Lighthouse Quilt Guild

Programs - Events

MAD Monday Makings

TIME: 10am-4pm . Stay the whole time or for what your schedule allows.

When:  February 13

Where: Church of the Dunes

What are they: These sew-ins are bring whatever you are working on and your supplies or just come and see what others are doing. Let’s just get together for some fun, sewing and fellowship!! Irons and ironing board will be available alongside with a few cutting stations.

-Community Outreach Sew-in is March 13 – more details to be announced.

-April 10 will be the UFO Silent Auction hosted by Leslie Johnson. Leslie is accepting donations anytime. More details to be announced.

Upcoming programs 2023

Amy Friend Aurifil Thread is in February.

Alex Anderson from The Quilt Show had to cancel due to health reasons so our March program is Sujata Shah.

Karla Overland of Cherrywood Fabrics is in April


Amy Friend is a former museum curator turned designer. She designs modern quilts, specializes in paper pieced designs,an author and certified Aurifilosopher. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. If she isn’t sewing or spending time with the family, you might find her in the garden.

February 13, 2023 Lecture: Aurifilosophy

Where: Church of the Dunes

Time: 7:00

Aurifilosophy is…
— The search for Knowledge and Truth, especially about the nature and behavior of Aurifil thread.

— A program designed to unlock the mysteries of thread, educate, inspire, and enable all users to achieve brilliant results.

This presentation is presented by Amy but prepared by Aurifil to unlock the mysteries of Aurifil thread, educate, inspire, and enable you to achieve brilliant results. Amy will present this program covering thread basics, including information on weight and ply, spool positioning, needle recommendations, and tension settings, tips and tricks, and some of her work using Aurifil thread.


Lecture: The Root Connection

Where: Church of the Dunes
Time: 7:00 March 13, 2023

Sujata Shah, a graphic designer and textile artist, is originally from Mumbai, India. She lives in San Francisco Bay area. She has won awards for her quilts in local and national quilt shows and designed quilt patterns under the name of Rangoli Designs. Her quilts have been shown at AQS in Lancaster and Padukah and the Pacific Northwest Quilt-Fest.

She draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world.
She has written the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts – A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions. In which she introduced free-form blocks, an abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks to reflect her theory.

Talking about the process of finishing quilts, she says, ”I find hand stitching therapeutic and nourishing to the soul. Through my quilts I remain connected to my past, my culture and heritage. More I hand stitch, stories of my daily life get stitched into my quilts. I rarely have a plan before the start of a quilt. Designing a quilt is an evolving process. I believe as the quilt evolves, I simply become the instrument in the making of that quilt.”

The Root Connection – My Journey as a Quilter
While growing up in India rich colors, hand woven textiles and hand-crafts were part of Sujata’s daily life. She learned to appreciate the irregularities and imperfections of handmade crafts. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a quilt designer.
Inspired by the utilitarian quilts and handmade crafts from around the world, she developed an abstract form of traditional quilt blocks and subsequently published the book; Cultural Fusion Quilts.
Presentation includes a slide show of her travels in India as well as her journey as a quilter. Slide show is followed by the trunk show of original quilts. She will share how she connects the dots between the memories of the past, and today’s creative process.

Her Website




Karla Overland, owner and colorist of Cherrywood Fabrics, combines her love of solid color with her background in Graphic design to create “forgiving” patterns that show off the color and texture of Cherrywood.

Karla has been sewing since she was 10 years old. The youngest of three 4-H girls, she sewed many of my own clothes.

Cherrywood Fabrics is the only hand-dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede. Their exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. Once you feel it, you will understand why Cherrywood is the leader in hand-dyed fabrics.

They apply their privately designed line of colors to high quality fabrics to offer you the best product for your creative needs. The hand dyeing process has been perfected over 25 years to produce a beautiful tone-on-tone texture that reads as a solid, but has depth and variety that will never be replicated by mass-production. Cherrywood is proudly made in the U.S.A. by women who sew, create and dye a little every day.

Lecture: The story of Cherrywood

When: April 10, 2023

Where: Church of the Dunes

Time: 7:00pm

A bit of background info can be found at this link…. 

Background Info

Workshop: Leaded Glass

Where: Church of the Dunes

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Lay out as 40″ x 40″ or 20″ x 80″

Designed by Karla Overland, Cherrywood Fabrics

Sunlight coming through leaded glass radiates with color. The deep, rich suede texture of Cherrywood fabric captures the regal quality of a church window.

Choose from one of the colors we have put together, or choose any 8-step fat quarter bundle.

Kit Requirements:

8-step Fat Quarter Bundle
1 Yard Onyx for leading and binding

Sign-up for the workshop will start at the February meeting.  Information about ordering the kit will be available at this time.

Starting in February
Member Sale Tables – Sign Up to Participate

Members who attended the December meeting learned of a new Member benefit:

As a member you are invited to sign up for a table to sell YOUR items related to quilting, sewing, or other fiber arts…fabric, notions, rulers, templates, patterns, buttons, finished products, UFOs, etc.

Marilew Helmers is the “Table Sales Coordinator”. She will receive applications and draw two applications for each of the 3 following months. If you are going to be out of town the month assigned to you, please let Marilew know ASAP so another name can be drawn.

If you only need ½ of a table please find someone to share it with you. The Guild will provide the tables and will take no commission.

Tables must be set up by 6:00 pm. You must have all items priced, change for your purchasers and monitor your table throughout the meeting…it is up to you when you want to tear it down.

The application form is below (one application per table so if you’re sharing please list both names and each person’s information).

Please include your name or names , your email, your phone, and a brief description of what you are selling.


This information must be emailed or mailed to Marilew –
Marilew’s Email
and received by January 27th for the February meeting!!

Marilew Helmers
15413 Winchester Circle
Grand Haven, MI 49417

I will draw 2 applications each for February, March, May & June 2023. An email will go out to all members listing the Table Seller’s names and items they will be selling for those 3 months.

Questions? Marilew’s Email:  with “table sales” in the subject line.