Join ACQ as a New Member for 2021—Good Things Are Coming!
Using any fabric panel for your main theme, create a quilt, placemats, table runner, tote bag . . . basically anything you want with your panel.
You must use the majority of the panel.
You must include a picture of the original panel with your entry.
We suggest the photo is attached to the back.
Finished entry must be smaller than 60” x 80”.
Deadline to sign-up is May 1, 2021.
Picture of your entry is due June 15, 2021
Challenge entry fee is $6. Sign-up by registering here.
ACQ has a limited numbers panels you can purchase for $5 or you can use your panel. Details coming soon.
First, Second and Third prize ribbons will be awarded.
Winners will be selected by viewers choice votes.
We hope that we can display the entries at the July Pot Luck. If that is not possible, we will ask you to send us a picture of your entry by June 15, 2021. We will have the pictures and voting through the webpage. More details on this will be announced when get closer to the deadline.
Need ideas? Visit our Pinterest board: Panel Quilt Challenge.
2021 Focus Word: OPPORTUNITY
Each January brings a sense of anticipation and hope. This year even more so, as we celebrate the close of a particularly strange year. I know that many of us are happy to see the end of 2020, with all of the shutdowns, social distancing and disruption to our routines. And yet, like in years past, this January and entry into the new year brings the same feelings of anticipation and hope for new beginnings. 2021 is the beginning of a new year and a new decade, new opportunities to challenge ourselves, and engage with our friends and our community with a hopeful return to normal following the COVID19 pandemic.
Each year I choose one word as my focus for the year. In the past I have chosen focus words of joy, light, and perseverance. The words typically come to me in December as I anticipate the coming year and the goals I want to accomplish. This year I have struggled with a focus word for 2021 – partially because I was focused so much on just getting through the challenges of 2020. Yet, when I think about the new year and the new decade, I am excited for the opportunities that it brings and the quiet anticipation that everything is going to be fine. So, I have chosen OPPORTUNITY as the word for 2021.
In 2020, we were forced to change our status quo and be creative to keep our guild going. This brought new opportunities to connect through Zoom on community sew days and quilting bees. It provided opportunities to bring speakers from all across the country into the comfort of our own home. In 2021, I challenge you to embrace change and see it not as a difficult thing, but as an OPPORTUNITY to grow and thrive.
We have many opportunities in 2021 for you to engage with your fellow quilters and expand your own skills. In February we are kicking off a Free Motion Quilt Club. We are also planning several challenges – including the panel challenge starting this month. We are also looking for new ideas and opportunities to connect on a deeper level and realize ACQ’s mission to teach, share and grow the art of quilting.
I hope you take 2021 as a new beginning and an OPPORTUNITY, not only as part of our guild but as part of your own personal journey.
Each month of this year I will be introducing a new block as well as the history behind the block. You may take this as an opportunity to build your own skills. Additionally, I encourage you to post your block creations either on our ACQ Community Facebook page or on Instagram using #ACQPresidentBlock2021. Each block you post will be entered into a monthly drawing for a fat quarter bundle. If you aren’t on social media – no problem, just send me an email with your photo (email@example.com). We will draw the winner at the next guild meeting, and you don’t need to be present to win (although we hope you will because we have a great line-up this year!). The winner of January’s block will be announced at the February meeting, February’s block at the March meeting, and so on.
January’s block is the Log Cabin. I am making this month’s block in neutrals, as a great addition to offset my other, busier blocks.
The Log Cabin is one of the most well-known and popular of all patchwork patterns. To the pioneers, it symbolized home, warmth, love and security. The center square was done in red to represent the hearth, the focal point of life in a cabin or home.
The name, Log Cabin, comes from the narrow strips of fabric, or “logs” arranged around the center square. Each fabric strip or log was added to the pattern in much the same way logs were stacked to build a cabin; and because the straight lines and small pieces of the pattern could utilize almost any fabric scrap available, it often became the final step in the recycling of fabric.
