Thursday, June 14, 2018

May 20, 2018

Old Business
  • Classes
    • Kathy Schmidt - Dyeing class, June 30, 2018 at her home in Tecumseh. Link is on Facebook page 
    • Annabel Wrigley (Little Pincushion Studio) - Doodle Quilt Class (see samples on Instgram, September 30, 2018, cost will be $60 for guild members for 6-hour class which includes a trunk show. Sign-ups coming soon.
    • Giuseppe Ribaudo (aka. Guicy Giuce) - Tiny Piecing class, April 13, 2019,  3-hour class with trunk show, cost TBD 
  • Sew-Ins: we aren't getting many sign-ups for classes, please be sure to do so. Next one is Sunday, June 10
New Business
  •  Charity
    • QuiltCon:  Rossie has offered to chair the QuiltCon Charity committee.  She has posted on FB and sent an email asking members to vote for their favorite technique/design.
    • Guild blocks:  This last month was Boats Boats Boats.  We decided to continue this for next month to see if we can get enough for a twin size. See pattern on FB page or contact the board if you need the pattern.
    • Jackie MacG sent around some kits.  Also there were 3-4 twin and 2 baby quilts that needed quilting - several members volunteered.
  • MQG updates
    • Block study: ModSquared
    • Quilt of the Month: Fish in the Sea
    • Members are reminded that these are free resources that their membership pays for
  • Group Discussion (in lieu of skill share):  the group discussed ideas for putting text in quilts to prep all for the July Challenge; Brenda also posted some ideas on the FB page.
  • Swaps/Challenges:
    • Members showed off their mini's heading to CHI for the A2-Chicago swap.  We will receive our lovelies at the June meeting (can't wait!!!!).
    • June:  Pattern Swap (however many patterns you bring in, that is how many you can take home). A great way to recycle patterns for quilts you've already made and get new patterns or even to pass along something you know you will never make.
    • July: Challenge - anyone who finishes a quilt of any size that has letter(s)/word(s) using any technique other than it just being part of the fabric will be put in a drawing for a fabric bundle.
  • Other Guilds:  Amy S. shared that the GAAQC is hosting a class on Sunday, September 16 by Mickey Depre on Hexies and there are only a few sign-ups if members are interested.
  • Member spotlight: Sheryl R
    • NOTE: We didn't have anyone offer to showcase for June meeting, so if you are interested, contact us right away!
  • Library spotlight
  • Round Robin 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild
April 25, 2018

Old Business

    Upcoming classes for 2018

        Annabel Wrigley (Little Pincushion Studio) Doodle quilt class - September 30, 2018 - cost will be $60 for 6 hour class with trunk show

        Giuseppe April 14, 2019 (2nd Saturday) trunk show & 3-hour class on tiny piecing

    Joe’s class and trunk show recap

    Swap with Chicago

New Business

    Upcoming Sew-Ins - Please sign up!

        May > Sunday, May 20

        June > Sunday, June 10

        July > Saturday, July 7

        August > Saturday, August 25

        Sept > no sew-in for Sept (save the date for our Annabelle Wrigley class)

        Oct > Saturday, Oct 27

        Nov > Saturday, Nov 10

        Dec > Sunday, Dec 9

 Dye class at Kathy Schmidt’s

         June 2, $30. Link is on the facebook page


        Dutchman’s puzzle

        Discussion: More modern blocks requested for charity quilts, what are some ideas??

MQG updates

        2019 Quilt Con charity challenge announced (great colors this year). Would anyone like to lead the design this year?

        Block study - Crisscross applesauce - more traditional block, made modern with fabric choices and layout

        Fresh quilting episodes -

            Paper piecing with Violet Craft

            Learn to match binding to piecing

Library Spotlight - remind members the library list is available on the blog

Skill share - Brenda Ratliff, Boats, Boats, Boats!

Spotlight/Discussion -charity (above)

Member Spotlight - Emily

Round Robin

Swapenge  - Zipper pouch swap

May - Chicago mini quilts!

