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Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit

20571 Vernier

Harper Woods, MI 48225

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2022-2023 Programs

Sep 20, 2022 ** IN-PERSON ONLY**
Patti Mitrowski    (Lecture)  “New Items/Gadgets for Quilting”

Oct 18, 2022 *Hybrid meeting*
Stephanie Hackney  (Lecture)  “Batting: What’s Inside Matters”

Click here to see the product reference sheet that Stephanie will refer to in her lecture.

Nov 15, 2022 *In-person meeting*
Diane Hubble/Renee Steinacker (Lecture) “Quilt As You Go Methods”

Nov 16, 2022 9:30am-4:00pm *In-person workshop*

Workshop: Scrappy Appliqué™

This is workshop by Nico Laudenberg. She is a certified teacher for Shannon Brinkley’s fun raw-edge appliqué technique. Click here for more information.

Click here for registration form.

Click here to visit Shannon Brinkley's website.

Jan 17, 2023 * Hybrid meeting (Zoom or in-person)*
Joyce Hughes (Lecture) “Journey in Quilting & Dimensional Thread Painting”

Feb 21, 2023 *In-person only*
Lisa Burmann (Lecture) “What Quilting Designs are Good for your Quilt Top”

Please bring an 8" X 10" black and white photo of a quilt so speaker can write on it and show how to quilt it and what pattern.

**Voting on the Ultimate Guild Challenge quilts**

Mar 11, 2023 10am-4pm, National Quilt Day

Click here for details.

Click here for supply list for Renee's project.

Click here for supply list for Diane's project

Mar 21, 2023 *Zoom* Hybrid
Lisa Calle (Lecture) “Oh My Bleeding Heart”

Apr 18, 2023 Quilt Show prep

April 21-22, 2023
Quilts From the Heart Quilt Show. Click here for more information.

May 16, 2023 Annual Potluck


Past Programs

PROGRAMS 2021-2022





Sep 21 Hybrid


Lori Dickman

"Speedy Solutions to Cut/Organize your Scrap Stash"


Oct 19 Hybrid

Dana Jones

“Pagtinabangay:The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island”


Nov 16 Hybrid

Brita Nelson

"Now you See it, Now You Don't.  The Magic of Disappearing Blocks"


Jan 18 Zoom only

Ann Shaw

"Visualizing Quilts"


Feb 15 Hybrid

Cassandra Gunkel, PhD

Folklore – “Underground Railroad & Quilts?”


Mar 15 Hybrid

Lilo Bowman

“Adapting For Change: Learning To Adapt To The Changes In Your Life”

2022 Mar 24-27

Winter Retreat CANCELLED



Apr 19 Hybrid

Bonnie Langenfeld

"The Art of Realistic Fabric Art"


May 17 Hybrid

Sandy Fitzpatrick

"Why didn't I think of That?"


2020-2021 Programs

May 18, 2021 - Zoom meeting

Our Speaker will be Annie Smith (About Annie Smith ). 


Take a humorous look at the quilterʼs nature to multiply. Peek into the inner sanctum of quilterʼs stashes. This is for the quilter who loves fabric and needs to find creative ways to manage and get control over their stash.  If you love fabric and need to find creative ways to manage and get control over your stash, this is for you.


April 20, 2021- Zoom meeting

We will have a presentation of the recent Mystery Quilt Challenge that several of our members participated in. Mary Palmer of Ireland hosted the Mystery Quilt Challenge.

March 16, 2021 - Zoom meeting

Meg Cox is the speaker and the Title of her lecture is "Quilt Journalist Tells All! A Reporter Inside the Quilt World"


2019 - 2020 Programs

Sep 17, 2019 - Penny Sempert (Lecture): “Taking Your Quilting to the Next Level”

Oct 15, 2019 - Cheryl Lynch Lecture: “Turning Travel into treasures”

Oct 16, 2019 - Cheryl Lynch Workshop: “Mini Mosaic”

Nov 19, 2019 - Dee Dadik & Molly Butler Appraisals
Lecture: “The Price is Right”
Appraisals start at 2:00 pm (for fee)