Many Log Cabin patterns were worked in two color schemes, lights and darks, divided diagonally in the middle. This represented the sun’s east to west movement in the sky. As the sun rose, its light shown on the cabin, creating the light side of the block. As the sun traveled west, part of the cabin was left in the shadow, creating the dark side of the block. This is often called the Sunshine and Shadow pattern.
I thoroughly enjoy the ACQ Drive-Thru Events. We receive completed quilts, tops, and donated fabric. Several kits, sandwiches and quilts to bind were picked up and I await their return at the next event. Since we have had a few of these events, I am now getting specific requests from ACQ members for specific types of quilting projects. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your request.
Please see my updates to the Charity Quilts page. I have picked 2 new patterns for our efforts next year and the links are included on the page.
Our next Charitable Community Sew Day is January 24th. I look forward to quilting and sewing with you.
Charitable Quilts Committee
Happy 2021! Let’s hope this virus will be under control soon and we can meet in person and you can check out books from the ACQ library. In the meantime, we need your help.
We have received donations of more than 300 books from the estate of two ACQ members. This is a very thoughtful and generous gift and we are currently figuring out how to best handle these donations and honor the members. Towards that end we are seeking volunteers for a work group to help with this task. We need to review the books to identify which books should be added to the ACQ library. Due to the limited storage capacity of ACQ’s library, any new books added will necessitate the removal of existing books from the library. We also want to brainstorm on how best to sell remaining books and then lastly, what should be done with any books not purchased. This is a great opportunity to shape ACQ’s library and a variety of input to reflect various quilt interests would be beneficial. We do not anticipate this being a lengthy project or too time consuming. Work can be done virtually and we will start sometime in early 2021, most likely in February. If you would like to help with this effort, please contact Ann Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary Rogers at email@example.com. We are excited about this unique opportunity and are looking forward to working with you to shape ACQ’s library.
Happy reading and happy quilting!
Ann Roman and Mary Rodgers
To all of you in ACQ,
It has been an honor to be your President for the last two years. I would like to thank the Board, Committee’s and Quilt Show staff for 2019. Thank you for all you have done for the Guild, its members, and for me.
As for 2020, I do not think the Guild would have survived and thrived if the Board and Committee members had not stepped up. Who knew that we could have virtual meetings and have new members from out-of-state. Or that we would have speakers from all around North America and Canada using the Zoom platform to present programs at our meetings.
Who knew that we would have virtual sewing Fridays and Charity Sews from the safety of our own sewing rooms. That our only in person meetings would be the drive throughs. I could never imagine the amount of charity quilts, CPNL quilts, Quilts of Valor and Masks that would be produced by so many. And that a book sale on-line would actually work. But it did!
You, the members of ACQ, faced the lemon of 2020 and made lemonade. You all rose to the challenges and found a way to help others. I am so proud to be in such a wonderful, giving and forward-looking group of men and women.
Your new president, Jen Dietz and her Board and Committee chairs are already brainstorming for 2021. They are full of new ideas and ways to keep us all busy next year. I am very excited for next year.
So, I wish blessings to all of you for the new year. Pray that our isolation will be over sooner rather than later. It has been a privilege to serve you.
May your bobbins be ever full and your seams straight
Hospitality Corner by Nathlia Holtz
During this time, it was suggested that I share a few recipes since we can’t get together to share the real thing. Lately I have been making mug cakes in the microwave. My husband and I share one mug cake, as we are both watching our calories. It takes care of the need for a dessert without 3/4 of a cake sitting around.
Chocolate Mug Cake
So good when hot out of the microwave!
2 TB. Milk or Buttermilk
3 TB. Flour
3 TB. Sugar
2 TB. Cocoa
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
Splash of Vanilla
3 TB. Chocolate Chips
Mix together the egg and the milk in the mug, separately mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients on top of the egg mixture and blend. Add the chocolate chips. Clean off any batter that is on the upper part of the mug. Bake in the microware for one minute plus 30 seconds. Let sit for a few moments. Add vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top and even add nuts or more chips. Or keep it light with a few berries. So good. Create zip lock bags with the dry ingredients for real chocolate emergencies. Hot cake in less than 5 minutes!
