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:
- In January this year, the Guild will hold a celebration of the 30th anniversary of its founding. Our normal guest fee for this meeting will be waived and we invite the quilting community to join us for the day’s activities, including coffee and cake following the meeting.
- 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.
Upcoming Lectures by an Invited Speaker
January 21, 2017: MEN AND THE ART OF QUILTMAKING – Speaker: Joe Cunningham
While quilting has been practiced almost exclusively by women, a few men have crept into the realm from time to time. This lecture tells why, and how, men have occasionally landed on the world of quilts. I will tell my own story and show my own quilts, while also providing some historical insight into this mystery. The lecture is illustrated with my own quilts and and pictures of men and their quilts in my book, “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking.”
March 18, 2017: ADVENTURES IN STRING QUILTING – Speaker: Mary Hogan
Adventures in String Quilting is a lecture/discussion/trunk show. String quilting can make use of leftovers, stash, unwanted UFOs, and of course, new fabrics. I use the term “string” to distinguish the irregular shapes welcomed in string piecing from the term “strip” which refers to precisely cut fabric – which can be obtained as precuts. I will discuss string quilting, particularly the many possibilities for creating design using simple arrangement of strings or highlighting certain parts of blocks. I’ve also explored many foundation types for string quilting and these will be discussed. Participants will leave the lecture with a new or renewed appreciation for the tradition of string piecing/quilting.
Mary’s book, String Quilt Style, will be available for purchase.
May 20, 2017: TEXTING IN QUILTS – Speaker: Meena Schaldenbrand
Add letters, words, a favorite quotation, your sense of humor, give free advice, or convey emotions in your quilts. The lecture will consist of at least thirty different methods of using text along with examples in quilts.
July 15, 2017 – MY JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST – Speaker: Carole Harris
Carole Harris is a fiber artist who has redefined and subverted the concepts of quilting to suit her own purposes. She extends the boundaries of the tradition beyond utilitarian usage through explorations that include other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textures, materials and objects. Her work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited and published extensively. Highlights include a 2014 solo exhibition at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (Rochester, MI) and inclusion in the exhibition “The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmaker in 21st Century America” which toured China, where she was a guest lecturer.
September 16, 2017: SCRAP QUILTS – THE SECRET TO SUCCESS – Speaker: Barb Vedder
A Powerpoint Presentation using antique quilts and my own work to decode the secrets and patterns of success scrap quilt making. Through a study of these quilts I will discuss design techniques such as color, contrast and composition and how they are employed to create beautiful quilts. The lecture is followed by a trunk show.
November 18, 2017: COLOR! HOW TO MAKE YOUR QUILTS SING – Speaker: Paula Golden
Learn three easy steps to make your quilts sparkle and delight the senses. Paula will show many of her quilts and explain how colors interact, the importance of value and how to successfully use many textures of print together so you too, can make your quilts sing.
Some of our recent demos have included borders & bindings, beading and free-motion quilting. We are always looking for volunteers to present others. Please contact our demo coordinator, Marna Balazar, at QuiltDayDemos@gaaqg.com if you have an idea for a demo.
January 2017 demos: Jan Frank – Woven stitches for quilting and crazy quilts. There will also be material for hands-on play. Jan will have Hazel Blomkamp’s latest book “Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork” for you to check out. It puts emphasis on techniques not always seen in our American books – like tatting, needle lace, needle weaving, beading and weaving. Do bring your latest stitching for show and tell. We love that and while you stop by, pick up instructions for the Jessica heart – a simple when stitch.
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 Like, Share, Comment, 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”
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.
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.
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.
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.