Jan 21, 2020 - Cindy Grisdela Lecture: “Combining Stitch Patterns in Your Quilts”
Jan 22, 2020 - Cindy Grisdela Workshop: “Focus on the Improv Block"

Jan 23 - 26, 2020 - Winter Quilting Retreat @ Lake Huron Retreat Center

Feb 18, 2020 - Nancy McNally

Mar 17, 2020 - Ultimate Guild Challenge CANCELLED
Apr 21, 2020 - Whistle Stop Demonstrations - CANCELLED
May 19, 2020 - Annual Potluck - CANCELLED

2018 - 2019 Programs

September 18, 2018 - Beth Donaldson: "Scrap Quilts"

October 16, 2018 - Toby Lischko - "Mirrors"

October 17, 2018 - Toby Lischko WORKSHOP: "Millefiore" Click here for more info and registration form.

November 20, 2018 - Sue Nickels

January 15, 2019 - Lynn Harris

Janurary 25-27, 2019 Winter Retreat, CLICK HERE for Registration form

February 19, 2019 - Cynthia England www.EnglandDesign.com

February 20, 2019 - WORKSHOP: Cynthia England - "Small Landscape"CLICK HERE for Registraion Form

March 19, 2019- Ultimate Guild Challenge: presentation and voting. Also, we will be doing a fun project.

April 5-6, 2019 - QUILT SHOW

April 16, 2019 - Whislte Stop

May 21, 2019- Annual Potluck

2017 - 2018 Programs

September 19, 2017 - Vikki Pignatelli : “Nurturing Your Creative Spirit: Personal Traits That Inspire Great Quilts” http://www.vikkipignatelli.com/

If you have never had the opportunity to attend one of Vikki's lectures or attend one of her workshops in the past, be sure to attend this time. This will be one of her last lectures before she retires at the end of the year.

September 20, 2017 - Vikki Pignatelli Workshop
Color Your Quilt Beautiful: Essentials and Guidance for Quilters 

Are you apprehensive when it comes to working with color? In this class, students will learn basic principles of color and design, especially as they relate to fabrics and quilting. We will cover and explore the different types of contrasts, juxtaposition of colors, color symbolism, mood, and some basic rules of design. The rest of the class will be hands-on and devoted to experimenting with color, obtaining contrasts and balance and interactive discussions and problem solving. Students are given the freedom, encouragement and self-confidence to play and open their minds to the joy of color.

October 17, 2017 - Marianne Williamson http://www.movinthreads.com/

Marianne is an award-winning artist now living in Miami, Florida.  Her work has been exhibited at many quilt shows around the country. She has built an impressive body of work expressing light and movement with her incredible use of thread. Influenced by nature and daily events, her thread paintings focus on landscapes and gardens, water, ethereal light and motion

October 18-19, 2017 - Marianne Williamson Workshop
Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to take a 2 day workshop with such a talented artist!
Marianne will guide you through a  stimulating two day experience of playing with fabrics of all kinds using photographs and fabrics brought by the student. She will explain and cover her process through visual examples of work at various stages of development. The workshop is designed to be an interactive and educational introduction to omposition, techniques, and specifically how light can be incorporated into textile art.


November 21, 2017 - Carole Harris http://www.charris-design.com/

January 16, 2018 - Mary Hogan http://www.marymhogan.com/

January 17, 2018 - Mary Hogan Workshop

Janurary 24-18, 2018 Winter Retreat

February 20, 2018 - Whistle Stop

March 20, 2018 - Ultimate Guild Challenge

April 17, 2018 - Rita Hutchens will present the lecture " A Journey Through Color and Pattern"http://www.ritahutchens.com/

April 18, 2018 - Rita Hutchens Workshop: Burst Out of the Box. 

