November President’s Letter – Giving and Sharing

House Quilt Displayed in SafeHouse Center Entrance

By Kathy Johnson   Oct 29, 2017

Fall has arrived and we are approaching our last meeting of our 30th anniversary year. It seems like just a few days ago that we were celebrating with cake and coffee in honor of our first meeting in January 1987. I am thankful for the foresight of the original members to create this guild and provide the vision that we still use to today.

Our objectives were and are:

  • To promote and preserve the art of quilting, patchwork, appliqué, and related fiberarts.
  • To sponsor workshops, lectures, displays, projects and occasions for friends to meet in fellowship.
  • To engage in charitable efforts deemed advisable by the membership.

We selected the SafeHouse Center as our main charity in 1989. At our November meeting, we will have the annual presentation of quilts to the SafeHouse staff to round out the year. We have donated 176 quilts this year to our goal of 275. Please consider finishing a quilt for SafeHouse or donating a quilt this month. If you are looking for a quilt top to quilt, please contact Jan Kosko as she still has tops needing quilting. Although we do not have a complete count of our donations over all the years, we have made a significant impact to our community. Our January blog post was on SafeHouse and GAAQG. It is interesting to see the growth and changes over the years.

Speaking of our 30th anniversary, I hope you have found time to make a challenge quilt for the guild 30th anniversary. Details of the “30 Something” challenge are on the website in the members section.

This has been a wonderful year with great speakers, workshops and 2017 QU. Our November speaker is Paula Golden. Her Friday Class is “Free and Easy”.  The Saturday Quilt Day lecture is entitled “COLOR! HOW TO MAKE YOUR QUILTS SING”. Given Paula’s work and her past experience with Jinny Beyer, this should be an interesting lecture. The Sunday workshop is on color theory and is called “Frolicking Felines” or if you are inclined they can be made as Frolicking Foxes. For further information on Paula, this link takes you to her interview with Linda Thiel.  

As part of our business meeting, we will be voting for the 2018 officers.

  • Kathy Johnson – President
  • Susan Schwandt – Vice President Programs
  • Janet Rost – Vice President Membership
  • Patricia Timberlake-Turk – Treasurer
  • Roberta Myyra – Secretary

As you vote on these officers, please take a moment on Saturday to thank Erika Keith and Claudia Tam for their service as 2016 & 2017 officers as well as any of our committee chairs and key volunteers. It takes a lot to keep this guild going and I am thankful for such a wonderful team! If you would like to become more involved with the guild, please consider volunteering as a co-chair for 2019 QU, a Librarian or our Quilt Day Demo Coordinator. Contact me if you have any questions.

On or just after November 1, 2017, we will be launching the 2018 Membership and Class Registration website pages. The new membership registration process will allow you to set-up your own account name, password, and edit personal information. This will allow you to change emails, phone numbers, update pictures as needed and grants immediate access to all the “members only” pages. You can pay by credit card or mail-in a check after starting the on-line process. When your check is received, the VP membership will grant you full access to the site. The class registration process is the same one we used for QU.  Review the 2018 workshops on the web pages where there are full details, identify the ones you want and then go the Registration/Store pages. It works like most internet sales processes, you select the classes to put in your “cart” and when done you go to the “checkout” page. Please note we are still accepting mail-in class registrations. All classes will be open to non-member registration on November 20 following our November Guild Meeting. So, register early for those classes that you really want! Members will receive a specific email for online membership and registration with additional instructions posted on the website in a few days.

Lastly, I am pleased to announce the GAAQG Guild Members’ Seasonal Quilts Display where you can fill your soul with the beauty of the holiday season by visiting the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor to see our guild members’ seasonal and holiday quilts on display. Our quilts will decorate the Ford Library throughout the holiday season. What a great opportunity to raise public awareness of the joy of quilting and enhance our guild’s reputation!

Special thanks to 10 of our guild members for generously loaning their quilts to the library and for those that served as quilt collection points. We anticipate having 13-16 quilts from our guild on display, starting in mid-November. Those of you who’ve loaned your quilts can retrieve them at the January 20, 2018 Quilt Day meeting. If you’re unable to attend the January meeting, please make arrangements for a friend to pick up your quilt during the meeting.

To visit the quilt display: The quilts generally are installed at the Gerald R. Ford Library (Ann Arbor) by mid-November. They will be displayed through the first week of January. 

  • The Gerald R. Ford Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, is located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Parking and admission is free.
  • If you’re in the mood for a little road trip, holiday quilts made by other Michigan quilters will be displayed at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, 303 Pearl Street NW, located across the river from the DeVos Place Convention Center (home of the AQS Quilt Show). 

Thank you to Susan Schwandt, VP Programs for coordinating this and feel free to contact her if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you at the November Meeting

Kathy Johnson


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  • Carol Riffe says:

    Kathy—the Safehouse “House” quilt was made from member blocks brought to a QU. It was assembled by Carol Riffe, who contacted a missionary in Guatt for the “worry dolls” representing the courageous Safehouse dwellers as they leave their homes.

  • Pat Wagner says:

    kathy, please make the password for the site shorter. I have never been able to login in 2017. I can’t participate if I don’t know what’s happening in the quild.

    • Mary Beth Donovan Mary Beth Donovan says:

      Pat, under the new online system for 2018 membership you will create your own personal password to access the Members Only pages on our website. It will still need to be long enough and complex enough to be secure for our website and your personal information. I just sent an e-mail to all our current members including step-by-step tutorials. Please note: more than 90% of our website is public and doesn’t require a password. You will see all our activities and events listed and described there and can keep current about what’s happening in the GAAQG even without accessing the Members Only section.