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Celebrating the Art of Quiltmaking in Denver for 30+ Years

The ACQ July Guild Meeting - Show Me! An Online Trunk Show of Rare and Historic Quilts will be on zoom.  You'll get a front row seat as Julie Silber shares some of the greatest antique quilts ever made.  Register here.

Full schedule of 2022 Programs, Classes and Workshops

October 02, 2021 12:45 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

JANUARY Candace Grisham

  • Lecture– 13th “Dresden Reimagined” – Candy shares her journey with the Dresden block into the modern quilt world, art quilts, and publishing.  Includes a Trunk Show with photos and instruction.
  • Workshop – 15th “Modern Dresden – 5 Different Finishes” – A modern update for making a variety of Dresden designs using 5 different variations of edge finishes. The size and design variations are endless! Designed to be a technique class, you will determine how many plates, sizes, and finishes you desire as you create your own fiber art piece.  A fun and creative workshop!

NoteThis is a two-part workshop.  Part 2, a Show-and-Tell, will be held on February 26th.

  • Challenge– Our challenge for entries into this years Festival of Quilts will be announced at our Guild Meeting on January 13th!

FEBRUARY Connie Martin

  • Lecture 10th “Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom (Underground Railroad) This historical presentation featuring slides, storytelling and a display of hand-crafted quilt replicas will explain how abolitionists and fugitive slaves used quilt patterns and special stitching to signify escape routes to freedom.  Connie tells the fascinating family stories of how these quilt codes were used by her ancestors, a 6th generation descendant of captured American slaves.

MARCH Annette Ornelas

  • Lecture 10th “Dimensional Curved Piecing” - Join Annette as she transports you into another quilting dimension.  See how piecing curves can be as easy as sewing a straight line! Lecture consists of a trunk show of numerous quilts and samples.   
  • Workshop – 12th“Mexican Stars Wall-Hanging” – Using Annette’s technique, learn how to easily achieve curved results with straight-line piecing as you construct this easy but complex looking design.  This technique will add a great dimensional look to your quilts!

APRIL Scarlett Rose

  • Lecture – 14thA Look at Modern Celtic Quilting” – Besides Celtic knotwork, see how bias tape appliqué can be used by modern and art quilters.
  • Workshop – 16th“New Circuitry” - Learn how to make your own bias tape and where to place contrasting insets as you make a small quilt project.  See how you can mix-and-match any of the five borders from the pattern to make your own personal variation or adapt these Celtic borders to complement patchwork!

MAY Kelly Gallagher Abbott (Lecture) and Lisa Walton (Workshop)

  • Lecture – 12th“The Cutting Edge” – Kelly Gallagher Abbott, of Jukebox Quilts, will show many innovative techniques, tools, gadgets, and tricks.  This talk is rich with information about what judges are looking for and how to correct the most seen areas of weakness.  Learn new hints that are guaranteed to save time and increase accuracy and success. This lecture includes a slide presentation and brief trunk show.
  • Workshop – 14th and 21st“Fantastic Fusible Improv” – Join Lisa Walton from Sydney, Australia as she teaches you basic color and design principles using fusible web and cutting and layering fabrics to create fun improvised quilting that would be difficult to do using traditional piecing techniques.  You’ll also learn an easy but professional facing technique for your quilt.  This is a fun, and freeing, two-part workshop!

JUNE Tuffet Class

  • No Lecture/No Meeting - QUILT SHOW!! 
  • Workshop– 18th and 25th –Cathy Burk, a certified Tuffet Source™ instructor, will teach how to make an 18” upholstered footstool in this fun two-part class.  Once you’ve made one, you’ll want to make more!  Limited to only 12 participants, so sign up early so you don’t miss out! 

JULY - Julie Silber

  • Lecture – 14th - “Show Me! An Online Trunk Show of Rare and Historic Quilts” – As a long-time collector, curator, and caretaker of several quilt collections, Julie has access to some of the greatest antique quilts ever made.  Join us in this fascinating lecture featuring stories and backgrounds behind these extraordinary historic quilts, some of them never published or exhibited before.

AUGUSTMarci Baker (Workshop)

  • No Lecture (Speaker) – 11th -Guild Meeting TBD
  • Workshop– 13th“Stack ‘n Cut Hexagon Quilts”– Learn this simple technique of stacking layers and cutting pieces from large, high-contrast prints as 6 identical triangles come together to create a kaleidoscope or millefiori design.  Make beautiful quilts with these exciting techniques!


  • Lecture – 8th“Traditional, Art, Modern-Notes from the Field” – Maria will share her personal journey from traditional to abstract art quilts that look modern.  She will share some fun historical facts about all three genres, and what it means to be a 21st Century quilter.
  • Workshop – 10th and 11th“Making Prints” – Learn how to piece an assortment of prints-stripes, dots, tracks, and plaids. While building these new units, students will be given information about working with solid-colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.

OCTOBER Swan Sheridan

  • Lecture – 13th “Color Theory Applied-Fabric Collecting and Usage” - Join us in this lecture with Swan which includes a showing of 30 or more quilts and focuses on building and utilizing a color stash in both modern and traditional quilting designs.
  • Workshop - 15th“Shattered Blossoms / Fractured Flowers” – Learn how to fuse 4 large flowers, quarter them into sections, and appliqué them by exploring the decorative stitches on your machine. Learn how to trim down the blocks to the right size and reassemble them using a variation on the “quilt-as-you-go” method.

NOVEMBER Shelly Cavanna

  • Lecture – 10th“Modern Mosaic Quilts” – Shelly will share the story of her design evolution as a self-taught quilter to her current love for mosaic style quilts.  This lecture shows the progression of how she developed her signature mosaic style in making stunning quilts which look complex but are simple for quilters of all skill levels.
  • Workshop – 12th“Aurora Quilt” – Learn Shelley’s techniques, tips, and tricks for making these dreamy, mosaic-inspired nine-patch blocks.  Use her favorite Stitch + Flip techniques and your favorite fat quarter bundle to make this truly stunning quilt…simply!


  • No Lecture (Speaker) – 8th -Guild Meeting TBD
  • No Workshop

Programs and workshops for this year will be a hybrid mixture of LIVE vs. ZOOM, depending on restrictions that could incur from Covid or any other unforeseeable circumstances.  All workshops are scheduled on Saturdays to accommodate our working members.  

Please support your ACQ Guild and our scheduled speakers by taking their workshops.  Thank you!

Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski, VP Programs 2022


2nd Thursdays: currently online

When we can be in person:
First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
Englewood, CO  80113


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