listed on the site under a page called QU 2017 – Classes or Membership Registration.  It is the 3rd link from the left on the top ribbon banner on the site after you log in as a member or click on the link above.

For those registering for QU and having technical difficulties, the most frequent concerns are listed below:

  • I cannot see the registration page – If you are using a mobile device like a phone or tablet it is possible the top ribbon shows icons/images instead of words.  On my iphone the 3rd icon over is a group of thee people. When I click that icon, I am taken to the page.
  • When I click the link to go to the store, it looks like I am going to a blank page.   You should see the words “Store”, “Quilt University 2017”.  Scroll down further to see the classes.  It looks like a long way down on some phones but keep going.
  • What password should I use for the store?  The store asks you to set-up an account with your personal email and a password.  Choose the password that you prefer and create your account.  We do not recommend having your computer save that store password as the computer may become confused with the overall guild member site password.
  • Can I do multiple orders?  Yes, you can order what you want now and log back in at a later time to add additional classes or meals.
  • Can I change classes after I ordered and paid? Please contact Roberta, the QU Registrar at quregistrar@gaaqg.com

As usual, Linda Theil will provide a more descriptive report on today’s meeting so look for that in the coming weeks on the GAAQG Blog or FaceBook communication channels.

Happy National Quilting Day and see you in May

Kathy


January 22, 2017

Quilt Day Meeting Recap

I wanted to thank those who were able to come to the January Meeting and the GAAQG 30th Anniversary Celebration. It was a wonderful time to chat and remember. For those who were not able to attend, we will post the history presentation on our website. The blog posts from original members are up on the site also, so take a look when you have a chance.

During the meeting, we made several announcements that I will recap in this email for your convenience.

  • As of Jan 22nd, we have changed the password for the member’s section of the website. New members and those with paid dues will have access to this password on the back of their 2017 membership card or the Membership VP email confirming dues received.   If you have not already paid your dues, the membership form is available to the general public and does not require a password for access. Please consider renewing.
  • The Librarians are requesting those who have checked out books for longer than 2 months, to please return them at the next meeting.
  • The Small Group Coordinator, Isabel Das Gupta, will be contacting those who indicated interest in small groups on their 2017 membership form between now and the next meeting to help connect you with existing groups or start new groups.
  • Wanda Nash and Katie McGrath announced 2017 QU is Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 – so save the dates. Also, we already know that hotel rooms may be in short supply for that weekend. The Guild is not reserving any rooms for this QU, so if you believe you may want to stay overnight during the weekend, please get your reservations very soon! Classes will be announced at our March meeting.
  • The guild announced a Quilt Challenge in honor of our 30th anniversary called “30 Something.” The details are posted on the website. Please participate and celebrate the guild whether you are a charter member, brand new or anywhere in between!

Best Wishes

Kathy Johnson – 2017 GAAQG President

December 11, 2016

We Asked. You Answered. We’re Listening . . .

Asking for member feedback about the Guild is one of the most powerful tools that the GAAQG Board can use in our decision-making. In late August we used SurveyMonkey for our second annual Member Satisfaction Survey. I used the results to help frame my September State of the Guild Presentation*, but I wanted to take this opportunity to give you some additional information.

We are very excited about the 2016 Survey because 34% of members responded — this response rate is significantly high for surveys. When asked for additional comments, nearly 70% of survey participants shared remarks — this represents nearly a quarter of our members. These response rates tell us that our members are engaged, want to be involved, and want to share feedback.

We often describe ourselves as a highly diverse group — people of all age and experience levels, which share the same passion for creating quilts. We’re passionate about quilting — some prefer traditional quilting, some are art quilters and some do many different styles. We’re also diverse in other ways — nearly half of those responding have been members for seven years or longer, while the other half is fairly evenly spread across members who have been with the guild from 0 to 7 years.

Your survey answers confirm that we are truly diverse and that phrase describes the Guild membership quite accurately.

