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ACQ August Guild Meeting - Live and in person AND virtual live stream of the meeting on zoom!  "The Cutting Edge"  with Kelly Gallagher-Abbott of Jukebox Quilts.  Register here.  The date of the meeting has been changed to August 25.

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  • August 01, 2022 9:06 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Back to the Future

    This month we are meeting in person AND on Zoom.  We are going to do a trial run, and our wonderful speaker has agreed to be our test case.  So, please plan on joining us for our August meeting either in person or online.  Remember, the date has changed to the 25th to accommodate our speaker.  And special thanks to members Carolyn Morris, Deb Roth, Nancy Conklin and Barb Pond for helping to get the streaming set up.  Fingers crossed this turns into the new normal!

    And we are doing some more exciting things in the guild!  Although we typically have a raffle quilt as our main fundraiser (outside of membership dues), we tested out an online auction last year, and plan on continuing it again this fall.  Please help us beat our goal of last year by sharing the auction with your friends, consider donating an item or two for the auction, or participate yourself.  The online auction is planned for mid-October, which should be perfectly poised to start your holiday shopping.

    We are also closing in on back-to-school time - and that is a perfect time to remember our charity quilt partner, Children’s Hospital.  Consider making a quilt to share with the kiddos - fun and bright colors and patterns to help brighten their day.  I have posted a cute butterfly pattern on the ACQ Community Facebook page for anyone who is looking for a great scrap-busting project.  If you’d like to help out, but don’t have the time to make an entire quilt - perhaps you have some time to make a few butterfly blocks.  Remember, quilts for Children’s Hospital can have flannel on one side - but not both.  This is to make sure that the quilts are not too hot.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you at the August meeting!

  • August 01, 2022 11:45 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Join us for an informative and much-awaited presentation at our Guild Meeting on August 25th with Kelly Gallagher Abbott of Jukebox Quilts.  This presentation will include many innovative techniques, tools, gadgets and tricks that are being used by many award-winning quilters.  The lecture is rich with information about what judges are looking for and how to correct the most commonly seen areas of weakness.  This jammed-packed presentation will leave everyone raring to get home and to get going as they learn new hints that are guaranteed to save time and increase accuracy and success!

    This meeting will be in-person at the church and on ZOOM will include a slide presentation and a brief trunk show.  Please note the rescheduled date of August 25th in lieu of our regular scheduled meeting date.

    REGISTER HERE 

    Workshop

    On Saturday August 13th join us for our IN PERSON workshop, “Stack & Cut Hexagon Quilts” with Marci Baker, at Holly’s Quilt Cabin from 10 am - 5 pm.  Learn how to create a beautiful quilt design with your favorite large-scale, high contrast print and a simple technique of stacking layers to make 6 identical triangles that form a kaleidoscope or millefiori design.  You will learn this technique by creating a small table runner with a pre-selected print that will be provided in class.  A photo of this fabric will be provided 2-3 weeks before class for you to select and bring fabrics that will match it.  Afterwards, you will begin stacking and cutting your personal favorite fabric to create your own unique, serendipitous quilt.  

    Workshop will include 1 hour for lunch.  Full details on how to select fabrics can be found in the Supply List or Video provided on the website event.

    REGISTER HERE

    UPCOMING PROGRAMS – SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

    • September Program – September 8th   

    Join us online for our Guild Meeting with Maria Shell as she presents “Traditional, Art, Modern: Notes from the Field!”  Maria started out as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that look surprisingly modern. Maria will share her personal journey along with some fun historical facts about all three quilt genres (Traditional, Art, Modern) and what it means to be a 21ST Century Quilter.  Zoom presentation.

    REGISTER HERE 

    • September Workshop – September 10th and 11th

    On Saturday, September 10th and 11th, join on online for our workshop, “Making Prints” with Maria Shell.  Learn how to piece an assortment of prints—stripes, dots, tracks, and plaids—while learning how to work with solid colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.  In addition, students will explore color theory, composing abstract design, improvisation-ally cutting and piecing fabric, working with prints, and trouble shooting patchwork construction issues.  Zoom presentation.

    This class will be held in two sessions, on September 10thand 11th from 10am – 1 pm.

    REGISTER HERE

    • October Program  – October 13th

    Join us online for our Guild Meeting with Swan Sheridan as she presents “Color Theory Applied”.  This lecture includes a showing of 30 or more quilts and focuses on building and utilizing a color stash in both modern and traditional quilting designs.  

    REGISTER HERE

    • October Workshop – October 15th

    This 6 hour class is taught in two sections.  The first 4 hour section is focused on students learning how to fuse a relatively large flower (20 inches), quarter it into sections, pin baste, and applique their flower by exploring the decorative stitches on their machines.  Afterwards, students continue working on creating their other 3 flowers.

    In the final 2 hour section of the class, students will learn how to trim down their blocks to the right size and assemble them using a variation on the "quilt as you go" method.  

