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ACQ News

  • November 04, 2022 9:00 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Join us on November 10th as we welcome Shelley Cavanna of “Cora’s Quilts” for our online Guild Meeting as she presents Modern Mosaic Quilts.  Shelley has a passion for intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts and loves creating designs with layer-upon-layer of elements that weave in and out of one another creating depth and movement.  Her quilts look complicated, but are easy to make.  Join us for her lecture as Shelley shares the story of her design evolution and shows the progression of how she developed her signature mosaic style.  Zoom presentation.

    Learn Shelley's techniques, tips, and tricks for making dreamy, mosaic-inspired nine-patch blocks at our Aurora Workshop on November 12th!  Use her favorite Stitch + Flip techniques - and your favorite fat quarter bundle - to make a truly stunning quilt ... simply!  This is a 3-hour workshop at half the cost of our regular 6-hour classes.   You will need to purchase the pattern and do a little prep work in advance, so please plan accordingly.  Zoom presentation. 

    DECEMBER TO REMEMBER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION! 

    Register NOW for our December Dinner and Social as we celebrate the Holidays and another year of fun, friendships, and giving!  This event will be held in person at the church as well as live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. Please select the appropriate category (Live or Zoom) when registering for this event.

    We will begin the evening with a B.Y.O.B dinner.  Everyone will bring their own meal, which can be something from home or something that you stop and pick-up on the way.  Since there are those who are still not comfortable about dining from an open buffet, we thought this was the best way to keep everyone safe plus allow more time for our meeting festivities.  Nathlia (Hospitality) will provide drinks and dessert. Plates, napkins, cups, etc. will also be available.

    To celebrate the season of giving, we will be also be having a small gift exchange while seated at our tables.  This will be done by playing a short Holiday game to rotate the gifts around the table.  Please bring a BAGGED or WRAPPED small gift around $10 but not exceeding $15.  The gift must be new and unused.  Sewing notions would make ideal gifts and are things that everyone can use!  The item can be something practical, unique, fun or creative. 

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Pins (straight, silk, fine, applique etc) or Needles (hand or machine)
    • Scissors or Clippers
    • Aurifil Thread (anything in a neutral color)
    • Seam Ripper, Rotary Cutter, Binding Clips, Ruler, Pin Holders, etc.
    • Storage Container for threads or fabric
    • Gift certificate from a local quilt store
    • Wrap a ribbon around a coordinating set of Fat Quarters

    The list is endless!

    With the Quilt Show coming in June of next year, we have scheduled Ellen Palmer, a CQC Quilt Judge, to give a short lecture on what judges are looking for and the protocol that they follow when judging a quilt.  This will be positive in nature and will give you information to help you grow and improve your quilting. You won’t want to miss it!

     Other festivities will include:

    • Installation of New Officers
    • Show 'n Tell Extravaganza
    • UFO Prize Winners

    We hope that you can join us!

    Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski

  • November 04, 2022 8:45 PM | Lynn Roginski

    We have the opportunity to be part of an exciting program in 2023.  A virtual BOM class by ACQ's very own Pat Syta.

    Pat is going to offer a BOM for her pattern Runaway.  The class will be held virtually on either Monday or Tuesday evening once a month from February through September.  Each class will be recorded and if the class time does not work into your schedule, Pat will be providing a link that you can view on your own.  That will be available for 2 weeks after each class.  

    The class cost for the 13 blocks plus borders will be $45, payable as soon as we have 15 committed members signed up.   The cost of the pattern is normally $25, but Pat is offering ACQ members, who register for the monthly program, a 40% discount through her website.   

    In order to take advantage of this, we need to have at least 15 people enroll in the class.  You can sign up by going to the BOM event.  Once we have the minimum enrollment, you will be notified to pay for the workshop.  The BOM will only be open to members only.  

    All Guild meetings and workshops for the first Quarter of 2023 are now open for registration.  January through March meetings and workshops will all be done via zoom.  Please check them out: 

    January  - Scraps with Michelle Crawford of Flower box Quilts

    FebruaryMemory Quilts with Beth Sullivan of Beth Sullivan Designs

    MarchUsing Graphic Design to create quilt patterns with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill ofWhole Circle Studios  

    April 1stBrilliance Quilt Workshop (in person) with Pat Syta at Holly’s Quilt Cabin

    Submitted by Linda Starkey

  • November 04, 2022 8:30 PM | Lynn Roginski

    ACQ Festival of Quilts Coming in June 2023

    The Festival of Quilts Team is already working hard to get ready for the show in June 2023.  The dates are June 9 and 10, 2023.  I hope you will have a quilt to enter in the show. 

