With the opening of membership for the MQG we thought it would be fun to get to know some of the new “official” Modern Quilt Guilds.
The Ann Arbor MQG formed in January of 2011. They currently have 37 dues-paying members (a number that seems to go up all the time!) and there are around 20 of them at any given meeting. Their early meetings were at the downtown library in Ann Arbor. They sat around a small table, there were usually less than ten of them. Now they meet in the awesome classroom at Pink Castle Fabrics!
What makes your guild awesome?
There is so much inspirational creativity and welcoming energy amongst our members! We have a lot of fun getting to know each other and our styles.
How do you educate your members?
We sew together (which often involves group problem solving) and at meetings we do a “skill school” where a member might present their preferred binding method or we might learn how to match points in improvisational piecing. Everyone is really generous with their knowledge! Our secretary, Jenna, does an awesome job keeping our blog updated with round-ups of members blogs and activities. It’s a great place to see what we’re up to and what happens with modern quilts!
We also started a guild library!
Have you participated in any quilt shows as a guild?
We had our own quilt show last fall at a local venue. We’ve also encouraged participation in the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase and the show at Quilt Con, where our guild has been well-represented.
How does your guild give back? Do you do any charity projects?
We collect quilts from members for a local charity. We’ve also worked as a group to produced quilts for fundraising. This week, we’re auctioning off two twin-sized quilts that we made. Proceeds from their sale will go to Habitat for Humanity! Bidding ends August 11, 2013.
Find the Ann Arbor MQG here:
Brenda Ratliff – President
Debbie Grifka – Vice President of Programs
Rossie Hutchinson – Vice President of Membership
Jenna Brand – Secretary and Webmaster
Jennifer Bernstein - Treasurer