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Next monthly Guild Meeting: Thursday October 12 All are welcome to join us for this special OPEN HOUSE meeting.  Special Open House activities start at 5:30 PM.  Meeting is in person at Our Father Lutheran Church, 6335 S Holly St, Centennial and LIVE STREAMED on Zoom. 

Next workshop is online Saturday October 21, Half Day Workshop 9 -12 with Sheri Noel, of Rebecca Mae Designs, Making Madawaska Mittens.

ACQ's Online Auction Fundraiser runs from October 12 through October 22.  Fall 2023 Online Auction Fundraiser

ACQ News

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  • September 10, 2023 12:36 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Can you believe it’s September already? We’re now ramping up for next year and need volunteers to guide and help on our guild board. There are THREE positions where we need help!

    Our most critical need is VICE PRESIDENT OF CHARITY. This is a very crucial position as it leads our charity efforts. Responsibilities include organizing materials and volunteers to complete charitable requests. They also receive and manage donations of fabric and batting; working as well to build and distribute kits to our members. The final step is to work with organizations to donate and supply completed quilts.

    We also need VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBERSHIP for 2024 – 2025 to work with Cathy Zirkelbach. This role organizes and maintains our membership roster. They work greeting and registering members for our guild meetings. They also help members with the purchase and payment of name badges. Show and Tell is an important part of our guild meetings. Membership is responsible for organizing it and selecting door prize winners during the events.

    The final open position is VICE PRESIDENT which guides Membership and Charitable Activities. They coordinate our monthly guild meetings and setup of facilities. Coordinating door prizes each month for both in person and online is part of this role. They oversee fundraising events and the Fall Auction which is the largest of our events.

    All of these roles are extremely important to our guild! Do you know of someone who would be interested? How about YOU? Please reach out to me or anyone on the board to find out more! We want to find team members to make next year fun and successful!

    - submitted by Diane Sheriff

  • September 02, 2023 12:39 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Are you ready for the Fall Auction to raise funds for our charity projects? The dates for this year’s auction are Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 22, 2023. The auction will be held online through “Auctria”... the same as last year. This is our main fund-raiser for ACQ.

    Submit your project forms on the website NOW. Go to the Members Page, look for Fall Auction and click on the link. Please print a copy of the form to turn in with your item. You can bring your “drop-off” items to the September meeting on September 14th, OR, you can bring them to Barb Pond’s home by September 30th at the latest.

    Most of all, once “Auctria” is set up, we will need everyone’s help in publicizing the event to attract LOTS of potential buyers! We will have images that can be shared on social media and with your friends to help promote the event.

    I also need people to help organize items at my home in October AFTER the auction is done, as well as people willing to distribute the goods to the winners at a Pop-Up event on October 28th from 10 am to 12 noon. Contact Barb Pond to help. This is a short-term commitment. Thanks!

    Together we can make this a successful event for ACQ! Contact Barb Pond at, or text / call Barb at (303) 910-2572.

    submitted by Barb Pond

  • August 02, 2023 12:06 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    "Wrapping Up the Year"

    I know it will be a while before we're wrapping presents and decorating for the holidays.  The first part of the year flew by with the excitement of the "Festival of Quilts" and moving to our new location. There's still a few months and many events left on our calendar that you won't want to miss!

    I am so thankful for everyone who works on ... and supports ... our events. It takes many hours of planning to ensure all details come together successfully. From guild meetings, to presentations, to workshops, or to other miscellaneous events themselves, we want top rovide programs and content that inspire you. Our member's contributions have been invaluable to create this success!!

    We want our guild to grow, not only in membership, but in new ideas! Your help and participation are essential to make this happen. If you have a passion for organizing events, feel inspired to start a "bee", wish to contribute your skills to the Board, or simply have suggestions that would enhance more involvement with ACQ, we warmly encourage you to step forward and get involved.

    We each have a "gift". Let's start unwrapping them!

                                                        - submitted by Diane Sheriff

  • August 01, 2023 12:11 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

     SEPTEMBER 14th - Guild Meeting: "Japanese Fabrics from Vintage to Contemporary" with Dana Jones - 6:30 pm Dana will be sharing her knowledge and experience with Japanese fabrics from Vintage to Contemporary. IN PERSON and LIVESTREAMED.

