President’s Perspective

President’s Message: Sept 2022

Summer may be winding down, but the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is certainly staying busy.  

Our July Quilt Day reminded all of us how great it is to meet in person. We heard a wonderful lecture by Meg Cox on “Quilt Journalist Tells All, A Reporter Inside the Quilt World.” After the morning meeting, the Atrium was packed with activity and conversation. The SafeHouse table with Mary Vinovskis and her crew was busy giving out donated fabric to make quilts for SafeHouse Center. Roberta Myyra and her crew were passing out unfinished SafeHouse quilts. Jane Clark was highlighting her long arm quilting skills. Arlene Kindel and Lucinda Herring were introducing programs for the remainder of the year. The Quilt Show committee headed by Lori Rhode was tying up loose ends in preparation for the Quilt Show. We gathered for lunch and more conversation and returned to the auditorium for Meg’s second talk on “Making Meaning: How Quilters Celebrate Life”.

It was like the “Good Old Days” before Covid struck. Although masks were not required, most members showed consideration for the more fragile attendees and wore them.

Our July 30-31 Quilt Show was a great success. We had nearly 1,300 visitors and more than 200 quilt entries. Our vendors were a bonus. They brought what our members wanted to see and buy. As we have fewer quilt stores in the area, this proved to be an opportunity to pick up some new fabrics and tools.

Thank you to everyone who came and viewed our work. Seeing the creative work of our members filling the Atrium was a reminder of why we gather to share ideas and skills.

Now onto our September 17 Quilt Day meeting with Yay!!! another fabric sale following the meeting. Our speaker is Sheila Frampton-Cooper. We will be meeting both in person (at the Morris Lawrence Building on the Washtenaw Community College campus) and on Zoom. If you are a non-member and would like to hear Sheila, you can join us by purchasing a $10 ticket. You can register on our website and join us either in person or on Zoom.  If you attend in person, please bring your ticket confirmation to the Sign in Desk.  You will also receive a Zoom invitation via e-mail on September 15.  Sheila’s workshops are currently full, but we do see openings occur sometimes as we get close to the workshop dates.  You can see details for the workshops on our workshop page and you can email to be added to the waiting list.
Additionally, we will announce our 2023 lecture and workshop schedule at this meeting. Members can sign up for workshops starting November 1. Some of these classes fill up very fast, so if you want first dibs on a class, you might want to consider joining the guild.  Registration is offered to non-Members only if openings are available approximately 6 weeks prior to the workshop.
And, we will have a large fabric sale on Saturday, September 17 after our meeting until 2:00pm. Members and paid guests will be admitted at the end of the Quilt Day Meeting. The General public who are not guild members will be admitted at 12:30pm.  The fabric is mainly donated high quality quilting fabric
We will have a book sale after the November 19th meeting. We are selling our library due to a lack of permanent storage. It was a difficult decision but the hundreds of books we have to store in our homes and cart to WCC have become a burden. In addition, the digital age has made it possible to view, buy and download current books easily making our library less relevant. Some of our library contains beautiful art books that are well worth collecting. I would like to thank our dedicated librarians over the years. They have served us well.

Our November speaker is Mary Kerr, and she is teaching workshops on Nov 18 and Nov 20.  Both classes are open to members and non-members.  For more details and links to register, please see our workshop page.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

President’s Message: July 2022

Welcome Home on Quilt Day Saturday, July 16!

Your Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is returning to the Towsley Auditorium in the newly renovated  Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Saturday, July 16. Doors will open at 8:30am and we will gather in the Auditorium at 9:15am.  We are looking forward to ‘welcoming all our members home!’

It has been 2 ½ years since we have been able to meet in person at our wonderful facility. We are all very anxious to be able to see each other in 3D. The Guild has done a phenomenal job of continuing to hold meetings and classes in the virtual world and we have learned a lot during this time about how to communicate with all of you.


We will have an Admissions self-sign in table as you come in the door and we would like you to please sign-in.  A separate Membership table will be in the Atrium where members can get a free “Be My Guest” pass for a friend.  Now that we are able to meet again in person, we are happily reactivating our ‘Be My Guest” program.  This is an opportunity for our members to invite their quilting friends to attend one of our Quilt Day meetings at no charge to learn more about the guild.  You can either print out an invitation form or send the link via email.  The sponsoring member doesn’t need to accompany the guest but if they don’t, the guest will need to bring their completed form to the Admissions desk and the sponsoring member will need to alert us to their planned attendance at

Please wear your name tags so we can easily recognize each other after all this time. You can print your membership card off the website (the link is on the Membership Resources page after you login) or wear one you have made. They really help!!  There will be blank name tags available for guests as well.

We know there are quilters who cannot get to every meeting because of health issues, vacations, etc., so we will continue to offer the Zoom option. This is to give all our members the opportunity to benefit from our Quilt Day meetings and speakers.  The Zoom link will be sent via email on Thursday prior to the meeting (July 14).  Saying that, I feel that we are a community and as such need to see our members face-to-face. We need to see the quilts in person, exchange ideas and inspire each other. We encourage our members to welcome new members and new quilters during the time before and after meetings, share techniques, show off our quilts.  Make a point to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know!

July lecturer is Meg Cox, times two!

Our July speaker is Meg Cox, a quilter and nationally known thought leader on quilting and family traditions.” To celebrate our “Homecoming” we are presenting two of her lectures. The first is titled, “Quilt Journalist Tells All, A Reporter Inside the Quilt World”, and will be presented during our regular meeting that begins at 9:15am.

We will have time after the morning meeting to socialize, get reacquainted and eat lunch (bring your own). At 1:00pm we will exit the Atrium and return to the Auditorium for a second lecture, “Making Meaning: How Quilters Celebrate Life”.

To celebrate our ‘Welcome Home’ Quilt Day on July 16 at Washtenaw Community College, non-members are invited to attend both of Meg Cox’s lectures for a single $10 ticket.  This ticket is good for either in-person or Zoom attendance. Click here to purchase  If you attend in person, please bring a copy of your email confirmation; if you plan to attend via Zoom, please let us know at workshopregistrar@gaaqg.comso we can send you a link

Show and Tell, both in-person and online!

We will finally be able to see our Show and Tell projects and SafeHouse donations in person in addition to showing our class projects.  For access to everyone and a more leisurely viewing after Quilt Day, Liz Rodriguiz will also continue to post our Show and Tell photos on our website. Please submit them to her no later than July 17, 2022 at  In addition, there will be several tables in the Atrium on Quilt Day where attendees will be able to see Show and Tell quilts up close and hopefully talk to the artists.

Other in-person Quilt Day activities

Small Groups:  We will have tables set up in the Atrium where members can sign up to join an existing group or start a new Small Group.

I will have a signup sheet for any members who wish to join a second SafeHouse Zoom group. This one will meet virtually on Saturdays from 9:00am to 12 noon. We could try for the Saturdays following the Quilt Day meeting. Please feel free to comment on whether this will work for you.

Many of you have requested a small group for hand sewing. This is an excellent way to get to meet more quilters. I will provide a sign-up sheet to get you started with an initial meeting. We can provide a virtual slot for an organizational meeting.

If your small group is accepting new members, this would be an opportunity meet with like-minded quilters. Let me know and I will provide a sign-up sheet for your group. These small groups are the heart of our guild. They provide friendship and growth and are well worth the effort to join.

Safehouse Fabric Table:  Make sure you bring the boxes that you adopted from the SafeHouse Table at the last in-person meeting 2 1/2 years ago and plan to ‘shop’ for fabric to make more SafeHouse quilts.

We will also have a table with orphan quilt tops. Some of these will be packaged with backings and batting for those of you who want to adopt them to complete for SafeHouse. We will have battings and labels also. If you need a batting, we will have some that you can reserve and pick up at a batting table.

The guild Library will have a table for returning books only.  There will not be any books to checkout.

I want to hold off on the Free Table until September Quilt Day, but I am hoping to add a couple of tables for our members who are long arm quilters and who discount their work on SafeHouse quilts. This is a great opportunity for them to show us their work.

We are trying a lot of new things this month. The technology has changed and very few of us have ever managed a “live” meeting. Please bear with us as we reboot. Also, I need to give a special thanks to all of you who have worked on this July Quilt Day. We couldn’t have done it without you. Above and beyond doesn’t begin to describe your efforts.

Our first in-person Quilt Show since 2018

Our primary focus this month is on our first in-person Quilt Show in four years (Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 31 from 11:00 to 5:00 pm). Our members did an OUTSTANDING job 2 years ago with our virtual show and we were one of a very few guilds nationally who were able to successfully pull this off. Now we are ready to invite everyone to see our quilts in person at the WCC Morris Lawrence Building. We have an incredible amount of talent in our Guild in every facet of quilting arts. Our quilters applique, piece, dye, paint, fuse, thread paint, and stitch in addition to talented quilters who add that extra dimension to their artwork. Our organizers need help from all our members to make this work. If you are not scheduled to donate some time during the quilt show, please see a member at the Quilt Show Table during the meeting.

2023 Workshops

Whenever possible, we will have in-person classes. We are working on a list of teachers for next year for the September Quilt Day reveal.  As in past years, member registration for 2023 workshops will begin November 1.

President’s Message: May 21, 2022 Quilt Day


At last, the weather is warming up and we are moving to a more normal life. We will have our first in- person Quilt Day on July 16 in the newly renovated Morris Lawrence auditorium at WCC. It will be a great opportunity to tell our friends that they look great in person instead of on a screen.

Our May 21 Quilt Day speaker will be Dana Jones ( who will speak on “The International Honor Quilt, Women Remembering Women.” This Zoom lecture will be a great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating, epic project.  Members, please look for your zoom meeting invitation on the Thursday ahead of the guild meeting.

We will also have our most popular Quilt Show and Tell. Please send Liz Rodriguiz your photos by May 13. I realize that everyone has submitted their quilt choices to the Quilt Show but you probably have many quilts that we have not seen that will not be in the quilt show.

Speaking of the Quilt Show (,  I want to remind you that you are committed to working 2 hours at the Show for each quilt submitted (up to a 4-hour total). Please sign up with Lori Rhode as soon as possible. There is a link to volunteer signups on the Members Only Quilt Show Page on our website; you must log in to access. Also contact Lori ( with your items to use for ambience. Ambience – ‘homey’ items that set off the quilt displays – is one of the elements that sets our Quilt Show above others. Drop-off locations will be announced shortly. Keep working on your quilts.

