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  • April 01, 2020 1:00 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Social Distancing has put off our plans until the end of June to sell raffle tickets to the public on our lovely quilt.  I am hopeful that we will have plenty of opportunities the remainder of the year to sell tickets.

    In the meantime, if you picked up your raffle tickets at the February meeting, please mail back your filled out stubs and a check to the address below.  If you would like to purchase tickets, you can send a check, an addressed stamped envelope, and how you would like the stub filled out.  Return address labels are perfect for this!  We will send the ticket stubs to you in return mail.  

    Arapahoe County Quilters

    PO Box 5357

    Englewood, CO 80144

    Thank you!

  • March 19, 2020 6:12 PM | June Dudley (Administrator)

    What crazy times these have become. New terms have instantly become a new common language: social distance, self-isolation and flatten the curve. ACQ cares about our members and we want to do what we can to support one another through this worldwide health event. 

    The ACQ board met virtually Monday night through video chat to discuss our programs and schedule over these next few weeks. We’ll be following CDC and government guidelines that currently call for no large gatherings until at least May 10. We know this is a fluid situation, so we’ll be paying attention in the weeks to come how this will affect our events. In fact, we just heard this afternoon that First Plymouth Church has closed their building until May 15. 

    Sherri Lynn Wood, our planned speaker for April, has offered to present her program and workshop virtually. We’re excited to explore this option for ACQ. We believe that we’ll all be ready for this kind of connection with each other by mid-April. Holding these events online will allow safe distance while still giving us the opportunity for quilting inspiration and education. 

    Cindy Monserud, Lynn Roginski and June Dudley are spearheading this effort with Sherri. Details are still being worked out, so please be patient and we’ll let you know more information as soon as we can. 

    April • Guild Meeting and Workshop

    Watch for updated info about ACQ’s first ever virtual meeting on April 16 and virtual workshop on April 17-18. For those who have already registered for the workshop, you will receive an email explaining your options as soon as we have finalized details. Then registration will open for additional participants. Hospitality Volunteers: no cookies or treats will be needed in April—thanks for volunteering. 

    April 20 • Board Meeting
    Online video meeting. 

    April 25 • New Members Welcome Tea
    Postponed. We’ll let you know when it’s been rescheduled. 

    May • Guild Meeting and Workshop
    Watch for updated information about a virtual meeting on May 14. Our speaker has canceled her physical appearance with us, so the May 15 workshop has been canceled. For those who have already registered for the workshop, you will receive a full refund; details to come in a separate email.

    You can watch the website for updates on the calendar and in the news section on our website. We’ll send important news as it becomes available, and keep you informed in the monthly newsletter. 

    Stay in touch with ACQ and with each other:

    • You can follow our Facebook page that is open to all at Facebook.com/ArapahoeCountyQuilters. You can read this page without joining Facebook.

    • Connect and interact with ACQ members in our private Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/ACQ.community. On your first visit you will request to join and an admin will verify your membership. You must have a Facebook account for this. We're seeing a lot of activity here with members sharing photos. Join the fun. 

    • Need someone’s contact info? Sign in to the website to view the member’s directory at acqcolorado.org/members-only

    • Stay in touch with ACQ Business Members at acqcolorado.org/business-members if you need to order any quilting supplies or fabric by mail.  

    Remember that social distance is NOT social isolation. Please reach out and connect with one another as we journey together through these upcoming days and weeks. 

    Thank you,

    Terry Chase, ACQ President, and the ACQ Board

  • March 16, 2020 11:27 PM | June Dudley (Administrator)

    As we all hunker down and stay home over these next weeks, be sure to reach out to the people you regularly spend time with. 

    Many ACQ members spend time meeting in small groups called quilt bees. Did you know you can meet with everyone virtually with an online video chat? 

    The most tech-savvy person in your bee can sign up for a free account at zoom.us and create a meeting. With a free account, up to 100 people can chat together for 40 minutes. You may find it comforting to spend 40 minutes together once a week catching up with everyone virtually until you can meet together in person again. 

    If you’re hosting a meeting, follow the steps here to set up the meeting and send invitations to the rest of your bee: support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362613-How-Do-I-Host-A-Video-Meeting-

    For everyone else here is some helpful information about joining a Zoom meeting:

    ACQ Members: 

  • March 16, 2020 7:00 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

     

    Challenge Quilt Rules 2020

    Inspired from a Photo

    • For this challenge, we will be distributing a stock photograph for inspiration with your $5.00 entry fee. Use any element or elements from the photograph including the image, colors, shapes, or something in the photo that inspires you when you are designing your entry.  You will need to write two sentences about the element that inspired you and submit it with your final project.

