Upcoming ACQ events: February 09 Guild Meeting via Zoom featuring "Memory Quilts" with Beth Sullivan. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS & TO REGISTER.
"T-Shirt Quilt Starter class" on Zoom with Beth Sullivan, Saturday, February 11, 9 AM -12 PM MST. REGISTER & VIEW DETAILS.
Each month of this year I will be introducing a new block as well as the history behind the 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 January’s block will be announced at the February meeting, February’s block at the March meeting, and so on.
February’s block is a series of hearts. I am using up a variety of pink and red scraps to create a scrappy love quilt. The patterns I chose create 6 inch and 12 inch hearts, so I am going to mix them all together and hopefully end up with something beautiful.
The heart has come to be the universal symbol of romantic love, which is why it is often associated with St. Valentine’s Day. Though widely recognized, there is no clear evidence of how the symbol originated. One theory suggests that the origin of the heart symbol can be traced back to an ancient plan called silphium, a now extinct species of giant fennel grown in North Africa. The seed of this plan supposedly resembled the heart symbol we use today.
The first known depiction of a heart shape as a symbol of love was produced in the 1250s in a French manuscript, the Roman de la Poire. The heart symbol may have also been influenced by the writings of Galen and Aristotle, describing the human heart as an organ with three chambers and a dent in the middle, and connecting the human heart with emotion and pleasure, transforming it into a symbol of medieval love.
Up until the late 14th century, the heart was typically shown upside down. During this time, the dent on the base started to expand and, by the late 15th century, the dented red heart symbol was a common sight, even used on playing cards. As it was already established as a symbol of love, the heart began to appear on St. Valentine’s Day card, candy boxes and other objects in the 19th century, securing the heart as a symbol of love and affection.
A free pattern for the heart blocks I am making may be found at https://cluckclucksew.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Heart-Blocks-Pattern.pdf and https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/10/be-good-to-your-heart-quilt-block.html
How I wish I could ask my great-grandmother Maxfield about her quilting bee! She left behind lovely quilts. Grandmother probably attended lots of bees, spelling bees, husking bees, barn bees. Such events were all about community and friendship as well as getting the job done. Today our bees still foster deep friendships.
This month I would like to tell you about my bee, Stitch and Chatter. Founded in 2003 by ACQ member Joanie Rupert, our name honors her mother, Carolyn, who stitched with her friends in Ohio. From the beginning we have made Friendship quilts for one another. When one of our members is grieving or ill, we make her a comforting quilt. Usually each of us works on her own projects, but we can’t seem resist charity work as well. Some of us are able to attend annual retreats, and all of us learn from one another. In 2016 several of our members made the ACQ Raffle Quilt.
We are a large group so can’t welcome more ACQ members. Soon we will be meeting in homes again and space is an issue. Nevertheless, we so appreciate the inspiration ACQ gives us. What about your bee? Even if you are “closed” I would love to feature your bee here. Just let me know.
We may not know all the bees that are represented in our guild. Please check your profile on the website and place a check next to your bee or bees. If your bee is not listed let me know.
I look forward to learning about the history and activities of other bees.
I recently picked up a donation of fabric and brought it into my dining room. Yes, there is some organization here but not much. With a little juggling and much cutting I see improvement. I attached two photos for your amusement. Please stay tuned as I will get these squares turn into kits by our next “Drive-Thru” scheduled for Saturday February 6, 2021.
Where I started with donation:
Where I ended up:
If you are unable to meet for the Drive Thru please contact me by email so we can arrange a pick up for blocks, kits, tops, fabric or completed quilts.
Our next Charitable Community Sew Day is February 28th. I look forward to quilting and sewing with you!
Charitable Quilts Committee
Using any fabric panel for your main theme, create a quilt, some placemats, a table runner, tote bag . . . basically anything you want with your panel.
You must use the majority of the panel.
You must include a picture of the original panel with your entry.
We suggest the photo be attached to the back.
Finished entry must be smaller than 60” x 80”.
Deadline to sign-up is May 1, 2021.
Picture of your entry is due June 15, 2021
Challenge entry fee is $6. Sign-up by registering here.
ACQ has a limited numbers panels you can purchase for $5 or you can use your panel. Check them out and reserve yours today! (password required)
First, Second and Third prize ribbons will be awarded.
Winners will be selected by viewers choice votes.
We hope that we can display the entries at the July Pot Luck. If that is not possible, we will ask you to send us a picture of your entry by June 15, 2021. We will have the pictures and voting through the webpage. More details on this will be announced when get closer to the deadline.
Need ideas? Visit our Pinterest board: Panel Quilt Challenge.
2021 Focus Word: OPPORTUNITY
Each January brings a sense of anticipation and hope. This year even more so, as we celebrate the close of a particularly strange year. I know that many of us are happy to see the end of 2020, with all of the shutdowns, social distancing and disruption to our routines. And yet, like in years past, this January and entry into the new year brings the same feelings of anticipation and hope for new beginnings. 2021 is the beginning of a new year and a new decade, new opportunities to challenge ourselves, and engage with our friends and our community with a hopeful return to normal following the COVID19 pandemic.
Each year I choose one word as my focus for the year. In the past I have chosen focus words of joy, light, and perseverance. The words typically come to me in December as I anticipate the coming year and the goals I want to accomplish. This year I have struggled with a focus word for 2021 – partially because I was focused so much on just getting through the challenges of 2020. Yet, when I think about the new year and the new decade, I am excited for the opportunities that it brings and the quiet anticipation that everything is going to be fine. So, I have chosen OPPORTUNITY as the word for 2021.
