September 16, 2017 Quilt Day report

Hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilt made by Edythe Wilkewitz in 1984 — donated as one of three fund-raiser, raffle quilts to benefit SafeHouse Center. Please see the article below for information about the raffle.

Kathy Johnson, GAAQG President
September 18, 2017

At the GAAQG September 16, 2017 meeting, our speaker, Barb Vedder spoke about “Scrap Quilts – The Secret to Success”. We also had a great library book sale, a demonstration on template making by MakerWorks, and guild member Mary Lindquist brought the Quilting Season store to us.

Annual State of the Guild message

As your president, I presented our board’s Annual State of the Guild message and announced the changes for 2018 that are summarized below and posted on the GAAQG website. Key changes for 2018 include:

    • A new online membership process starting Nov 1, 2017 that features individual ID and passwords of your choosing, and ability to update your information online.
    • Change to a yearly membership based on payment date instead of a calendar membership
    • Workshop registration open to members on Nov 1, 2017 and to non-members for all 2018 classes on Nov 20, 2017.
    • 2018 membership dues and workshop fees remain the same as in 2017.

Meeting highlights

The candidate slate for 2018 officers is now full. If any other guild member would like to run for a position, please contact me at The slate is Kathy Johnson for President, Susan Schwandt for VP Programs, Janet Rost for VP Membership, Patricia Timberlake-Turk for Treasurer and Roberts Myyra for Secretary. Voting on this slate will occur at the November Meeting with induction at the January meeting.

We have several volunteer open positions including Demonstration Coordinator, Librarian and 2019 Quilt University chairs. The job descriptions are on the GAAQG website’s Volunteer Page. Please contact me if you are interested.

Isabel Das Gupta is seeking small group members interested in meeting on Weekends or Evening in the North Wayne/South Oakland area. Please contact Isabel at

Hobbs Batting labels are needed to purchase discounted batting for our SafeHouse quilts. Please cut and save the UPC labels from your batting. You can give them to Nancy Borgeson at the guild meeting or email her at to coordinate mailing or delivery.

GAAQG teachers

Susan Schwandt presented our November 11, 2017 speaker; Paula Golden. Paula will be teaching “Free and Easy”, an exploration in design and color; and “Frolicking Felines”, a color theory class. Openings are available in both classes. Please contact Susan Schwandt if you have any questions on the workshops at

As a reminder, the 2018 speakers were announced at the July 15, 2017 guild meeting. I have listed the speakers in calendar-order below. Susan Schwandt also shared some of the classes that they will teach. More information is available on the GAAQG website. If you have suggestions for 2019 speakers, please send them to Susan at

SafeHouse news

Three SafeHouse Center fund-raiser quilts were displayed in the lobby. For a $10 donation, you may purchase three chances to place into a drawing for the quilt of your choice. Please contact Patrice Smith at if you would like to send in a donation. The quilts will be on display at the start of the November meeting, and we will be collecting donations. This is our major fund-raising activity for SafeHouse Center, so please give generously.

Please bring all completed SafeHouse Quilts to the November 11, 2017 Quilt Day meeting where we will be presenting them to the SafeHouse Center team. We received 30 quilts at the September meeting to bring our yearly total to 209. If you would like to quilt and finish a quilt top, please contact Jan Kosko at because she has several tops in need of quilting. If you have finished quilts and you are not able to send them with another guild member, please contact me to coordinate a pick-up. If you need a label, you can print your own from the files at the bottom of the SafeHouse webpage.

Show your winter-themed quilts at Gerald Ford

The GAAQG has been asked to display winter-related quilts at the Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor and Museum in Grand Rapids. Quilts should have any of the following themes – seasonal, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year. Quilts can be of any size and may have been displayed in other venues. Quilts need to be available by late October. Susan Schwandt is coordinating this activity and can be contacted at for more details.

Categorized in:

This post was written by Linda Theil

Comments are closed here.