And here's a Keto Lemon Cake from June Dudley:
Keto Lemon Cake
1. If I throw a few berries in, I increase the coconut flour to 1/2 tsp. to absorb the extra berry juices.
2. I sometimes substitute lime juice for the lemon juice.
Loaded with Batting!
I cheer and applaud our ACQ members for their participation in the Drive Thru Events. They have been very successful for our Charity Quilts Committee. Each event and meet up helps prepare for the next. I am getting ready for the last one of the year with kits to sew, quilt and bind. We will also accept fabric donations. See you December 5th.
We are on the calendar to sew together every 4th Sunday from 11:30 till 4 pm, our next one being December 27, 2020. Please join in to connect over quilting ideas, stories and tips.
I found another Volunteers of America shelter that helps all kinds of people from families with children to Veterans. All year long I received the questions, “What kind of quilts do you accept? What size quilts?” Well, I found a shelter helping people get back on their feet that truly appreciates ACQ quilts. Unfortunately there are so many people and such a variety of people that all of our quilts seem “just right.” So I am looking forward to another delivery to the Family Motel this month.
Please see a few pictures attached to this article. The first is Case Manager Tori showing off one of the 22 quilts delivered to Sinton’s Sanctuary. The next is Peggy Jorgensen after loading 20 quilts into the back of her car before delivering them to Creative Needle for wild fire victims in Grand County, Colorado. The third photo is the variety of the 38 quilts delivered to the VOA Family Motel on Colfax Avenue.
Time is running out to show the love to our president Terry Chase. Every year we ask members to make a block for our President to show our appreciation for a job well done as we recognize all the hard work it is to keep this wonderful organization running.Please consider making a block for Terry. She would like 6” (finished) 9 Patch blocks They can be in any color way you would like. Also please sign your name on the front of the block
You can drop off your block at the December 5th Drive Thru or mail your finished block to Nancy Conklin at 450 N Langdale Way, Aurora, CO 80018.
Thank you to all who have submitted blocks. Let’s keep them coming!
INTRODUCTION TO PRESIDENT’S BLOCK CHALLENGE:
As the incoming President in 2021, I would like to introduce a new and exciting monthly challenge that I am bringing to guild members. Each month I will chose a traditional quilt block and color scheme for the President’s Block Challenge. If you want to participate in the challenge, all you need to do is to make at least one block and post your finished creation on the ACQ members Facebook page or Instagram using the #PresidentsBlockChallenge and #acqshowandtell
Each member posting their block will be entered into a drawing at the next month’s meeting. For example, December’s block will need to be posted by the Wednesday before January’s meeting. A drawing for the block winner will occur at the January meeting, and the winner will get a fat quarter bundle of the next month’s color scheme gifted by me.
To get everyone in the mood, I am kicking this off with a block this month. December’s block is the Nine Patch and the color scheme is Quilter’s Choice.
The Nine Patch is a popular pattern used by pioneer women. The earliest homesteaders had neither time nor fabric to spare. Most of the quilts they made were utility quilts, quickly sewn together for warmth.
The Nine Patch is one of the simplest and quickest quilts to sew, and because it was a good way to use up every small scrap of fabric available, it was used often.
On the prairie, sewing was an essential skill. Young girls learned to sew blocks before they learned to read. At an early age, often as young as three or four, girls were taught to piece simple blocks such as the Nine Patch. Many were very skilled at piecing a block by age five.
In order to create the Nine Patch, you will need 4 squares of one color and 5 squares of a contrasting color. For example, a 6.5 inch block will take 4- 2.5 inch squares of color 1 and 5- 2.5 inch squares of color 2.
Row 1 and 3 are comprised of color 2, color 1 and color 2. Row 2 is comprised of color 1, color 2, and color 1. Using a quarter inch seam, stitch together in rows. Always press to the dark side. This way the seams will nest.
Stitch rows 1, 2, and 3 together to make the completed Nine Patch.
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