In 2020, we were forced to change our status quo and be creative to keep our guild going. This brought new opportunities to connect through Zoom on community sew days and quilting bees. It provided opportunities to bring speakers from all across the country into the comfort of our own home. In 2021, I challenge you to embrace change and see it not as a difficult thing, but as an OPPORTUNITY to grow and thrive.
We have many opportunities in 2021 for you to engage with your fellow quilters and expand your own skills. In February we are kicking off a Free Motion Quilt Club. We are also planning several challenges – including the panel challenge starting this month. We are also looking for new ideas and opportunities to connect on a deeper level and realize ACQ’s mission to teach, share and grow the art of quilting.
I hope you take 2021 as a new beginning and an OPPORTUNITY, not only as part of our guild but as part of your own personal journey.
January’s block is the Log Cabin. I am making this month’s block in neutrals, as a great addition to offset my other, busier blocks.
The Log Cabin is one of the most well-known and popular of all patchwork patterns. To the pioneers, it symbolized home, warmth, love and security. The center square was done in red to represent the hearth, the focal point of life in a cabin or home.
The name, Log Cabin, comes from the narrow strips of fabric, or “logs” arranged around the center square. Each fabric strip or log was added to the pattern in much the same way logs were stacked to build a cabin; and because the straight lines and small pieces of the pattern could utilize almost any fabric scrap available, it often became the final step in the recycling of fabric.
Many Log Cabin patterns were worked in two color schemes, lights and darks, divided diagonally in the middle. This represented the sun’s east to west movement in the sky. As the sun rose, its light shown on the cabin, creating the light side of the block. As the sun traveled west, part of the cabin was left in the shadow, creating the dark side of the block. This is often called the Sunshine and Shadow pattern.
I thoroughly enjoy the ACQ Drive-Thru Events. We receive completed quilts, tops, and donated fabric. Several kits, sandwiches and quilts to bind were picked up and I await their return at the next event. Since we have had a few of these events, I am now getting specific requests from ACQ members for specific types of quilting projects. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your request.
Please see my updates to the Charity Quilts page. I have picked 2 new patterns for our efforts next year and the links are included on the page.
Our next Charitable Community Sew Day is January 24th. I look forward to quilting and sewing with you.
Happy 2021! Let’s hope this virus will be under control soon and we can meet in person and you can check out books from the ACQ library. In the meantime, we need your help.
We have received donations of more than 300 books from the estate of two ACQ members. This is a very thoughtful and generous gift and we are currently figuring out how to best handle these donations and honor the members. Towards that end we are seeking volunteers for a work group to help with this task. We need to review the books to identify which books should be added to the ACQ library. Due to the limited storage capacity of ACQ’s library, any new books added will necessitate the removal of existing books from the library. We also want to brainstorm on how best to sell remaining books and then lastly, what should be done with any books not purchased. This is a great opportunity to shape ACQ’s library and a variety of input to reflect various quilt interests would be beneficial. We do not anticipate this being a lengthy project or too time consuming. Work can be done virtually and we will start sometime in early 2021, most likely in February. If you would like to help with this effort, please contact Ann Roman at email@example.com and Mary Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited about this unique opportunity and are looking forward to working with you to shape ACQ’s library.
Happy reading and happy quilting!
Ann Roman and Mary Rodgers
To all of you in ACQ,
It has been an honor to be your President for the last two years. I would like to thank the Board, Committee’s and Quilt Show staff for 2019. Thank you for all you have done for the Guild, its members, and for me.
As for 2020, I do not think the Guild would have survived and thrived if the Board and Committee members had not stepped up. Who knew that we could have virtual meetings and have new members from out-of-state. Or that we would have speakers from all around North America and Canada using the Zoom platform to present programs at our meetings.
Who knew that we would have virtual sewing Fridays and Charity Sews from the safety of our own sewing rooms. That our only in person meetings would be the drive throughs. I could never imagine the amount of charity quilts, CPNL quilts, Quilts of Valor and Masks that would be produced by so many. And that a book sale on-line would actually work. But it did!
You, the members of ACQ, faced the lemon of 2020 and made lemonade. You all rose to the challenges and found a way to help others. I am so proud to be in such a wonderful, giving and forward-looking group of men and women.
Your new president, Jen Dietz and her Board and Committee chairs are already brainstorming for 2021. They are full of new ideas and ways to keep us all busy next year. I am very excited for next year.
So, I wish blessings to all of you for the new year. Pray that our isolation will be over sooner rather than later. It has been a privilege to serve you.
May your bobbins be ever full and your seams straight
Hospitality Corner by Nathlia Holtz
During this time, it was suggested that I share a few recipes since we can’t get together to share the real thing. Lately I have been making mug cakes in the microwave. My husband and I share one mug cake, as we are both watching our calories. It takes care of the need for a dessert without 3/4 of a cake sitting around.
Chocolate Mug Cake
So good when hot out of the microwave!
2 TB. Milk or Buttermilk
3 TB. Flour
3 TB. Sugar
2 TB. Cocoa
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
Splash of Vanilla
3 TB. Chocolate Chips
Mix together the egg and the milk in the mug, separately mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients on top of the egg mixture and blend. Add the chocolate chips. Clean off any batter that is on the upper part of the mug. Bake in the microware for one minute plus 30 seconds. Let sit for a few moments. Add vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top and even add nuts or more chips. Or keep it light with a few berries. So good. Create zip lock bags with the dry ingredients for real chocolate emergencies. Hot cake in less than 5 minutes!
And here's a Keto Lemon Cake from June Dudley:
Keto Lemon Cake
1. If I throw a few berries in, I increase the coconut flour to 1/2 tsp. to absorb the extra berry juices.
2. I sometimes substitute lime juice for the lemon juice.
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