Quilt For SafeHouse Center

Our 2022 online SafeHouse Quilt Sale has been extended through November 30 or until all quilts are sold.  Please help us support the important work of SafeHouse Center.  Purchase a quilt for yourself or as a gift for a friend!  Click here to see and purchase the quilts

For more than thirty years the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild has sponsored SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County.  SafeHouse provides free, confidential services for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault who live or work in Washtenaw County. SafeHouse services include emergency shelter for those in danger of being hurt or killed, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups. What SafeHouse really provides is HOPE!  



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Each person who resides in the shelter leaves with a cozy, comforting quilt lovingly made and donated by GAAQG members. In addition to quilt donations, GAAQG members collect needed supplies and raise funds.  We hold sales of donated fabric with proceeds supplementing our fundraising efforts for SafeHouse. A portion of the members’ annual Garage Sale and Fabric Sale supplements our charitable work. Each year we collect cash donations for SafeHouse from members and non-members.  

Quilts are collected at every in-person meeting or delivered to our designated drop-off location.  Many thanks to our members who so generously donated their time, fabric and money to create beautiful quilts that demonstrate to SafeHouse clients how much we care! 

For more information about Quilting for SafeHouse, please contact:

Anne Rapundalo, SafeHouse Liaison  safehouse@gaaqg.com


SafeHouse Center Show and Tell Slideshows

At each Quilt Day meeting, there is a slideshow organized by Liz Rodriguiz to show the recently created SafeHouse quilts.  Click here  if you missed any of the SafeHouse Quilts Show and Tell slideshows.

Long Arm Quilters for SafeHouse Quilts

Do you need a long-arm quilter for your SafeHouse quilt?  We have a new listing of GAAQG members who offer discounts on these services for our guild members.  For contact information  click here

Backings needed for SafeHouse Quilts

There is an important way you can help make quilts for SafeHouse:   by making quilt backs.   Having a quilt back ready to go is a big help, especially for our long arm quilters.  This could be a good way to use fabric in your stash that no longer interests you.

  • The backing should measure a minimum of 72” x 93”

  • It should lie flat and the edges should be on the straight of grain.   It’s fine to leave the selvages on the outside edge as that helps long arm quilters get the quilt correctly oriented on the frame.   It also helps if you can stay stitch ⅛” in from the edge on the crosswise/ stretchy grain edges.

  • Try to have the grainline of your fabrics all run in the same direction to avoid tucks and bubbles during the quilting process.

  • Please pin a note with the actual measurements onto your backing.   Quilt sizes can vary so we want to match up appropriate sizes.

  • For more information:  http://iquilt4you.com/quilting-ifo.htm

Ideally, backs should be bundled up with tops before entering the quilting phase. I think this can be done at meetings at the SafeHouse fabric table.  If you choose to accept this mission, please bring your pieced backings to the SafeHouse fabric table at our next in-person meeting.   We will give you virtual hugs!!!   Questions?  contact Mary Bajcz at safehousefabrics@gaaqg.com

Construction guidelines for SafeHouse quilts are available, listing several helpful hints for everything from planning your quilt to getting it ready to donate.  See below.

Labels are available for your quilt, showing the recipient that it was donated by GAAQG.  See PDF template below.

Batting is available by contacting Anne Rapundalo at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com

Longarm quilters within the guild are available to quilt your quilt, at a reduced rate or even no charge.

Patterns are available for some easy-to-do quilts that will help you use up your fabric stash.  See below.

Additional ways to contribute to SafeHouse

  • Donate fabric to the SafeHouse fabric table during in-person meetings.  This fabric is available to guild members for use in SafeHouse donation quilts.  If you see a selection of fabric you just have to have for a project for yourself, you can purchase it, with the proceeds being added to our yearly donation to SafeHouse.
  • Attend a SafeHouse Sew-In event. Several times a year we get together either in-person or online to make SafeHouse quilts.  Each event has a theme.  You can work individually on your own quilt, or you can work in a group.  If you don’t want to bring your sewing machine, you can cut fabric or press.  These events are great fun, and it’s amazing to see how many quilt tops can be made in a short amount of time when we all work together.  Come when you can; leave when you must.  
  • Take a pre-packaged “kit” of fabric home and add your sewing skills and a little love to create a quilt top or even a completed quilt.  These kits are put together with fabric from the SafeHouse table and include an easy pattern to use. 
  • Do a little work on a quilt in progress, e.g., members sometimes contribute a quilt center that needs a few borders to complete, or you might pick up a quilt top that is complete but needs to be quilted, a good way to practice your free-motion quilting skills.  While it is most desirable that you complete the quilt that you take home, another option is to take a quilt top home, do some work on it, and return it for someone else to finish.  
  • Donate a quilt for fundraising. 
  • NOTE:  SafeHouse is an Amazon Smile affiliate.  By visiting Amazon.com via this link, all the shopping you do there will benefit SafeHouse, at no cost to you.  Use this link as your Amazon bookmark.

