President’s Perspective

July 2019 President Message

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best,

Susan Schwandt

President, GAAQG

May 2019 President Message

WHEW! Winter sure took its time releasing its icy grip, but the rewards of spring are finally here! There is a robin’s nest on my patio, and I enjoy watching the Robinson family tend to their babies while working on my spring-themed quilts.

With the arrival of spring, comes our guild’s eagerly anticipated May Quilt Day activities. The Friday, May 17 Lynn Harris Tiny Piecing class is full, but openings are available in Lynn’s Sunday, May 19 class, Intuitive Piecing With Solids.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

March 2019 President’s Letter

I’m “sew” happy to welcome to our March Quilt Day teacher and lecturerKaren Linduska, who will show how to use those fancy decorative stitches on our sewing machines. Karen’s class preparations aren’t as daunting as you might think. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from an award-winning sewing machine expert and quilter. Register now: https://www.gaaqg.com/our-events/workshops/.
 
Share your love of GAAQG by bringing a friend to our Quilt Day meetings! Members can give our new Be My Guest program guest card to invite other quilters to attend one complimentary Quilt Day guild meeting. Invitees may attend a meeting of their choice with or without the guild member present. There’s no limit to the number of different guests you can invite and cards you can print. Go to the Membership Home Page section, “Quick Links and Resources.” Click on the link “Guest Card for Quilt Days.” Of course, walk-in visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings, too (admission: $10).

The Quilt University team will share details on the classes for our rock star teachers: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Susan Purney Mark, Shannon Brinkley, Debbie Grifka and Michelle Dobrin. Class details will be posted on the website after the guild meeting on the Quilt University page. Member class registration will start on Monday, March 18. Quilt University takes place on July 26-28.  

Celebrate National Quilting Day (March 16) with our SafeHouse Sewing event to make quilts for domestic violence survivors at the SafeHouse Center. The event starts right after the Quilt Day meeting. It is open to all levels of sewing skill. We also appreciate those who will iron or rotary cut. Email safehousequiltkits@gaaqg.com, Jan Kosko to register. You may bring your own SafeHouse project or sew one of our provided kits. Bring your sewing or rotary cutting supplies. Irons and ironing boards will be provided. We usually can sew up 20 – 25 quilt tops. Be a part of the fun!!  

Free demos will be offered before and after the Quilt Day meeting:

‘See you at our March Quilt Day meeting!

Warm regards,
Susan Schwandt

January 2019 President’s Letter

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed holiday celebrations filled with love, joy and creativity. It’s always challenging to keep New Year’s resolutions, but I have an easy one for you. Please make and keep a resolution to join us at the Jan. 19 Quilt Day meeting.

We’re excited to welcome our teacher and lecturer, Heather Jones: “Integrating Tradition with Modern Design.” Modern quilters often integrate traditional patterns, blocks and techniques in their quilts. Heather will guide us through an in-depth look at the process of merging tradition with modernity in quilting. She will discuss how she adds her own spin to traditional quilting components to make them fresh and modern, and share tips and techniques on how you can do so as well. It’s not too late to register for Heather’s Friday “Fly Away: Large Scale Piecing” and Sunday “From Inspiration to Design” workshops: https://www.gaaqg.com/our-events/workshops/.

Three times a year in Jan., March and Sept. our guild hosts SafeHouse Sewing events to make quilts for domestic violence survivors at the SafeHouse Center. Our Jan. event takes place after the guild meeting from 12:30-4:30 pm. Bring your sewing machines and basic sewing supplies. Sew a quilt kit or bring your own project, fabrics and patterns. If you don’t want to bring your machine, we also need quilters to press and cut fabrics. What a fun way to meet other guild members and support a great cause! Special thank you to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center for a generous SafeHouse Center fabric donation.  To register for the SafeHouse Sewing event, please email Jan at safehousequiltkits@gaaqg.com

If you’ve caught the travel bug, don’t miss Jean Shaw’s Quilt Day demonstration. Relive your favorite travel memories using photos, paint and muslin squares to create little “travel quilts.”

A reminder to those whose membership will end as of Dec. 30 or Dec. 31, 2018.  Please log into the site and renew your membership prior to your membership ending to maintain access to the private information for guild members.