    SEPTEMBER 16th - Half-Day Workshop - "Fabulous Freeform" with Dana Jones - 9 am - 12 noon ONLINE from Dana's studio, learn how to create fabric using your scraps.

    SEPTEMBER 16th - Half-Day Workshop - "Circling Charlie" - 1-4 pm ONLINE from Dana's studio, learn how to inset circles while making a table or bed-runner. You'll be amazed how easy it is to do! Using a technique developed by Cheryl Phillips that requires minimal pinning no matter the size of the circle.

    OCTOBER 12 - Guild Meeting 6:30 pm:  Guild Meeting will be an OPEN HOUSE focusing on several areas of our guild. Our speakers will be representatives from the different charities that we support with a short presentation from each one. Come and Shop 'til You Drop with our "Fill-A-Bag" Sale! Meet our Business members as we invite them to share what they do. IN PERSON and LIVE-STREAMED. Friends and guests are welcome to attend at NO COST and are encouraged to join us as we share what ACQ is all about and what it has to offer.

    OCTOBER 21 - Half Day Workshop:  Sheri Noel of "Rebecca Mae Designs" (our speaker from August) will show us how to make these adorable mittens. These will make wonderful Christmas presents! Check out Goodwill or ARP for sweaters you can use. Class will be virtual via ZOOM.

    NOVEMBER 9 - Guild Meeting - "Amish Inspired Quilts for Today". Carl Hentsch of "3 Dog Design Co." will show how the Amish use of color and design has influenced modern quilting. Meeting will be IN PERSON with Carl joining us via ZOOM for his presentation. Meeting will also be LIVE-STREAMED.

    DECEMBER 14 - Guild Meeting - HOLIDAY PARTY.  Details to Follow

    - submitted by Linda Starkey

  • July 08, 2023 2:14 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    We're looking forward to our first meeting at Our Father Lutheran Church on July 13, 2023. Please return completed tops and quilts at that time. We will have items to keep you busy sewing, quilting, and binding until our next meeting.

    On July 27th, the 4th Thursday of this month, we will be at Columbine Library from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM MDT. The library is located at 7706 W Bowles Ave., Littleton CO 80123. Please come and join us as it's a lovely time to connect and share stories, as well as work on Charity and CPNLS quilts together. Our last ACQ Charity Quilt / CPNLS "Blanket Bee" in June at Koelbel Library was a lot of least until the hail came in! 

    Cathy Zirkelbach and I will be delivering quilts to Children's Hospital before the end of the month. Let's help fill her car with quilts!

    submitted by Sheila Clark

  • July 08, 2023 2:09 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    CALLING ALL QUILTERS and BAG LADIES for our Fall Auction!

    ACQ is once again planning a Fall Auction to raise funds for our charity projects. After viewing the incredible quilts at the recent Festival of Quilts, word is spreading that ACQ has great talents in our guild and we are hoping that it will carry over to the Fall Auction. We need your help to make the auction a BIG success! The dates for this year's auction are Thursday, October 12th - Sunday, October 22nd 2023. The auction will be held online through Auctria...the same as last year. This is our main fund-raiser for ACQ We need to start planning NOW!


    We need items for the auction. These can be wall-hangings, lap quilts, table toppers, runners, placemats, totes, zippered bags, etc...just to name a few. The guild is looking for hand-crafted items. Holiday items are always a hit with bidders! If you are planning to donate items, you can either sign up at the July meeting or contact Barb Pond at 

    You can submit your project forms on the ACQ website starting August 1st. Once you have completed the submission form, you may drop off items to Barb Pond or bring them to our August and September guild meetings. I want to give you plenty of time to get something made by September!

    We will also need people to help with marketing the auction, including descriptions that entice people to buy the items (sales pitch), people who have photography skills to make photos for the website, and people willing to distribute the goods to the winners after the auction ends. Contact Barb Pond if you are able to help out. This is a short time commitment. 

