Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GAAQG quilt day January 17, 2015

The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild had their first bi-monthly meeting of 2015 on Saturday, January 17.

Before the meeting, I purchased a pretty panel of 12 bird-drawings from the featured vendor, Creative Quilt Kits, of Brighton, Michigan. The panel was designed by Tracy Lizotte for Elizabeth's Studio. 

That vendor, Creative Quilt Kits, is hosting a bus trip to the International Quilt Festival Chicago 2015 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on March 26, 2015. The cost is $67.50 and includes the bus fare, admission and program. The bus departs the shop at 10489 Grand River, Brighton, MI 48116 at 6:30 a.m. The reservations deadline is February 24.
Call 810-225-2849 or email contact@creativequiltkits.com for information.

I also picked up a flier for the Spinner's Flock Fleece Fair to be held Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Drive in Chelsea Michigan. The sale will feature Michigan wool, handspun yarn, raw fleeces, roving, exotic fibers, quilt batts, equipment, demos, gifts, rugs, garments and more.

KSW Quilters is hosting a bus trip to New York City June 11, 12, and 13, 2015 at a cost of $225 round trip not including hotel reservations at the Meadowlands River Inn in Secaucus, NJ. For more information email msquilt@att.net or call Wanda Nash at 734-953-9650.

A guild sponsored presentation on the topic of color provided information on color palette generators at Big Huge Labs and Paletton

Guild members displayed and donated forty-one handmade quilts to Safe House Center in Ann Arbor, where clients of the domestic violence shelter are given a gift quilt upon arrival.

The meeting ended as always with members' inspiring show-and-tell; I was drawn to Marilyn Knepp's baby-carseat quilt with velcro ties. Knepp said she got the idea from a Moda Bake Shop how-to titled "Sophie Car Seat Quilt" by Jennie Pickett. Knepp modified the method of attaching the quilt to a car seat (or stroller) by replacing the string ties on the original pattern with removable hook-and-loop bands on her quilt. Knepp also created a piecing pattern of her own design called "Around the Block" for her quilt. She has made many of these car-seat quilts for friends and family.

GAAQG member Marilyn Knepp's "Around the Block" car seat quilt.
Note removable hook-and-loop ties used to attach quilt to car seat or stroller. 

I was also intrigued by a cute quilt covered with peeps that the presenting guild member called "chubby chicks". I discovered that the "Chubby Chicks" pattern can be downloaded from Black Mountain Needleworks for $10. 

The next GAAQG meeting will be held at 9 a.m. March 21, 2015 at the Morris Lawrence Building on Washtenaw Community College campus at 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti, MI. Visitors are welcome. There is a $10 visitor fee; workshops are open to members and visitors. Get more information at http://gaaqg.com/.

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