Did you know that GAAQG has a blog?  We have been posting about entering a quilt in a show and now we are highlighting our show’s special exhibits. Our current blog post is  “Did Sunbonnet Sue Survive Covid-19?”. To see all our blog posts, we have them compiled on our blog post page ( ) To receive our blog posts directly on the day they are posted, please sign up at the bottom of an individual blog post page to receive an email notification.

We have an abundance of orphan quilt tops and kits for SafeHouse. Nico Laudenberg will post these orphans on our Facebook page. Please fall in love with one and finish it.

As you look at Facebook, please note that we are always looking for material to post. We love jokes, sales, and deals to explore; tips; and interesting quilt related posts from other quilters. Follow us by clicking below:

Our next SafeHouse Sewin: Sunday, June 12 at 10am on zoom. All members are invited to attend. The zoom invitation will be sent several days ahead of the event. We generally learn one or more quilting tips while visiting among ourselves.

Looking forward to seeing you on May 21!

Lynne Bryant
President GAAQG

President’s Message – March 2022

Quilt Show Countdown and More


As I look back to my early quilts, I remember how nervous I was to put them in our Quilt Show.  As many of us are, I am my own worst judge. I generally can’t look at them when I first finish them. The errors seem to scream for attention. Now, I have learned to forgive myself and call the mistakes design decisions. I see my first attempts as the works of art that they are.

I really look forward to the work of new quilters and the energy they bring. They have a different perspective than the traditional quilts when I started. Please let us see your quilts. It is amazing how seeing them up close inspires us.  We learn from both the newer quilters and the experienced members who pull us to new heights in our work.

Entries for this year’s Quilt Show (July 30-31) will be accepted March 19 – April 30. They do not have to be finished!! Each member can submit 3 quilts for the show. We just need a photo of what you have along with dimensions. The forms will be on the members only section of our website along with other Quilt Show information on March 19.

Vendors, it is time to sign up for our show. This is a wonderful opportunity for our audience to satisfy their pent-up demand for fabric, tools, sewing machines, etc.  We are all feeling a strong need to shop! Covid has impacted our stashes! Quilt shops are few and far between. We want to see and touch new fabric!  We need you! Please contact if you are interested.

We will continue our Zoom meetings and workshops through our May Quilt Day due to the continued construction at WCC.

March 19 is our next quilt day and Tara Faughnan is the lecturer who will speak on creativity and design.  

Non-members may purchase tickets on our website.  Show and Tell is always a highlight and it is wonderful to see photos of your work.  PLEASE NOTE – your photos need to be emailed to Liz at by March 10.

We are also happy to host another SafeHouse Sew-In on April 24 at 10am. Members are welcome to drop in and leave at any time. We will leave the Zoom portal open until 4:00 pm. It is a great time to join other members and share ideas.

July will be in-person in the Towsley Auditorium in the newly renovated Morris J. Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. It will be great to see everyone’s faces in 3-D. We will have two lectures from Meg Cox that day since there are no workshops due to the Quilt Show. We will have our regular meeting, a quick lunch break and a second lecture at 1:00.

Don’t forget to visit us on our FaceBook page or on Instagram @GAAQG.

Lynne Bryant

GAAQG President

President’s Message – Jan 2022

Welcome to 2022!

The first events on GAAQG’s fabulous schedule are less than two weeks away—Ana Buzzalino’s workshops and lecture! Ana will be teaching two classes: Monoprinting Without a Press” on Friday, January 14, and “Text on Textiles” on Sunday, January 16, 2022. Both will be presented via Zoom.  Registration is open to non-members as well as members.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the recognized experts in the field of art quilting!

Ana Buzzalino loves monoprinting because it is very versatile – you can take the technique a long way. You design as you go, using stamps, masking, stencils and layering to create the effects you desire.

This workshop is a chance to use some older fabrics that you’ve fallen out of love with. It’s amazing how much overprinting these fabrics will inspire you.

A quick look at Ana’s Monoprinting Supply List is enough to let you know that she’s a flexible teacher who is interested in helping her students find their own creativity.

Ana assures us that this class is not very messy. You can do it in your own kitchen. Cleaning up is easy with water-based paint. Beware! It is fun … and very addictive.

Saturday, January 15 Quilt Day Lecture

Our members are invited to join us at 9:00am on January 15 via Zoom for Ana Buzzalino’s compelling lecture on, “What is Creativity?” If you do not receive an invitation the Thursday before, please contact me and I will get one to you.  Non-members who are not registered for one of Ana’s workshops, can purchase a ticket for $10 to attend Quilt Day only.

Sunday, January 16, Text on Textiles – a Free-Motion Quilting Workshop

Do you like letters, font, typography?  Would you like to add your favorite quotes, lyrics or words to your work?  Then this process-oriented class is for you.

In a relaxed atmosphere, you will learn to add text to your quilt, including how to space the lines, what effect different spacing has, how to mark the quilt and finally quilt the text.

You do not need to be proficient with free-motion quilting to take this class.  Ana has taught this class to people who have never done free-motion quilting before and they have been really successful.

Learn more about Ana’s two workshops from this blog post by VP Programs Arlene Kindel. We have a few openings available for GAAQG members and nonmembers, so please register soon.

Mark Your Calendars for the GAAQG In-Person Quilt Show!!

The bugle announcing the start of the race to finish up to 3 quilts for the 2022 Quilt Show is blasting. What are you entering?

Some members already have completed the quilts they are entering, but even so, this is a race to have your quilts on display July 30 & 31.

Quilt entry will open on the guild’s website March 19, and the last day to enter a quilt is May 22. BUT the quilts you are entering DO NOT have to be completed by May 22. Members submit a photo of their quilt with each entry, but it doesn’t have to be a photo of a completed quilt. The race to get quilts done for the show ends July 28. The “finishing line” to enter your quilts is JULY 29.

“Grooming,” i.e., the preparations, for this 2022 show began two years ago. We are returning to our regular venue, the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.

We need the help of many volunteers. Each of the show’s committees has a chair, but more volunteer help is necessary. Every member who enters a quilt in the show is required to contribute two hours per quilt of volunteer time. Volunteering keeps this show on track and makes this race run without falls or mishaps. Online signup for quilt show volunteer hours begins March 19.

Currently, the College requires that all people wear masks on campus. We can anticipate, but not predict, how this race to our July show will turn out. However, we expect that mask wearing will be required by quilt show attendees.

This is a race, a quilter’s Kentucky Derby, to finish a quilt to hang in our show. Choose a quilt, or quilts, you will enter, start a new one, begin developing an idea for that quilt.  It’s about a 6 ½ month race to the finish. Entering for the first time? Welcome! Need motivation and encouragement? Ask!!!!!  This is a quilt derby and our members can offer one another advice and encouragement to enter.

Feel the anticipation to see what quilts our members create. Who will win this year’s viewer’s choice?  Which quilt will be your favorite? What special exhibit quilts are coming? The racing flag is waving……GET SEWING!!!!!

GAAQG Rings in the New Year with Stellar Teachers and the Return of our In-Person Quilt Show – Dec 2021

The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is ringing in 2022 with a stellar lineup of teachers and workshops, starting with Ana Buzzalino in January.  Ana is known in the art quilting world for her many surface design techniques, although she also teaches traditional and free-motion quilting. She is a frequent contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread and Quilting Arts Magazine and has appeared on Quilting Arts TV.

To read more about this award-winning quilter and her GAAQG workshops, please read this new blog post by VP Programs Arlene Kindel.

Ana’s January workshops are now open to GAAQG members and nonmembers. She will be teaching two classes, Monoprinting Without a Press” on Friday, January 14, and “Text on Textiles” on Sunday, January 16, 2022.  Both will be presented via Zoom. You can register for Ana’s January workshops here.

The Saturday January 15 Quilt Day meeting lecture is titled “What is Creativity?” Creativity seems to be an elusive concept to some. We hear all the time “I’m not at all creative” or “I’m not talented.” In her lecture, Ana will share her views – together with some experts – of what creativity is and isn’t, and tips on how to nurture your creativity every day. Because we are all creative, in everything we do every day.  Non-members who would like to attend Ana’s lecture only for $10 can register here.

Even if you are not a member of GAAQG, you may still be able to register for some workshops at a slightly higher cost (if they haven’t filled with our members).  If you take four workshops during 2022, you will more than make up for the cost of membership. Go to our website and check out the member benefits and cost.

President’s Message – Nov 2021

November 20, 2021 Quilt Day Speaker Ann Loveless

We have been waiting for Ann Loveless for over a year. At last we will meet her via Zoom for her Quilt Day lecture, “Landscape Art Quilts” at 9am on November 20. Ann’s work was recognized twice at the Grand Rapids Art Prize competition where she won First Prize–Twice! Workshops will be held in person at the Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites, 2455 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor 48108.

Due to last-minute cancellations, there are spots left in both Ann Loveless workshops, Friday, November 19 and Sunday, November 21. We continue to keep safety in mind by requiring masks for face-to-face interaction, including workshops. Per Ann’s request, all workshop participants must be fully vaccinated. Contact to register (members or non-members).

2022 Workshops are now open for members. Please see for information. It is a great schedule. Check it out.

October and November have been a very busy time for GAAQG. We held a very successful in-person Fabric Sale. Although we were masked and as socially distanced as possible, it was wonderful seeing old and new friends again. Thank you for purchasing an unbelievable amount of fabric! The proceeds from this sale will cover our guild’s SafeHouse expenses and the remainder will be donated to SafeHouse Center. The total donation amount will be announced at our November 20, 2021 Quilt Day meeting. Many thanks to members Roberta Myyra and Nico Laudenberg for spearheading this.

GAAQG-SafeHouse Center Online Quilt Sale

SafeHouse Center has sold 36 of our donated quilts for a total, so far, of $10,800. We had intended to limit this sale to October’s Domestic Violence Month but decided to extend the sale through the end of the year. Thank you to our members for their wonderful quilt donations that made this possible. Many charities find contributions are down and this is a great way for us to help.

