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.
Upcoming Lectures by an Invited Speaker
January 19, 2019 – Lecture by Heather Jones: “Integrating Tradition with Modern Design”
Many modern quilters integrate traditional components in their quilts using traditional patterns, blocks, or techniques. Join Heather Jones for an in-depth look at the process of merging tradition with modernity in quilting. Heather will discuss how she adds her own spin to traditional quilting components to make them fresh and modern, and she will share tips and techniques on how you can do so as well
March 16, 2019 – Lecture by Karen Linduska: “My Fiber Art Journey”
Karen Linduska will share her fiber art history and work progression and show examples of her decorative stitching process starting with white fabric, to painting the fabric, then using her machine’s built-in decorative stitches. She’ll show us examples of how to alter stitches and what you can do with the altered stitches. There will be a Q&A session, plus a trunk show, books and supplies for sale.
May 18, 2019 – Lecture by Lynn Carson Harris: “Do it for the Process”
Lecture Description: Lynn will share some of her quilts and talk about her journey from the first quilt she made as a teenager in 1976 to her current work. She has found that the steps of making a quilt are often more meaningful to her than the completed quilt. Focusing on the creative process rather than the finished product allows her time in the studio to be filled with play and discovery.
July 20, 2019 – Lecture by April Anue Shipp:“Griot of the Cloth”
April enjoys making quilts with spiritual and historical significance. She has participated in historical quilt projects such as: The Diversity Quilt for the University of Michigan (published in Nov. 2002 Quilters Newsletter Magazine); and The Detroit 300th Anniversary Underground Railroad Quilt, which was donated to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. In 2002 April’s quilt, Road to Rwanda, was a finalist in the UAW DaimlerChrysler Artist at Work Competition. Her largest quilt to date, Strange Fruit: A Century of Lynching and Murder, was completed in 2003. Three years in the making and dedicated to Ida B. Wells, Billie Holiday and Laura Nelson a female lynch victim, Strange Fruit debuted at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Without Sanctuary exhibit (July – Feb. 2005).
April established her company, Your Heritage Quilts L.L.C. in 2003. Specializing in quilts with a spiritual, historical and family significance. She joined the DaimlerChrysler and the World of Works program, enabling her to present to school children an understanding and appreciation of their rich heritage and the history of quilt making. She visits a different school each week where she poses as an African American woman during the turn of the century 1900. April teaches the art of quilt making at Wayne County Community College (WCCC) School of Continuing Education Detroit’s downtown campus. Her Blues Singers’ portrait quilts series, “Ladies Who Sang the Blues” are currently on display at the WCCC downtown campus.
September 21, 2019 – Lecture by Kimberly Einmo: “Jelly Rolls + Precuts = A Recipe for Design Success!”
You’ve heard about them. You’ve seen them. Most likely you’ve even bought them. But what can you actually do with them? Well, let Kimberly introduce you to the delectable world of calorie-free fabric delights! These pre-cut bundles are pint-sized powerhouses of scrappy design opportunities just waiting for you to create fabulous quilts and more!
Kimberly will share tons of photos, quilts, and more inspiration than you can imagine to tantalize your “inner design chef” and excite you to create something glorious using these amazing fabric bundles. From basic beauties to the most exquisite award-winning quilts, Kimberly’s PowerPoint presentation is jam-packed with ideas and inspiration. Even if you don’t plan to use these pre-packaged fabric lines, you’ll find plenty of creative ways for stash busting from your own fabrics, and ways to use up those pesky leftover strips and squares. You’ll be scrap happy and itchin’ to stitch by the end of her presentation!
November 16, 2019 – Lecture by Sharon McConnell: “Same Pattern, Brand New Quilts”
We will talk about seeing your favorite and new quilt patterns in new ways to make unique and personalized quilts. Trunk show and talk focuses on showing how quilts can take on new looks with creative use of value, color, fabric and layout.
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
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: Katie McGrath: “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 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.