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The next guild meeting is December 9.  An evening of fun will include a presentation by Carol Wilkerson called  "A Round Robin: Is It Right for You? A Lighthearted Look at Community Quilting Projects".  Also lots of games and prizes.  Join us and wear a festive hat!  RSVP for the online meeting now.


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  • December 01, 2021 3:44 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    RENEW ONLINE NOW AND SAVE TIME LATER!

    Did you see ACQ’s November 2 membership renewal email?  You can renew your membership online for the 2022 calendar year.  Dues are $35 and payment can be made online too. Just a few quick steps and your membership will be renewed for 2022. 

    If you weren't a member in 2021, please complete the membership application form

    Reset Your Password

    If you haven't signed in to your account yet, click on the blue silhouette (desktop) or the arrow (mobile) found at the top right of the page, and click on 'Forgot password'. Follow the prompts to reset your password.

    Renew Your Membership and Update Your Profile

    Look for the email sent to all members on Tuesday, November 2. Follow the green button “Renew Your Membership” in that email. After signing in to your account, you’ll be taken to your Profile page. Follow the blue button “Renew to January 01, 2023” to pay your dues securely online. You will have the opportunity to update your profile including your picture (that helps us to get to know each other) and your contact information. In the Interests section of your Profile please be sure to mark your quilting style, Bee participation and ACQ service interests. All of the guild activity relies on the time, treasure and talents of our members. Let us know what the guild can do for you and what you can do for the guild. 

    Can’t find that email? Log in to your account, click on the blue silhouette at the top right and select "View profile” and you’ll find the blue button to “Renew to January 01, 2023”.  We can’t wait to see you at all the wonderful events planned for 2022.

    Register for 2022 Workshops

    Now that your membership is up to date, be sure to check out the 2022 Workshops and register soon.

    To pique your interest for the 2022 workshops, in last month’s article we featured the January workshop.  This month we are sharing information about the March workshop.  It looks like it will be lots of fun.

    MEXICAN STARS WALL-HANGING with Annette Ornelas

    Learn how to achieve curved results with straight-line piecing in this easy but complex looking design.  This is a popular workshop with easy dimensional curves along with some strip piecing.  No matter the color combination, the results are spectacular!  

    The dimensional piecing technique consists of layering and inserting folded fabric pieces into the seam line of a pieced unit or block.  A curve appears when the bias edges are turned and stitched down.  This workshop is a great way to learn this technique without being overwhelmed by a large quilt!  Come and join us!!

    Want to see what’s in store for all of 2022? Find it all here! 

    Submitted by Deb Roth


  • December 01, 2021 3:35 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Quilting has so many opportunities to bring joy. When there is much we cannot control in our lives making quilts gives the opportunity to choose fabrics, colors, patterns, and threads. 

    To finish out this year, the ACQ Charity Quilts committee would like to make another donation of quilts to Volunteers of America locations at Clermont Commons and the Family Motel. One more drop in early December will help ACQ Charity Quilts exceed the number donated last year and help to achieve this year’s goal of 300 quilts. 

    Please contact me if you have completed quilts ready to donate. We will schedule a meet up. 

    The most recent donation of 25 quilts was at VOA Family Motel. I love that I receive a warm welcome from the receptionist at the front desk and the security detail who helps me carry in the quilts. Please see the photo of the beautiful quilts ready to share comfort and joy. 

    Submitted by Sheila Clark, Charitable Quilts 

    sheila-clark@comcast.net

  • December 01, 2021 3:30 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    A Season of Love and Light

    As this year comes to a close, I would like all of us to use a few moments to reflect upon the holiday season.  While 2021 probably didn’t look as we expected, we have a lot of things to be thankful for that helped to share the love and light of our quilting community.  We surpassed our goal of completing baby blankets for those going through infant loss.  As the only guild in Colorado working on this project, we successfully gathered almost 300 blankets to help those going through the unimaginable.  We also collected and donated over 200 completed quilts to several different charities, including those helping those struggling to get back on their feet, children who are hospitalized, and young mothers.  This alone is quite a feat - yet that is not the only accomplishment of love and light our guild has had this year.