We held a Virtual SafeHouse Sew-In on Sunday, November 7. The Zoom was open from 10am to 5pm. It is fun seeing the finished quilts as they go to SafeHouse from the one we held earlier this year.

Staying Connected

Our Small and Virtual Groups are meeting virtually (no masks required), keeping members connected. Check out our Small Groups webpage in Membership Resources for information.  We hope we will see some of their work as special exhibits in our July Quilt Show.

We also use Facebook and Instagram to interact with members and others.

After Sunday’s SafeHouse Sew-in it was suggested that we start a small group online to get together more often to sew for SafeHouse. We are working on organizing a group to be known as the Sunday SafeHouse Sewers. Let me know if you are interested in being on a list to get Zoom invitations.

Original Sewing Expo in Novi November 11-13

Please stop by and say “hello” to the GAAQG volunteers at our GAAQG exhibit booth (Booth #328) during the Original Sewing Expo in Novi. Special thanks to the GAAQG members who are staffing the booth.

Our GAAQG exhibit booth volunteer slots are full, but if you’d like to serve as a Sewing Expo Ambassador, click on this link to see of the Expo can still use more Ambassadors: Ambassadors earn free admission and a chance to win prizes.


Many of our memberships expire in the next few months. I want to remind you that if you renew before your membership expires, you will get a discounted rate of $45. Our membership is still $55. But, we want to thank our loyal members who have stayed with us during the COVID crisis. Our Guild continues to offer many opportunities for us to grow and learn. Lectures and classes given online keep us connected and interested. You can renew online from the website or click the renew button in the message you received from Patti Wolff, our VP of membership last week.


Our Guild runs on our fantastic volunteers. This year we will awarding a beautiful quilt to one lucky member from a drawing of names of those who contributed their talents to making this a very successful year. This volunteer member will be selected at our November 20 Quilt Day meeting.

Speaking of volunteers, we still need a member who will step up and handle the Registrar’s position. This jobs requires some computer knowledge. The time needed varies from 5-15 hours a month depending on the class schedule. There are many people available to help you. Again, I remind you that volunteering is the best way to make quilting friends.

Show and Tell

Liz Rodriguiz will put together the quilt photos we share each month. This is a favorite part of each meeting so make sure you get yours to Liz by November 12 at

Quilt Show July 30-31, 2022

Our major focus for the next several months is our in-person Quilt Show. Many, many guilds have stopped having Quilt Shows due to lack of volunteers to put them on. We aren’t going to let that happen at GAAQG. It is a joy to see others’ quilts up close and in person. We love to see our work appreciated whether it is our first quilt or our 100th. This guild celebrates all levels of skill and style.

Lori Rhode, our Quilt Show Chair, will be contacting you to see where you can be of help. If you will be out of town that weekend, we have a job for you. If you don’t feel comfortable attending meeting or going to the show, we have a job for you. If you need a knee replacement and can’t walk, we have a job for you. If you have mad computer skills, we have a job for you. Trust me there is a job for everyone!

GAAQG President Message – Sept 2021

As we move into fall, the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is getting busy again.

Our September guest speaker is the renowned teacher Cindy Grisdela. Cindy will share her thoughts on “Free Motion Quilting with Style” during our Zoom Quilt Day meeting September 18. Those of us who are stuck “in the ditch” or stippling will be guided toward interesting motifs to move us along on our free motion journey.  Cindy’s lecture on Saturday, September 18, at 9:15 is free for GAAQG members. Non-members can watch the lecture for $10. Cindy will teach her class, “Fearless Curved Piecing”, on Friday, September 17 starting at 9:30am. The class will also be on Zoom. The supply list for this class is minimal and you probably have everything available in your stash. There are still a couple of openings in this class.

The Sunday class, “Artful Improv-Permission to Play,” will teach you to let go of the “rules” and piece blocks in an intuitive, free-form fashion. Students will explore contemporary improv blocks, circles and stripes. This class is filled but check to see if there is a cancellation and get on the waiting list by contacting  Again, the supply list is minimal and probably on hand already.

Our November 20 lecturer will be Ann Loveless. Her Saturday Quilt Day lecture “Landscape Art Quilts” will be on Zoom but the Friday and Sunday workshops will be live for any registrants who are vaccinated (this is Ann’s requirement). It is imperative that we keep our members’ safety in mind as the COVID-19 variants continue to spread. There are four openings on Friday and one on Sunday.  For more information, check our Workshops page on the website.


Our Guild storage unit is filled to the top. Roberta and Nico have fabric up to their eyeballs. This is the REALLY BIG fabric sale we have promised. We were unable to have our sale last year and we have received some mega donations this year.  Seriously, it has all got to go!!

The sale will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the Pittsfield Grange Hall, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, ¼ Mile South of I-94.  We have hundreds of fat-quarters/eights/halves, kits with fabric and instructions, quilt tops, tools and rulers.  Prices are by volume. Quart size, $1-$5, Gallon size, $6-$15, plastic grocery bag $16-$30, Paper/ Cloth Grocery bags $31-$50. Kits and tools are priced separately.

Guild members will be admitted from 9:00am to 11:00am for early shopping. Everyone else is welcome from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Tell your friends!!!

Since the Grange Hall does not have internet, we will be able accept checks and cash only.

SafeHouse Quilt Sale

Last year we were able to donate $14,000 to SafeHouse Centerthrough the donations and sale of quilts that our members made for SafeHouse. Some of the incredible art that members donated was offered to their supporters and sold for the benefit of residents. Our quilters were very generous with their donations, which added greatly to the quality of life for those who live there.  We have longarm quilterswho discount their services for SafeHouse quilts.

This year our work will be offered during the whole month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, for the benefit of SafeHouse. Some of these quilts will be sold online through our website as we did last year.  We are very excited to be able to help in this effort. You can help by communicating and sharing information on our online sale when the details are shared in a future email.  And consider purchase of one of the quilts.

Deadline for Show and Tell Photos

The deadline for submissions for our September 18, Quilt Day Show and Tell is September 9, at 4pm. This is one of the most populate parts of the Quilt Day and we look froward to your beautiful and inspiring quilts.  Send your photos and descriptions to Liz Rodriguiz at Please note if the quilt is for SafeHouse or is a workshop piece as these are included in separate showings. We love to have a couple of brief sentences to accompany the photos.  Thank you, Liz, for keeping us connected to our members and their work.

November 7, 2021   Safe House Sew-In

We will be doing another Virtual Sew-In for SafeHouse in November. It will start at 10:00 and continue until 5:00pm. There are two choices for the patterns. The first one is from Mary Bacjz and is a scrappy log cabin. She has a YouTube of the process on or search for “Scrap Quilt Strategy: The Log Cabin Technique” on YouTube  and “Scrap Quilt Strategy: Part 1.”  Mary’s enthusiastic style is a joy to work with. She has been a popular teacher at our guild.

The other quilt, “June Bugs,” uses those wonderful layer cakes for less cutting. It can be found at Running Doe Quilts – June Bugs.  I have purchased the pattern cards for our use so there is no problem with copyright permission. You will have to let me know ahead of time so I can get them to you. Since there are a limited number, please don’t ask for one unless you intend to make this pattern as a SafeHouse quilt. The fabric requirements are: 1 set of layer cakes or 20 – 10 inch fabric squares, 20 sets of 2-5”x10” (or a second set of layer cakes) for the bug wings, 20-5” squares for bug heads and 2 yards for background for sashing and binding.

GAAQG booth at the Novi Sewing Expo – November 11-13

The Novi Sewing Expo classes, workshops, displays and shopping opportunities bring together a talented community of quilters and sewers for three days of fun and inspiration at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River in Novi.

This year GAAQG will have an exhibit booth staffed by members from 10 am – 5:30 pm Thursday and Friday, and from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday. This is great exposure for our guild and a chance to recruit new members!   Members will receive a separate “Call for Volunteers” from Susan Schwandt in the coming weeks.

Stop by the GAAQG booth to say “hi” and thank you so much to those GAAQG members who volunteer!

President Message – July 2021

Busy Months Ahead!


We got a look into the amazing mind of our May Quilt Day speaker, David Owen Hastings. He is a graphic designer, painter and a quilter, and his take on quilting is a VERY minimalist view of seeing things. He was a delightful speaker and teacher and his techniques for quilting would be effective for both traditional, modern and art quilters. Don’t forget to send your class projects to Liz Rodriguiz for her to post for our Show and Tell at our Saturday, July 17 Quilt Day meeting.

Note: Liz Rodriguiz needs your Show and Tell and SafeHouse photos by July 9 to get them into the July 17 Quilt Day program.

This month Debbie Maddy will be doing an online lecture, “Indigo Shibori Dyeing from Itajime, Arashi, Nui, Kumo and Beyond.” Since we are unable to use the WCC classroom, we cancelled her workshops. We hope to schedule her again when we can use the WCC classrooms. The good news is that, if we can get her again, she would be able to teach in person. Her lecture is on several types of Shibori dyeing beyond the Itajime type that many of us are familiar with.

Cindy Grisdela will be our guest lecturer and workshop teacher for September. She will present the online Quilt Day lecture titled “Free Motion Quilting with Style” on Saturday, September 18.

Cindy shows and sells her work in fine art and fine craft shows nationwide. Her work can be found in private collections. She’s the author of the popular book, Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting.  Color and texture are the driving forces behind her contemporary art quilts, with stitching added to create texture and dimension, like painting with fabric and thread.  Her bold use of color and improv designs create dramatic quilts, and she is going to share some of her secrets with us!  She believes that everyone has to ability to be creative if we allow ourselves space to gro

Her online workshop, Fearless Curved Piecing,” will be presented on Friday, September 17, and she will teach two different improv circle techniques.  Sunday’s workshop, Artful Improv:  Permission to Play,” is nearly filled, so sign up quickly. We have openings in Friday’s class, too! Classes are now also open to nonmembers. Be sure to register for Cindy’s workshops soon.


Our storage unit is bursting at the seams!! On October 30, 2021, drive straight to the Pittsfield Grange Hall for some fantastic deals on fabrics and outstanding quilt kits for sale. GAAQG members will get the first pick in the morning, then we’ll open the sale to the public. What a great way to pick up fabric for charity quilts!

