GAAQG news January 2018

by GAAQG President Kathy Johnson
January 25, 2018

The GAAQG held its annual meeting on January 20, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI, confirming guild officers for 2018:

  • President Kathy Johnson
  • VP Programs Susan Schwandt
  • VP Membership Janet Rost
  • Treasurer Patricia Timberlake-Turk
  • Secretary Roberts Myyra

Three of these positions are term limited in 2018: president, VP-programs, and secretary. Any member who is interested in serving in one of these positions starting in 2019, please contact for information.

GAAQG thirtieth anniversary challenge

“30 Something” entry: “Joe’s Crossing” by Katie McGrath, 24×20-inches.

Members shared several of their “30 Something” challenge quilts at the January 20 Quilt Day. Challenge quilts comprise a special exhibit at the guild’s biennial quilt show, “Rock around the Block:Quilts” on July 28-29, 2018 at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Members are invited to show their challenge quilts at the quilt show in July. Eligible “30 Something” quilts must meet challenge requirements.

    GAAQG biennial quilt showRock Around the Block: Quilts”: July 28-29, 2018

    Quilt show chairperson Anne Bednar announced the GAAQG biennial show, “Rock around the Block: Quilts” on July 28-29, 2018 at WCC in Ann Arbor. The GAAQG public, quilt-show webpage is open on the GAAQG web site; a members-only registration site will be available on Feb 14, 2018.

    • Quilt registration will be online. Members can enter up to two quilts for the main exhibit with an optional third if space is available.
    • For each quilt registered, a two-hour volunteer commitment is required.
    • Volunteer registration will be available using a new online process.
    • Instructions for donating to the silent auction which pays for the professional set-up of the quilt display frames will also be on the site.
    • Download the quilt show poster for communication to friends, co-workers and shops in your area.

    2018 Membership and Class Registration for members are now open.

    • Membership registration must be completed on the GAAQG public page. If you are signed into the website, then you are already recognized as a member.
    • Class Registration is open to the public. Please make sure that as a member you are registering for the member priced class. This can be accessed from the Member Home Page Banner at the top of the page.
    • Program VP Susan Schwandt has developed the 2018 class information to include any of the instructor’s websites, blogs, books, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to help you research the teacher and their classes. Click on the links for more information.
    • If a class is full, please send an email to Susan Schwandt at She will place you on the waiting list. When an opening happens for that class, she will contact you directly for enrollment. Openings often occur over the course of the year.
    • Please note we will be revising the workshop for Mickey Dupree’s Sunday class in September. We will send out a notice when this occurs.

    Jane Davila teaches in Ann Arbor in March

    Jane Davila

    March 17, 2018 Quilt Day speaker will be Jane Davila. She will discuss “Elements of Design” featuring examples of color, texture, line, and shape in quilts, and solutions to common design problems.

    • Davila’s Friday, March 16, 2018 class, “Nature Printing on Fabric” is currently full.
    • Davila’s Sunday, March 18, 2018 class is “Outer Limits – Edge Finishing Techniques”. She will introduce an assortment of 20 different ways to finish quilt edges using hand and machine sewing as well as non-traditional materials and supplies. Class members will make small samples that cover as many finishing options as possible during class. Openings are still available for this class.


    Pam Setla at is interested in coordinating a trip to either Henry Ford or the MSU Quilt Museum for a behind the scenes tour. If you are willing to help Pam, please contact her directly at the above email.

    Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can hand them to Nancy Borgeson at the meeting or email her at to coordinate mailing or delivery.

    Thanks to those who have accepted new volunteer positions:

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    This post was written by Linda Theil

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