Nearly two-thirds of those responding are very satisfied with our Guild. And even more of the respondents would recommend the Guild to a friend or colleague. You told us that the benefits of being part of the Guild you find most important are:

  • Lectures at our Quilt Days
  • Classes being offered
  • Meeting other quilters and making new friends.

This feedback says a lot — it tells us that we are doing many of the right things. And, these activities align with two of our three Guild objectives:

  • Promoting and preserving the art of quilting
  • Sponsoring activities that give members the chance to meet for fellowship.

Our third objective is to give back to the Community. In the survey, you told us that whether it’s making a SafeHouse quilt by yourself or participating in a group effort, you too value the opportunity to give back, especially knowing that our quilts are very meaningful to SafeHouse and the people they support.

There are things that you want the Guild to improve upon. Although there are a few items outside of our control, there are many that the Board is actively working to address:

  • Having more social activities making it easier for us to get to know one another better
  • Helping members form and join small groups or special interest groups
  • Revamping Quilt University for more interesting classes and structured activities
  • Looking for the best teachers and speakers for our Quilt Day meetings and workshops
  • Encouraging more members to get involved
  • Attracting younger members to join.

Thank you. All the groups that support the Guild’s efforts value your input. There is the Board, of course — but also, there are key groups working hard to increase our communication effectiveness and operational efficiencies. The Web team, Facebook team, the Bloggers, Admissions, the Librarians, the Quilt Day Demo organizers and volunteers, the

SafeHouse fabric and batting tables and event organizers, the Quilt University team, and on and on. We all thank you for your willingness to share your thoughts and ideas. And we all look forward to implementing improvements as well as continuing what is already working well.

Stay warm and happy quilting!

Sonja Hagen

*If you missed my State of the Guild Presentation at September Quilt Day, you can find a summary on the Members Home page under Quick Links and Resources. Please note, you must be signed in as a member!

August 20, 2016

I hope you are enjoying August – it’s going much too quickly! I wanted to let you know about these quilt-related items.

Programming Change for September 17 Quilt Day
Due to very low enrollment for the September workshops, the board decided to cancel our contract with Janice Averill.  We are excited to present a trunk show and lecture by Linda Thielfoldt, of The Quilted Goose.  Linda has won many blue ribbons at national shows (Paducah, Road2CA, PA National, MQX, MQS, Lowell Quilt Festival, Vermont Quilt Festival, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, HMQS, plus local and guild quilt shows) for her machine quilting artistry and wearable art and her machine quilting skills are in demand by quilters from all over the United States. She has been teaching quilting for over 15 years and loves to share her knowledge in a fun, lively, no-rules style that will provide inspiration and new ideas. She is a featured guest teacher at Accomplish Quilting; a Gammill/Statler Stitcher/Pfaff dealer in Stevensville, MI where students rave about her classes and they continue to “sell-out” each time they are scheduled.  In addition she has taught at various quilt shows around the US.

Exhibit of GAAQG Storybook Quilts
The Saline District Library has an exhibit of 24 quilts made by current and past GAAQG members.  Created in 1999, the GAAQG Storybook Quilts are on display through mid-September.

These quilts are part of the collection of quilts made by Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild members, inspired by children’s books featuring quilts or quilting in plot, theme, illustrations, etc.  Teachers are encouraged to borrow bins of quilts and books in four categories for use in their classrooms: Early elementary, Later elementary, History, and Multicultural.  Suggestions for related classroom activities are included.  Hours are 9-9 Monday through Thursday, 10-5 Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 on Sunday.  The quilts are grouped on the wall and in a display case near the front circulation desk.   For more information on the Saline Library display, contact Carol Sherry at cosherry@comcast.net.  For more information about the GAAQG Storybook Quilts collection, please contact collection coordinator Carol Spaly at bspaly@aol.com.

Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilt Guild has openings for Jacquie Gering classes
KLCQ is hosting Jacquie Gering September 20-22 and they have openings in her classes:  Slice and Insert, and Flip and Switch Improv.  For more information, visit their website www.klcqg.org or email drjennyg@hotmail.com.