Lastly, we’ll be voting in our slate of officers for 2019. Please thank them for volunteering:

  • VP Programs – Brenda Rigdon
  • VP Membership – Janet Rost
  • Treasurer – Pat Timberlake-Turk
  • Secretary – Deb Truax

As your President, my personal goal is to make the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild your source for quilting inspiration, support and creativity—and an oasis of peace in this turbulent world.

Your ideas and volunteer time are deeply appreciated, and I’ll see you at our January Quilt Day meeting.

Warm regards,

Susan

November 2018 President’s letter

Wow, it is hard to believe the holidays are approaching and with them year end. But before we get there, please take some time out for yourself and join us at the November 17th Quilt Day.

Our lecture is by Louisa Smith entitled “Double Visions: Curves and Circles That Create Wonderful Illusions”.  You will never look at fabrics the same way. This lecture will teach you to use gorgeous fabrics and incredible colors. It is all about Pattern on Pattern. By using many layers, you can create illusions of depth. Emphasis will be on the use of color, pattern and the interaction they have on one another. The many procedures and options of styles, scale and construction will be discussed. Whether you are a fuser or a piecer, this Escher-type design is perfect for you. Louisa’s two-day class is sold out. We will have to wait until January to see the class results but I am looking forward to being impressed.

Also, in November, we have the presentation of quilts and donations for SafeHouse Center. SafeHouse Center leadership will be present to accept both and share a little about SafeHouse. We will have the fundraising quilts raffle tickets on sale in the lobby prior to the meeting if you would like to purchase tickets or if you can directly donate to SafeHouse. I look forward to seeing the pile of quilts each year, so if you are near finishing a quilt – please do so to make the pile even taller.

I am pleased to announce that the guild does have a slate of officers for 2019. We will introduce them at the meeting, but in advance I am listing them below. Please thank them for volunteering

·      President – Susan Schwandt

·      VP Programs – Brenda Rigdon

·      VP Membership – Janet Rost

·      Treasurer – Pat Timberlake-Turk

·      Secretary – Deb Truax

Other activities at our September meeting include a demo by Mary Hogan on Fast-Fold Hexies from her book, Fast-Fold Hexies in the Atrium. In addition, the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild is also having their annual holiday sale in the large rooms next to the Atrium starting at 8:30 and running until 4pm.

Lastly, I am pleased to announce the opening of 2019 workshop registration for guild members effective Nov 1st. Please sign in as a member at the above link or click on the 2019 Guild Workshop – Member Registration in the teal bar at the top of the page. Additionally, Mary Beth our Webmaster has created a tutorial on registering at this link. Registration for non-guild members will open on Dec 1st.

I look forward to seeing you at the November Meeting – Kathy Johnson

Sept 2018 President’s letter

 

It is hard to believe that fall is almost upon us. I hope you enjoyed our quilt show and the rest of your summer. With fall comes the start of holiday planning which may mean starting or completing quilt projects. If you are looking for inspiration, please join us at our Sept 15th Quilt Guild Meeting.

Our speaker will be Mickey Depre. Her lecture will be “Quilts Young and Old: Timid and Bold”. Mickey Depre’s quilts have been described as whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples of all shades in harmony. Her work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work. The images are meant to spark thought and a smile, as humor is a great gift to share.

On Friday September 14th, Mickey’s class will be Summer Carnival. You’ll make the Meems quilt block in the Summer Carnival quilt from Mickey’s Half Scraps Quilts book and will finish a few blocks in class.  The workshop is brimming with color and fabric choice exercises and tips and tricks for using specialty rules and tools. A bonus table runner pattern will also be provided which uses just a few blocks that can be finished in class if you do not want to make the full quilt (Holiday gift idea?). On Sunday September 16th, the class will be Pieced Hexies Buffet. You will learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with Mickey Depre’s Pieced Hexies Patterns. We will make three design samples and gain new, fun and exciting ideas that will have our imagination running wild. I am taking this class and planning on using my samples in a wall quilt perhaps using holiday themed fabric. (Just my imagination running on holiday gift ideas again). Both workshops still have openings.

