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  • February 02, 2023 8:55 AM | Kathy Wasilewski (Administrator)

    MEMBERS - Please note that, effective January 2024, complete Newsletters in an easy-to-read and illustrated format are now located in the MEMBERS ONLY section under "Newsletters".

  • February 01, 2023 5:30 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    February is often known for being a month dedicated to, and all about, love. But February is not only about valentines and sweethearts, it can also be a month for fostering relationships with family and friends, loving others, and loving the things that we like to do, such as quilting.

    Do you remember your first quilt? I do. I had been piecing blocks and strips together for a month or so. I saw a twisted snowball quilt in a magazine and knew I just had to make it. I spent the better part of the next month finding fabric, cutting, and piecing. My 1/4-inch seam allowance was far from perfect, so putting the blocks together was extremely challenging. I most likely shouldn't have decided to set the blocks on-point, but what did I know? I remember completing the wonky-looking top and giving it to my friend as I had no idea about the quilting and, dare I say, binding.

    I remember seeing the completed project for the first time.  I did it! I was so happy and immediately wanted to show off the quilt. However, there weren't many in my circle who understood. My husband commented, "It's not large enough for a bed". And my aunt, "I don't understand why you would cut fabric only to sew it back together". The funniest was a coworker who asked if it was a chair cover. I just smiled.

    What needed was a group of like-minded people..."quilty" people who I could share the art of quilting. I needed a quilting guild!

    We want your quilt guild to be that, and more, for YOU! There are programs, workshops, and events each month so you can share your love of quilting with other members. Our charity and CPNLS quilts allow us to help others with finished quilts. Show-&-Tell showcases members' fabulous talents in our guild meetings. These are only a few of the offerings!

    I would love to hear from each of you. I want to know what YOU love about our guild and what YOU would like to see more of. Do you have an idea for a program or event? Have you discovered a new technique that you would like to share?

    Send me an email and let me know! The address is president@acgcolorado.org. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing our "love of quilting". together.

    submitted by Diane Sheriff

  • February 01, 2023 5:30 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Searching for a new site for Guild Meetings

    In recent months, the Guild was notified that our current meeting location at Plymouth Congregational Church had decided to raise the rental fees for the use of our meetings in Plymouth Hall. The old fee was around $200.00 per meeting, and the new fee is closer to $525.00 per meeting. We are also being charged $100.00 for the Saturday Pop-Ups for the use of the driveway -- no chairs, tables, or use of bathrooms on Saturdays.

    Because of these reasons, the President created a committee to search for a new location for meetings. The committee members include: Linda Mazunik, Jan Wolfgram, Louise Helton, Carolyn Morris, and chaired by Barb Pond, Vice-President.

    We recently held our first meeting where we created a list of criteria. The list includes:

        Availability
        Wi-Fi System
        Affordability
        Size
        Custodial Services
        Accessibility
        Parking
        Flexibility for Spaces (i.e. Quilt Shows and Workshops)
        Location

    If you have a suggestion for a possible site where the rent is between $200.00 - $300.00 per meeting, please contact a member of this committee so we can check it out.

    submitted by Barb Pond

  • February 01, 2023 5:30 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Please join us for our February "pop-up" event at a NEW LOCATION! Due to the rising cost of renting the outdoor area at the church, plus lack of  restroom availability, we have decided to try another location at NO COST to the Guild.

    THREE FOUNTAINS CLUBHOUSE

    3280 S ONEIDA WAY

    LANE 1

    DENVER, CO 80224

    The facility has tables and chairs, so come and be warm and comfy inside while you drop off or pick up charity quilts, your January door prizes, or just visit with your quilting friends!  Packets will be ready for upcoming February Retreat and there will be a table with quilt show information.    In addition there will be a "FREE" table!  Call Lori Land, ACQ Secretary, if you have difficulty finding us.  Hope to see you there!

    Submitted by Lori Land

  • February 01, 2023 5:00 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    THE QUILT SHOW IS COMING!

    The dates of the ACQ 2023 Festival of Quilts {FOQ) are June 9 and 10, 2023. Only 4 months to go until we welcome visitors to see what we have been working on for the last 3 years.

    Registration opens on February 9, 2023 ONLINE. Current ACQ members may enter 2 quilts on a priority basis -- $30.00 for the first quilt and $20.00 for the second quilt. Deadline is Friday, April 7, 2023.

    Late registration runs from April 8th through April 28th if space is available, and the registration fee is $40.00 per quilt.

    Final entry deadline is April 28, 2023. Membership in ACQ is required to be eligible to register any quilt. Please note that each entry also requires a 2-hour volunteer time commitment sometime during the set-up and/or show times.

    The link will be live on the ACQ website on February 9, 2023 for quilt, volunteer, boutique and "Friends of the Festival" registrations.