Happy quilting,

Sonja

July 10, 2016

GAAQG July 16, 2016 Quilt Day and Lots of Info!

Hello, our meeting is this Saturday, July 16 and the doors open at 8:15am.

Featured Teacher and Speaker: Sujata Shah

Born and raised in India, Sujata went to art school to study graphic design. She moved to San Francisco as a young newlywed. When Sujata discovered the quilts of Gee’s Bend everything came together and she began to explore the use of traditional quilt patterns made with nontraditional fabrics. The approach created unique movement and fluidity; she began to focus on organic lines in traditional quilt blocks. Sujata stated in her book Cultural Fusion Quilts that “With each stack of free-form blocks, the personality of quilt blocks changes. Template-free cutting and a free piecing method create a perfect balance. They lend a modern twist to the organic and fluid nature of antique hand-pieced fold art quilts.”

In Sujata Shah’s lecture “Cultural Fusion Quilts,” she will share how she connects the dots between her memories of the past, and today’s creative process. “While growing up in India, rich colors, hand woven textiles and hand-crafts were part of my daily life. I learned to appreciate the irregularities and imperfections of handmade crafts. My instinctive ability to work with colors and textures, combined with education in graphic design, has helped me develop a unique style as a quilt designer. Inspired by the irregularities and imperfections of utilitarian quilts and handmade crafts from around the world, I developed abstract forms of traditional quilt blocks and subsequently published the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts. The presentation includes a slide show of my travels in India and my journey as a quilter, followed by a trunk show of original quilts from my book.“

Just last week Sujata was part of the elite teaching faculty at the world-famous Quilter’s Affair presented by The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon. To find out more about Sujata and her inspirations, read Linda Theil’s informative interview on our blog.

We have openings for Friday and Sunday classes. Register here for

  • Friday 7/15/16: Windmills Workshop. No templates, no marking, and no hand or machine applique! How does that sound for an applique look-alike block? Learn to trust your instincts as you cut shapes without templates or rulers. Sew curves effortlessly without pins and markings. Transform free-form leaf blocks into a Windmill or Winter/Spring quilt. See several color and setting examples on our Workshop page. (You need to click on the link to expand the description and view the pictures.)
  • Sunday 7/17/16: Peppermint Twist – Explore the endless possibilities of an organic and abstract version of the traditional Grandmother’s fan block. These free-form blocks have a twist: the overlapping and mismatched points result in negative and positive space. Curved and straight lines add movement and texture, while creating perfect balance. Final design decisions keep the quilt-making process exciting and unpredictable until the last stitch with no two alike! Follow the pattern, or design your own with ideas presented in class. See several color and setting examples on our Workshop page. (You need to click on the link to expand the description and view the pictures.)

Quilt Day Demos

  • Need help creating your member profile or uploading photos? Not sure how to create your GAAQG member profile on our website or upload photos?  Want to post a comment on our GAAQG Facebook page but don’t know how?  Linda Theil and Mary Beth Donovan will be demonstrating how to do both before Quilt Day on July 16.  Look for them in the Atrium and bring your photos and questions.  We look forward to meeting you!

It’s Garage Sale Time!

The Garage Sale is an opportunity for guild members to sell quilting, sewing and fiber-related items to other guild members and guests. (You must be a current guild member to sell; anyone is welcome to purchase.) GAAQG annual garage sale will be held after the July general meeting. A one dollar “shopping fee” will be charged when making a purchase which is donated to Safe House.

Cash or Checks payable to GAAQG are accepted; no credit cards.

Drop off your labeled items at the Garage Sale table before 9:15am (when the meeting begins).   When the sale is over, approximately 12:30 – 1:00, stop by to pick your un-sold items. Remaining items that are not picked up will be donated to PTO, Salvation Army or tossed.

Instructions for sellers and more details are here.

Silent Auction Donations

Gayle Kush will be accepting your donations to the silent auction before and after the July meeting.  We welcome any and all donations that would be suitable for personal use or for gift giving.  Popular items at past auctions included pillows, purses, bags, fabric bowls, table runners, note cards, small wall quilts as well as larger quilts, baby quilts and baby items are always good sellers.  Traditional, modern and art quilts all sell well.

