Check out our 2023-2024 Program line up

Registration will open in August for events. 

Upcoming Events

    • December 14, 2023
    • 6:30 PM
    • Birmingham Unitarian Church

    Annual Holiday Potluck and Basket Raffle Fundraiser!

    Sign Up here to bring a dish to

    Remember to include ingredients on a card to station by your dish. Our friends with severe allergies thank you (mushrooms, shellfish, gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, etc.)

    And don't forget to bring money to purchase raffle tickets to win a basket of goodies!  Last year's raffle was so much fun, we decided to do it again!  (Donations are still being accepted through Monday, November 27! Porch drop-off to Donna Armstrong at 31800 Arlington Dr. Beverly Hills.  Text her at 248-514-8011 to let her know you dropped off something!)

    • January 11, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Only

    Join us in January for a virtual journey to Japan encompassing textiles and culture. Our own Julie Wickware will be our tour guide as she educates us on Japanese culture, beautiful cultural sites, and the International Quilt Show in Toyoko with thoughts and ideas from the quilts on display.

    A little about Julie: I am married, have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I went back to college at age 39 after a 20 year absence and didn’t know if I could do it! I succeeded and became a Physician Assistant spending most of my time in the ICU with the sickest patients and their families. I have retired from full time work and only work contingently now.

    Over the past few years I have found that, for me, the need to balance work and play was a must. My outlet has mostly been quilting. I am always ready to learn something new. I also recently began long arm quilting and am continuing to learn this too.

    In addition to quilting, I love photography. When in Europe I was able to capture the northern lights and became interested in Astrophotography. I am currently learning how to photograph the Milky Way, no success yet but will keep trying! I have always felt that I need to play as hard as I work which gives me a good balance.

    While traveling, I like to photograph the people and details of the places I travel to. It’s fascinating to see how the architecture of the past is reflected in the art and textiles of today.

    Some time ago I found Pam Holland, an Australian quilter, photographer and textile artist. She meshes photography and quilting. With her, I have made many friends from around the world.

    I have traveled to a variety of countries all unique in their own right. I usually try to meet the people and get a feeling of what their life is like. Most are willing to share their craft as well as their customs. My greatest interest is in textiles as well as local arts. To date I have spent time in Japan, Australia, Ireland, Costa Rica, India and Bali with many like minded quilters and plan on continuing my adventures through travel.

    • February 08, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Only

    In this lecture Lori Dickman will demonstrate techniques on how she portrays her love of art and nature in beautiful art and landscape quilts. Become inspired by Lori's thread, applique, pixel, and collage.  Lori will demonstrate how to use scraps to create visual appeal and drama in art and landscape quilts. 

    Lori Dickman is an educator, an author, and a pattern designer. Playing with fabric and color has been her passion for over 45 years, and teaching others to join in on this sewer’s/quilter’s love affair is near and dear to her heart! The art of “Making” has been a wonderful creative journey for her.

    Lori was a Presenter in the 2021 and the 2022 Great Wisconsin Quilt Shows. Her 2021 Virtual Presentation can be found at the following link: (Presentation Schedule | The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show 2021). Lori can also be found in the Teacher’s Director on the following websites:  Quilter’s Calendar website (; and on the Global Quilt Connection website: (

    Lori is a member of the American Quilters Society, the DeKalb County Quilters Guild of Sycamore, Illinois, and the Sinnissippi Quilt Guild of Rockford, Illinois.

    Her desire is to inspire others to learn to love the art of quilt-making as much as she does! Join her on the passion and fun of “creating!”

    • February 10, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • ZOOM
    • 19

    Sleepy Sunflower is a delightful art quilt for which the quilter can choose gorgeous batiks and fabrics from her stash to create a stunning Quilt! The art quilt measures 23″ x 25″.

    More information to follow.

    • March 02, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Mystery Quilt Day is a cherished tradition in our guild! By popular demand, Mystery Quilt Day will be virtual once again via Zoom on Saturday, March 2, 2024.  This fundraising event will take place entirely on Zoom and is open to all members and non-members!

    A new clue will be emailed to registrants each Friday, beginning January 5, 2024. A chance to ask questions and sew-along with other Mystery Quilters via Zoom will be available Saturday mornings from 10am - noon, beginning January 6th. If you are a newer quilter, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from your friends in the guild!!

    The completed project will be revealed on Mystery Quilt Day, on Saturday March 2, 2024. After the reveal in the morning, you will work with others to finish piecing your quilt top with a show and tell!  If you keep up with the weekly clues, you will assemble the quilt top and have it done on March 2!  

    Clues also will be posted in a Top-Secret MQD Participant-Only Area!  You can receive security clearance by enrolling in Mystery Quilt Day!  You won't want to miss out on the fun!

    A welcome letter with all the details on fabric selection, color choices, and yardage will be sent upon paid registration.  If you enroll after January 5th, you will receive the welcome letter after you enroll.  Any clues that have been released up to that point will be available for download from our Top-Secret page!  

