Quilt Days

Quilt Day

During the COVID crisis, we can’t meet in person but we are gathering online instead.


Our March 20 Quilt Day will be held online
for active GAAQG members only.
It will include a lecture by Margarita Korioth.

Please use this  Zoom Tip Sheet  to help you attend.

Non-members are invited to purchase a ticket to this lecture by clicking here.



What to Expect

Our meetings typically begin with guild business and announcements.  Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings, when possible.  The lecture by an invited speaker follows, most having national or international reputations.  Our Saturday speakers also teach all-day workshops on the Friday before and the Sunday after guild meetings.  We conclude with a procession of quilts made for SafeHouse Center, and lots of Show & Tell.  Any member who has anything quilt-related is invited to take to the stage and show it off.  People have shown first quilts, award-winning quilts, antique family quilts, works in progress, quilted clothing and accessories and everything in between.  We love to hear the stories of special events that prompted the making of a quilt!

For details about our meeting times and location, please see our When & Where We Meet page.

Before and after our in-person meetings, we have free demos, a freebie table, and a vendor (usually an online or brick & mortar quilt shop) with a selection of merchandise for purchase.  You can visit our lending Library display and even purchase selected books.  Members can borrow from more than 600 titles and email the librarians to request that they bring desired books to the next guild meeting.

At most of our meetings, we also feature a special event:

  • March and September, following the meeting we hold sewing events  where members gather together to make quilts for SafeHouse Center.
  • During our March meeting in odd-numbered years, we hold a special preview exhibit for Quilt University to see workshop samples and meet the instructors. 
  • In May, we sell donated fabric that we’ve accumulated with proceeds directed to the Guild’s support of SafeHouse Center.   
  • At the July meeting, members clean out their sewing rooms, and we hold an indoor garage sale.  Anyone can shop, but only members can sell.  Proceeds are directed to the Guild’s support of SafeHouse Center.  

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Upcoming Lectures by an Invited Speaker

January 18, 2020 – Lecture by Patsy Thompson:“Ruler Work for the Sit-down Quilter”

The lecture/trunk show is an introduction to technique of performing ruler work using a home sewing machine or a sit-down mid arm/long arm machine.  This colorful PowerPoint lecture details the necessary equipment for ruler work and reviews a wide myriad of rulers/templates that can be used to create various quilted designs.  There are short videos embedded within the PowerPoint lecture so attendees can actually see how these various styles of rulers are used.  The presentation includes a wide array of colorful photos showing various types of ruler work combined with free motion quilting to create fabulous designs.  The trunk show that follows allows the attendees to see/touch the quilts themselves.

March 21, 2020 – Lecture by Ann P. Shaw:“Playing with Fabrics” – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CRISIS

Unusual fabric choices is a hallmark of my pictorial quilt style. In this presentation, I will discuss the design qualities inherent in printed fabrics and the ways fabric choices contribute to the overall visual impact of a quilt. Quilts from many ears as well as my own work serve to illustrate how I select and audition printed fabrics that bring pictorial quilts to life.


May 16, 2020 – Lecture by Lynn Krawczyk: “Creative Everyday: Learn to Find Inspiration in the Mundane and Use it in Your Art” –


“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso. Instead of waiting for the lightning bolt of inspiration, learn to use your powers of observation of the everyday to find beauty and idea sparks for new artwork. Inspiration is not reserved for the inspired few, it is within all of us if we are willing to slow down and look. Lynn will give many examples of inspiration she finds in everyday situations and how they have influenced her artwork.

July 18, 2020 – Online Lecture by Brenda Ratliff: “Fabric Design”

An influential up-and-comer in the modern quilting world, Brenda is the founder of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild and wears many hats: quilt retailer, avid blogger, pattern designer, convention organizer, and RJR Fabrics designer.  Her once small business that began in her basement grew into Pink Castle Fabrics—one of the largest online retailers of modern and Japanese import fabrics. Brenda’s closing Pink Castle Fabrics to focus on new quilting industry adventures.

Sept 19, 2020 – Online Lecture by Ellen Lindner:  “Confessions of a Fabric Whisperer”

What do 750 pins, window screening, and paint have in common? They’ve all been used by Ellen Lindner in creative ways as she’s made art quilts. Join her in an amusing accounting of some of the wacky things she’s done over the years, some of them successful and some of them resulting in “rough drafts.” She’ll share with you why even the unsuccessful ones are useful and why she fearlessly embraces experimentation.  This is an online Zoom presentation for active GAAQG members only.  An invitation and instructions on how to join the meeting will be sent in September.