There is a donation form on the website that must accompany your donations.  Gayle will also have hard copies at the meeting.  Thanks to everyone who has already donated!

SafeHouse Batting Program Needs Your Hobbs Labels

Please remember to bring your Hobbs labels to the Quilt Day meeting. We need 5 labels per roll and we typically order 2 rolls at a time. We estimate that the current supply will last through our May meeting.    If you have questions or would prefer to drop them in the mail, contact safehousebatting@gaaqg.com.  To learn more about the Hobbs batting program, follow the link under our SafeHouse page: https://www.gaaqg.com/about/safehouse/.

June 12, 2016

GAAQG GARAGE SALE – July 16, 2016

The Garage Sale is an opportunity for guild members to sell quilting, sewing and fiber-related items to other guild members and guests. (You must be a current guild member to sell; anyone is welcome to purchase.) GAAQG annual garage sale will be held after the July general meeting. A one dollar “shopping fee” will be charged when making a purchase which is donated to Safe House.

Cash or Checks payable to GAAQG are accepted; no credit cards.

Drop off your labeled items at the Garage Sale table before 9:15am (when the meeting begins).   When the sale is over, approximately 12:30 – 1:00, stop by to pick your un-sold items. Remaining items that are not picked up will be donated to PTO, Salvation Army or tossed.

Sellers:

  • Prepare a label for the items you’re selling
    • Use half of a 3” x 5” card or card stock approx. 3” x 2 ½”. Color cards are very helpful. Label with first name, last name, and price. You can use an address label or print your name. If you want to get paid do not bring labels smaller than 3” x 2 ½” because they can easily get lost.
    • If you’re bringing items and want the proceeds donated to the guild please label with price and GAAQG on the tag.
  • Attach labels to your items
    • Use masking tape or safety pins (pins will not be returned). No straight pins. Do not use blue painter’s tape it does not stay attached. Your label is how your goods are tracked so keep this in mind when making and attaching! Can we read it? Will it stay securely attached?
  • Bring a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope
    • This is how your get your check. If you forget, you will need to pay $1.00 and fill out a stamped envelope when you drop off your items.
  • Fee for selling
    • You will be charged a 10% fee on your total sales, which will be deducted from your payment. Fees collected will go towards the guild’s General Fund to help offset operational expenses.

To volunteer or just ask questions – contact Shelly Carpenter garagesale@gaaqg.com.

May 15, 2016

Hello, our meeting is this Saturday, May 21 and the doors open at 8:15am.

Featured Teacher and Speaker:  Cathy Miller
Here’s what Ami Simms (another famous quilter) had to say about Cathy:  I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Cathy Miller (and husband John Bunge) sing during one of their many performances to quilt guilds throughout North America. What a hoot! She’s a folk singer, composer, quilter, and now recording artist.  If you ever get a chance to hear her “quilty” songs in person, GO!

Prepare to be entertained with songs ranging from the historical, through the poignant, to the drop-dead funny.  Cathy’s lecture will include songs like “12 Step Plan for Quilters,” “100 Ways to Hide Your Stash,” and “You Can Quilt That Out.” Do not miss this event!

We have openings for Friday and Sunday classes. Register here for

  • Friday 5/20/16: Mock Mola Workshop. A fast and easy technique for reverse applique.
  • Sunday 5/22/16: Hexagons – state of the art workshop designed to give an overview of all the techniques currently being used in the hexie world and not all of them are by hand! Come see what all the fuss is about and try 3 or 4 of the techniques.  Minimal prep and supplies because of a kit supplied by the teacher ($25 kit fee).

