GAAQG President Johnson welcomes you to March 17, 2018 Quilt Day

by Kathy Johnson, President GAAQG
March 7, 2018

We have a trifecta on March 17: St. Patrick’s Day, National Quilting Day and our Guild Meeting at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. What a lucky day for us! And as an added bonus, I am hoping the worst of the winter is past, so please join us for an exciting speaker, demos, and meeting friends

March 17, 2018 Quilt Day speaker, Jane Davila

Our speaker for March is Jane Davila. She will lecture on the “Elements of Design”. Good design starts with the basic elements like color, texture, line, and shape. This lecture features real life examples of these elements in action on quilts and offers solutions to common design problems. Jane’s lecture will increase your understanding of what you see and what you like, and apply it to your quilts – traditional, art, modern and contemporary. What a great opportunity to hear a lecture from a nationally known, respected teacher!

On Friday, Jane is teaching “Nature Printing on Fabric” which is filled. On Sunday, Jane is teaching “Outer Limits – Finishing Edge Techniques” which currently has openings. The Sunday class requires some preparation so please check the supply listing for more information.

SafeHouse sewing event on March 17, 2018 quilt day

Jan Kosko will be hosting a SafeHouse Sewing Event on Saturday March 17, 2018 following the guild meeting. 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. Contact Jan if you have any questions.

GAAQG show news

We also officially launched the 2018 Quilt Show activities in February with the opening of the Members Only Quilt Show pages for registration of your quilts, silent auction donation and volunteering. This year’s show will be held July 28 and 29, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College. The show’s theme is “Rock around the Block: Quilts”. Anne Bednar is leading the Quilt Show team and we will hear more about it at the March Meeting. In addition, Anne and the team are preparing a number of communications that will be coming to you over the next few months. Look for the first post next week titled “A Few of Our Favorite Things”. What a hard choice to choose only just a few favorite things from the guild’s quilt shows! I am looking forward to reading this.

I have already volunteered and entered a quilt. I am amazed at how easy this was. For volunteering, I just clicked on the link, entered my name and email and then selected the time & activities for which I am volunteering. As an added bonus, the system emailed my volunteer information to and with my permission entered the information onto my electronic calendar. I also entered my “30 Something Challenge” quilt using the electronic form. This is the same process as last time. It took longer figuring out what to say than entering the data in the form. If you are having trouble taking a picture of your quilt for entry into the show, please bring your quilt to the March meeting. There will be an area set-up where you can have a picture of your quilt taken and then sent to you electronically.

For those considering donating to the silent auction, Gayle Kush or June Guthrie will be set up at a table in the atrium on quilt days in March, May and July. They will be receiving your silent auction donations. Please be sure to print, read and fill out the donation forms that are available on our web site so that they can keep track of everything. If you are not on line there will be forms there that you can fill out.

Vendors will attend guild quilt show

On a note of change, the board will not solicit vendors for our January, March, September and November quilt days. The time and expense of transporting stock, paying staff, and maintaining their primary store is becoming harder for stores to justify. Vendors say they can only choose to come to either a guild meeting, or to our quilt show on July 27-28, 2018. We are asking them to come to the show.

We will continue to welcome quilting-related vendors who reach out to us and wish to present at our bi-monthly guild meetings. We will also continue to have our guild Fabric Sale in May and the guild Garage Sale in July. I would welcome any member suggestion on what else we should have in the atrium during our quilt day meetings.

Mickey Dupre teaches “handmade hexies” here in September 2018

On a programming note, during our last Quilt Day meeting, VP Programs, Susan Schwandt took an informal audience poll regarding your preference for the upcoming Mickey Depre’s September classes. Mickey’s Hand Pieced Hexies Buffet class generated the most enthusiasm. In this class, you’ll learn how to take the Hexie to a whole new level with Mickey Depre’s Pieced Hexies Patterns. Students will leave class with three new designs and enough new, fun and exciting samples to keep your imaginations running wild. You can register for this class on our guild’s website. The Hexies class replaces the Hand Piecing Block class.

GAAQG website news

On the website, we have revised the guild Classified Page to remove all the old listings. In the future, listings can only be made by our members and include a photo. Listings will only have an email contact and be posted for 90 days. We are also looking into revising our resource/reference page to showcase our guild members who own businesses or provide services. If you are one of these, I would love to hear from you on what you would like on this page including photos or ads. We also update the Happenings Outside our guild on a regular basis, so look there for information on other guild’s quilt show and events.

Lastly, please note our guild member pages are now only open to active 2018 members. If you have not already done so please take a moment to register using the blue buttons at the top of the GAAQG website,

Looking forward to seeing you at the March 17, 2017 meeting

Kathy Johnson, President GAAQG

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