Announcing the 2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

Details for the 2019 Charity Quilt Challenge have been announced! This year we’re exploring small piecing as the theme with a soft new color palette. Get all the details at

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 28, 2018

Old Business
  • Classes:
    • Joe Cunningham, April 14 @NEW. There are about 8 spaces open and we've invited the Greater Ann Arbor and the Detroit Modern groups. 
    • Annabelle Wrigley, Doodle Quilt, September 30, 6 hour class, $60.  Sign-ups will be closer to the event.
    • Giucy Giuce (Giuseppe Ribaudo) - Tiny Piecing. nothing definite yet but we are in discussions with him.  Straw poll taken and it looks like the guild would be happy with next April.  The thought was that if we continue to try to have one major teacher in Spring and one in Fall.
  • Retreat - the spring retreat went well.  Attendees said the view was awesome (sewing in front of huge windows) but the food wasn't too great (which is somewhat different than the last times we stayed there so Amy should probably give them feedback).
  • Charley Harper Quilt Show, Cincinnati area (Milford) - Jackie M & Maggie are driving down Saturday, April 7 and they encourage anyone else interested in meeting up to let them know.
  • Membership cards are in the 'round robin' bin for members who haven't picked theirs up yet.
  • Sew-Ins - next one will be Sunday, May 20. Please remember to sign up.  Low attendance may cancel the event. Remember that the April slot is being used by the Joe C class.
New Business
  • We had an email from someone offering to give us a presentation on Gees Bend quilts.  Rossie will investigate further.
  •  Swaps:
    • Chicago swap sign-ups end on Saturday so if you haven't done so, check the Facebook page or email the board for details.  The plans are that Brenda R will coordinate on exchanging names, send that out to participants and then the minis are due at the May meeting.
    • Members showed off their Color Palette Challenge quilts.  This challenge had a great amount of participation and a lot of creativity!  Jackie M won the drawing (and also, by the way, had the largest quilt entry!).
    • Next month we will do a zippered pouch yankee swap.  Rules: make a pouch, it has to have at least one zipper, wrap it up like a present and we will swap at the meeting.
  • MQG
    • Debbie G spoke and gave her "Drawing with Fabric" class for the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and a couple of her quilts were featured on MQG's website.
    • The QuiltCon traveling exhibit will be in Grand Rapids at AQS on August 22-25.  We will try to get a group trip together.
    • MQG is still looking for members to participate in task forces. Check their website out if you are interested.
  • Library - books were shared, Kim is looking into ways to digitize for free our library collection
  • Skill Share - Rossie spoke about dyeing fabric. The group talked about the possibility of having a 'dye day' in the summer.  Emily offered her place to gather. Supply requirements (she typically gets hers from Darma     Trading Co):
    • procion (fiber reactive dye) (usually a powder, permanent, not Rit)
    • salt
    • soda ash to alter the pH
    • plastic bucket
    • water
    • any cotton fabric (have fun with prints, doesn't have to be a plain solid)
  • Member spotlight: Heather!  (next month - Emily)
  •  Charity quilts:
    • Members showed their broken dishes blocks
    • Next month: Dutchman's Puzzle (8 flying geese!).  Here's a link to a tutorial:
    • Jackie McG also put together 2 complete quilt kits for someone to work on (you don't need to do the entire quilt top, but you can if you want).
    • The QuiltCon charity quilt is back in our hands.  It will go to the Food Gatherers auction. Brenda RG has it to donate.
  • Features: Round Robin and Show-and-Share

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Joe the Quilter Class - April 14

Joe Cunningham class still has openings. We are opening it up to non-guild members. Everyone is encouraged to attend the free trunk show (free for members, free to class attendees).  Trunk show is in the morning of April 14, class is 3 hours in the afternoon the same day. Cost for non-members/non-class attendees to the trunk show is $10. Cost for non-members for the class is $75. Sign-up at:

Friday, March 2, 2018

February 28, 2018

Old Business
  • Classes:
    • Dorie's class on bias applique went well. There were 8 attendees.

    • Possible next 'sew-in' class will be Kathy's "How do I quilt that!!??" lecture/slideshow to include bringing in quilts and discussing options.
    • Joe Cunningham class still has openings. We are opening it up to non-guild members. Everyone is encouraged to attend the free (for guild members) trunk show.  Trunk show is in the morning of April 14, class is 3 hours in the afternoon the same day. Cost for non-members to the trunk show is $10. Cost for non-members for the class is $75. Sign-up at:

    • Annabelle Wrigley - Little Pincushion Studio "Doodle Quilt" class is on for September 30th. This will be a 6-hour class and her trunk show is part of the class. Cost for members $60.  Sign-ups will be later in the year.