    There is a saying about it taking a village to raise a child. Well, it takes an entire quilt guild to put on a quilt show.  Of course, we will need many of you to enter your quilts, and we will need lots of volunteers to make it run smoothly.  

    We also need sponsors for the show.  As costs and services keep going up to us as individuals so do the costs to put the show.  If you have a business and would like to help sponsor our Festival of Quilts, please contact Regina Hoffman.  Any type of quilting related business is welcome.  

    Again, at this show, we will also offer you the opportunity to become a “Friend of the Quilt Show.”  More information about how to become a Friend of the Quilt Show will be in future newsletters and announcements.

    Now let’s get started on those masterpieces.

    Submitted by Nancy Conklin

  • November 04, 2022 8:15 PM | Lynn Roginski

     Kate Colleran is a fabric and quilt pattern designer. She has been teaching and designing quilts for over 19 years. Her quilt patterns are known for their complete, easy to follow instructions with an eclectic design style; inspired by traditional elements and put together with a modern twist. She has had quilts in many quilt magazines, has online classes on both Craftsy and Quilting Daily and has co-written articles for American Quilt Retailer. 

    Kate has taught at quilt shops, for guilds and at national quilt shows and is the designer of the popular Braid and Mini Braid Templates. She co-authored the book, Smash Your Precut Stash. Her first digital fabric line that she designed, Blooming, came out in August with Suite B Fabrics of Island Batik.  Kate’s first, designed by her batik line, Paisley Got Mod, is in Island Batik's Spring/Summer 22 catalog and recently shipped to fabric stores.  It is also available online at Missouri Star Quilting.

    On her website, you can find her patterns, a few tools she likes and her blog which is filled with lots of great information. She has a series of posts called Exploring the Basics with each post having tips on an aspect about quilting. You can also sign up for her newsletter and get a free quilt pattern!

    Kate loves working with quilters, cherishes her time spent on designing and her business goal is simple: to help you make a quilt. Kate – we thank you for your support and involvement with Arapahoe County Quilters.

    Website: https://katecollerandesigns.com/

    Instagram: @katecollerandesigns

    Facebook: KateColleranDesigns

    Submitted by Ann Roman & Louise Helton

  • November 04, 2022 8:00 PM | Lynn Roginski


  • October 02, 2022 9:00 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Inflation Hits Everywhere

    Prices for daily goods and services seem to be going up these days - and the quilt guild is not immune to price increases either.  There has been a lot of discussion about meeting in person versus meeting online, and the direction that the guild will be going in the future.  In our August meeting we tested out a hybrid solution, allowing for our guests to join either in person or online. Thanks to Carolyn Morris, Deb Roth, Nancy Conklin, Barb Pond and Kathy Wasilewski - this was a success!  

    As we look forward, we strive to continue our mission of teaching, sharing and giving.  Part of this means being good stewards of our financial resources.  With costs going up - it now takes 37 annual members to pay for one month rental for our current in-person meeting place.  This does not include the costs to bring in a guest speaker or workshops.  Your board has looked into other recommended spaces, but have thus far not found anything suitable at a lower cost.  In 2023, we are committed to 4 in-person meetings (including the quilt show).  We are hoping that this will help fill the need for our members who prefer in-person meetings, while being cost-conscious.

    We plan on continuing our pop-up events to augment our meetings, and provide member meet-ups to pick up and drop off charity quilts, newborn loss blankets, and support other events going on throughout the year.  For 2023, it will take 4 annual memberships to pay for the use of the drive-through area at our current meeting location.  We are looking for alternate locations that may be conducive to pop-ups, such as member businesses, and welcome ideas that you may have as well.

    Lastly, as we look forward to 2023, we are excited to be bringing back the Festival of Quilts!  This bi-annual event was postponed due to the pandemic, and we are eager to see all the beautiful creations that our members have been up to the past several years.  More information will be forthcoming - just keep in mind that members get first chance at registering their quilts for the event!  We are hoping for a full house of lovely quilts showcasing our talented members to the greater quilting community!