Quilt Day Demos

  • Pat Wagner – Fabric Boxes:  Have you seen all the colorful fabric boxes that are popping up everywhere? They’re so cool and Pat will show us how to make them!
  • Jan Frank – Chain Stitch:  Jan will continue her embroidery series by teaching the chain stitch and the many variations for contemporary or crazy quilting. Try your hand at the “magic chain” which changes colors!  As usually you do not have to bring anything – just watch or stitch along.  We will have supplies, but if you want to bring your own doodle cloth, please do.  Don’t forget to bring recent work to share.

2016 Fundraiser Quilt
If you signed up to make a block with the Kaffe Fasset fabric, your finished block is due at the May meeting!  Anne Bednar is coordinating the group quilt and she will be collecting your finished blocks.  We are looking for a volunteer (single or small group) to help assemble the blocks into a top.  The top needs to be completed by mid-June in order to get it to the quilter.  We are also looking for a volunteer to put a binding and sleeve on the quilt when it comes back from the quilter.  The binding and sleeve need to be done by Friday, July 29 so the quilt can be displayed at the Quilt Show. Interested in helping? Email fundraiserquilts@gaaqg.com

Library Book Challenge
2016 is a Quilt Show year!  Quilts in the challenge are to be “inspired by” books that are in the guild’s library. The entries don’t have to duplicate a pattern or technique; rather the book is “assisting in the creative process”. Contact the Librarians@gaaqg.com to request a book so they can bring it to Quilt Day. Then get ready to be featured in one of our show special exhibits!

Almost Annual Fabric Sale!
We’ve received several bountiful donations of top quality quilting fabric this year (one single donation was 50 boxes alone!).  You’ll be able to stuff your bag(s) full for a flat fee!  In addition to fabric we have some books, notions and a sewing machine. The sale begins AFTER our general meeting. All revenue goes to support SafeHouse activities (batting program, sewing events, etc.) and SafeHouse Center.  Cash or checks made out to GAAQG – no debit/credit cards!

Silent Auction Donations
Gayle Kush will be accepting your donations to the silent auction before and after the May meeting.  We welcome any and all donations that would be suitable for personal use or for gift giving.  Popular items at past auctions included pillows, purses, bags, fabric bowls, table runners, note cards, small wall quilts as well as larger quilts, baby quilts and baby items are always good sellers.  Traditional, modern and art quilts all sell well.

There is a donation form on the website that must accompany your donations.  Gayle will also have hard copies at the meeting.  Thanks to everyone who has already donated!

SafeHouse Batting Program Needs Your Hobbs Labels
Please remember to bring your Hobbs labels to the Quilt Day meeting.  We need 5 labels per roll and we typically order 2 rolls at a time. We estimate that the current supply will last through our May meeting.    If you have questions or would prefer to drop them in the mail, contact safehousebatting@gaaqg.com.  To learn more about the Hobbs batting program, follow the link under our SafeHouse page: https://www.gaaqg.com/about/safehouse/.

See you Saturday!

Sonja

March 20, 2016 – March meeting follow up

Happy First Day of Spring!

For those of you who weren’t able to join us at our March Quilt Day, one of the highlights was reviewing the Members Only section of our new website www.gaaqg.com, same address and location, but definitely not your mother’s quilt guild website!

  • The SafeHouse page has construction guidelines, patterns and labels, and information on the batting program
  • The Volunteer page lists job openings and descriptions of how you can lend your talents to help the guild: admissions, quilt day demos, librarian, greeters, etc.
  • The Library page has instructions for requesting a book and a downloadable list of the guild’s books
  • When you are logged in, you’ll see buttons for entering your quilts, donating to the silent auction and contacting the Quilt Show committee chairs.

Please visit often – this is a dynamic website and we will be posting new content on a regular basis.  One exciting new feature is our blog and we already have 16 posts.  We’ve also added a brand new Facebook page so if you are a Facebooker, please like us and look for updates!

We mentioned at the meeting that the two primary drivers for our website are attracting new members and building a true community for our members.  How many times have you asked someone at Quilt Day “I need to talk to Mary McQuilter, but I have no idea what she looks like.  Can you point her out?”  Our Members Only section has a Visual Directory!  After logging in*, you can complete the entry form and upload a picture of yourself and a picture of one of your quilts.  Not all that comfortable with the technology?  Bring yourself and a quilt to May Quilt Day – we’ll have people with laptops or iPads to help!

