Summer Inspiration from GAAQG’s President

By Kathy Johnson
July 5, 2017

July has arrived and we are halfway through our guild’s 30th anniversary year. I am working on my design for the 30th Anniversary Challenge Quilt this month. Have you started yours yet? The quilts need to be completed this year but will be part of a special exhibit at the 2018 Quilt Show. It would be wonderful to have a large number with a variety of techniques, designs and patterns to showcase the wonderful depth and breadth of our guild. The challenge details are linked on the front page of the GAAQG members welcome page.

Other than this design work, I am not focused on sewing or quilting as there are so few days to enjoy the wonderful weather. It is a time that calls for us to work in the gardens, enjoy the lakes & woods, celebrate with family or just take it easy with the summer breezes. Taking a break from hobbies is a good thing as it gives a new view, new idea or inspiration. Inspiration comes from my photographs, work in the gardens, or road trips to visit family which of course include stops at fabric stores, quilt shows and museums. However, despite my focus on enjoying summer and its inspiration, I do like to structure some time for my quilting to keep me from getting too far away from it during the summer. Participation in our July guild meeting and Quilt University 2017 will be the structured quilting portion of my summer.

At our July meeting, we will hear Carole Harris as she talks about “My Journey as an Artist.” I had the opportunity to walk through her current exhibit on U of M North Campus, Bearing Witness. It is a 25-year retrospective of her work and you can see the changes in her design and quilting styles over the decades. It should be interesting to hear her talk of the changes and her inspirations. The July meeting also has our Guild Garage Sale following the meeting in case you are looking to find a home for your gently used items or want to find a deal on a “new” item for yourself.

Also at the July meeting, we will start the process of identifying two new guild board members for 2018. Both the Treasurer, Claudia Tam and the VP of Membership, Erika Keith are at their term limits. The guild must operate with a full board so these positions need to be filled. Serving at the board level is a great way to support the guild and our charitable activities for SafeHouse. Although there is some time commitment for these jobs, I have found all my board level positions to be rewarding and fun. Please consider joining the board! We have job descriptions available for each position if you are interested. Please contact me at or talk with me at the meeting.

Quilt University will held July 28th through the 30th.  We will be taking class reservations up until July 22nd but lunch reservations will close July 15th. If you have not registered, there is still time to do so.  I am planning to attend all 3 days and I will ignore all “my chores.” For me it is a retreat and a short immersion back into sewing and quilting with inspiration both in my classes and in visiting all the other classes. What I will enjoy most is chance to spend time with other quilters. I look forward to seeing you at QU.

In August following QU, I will be back again in summer mode and working on designs and inspiration.  With September and the cooler fall weather, my focus will shift as I put the designs from summer into action with fabrics, my sewing machine and perhaps one of my newly-found items from the garage sale!

See you at the meeting


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