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  • August 24, 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who dropped off CPNLS quilts and picked up kits at our July 28th drive through event.  We received 14 quilts and passed out 40 kits for this program.  It was good to see your faces!

    We will be collecting and passing out kits again at the September 26th drive through event.  Please bring your finished quilts and pick up a new kit if you need one.

    Thank you!

    Deb Gudel

  • August 02, 2020 1:46 PM | Anonymous

    Happy August ACQ members,

    I hope we see you on Zoom for our next meeting. You will love our next speaker who is a Star in the local quilting community: Kate Colleran

    I’m sure that our members are limiting contact with outsiders and wearing your mask if you venture out. If anyone is in need, please let me or someone on the Board know so we can rally and help you out. 2020 has come in with way too many surprises.  

    Your Board is trying to keep you all engaged and coming to our virtual meetings. I hope if you are busy on that Thursday that you still access the recording on ACQ from the Members Only page and catch up. If you haven't attended a Zoom meeting yet and have any questions about how it works, or if you need help with your ACQ password please reach out to Jen Dietz or Deb Roth our Membership VPs.

    I understand that Nancy and the Crew gave a wonderful presentation in July. These online meetings take a lot of preparation and practice before the big night. You have a wonderful ACQ Crew that has paved the way and is exchanging ideas with other guilds around the US.  We now have several members from out of state that attend our online meetings.  

    I have heard from several of you that you enjoy the breakout rooms during the meetings. You are getting to know more members and meet new quilters in smaller groups. They have said that by not sitting with their normal companions at the meetings, they have had the opportunity to really meet new members. If you have any suggestions or thoughts of how to improve our online presence, please pass your comments on to the Board.

    There has been a suggestion to have a virtual quilting retreat. The Board and Committee members discussed this at the last meeting and seem to agree. We should have plans for something soon.

    The Charity Sews are going so well, that we will probably continue them when the all clear is sounded. I love all the discussions and fun we have. And I didn’t have to pack up my sewing room and still forget something. Just remember that it is come and go, you come in when you want and stay as long as you like.

    The Board and Committees are interested in your comments and feedback. So please let us know what we can do to improve your ACQ experience.

    Please, be safe all of you, we are all in this together. Call me if you need help because ACQ is a family and we are all helping others when we can.

    Terry Chase

  • August 02, 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    News from the Library Corner

    If you are like me you may have spent our “Safer at Home” time cleaning and organizing your sewing room. My sewing room has never been cleaner and it now really is my happy place.  As part of my cleaning I sorted through all of my sewing books and set aside a pile for ACQ’s book fair.  We are still planning on how to do the book fair virtually, but we are happy to accept any book donations.  Thank you to those who dropped off book at ACQ’s “One Stop Shop” on July 28.  If you weren’t able to participate on the 28th and still have books you would like to donate, please contact Ann Roman at or Mary Rogers at to make arrangements to donate.

    Submitted by:  Ann Roman and Mary Rogers

  • August 02, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous


    Thanks to Jan W. for suggesting Irving Street Women’s Residence as place to donate our charity quilts. I knew the quilts would be appreciated when I saw Manager Courtney Fischer’s face light up as we moved 18 quilts from a large suitcase to the table in the entry way. I think I heard residents “ooohh and ahhhh.” 

    We had a wonderful Community Sew Day July 12th  with nearly 20 people zooming in for all or part of the day.

    We have another one scheduled for Sunday August 16, 2020 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. Here's the link to the next sew day: August Community Sew Day Please come for a fun afternoon of sewing and conversation.

    Thank you to Beth and Nathlia for the demonstration of faux piping binding. I wonder what we will learn in August?  Does anyone have a suggestion for our next charity blocks? Any new techniques we should be learning?

    Please send me a message so we can arrange a pick up for blocks, kits, tops, fabric or completed quilts. 

    Sheila Clark 

    Charitable Quilts Committee

  • August 02, 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to everyone for showing up at the drive-through event on Tuesday, July 28th!  It was wonderful to see people's masked faces and I know that charity quilts, CPNLS, and the librarians were pleased with their collections.  I collected lots of raffle tickets and handed out many.  The bin is still barely full so there are many chances available to win our lovely quilt.  

    On Wednesday, July 22nd, I mailed raffle tickets to everyone who had not picked up tickets at the February meeting or written in since to get tickets.  As of the drive through event on the 28th, no one had received the tickets which was very, very disappointing.  Not to fret!  We will be having another drive through event in September but on a Saturday this time.  We just need to arrange a time and date with the church.

    Thanks again!