There is a tremendous volume of fabric priced to sell. We have been the recipient of several generous collection donations from people across the state. I am serious, there is a lot of fabric and kits. Everyone is welcome to come and browse!


The Guild is happy to announce that many quilts donated by our members will be offered for sale for the benefit of SafeHouse Center, in time for holiday shopping. We sold 35 member quilts last year and raised $8,750 for SafeHouse. ALL proceeds from the sale will go to SafeHouse. Watch for more announcements and visit our website in November to view and purchase these wonderful quilts. This is a great chance to see our members’ talent and generosity appreciated by the public.


We had over 20 members join Mary Bajcz and I on Zoom for the all-day Sew-in on May 29. We kept the Zoom open from 10-4pm and shared as we went along. It was wonderful to see the different interpretations of the Magic Star pattern.  The major advantage to these Zoom Sew-ins is that we have our stashes available as we make fabric choices. Be sure to send photos of your works in progress to Liz Rodriguiz by July 9 to be shown during our next Quilt Day in July. The quilts do not have to be finished to submit photos.

We will have another SafeHouse Sew-In in the fall. I am looking for an interesting pattern that would work for any level of quilter. Please send me your suggestions. Remember that the instructions need to be copyright free or have permission from the creator.


Nico Laudenberg, Nancy Frye and Gena Loyd did a fantastic job with the GAAQG Quilt-Along using Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix pattern. Participants included international attendees. Each quilt is unique and beautiful. This activity has ended but members can see the Aviatrix quilts on the GAAQG website’s Online Activities page. The main socializing happened on Instagram where participants connected, shared information, helped each other – and of course: show and tell using the hashtag #gaaqgqal. The Quilt-Along also has a private Facebook page. Congratulations to all the participants.


Fearless leader Annette Tolley is keeping an eye on this irreverent group of quilters as we go off leash and channel Sunbonnet Sue coping during the pandemic. You can see what we are up to by contacting Annette Tolly to peek in Sue’s life with Sam during 2020.


If you need a sewing with friends fix, join Amy Hammer’s group. You will be welcome and have great conversations, laughs and, of course, sewing advice. This is a drop-in group. The next Zoom Bee Sew-In date is August 7. You can bring your own project and get ideas on new ones, help work out quilting issues, and hopefully get inspiration. I like it when I can join this group because I can schedule some actual quilting time.


There is a difference between the Online activities and the Small Groups. The Small Groups are established groups that cover a broad range of interests. These members meet regularly to issue challenges, review books, or work on a variety of design, color and/or assembly related techniques. There’s a lot of visiting and Show and Tell among members. These are permanent groups, many of which have been in existence for years. These groups are welcoming and there is usually room in one of them for new members. Our Guild has a total of 16 small groups with 11 meeting on Zoom. Members can find a Small Group on our Small Groups webpage in the Membership Resources section.


We all have those blocks that look great but didn’t work in the quilt they were supposed to go in. Pull them out and look at them with new eyes. They may make a great wall hanging or the start to a quilt with a totally different look. Contact Juliana Cerra and Lucinda Herring for more information. I am joining with the intent to use my OLDEST orphan. I suspect it will be a calico that escaped my purging.

If you have a Small Group that is starting or accepting new members, please contact Small Groups Coordinator, Pat Weber, with the details.


The Novi Sewing Expo classes, workshops, displays and shopping opportunities bring together a talented community of quilters and sewers for three days of inspiration and fun at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi!

You can volunteer to become part of this great event by serving as: 1) a GAAQG Ambassador, or 2) a Novi Sewing Expo Ambassador. As an Ambassador, you’ll receive free general admission on the day you volunteer—woo hoo!

GAAQG will have an exhibit booth staffed by volunteers from 10 am – 5:30 pm Thursday and Friday, and 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday. This is great exposure for our guild and a chance to recruit new members!  We’ll need two GAAQG volunteers for each of our two-hour shifts. Volunteers will be asked to bring a few quilts with them to display and take home at the end of their shifts. You’re welcome to do a mini-quilt technique demo or work on your own quilting projects to demonstrate the art of quilting—this is purely optional.

If you’re interested in serving as a GAAQG Ambassador, please contact either Susan Schwandt or Kaye Whittington to sign up. They’re developing a volunteer schedule. If you’d like to become a Novi Sewing Expo Ambassador, please click on this link to sign up.

As you can see, we do not give out members’ personal email addresses or other contact information in our communications.  Members can get this info from the Membership Directory on our website. The hackers are out there and they want your data. Do not answer any emails without checking to see if they are really from who they claim to be from. There was an email sent out recently requesting that I be sent gift cards. I will never request money from anyone for either myself or a charity.

Lastly, we are an unusually active guild and our work would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of our members. Thank you to those who make this work possible. If you can give us a couple of hours each month we assure you, it will be worth it. You will make new friends, share laughs and get inspiration for your quilts.

I would like to give a special thanks to Sarah Bush who agreed to serve as our Guild Secretary.

Lynne Bryant



President’s Message: May 22, 2021 Quilt Day

This is the Fourth Saturday of May!!!

By Lynne Bryant

May 10, 2021


Our speaker for May Quilt Day, Saturday, May 22, will be David Owen Hastings, from the Seattle area. His lecture is titled “Minimal Design, Maximum Impact.”

David is a quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and a creative coach.  He creates textiles through dyeing, painting, fabric printing and manipulation, and produces richly layered contemporary art, using modern, minimal designs.

He will be conducting two Zoom workshops for us. Friday’s workshop (May 21) is titled “Indi-Go Modern.”  There are still 3 spaces left.  Each participant will develop a simple geometric block design based on unfolded origami shapes, then translate the designs to blue and white fabrics, set a theme, create variations, and combine them into the beginning of a fresh and modern mini quilt top.

“Inspired by Architecture” is David’s Sunday (May 23) workshop.  David will guide participants through a creative process for designing modern abstract quilts, taking inspiration from architectural photos. This class is sold out but contact to be placed on a wait list.

After the Quilt Day meeting, we will invite members to stay on Zoom for a post Quilt Day visit to socialize and discuss a variety of topics. When we did this in March, I felt a sense of community that I have been missing for quite some time. I’m temporarily calling it a Post Meeting Luncheon because I was starving by the time the meeting was over, but it may morph into an Afterglow.

Quilt Day Show and Tell Updates

Remember to submit your quilt photos for our May Quilt Day Show and Tell by May 14, 2021 to Liz Rodriguez: Earlier would be even better.

Thanks to Liz Rodriguiz and Mary Beth Donovan, you can view Show and Tell slideshows at under QUILT DAY SHOW AND TELL. In some ways, this new format is better than the stage show. We can get literally on top of the quilts to see the details much better. And, each quilter can give a brief description. You can see our March quilts on our website.


The need for SafeHouse quilts is ongoing. The stress of COVID has had a major impact on vulnerable families. We are having a SafeHouse Sew-In on Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Zoom for an enjoyable full day of conversation and quilting.

The pattern is called Magic Star and it is REALLY easy. Each of the small squares is only 3 cuts and 3 seams. No matching seams and it lends itself well to scraps. A SafeHouse quilt would require 12 blocks. By adding a 2-inch border you will have a 62” x 80” finished SafeHouse quilt.

I made mine by using half dark fabric and half light fabric. As an added challenge, I decided to make it using only fabric from the SafeHouse table. Contact Lynne Bryant: president@gaaqg.comto get a Zoom invitation.

Looking Ahead—a Few Challenges and Many Opportunities

The pandemic presents both challenges and many new opportunities. Washtenaw Community College will remain closed to all external group activities, even outdoor events in 2021. So, the GAAQG Board is securing alternative locations that will enable us to resume in-person programs starting in October.Meanwhile we will continue to offer opportunities via Zoom.

Our speaker for the July 17 Quilt Day meeting will be Debbie Maddy, owner of Tiori Designs. Debbie studied indigo dyeing extensively in Japan in 2019 and will share her experiences through her lecture “Indigo Shibori Dyeing from Itajime, Arashi, Nui, Kumo and Beyond.”

Cindy Grisdela will lecture and teach virtually in September. We have openings in Cindy’s classes, so you can still register. Cindy’s an excellent instructor, and her classes are a great way to learn her improvisational piecing techniques or refresh your skills!

Ann Loveless has graciously agreed to Zoom her lecture and pair it with live, in-person classes in November. Her classes are full. The GAAQG board is securing a new classroom location.


We are planning a Fabric Sale off-site due to the WCC closure. In doing so, we can offer early hours to Guild members and extend the hours to accommodate non-guild members. The date is scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2021. Watch for event details. Roberta Myyra and Nico Laudenberg have amassed an amazing collection of quality fabrics. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Center.


Several small groups are admitting new participants. See the Small Groups webpage in the Membership Resources section of to join one.
To register for a free online activity, see our GAAQG Online Activities website page.

Sun Bonnet Sue During Covid. Let your imagination run wild and make a square thinking about what Sue has been up to the last year. It turns out that Sue is not the sweet person we thought she was. Contact Annette Tolley to join us.

Virtual Sew-In, Hosted by Amy Hammer
The March Zoom Bee Virtual Sew-In was a success for all who attended. Great conversations, laughs, and of course sewing. This is a drop-in kind of group. Participants sew their own projects, socialize, and share ideas. The next one will on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00am -2:00pm. GAAQG members, please contact Amy for a Zoom-Bee invitation. I dropped in on the group and it was a welcome reminder of Sew-Ins we were able to attend pre-Covid. I will continue to join as it is a guaranteed time for me to get some quilting done.

Orphan Blocks Rejuvenated, Co-hosted by Juliana Cerra and Lucinda Herring
This inspiring small group has 14 members meeting on Zoom twice monthly and posting on their own Facebook page. They share work and offer suggestions for design of both old and new orphans. They look forward to a socially distanced block exchange to make quilts for donation and working on member suggested challenges.

Members of the GAAQG Quilt-Along are sending photos of their progress for the May Quilt Day Show and Tell. All Quilt-Alongers are invited to join our May Quilt Day meeting to see their quilt in Show and Tell and hear David Owens Hastings’ lecture. Thank you, Nico Laudenberg for your extraordinary work on this project.