    • We encourage you to register and pay the $5.00 entry fee online. You can also pay with cash or check at an upcoming guild meeting. Registrations are due by the end of the day on May 14, 2020.

    • The quilt will be maximum size of 20” x 20” finished in any technique but it needs to be a quilt. This is defined as 3 layers (top, batting, and backing). It can be bound any way you wish; it must have a 4” hanging sleeve; and a clear label identifying the maker.

    • Finished quilts should be turned in by 6:00 pm on July 9, 2020.  Everyone present at the meeting will be eligible to vote on their favorites.  There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place ribbons. The quilts will be returned after July 2020 meeting or by contacting Carole Fronk.

    Register for the Inspiration Challenge

  • March 16, 2020 5:46 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Due to the COVID-19 social quarantine, we will need to announce a new date for the New Member Tea. Stay tuned!

    Be our guest at the New Member Tea!



    The New Member Tea will be in the large meeting room at Koebel Library from 2 pm to 4 pm on TBD.

    We welcome all members who have newly joined since May 2019 to come and learn a little more about the Arapahoe County Quilters volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved.

  • March 02, 2020 10:36 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Wow! I thought the meeting in February was fantastic.  We covered lots of information, had a great turn out and Lea McComas was a wonderful and motivating speaker.  She did a great job of inspiring me to make more art quilts and try more thread painting. The Facebook posts from her class were exciting.  I hope we see some of the finished projects at Show and Tell. We have some great speakers and classes coming up. Word to the wise, remember to sign up early and get your discounts.  

    Once again, I saw many visitors.   Some actually became new members. I am so glad so many of you are bringing new people to see our guild and hopefully join our guild.  You guys are awesome. Keep getting the word out. I can’t wait for the night when we have to call Don to bring us more chairs.  

    At the Board meeting we confirmed Lynn Roginski as VP of Programs 2020-2021.  She has lots of ideas for local speakers/workshops and I actually like local talent.  Let's see who is in the area and that if I want to take another class from that artist I don’t have to go across country.  

    We are still looking for a Co-Chair for the 2021 Festival of Quilts to work with Nathlia Holtz.  If you are interested, please contact her.

    We have a great Board this year.  Some new faces and lots of ideas to pass to all of you in the March meeting.  See you at the meeting.

    Terry

  • March 02, 2020 10:34 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Thank you to the ACQ members who donated Tree Blocks for Australia and the many 9 patches for ACQ Charity Quilts. I would love more 9 patches to put together into kits and quilt tops. I think I’ve heard the phrase, “Never Enough Nine Patches."

    I am so proud to report that our wonderful quilts are appreciated at Sacred Heart House downtown Denver. I learned about this opportunity from a Denver Post article in December, 2019. Sacred Heart House has been in operation since 1980 and served over 1,000 women in 2018. So far we have made two deliveries and they are ready for more. Sacred Heart House is a homeless shelter for women with children to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

    At our next meeting please stop by the table to pick up a kit or drop off blocks or a quilt.

    Sheila Clark
    Charitable Quilts Committee
    sheila-clark@comcast.net

  • March 02, 2020 8:12 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)


    A big thank you to everyone who picked up their raffle tickets!  

    Please bring your stubs back with a check or cash. Raffle tickets will be again be available at the March 12, 2020 meeting.  Please feel free to sell these to your family, friends, co-workers, etc. and if 12 isn't enough, please ask for more. 

    Volunteers Needed

    UPDATE: The Denver Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival has been postponed to June 25-27. More info to come later.

    Our first public opportunity to sell tickets will be at the Denver Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival Thursday, March 26th through Saturday, March 28th at the Denver Merchandise Mart. If you plan on attending the show and can spare a few hours, please sign up for a time slot to help us sell some raffle tickets. You can sign up at: Sewing Festival Signup.

    We need a 2021 Raffle Quilt!

    Can your bee or group of friends create a queen size quilt for the ACQ raffle?  All the board needs now is a proposal for the quilt to be made.  It would need to be completed by September 2020 for photography and appraisal.  Show us your talents!

