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 https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs. In addition to quilt donations, GAAQG https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs collect needed supplies and raise funds.  We hold sales of donated fabric with proceeds supplementing our fundraising efforts for SafeHouse. A portion of the https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs’ annual Garage Sale and Fabric Sale supplements our charitable work. Each year we collect cash donations for SafeHouse from https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs and non-https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs.  

Quilts are collected at every in-person meeting or delivered to our designated drop-off location.  Many thanks to our https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs 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

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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 https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs who offer discounts on these services for our guild https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs.  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.

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

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Construction Guidelines

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Labels

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 https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs 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 https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgship dues or guild operating funds will be used to purchase batting.

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 https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs who offer discounts on these services for our guild https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs.  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 https://gaaqg.dev.nsgroupllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/006-1.jpgs 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:

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Patterns

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.

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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!

Pattern

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!

Pattern

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!

Pattern 

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!

Pattern

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!

Pattern

Tiles

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!

Pattern

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