We have ten exciting new workshops with well-known instructors for 2022. The January and March workshops are live on Zoom from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can learn from home, close to all your stash and there’s no equipment to haul!

We have scheduled the May, September and November workshops at Washtenaw Community College, in-person, and hope that nothing will interfere with our plans this year.

Registration for GAAQG members began November 1, 2021. Registration for non-members will open a few weeks before each workshop if spaces are available.


January 2022

Ana Buzzalino, a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts and the American Quilter’s Society magazines, is our January instructor. She will teach two workshops that will enhance your art quilt designs. Both will be offered live on Zoom.

Her Friday, January 14 workshop, “Monoprinting Without a Press” will teach students how to create your own art fabric using a Gelli Plate or making your own rubbing plate. Students will use water-based paints on Gelli Plates or other surfaces using various techniques and playing with a variety of materials to create several pieces to use as underpaintings or stand alone art.  In the first part of the class we will make rubbing plates to use in monoprinting.  Optional kit for making rubbing plates is available.  Monoprints combine the spontaneity of printed paints and fabric, creating a surface that is unlike any other. It is the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques. No two prints are alike!

Ana’s Sunday, January 16 workshop is a free-motion quilting class called “Text on Textiles” which will teach you how to add your favorite quotes, lyrics or words to your work.





March 2022

Our March instructor, Tara Faughnan, is inspired by forms, shapes and the place where two seams meet. Color interaction is the key inspiration that drives her. Both of her workshops will be offered live on Zoom.

“Color Interaction,” her Friday, March 18 workshop for confident beginners, will explore how colors play off one another and delve into the importance of value.  Students will start with a variety of quick exercises, and move on to sewing small color studies that can be combined to make a larger quilt.  

On Sunday, March 20,  The Give and Take quilt is an exercise in controlled improvisation.   This method of practicing improv within the block and then squaring it up for final construction allows room for a lot of play and exploration both in color and form.   We will also discuss how color placement and value can create high impact compositions that moves the eye across the quilt. 


May 2022

Dana E. Jones a is a former editor of Quilters Newsletter magazine and the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal. Her patterns and articles were published in these and several other quilt magazines. Dana has also authored a book  “Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island” that shares the story of quiltmaking on a 13-acre island in the central Philippines.

Both of these workshops will be held on Zoom.  Links will be sent to registered students.


“Demystifying Design for Foundation Paper Piecing” is Dana’s Friday, May 20 workshop. You’ll learn how to create foundations for everything from traditional blocks to pictorial quilts. In the second half of the class, you’ll design a small pictorial quilt working from a photo or drawing you bring to class.  A $15 kit is required for this class and must be ordered no later than April 28 to allow for shipping.  Members:  order from the Members Only online store; non-members: click on the link above to purchase both the workshop and required kit. WORKSHOP FULL.

On Sunday, May 22, Dana will continue with paper piecing in her “Peace Cranes Over Hiroshoma” workshop.  Experience with foundation piecing (machine paper piecing) is needed for success making this beautiful quilt.  A $15 kit is required for this class and must be ordered no later than April 28 to allow for shipping.  Members:  order from the Members Only online store; non-members: click on the link above to purchase both the workshop and required kit.  WORKSHOP FULL.





September 2022

When award-winning artist Sheila Frampton Cooper creates, she revels in the spontaneous. Her free-form process with its surprising twists and turns inevitably delivers her to a place of unfiltered originality where her bold work unapologetically commands attention. Since embarking on her fiber art adventure in 2010, Sheila has won awards at many major quilt shows. Both workshops will be held in-person in the Crane Liberal Arts Building at Washtenaw Community College.

On Friday, September 16, Sheila will teach “Express Yourself – One Piece at a Time” which will explore the mystery and excitement of creating a pieced abstract quilt with little or no plan. This can be a Master Class, or beginner, and every level in between. Wherever you are is where we will start from.  


Applique + Piecing = New Possibilities is the Sunday, September 18 workshop. Students will draw a design, create a full-scale pattern on freezer paper, and assemble the forms by Appli-piecing, which is part appliqué and part piecing.  Sheila will guide students in composing a simple or complex design.  





November 2022

Mary Kerr is an award winning quilter, teacher, speaker, author, and appraiser.  She has authored several books on using vintage quilts to create exciting new quilts. Mary’s workshops will be held in-person in the Crane Liberal Arts Building at Washtenaw Community College.

Her Friday, November 18 workshop, “Twist & Shout” encourages participants to showcase vintage quilt top fragments into a contemporary quilt.  Check out her book “Twisted” for inspiration and grab some of your own vintage blocks and fragments or purchase a kit in class.

“Wonky Star – Improv With a Vintage Twist” on Sunday, November 20.  Embrace the magic as you are given permission to combine the love of vintage with a fun modern aesthetic. Work with vintage textiles to create a wonky star with lots of negative space for modern quilting designs. The workshop is packed full of tips for working with vintage fragments and ways to showcase these treasured pieces.  Students are encouraged to bring their own vintage blocks and fragments or they may purchase a kit of their choice in class.  Finished sizes will vary.

Both of Mary’s workshops are now open to non-members for registration.  Click here to register

Non-members who are not registered for one of Mary’s workshops can attend her lecture on November 19.  Click here to register.




Registration opened November 1 to GAAQG members who sign into the guild member private pages to access the store and get the member price.  If you are not sure how to register, there is a step-by-step tutorial in the Quick Links section of the Membership Resources page (the page you automatically land on when you log in). 

See the complete GAAQG Workshop Registration/Refund Policy.

You can now choose to pay by personal check or by debit/credit card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover).  If you pay by check:  please complete the online order, then mail your check, including your name and phone number, to:  Treasurer, Melissa Gregoire, 1414 S. Dowling, Westland MI 48186.  Your registration will be confirmed when your check is received.  Please note:  there is no difference in the fee whether you pay with a credit card or check.

For questions or problems with registration, please contact

Workshop fees for non-members are $90.00 per day.  Registration for non-members opens a few weeks before each workshop if space is still available.
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