Challenges to Connect is a private Facebook group for GAAQG members hosted by Juliana Cerra. Monthly prompts will spark your creative instincts and give you a chance to share what you have done—with no deadline pressure! This group is limited to GAAQG members and can be reached through the Challenges to Connect blog post.

Small Groups, by Pat Weber, Small Groups Coordinator
There are a total of 16 small groups associated with GAAQG, with 11 Small Group Meetings scheduled so far on the Guild’s Zoom Account. Small Groups cover a broad range of interests. One is reviewing quilting books and teachers.  Many do a quilt-related “challenge” within the group. Some are looking at the history of quilting, while others work on various design, color and/or assembly related techniques. Of course, there is Show and Tell, and a lot of “visiting” among the members during these meetings!

If you have a Small Group that is accepting new members, please send Pat Weber ( a brief description of what you do and whether you meet via Zoom or in-person, along with the dates and times and how to get in touch with the group leader.
Many people have asked why we don’t give specific email addresses of contact people to join these groups. Blame the hackers of the world. They are out there, and they want your email address. The easiest way to get this information is to look at our membership directory on our Membership Resources webpage.


Again, thanks to the board and our volunteers who are working hard to help us succeed in our New Normal 2021 environment. We are constantly making improvements to the Guild experience and adapting to these “interesting” times.

Our members have been loyal and supportive of the Guild by joining us via Zoom and renewing memberships. Your memberships and spirit of volunteerism continue to make GAAQG a strong, relevant member of the quilting community.

Thank you for your continued support.

President’s Message – March 2021

By Lynne Bryant

Mar 1, 2021

Our members are staying creatively active and devising new ways to keep in touch during the pandemic and COLD WEATHER. Join the fun by joining the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild!  Many volunteers are hosting free online activities that will keep you in contact with fellow members. I have also dropped in on several of our GAAQG Small Groups via Zoom and it is great to sew and laugh with other quilters.

As a reminder to our members, please email your Show and Tell, Safe House and Class Project photos to Please note in the subject line which category your photo falls into; Show and Tell, Safe House, or Class Project. Our quilts are an important part of our Quilt Day activities and seeing your work inspires us to keep quilting.  Include the following information: one or more photos of the quilt, the maker including the quilter, two or three lines to describe the story behind the quilt (such as who it is for, the inspiration, fabric choices, techniques, etc.). You will need to keep this short as there is not a lot of room on the slide.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 12, 2021.

March Quilt Day Lecture and Classes

There is still room in our Saturday, March 20 Quilt Day Zoom lecture and workshops with Margarita Korioth. The workshops and lecture are now open to non-members. This is a great opportunity to try something different. Margarita has perfected a technique to avoid the gloppy mess of gel mediums and glue in her class “Instant Paper Cloth” on March 19. There is a supply list for this class. The second class on March 21, “Hand Applique with Paper and Fabric”, has a $35 kit fee. The last day for ordering the kit is March 5.

Attendees of her Craft Napa class rave about her methods and personality. Click here for Nonmember registration. GAAQG members, please log in and register to get your class discount.

Please note there will be no SafeHouse Sewing Event on Saturday March 20.

GAAQG Online Activities

GAAQG members look for the button on the Membership Resources  page of our website. Here members can find FREE ways to connect with others in the Guild over Zoom, Facebook and Instagram.
Amy Hammer is hosting a Guild-wide Quilting Zoom-Bee (Sew-In). Participants can sew their own projects, socialize, and share ideas in their PJs with their favorite beverages. The next one will occur on Saturday, April 3 from 10:00am -2:00pm. GAAQG members, please contact Amy for a Zoom-Bee invitation. I dropped in on the group this week and it was a welcome reminder of the Sew-Ins we were able to attend pre-COVID. It was nice to listen to participants talk on sewing related issues such as how to keep the sewing machine pedal from sliding out of reach and which is the “best” sewing machine. I know these are not world changing topics, but not things I discuss with my non-sewing friends.

The GAAQG Quilt Along  uses the Aviatrix Medallion pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. This pattern is available at the Ann Arbor Sewing Center and as a pdf. The Quilt-Along is open to everyone–you don’t have to be a GAAQG member, in fact, you’ll meet quilters from other countries! Nico Laudenberg is leading this online activity.

Challenges to Connect is a private Facebook group for GAAQG members hosted by Juliana Cerra. Monthly prompts will spark your creative instincts and give you a chance to Show and Tell what you have done—with no deadline pressure! This group is limited to GAAQG members and can easily be reached through the Challenges to Connect blog post.

A new online activity is being formed to answer the question everyone is asking, “How is Sunbonnet Sue surviving the Pandemic?”. This is an alternative/subversive look at what Sue is up to during COVID 19. The group will meet on Zoom at 6:00pm on Monday, March 22. Members contact Annette Tolley for your invitation. The plan is for everyone to make one block for a quilt that we will assemble and find a home for.

In addition, we have multiple GAAQG Small Groups meeting online and several are welcoming new members. GAAQG members can log in to find an updated list of Small Groups (under Membership Resources) on our website. Give yourself a treat and drop in on one of these groups this month.

The GAAQG has done a fantastic job of adapting to the pandemic by offering a variety of online activities, some of which may continue beyond the current situation. We will continue to find ways to thrive, increase membership and promote quilting as we look at the challenges in 2021.


Jan 2021 – President’s Message –  Announcing In-person and Virtual Events Planned for 2021

By Susan Schwandt

Jan 11, 2021

Looking Back

Finally! Year 2020 is in our taillights, but before we leave it in the dust, let’s take a quick glance at our rearview mirror to see the milestones we’ve passed—and surpassed along the way:

Support for SafeHouse Center:

  • Raised $8,500 from the sale of 34 quilts for SafeHouse Center
  • Raised $3,403 through Quilt Show admissions (last updated 10/21/20)
  • Raised $1,400 through Threads of Love online auction
  • Collected 393 SafeHouse Quilts, surpassing our 300 quilt goal
  • Donated 180+ face masks to SafeHouse Center

Plus, generous members donated 4,001 fabric face masks to local health care facilities and other charities! An amazing year–THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Looking Forward—A New President, In-person, and Virtual Meetings

The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild will start the New Year on a positive note. Lynne Bryant has volunteered to serve as President-Elect! Lynne has prior experience as the president of Great Lakes Heritage Quilters, Treasurer for our GAAQG Quilt Show and in countless volunteer roles. We’ll hold our presidential election during the Saturday, January 16 Quilt Day Zoom meeting.

Here’s a link to the Contacts page on our website where you’ll find the list of 2021 board officers and committee chairs, so you’ll know who to contact for what and how to reach them:

Saturday January 16 Quilt Day Meeting and Workshops

MaryHogan, GAAQG member and author of four quilting books, will be the featured teacher and lecturer this month. Mary’s lecture is titled, “What I’ve learned from Making Siddi Quilts.”  Non-members may register for a fee of $10.00. Please read our VP Programs Arlene Kindel’s blog post for details: We have openings in Mary Hogan’s Friday Dresden Plates with Strings and Sunday Siddi-Style Quilt Making classes. Mary is an excellent teacher! Her Dresden Plates class looks like a wonderful opportunity to sew a traditional pattern in modern ways with great results!

The pandemic calls for planning flexibility, so as of this writing, 2021 lectures and workshops will be virtual for January, March, and May. GAAQG will offer a hybrid combination of in-person and virtual events for the remainder of the year. Debbie Maddy’s indigo fabric dyeing classes will be taught both virtually and in-person in socially distanced lab classrooms at Washtenaw Community College, so members can choose to participate at home or in person.

Quilt University will not be offered in 2021, but we plan to hold Quilt University in 2023.

All future January Quilt Day meetings and classes will be held virtually, given the unpredictable, potentially hazardous winter driving conditions.

Stay informed! Check the website and read the President’s announcement emails for updates.

GAAQG Small Groups Update

Pat Weber, our Small Groups and Zoom Account Coordinator, has updated the list of Small Groups on the website (look for Small Groupsunder the ‘Resources’ section of the Member Only menu). Several small groups are accepting new members. You must be a GAAQG member to access the Small Groups list. If you have a particular interest (obsession?) and would like to form a small group, please contact Pat Weber. Lucinda Herring and Juliana Cerra have started a new small group: Orphan Blocks Rejuvenated.

Virtual Activities Update

GAAQG members are really rockin’ virtual activities and are enthusiastically planning more fun, interactive learning opportunities this year.  Henya Rachmiel’s Book Club is going strong, and plans are underway for a Virtual Quilt-A-Long, monthly Sew-In events and SafeHouse events.

This will be my last message to all of you as your President. Serving you has been such a rich, personally rewarding experience and I’ve made many new friends along the way. Thank you to our members, guests, board members, committee chairs and volunteers who keep the guild cruising along. Our outgoing board members will always have my respect and admiration for persevering through a pandemic year. Please thank local businesses and quilt shops for supporting our guild. I’m so proud to be an active member of our GAAQG community!

If you have questions, please send them to

Wishing you a New Year of boundless creativity and quilty fun!

Susan Schwandt

Nov 2020 – President’s Message

By Susan Schwandt

Nov 3, 2020

From Maria Shell to Lyric Kinard—GAAQG Year-end Happenings

Remember that old saying “spring forward, fall back” reminding us to reset our clocks for Daylight Savings Time?  As I was resetting a few clocks, I thought about this saying and, once again, my heart filled with pride toward the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild and all that we’ve accomplished together in this rollercoaster year. We’ve been springing forward all year long and have never fallen back, and we have even more fun happenings planned for the rest of this year.

Saturday November, 21 Quilt Day Meeting

Maria Shell is our guest lecturer for the November Quilt Day meeting! Maria works with community groups across the US and she will share her heartwarming experiences through her lecture, “Building Community Through Quilts.”  GAAQG members –please watch for an email with instructions on how to join the Zoom Quilt Day meeting. Maria’s Friday and Sunday classes are full, but you can contact in case there are last-minute cancellations

During the November Quilt Day meeting, we’ll reveal the Viewer’s Choice winners from our “Celebrate the Quilt FROM HOME” online Quilt Show. Barbara Niess-May, executive director, SafeHouse Center will be our special guest and we’ll share the final fundraising results from the Quilt Show and “Threads of Love” auction.  Please note:  although our online Quilt Show ended on October 31, you can still view all the quilts by going to the ‘Our Work’ section of the website.