I’d also like to ask for your help.  Do you stay in contact with former guild members?  Please take a moment or two to check in with them and invite them to visit our website, or better yet, come as your guest to the May meeting.  We want to share all of the exciting things going on at the guild!

Happy quilting (and web surfing!),

Sonja

* The password for the Members Only section is on the back of your 2016 membership card.  If you didn’t pick up your card at the January or March meeting, you can email Membership@gaaqg.com to request the password.

 

March 15, 2016 – Celebrate International Quilting Day!

Hello GAAQG, our meeting is this Saturday, March 19 and the doors open at 8:15am.

Featured Teacher and Speaker: Annette Ornelas

DIMENSIONAL CURVED PIECING OR PEELED-BACK PATCHWORK

In her lecture, Annette Ornelas will transport you into another quilting dimension that is fast and easy. Straight line piecing with curved results! Piecing a curved quilt becomes as easy as sewing a straight line. You can get amazing results – the blocks look complex yet are easy to piece. Annette will bring numerous quilts and samples so everyone can see how it actually works.

We have openings for Friday and Sunday classes. Register here for

  • Friday 3/18/16: Mexican Stars wall hanging
  • Sunday 3/20/16: Dance of the Dragonflies wall hanging

Quilt Day Demos

  • Mary Hogan – Teacup Pin Cushions: Turn an old, neglected teacup into a lovely pin cushion using a small piece of fabric and fiberfill or batting scraps.  They are charming and would make a fun gift for the sewer on your gift list!
  • Jan Frank – French Knots: Jan will continue her embroidery series by teaching flat, and floppy French knot techniques.  No need to bring anything unless you wish to bring a piece that you’re working on or a sample piece of fabric which you may wish to stitch on and keep as a record.

Library Book Challenge

2016 is a Quilt Show year! Quilts in the challenge are to be “inspired by” books that are in the guild’s library. The entries don’t have to duplicate a pattern or technique, rather the book is “assisting in the creative process”. Contact the Librarians@gaaqg.com to request a book so they can bring it to Quilt Day. Then get ready to be featured in one of our show special exhibits!

Make a date to Sew Like Crazy for SafeHouse!

We are sponsoring another SafeHouse Sewing Event following our regular meeting . Please join in and spend the afternoon sewing, or rotary cutting or ironing (irons and boards supplied). We welcome assistance in all areas. This event will feature precut cotton squares (supplied), precut batting (supplied) which we will sandwich together, then sew together for a “Be a Square” SH Quilt, 60” x 80”.  The pattern is appropriate for all skill levels!

  • You can produce your own quilt, or participate as a team (e.g. one sewer, one presser)
  • Bring your sewing machine (and basic sewing supplies) or rotary cutter and mat (irons are supplied).
  • There will be locked storage for these supplies during the guild meeting. The room is available until 4:30 pm but you are not required to stay the full time.
  • Walk ins are always welcome but if you register before Wednesday, March 16 Jan Kosko will bring a bottle of water and bagel for you.

To register or ask questions, email Jan Kosko.

SafeHouse Batting Program Needs Your Hobbs Labels

Please remember to bring your Hobbs labels to the Quilt Day meeting. We need 5 labels per roll and we typically order 2 rolls at a time. We estimate that the current supply will last through our May meeting.    If you have questions or would prefer to drop them in the mail, contact safehousebatting@gaaqg.com.  To learn more about the Hobbs batting program, follow the link under our SafeHouse page: https://www.gaaqg.com/about/safehouse/.

Bring Your Fabric Donations

Our annual donated fabric sale will be held on May 21 after our Quilt Day meeting but donors need to bring their fabrics, notions, books, etc. to Quilt Day on March 19.  Co-chairs Roberta Myyra and Liz Rodriguiz will have a table in the atrium before the meeting.  They welcome offers of help sorting the donations prior to the sale and will have a sign-up sheet.  Questions?  Contact Liz or Roberta at secretary@gaaqg.com.  Remember:  all proceeds from the sale will go to support SafeHouse Center!

