“Sensational Scraps” with Wanda Nash at Quilt University, Friday, July 28

By Katie McGrath
May 25, 2017


Wanda Nash is a long-time member of the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild, and served as President for a two-year term, then later was persuaded to come back to the Presidency for an extra year. She works part-time in Ann Arbor, but manages to fit in quilting and travel in her busy schedule.  We asked her a few questions about her background and this QU class.

GAAQG:  What do you want your students to get out of your class?
Have fun, use up scraps (we all have them), and finish the day with a complete or nearly complete quilt top! “Have fun” is guaranteed! A member approached me and asked about the class– and yes, it is a great way to make a SafeHouse quilt. I’ll have lots of scrap fabrics and plain black fabric ($5/yd) available in class.  (Non-members:  the GAAQG supports SafeHouse by making quilts for all their residents.  We contribute nearly 300 quilts per year.)

GAAQG:  What other types of quilting do you enjoy?
I mostly do non-traditional art quilts now. I have taught various techniques at Schoolcraft College, the Quilt Guild, and other guilds. I take a lot of classes myself, and have attended the quilt convention in Houston many times. I call it “Disneyland for Quilters!”

GAAQG:  When did you start quilting?
I started because I wanted to make a baby quilt for my daughter. She’s now in her mid-40’s, so I’ve been doing this a long time!

GAAQG:  What style of quilting is your favorite?

I do machine quilting a lot, but also enjoy decorative hand stitching a la Laura Wasilowski. Last year I took the Alaska Quilting Cruise and Laura was one of the instructors, along with Sue Nickels and Gyleen Fitzgerald. It was so much fun I’d love to do it again.

GAAQG:  Where have you lived?
I was born in West Virginia, but moved to Brooklyn NY where I attended high school. In 1970 I moved to Ohio for 2 years, then to Michigan. I live in Livonia now. I still enjoy a chance to go back to New York, especially visiting the Garment District shops!

GAAQG:  What do you enjoy about the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild?
The people! Some of the quilters I have met through the Guild have become life-long friends. That’s why Quilt University is so great, a chance to spend a whole long weekend with these great quilters and enjoy the creative synergy that occurs in classes and activities.

Click here to register for Wanda’s class and to learn more about the other classes offered at Quilt University, July 28-30, 2017.  All classes will be held in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.  We hope to see you there!


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