 May 15, 2018 - Annual Potluck

2016 - 2017 Programs

September 20, 2016 - Debbie Grifka -- www.eschhousequilts.com

Debbie Grifka is a quilt artist from Ann Arbor. She has been designing and making quilts since 2002. Bold, graphic quilts are her favorites. She will present a lecture and trunk show titled: “What Do They Mean by Modern Quilting”. Learn about the main characteristics of modern quilts, the essential role of the internet in the development of modern quilting and the Modern Quilt Guild, modern fabrics, fabric designers and more.You can visit her website at: www.eschhousequilts.com


October 18, 2016 - Delphine's Quilt Shop, Delphine Ren-Miller and AnnMarie Rowland. Lecture/Trunk Show: "Sister's Choice"

AnnMarie Rowland and Delphine Ren-Miller, of Delphine's Quilt Shop in Gaylord, MI, will present a Lecture andTrunk Show titled: "Sister's Choice"Delphine, an award winning quilter, designer and shop owner will be presenting a selection of her favorite quilts from among the 300 she has madeor collected over the past 30 years. The quilts range in age from a Jacob's Ladder Quilt made in the 1860s to quilts made by Delphine Ren-Miller in the past 30 years. The quilts encompass everything from "Amish" Miniatures to a King Sized, hand quilted Lone Star surrounded by smaller Lone Stars! AnnMarie is a singer song-writer. Ann Marie Rowland is a songwriter with a Folk style appeal. Several of the songs were written by Ann, whose songs reflect her life-long love of quilts. She will take you back to the era of riding in a wagon to church or sitting around a quilting frame with fellow quilters. Together they bring us color, pattern, and story; quilted together as “Sisters’ Choice.”

November 15, 2016 - Wendy Butler Berns, "I've been bitten by the bug, quilting bug, that is". http://www.wendybutlerberns.com

November 16, 2016 - Workshop, Wendy Butler Berns, "Captivating Coneflower". Click here for registration form. Workshop now open to nonmembers. Please contact me at info@qgmd.org if you are interested in attending.

January 17, 2017 - Kathryn Schmidt. Rule Breaking Quilts. https://quirksltd.wordpress.com

A visual journey from my beginnings as a traditional quilter to the way my work is currently created. The steps along that path are available to any quilter and I will show you how to get there. How to begin breaking the rules, why you might want to, and what you should expect when you get there—even what doesn’t work–are all covered in this lecture. 

January 21, 2017 -Workshop, Kathryn Schmidt Click here for registration form.

Are you ready to try Rule Breaking Quilts? With just a few simple unconventional techniques, you will be well on your way to mastering non-traditional quilting. Building on the techniques, you will learn how to put together the pieces into a finished design, all without a pattern, templates, or even pins!  You will enjoy frustration-free piecing, including easy, curvy sewing. The fun is in the process, where there are no mistakes, just alternate design decisions. No need for precision piecing—if a piece doesn’t fit, you just trim it smaller or add a hunk of fabric to make it bigger! Fun, relaxed, and easy as can be, and every quilt is unique.


February 3-5, 2017 - QGMD Winter Retreat. Click here for announcement letterClick here for registration form.

February 21, 2017 - Whistle Stop

Sheryl Hogan:

Will be demonstrating 2 techniques:

Get the look of hand quilting using your home sewing machine

Marking your quilt top using Glad Press and Seal wrap

Mary Lawson / Renee Steinacker:

Will demo this cute origami Bow-Tie Block for the whistle stop. This block is made from a 5" square. We will provide all supplies. Members will need basic sewing kit, i.e. needle and thread, pins and scissors.


Janet Steele:

No More Pencil Lines for Folded Corners.

Learn how to do away with drawing those pesky pencil lines when making continuous binding, HST's, snowball blocks, and much more!

Nancy Swartz:

Buzz Saw. Quickly make the Buzz Saw block using the Accuquilt strip cutter and 8" squares. See how easily it can be done, with or without the cutter.

Ellie Heinrich / Margaret O'Connell:

Will do a demo of the Easy Pinwheel Block.


March 21, 2017 - Ultimate Guild Challenge & we will be making needle-sharpening Bottle Cap Pincushions. See newlestter for supply list.

Quilts for the Ultimate Guild Challenge are due and will be voted on during the meeting. Click here for more information and rules on entering.