    Help support one of our guild's primary purposes....Charity Quilts helping with the fund raiser. This is the only event wesponsor as a guild to raise funds for batting, thread, backing fabric, plusfabric and lace for the CPNLS blankets. Please consider a contribution tohelp the cause. Contact Barb Pond at, or text / call Barb at (303) 910-2572. 

    submitted by Barb Pond

  • July 08, 2023 2:02 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    What a Quilt Show! I hope that you were able to attend the Festival of Quilts held earlier this month. An INCREDIBLE event with so many BEAUTIFUL quilts! We had 100+ quilts and a great turnout of over 400 attendees! Make sure to look on the website to see the amazing quilts which were honored with ribbons. Special THANKS to Nancy, Jan, and everyone on the Quilt Committee who made the show a success!

    Our New Home!  As you've seen and heard, we are moving to a NEW meeting location THIS MONTH! We will now hold our in-person meetings at Our Father Lutheran Church on Holly Street in Centennial. The team took time last week to review the location and work on the logistics for the upcoming meeting. We hope that you will join us for the Guild Meeting on July 13th, 6:30 p.m., at our NEW location.  Our Father Lutheran Church 6335 S. Holly Street Centennial (between Arapahoe and Orchard Roads)

    New Events! Do you have an event or an idea for a new event? Would you like to participate or help lead an event? Give me a call! We are looking for volunteers to help with events. We want to create events that our members are excited to attend. We need your help to find new events and volunteers. The team is working diligently on upcoming events for the remainder of the year. Please contact me if you have an idea. I love hearing from our members!

    I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying summer. Don't forget to be thinking, planning, or making items for our FALL AUCTION. It will be here before you know it! Have a Safe and Wonderful 4th of July! I look forward to visiting with you soon!

    submitted by Diane Sheriff

  • April 08, 2023 4:33 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    We have resources available to help ACQ members publicize the 2023 Festival of Quilts to your social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Next Door.  See the Publicity Packet for suggested blurb and graphics sized for the different platforms and fliers to hang!  Lets get the word out!

    Click here for FOQ Publicity Packet page.

  • April 01, 2023 2:24 PM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we didn't have a change of seasons? Imagine just having the hot summer sun year round, or waking up to a blanket of snow each day. Think about how nice it is to welcome in Spring, when nature bursts into bloom with new growth and a change in surroundings. If we see change as a naturally occurring event - much like the seasons - than we can embrace change as a gift and an invitation to improve and enhance our lives.

    Change is inevitable. We've all heard it and are probably tired of hearing it. But sometimes change is good! ACQ has partnered with First Plymouth Congregational Church for many, many years. We've held guild meetings, presentations, auctions, special events, and quilt shows. It seems odd to think of a time when we wouldn't be meeting at this church sharing stories and smiles. But, the time has come to find a new home and make new memories!

    With the major increase of costs at First Plymouth, Barb Pond, Louise Helton, Jan Wolfgram, Carolyn Morris, Amanda Bauer, and Linda Mazunik have been busy working to find us a new home. Many hours were spent reviewing requirements and visiting locations.

    We are happy to announce that our NEW VENUE will be:

    Our Father Lutheran Church 6335 S. Holly St. Centennial, CO 80121

    This church provides many of our necessary requirements as well as availability for pop-ups and other events. The team is busy working on the plan to move to the new location beginning in July. We will continue to meet at First Plymouth until then, as well as for our Quilt Show in June. And the Good News, we will be returning to all IN-PERSON meetings with live-streaming available at the new venue!

    And speaking of the Quilt Show.....Have you entered your quilt? We need your entry! Our Quilt Show is for everyone; even those who think their quilts aren't "show quality". Have you shown a quilt in Show-and-Tell? Why not enter it? There are categories available which aren't judged. All quilts are wanted as we want to showcase the talents of ALL our members. We hope to see YOUR quilt in our show!!

    submitted by Diane Sheriff

  • April 01, 2023 1:30 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)


    Guild Meeting IN PERSON at Our Father Lutheran Church with a workshop on July 15th from 10-4 at Wooden Spools.


    Guild Meeting IN PERSON at Our Father Lutheran Church.


    Guild Meeting IN PERSON at Our Father Lutheran Church. Two 1/2-day VIRTUAL workshops on September 16th.


    Guild Meeting will focus on the different charities that we work with in a HYBRID meeting. A 1/2-day VIRTUAL workshop on "Making Mittens" with Sheri Noel on October 21st. 


    Guild Meeting will be HYBRID with Carl talking about how Amish Quilting has influenced the modern quilt movement.

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