    Carole Fronk

  • July 05, 2020 10:38 PM | Anonymous

    It has been difficult to sell raffle tickets this year though I have high hopes for the quilt shop hop in August and the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival at the end of October.  I will be setting up a schedule for volunteers for the quilt shop hop (Saturdays only) which will be happening through the month of August.  

    For anyone who wants to purchase raffle tickets, please send a check, a stamped self addressed envelope, self-stick return mailing labels, your email and phone number. 

     Arapahoe County Quilters
    PO Box  5357
    Englewood, CO 80155

  • July 05, 2020 10:16 PM | Anonymous

    Hello Members,

    I hope you get to enjoy the 4th of July with a few friends and family with social distancing to stay safe.  As I write this in June, Covid cases are on the rise again with the loosening of restrictions.  Our son is stuck in Canada so we will not get to see him this Summer.  Thank goodness for Messenger and Facetime.

    The Board met in June and decided to postpone the 2021 Festival of Quilts until 2022.  So, you now have more time to create your masterpieces and have them ready for the 2022 show.  Nathlia Holtz is still looking for a co-chair and committee chairs. So please considering volunteering early and help Nathlia make 2022 a success. 

    Elections are coming up so if you are interested in volunteering for a Board position, let me or someone on the Board know of your desires. 

    I can’t wait to see all of you in person.  But so happy to see the attendance we do get on the zoom guild meetings.  No news on when in person gathering will be allowed, so even if you can’t attend the Zoom Meeting the meeting is available via the site.  Just log in as a member and it is there for you to enjoy.

    Even after we get back to normal, we will still be doing some form of sewing days via zoom.  I have really enjoyed sewing with friends from my own house.  Our Charity Sew days have been a fun way to get together and make tops and we have had great attendance at the sessions.  There has been a suggestion to have a virtual quilting retreat. The Board and Committee members will start planning that for the fall with fun projects and some great teachers. 

    The Board and Committees are interested in your comments and feedback.  So please let us know what we can do to improve your ACQ experience.


    Terry Chase

  • July 05, 2020 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    We had a wonderful Charity Sew day June 13th and have another time scheduled for Sunday July 12, 2020 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Nearly 20 people zoomed in again for all or part of the day. Some of us worked on the suggested blocks and others worked on sewing more masks. It seems many ACQ members do their own charity work and we never hear about it. I would love to know the total number of masks sewn by members. The rough count from the Charity Sew day participants was over 4,000 masks.

    Several ACQ members met a few times to exchange kits, quilt tops and completed quilts. Thank you to Katie, Beth, Joan, Carole, Barb, Nathlia, Carla and Peggy.
    I am also pleased to report that 25 masks and 10 quilts were delivered to Sacred Heart House. Please contact me by email so we can arrange a pick up for blocks, kits, tops, fabric or completed quilts.

    Sheila Clark
    Charitable Quilts Committee

  • June 22, 2020 7:06 PM | Anonymous

    With this pandemic we find ourselves in a new world with new challenges.  ACQ; however, continues to thrive. While we can’t meet in person, we can still learn, share and smile at our virtual program meetings, teas and sew-alongs.

    We are starting to plan regarding the ACQ book sale. Normally we hold this at our October meeting.  This year will be different and we will need to do something new.  Many books have already been donated and we would like ACQ members to have the opportunity to review and add books to your personal library.  The Board is currently brainstorming ways to make a book sale happen virtually.  We will definitely keep you informed as we finalize plans.  In the meantime, if you have books you wish to donate, please contact Ann Roman at or or Mary Rogers at to make arrangements to donate.

  • June 22, 2020 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    Hello from ACQ Members! We learned how to use annotate on Zoom this month and were able to play Pictionary in small groups.

    Then we discovered that we can use the Annotate feature in Zoom to crowdsource quilting ideas for a quilt top! What fun--and so helpful to have ideas from a variety of quilters. 

    If you would like to use the ACQ Zoom account for your bee or another ACQ activity, please contact ACQ Secretary Barb Pond. If no one else is using it at that time, you'd be welcome to use it. 

    We took a poll to discover what people would like to learn through ACQ events and activities.

    We had lots of Show and Tell.

    Vicki Skigen from Wooden Spools showed us what's going on at her store. See the Business Member Spotlight for more info.

    We met ACQ member Patricia Graham and heard how she got started quilting. See the Member Spotlight for more info (password required).

    It was a fun, jam-packed, inspiring meeting!

    Here's what's coming up in July:

    Kim Lapacek will be sharing her journey: Wildly Careening into Quilts!

    Submit your Show & Tell photos and Nominate a Member for a future spotlight: details on the Members-Only page (password required).

    Please register now: it will help us prepare ahead of time. Door prizes will be chosen from registered participants. The Zoom link will be sent by email to those who register. Members register for free. Guests register for $8.

    Register for the July meeting


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