Quilt Days

Quilt Day

What to Expect

Our meetings typically begin with guild business and announcements.  Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings.  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 the meeting 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:

  • January, 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 20, 2018 – Michelle May “Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole Chat”

Join Michelle May, owner of The Raspberry Rabbits, on a lively adventure down the rabbit hole into her world of “Folk Art Fusion.” Known as “The Crazy Bunny Lady,” Michelle created Folk Art Fusion, a whimsical expression of fusing folk art embroidery with quilting. Through her business, The Raspberry Rabbits, Michelle published her first Folk Art Fusion book “Fabled Fusions” in 2013. Michelle appeared in four episodes of the 1300 series of Quilting Arts, a national PBS television program. She loves to teach and inspire others with her “Play Dates and Chats.” She travels all over the country, inspiring loyal friends and supporters to tag along for exciting adventures down the rabbit hole. Patterns and supplies will be available for purchase after her lecture and trunk show.

March 17, 2018—Jane Davila, “Elements of Design”

Living in Peru and traveling around the world has had a lasting impact on Jane Davila’s appreciation for the diversity of cultural expression, a theme that frequently shows up in her work. Repeating motifs of fish, birds, and insects reflects her ongoing fascination with nature, the environment and the human impact on both. Good design starts with the basic elements like color, texture, line, and shape. Jane’s lecture features real life examples of these elements in action on quilts and offers solutions to common design problems. Develop an understanding of what you see and what you like, and apply it to your quilts – traditional, art, modern and contemporary.

May 19, 2018 – Linda J. Hahn, “New York Beauty Simplified” (with a big trunk show)

Linda will talk about the New York Beauty block’s versatility, how she accidentally became an author, and provide an insider’s look at the publishing process. She’ll also share the funny stories behind her quilts.

July 21, 2018 – Beth Donaldson, “Quilting in Detroit in the 1930s”

 Did you know that the J.L. Hudson’s store downtown had a quilt show in 1932 that drew over 50,000 visitors? Did you know that The Detroit News had a column and produced a quilt show each year at the Naval Armory that attracted 10,000s? Did you know that Detroit had three newspapers that all printed quilt patterns? In this presentation Beth Donaldson, Great Lakes Quilt Center, discusses the vibrant quilt revival of the 1930s. Slides of quilts from the Clarke Family Collection at the Michigan State University Museum are featured along with scans of original newspaper columns and patterns. Also included are Depression era quilts from Beth’s collection. Ann Arbor Guild members are encouraged to bring quilts from the 1930s for a show-and-tell at lecture’s end. 

September 15, 2018 – Mickey Depre, “Quilts Young and Old: Timid and Bold”

Mickey Depre’s quilts have been described as whirlwinds of color, with oranges residing next to purples of all shades in harmony. Dots, swirls, and stripes intermingle with florals and prints in an outlandish yet exciting visual parade. Her work mixes traditional quilting techniques with bold, innovative machine appliqué and thread work. The images are meant to spark thought and a smile, as humor is a great gift to share. With the release of Mickey’s new book Pieced Hexies, she’s come full circle as an Art Quilter… and a Traditional Quilter. Enjoy seeing an eclectic gathering of quilts from Mickey Depre’s studio. Some made by Mickey. Some Traditional. Some Art. Something for everyone. Because after all, there is enough fabric in her studio to make both Art and Traditional Quilts.

November 2018— Louisa L. Smith Double Visions: Curves and Circles That Create Wonderful Illusions”

You will never look at fabrics the same way. This lecture will teach you to use gorgeous fabrics and incredible colors — it is all about Pattern on Pattern — and how by using many layers, you can create illusions of depth. Emphasis will be on the use of color, pattern and the interaction they have on one another. The many procedures and options of styles, scale and construction will be discussed. If you are a fuser or if you prefer piecing, this Escher-type design is perfect for working in a series. The use of commercial fabrics as well as your own hand dyed and manipulated fabrics will be discussed.


Previous Speakers

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

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

March 17, 2018, Kathy Groves: Creative Grids Wave Ruler/sashing, Judy Schmidt: Curves/Drunkards Path block

May 19, 2018: Meena S.: Sleeve demo, Jan Roys: Two-color binding

Some of our recent demos have included borders & bindings, beading and free-motion quilting.  

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.

  • 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.

  • Sewing Events

    Following our January (except in 2017), 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.

18may9:30 am- 4:30 pmNew York Beauty SimplifiedInstructor: Linda Hahn

19may8:15 am- 11:30 amMay 2018 Quilt DaySpeaker: Linda J. Hahn

20may9:30 am- 4:30 pmShe Can Dance!Instructor: Linda Hahn

21jul8:15 am- 11:30 amJuly 2018 Quilt DaySpeaker: Beth Donaldson

14sep9:30 am- 4:30 pmA Taste of Summer CarnivalInstructor: Mickey Depre

15sep8:15 am- 11:30 amSeptember 2018 Quilt DaySpeaker: Mickey Depre

16sep9:30 am- 4:30 pmPieced Hexies BuffetInstructor: Mickey Depre

16nov - 18nov 169:30 am- 4:30 pmCLASS FILLED - Double Visions: Curves and Circles That Create Wonderful IllusionsInstructor: Louisa L. Smith

17nov8:15 am- 11:30 amNovember 2018 Quilt DaySpeaker: Louisa Smith


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