    The FOQ committee has been working for months to get ready for the show. We look forward to seeing what you have to share!

    submitted by Jan Wolfgram


  • February 01, 2023 5:00 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Do you enjoy taking workshops and learning something new? Have you wanted to take workshops but the cost has held you back? Do you enjoy meeting new people, having fun, and would like to be able to select programs that YOU would like to see? Then this could be the position for YOU!

    We are in need of a VP of Programs Chairman for the year 2023-2024. Everything that you need is prepared for you with forms, verbal training, and step-by-step instructions. Want to learn more?

    Contact Diane Sheriff if interested, or reach out to Linda Starkey for full details.


  • January 01, 2023 9:12 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    UFO Project: 2023!  We had so much fun in 2022, and collectively completed over 90 projects that were on our "to-do" list. This year, we've decided to try it again with a little twist. Sign up for 12 projects (or fewer) that you have started and would like to complete in 2023. We will have quarterly drawings for projects finished each quarter (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, July-Sept, Oct-Dec) as well as one GRAND PRIZE drawing at the end of the year.

    We are also partnering with our longarm business members to provide discounts on longarming services for participants of the UFO 2023. Make sure you start collecting a list of your UFO's and sign up before February 28th HERE.

     --- submitted by Jen Dietz

  • January 01, 2023 9:09 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Come and join us for our second annual virtual retreat! The fun will begin on Friday, February 17th at 5 pm until 2 pm on Sunday, February 19th. Your admission includes events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You are welcome to come the entire time, or pop-in on your own schedule. Space is limited - so sign up early. The first 20 registrants get a special surprise in their registration packet!

    The retreat fee covers your registration, a pre-retreat quilt pattern and opportunity to participate in QUILT BINGO, supplies for a project, quilt block ideas, prize drawings, games and entry into the GRAND PRIZE give away.

    Last year we had a great time, so we decided to make it "bigger and better" this year. Since the retreat will be held virtually (through Zoom), you can invite friends from all across the country (and world) to experience a "winter get-away" in Colorado. The more the merrier!

    REGISTRATION:  There are two options for registration. The first is to have your registration packet mailed; the second is for pick-up only at ACQ pop-up event in early February. Mailed packets will go out in early February, so you will have everything when the retreat begins.

    NEW OPTION for 2023:  You will now have the option to participate in QUILT BINGO. This is a pre-treat activity in which you will create 9 patch blocks with 6 different coordinating fat quarters of your choice. If you choose to participate, a pattern will be emailed to you with instructions and a layout suggestion for turning your BINGO board into a finished quilt.

    --- submitted by Jen Dietz


  • January 01, 2023 9:06 AM | Deb Roth (Administrator)

    Welcome 2023!  We're so excited for the New Year and hope that you are too!

    We are busy working on events and programs for our members this year. We will continue support to support our mission of fellowship, education and charity, and there are plans for new programs, a virtual retreat, and this year's quilt show. We will continue our charity quilts and CPNLS efforts as well. The UFO project will return in 2023 in a new format. Please watch for more information regarding these upcoming events.

    I would like to continue our goal of 75% member participation. We want to give our members the very best, and we need your help to do this. There are so many opportunities for participation. I hope that you will contact me with any ideas or suggestions on how best to do this, as I truly want to hear from you!

    Please reach out to me if you have interest in volunteering or helping to organize our events. We currently need help with Programs. This position would work with Linda Starkey to support this year's events while beginning to shape the direction for next year's programs. This is a critical role for our organization. Your input and help is greatly needed to continue our work in education.

    Mark your calendar for our first online program on January 12th. Michelle Crawford from "Just Cut the Scraps" will also be presenting two 1/2-day workshops on "Crumb Quilting" and "Spontaneous Log Cabin" on January 14th. Don't miss this opportunity to discover new ways to use those scraps!

    We are looking forward to sharing this year with you!

    ---submitted by Diane Sheriff

  • December 04, 2022 12:30 PM | Lynn Roginski

    What a fun ride it has been.

    In the past two years we have been forced to reinvent the guild- moving “seamlessly” from in person to online meetings due to the pandemic. We have refocused on the three guiding values of the guild: charity, learning and fellowship. We have successfully pulled off a virtual retreat, created in person pop-up events, and expanded opportunities to collaborate with others through Friday Night Socials and online bees. 

    As we start to get back to our new “normal”, the guild is in a great position for the future. We have perfected a hybrid meeting style, allowing us to meet the needs of our virtual and in person members. We are planning a comeback of our Festival of Quilts- our guild quilt show- in 2023. We have a year full of learning opportunities through programs and workshops. We are hosting a block of the month quilt along. And, coming in February we will be again hosting a virtual retreat.

    Thank you for all of your ongoing support in keeping the guild going. It has truly been a pleasure leading you over the past couple years- and I look forward to what is to come!!!

    Submitted by Jen Dietz

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