    REGISTER HERE

  • August 01, 2022 11:30 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Once again, the guild is planning a Fall Auction to raise funds for our charity projects.  The dates for this year’s auction are Thursday, October 13th – Saturday, October 22, 2022.  The auction will be held online through Auctria, same as last year. This is ACQ’s main fund-raiser for 2022.

    How can you help?

    We need items for the auction — Here is just a few ideas

    • wall hangings 
    • lap quilts 
    • table toppers
    • table runners 
    • place mats 
    • totes 
    • zippered bags 
    • aprons 
    • hand-crafted items

    Holiday items are always a hit with bidder!

    Here is important info to help you help ACQ —- 

    • Submit your auction donation item via this google form
    • Last day to hand off auction items is at the Pop Up at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S Colorado Blvd on September 17, 10:00 AM to 12 PM. You can also bring them to the August 25 Guild meeting or reach out to Barb Pond (303-910-2572 call/text) for special arrangements. 

    Can’t donate a handmade item but want to help behind the scenes? Let Barb Pond know. Here are a few spots where extra hands are needed —- 

    • 2-3 people to check in the donated items at the August 25 Guild meeting and again at the September 17 Pop Up event.
    • 2-3 people to help with photography. A commitment of 6-10 hours between September 18 and October 8. Contact Barb Pond to arrive at mutually agreeable dates and times.  
    • 2-3 people to distribute items at the October 29 Pop Up event to winning bidders

    Help support one of your guild’s primary purpose---charity quilts, including CPNLS, by helping with the fund raiser.  This is the only event we sponsor as a guild to raise funds for batting, thread, backing fabric, and fabrics and lace for the CPNLS blankets.  Please consider a contribution to help the cause.

    Contact Barb Pond at vicepresident@acqcolorado.org or text/call at 303-910-2572.  Thanks for your help!

  • August 01, 2022 10:30 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Calling ACQ Volunteers

    I think we can all agree that ACQ is an amazing organization that provides supportive, creative and educational opportunities for quilters.  This success over 30 plus years did not just blindly happen.  It is the result of contributions and help of our members.  And we are seeking your help again.  Please consider volunteering to be a Membership Co-Chair.  Trust me (Ann Roman) when I say, if I can do this, anyone can do this.  Let me tell you a little bit about Membership responsibilities.

    The Membership Co-Chair is a 2-year position.  The first year of the term is a training year where you learn and assist the senior Membership Chair.  Then during the second year you assume the lead on membership activities.  Your main responsibility is ensuring the members can easily renew their membership and new members can join ACQ.  This process is fully automated on the ACQ web page.  Additional responsibilities include attending monthly ACQ board meeting (these are currently being held via ZOOM); preparing newsletter articles as needed; and monitoring/granting access to the ACQ Community Facebook page.  We have “manuals” that describe and document the membership process and the steps and time lines involved.  Most importantly, there are numerous prior Membership Co-Chairs who are valuable resources and are very happy to assist new co-chairs.  I have enjoyed my time as Membership Co-Chair; I learned a lot from Deb Roth and have enjoyed training and working with Louise Helton.  She will be a great lead in 2023. It has also been fun working with the ACQ board and leadership team.  It is a great team. 

    So, I hope you will consider volunteering your time (generally only a couple of hours a month) and talents to the membership function of ACQ.  Louise and I would be happy to answer any questions and share more information with you.  Please reach out to either one of us at annroman8858@icloud.com and redwee@hotmail.com.

    Submitted by Ann Roman & Louise Helton

  • August 01, 2022 10:00 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Meet Mimi Hollenbaugh and Pat Syta – owners of Bound To Be Quilting, a company they started in 2016.

    Mimi Hollenbaugh started quilting in 1983, and since then has almost never been without a project (or two or three) on the go.  Her first love is applique, but she finds that she is drawn to many forms of quilting and needlework.  She enjoys traveling with her Mom to needlework classes all over the country.  Although Colorado became home in 1993, she and her family found themselves taking advantage of an opportunity to live and work in England for 2 years in 2002.  That opportunity lasted for almost 10 years(!) but in 2011 they returned to Colorado.  While in the UK, besides working and teaching at Puddleduck’s Quilt Shop, Mimi designed many quilts that were featured in British Patchwork and Quilting Fabrications magazines.  Additionally, she co-authored and published a book of children's quilts in the UK entitled Good Night Sleep Tight.

    Pat Syta started sewing when she was 12 years old. In 1991, she began quilting when a friend she worked with talked her into taking her first quilting class. Pat was to make an 8-block sampler, but 8 blocks were not enough of a challenge, so Pat made an 18-block queen sized quilt, which she still sleeps under.  The quilt bug hit hard. Two years after her first class, Pat began teaching at a local shop in Anchorage, Alaska.  Teaching beginners is her specialty, but she loves travelling, teaching to all levels of students and taking challenging classes herself.  Pat promptly became active in 3 guilds when moving to Colorado.  Along with some friends, Pat started Parker Piecekeepers Quilt Guild in Parker, became Director of Quilt Colorado in 2012, and was Program Chair and President of Arapahoe County Quilters. Pat has authored 2 books:  Bear’s Paw Plus, published by Martingale, and Red at Night under her Piece by Piece Memories company. 