    We continued to thrive during uncertain times, finding ways to get together even if it meant in smaller groups.  We had several drive-through events to collect and disseminate charity quilts, swap patterns, purchase panels and books, and enjoy some time with our fellow quilters.  We hung a panel challenge in the parking lot of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and had an opportunity to tour the museum and meet the makers of both the children’s quilt club and an exhibit.

    We also found ways to bring love and light into our own quilting by participating in lectures and workshops that stimulated our minds and gave us new skills to enhance our quilting, bag making and fabric dyeing.

    Although it may have looked different than years past, we accomplished all three pillars on which the guild was founded: charity work, education and fellowship.  The coming year, 2022, will no doubt bring different challenges and opportunities for us to build and grow.  We have a celebration of quilts through the 2022 Festival of Quilts coming in June, and hope that all members choose to participate in some manner - bringing together charity, education and fellowship in an event that showcases our work to the public.  We will also have more opportunities to connect, build and grow as a quilting community, while we continue to spread love and light in 2022.

    Submitted by Jen Dietz, President

  • November 02, 2021 8:08 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Charity Quilts is in a flurry of activity to reach our goal of 300 quilts delivered in 2021. If you have kits to finish or quilts to quilt or quilted quilts to bind in your possession, join us for the last Charity Quilts Community Sew Day of 2021. We'll be meeting on Zoom on November 28 so sign up to get the Zoom link. There won't be any more Drive-thrus in 2021 but reach out to Sheila Clark if you have questions.

    The ladies of CPNLS, Deb Gudel and Vivian Cardenas, are handing off the program to Beth Taggert and Doreen Mortimer and were seen at the October 30 Drive-thru passing the baton and their wisdom to the new chairpersons. Thanks Deb and Vivian for everything you've done for this charity and Welcome Beth & Doreen!

     Did you know there's a new section on the website expressly to capture in pictures the work of ACQ's Charitable Activities?

  • November 02, 2021 7:02 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Membership renewal emails issued just this week. You can renew your membership online for the 2022 calendar year.  Dues are $35 and payment can be made online too. Just a few quick steps and your membership will be renewed for 2022. 

    If you weren't a member in 2021, please complete the membership application form

    Reset Your Password

    If you haven't signed in to your account yet, click on the blue silhouette (desktop) or the arrow (mobile) found at the top right of the page, and click on 'Forgot password'. Follow the prompts to reset your password.

    Renew Your Membership and Update Your Profile

    Look for the email sent to all members on Tuesday, November 2. Follow the green button “Renew Your Membership” in that email. After signing in to your account, you’ll be taken to your Profile page. Follow the blue button “Renew to January 01, 2023” to pay your dues securely online. You will have the opportunity to update your profile including your picture (that helps us to get to know each other) and your contact information. In the Interests section of your Profile please be sure to mark your quilting style, Bee participation and ACQ service interests. All of the guild activity relies on the time, treasure and talents of our members. Let us know what the guild can do for you and what you can do for the guild. 

    Can’t find that email? Log in to your account, click on the blue silhouette at the top right and select "View profile” and you’ll find the blue button to “Renew to January 01, 2023”.  We can’t wait to see you at all the wonderful events planned for 2022.

    Register for 2022 Workshops

    Now that your membership is up to date, be sure to check out the 2022 Workshops and register soon.

    Remember that the best price for workshops is the Early Bird Admission for ACQ members. Please review the 2022 workshop pricing options that have been shared at our program meetings and in the newsletter, especially the Workshop Package Bundles available to members only through November 11.

    To pique your interest for the 2022 workshops, here is information regarding the January workshop.

    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.

    Want to see what’s in store for all of 2022? Find it all here! 

    Submitted by Deb Roth

  • November 02, 2021 6:59 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    It is mid-October and I am writing this article for the November newsletter.  It is in advance of our October 30th book fair, but the newsletter will be issued in early November – after the book fair.

    I want to give thanks in advance to those volunteers who helped with the book fair.  Equally important, I want to thank everyone who showed up for the book fair.  We hope you are enjoying your purchases and are having fun getting inspired and starting some new projects.  In fact, we have a favor to ask:  it would be great if people shared pictures on the ACQ FB community page of the books you purchased, plans you have and/or projects that are underway based on your purchase.  It will be fun to see what the second life looks like for these books.