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Construction Guidelines

  • Standard twin size or larger quilts are preferred.  The minimum acceptable size is 60″ x 80″.  
  • Your quilt may be designed in masculine, feminine or neutral colors, for children, teens or adults.  Remember that there are both boys and girls who are sheltered at SafeHouse.
  • Primary colors are good for little boys; pink and purple are favorite colors for little girls.
  • Use sturdy fabrics and good thread.
  • If you are tying the quilt, use strong methods.  Machine tacks may be preferable to hand-tying so that little fingers don’t get caught in a tie’s loop. 
  • Plan for the quilt to endure hugging, tugging and frequent washing. 
  • Don’t attach small items that might be a choking hazard to toddlers.
  • Before you turn in your quilt, check for stray pins, needles or loose threads. 
  • You must sew a GAAQG label to the back of the quilt before you donate it.  Labels are also available at Quilt Day.

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MS Word Labels

PDF Labels

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Batting Program

Our guild purchases 30-yard rolls of batting at a significant discount. Batting is cut to size and provided to members at no cost, for use in SafeHouse donation quilts only.  The batting offered will be Polydown, a premium 100% polyester batting.  

This program is being financed with proceeds from our SafeHouse fundraising activities (Fabric Sales, Garage Sale).  No membership dues or guild operating funds will be used to purchase batting.

  • You will be asked to provide your name and contact information in order to document that the batting you take is used only for SafeHouse donation quilts.  Your contact information will only be used for the guild’s records.
  • At each in-person Quilt Day meeting there will be batting table with rolls precut to 72” x 96”.  These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • If you are in need of a larger sized batting, please send an email to the SafeHouse batting coordinator at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com.  Send your request at least a week prior to Quilt Day to allow time to get the batting ready for you.

If you quilt more than TEN SafeHouse quilts throughout the year and would prefer a full roll, contact the SafeHouse batting coordinator at safehousebatting@gaaqg.com and request a full roll.

If your questions were not answered here, please send an email to safehousebatting@gaaqg.com.

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Long-arm Quilters

We have a new listing of GAAQG members who offer discounts on these services for our guild members.  For contact information  click here

Are you a long-arm quilter willing to quilt SafeHouse quilts?

The guild would like to update our list of members who have generously offered to quilt SafeHouse quilts at a reduced price. We will publish this information on the guild’s website.  If you would like to be included in this list, please email safehousebatting@gaaqg.com and indicate the following:

  • Your name
  • Location (city/town)
  • Preferred contact information (phone/email)
  • What a member could expect to pay for your services
  • Anything else you’d like our members to know (any other special offers or considerations)

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Jean Coleman’s Blocks & 4-Patch Quilt – Jean has created an easy pattern with two views and various sizes, including 8″ blocks in 60″ x 80″ SafeHouse quilt size.  Click here for her pattern

Here are examples of different color combinations that Jean and Wanda Nash made:   Photo 1      Photo 2     Photo 3
Photo 4       Photo 5

Jean Coleman’s patterns from her November 18, 2017 demo

Jean has a number of variations on her ‘Scrappy Half-Square Triangles’ quilt pattern.  These directions are written to make a finished quiIt measuring 60″x72′′, 8 blocks across by 10 rows down.
The finished size of the bIock is approximateIy 7-1/2″.  lf you wish to make any of the bIocks a solid background, measure your 1/2 square block and cut the background strips according to this measurement.  Click on the following links for directions and photo examples.

General Directions – Page 1          Photo – How I cut my strips

General Directions – Page 2

Directions and layouts for:  1) Straight Furrows;  2) Pinwheel;  3) 20 Squares;  4) 15 Squares and Borders;  5) Ohio Star With Blank Corners;  6) Around the World;  7) Two-Color Around the World;  8) How Color Affects the Final Look of Your Quilt

Photo example of Two-Color Around the World

Zig Zag quilt directions             Zig Zag Layout       Photo example

Five Squares          Photo example


Floral Squares – September 2016 SafeHouse sewing event quilt

This quick and easy pattern ‘blooms’ with 16 floral 5″ four-patch blocks (finished to 10″ square) alternating with 10″ finished black (or other solid color) squares.  Two side vertical 8″ borders finish it to 60″ wide x 80″ long, the minimum required for SafeHouse quilts.


Rethought Rails – January 2016 SafeHouse sewing event quilt

This stash-buster quilt is quick and easy and finishes to 61″ x 80″ including 2″ borders.  It was used as the pattern for the SafeHouse sewing session following our January 2016 meeting. The 9.5″ finished squares can be set in a variety of settings.  We show three here on Page 2 (below) but you can probably come up with even more!

Pattern – Page 1            Quilt Pattern – Page 2 Settings

Bento Boxes

You will need to make a minimum of 35 (12” square) blocks to meet the SafeHouse quilt requirements.  All you need are three fabrics, light, medium and dark!


Double Four-Patch

You will need to make a minimum of 80 (8” square) blocks to meet the SafeHouse quilt requirements.  Pick two colors and away you go!


Easy Bow Tie

You will need to make a minimum of 35 (12” square) blocks to meet the SafeHouse quilt requirements.  Pick two contrasting colors and away you go!


Easy Floral Snowball Quilt

With a 3″ border, you will need to make a minimum of 140 (6”square) blocks to meet the SafeHouse quilt requirements.  And of course, you don’t have to use floral fabric.  Use whatever focus fabric you want to!


Endless Stairs

You will need to make a minimum of 80 (8” square) blocks to meet the SafeHouse quilt requirements.  As a challenge, make this a scrap quilt using dark and light fabrics!



You will need to make a minimum of 35 (12” square) blocks to meet the SafeHouse quilt requirements.  A wonderful use for all your fabric scraps!


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