Upcoming ACQ events: April 13 Guild Meeting is In person & live-streamed with Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Trunk Show featuring Red & White Quilts. MORE DETAILS & REGISTER.
April Workshop: Brilliance Quilt with Pat Syta, Saturday, April 1 9:30 - 4 PM at Holly's Quilt Cabin. REGISTER & VIEW DETAILS.
ACQ's Festival of Quilts XVI s coming up June 9-10! Sign up now to enter a quilt and volunteer. For dates, times, details, please visit the Festival of Quilts web page.
The purpose of Arapahoe County Quilters (ACQ) Inc. is to expand the art of quilting through providing educational opportunities to grow and learn about quilting, to share the talent of quilting through charitable activities, and to gather to enjoy the fellowship and friendship of other quilters. The guild is not exclusive to the makers of quilts, but includes all who find interest and worth in the collection and presentation of our fiber arts and heritage.
In 1987, Diane Hienton and Barb Lister were new to Denver. They missed the large active guilds they had known in other locations. With the encouragement of their small neighborhood quilting group, The Piece Corps, they started planning how to organize a quilt group.
As former teachers, they knew how to plan! Hours were spent developing goals and a direction for this new guild. They advertised an organizational meeting to be held in May 1987 at the Castlewood Library
On May 21, 1987 the first meeting of Arapahoe County Quilters was held. At the June meeting, 35 members paid dues of $10 and the guild was off and running.
ACQ Through the Years - Fun Facts About our Guild
ACQ was formed in May of 1987. The logo was designed by Janet Robinson and the meetings were held at the Castlewood Library.
There were 50 Charter Members in the first Roster.
Their first Block of the Month was: The Ohio Star.
The first door prizes were donated by:
They started the Charitable Quilt Committee that year and used to get together for sew days. However, they were tying quilts back then.
The first workshop was in 1989 and was on Fast Triangles by Joann Rosenberg
The name "Festival of Quilts" was submitted by Lois Edwards as the winning name for our Quilt Show and the first show took place on Oct 12 at the University of Denver. There were 80 quilts representing 36 quilters.
Past Guild Presidents
1987-89 Diane Hienton
1988-89 Barb Lister
1989-90 Karen Nein
1990-91 Afton Barnes
1991-92 Carol Medsker
1992-93 Sherri Driver
1993-94 Christine Brown 1994-95 Joan Christopherson
1995-96 Bonnie Comar
1996-97 Kathy Giese
1997-98 Laurie Asbell
1998-99 Betsy Tauer
1999-01 Christine Hause
2001-02 Cindy Harp
2002-03 Francie Fiechter
2003-04 Nathlia Holtz
2004-06 Barbara Karst
2007-08 Denise Starck
2009 Sharon Mirabella
2010-12 Lucy Rognes
2012 Julie Birdwell
2013-14 Kathy Ruppert
2015 Amy Flynn
2016 Pat Syta
2017 Kelly Collins
2018 Jenny Kay Parks
2019-20 Terry Chase
2021-22 Jen Dietz
2023 Diane Sheriff
Fellowship and Friendship