April 18, 2017 - Debbie Danko -- http://www.debradanko.com

Debra Danko of Grand Blanc, Michigan will be joining us on April 18 to speak about her stunning floral quilts and the art and textile techniques she uses to create them. Her award-winning work is seen in international quilt shows, exhibits and quilting magazines. In a slide presentation, she shares her inspiration from her love of gardens and presents how beautiful floral images are reproduced giant size in fabric and thread. She brings with her a trunk show with many colorful quilts. Traditional and contemporary quilters and non-quilters alike will enjoy time spent with Debra. 

April 21-22, 2017 - Quilt Show, Click here for details.Click here for Entry Form.

May 16, 2017 - Annual Potluck; Suzie Parron, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail" http://www.barnquiltinfo.com

Suzi travels full time by RV, speaking to quilt guilds, libraries, civic organizations--whoever would like to hear more about barn quilts! Her talk will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother's quilting art. The presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes. The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as we explore the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new
meaning as this movement continues to expand.


May 17, 2017 - Workshop, Suzie Parron. Click here for flyer


2015 - 2016 Programs

September 15, 2015 - Monica Johnstone "Seeking the Next Level"
September 27, 2015- Start of special MSU exhibit: "Quilts of Southwest China". Runs from Sept 27, 2015 - Apr 30, 2016. Click here for more information.
October 20, 2015 - Ruth Ann Berry Lecture
October 21, 2015 - Bargello Workshop - Ruth Ann Berry
November 17, 2015 - Cookie exchange and Lecture with Ann Loveless, "Landscape Art Quilts"
January 19, 2016 - Kwilt Art Kathleen Andrews
Janurary 23, 2016 Kwilt Art workshop, Celtic Layers or Celtic Diamonds. 

February 5-7, 2016 - Winter Retreat.
February 16, 2016 - Carol Loessel Lecture Scrap Quilts Old and New
March 15, 2016 - Laura Rodin T-Shirt Quilts
April 19, 2016 - Pam Achatz Lecture
May 17, 2016 - Year End Potluck and Lecture Cathy Miller "The Singing Quilter" and her husband John Bunge
May 18, 2016 Workshop, "MOCK MOLA" APPLIQUÉ: Raw Edge Machine Reverse Appliqué by Cathy Miller "The Singing Quilter"

2014-2015 Programs

September 16, 2014 Linda McGibbons
October 21, 2014 Donna Slater
October 18, 2014 - Little Twister Workshop by Irene Coermann.
November 18, 2014 Cookie Exchange and Movie night: Quilt of Belonging
January 20, 2015 - Whistle Stop
January 29- February , 2015 - Winter Retreat.
February 17, 2015 - Storybook Quilts presented by QGMD
March 17, 2015 Tim Latimer
April 17 -18, 2015 QGMD Quilt Show
April 21, 2015 - Carolyn Vagts and Annual Pot Luck Dinner
May 19, 2015  Maggie Ball with workshop the following day

2013-2014 Programs

September 17, 2013          
Sherry Scharra - trunk show/Jackets

October 15, 2013
Nancy McNally - pattern designer; lecture and trunk show

November 19, 2013
Cookie exchange and handmade Christmas ornament exchange

January 21, 2014
Colleen Mertz - Pattern designer, Northwater Quilts - trunk show
Janurary 31 -February 1, 2014 - Winter Retreat

February 18, 2014
Monique Dillard – Open Gate Quilts
Monique will bring her love of all things quilting to our February meeting. Monique is a quilter, designer, lecturer, teacher, blogger and published-author. She has designed six rulers and is the proud author of three books. Fat Quarter Winners, Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts and just published in 2013, Diamond Traditions.