Nov 21, 2020 – Online Lecture by Maria Shell: “Building Community Through Quilts”

In 2014, Maria Shell spent two months as an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, she worked weekly with a formerly chronically homeless community now living in Moore Place. By teaching basic sewing skills to the residents, she developed a relationship with the residents of Moore Place that eventually led to the making of a community quilt that celebrated the residents and their journey towards finding a home and a community. Since then, Maria has gone on to work with communities and organizations across the US helping them to also build quilts and share their stories.  This is an online Zoom presentation for active GAAQG members only.  An invitation and instructions on how to join the meeting will be sent in November.

2020 Speakers and workshops – We are pleased to announce the lineup of speakers for this year.  The specific classes will be selected as a result of a survey we will send to our members.  More class information will be posted before Member Only registration begins in November, 2019.  Unfortunately, our March and May in-person events had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Previous Speakers

2019 –Heather Jones, Karen Linduska, Lynn Carson Harris, April Anue Shipp, Kimberly Einmo, Sharon McConnell

2018 – Michelle May, Jane Davila, Linda Hahn, Beth Donaldson, Mickey Depre, Louisa L. Smith

2017 Joe Cunningham,  Mary HoganMeena Shaldenbrand, Carole HarrisBarb VedderPaula Golden

2016 Frieda AndersonAnnette OrnelasCathy MillerSujata ShahLinda ThielfoldtSherri Lynn Wood

2015 – Deb Gash, Kathy KansierMaggie BallLynn Krawczyk, Pat Pauly

2014 – Debbie GrifkaCarol LoesselSue Holdaway-HeysLyric KinardKaren TurckesAmi Simms

2013 – Sherry PetersonSue CavanaughNancy Prince, Julie Hacala, Vikki PignatelliGyleen Fitzgerald

2012 – Laura Cater-WoodsEllen Lindner, Barb Kilbourne, Edyta Sitar, Sue Wilson, Bonnie Hunter

Free Demos

If you are interested in doing a demonstration on quilt day for the the GAAQG, please contact Demo Coordinator Linda Theil at QuiltDayDemos@gaaqg.com.   Your topic should be able to be presented in about 15 minutes, allowing you to demo twice before and after the guild meeting. Please see the information below to learn more about the project. This is a lot of fun and is a great way to build community in the guild.   

To the presenter:

  • On quilt day, doors open at 8:15
  • Demos begin at 8:30 until start of meeting at 9:15.  
  • Demo again at end of meeting 11:30 until noon or as long as there is interest.
  • Handouts are not required. If you choose to provide handouts, approximately 30 would be appreciated.  
  • Information about your demo may be made available to the guild members on the blog, Facebook page, or guild website. Please provide your information to the demo coordinator for possible publication. Demo Coordinator is Linda Theil at QuiltDayDemos@gaaqg.com

Demo Schedule

Free demos will be offered before and after the GAAQG meeting (meeting from 9:15- 11 a.m.) on GAAQG Quilt Days at the Morris Lawrence Bldg. atrium on the campus of WCC in Ann Arbor.

Jan 18 2020: Mary Hogan – “Siddi Quilts”. Linda Theil — Burrito-style pillow cases

Mar 21 2020:Judy Schmidt — Cancelled Due to Covid-19 Crisis – Scrap Shoot! combines fabric scraps, batting scraps and photos printed on fabric. Jane Reiter –Inspire Your Stitching with Zentangle®

May no scheduled demos fabric sale

July no scheduled demos garage sale

Sept 19, 2020 : no scheduled demos – online meeting

Nov 21,  2020: no scheduled demos – online meeting

Previous demos:

January 2019: Jean Shaw: Works from photos, paint muslin squares, and making “travel quilts” from the squares. Demonstrates the painting and will display several finished works.  Laura Jarvis: “T-Shirt Quilts”

March 2019: Jane Reiter: “Baskets made with recycled fabrics and papers” and Laura Jarvis: “Getting your quilt top ready for a long-arm quilter”

Sept 2019: Linda Lindsey: “Print to Stitch” and Cindy Herring: “Labels” 