    Mimi and Pat are designers for Banyan Batiks.  Their latest line is called Stargazer and is available for pre-orders with shipping expected this Fall.  Be sure to check it out at www.banyanbatiks.com.  Mimi and Pat have numerous patterns and BOMs.  Their newest BOM offering is Solare BOM which will be coming to stores in November.  (https://northcott.com/product-detail.aspx?nme=April%202022%20Release%20Banyan%20Batiks&fbid=139&colid=2920&colorid=3925)  You can see their amazing patterns and BOMs and find more information about Bound To Be Quilting at: https://bound-to-be-quilting.myshopify.com/.

    Mimi and Pat – thank you for contributions to the quilting community and your support of Arapahoe County Quilters.

    Submitted by Ann Roman

  • August 01, 2022 9:45 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    SHOUT OUT to the ACQ members who have come by my house to drop off quilts and pick up kits. The weather has been so hot I spend much time downstairs in my sewing room.  I am very happy to come up to meet and greet  for Charity Quilts.

    We welcome any and all donations, regardless of what your preferred style and patterns might be.  If you would like guidelines for donations, we are suggesting patriotic themed quilts for the 3rd quarter (August, September) and holiday for the 4th quarter (October, November, December).  

    We thank you all for your continued support of and dedication to the Charitable Quilts project.  If you have questions or comments, please contact us by phone, text, or email.

    Sheila Clark 720.300.0973  sheila-clark@comcast.net

    Jan Wolfgram 507.469.1070   jan.wolfgram@acqcolorado.org

  • August 01, 2022 9:30 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)


  • July 04, 2022 12:30 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Taking Some ME Time

    The beginning of July is vacation time for our family.  As we get ready to drive cross country, I already have quilt shops that I’d like to visit mapped out in our plans…one of my favorites is in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  And with that, it is important to make sure and take some time for self-care.  Remember, self-care isn’t selfish.  So, while my family is out fishing, I am planning on bringing my travel sewing machine, sitting out by the lake, and working on a few small projects while relaxing.

    One of my favorite new gadgets is a fingertip seam ripper by Riley Blake.  This handy little “Jack” is great for traveling because it is small and portable, and perfect to slip into your hand sewing bag.  Keep an eye out - because it may just show up as one of our door prizes or part of the Grand Prize for the UFO challenge.

    Speaking of the UFO challenge, we are over halfway through the year - where are you with your UFOs?  I have a few tops completed, but have yet to finish quilting and binding them.  Fingers crossed I get a chance to finish and show at least one by our December meeting.  I know many of you are feverishly working to finish your 10 UFOs.  Remember, if you entered your UFOs in the challenge and show the finished product at the guild meeting show-and-tells, you will receive a ticket in the drawing for the Grand Prize in December.

    Don’t forget, our July guild meeting is on Zoom this month.  We will resume in-person in August - but are working with some scheduling challenges so please stay tuned for updates.  There are still spaces available for the upcoming workshops in August, September and beyond.  They are a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.

    Submitted by Jen Dietz, President


  • July 04, 2022 12:00 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    CALLING ALL QUILTERS and BAG LADIES for our FALL AUCTION 2022

    Once again, the guild is planning a Fall Auction to raise funds for our charity projects.  The dates for this year’s auction are Thursday, October 13th – Saturday, October 22, 2022.  The auction will be held online through Auctria, same as last year. This is our main fund-raiser for ACQ.

    How can you help? ---

      1. We need items for the auction---these can be wall hangings, lap quilts, table toppers, runners, place mats, totes, zippered bags, aprons to name a few possibilities. The guild is looking for hand-crafted items.  Holiday items are always a hit with bidders!  You can submit your project forms on the www.acqcolorado.org website starting anytime.  You may also drop off items to Barb Pond or bring them to our two pop-ups this summer.  I want to give you plenty of time to get something made by September!

      2. We will also need people to collect items at a “Pop-Up” event late August/ early September, people who have photography skills to make photos for the website, and people willing to distribute the goods to the winners at another Pop-Up event after the auction ends. Contact Barb Pond to help—this is a short time commitment—thanks.

    Help support one of our guild’s primary purposes---charity quilts, including CPNLS, by helping with the fund raiser.  This is the only event we sponsor as a guild to raise funds for batting, thread, backing fabric, and fabrics and lace for the CPNLS blankets.  Please consider a contribution to help the cause.

    Contact Barb Pond at vicepresident@acqcolorado.org or text/call at 303-910-2572.  Thanks for your help!

  • July 04, 2022 11:45 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Our “Books and Bargains” event on Saturday, June 11th was a huge success! Thanks to your support, we were able to raise over $1,000 to allow the guild to continue providing its members with charitable opportunities and educational programs.  It was wonderful to see so many of you at this live event.  A big “thank you” to our vendors, volunteers, and members who helped planned and attended this special event.  

    Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski

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