March 15, 2014
National Quilt Day

March 18, 2014
Carole Carroll – Miracle Quilts

Miracle Quilts is group of quilters, sewers and hard working women of all ages who come together once a month at Independence Village in Oxford. Their mission is to create patriotic quilts to present to our wounded troops at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.,for our Michigan VA hospitals and for our homeless vets and for Troops currently serving our
great country!!
April 15, 2014
Beatrice Hughes - presentation on color (has a book to go along with this)

May 21, 2014
Annual Pot Luck

Jackie Bennett - Legacy Batting - lecture and sale on batting

2012-2013 Programs

September 18, 2012          
Donna Kooistra will be back with a new lecture: "Quilts Through Time"

September 19, 2012
Donna Kooistra will be appraising quilts. She charges $45 for a written appraisal which includes a financial valuation. Verbal consultations are $30. To schedule your appointment, please call 586-465-1507

October 16, 2012
Dan Burke will be with us with a trunk show and his lecture: “The History of Foundation Piecing”

October 20, 2012


Dan Burke will teach us to make a foundation pieced table runner sized quilt called “Positive/

November 20, 2012
In November we are asking our guild members assistance with the program. We want all of you to pull out all your Christmas/winter holiday quilts early, for a guild wide Winter Holiday Quilt Trunk show.

January 15, 2013 Whistle Stop

Click here for instructions and pattern for the wool mittens that Joan C. demonstrated.

February 19, 2013
In February we will enjoy an evening of relaxing with a sit and stitch with a project provided by Pat Quenneville and her Sit and Stitch group.

March 19, 2013
Sherrie Jacqua, Asymmetrical Block Quilts

March 20, 2013
Workshop: Sherrie Jacqua’s Tilted Triangle **** Workshop has been cancelled****

April 5-6, 2013
Quilts From the Heart Quilt Show

April 16, 2013
African Quilts Trunk Show with Garnet Smalley

May 21, 2013
Annual Potluck and Installation of Officers

2011-2012 PROGRAMS

September 20, 2011
Kathy Conner of Smith Street Designs will give a lecture accompanied by a Power Point presentation on including machine embroidery in your quilts. She will have her digitized patterns for sale at our meeting. They are beautiful.

October 8, 2011
Loose Threads Quilt Guild is pleased to host Sue Holdeway-Heys for their October 8th workshop (10 a.m. – 5 p.m).  Workshop will be held at the Richmond Community Center.

October 18, 2011
we are planning on having a garage sale. So start accumulating sewing and quilting related items you have decided you no longer want or need. You will be responsible for your handling your own sales and taking home the items that do not sell.

October 22, 2011
The Great Lakes Heritage Quilters Studio Tour. 9 am to 4 pm.

November 15, 2011
Donna Kooistra, an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, will lecture to us on “The Price is
Right”. She will be available to appraise your quilts by appointment that day. Appraisal fees are $45 for a written appraisal and $25 for a verbal appraisal. There are many reasons to have your quilts appraised, but insurance is one of the most important. Call Pam Thompson to schedule your appointment on Monday afternoon, November 14, or any time on Tuesday, November 15 until the time of our meeting.

January 17, 2012
Willie Pfeiffer, from Romeo, will present a trunk show with the emphasis on how she changes
patterns to make a quilt easier to construct. She will be teaching a workshop on curves on January 21. Think about joining us on a Saturday to learn the easy way to sew curves.

January 21, 2012
Curved Piecing Workshop by Willie Pfeiffer.

February 21, 2012               
Movie Night: "Stitched the film, Behind every stitch is a story".

March 1-4, 2012 ..... Quilting Retreat
Click here to see announcement. Click here for Registration Form.

March 20, 2012                   
Barbara Allen will lecture on the Journey of an Eclectic Quilter
March 31. 2012                  
Workshop with Barbara Allen on Double Cut Circles.

April 17, 2012                     
Beth Donaldson from the Michigan State University Museum “Quilting in Detroit in the 1930’s” a Power Point lecture.

May 15, 2012                      
Annual Meeting with installation of officers, potluck, BLOTTO drawing, UFO prize drawing, games.

2010 - 2011 PROGRAMS

Jan 18, 2011 Lecture and trunk show by Mary Bajcz from Milford. She will present her lecture
"What's in Your Stash? Taking a Fresh Look at Your Raw Materials".

Feb 15, 2011 Lenore Crawford from Midland will present her lecture "Fusing, Fabric Painting and Stitching to Create Your Own Art Quilt".

Lenore's website is www.lenorecrawford.com Lenore's quilts are beautiful. She just received a second place in the Art-Pictorial division at the Houston IQA show last week.