We will conduct guild business at the September meeting as I present the state of the guild update including feedback from our recent survey. Thank you to those who responded and for your suggestions! We are seeking two guild officers for 2019.  The VP of Programs has three main responsibilities: scheduling and contracting guild speakers/teachers, quilt class registration and coordination and coordinating our quilt day speakers. This can be a large job but there are many volunteers signed up to help the VP so delegation can make this officer role manageable. We also have 2019 speakers already contracted with suggestions for 2020 but we are waiting for the new VP to input their thoughts. The Secretary’s role is to take minutes and store documents of the actions and decisions from the board meeting, maintain the guild’s working calendar and resource plan and support board activities. All officers are asked to attend the board meetings on a regular basis. Having been a board member in many roles over the past years, I can say they were all fun commitments and fulfilled my personal desire to volunteer and give back to the community – our guild and SafeHouse. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact me at president@gaaqg.com.

Other activities at our September meeting include the raffle ticket sales for our SafeHouse Center fundraising quilts. Guild Members may also sign up to sell raffle tickets to their friends, at work, or at any event. We will have a poster with photos of the quilts available to help sales. If you would like to sell tickets at a guild meeting other than ours, we would very much appreciate it. Please contact Patrice Smith at fundraiserquilts@gaaqg.com to coordinate borrowing the quilts and tickets. Mary Bajcz will be demonstrating before and after the meeting; “How to End a Quilt Binding”. Lastly, I am pleased to announce that Quilting Season will be our vendor. So, plan to bring a little extra for shopping. (I hear there is holiday fabric coming…just saying).

Following the meeting we will have a SafeHouse sewing event. Jan Kosko and the SafeHouse small group (the “Cut-ups”) have assembled a number of quilting kits for sewing. You can sew one of these kits or bring you own fabric.  You just need to bring your sewing machine for a free fun afternoon of sewing.  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. The aim is to make new friends and let’s see how many quilt tops we can make in one afternoon for the families at SafeHouse! Please RSVP to Jan at safehousequiltkits@gaaqg.com

I look forward to seeing you at the September Meeting – Kathy Johnson

 

July 2018 President’s letter

 

Happy July!  So many things to celebrate this month including our own quilt show, Rock Around the Block: QUILTS – July 28-29, 2018.  I am so looking forward to seeing all your wonderful work.

Our July 21st guild meeting is just a week ahead of the quilt show.  Our 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.

Also at the July meeting, we will also hold our GAAQG member Garage Sale which is open to the public.  Guild members may sell their new or gently used quilt items.  Instructions for drop off, pricing, and labeling will be sent in a separate email to members.  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.

We will also start selling raffle tickets for our SafeHouse Center fundraising quilts. The raffle quilts will be on display at the meeting.  Guild Members may also sign up to sell raffle tickets to their friends, at work, or at any event.  We will have a poster with the quilts available on our website after the July meeting to help sales.

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

Please invite family, friends and co-workers to attend our show.  Below are some details on how you can help:

  • 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 AuctionQuilt Day, July 21st is the last day to drop off your donations for the silent auction or you can contact Gayle Kush or June Guthrie to coordinate a drop off at another time.
  • 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.

GAAQG Officer positions are term limited to two years.  At the end of this year, the president, the vice president programs and the secretary position will open due to term limits.  Please consider volunteering for one of these positions.  They are supported by an active team on knowledgeable people to lighten the load and I can honestly tell you, the jobs are fun.  If you would like more information, please contact me or any other of the officers.  The guild must have officers in place by Jan 2019 to operate per our by-laws. 

In September, our speaker is Mickey Dupree who will lecture on “Quilts Young and Old: Timid and Bold”. Mickey Depre will share an eclectic gathering of quilts from her studio. Some of her own quilts. Some Vintage. Some Traditional.  Some Art.  Something for everyone. Because after all, her motto is: “There is more than enough fabric in the studio to be both an Art Quilter and a Traditional Quilter.” Mickey easily bridges traditional piecing and art quilting. Her work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work.  Her Friday class is a half scrap quilt, “A Taste of Summer Carnival”.  Half-Scrap, a few constant fabrics and a whole mess of scraps, is how Mickey Depre makes traditional pieced quilts. The Summer Carnival Workshop is brimming with color and fabric choice exercises, and tips and tricks for using specialty rulers/tools. Sunday is a hand piecing class, “Pieced Hexies Buffet”.  Learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with Mickey Depre’s Pieced Hexies Patterns. You will leave class with three design samples and new, fun and exciting samples that will have your imagination running wild. Just in time for those cool fall evenings, when I just want to sit and sew or perhaps travel and sew.

