Happenings Outside Our Guild


Do you have information about a quilt exhibit, lecture, workshop or special event for quilters that you would like to share with our Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild members and visitors to our website?       Complete the form at the bottom of this page to tell us about your event.

Threads Quilt Exhibit & Theatre – August 7-20 – Troy Historic Village

Explore the metaphoric and literal threads that weave us together as a nation.

Quilt Exhibit – Monday – Friday, August 7-18 – 100+ rare, vintage and modern textile works of art, displayed in historic buildings.
Quilt Workshops – August 3, 10 & 17 – Topics:  Quilting Goes Green, Ask the Quilt Ladies, Creating Plant Dyes
Theatre Performances – August 11, 12, 19 & 20 – 50-minute original play features stories of real Troy residents, past and present.  Audience moves with the action!

Location:  Troy Historic Village, 60 Wattles Road, Troy MI 48098

Fees:  Adults: $5.00, Seniors: $3.00, Children (6-12 years): $3.00, Children (<6 years): Free

Carole Harris (GAAQG July Speaker) Exhibit – May 5 through August 23, 2017 

An exhibit entitled “Bearing Witness” by Carole Harris, the Guild’s speaker at our July Quilt Day, is being held in the Rotunda Gallery at the University of Michigan, North Campus Research Complex from May 5 through August 23.  The opening reception on May 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Location:  U-M North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Michigan State University Museum – Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights Exhibit – January 16 – July 9, 2017

Awareness about civil and human rights issues are at the center of a new exhibition opening at the Michigan State University Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. Quilted Conversations: Materializing Civil and Human Rights features 16 provocative quilts drawn from the MSU Museum’s collection. 

The quilts included in the exhibit are intended to spur conversation, serving as touchstones to encourage dialogue and contemplation. Some quilts honor champions of human rights, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., while others document the struggles of individuals who have been punished or tortured and even lost their lives due to social injustice.  Other textiles document events and experiences in contemporary history and show the creative act of quiltmaking as a means of storytelling. Topics explored by the quiltmakers include marriage equality, Holocaust survivors, the Flint foreclosure crisis, and many other thoughtful civil and human rights issues.  Click here for more details.

Glass City Quilt Commission presents “Kaleidoscope of Quilts 2017” – July 21-22, 2017 – Sylvania, OH

The mission of the Glass City Quilt Commission is to promote, showcase, and heighten public awareness of quilts and their makers through a biennial quilt show.  Quilters from the area are invited to enter their quilts in the show.  A $5.00 entry fee is required for each item submitted for entry in the quilt show and must be received by July 10, 2017.  Workshops and lectures will also be offered, and registrations must be received by July 20.  Please note: Your workshop fee includes a 1-day pass to the show.

Location:  Sylvania Exhibition Center at Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 W. Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania OH 43650   (click here for directions)

Time:  Friday (July 21):  10a – 5p            Saturday (July 22):  10a – 4p

Fees:  $6 one-day pass;  $10 two-day pass  (children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult)

Quilters University Retreat – September 5-8, 2017 – Quilted Turtle

The Quilted Turtle will host Quilters University at the beautiful Garland Lodge Resort in Lewiston, Michigan. Superb instructors bring you the latest most innovative skills and techniques to expand your quilting knowledge base.  You will find inspiration from these four instructors as they demonstrate techniques in foundation paper piecing, wool applique’, free-motion machine quilting, scrap busting, and hand quilting. Classes will be taught by Linda McGibbons, Leslie, Sheila Smith and Deborah Richmond. Learn a brand new technique or improve your skills in an area of quilting you love. We look forward to you attending this creative and fun Quilter’s University at the Garland Lodge Resort!

Location:  Garland Resort, 4700 North Red Oak Road, Lewiston, MI 49756

Fee:   $425 per quilter for the retreat. Additional charge for classes.

Questions:  info@quiltshownews.com or call (616) 498-0289

Dearborn First UMC 2017 Festival of Quilts – October 13-14, 2017 – Call for Entries


The Festival of Quilts features 200+ quilts on display, a Crafter’s market, luncheon, and a Door Prize! (For more information, go to http://www.dearbornfirstumc.org/quilt-show.html)  We are looking for quilted items to display in our show. We accept any kind of quilted items – clothing, home decor, purses, toys, as well as traditional wall hangings and bed quilts.  We encourage you to participate as a guild/group, or as individual exhibitors. If you choose to display items as a group, we will display your items together, provide signage, as well as additional space to distribute promotional pieces, or even for a guild rep to be present and interact with visitors to the show. It’s a great way to promote your group’s activities, recruit members, or advertise for an upcoming show.

Because we understand how valuable and precious each piece is, we handle every quilt with white gloves and use a secure check-in/check-out policy to ensure every quilt is returned to the rightful owner. Additionally, during the show, quilts are cordoned off to prevent guests from handling or brushing up against the quilts, and ushers are stationed throughout the display area to assist visitors who might want to see a quilt more closely. 

There is no limit to how many pieces a person can display. We accept both hand and machine-stitched items.

IF YOU CRINGE AT FILLING OUT FORMS BY HAND- An easy way to submit information is through our web site at this link.
OR you can email the requested information from the form to kkaroub@gmail.com.

Location:  Dearborn First United Methodist Church, 22124 Garrison, Dearborn MI 48124

Genesee Star Quilters

Third Friday of the month January- November

South Flint Church of the Nazarene
4075 East Atherton Rd, Burton MI.

Business meeting begins at 10 am. Programs begin at 12:30 pm.

Guests are welcome to attend. $5 charge when programs are provided by guest teachers or lecturers.
The intent of our programs is to engage members by teaching the processes and history of quilting and demonstrating techniques. During the year, several distinguished teachers from Michigan and across the U.S. are scheduled to present lectures and workshops.

More information can be found at their website or you can contact Marcia at 810-938-7001.

Genesee Star Quilters (Flint, Michigan) are hosting lectures and workshops in 2017. Participation in workshops requires pre-registration with class fees paid at the time of registration. Non-members are welcome as space allows.

Davison Evening Star Quilt Guild – Upcoming Speakers in 2017

July 26, 2017  – Virginia Anderson and April York trunk show
August 30, 2017 –  Rossie Hutchinson of FRESH MODERN QUILTS from Ann Arbor MI
September 27, 2017 – Speaker Linda Theilfoldt

Location: Davison-Richfield Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Road, Davison, Michigan

Time:  6:30 PM, with doors opening at 6:00 PM

Fee: $7.00

Contact/Questions:  Anna Palmer at davisoneveningstarquiltguild@gmail.com

What is Your Upcoming Quilting Event?

Please complete this form and submit it to us, along with a photo or poster if you have one. Be sure to include your own website address for more information. If you have further questions, please contact webmaster@gaaqg.com. Thanks for helping us spread the news!