Welcome to the Guild!
The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild (GAAQG) is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. The guild was established in 1987 by 11 members and is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the art of quilting, patchwork, appliqué, and related fiber arts. Today we have 250+ members and sponsor workshops, lectures, displays, projects and occasions for friends to meet for fellowship because we are passionate about quilting and fiber art. In addition, the guild engages in charitable efforts in support of SafeHouse Center, the Washtenaw County domestic violence shelter.
Our membership is open and we are always actively seeking new members – we invite you to join us! GAAQG is a non-juried guild. What does that mean? There is no formal selection committee or criteria for joining. You simply need to love quilts (and fill out the membership form). We want you to be part of the guild if you:
- Have only made one quilt or one hundred quilts, or are just thinking about making one;
- Are just now exploring the world of quilting and you are seeking others with the same passion;
- Like any or all of the following: traditional quilts, art quilts, modern quilts, pieced quilts, appliqué quilts, whole-cloth quilts, fused quilts, painted quilts, surface design, antique quilts, Amish quilts, wall quilts, bed quilts, baby quilts, string quilts, scrap quilts, quilted clothing and accessories – it’s all here;
- Have been quilting for a long time and want to get excited again!
We welcome both members and non-members to our in-person meetings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following guidelines by meeting with our members online.
Our meetings typically begin with guild business and announcements. A lecture by an invited speaker follows. We conclude with a procession of quilts made for SafeHouse Center and lots of Show & Tell. For in-person meetings only: a local quilt shop displays a selection of their merchandise for purchase before and after the meeting. Time is available before and after the meetings to visit the lending library, watch short demonstrations of various techniques and to chat with friends about your projects.
Typically our Saturday speakers also teach all-day workshops on the Friday before and Sunday after our guild meetings. Check out our calendar where you can find our meeting schedule and workshops, for both online and in-person offerings..