    Please Note: If you are unable to join us on March 2nd, you may still register for the Mystery Quilt and receive access to the weekly clues! If you would like to wait to see all the clues and the reveal on March 2nd, you may also register and join us in a day of sewing!

    • March 14, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • ZOOM

    What happens when you have a designer who not only wants to be as scrappy as possible, but hates wasting fabric? Well, all sorts of things because that's pretty much the definition of scrappy.  But, I took it one step further and figured out a way to create HST that don't have a twin, and waste no fabric, by sewing HSTs in accordions! Add another step, and you can sew blocks for an entire quilt in individual accordions that come together almost like magic!  It's the coolest thing I've come up with (if I do say so) and  you'll see the quilts from books on the method plus a few surprise treats. You'll want to pick up your accordion and join the Oompah Session!

    • March 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • ZOOM
    • 15

    Maximize the amounts of fabrics in scrappy HST based quilts. Learn the ins and outs of the process, the block making capabilities, adding WOW! to your scrap borders, and be inspired to take the process to new levels to elevate your quilting!

    • April 11, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Birmingham Unitarian Church

    This “inspiring” program demonstrates the surprising and often hilarious places and things that produce inspiration for quilts.  From the tile on floors in public restrooms to architectural details to the flower garden in your yard, quilt inspiration is literally in the air.  This highly entertaining talk includes a Power Point presentation featuring a wide variety of inspiration sources and the quilts that resulted from them.  An interactive segment in the talk gets the audience involved in the design process with some unexpected inspiration sources!  

    This is a HYBRID meeting where we will gather in-person at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, Zoom will be available for remote participants, and the speaker will lecture via Zoom. 

    • April 20, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • First Methodist Church of Troy

    • May 09, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Birmingham Unitarian Church

    Based on my book Tips for the Traveling Quilter, I’ve developed a fun and interactive 1 Hour lecture and trunk show where I give away all my best secrets and tips for the roads we quilters travel. From Budgeting to Safety, Destinations to Air travel, and a few funny shenanigans along the way. I’ve included something for everyone in this interactive lecture!

    We will meet at the Birmingham Unitarian Church for a live in-person lecture and we will have ZOOM available for participants who wish to join us remotely for this fun lecture!

    • May 10, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • St. Stephen Episcopal Church
    • 19

    Perfect Points! Perfect for beginners as well as quilters who want to hone their basic quilting techniques. In this 6 hour workshop you’ll learn my techniques for: Perfect Pinwheels, Perfect Curves and Perfect Y-seams!

    This will be an in-person only event at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, 5500 N. Adams Rd., Troy, MI 48098

    Supply List

    • June 13, 2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • Birmingham Unitarian Church

    Join us for the year end potluck and meeting!

    In-person event only.

    Make sure you sign up to bring a dish to pass!  See the SignUp Genius link to bring your favorite dish!

Past events

November 11, 2023 SEWING DAY: UFO Project Day
November 09, 2023 LECTURE: Custom Quilted Jackets with Sherry Scharra
October 13, 2023 WORKSHOP: Happiness 2.0
October 12, 2023 LECTURE: For the Love of Paper Piecing
September 16, 2023 National "Sew a Jelly Roll Day"
September 06, 2023 Welcome Back Meeting with Quilt Bingo
August 23, 2023 New Member Welcome
June 17, 2023 Color Splash 2023 Quilt Show
June 16, 2023 Color Splash 2023 Quilt Show
June 08, 2023 June Potluck
May 13, 2023 Workshop: Will it Go Round in Circles
May 12, 2023 Workshop: Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima
May 11, 2023 Lecture: Quilts and Quiltmakers of the Caohagan Islands with Dana Jones
April 21, 2023 Charity Sewing Day: Mastectomy Pillows
April 13, 2023 Lecture: My 6 C's of Quilting - Kathrin Brown
March 10, 2023 Workshop: Strip-Pieced Modern Mariner's Compass
March 09, 2023 Lecture: Modern Mariner's Compass with Robin Long
February 25, 2023 GLHQ Mystery Quilt 2023
February 11, 2023 Workshop: Deco Tiles Mini Quilt Foundation Paper Piecing
February 10, 2023 Workshop: Sea Glass Quilting
February 09, 2023 Lecture: Fabric Painting- How to Make Color Work for You with Allie McCathren
January 23, 2023 Charity Sewing Day
January 14, 2023 Workshop: Personal Symbols for Art Quilt Collage
January 12, 2023 Lecture: Captivating Compositions with Deborah Boschert
December 08, 2022 Holiday Potluck
November 10, 2022 Lecture: Overcome your Color Angst!
October 15, 2022 Workshop: Inside Out Quilt
October 14, 2022 Workshop: Textile Architecture
October 13, 2022 Lecture: Working in a Series with Sue Bleiweiss
September 26, 2022 GLHQ Fall Retreat
September 10, 2022 Workshop: Create Your Own Barn Quilt
September 08, 2022 Following the Barn Quilt Trail with Suzi Parron

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Great Lakes Heritage Quilters is a 501(c)4 non-profit social organization and our purpose is to stimulate an interest in quilting, educate our members, and engage in charitable projects that benefit our community.

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