    Submitted by Jen Dietz, President

  • October 02, 2022 8:45 PM | Lynn Roginski

    The Fall Auction begins in just a couple of weeks on 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.

    Why do we have a Fall Auction? ---

    The main purpose of the auction is to raise funds for our charity projects.  While the dues defray expenses for our programs and rental fees, the auction is the main way the guild raises funds to pay for batting and backing for our charity quilts and all the materials to make the CPNLS quilts.  Each average lap size quilt costs $40 or more for backing fabric and about $23 for batting.  We can get 3 CPNLS blankets out of a yard of flannel plus the cost of 2.5 yards of lace.

    I want to thank the following members for one or more donations to the auction:

    Beth Taggert                                       Martha Wells

    Nancy Conklin                                     Doreen Mortimer

    Linda Starkey                                      Alma Lee (former member)

    Ashley McNeese                                Linda Mazunik

    Jody Charmatz                                   Kate Colleran

    Laura Eley                                            Nathlia Holtz

    Lori Hansen                                         Jean Gibson

    Carolyn Morris                                    Jen Dietz

    Carol Haines                                        Barb Pond

    Lucy Rognes                                        Kathy Wasilewski

    Louise Helton

    Also thanks to Carol Kiser and Terri Shelgren for volunteering to collect and distribute items on two Saturdays and to Nancy Conklin and Ann Roman for helping distribue items on October 29th from 10-12 noon.

    How can you help?

    You can share the link for the auction to your friends through your social media sites such as Facebook and also through our www.acqcolorado.org website—which you can share.

    In addition, you can purchase items in the auction or make a donation to the guild, (which is tax deductable) through Auctria,.

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

    Submitted by Barb Pond, VP

  • October 02, 2022 8:15 PM | Lynn Roginski

    COMING THIS MONTH

    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.  Zoom presentation. 

    NOTE - Swan is offering all ACQ members a 20% discount on any purchases from her website from now until Saturday, October 22nd.  This discount is valid for any number or amount of purchases made during this time frame.  Use code ACQ20 when ordering.  Class signups are not included in this offer.

    Workshop

    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.  Zoom presentation.

    Be sure to register soon and order your pattern so that you will have it in time for the class.  Use code ACQ20 to receive your 20% discount!

    UPCOMING PROGRAMS –  NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 

    We welcome Shelley Cavanna of “Cora’s Quilts” for our online Guild Meeting as she presents “Modern Mosaic Quilts”.  Shelley has a passion for intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts and loves creating designs with layer-upon-layer of elements that weave in and out of one another creating depth and movement.  Her quilts look complicated, but are easy to make.  Join us for her lecture as Shelley shares the story of her design evolution and shows the progression of how she developed her signature mosaic style.  Zoom presentation.

    Learn Shelley's techniques, tips, and tricks for making these dreamy, mosaic-inspired nine-patch blocks!  Use her favorite Stitch + Flip techniques - and your favorite fat quarter bundle - to make a truly stunning quilt ... made simply!  This is a 3-hour workshop at half the cost of our regular 6-hour classes.   Zoom presentation.

    • December Program – December 8th

    Mark your calendar to join us as we celebrate the Holidays at our December Social and Meeting. Plans are being made for our Santa’s “Sack Dinner” with a small gift exchange, as well as our meeting including Installation of Officers, Show-n-Tell Extravaganza, Drawing for the UFO’s Challenge, and informative Guest Speakers who will be sharing what judges look for when judging a quilt.  With our upcoming Quilt Show next year, you won’t want to miss it!   Full details will be coming soon.

    Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski, VP Programs 2022

  • October 02, 2022 8:00 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Take a look and see what is happening in 2023

    JANUARY - Michele Crawford of Flower Box Quilts

    • Lecture - 12th   Just Cut the Scrap  -  Michele will be giving us tips and tricks to get our scraps under control as well as sharing many of her quilts with us.
    • Morning Workshop -  14th -  Crumb quilting – learn how to put all those strange shaped scraps together to make blocks of any size.
    • Afternoon Workshop – 14th -  Spontaneous Log Cabin – Michele will use her own pattern for a Log Cabin quilt which uses scrap strips of all kinds.

    FEBRUARY Beth Sullivan

    • Lecture - 9th Memory Quilts -  Beth will be showing us how she takes unusual fabrics and embellishments to design meaningful Memory quilts
    • Morning Workshop -  Preparing your treasured pieces to be arranged later into your own Memory quilt.