  • Spring Retreat at Howell Nature Center is this next weekend.  We had 12 sign-ups so there are still 3 openings if you don't have any dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated.
  • Charley Harper Quilt Show - plans are in the works to organize a trip to the Cincinnati area for this quilt show the weekend of April 7-8.
 New Business
  • Next sew-in is March 18. Be sure to sign up at
  • Treasurer's Report: we are doing fine - our funds are in good enough shape to allow the guild to subsidize some of the teaching events we've been having (such as the Joe C trunk show). Full report at:
  • Guild member news:
    • 3 guild members were featured in a book published by the Modern Quilt Guild, "Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century". Yay to Rossie Hutchinson, Dorie Schwarz, Jenna Brand!  This book has been purchased by the Guild and is in the Library to borrow.  MQG also sent us two swag bags that we raffled off.
  • Swaps:
    • Chicago Swap - we will be having a blind swap with the Chicago MQG.  Brenda R is organizing and has provided a sign-up sheet at Deadline is March 31st to sign up.  This will be for a mini-quilt and no extras.  We will get our swap partner names the first week of April and minis are due at the May meeting.  We will then receive our quilts at the June meeting.  Be sure to coordinate with Brenda R if you are participating but are unable to make these meetings.
    • Idea for a future swap was suggested: use a photo as an inspiration
    • 3 of our members signed up for the Riley Blake challenge for MQG and the fabric is here.  Check with Amy S if you need to get yours. 
    • Log Cabin Block Lottery - guild members made log cabins and they were raffled off, winner takes all. Pam E won the batch of over 30 blocks.
    • Next month's swap is "Color Palette Challenge": members drew sample color palettes at random and are challenged to make any size quilt, pillow, etc. by the next meeting.  Only rules are it must contain the colors in your palette, only additions may be neutrals (e.g., black, white, gray, brown).  Anyone who brings a finish will be put in a drawing for some free fabric.  Palettes were provided by
  • Charity:
    • Guild members made quite a few disappearing 9-patch blocks. Erica agreed to sew them into a top.

    • Next month's block will be "Broken Dishes".  There are many tutorials out there in the 'interwebs' but here is one:  Remember that we are typically sticking with 12.5" blocks (12" finished).  HINT: You will create using 6.5" HSTs.

  •  Membership:  MQG cards are here - check with Jackie Mills if you didn't get yours. These cards can be used at quite a few quilt shops for discounts.
  • QuiltCon: 
    • several members attended in Pasadena and had a great time
    • kudos to Debbie Grifka for her win with Canterbury #2 in the Applique category 
    •  it was noted that our charity entry got a lot of attention and members felt it really stood out - once again, a big thank you to the team who put this together and Dorie for designing and organizing!

    •  Dorie's daughter Eva had her first ever quilt in the show in the youth category.  So exciting to see our young ones picking up the skills.
  • Skill Share: Brenda R gave a demo on how to make blocks using tube quilting.  She reminded everyone that you end up with all bias edges so she recommends making heavy use of spray starch.
  • Features
    • Member Spotlight:  Maggie showed us some quilts from her journey to date.  Next month will be Heather Lentz 
    • Library (two books were donated by Kathy)
    • Show & Share

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Log Cabin Block Lottery

Instructions for Log Cabins

The block we are making is a 12" finished (12.5" x 12.5" unfinished) log cabin block with a 4" finished center. There's no colorway, just scrappy using quilt shop quality quilting weight cottons. 

See for a cutting plan.

Here's how the block swap works:
1. Make as many blocks as you want and bring them to the Feb meeting.
2. You will get one entry into the lotto for every block you bring in. The more blocks you make, the better your odds are :)
3. Winner takes all blocks!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