GAAQG members—Please watch for and read an important business email on Nov. 11. The GAAQG board will request your approval of several GAAQG Bylaws changes, including moving the Annual Business Meeting to the Nov. Quilt Day meeting (rather than January). You’ll also be asked to approve electronic voting for the new slate of board officers. With your approval, during the proposed Nov. Annual Business meeting, we will formally nominate our 2021 slate of board officers and call for an electronic acceptance vote from the membership. By moving the annual meeting to November, this would give incoming officers more time to learn their responsibilities so they can hit the ground running in January 2021.

BONUS! New Special Events Added in December—Lyric Kinard FREE Lecture

GAAQG and the Village Square Quilters (a New York guild) partnered to present Lyric Kinard’s virtual lecture, “The Elements of Art for Every Quilter” on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 12:00 pm. Please click here for a description.

But wait! The news gets even better! Lyric’s lecture will be FREE FOR GAAQG MEMBERS! We have 50 spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You must register to attend Lyric’s lecture. Log in with your member ID and password and go to the Members Only 2020 Guild Workshops Store. Or, you can look for the ‘instant purchase’ icon on the Membership Resources webpage that will link directly to the online store. Read about Lyric and see her artwork at

Register for Lyric Kinard’s Apli-Punto to Go: fusible reverse appliqué with trapunto class

Painlessly create beautiful designs with intricate detail, perfect for quilts, wearables, borders or accents. Long flowing, curly borders or pictures with the sharpest points and thinnest lines imaginable are possible with Lyric’s easy method using fusible web. Give your design that extra punch with the added dimension of trapunto…. without all the slitting and stuffing! Bonus: it’s super easy to create two images at the same time, one positive and one negative.

In Lyric’s Apli-Punto to Go class, you will learn:

  • What kind of patterns will work for this technique
  • How to do reverse fusible appliqué
  • Different ways for transferring your pattern to cloth
  • How to use fusible web
  • How to create a faux-trapunto effect
  • Hints for quilting your finished top
  • How this technique can be used for upcycling clothing and wearable art

Register here for the class directly through Lyric Kinard (not the GAAQG online store).

Cost: $35.00, includes two days access to full online collection of videos and written instructions

Class format: Three hours live with Lyric via Zoom

Date and time: Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 10 am – 1 pm

Please contact Lyric Kinard for specific questions about her workshop.

Thank you all, and I’m looking forward to seeing you on November 21!

Stay safe, stay well and let’s stay connected!

Susan Schwandt


October President’s Announcement

Threads of Love Online Auction Bidding October 10-24

Hello Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild members and quilting fans!

Did you miss the fun of attending summer art fairs and festivals this year? I sure did, but we can still enjoy the thrill of purchasing fine art and supporting Michigan artists. BONUS! We’re also supporting such a worthwhile cause.

We can bid on stunning works of art in the “Threads of Love” first-ever online auction fundraiser hosted by SafeHouse Center. A variety of donated art pieces will be auctioned—beautiful quilts, wall hangings, jewelry, paintings, pottery and woodworking items will be offered.

Bidding is open from October 10-24. Visit the auction webpage to place your bids!

Please share the love and promote this auction to your family and friends using social media.

Special thanks to GAAQG members Lynn Aleman, Mary Bajcz, Marilyn Knepp, Kathy Johnson, Gayle Kush, Kathy Schmidt, Susan Schwandt, Glenna Schweitzer, Patrice Smith and Patricia Wolff for donating their art quilts for the Threads of Love auction.

The Threads of Love auction coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.

According to our friends at SafeHouse Center, “Domestic violence was already an epidemic before COVID-19, but the health crisis has caused a tremendous spike in incidents of abuse. Now that restrictions have lifted, we are seeing a dramatic increase in calls to our helpline and requests for shelter, advocacy, and counseling services. It remains a critical time for survivors, and greater awareness, education, and bystander intervention are desperately needed.”

Together, we can support the women and children at SafeHouse Center. Let the bidding begin!

Sept 2020 President’s Message

By Susan Schwandt
Sept 2020

GAAQG is Zooming Full Speed Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To participate in Show and Tell:

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

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

Public Registration Open for Ellen Lindner’s September Workshops

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

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

Ellen Lindner will present ‘Floral Improv’ on September 18 and ‘Double Reverse Applique’ on September 20. For more information on Ellen’s classes and to register:

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

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

Adult Fabric Face Masks Needed for SafeHouse Center

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

Thank you!

Stay Well, Stay Safe and Stay Connected to GAAQG!

Susan Schwandt


July President’s Announcement


Mark Your Calendars! Saturday, July 18 GAAQG Online Quilt Day Meeting

The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild will host our online July Quilt Day meeting on Saturday, July 18 at 9:15 am. GAAQG members will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to participate in the Quilt Day meeting via You must be a GAAQG member to participate in our Quilt Day meeting. *

Our guest lecturer is Brenda Ratliff, an influential up-and-comer in the modern quilting world. Brenda is the founder of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild and wears many hats: quilt retailer, avid blogger, pattern designer, convention organizer, and RJR Fabrics designer.

Her once small business that began in her basement grew into Pink Castle Fabrics—one of the largest online retailers of modern and Japanese import fabrics. Brenda’s closing Pink Castle Fabrics to focus on new quilting industry adventures.

Also, during our July Quilt Day meeting, VP Programs Brenda Rigdon will announce our new September and November teachers and workshops, and we will profile one of our newest Small Groups—the Quilt Study Group.

REMINDER: Call for Entries: “Celebrate the Quilt from Home Show 2020”

Our guild’s online Celebrate the Quilt from Home Show 2020“, will open to the public on August 1. Members–The deadline to enter your quilts is July 15!

You must be a member to enter your quilts in the quilt show, so please encourage your friends to join GAAQG or renew their GAAQG membership to participate.*

To enter your quilts:

  • Login to the member page on our guild website
  • Go to the first line and click the blue box that says ‘click here’
  • Scroll down to find the entry forms in blue boxes
  • To fill out the entry form(s), submit a brief description of your quilt(s) 
  • Submit the best.jpeg format photo of your completed quilt that you can. Our goal is to make your quilts look as good online as they do in person. We are quilters, not professional photographers, so do not stress out.  
  • If you need help photographing your quilt, contact Lori Rhode via email at
  • Use a separate entry form for each quilt

SafeHouse Center Quilt Sale Open to the Public During 2020 Quilt Show

GAAQG and SafeHouse Center teamed up to create two new fundraisers!

Thanks to our incredible, generous GAAQG members, the current SafeHouse quilt inventory for residents is good for now, but the Center could use an infusion of monetary support.

We can raise money for SafeHouse through the Quilt Show! All SafeHouse quilts donated by July 15 using the quilt show’s SafeHouse Quilts for Sale entry form will be for sale to the public during the 2020 quilt show! Due to ever-evolving pandemic needs, money generated from this quilt sale will greatly benefit SafeHouse!

NOTE: We will have two separate SafeHouse Quilts slideshow galleries in the 2020 Quilt Show.

  1. All of the SafeHouse quilts made and donated by members since January 2020 for viewing pleasure; and
  2. the SafeHouse Quilts for Sale gallery. The public can purchase any quilt in this second gallery! SafeHouse Center will get 100 percent of the proceeds, handle the financial transactions, and deliver the quilts to buyers.

Any SafeHouse quilts not sold through the public 2020 Quilt Show will be distributed to their residents.

To donate a quilt for the SafeHouse Quilt Sale:

  • Login to the member page on our guild website
  • Go to the first line and click the blue box that says ‘click here’
  • Scroll down to find the entry forms in blue boxes
  • Find the SafeHouse Quilts for Sale donation form at the bottom of this webpage
  • Complete the form and submit a photo.
  • Stitch a GAAQG label on the back of the quilt and deliver it in a plastic bag to Anne Rapundalo. Tape a paper label to the outside of the bag indicating “2020 SafeHouse Quilt for Sale.”

Anne will deliver the quilts to Deb Kern at SafeHouse Center.

SafeHouse Center to host “Threads of Love”—OCTOBER 10 – 24, 2020. A public online auction to support survivors in partnership with GAAQG

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the time to prepare for the “Threads of Love” auction is now! This is the call for auction items! SafeHouse is looking for a variety of art pieces—bed quilts, art quilts, fiber art, handbags, jewelry, woodwork, or pottery. You do not have to be a GAAQG member to donate an item!

Donated items must have a sale value above $100. A jury will determine which items will be in the auction (a maximum of 30 pieces will be selected).

To donate an item for the “Threads of Love” auction:

  • Email GAAQG Member Patrice Smith at by July 15. Please put AUCTION in the subject line.
  • Include: Name / email / phone / brief description, including size, if applicable / and retail value.
  • Attach a quality .jpeg photo of your item along with your emailed donation information.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this is a juried auction, entering your piece via email does not guarantee acceptance. An independent jury appointed by SafeHouse will review all submissions. Jury decisions will be announced on August 15. Delivery instructions will be included in the acceptance message SafeHouse will send to donors.

The auction will be held online at the SafeHouse Center website October 10 – 24. A link will be included on the website.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadline for entering the Quilt Show, SafeHouse Quilt Sale and the SafeHouse “Threads of Love” auction is the same date: July 15.

GAAQG Members—Watch for a video from me in the Members Only web pages this week.

Thank you all for your continued support! While I miss seeing you in person, I am looking forward to seeing your quilt-making accomplishments as we “Celebrate the Quilt from Home.”

Watch for promotional updates! Please help us spread the word to your family and friends, who will be able to view your quilts online and purchase our SafeHouse quilts and auction items!

Sending you much quilty love,
Susan Schwandt
President GAAQG

*New members interested in joining GAAQG—click on Become a Member (blue box, top right corner on guild home page). To renew your GAAQG membership, login from the home page and use the Member Sign In blue box—do not click on Become a Member!  We’ve fixed the website’s renewal glitches! For any membership questions, contact VP Membership Laura Sheets:

Announcing the “2020 Celebrate the Quilts from Home Show”


GAAQG Members: Call for entries—Submit your finished quilts June 15 – July 15.  Log in to see instructions on the Members Only page.

Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild will open its 16th Biennial Quilt Show, “2020 Celebrate the Quilts from Home,” on Saturday, August 1. One of the key benefits of GAAQG membership is the opportunity to display our quilts in the non-juried show every even-numbered year.

This online show is a new venture for our guild. We are so excited to share and celebrate our accomplishments in quilt making with a broader audience of quilting fans! Our goal is to have at least 200 quilt entries.

The GAAQG “2020 Celebrate the Quilts from Home Show “will be posted on our guild’s website for an extended period. Our online audience will reach far beyond our guild’s geographic region. Please use social media to invite friends and family and quilt groups from all over the country and all over the world to enjoy the quilts entered the show!

Two special exhibits will be featured in the show created by GAAQG small groups: the “Monet Challenge” from the Eight Mile Radius Group, and “Quilt Rescue 9-1-1” by the Quilt Study Group.

There is no admission cost. GAAQG members and online viewers will be encouraged to make a donation to SafeHouse Center in lieu of paying an admission fee. GAAQG supports SafeHouse Center, a non-profit organization that provides safety, support, advocacy and resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their children.

Many of our members already have finished quilts intended for our originally planned 2020 quilt show at Washtenaw Community College. These quilts can be re-entered in the online show.

All GAAQG member quilts must be finished and photographed to be entered in the show. GAAQG members—next week, please watch for additional details on how to enter your quilts. Our members only webpages will have entry instructions and plenty of tips on how to take high-quality photos of your quilts.

We are planning an online quilt show premiere party, as well as viewer’s choice awards. Watch for details to follow.

Let’s rejoice and celebrate our guild’s accomplishments far and wide!

I’m looking forward to “Ohhhhhing and Ahhhhing” over our members’ gorgeous quilts—from traditional to modern to art quilts—there will be oodles of eye candy for everyone!

Susan Schwandt

May President’s Announcement


Hello, everyone! I have a lot of news updates to share with you, so let’s just skip the preamble and jump right into these messages.

Important 2020 Quilt Show News

To safeguard the health of our members, the general public, and Quilt Show vendors, the GAAQG board is cancelling the 2020 Quilt Show. Due to the unknown timeline of our state’s public health stay at home order and the anticipated second wave of COVID -19 cases, this difficult decision was necessary.

Several factors were considered in making this decision including: whether income from the quilt show (anticipating lower attendance and fewer vendors), could cover the fixed costs such as our Washtenaw Community College space rental, pipe and drapes, security and other items; and whether we would be able to facilitate safe social distancing for vendors, volunteers and the public.

Although we all enjoy the magical time of community and celebration of our quilting efforts, the health and well-being of everyone is our foremost concern. It is with regret that we have cancelled this show.

The good news is that we can all look forward to the 2022 Quilt Show and will have more time to finish our quilts! If you already have submitted quilt entries for the 2020 show, we’ll keep your quilt in our online system and will look forward to seeing them and YOU at the 2022 Quilt Show!”

Vendors—please watch for a separate communication with specific vendor information.

GAAQG Fabric Sale and Garage Sale

In case you missed my last president’s message, our guild’s Fabric Sale will be held during our September Quilt Day meeting. The Garage Sale will be postponed until our November Quilt Day meeting. Please continue to use this sheltering at home time productively to clean out your fabric stash and quilting supplies in preparation for these much-anticipated sales.

New GAAQG COVID Webpage to Stay Connected

To all our Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild members and friends, this special webpage will help us stay connected to GAAQG during the COVID-19 crisis while we’re staying at home to keep ourselves and our families safe. We’re tracking the number of quilts donated to SafeHouse Center and the number of charitable face masks made by our generous guild members. You can follow our progress! This page will be updated frequently, so please visit often. If there’s something you would like to see here, please send your recommendation to: .

Michigan Medicine Now Accepts Cloth Face Masks

Michigan Medicine will now accept donations of hand-made cloth masks for staff working in non-patient care settings. Anyone can drive up and donate face masks in sealed plastic bags from 12-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Dock 90 of the U-M North Campus Research Complex, at 2800 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. Shipments may also be directed to that address. Washable cloth masks help conserve medical-grade masks for teams working in patient care areas.

Ann Arbor VA Medical Center Needs Surgical Scrub Caps

The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center sent our guild an urgent request asking GAQG members to make surgical/OR scrub caps, which are in short supply. Either the tie style or bouffant style with elastic is acceptable (see photos). To find a pattern, just Google the key words “scrub caps.” Here’s a sample link to download a free pattern :

The Ann Arbor Sewing Center has graciously agreed to serve as a drop-off/collection point for the scrub caps. You can bring your caps to the Sewing Center and place them in a specially marked bin at the back of the store along with face masks, which are still much needed.

GAAQG’s New Normal

The GAAQG board of directors is busy strategizing to envision the path forward for our guild as we all learn to adapt to this new normal. We’re looking at ways to stay connected and ensure the safety of guild members and friends as we implement social distancing practices for future meetings, activities and workshops. Your ideas, outside-the-box thinking and volunteerism are most welcome—please contact!

Until we meet again, stay home, stay safe and stay connected!

I miss you sooooo much!

Susan Schwandt


All May Quilt Day Activities CANCELLED Due to Corona Virus

President’s Message — May Meeting Update

Hello, GAAQG Members and Friends!

The health and safety of our members continues to be our highest priority, and so I’m writing this message to all of you with an extremely heavy heart. We must cancel our May Quilt Guild Day meeting due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. While no one really knows for sure the projection of this virus, the University of Michigan modeling predicts the virus outbreak could peak in Michigan in May.

Vice President Programs, Brenda Rigdon, has notified students of our May workshops cancellation. Our Co-Treasurer, Glenna Schweitzer, is in the process of issuing refunds to those who’ve registered for Lynn Krawczyk’s May workshops. Lynn and Ann Shaw, our March teacher, will be offered spots on our guild’s 2021 schedule.

One of the highlights of our May meeting is always the Guild Fabric Sale. I know many of us have been sorting our fabric stashes in preparation for the sale, the proceeds of which benefit our guild and SafeHouse Center. It’s so disappointing not to have the sale in May, but don’t worry—you’ll still be able to participate in the Fabric Sale, which we’re postponing until our September Quilt Day meeting.

You’re likely wondering about our July Quilt Day meeting and Garage Sale. As I write this letter, the plan is to hold the July Quilt Day meeting and Garage Sale, but with social distancing safeguards in place. The board will continue to intensely follow the latest COVID-19 government news and Washtenaw Community College updates. I’ll keep you informed if our plans will need to change.

Thanks so much to all of you who have answered the call for quilts to be sent to SafeHouse!  Making SafeHouse quilts and face masks are great ways to give back to our communities in this time of need. You can deliver your quilts to Anne Rapundalo and contact her to make the delivery arrangements. Face masks can be delivered to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center or directly to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.  Check out the blog posts on our website for more information.

We have the requirements on our Quilt for SafeHouse page and there are many patterns at the bottom of the page.  Jean Coleman submitted a new one with several versions, so check it out.  On our SafeHouse page, there are photos of several quilts that she and Wanda made from this pattern.

Technology makes it easier for us to connect with our loved ones during this challenging time. Please send me your ideas for how us guild members can stay connected. This is a great time to Like and Follow our guild’s FaceBook page, Instagram feed and blog posts to stay up to date.  Send photos of your SafeHouse quilts to our Webmaster Mary Beth Donovan and to our Facebook Editor Linda Theil so we can see your beautiful quilts. Use #SafeHouse Center so SafeHouse followers can see them, too.

Until we meet again, stay safe and be well!

Susan Schwandt, President

All March Quilt Day Activities CANCELLED Due to Corona Virus


Hello, everyone!

Since my last President’s message about our March Quilt Day meeting, the GAAQG board and our partners at Washtenaw Community College have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving news updates and community public health recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus.

GAAQG and Washtenaw Community College are following the latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Interim Recommendations and CANCELLING the Saturday, March 21 March Quilt Day meeting.

National and state government guidelines recommend cancelling large events (100+ people) as an important community health strategy to prevent a sudden, sharp increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19.

We’re also cancelling our Safe House Sewing event and the Friday and Sunday workshops to protect the health of our members and guests, particularly given the increased health risks facing those over age 70, and those with underlying health conditions.

If you’ve registered for Ann Shaw’s Friday or Sunday workshops, you’ll be issued a full refund by the guild. Our VP Programs, Brenda Rigdon, will contact Ann and try to reschedule her visit to our guild in 2021.

Since we’ve cancelled the March Quilt Day meeting, here are a few important things for you to know:

2020 GAAQG Board Officers

At the November 2019 Quilt Day meeting, members present voted for the 2020 slate of officers as a confirmation of the slate.  This confirmation vote allowed our officers to take office on January 1 prior to the January Quilt Day business meeting election. We had to postpone our annual business meeting election in January due to inclement weather and our March meeting due to the corona virus.  For these extraordinary circumstances, I am requesting that the membership accept the confirmatory vote in November as the 2020 election of officers so that our current slate can continue to work as duly elected officers.

Fabric Sale: Roberta Myyra is still collecting fabric donations for our May GAAQG Fabric Sale. Please contact Roberta to arrange for a pickup of your donated fabrics. 

GAAQG 2020 Quilt Show:

  • The Quilt Show webpages will be published on the member portal on March 12. From the links, members can enter two quilts in the show.
  • The show is nonjuried, so members can be guaranteed that their quilts will be displayed.
  • Sign up for volunteer positions! Everyone needs to volunteer for a two-hour shift for each quilt entered in the show.
  • Bring your donated items for the Bid or Buy Bazaar (formerly called the Silent Auction) to the May Quilt Day meeting or contact Gayle Kush or June Guthrie to make alternative delivery arrangements.

I’ll miss seeing you all again at the March meeting! Meanwhile, keep practicing preventive health habits and take good care of yourselves. Quilting is an important part of your self-care routine. I doubt that this has been scientifically proven—but why take the risk?

For the latest COVID-19 news, visit:

Thank you all for your hard work on behalf of our guild and SafeHouse. I know it’s disappointing to have to cancel our meeting, but safety first!

Stay healthy and I’ll see you at the May 16 Quilt Day meeting!