Feb 16, 2011 Lenore Crawford Workshop, "Blended Fabric Art Collage".

March 15, 2011
Sue and Gina from Sew Together Quilt Shop in Richmond have agreed to be with us for a demo on new products and techniques.  It's always a pleasure to have them at our meetings to share their enthusiasm for quilting.

April 8-9, 2011 Quilts From the Heart Quilt Show at the Roseville Recreation Center.

April 19, 2011 Whistle Stop. Three 20 minute demos will be featured---Paper Piecing by Ruth McCormick, Cathedral Window by Chantal Anderson and Innovative Piecing by Mary Bacjz

May 17, 2011 Annual Potluck

Lecture by award winning quilter Betty Ekern Suiter. She will present "Stitched by Hand". http://www.bettyekernsuiter.com

From Betty's website: "Discover how my quilts come to life. This is a digital presentation on how I get ideas, design, dye fabric, hand appliqué and hand quilt. "

May 18, 2011 "Bloooming Flowers" Workshop on Hand Applique by Betty Ekern Suiter.

Learn how to make perfect needle-turn curves and sharp points. You will learn Betty's method for skinny 1/8" stems the easy way. Flower centers are stuffed to add dimension to the flowers. Embroidery enhances the flowers.

2009 - 2010 PROGRAMS

May 18, 2010

Annual Pot Luck and Whistle Stop

Whistle Stop: There will be 3 different demonstrations:

Shiva Paint Sticks by Linda Brown
Angelina Fibers by Michelle Mitchell
Foiling by Sue Goeddeke

April 20, 2010

Speaker: Sue Holdaway-Heys. Lecture: "Sources of Inspiration".

Workshop: "Step by Step to a Landscape". Click here for supply list.***Update 4-3-10: Workshop has been CANCELLED***

Blue Door Hope

From Sue:

"These are 2 random examples. I am teaching a technique but these represent 'my style' and I encourage everyone to work in their personal color palette and we discuss how to translate an image to be your own personal voice...."

Visit Sue's website for more pictures and informaton: www.sueholdaway-heys.com

March 10, 2010 - Workshop "Starry, Starry Nights”.  The workshop fee is $45.  If you are interested in taking this class call Michelle or e-mail her with your name,  phone number and e-mail address.

March 9, 2010 - *****Please note of the change in the meeting date due to sharing our speaker with the Great Lakes Heritage guild.

Dianne Hire will present her lecture "Discovery of Quilting". Dianne, a 20-year transplant from Tennessee to Belfast, Maine, is an award-winning fiber artist, quiltmaker, teacher, lecturer, and international exhibitor.


February 20, 2010 - Michelle Mitchell will present a workshop on the reversible Circle Game Quilt as shown atour 2009 quilt show. This workshop is for all level sewers and is good practice for free motion quilting. (A supply list including the sign-up is enclosed in the newsletter)

February 16, 2010 - Carol Loessel will be joining us and signing her new book entitled "Start With Scraps". The book is priced at $8.95.


Michelle will be bringing hand beading kits to make a pin or button. You should be able to get a good start on these during our meeting. The kits include the beads, pin back, background fabric and Peltex form. Bring a beading needle or the smallest quilting needle you can thread (size 10, 11 or 12), Silamide or Nymo beading thread or hand quilting thread, scissors, a 4" hoop and a beading mat or square of cotton batting to hold your beads while you work. The kit fee is $4.00. She'll be bringing samples to the January guild meeting.

January 19, 2010 - Edyta Sitar will present her lecture "Reasons for Quilting".  She had her new book "Hop to It! Appliqué Blocks & Projects" reviewed in the Oct/Nov 09 issue of Quilter's Newsletter.


Sept 22, 2009- "Thread Jazz for Quilting and Embellishing - Needle and Thread Know-How, by: Eric Drexler, a reperesentative of Sulky of America.

Oct 20, 2009- Janet Dolan will present a lecture on the Gee's Bend Quilts. www.quiltsofgeesbend.com

Nov 17, 2009- Mary Andrews of Grand Blanc will share her MI Quilt Artist Invitational trunk show and lecture.