January 24, 2016 – Shiny New Website and a Facebook Page!

For those of you who weren’t able to join us at our January Quilt Day, one of the highlights was revealing our new website www.gaaqg.com, same address and location, but definitely not your mother’s quilt guild website!

Please visit often – this is a dynamic website and we will be posting new content on a regular basis.  One exciting new feature is our blog and we already have several posts.  We’ve also added a brand new Facebook page so if you are a Facebooker, please like us and look for updates!

I mentioned at the meeting that the two primary drivers for our website are attracting new members and building a true community for our members.  How many times have you asked someone at Quilt Day “I need to talk to Mary McQuilter, but I have no idea what she looks like.  Can you point her out?”  Our Members Only section has a Visual Directory!  After logging in*, you can complete the entry form and upload a picture of yourself and a picture of one of your quilts.  Not all that comfortable with the technology?  Bring yourself and a quilt to March Quilt Day – we’ll have people with laptops or iPads to help!

I’d also like to ask for your help.  Do you stay in contact with former guild members?  Please take a moment or two to check in with them and invite them to visit our website, or better yet, come as your guest to the March meeting.  We want to share all of the exciting things going on at the guild!

Happy quilting (and web surfing!),

Sonja

* The password for the Members Only section is on the back of your 2016 membership card.  If you didn’t pick up your card at the January meeting, you can email Membership@gaaqg.com to request the password.

January 14, 2016 – Didn’t win the Powerball? We’ve got much better odds!

f you weren’t one of the 5 $1 million winners in the State of Michigan last night, renew your 2016 GAAQG membership and take a chance at a fabulous prize basket!  Right now your odds are better than one in two hundred!

Prize Give Away!
If you submit your 2016 membership form and dues before 9am on 1/16/2016 you will be eligible to win a basket stuffed with 47 FQs, 2 books, 5 patterns and other surprises (including a Panera gift certificate)!  Pay online at https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/43055506018953 or in person before the meeting to ensure you’ll be included in the drawing.

You can also be a winner by attending Quilt Day and taking advantage of so many wonderful activities!

Featured Teacher and Speaker:  Frieda Anderson
Frieda’s lecture is “Fun Free-Motion Quilting” and she will show how she uses her sewing machine to achieve her beautiful award-winning quilting designs.  She’ll review thread, needles, batting and other tools.  Both of Frieda’s classes are filling quickly but we do have a few openings on Friday and Sunday. No sewing machine required!  Register herefor

  • Friday 1/15/16: Whispering Pines
  • Sunday 1/17/16: Duluth Trees

Quilt Day Demos

  • Linda Thiel will demo an easy house block “Safe House” which uses four 5” squares.  It’s a great scrappy quilt.  Linda will have a door prize for one lucky pre-meeting participant!
  • Jan Frank will continue her series on hand embroidery stitches with a demo of button hole stitch variations.  You do NOT need to bring anything.

Library Book Challenge
2016 is a Quilt Show year!  Please see the Library Book Quilt Challenge on page 7 of the newsletter and contact the Librarians@gaaqg.com to request a book so they can bring it to Quilt Day. Then get ready to be featured in one of our show special exhibits!

2015 Workshop Show & Tell
Bring any completed (or at least portable!) projects from a 2015 GAAQG workshop and let’s have a special retrospective.  Our featured teachers were Deb Gash, Kathy Kansier, Maggie Ball, Lynn Krawczyk, and Pat Pauly.

SafeHouse Sewing Event
Karlane Belaire and Pat Wagner will host a SafeHouse Sewing Event following the Guild Quilt Day meeting.  Teams are welcome!  If you like, partner with a friend and have one sewer and one cutter/presser.  The event is a free class and a free pattern, but we are asking that you register in advance. Email Pat (mickpat2@yahoo.com) to sign up and get fabric requirements.