January 31, 2018

Old Business
  • Members who took part in the Made by Rae "Ruby" top class showed off their creations. 
  • Joe Cunningham (Joe the Quilter) class
    • Rock the Block, Album Style (
    • Saturday, April 14
      • Trunk Show - 10-11am
      • Class - 1-4pm
    • Location: NEW
    • Sign ups will be coming via email
    • The Guild will be paying for the Trunk show which will be free to members, $10 for non-members. There is no limit on number of people attending the trunk show.
    • The class is limited to 20 members. Cost is $65.  As usual we will have member only sign-ups for a short period of time and if we don't fill the class, will open it to non-members.  Non-member fee will be $75.
  • Annabelle Wrigley "Doodle Quilt" class is set for Sunday, September 30.  The board has not determined class fees at this time. 
  • The board asked members how they feel about the number of classes being offered for last and this year? While some said the more the merrier, most felt like the number was fine - that too many classes make it hard to be able to attend all they want to.  It was suggested that we use more of our local talent and the board said they already are planning on doing that.
  • Spring Retreat - Howell Nature Center 
    • There are still openings
    • Cost: $100 which includes food
    • Friday, March 2, 4:00pm to Sunday, March 4, 1pm
  • Dues are overdue.  If you haven't paid, see Jackie Mills.
 New Business
  • Annual Elections - elections were held with 25 members in attendance approving unanimously the slate presented.  New officers are:
    • President - Maggie Wilkin
    • Vice President, Programs - Brenda Rowley-Gray
    • Vice President, Membership - Jackie Mills
    • Treasurer - Amy Stevenson
    • Secretary/Webmaster - Kathy Koch
  • Committees for 2018 at present are:
    • Swaps and Round Robin - Brenda Ratliff
    • Charity - Jackie MacGregor
    • Library - Kim Ulrich
    • Retreats - Amy Stevenson
  • Bylaws were approved.  We had a fun challenge/quiz on the bylaws and Katie Baker won the drawing.
  • Sew-In Teaching Opportunity - Dorie has offered to teach her "Knit Stitch Bias Applique" class at the February sew-in.  She would like to use the guild to test teaching. She thinks it will run 3 hours but we are blocking out 10-4 just in case.  Everyone should bring an ironing station.  She will also bulk order the quilters pressing bars $5 if people sign up early.  Sign-ups will go out via email.
  • Kathy also asked if there was interest in her giving her "How Do I Quilt That?" lecture at a sew-in and there seemed to be enough so possibly sometime this summer.
  • Charity Quilts
    • We donated about 20-25 quilts last year.  (Thank you to all who worked on our charity quilt efforts, with a special nod to Ida for all the extra quilts she's been donating!)
    • February we will have a block challenge.  Bring in for charity Disappearing 9-Patch blocks.  12.5" (to finish at 12").  A sample tutorial is here >  
    • Reminder of sizes:  Mott & VA > 3' x 4' (so 3x4 12" blocks); Ozone House > teen oriented fabrics and twin size; Food Gatherers (typically we give them our QuiltCon quilt to auction off)
    • Brainstorming for 2018
      • Dedicating a sew-in to sewing charity blocks
      • Prizes
      • Putting a charity quilt into the Round Robin
      • Utilize the kits in the charity bin - you don't need to make the entire quilt. Feel free to work on a few blocks and then put it back for someone else to work on.
      • Make a QuiltCon quilt
      • Jackie mentioned that there are a lot of tiny scraps in the bin right now and wondered if we could make pet beds for shelters (use as stuffing)
      • Pillowcases are still always accepted
  • Interest was gauged on the possiblity of an overnight field trip to the Charley Harper Quilt Show (near Cincinnati) April 7-15.  Because of the Joe C class, most likely we would do it the weekend of April 7.
  • We were approached awhile back about the possibility of having a quilt show at a senior center. Laura Sharp will contact them and see if there is still interest and what they were thinking of.
  • MQG - this month they are sharing some block setting ideas; reminded members that this is a member-benefit they can take advantage of
  • QuiltCon - a couple people have quilts in at Pasedena (Debbie G and Pam E). Pam is attending.   2019 will be in Nashville.
  • Teaching events for 2019 - board is looking into possiblity of bringing Guicy Guice. Most likely we would have him teach his tiny piecing class like he did for Glamp.
  • Library spotlight
  • Skill Share - Amy S presented on how she makes dresdens
  • Round Robin 
  • Swap - scrap swap ensued (members brought scraps in gallon bags).  Next month's swap is a Log Cabin block lottery (12.5" block to finish at 12"). This will be a raffle where the winner gets all the blocks.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

December 27, 2017

The Guild's annual holiday party/get-together was held.  Games were played, food was consumed, a good time was had by all.  See you all in the new year!