    Happy reading and happy quilting!

    Submitted by Mary Rogers and Ann Roman


  • November 02, 2021 6:51 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    The Spoolin' Around Bee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-9 PM at Wooden Spools Quilt Shop in Englewood (2805 S. Broadway). We are a fairly new bee.  A few months ago when we began to meet again, we merged the Spoolin' Around bee with the QuiltersDEN bee.  We are very casual; everyone works on their own projects, we all share our "show and tells" and we support each other in our quilting projects.  Some people bring hand projects to work on like wool applique, bindings, or EPP, some people like to take advantage of the large cutting tables in the classroom to cut out projects, and some people like to bring their machines and sew for a few hours-- really, anything goes.  Right now the bee is open to anyone who would like to attend.

    Want more information? Contact Rachael Lambrecht 

    Submitted by Rachael Lambrecht


  • November 02, 2021 4:36 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Each month of this year I will be introducing a new 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 (pond.jennifer@comcast.net).  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 October’s block will be announced at the November meeting, and the November block at the December meeting.

    This month’s blocks is the Wild Goose Chase.  A little history on the block: Nature was an obvious and rich source for quilt patterns. Many patterns are named for trees, flowers, animals and birds. The homesteaders watched the migration of flocks of geese and created quilts with that in mind. Although the triangle is used in hundreds of other quilt designs, in this block, triangles represent the geese. Pioneer women expressed their artistic abilities and creativity in the way they arranged the triangles or geese, and in the colors they used. That may be one reason why the Wild Goose Chase pattern has at least 14 variations.

    Instructions for this month’s block may be downloaded from https://www.fatquartershop.com/wild-goose-chase-quilt-block-free-pattern

  • November 02, 2021 4:34 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    The month of November is typically a month where we reflect on the blessings we have in our lives.  In our house, we each share one thing we are thankful for each day at dinner.  It’s a great way to be reflective and focus on gratitude.  So, what are you thankful for?

    This year I am thankful for all of our members who have stepped up to help in keeping our guild moving forward.  A year ago, we were hoping to be back to “normal” meetings – yet, we have hung in there continuing the online format in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.  We have also expanded into opportunities to meet as small groups: including a guild visit to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, book fair and drive thru/drop off events.  We have led two successful online auctions to support our charitable quilts – all thanks to the generous donors and bidders.

    As we look forward to 2022, we have some amazing things to look forward to – and be thankful for.  We have an opportunity for guild members to register for a workshop bundle (either 5 or 9) at a significant discount.  This will lock in your spot for our limited space workshops.  We also have the Festival of Quilts, postponed from this year, which will feature a celebration of quilting by our guild members.  We are also planning an exciting virtual retreat coming in February!  Stay tuned for updates.

    And a special thank you to all the volunteers who are making these awesome events happen!


  • October 02, 2021 9:39 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    What does the White Rabbit and fall have in common?

    Both are late this year…as is this message.  Although COVID afforded time to enjoy hobbies and open schedules, it seems that things are starting to get back to normal, and for me normal means super busy.  Helping to get the guild ready for another outstanding year, planning for activities and making sure we have a fabulous Fall Auction, time got away from me this month.

    Speaking of the upcoming year, our Program Director for 21/22 has been putting out teasers on the 2021 program line up. This year we are going to do something a bit different, and allow for you to fill up your schedule in advance by purchasing a program plan. More information is shared in a separate article and at the next guild meeting on this opportunity – and because workshop spaces are limited, this is a great way to make sure that you are registered for all the classes you want!

    To round out this year, we have several great speakers coming up – and a special treat coming in December (fingers crossed, we can meet in person) which will help set us up for next year.  

    With all the excitement, we are always looking for volunteers to help lighten the work.  If you have skills in marketing, note taking, or want to help out with short term opportunities – there is room for you! The best way to let us know what your passion is in making the most of your Guild membership is to update your member profile to include your ACQ Service Interests. You’ll find your profile and a button to edit it by clicking on the “blue person button” in the upper right corner of the green ACQ banner at the very top of every website page and select View Profile. (Oh my, I’m glad we have more techie people than me in this guild!) Contact VP Membership Deb Roth if you need more help with this. 


    Submitted by Jen Dietz, ACQ President

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