    MARCH  -   Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

    • Lecture - 9th -  Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer    - Sheri will talk about how she put her skills as a graphic designer to use to design her patterns quilts.
    • Lecture - 11th  - Piecing Curves with confidence – Don’t fear the curve! Students will learn tips and tricks to create a fantastic curve while making blocks needed for the Picnic Petals quilt, designed by Sheri. 

    APRIL Pat Syta (workshop) Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Lecture) 

    • Workshop - 1st  Pat will teach us her Brilliance quilt pattern in a full day workshop at Holly’s Quilt Cabin.  Come learn from this master quilt maker and member of ACQ.  Check out Pat’s website for the pattern and possible kit.
    • Lecture - 13th – – we will have a Trunk show of the Red and White quilts that are part of the Quilt Museum’s collection in Golden.  If you have a Red & White quilt, bring it for show and tell.

    MAY Jenny Kae

    • Lecture –  11th Color Courage for the Fabric Phobic  Jenny will share several examples from her own work and offers practical methods to select colors and fabrics for your next project. 

    JUNE – Quilt Show

    No meeting or workshop

    JULY - 13th    Margaret Willingham 

    • Lecture 13th - Quilting: A Creative Journey We will get a glimpse into the interplay of color, pattern and design and Margaret shows us ways to trust our creative instincts. 
    • Workshop - 15th  This workshop is all about applique and reverse applique.  We will be using Margaret’s Shooting Stars table runner pattern at Wooden Spools.

    AUGUST  

    • Social Event– we will car pool to the Quilt Museum in Golden to attend their annual garage sale, take a tour of the Museum and then some shopping and lunch in downtown Golden.  Watch for dates and more information as the year goes forward.

    SEPTEMBER Dana Jones 

    • Lecture – 14th Japanese Fabric from Vintage to Contemporary Dana will share her experiences from working with multiple generations of Japanese quilt-makers, using Japanese fabrics from indigo to taupe and beyond.   You will learn how master Japanese quilters select and design fabric as well as see up close and personal some of the quilts from Dana’s collection.  
    • Morning Workshop - 16thFabulous FreeformDana will teach us improvisational cutting and piecing techniques which are fun and quick. 
    • Afternoon Workshop - 16th Circling Charley:   We will  how to set in circles by machine.

    OCTOBER Sheri Noel

    • Lecture 12th  Finding My Quilting Voice   Sheri will share her designs and reflect on how her quilting evolved for her one quilt at a time. 
    • Morning workshop - 14th  Making Madawaska mittens  We will spend the morning learning how to make the cutest mittens ever.  You will be inspired to make them for all your family and friends.  Save any old wool sweaters or head to the thrift store to find wonderful old sweaters to use.

    NOVEMBER -  Carl Hentsch

    • Lecture 9th  How Amish Quilting has influenced Modern Designs  Living only a short distance from an old order Amish community has allowed Carl to know and respect Amish quilters and their ability to create beautiful quilts without the use of electricity. He will explore their use of color and design using modern fabrics and techniques. 

    DECEMBER  - Pot Luck and Holiday Celebration

    Submitted by Linda Starkey, VP Programs 2023

  • October 02, 2022 7:45 PM | Lynn Roginski

    2023 Membership Renewal

    It is hard to believe that we are now in the last quarter of 2022. Halloween, Thanksgiving and the December holidays are just around the corner. 2023 will be here before we know it.

    Keep your eyes open for the ACQ email that addresses the membership renewal process for 2023.  This email should be in your in-box in early November.  We hope you have enjoyed all of the wonderful programs, workshops, activities that have been available during 2022.  We have a wonderful ACQ community. Linda Starkey has been working on arrangements for some exciting programs and workshops for 2023.  2023 will be just as fun and rewarding as 2022.  Plus, there is the quilt show! Be sure to renew your membership for 2023 to join in all of the fun.

    We also have a favor to ask.  If you are part of a quilt bee, could you please reach out to any bee members who were past ACQ members or who have never joined ACQ.  Share with them what you like about ACQ.  We would love to welcome returning and new members to ACQ.


    Calling ACQ Volunteers – This is the broken record speaking… We need your help! We are repeating this article from the August and September Newsletters. Please consider stepping up and volunteering to help.

    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

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Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday 0f each month

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3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
Englewood, CO  80113

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