Susan Schwandt



March 2020 President’s Message


Saturday, March 21 is International Quilting Day, a global celebration to honor quilts and quilt makers. Attending the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild March Quilt Day meeting is the perfect way to celebrate!

After the March Quilt Day meeting from 12:30-4 pm, you can participate in our guild’s Safe House Sewing Event. Fun and easy African-themed quilt kits are being made up for this event. Please bring your sewing machine and basic quilting supplies. If you don’t want to bring your machine, we always need help with cutting and pressing. Please register by March 19 so Jan can have the African Animals quilt kits made up for you:

A special shout out and HUGE THANK YOU to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center for generously donating 55 yards of fabric for future GAAQG SafeHouse quilts and events!

Another local business, Mast Shoes in the Westgate Shopping Center, is holding a special promotion for SafeHouse on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. Try on a pair of Naot shoes and a new pair will be donated to SafeHouse. For every pair sold on Naot Day to a GAAQG member, TWO new pairs will be donated to SafeHouse!

Our fabulous March guest lecturer Ann Shaw, will show us the wonders of creating pictorial quilts using freezer paper piecing techniques ala Ruth McDowell. We have openings in Ann’s charming Chicken Challenge and Pets Portrait classes, so please  register right away and order your pattern.

Speaking of celebrating and honoring quilts and their makers, Quilt Show 2020 co-chair Anne Bednar and her volunteers will show us how to enter a quilt and get involved in our upcoming Quilt Show, which draws more than 1,200 quilt enthusiasts from throughout southeast Michigan and beyond. Bring your donated items for the Bid or Buy Bazaar (formerly called the Silent Auction) to the March and May Quilt Day meetings.

There’s more news circulating about the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  As of March 9, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses can cause the common cold or more severe respiratory diseases.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Not everyone will get sick. Most will develop only mild symptoms. But like the flu virus, some people are more at risk for developing severe symptoms, particularly people over age 70, and those with underlying health conditions. Immunosuppressed and cancer patients should be extra cautious and treat this like a bad flu season.

Follow preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol) are also effective protection.
  • Consider making GAAQQG Quilt Days “handshake- and hug-free” meetings.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cover with an elbow.

It’s important to maintain a balanced self-care routine to support your immune system by eating healthy, nutritious foods and getting enough sleep. Quilting also is an important part of your self-care routine. I don’t think that this has been scientifically proven—but why take the risk?

For the latest COVID-19 news, visit:

Stay healthy and I’ll see you at the March 21 GAAQG Quilt Day meeting!

Susan Schwandt


January 2020 President’s Message


Happy New Year, Quilting Community!

The year 2020 is a bit surreal for me. As a kid, 2020 represented THE FUTURE! I imagined that our lives would be a cross between Lost in Space, the Jetson’s and Star Trek—minus cheesy robots, Astro the Space Dog and Tribbles, of course.

While we may not be flying around in our own rockets—at least not yet—there are still many new quilting frontiers for us to explore! What frontiers are you ready to explore? Are you up for trying some new quilting techniques in 2020?

Fasten your chair cushion, fill up your bobbin and get ready to explore the brave new world of machine ruler work quilting! You’ll have a rare opportunity to meet the Captain Kirk of ruler work, Patsy Thompson, whose lecture/trunk show, “Ruler Work for the Sit-Down Quilter” will introduce you to performing ruler work on your home sewing machine or a mid-arm/long-arm machine. Her colorful lecture with embedded videos will help you see how to use rulers and templates to create quilted designs with flair and precision.

Patsy’s lecture highlights the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild’s first Quilt Day meeting of the new decade on Saturday, January 18 from 9:15 – 11:00 am, Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

We have a few openings in Patsy’s Friday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 19 workshops. You don’t need previous free-motion quilting experience. While the Friday 101 class is not a prerequisite for Sunday’s 102 class, Patsy recommends some familiarity with the ruler process if you’re taking Sunday’s class.

  • The classes require a specific “ruler foot” that’s different from the standard free-motion quilting foot.
  • Your machine must be able to do free-motion quilting (drop the feed dogs).

To register for workshops, go to: Nonmembers are welcome to register and join us for our Quilt Day meeting, too. We like visitors! 

During Saturday’s Quilt Day meeting, be sure to shop local and support one of our favorite local quilt shops! Stop by The Quilting Season vendor tables and show Mary some love. We appreciate the hard work involved in vending at our guild meetings.

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

  • GAAQG member Mary Hogan will feature a “Siddi Quilts: Description and demonstration” before and after the guild meeting from approx. 8:30 – 9 am and 11:30- noon. Mary will bring a quilt made by Siddi woman for you to examine and show you how these quilts are made. See Mary’s Siddi-inspired projects at:
  • GAAQG member Linda Theil will demonstrate how to make easy pillowcases using the “burrito” style construction method. Use up your stash in a very useful way. These pillowcases make great gifts! See photos and info. at:

‘See you at Saturday’s Quilt Day meeting!

Susan Schwandt


November 2019 President’s Message


Hello Quilting Community!

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the hum of sewing machines all over Southeast Michigan as we quilters enter the frenzied holiday gift-making season. Be sure to visit the Library table to check out books on gifts and small projects. You will find books on how to make fabric bowls, batik bags, pincushions, table runners, gifts from small scraps, and a myriad of other creative ideas.

Where can you find this Library table? At the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild’s Quilt Day meeting from 9:15 – 11:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Morris Lawrence Bldg. on the Washtenaw Community College campus in Ann Arbor.

Join us on Saturday to hear Sharon McConnell’s lecture titled – “Same Pattern, Brand New Quilts” for a glimpse into the world of Sharon’s colorful, intriguing modern-traditional quilting style. “Modern-traditional”—say what!? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Not in Sharon’s world! Her love of modern quilting sparks her experimentation with new looks for traditional designs. Students in Shannon’s Friday Mermaid and Sunday Whimsy Garden classes will be surprised at how easy it is to achieve curved piecing and make quilts with modern designs.

Many kind-hearted, generous Ann Arbor Guild members have spent the year volunteering to make quilts and donate money for SafeHouse Center, a domestic violence shelter in Ann Arbor for women and children. Our Guild will present a check to SafeHouse representatives Debra Kern and Barbara Niess-May and hear from them about how our guild’s activities are making a difference in the lives of their residents.

Drumroll please…we’ll hold a drawing to pick the names of the three lucky SafeHouse Quilts raffle winners. We’ll also raffle off the beautiful Volunteer Quilt graciously made and donated by Susie Karr. The Volunteer Quilt raffle is our way of expressing gratitude to the many volunteers who keep our guild running smoothly.

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

  • GAAQG member Kathy Schmidt “Folded books”

  • GAAQG member Katie McGrath “Fun, Free-cut Circles” 

If you have a tip or technique to share with fellow quilters on GAAQG Quilt Days, email Linda Theil at

The Quilt Show team has started preparing for our 2020 Quilt Show and Anne Bednar is eagerly looking for a co-chair. Please contact me at: to volunteer. This is a great way to meet people and get involved in our guild!

‘See you at Saturday’s Quilt Day meeting!

Susan Schwandt, President

September 2019 President’s Message


The big banner headline for the month of September is that the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild is welcoming quilting superstar Kimberly Einmo as our Saturday, Sept. 21 Quilt Day workshop leader and lecturer—woo hoo!! Her lecture, “Jelly Rolls + Precuts = A Recipe for Success!” will open your eyes to new shortcuts and possibilities!

Named one of the top Teachers of the Year by the American Quilters Society, Kimberly has a monthly column in American Quilter magazine. She’s the author of many best-selling quilting books, inventor of nifty quilting tools and a popular guest on quilt shows.

One of the greatest benefits of belonging to a large quilt guild like GAAQG is the opportunity to meet and learn from top national instructors like Kimberly Einmo through our Quilt Day classes and biennial event Quilt University.

More great news that makes our Sept. Quilt Day meeting a “Don’t Miss” event—a GAAQG LIBRARY BOOK SALE!!! Due to generous donations and efforts to stay abreast of current quilting trends, it’s time for a quilt book sale! Books on a range of quilting techniques will be for sale at $1.00 each. These books are in good condition, the price is right, and it’s your opportunity to pick up a book and try something “quilty” new to you.

A few spots are open in our November classes with Sharon McConnell, a young woman who’s making waves in the quilting world with her fresh, adorable and creative modern take on quilts. Sharon’s enthusiastically recommended by Guild Members Lynn Aleman and Lynne Bryant, who enjoyed her lecture at another guild. Register now at: GAAQG members, please register through our online member portal to get the discount price.

A diverse lineup of high-caliber teachers is coming to GAAQG in 2020! We need your input to determine which workshops they’ll offer. Please share your workshop preferences by taking our workshop survey. We rely on your opinions to book classes of interest! Workshop registration will open this fall. Members will get a jump on the general public through advance registration.

We’re currently booking teachers for 2021, so if there’s a teacher you love, please contact Brenda Rigdon or me at If previous classes didn’t interest you, now’s your chance to request your favorite teacher!

Speaking of teachers, are you still basking in the glow of everything you learned at Quilt University? Please extend HUGE KUDOS AND THANKS to Kathy Johnson, Roberta Myyra, Nico Laudenberg and Glenna Schweitzer—our QU Dream Team and their many volunteers!

The next SafeHouse Sewing Event will be on Quilt Day, Sept. 21, following the regular meeting.  We’ll be sewing, ironing and cutting up quilts for SafeHouse Center. Irons and Ironing boards will be provided.

In keeping with the theme of our Sept. Quilt Day lecture, this charitable event’s projects will include 19 Jellyrolls! To participate:

  • Find your favorite pattern using a Jellyroll or use ours
  • Use our Jellyroll or bring your own fabric
  • Bring your own supplies to sew or rotary cut
  • RSVP to Jan Kosko by email:

New members are always welcome! Become a GAAQG member at:

See you at the Sept. meeting! Don’t forget to bring your previous workshop projects and quilts for Show and Tell! We can’t wait to see them!

Susan Schwandt

President, GAAQG

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

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


Susan Schwandt

President, GAAQG

May 2019 President 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: 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:

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: 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


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:
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, 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:

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

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,


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

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 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

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