I look forward to seeing you at the July meeting and/or our quilt show!

Kathy Johnson

May 2018 President’s letter 

Happy May and I am very glad that spring is finally here!  This winter has been a long one but I hope you have found time to enjoy staying warm and quilting.  I am excited as the guild is moving into summer with great speakers, workshops and of course our Quilt Show “party”.  It should be a fun time over the next few months.

Our speaker for May is Linda J. Hahn.  Her lecture will be “New York Beauty Simplified” (with a big trunk show). Best known for her “New York Beauty Simplified” technique, Linda Hahn has a way of taking projects that look complex and breaking them down in such a way that’s easy to understand. Linda adds her own sense of style while at the same time making quilts a WHOLE LOTTA FUN! Her infectious passion for quilting shines through in her lectures and classes. Linda will talk about the New York Beauty block’s versatility, how she accidentally became an author, the publishing process and she’ll share the funny stories behind her quilts.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the American Quilting Society’s biggest stars! Linda’s Friday Workshop is “New York Beauty Simplified” and her Sunday call is “She Can Dance”.  Both classes still have a few openings left, so register fast.  Precutting is recommended for Sunday’s class.

The guild is hosting our own Fabric Sale at our May Meeting in the spirit of new spring projects and spring cleaning. For those who are not familiar with the event, members donate their unwanted yardage and all sales benefit SafeHouse Center.  Sales are based on the size bag (quart, gallon, or larger) which you can fill with all your “new treasures”.  Please note we can only accept Cash or Checks – No Credit Cards.  The sale will start at the end of the guild meeting after Show & Tell and SafeHouse Quilts.  The sale will end about 12:30 PM.

If you wish to donate fabric, Roberta Myyra who coordinates the sale sent me a few words on donating for the Fabric sale:

Hello Fellow Guild Fabric Hoarders:

This is your last chance to clear out your stash and donate all that stuff you are never going to use to the Guild Fabric Sale on May 19th.

HERE IS THE CATCH: I need it by Friday next week (5/11) so I can have it sorted and ready for sale.

Please give me a call for pick-up or drop off. Roberta Myyra — 734.417.5174

Our Quilt Show, Rock around the Block, is on July 28-29, 2018 at the Morris Lawrence Building on WCC Campus.  It is shaping up to be a great show, so please put the dates on your calendar and share with friends.  Members can access additional information on the show at the Members Only Quilt Show Page.  This is the webpage to register your quilts, volunteer, download a show poster or just see what is happening.  Here are a few updates:

  1. Some of you have already registered your quilts to be in the show but we are looking for more quilts. The quantity and quality of our quilts is what makes the show. The deadline for submission is May 7th.  Like many of us, I am a procrastinator and am still completing my registrations so if you are like me – It is time to do this!  Remember the quilt does not need to be complete but we do need information on size, style, color to aid the display planning process.  Quilt Registration is required for both the main floor quilts and special exhibits.
    • If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact our GAAQG Webmaster
    • If you having difficulty with the quilt submission form, please contact the Quilt Show Team
  2. Volunteer spots are still available for both days in a variety of time slots. Thank you for those who have already completed this.
  3. We have a number of vendors signed up for the show. You can see the vendor listing by clicking on the Vendor Page.  Vendor inquires can be submitted to Vendor Liaison

On a future programming note, we will not have workshops in July due to the focus on our Quilt Show but will have a great speaker in Beth Donaldson talking on “Quilting in Detroit in the 1930’s”.  Guild members are encouraged to bring quilts from the 1930s for a show-and-tell at lecture’s end.  In September, our speaker is Mickey Dupree who will lecture on “Quilts Young and Old: Timid and Bold”.  Her Friday class is a half scrap quilt, “A Taste of Summer Carnival” and Sunday is a hand piecing class, “Pieced Hexies Buffet”.  Just in time for those cool fall evenings, when I just want to sit and sew or perhaps travel and sew.

Enjoy the great weather and spring flowers.  I am looking forward to seeing you at the May Meeting.

Kathy Johnson