GAAQG Library Closeout Sale — Saturday, November 19

By Lori Rhode


The guild’s book sale is open to the public 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Guild members may shop early 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

Books are priced at one of two tiers: $2 each or 6 books for $10; $5 each or 5 books for $20. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.

For more details, please visit our Library website page

The nearly 600 books in the GAAQG collection cover all aspects of quilt making: design, patterns, piecing techniques, embellishment, and machine quilting. Notable authors range from traditional to contemporary, such as Eleanor Burns, Kim Diehl, Angela Walters, and Yoko Saito.

Note: A limited number of books will be available to members in a silent auction, with a minimum bid of $20 each. These include hard cover and out-of-print books by highly regarded quilt makers and artists including Gwen Marston, Yoko Saito, and Jane Dunnewold.

Local authors, Sue Nickels and Mary Hogan, are represented, too.

For a complete list of authors, see the author cloud in the guild’s Library Thing catalog or search the catalog directly for your favorite authors and titles.


There is a wealth of information about how to quilt on the web today, but my quilt journey began with a single book and basic piecing instructions in a class taught at a shop. My quilt library started with the slim spiral bound “Patchwork Quilts” by the Editors of Consumer’s Guide, published in 1982.

My earliest quilt project, a feathered star pattern, was inspired by that book. Hand pieced, hand quilted.

Maybe the first quilt lesson for a beginner today is on the Internet, but since that first book, my quilting library has multiplied many times.

My home library is the faster reference to answer specific quilting questions or get to the instructions needed. On the web, information may appear in a list almost immediately, but it is easy to fall into a rabbit hole from one search result link to another.

There are thousands of quilting videos on the web, but can you watch only one? Or do you find 5 or 6 to watch with variations on the skill you are mastering? Three hours later, you haven’t made any progress at your sewing machine.

Better choice, grab that familiar book from the shelf, the ready reference of general quilting skills, the pattern book, or the book with the technique you are working on, for the answer.

As a new quilter with a limited budget, I had few quilting books. Later, in a machine piecing class, the teacher generously loaned books from her own library.

My library didn’t grow quickly in the beginning. A few more books were added as I met quilters, and some were inherited from my mother-in-law. Upon joining the guild, my quilt library filled a short shelf.  When taking guild classes, some teachers required purchase of their latest book with the class. And every new technique offered became a justification to buy another book. My bookshelf was filling.

Still, I had limited experience with the wide breadth of quilting books available when I became a guild librarian more than 10 years ago. By sorting book donations and browsing through the books, as well as, by mastering more skills, my quilting knowledge and familiarity with the books grew.

Many, many, books have been donated to the guild library. Due to the large donations, and the necessity of managing its size, the guild had book sales. Funds from the sales were used to purchase 40 recently published books with the expectation that circulation would improve. It didn’t.

After years of gradually expanding a quilt library of my own and increasing my skills, my books have become a treasured source of inspiration. Now, it’s your turn to buy books, to grow your skills, to get these treasures on your own shelves. Books at bargain prices which will inspire the making of quilts!

Categorized in:

This post was written by Susan Schwandt

Comments are closed here.