Nov 2019:  Kathy Schmidt: “Folded books”   https://quirksltd.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/workshop-in-review/   and Katie McGrath: “Circles: Free form cutting of four fabrics and reconstructing them for an art piece”  https://mcgrathquilts.wordpress.com/Tutorial for the Free Form Cutting of Circles 

January 2018: Marna Balazer: Custom quilt labels, Linda Theil: Interlocking squares guild logo block

March 2018, Kathy Groves: Creative Grids Wave Ruler/sashing, Judy Schmidt: Curves/Drunkards Path block

May 2018: Kathy Schmidt.: Sleeve demo, Jan Roys: Two-color binding

September 2018:  Mary Bajcz:  How to end a binding; Jane Reiter: “COUCH STITCHING to create lines” — a simple embroidery stitch that attaches various fibers, threads, or strings to a fabric surface/base.  Couched lines are executed with hand or machine stitching.  Examples of making lines on art quilts will be shown, in addition to a basic handout for reference. See Jane’s webpage at https://retreadart.com/

November 2018: Mary Hogan: Fast-Fold Hexies from her book, Fast-Fold Hexies

November 2017: Jean Coleman scrap quilt demo, Kathy Schmidt postcards

January 2017 demos:  Jan Frank – Woven stitches for quilting and crazy quilts and Marna Balazar – “An easy way to join binding”

March 2016 demos:  Mary Hogan – Teacup Pincushion and Jan Frank – Hand embroidery (continued)

May 2016 demo:  Pat Wagner – “How to Make a Fabric Box

September 2016 demos:  Linda Theil – “Learn how to LikeShareComment, and add photos on the GAAQG FaceBook page”.  Mary Hogan – “Thread Jumble.”  A Thread Jumble, a decorative element, is made from threads, ribbons, and whatever else you want to add.  Start with some water soluble stabilizer, add the threads, more stabilizer and then sew every which way to hold it all together.

November 2016 demos:  Linda Theil – “Adding LED lights to your sewing machine” and Mary Beth Donovan – “Website tutorial and how to register online for 2017 workshops”

Special Events

  • Buy Donated Fabric

    The SafeHouse fabric table is set up at every Quilt Day, and is piled high with fabrics donated specifically for use in the quilts we make for SafeHouse Center.  The fabric is free to members when they will use it in a quilt for SafeHouse.  Occasionally, a member finds fabric that she really “needs” for a purpose other than a SafeHouse quilt.  In that case, we ask that the member pay for it by making a donation equal to the cost of comparable fabric at retail.  These donations are collected by the members staffing the SafeHouse table and the money supplements our other fund-raising efforts in support of SafeHouse Center.

  • Fabric Sale

    In May, following our Quilt Day meeting, (while our quilt shop owners are away at Quilt Market), the Guild hosts its own Fabric Sale. Members donate their unwanted yardage and all sales benefit SafeHouse Center.   POSTPONED Due to COVID-19 Crisis

  • Garage Sale

    Held at the close of our meeting during the July Quilt Day, members can sell surplus and unwanted sewing, quilting, crafting, fiber, and studio related items at our annual Garage Sale.  Items are priced and marked by members, put on display by Garage Sale volunteers, and bought by eager shoppers; both members and non-members are welcome to browse and buy.  Full details on how to participate, both as seller or buyer, are provided in announcements at the May Quilt Day meeting.  POSTPONED Due to COVID-19 Crisis

  • Sewing Events – March 21, 2020 SafeHouse Sewing Event Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Crisis 

    Following our March and September meetings, members get together at the Morris Lawrence building to make quilts for SafeHouse Center.  Bring your sewing machine for a free fun afternoon of sewing.  Easy patterns and fabric are usually provided.  Sew in a group or by yourself.  No portable sewing machine?  Come anyway, as we always need people to iron and cut fabric.  Irons, ironing boards, rotary cutters and mats are provided.  Beginners and advanced quilters welcome.  Watch for more specific information about each event in our Calendar.  Make new friends and let’s see how many quilt tops we can make in one afternoon for the families at SafeHouse!

  • Preview for Quilt University

    At the March meeting in odd-numbered years, there is a preview of the workshops that will be offered later that summer at Quilt University.  Full details on the classes are posted on the QU section of the website when registration opens, but this March special event presents an opportunity to see class samples in person and, often, provides a chance to meet the local teachers and ask questions about the classes.

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