    Holiday Quilts 

    Last year we made extra raffle money because Natalia Holtz and Merrie Jones created a fabulous quilt to sell tickets for.  This year, Jen Dietz and I are going to have everyone in the guild help us make enough blocks for 2 queen size quilts to raffle during the Holiday Food and Gift Festival in Colorado Springs and Denver.  We plan on having block instructions and fabric suggestions at the April meeting.  Stay tuned!

  • March 02, 2020 5:24 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Reminder:  The Librarians will be asking for your input on what new books to purchase at the March meeting.  We are able to buy several books and the focus is on new 2020 quilting books. Stop by the library corner and give us your suggestions. See the books we own on the Library page (sign in required).

    It is a New Decade – Part 2!  It is hard to believe that we are coming close to completing the first quarter of a new decade – the 2020’s.  This month we are again featuring a book from each of the past 4 decades – the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s.

    100 Applique Quilt Patterns by Jan Halgrimson and was published in 1988.

    Enjoy 117 pages of full-size traditional patterns.

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    Magic of Crazy Quilting by Marsha Michler was published in 1998.

    “Respected needle artist, J. Marsha Michler, offers readers more information on making quilts, new small projects, new embellishments, stitches, and techniques, an expanded gallery section, and more, in this revised second edition of her best-selling title The Magic of Crazy Quilting. Truly a complete resource for embellished quilting, this guide provides techniques for patchwork, applique, and embroidery. Suitable for those who have already mastered the art of crazy quilting, and those wishing to learn, 100 embroidery stitches, in 1,000 variations and combinations, are diagrammed and explained in clear photographs and detailed illustrations. This is an outstanding collection of information on embroidery and threads, sources of supply, and the historical background of crazy quilting. A captivating gallery of mesmerizing crazy quilts will delight the reader’s eye and inspire the quilter’s hand.”

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    Triangle Tricks by Sally Schneider was published in 2003.

    “Can you create triangles in your quilts without cutting or sewing a single one? YES! Create ten triangle-filled quilts using quick cutting and easy sewing methods. Make two "triangle tricks" units at a time, without ever cutting or sewing a triangle. Find tips for playing with colors, settings, and rotations for one-of-a-kind results.”

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    Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen was published in 2012.

    “From two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, Quilting Modern teaches quilters how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic, contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique--all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice on color and design.
    New and seasoned quilting artists will love making stunning bed, wall hanging, pillowcase, and table accessory quilts with this must-have resource. Quilting Modern is a field guide for quilters who strive to break free from tradition and yearn to explore improvisational work.
    Quilters can make the 21 projects in the book, but will also come away with the new knowledge and skills to apply to their own unique designs. In Quilting Modern, quilters will find the support, structure, and encouragement they need to explore their own creativity and artistic vision.”

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    A big Thank You to Lea McComas

    We hope you enjoyed Lea McComas’ presentation and her quilts at the February meeting.  Her quilts were amazing. Lea donated a copy of her book Thread Painted Portraits: Turn Your Photos into Fiber Art to the ACQ library.

    Thread Painted Portraits by [McComas, Lea, Brewster, Janice]

    “Award-winning artist Lea McComas shares her secrets for stitching beautiful and realistic portrait quilts. Learn her fun-to-master techniques today!
    • Begin with your favorite photo and take off on an artistic journey.
    • Choose a method for creating a portrait background—from simple to more complex.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of portrait composition.
    • Hone your thread-painting skills.
    In Thread-Painted Portraits, you’ll find: • Step-by-step instructions for choosing a photo, building a background, stitching faces and finishing your piece.
    • Expert advice on selecting the perfect fabrics and thread.
    • A gallery of inspiring artwork.
    • Instructions for artistic binding techniques that go beyond ordinary.
    • Encouragement to unleash your inner artist.
    Inspired by images from daily life, fiber artist Lea McComas uses stitch artistry in pieces that have been exhibited across the country and in Europe. From her studio in Colorado, Lea challenges herself to create artwork with the breath and soul of life, using just fabric and thread.”

    Library Reminders:

    • Each month we feature a small selection of our library books for our members to peruse and check-out before the program meeting.  This selection changes each month.

    • A complete list of the books in the ACQ Library is available on the Library page by title, author and subject (sign in required). Find the Library section on the Members page. If you are interested in a particular title, please contact Mary or Ann.

    • Books can be checked out for up to 2 months.  

    • Please be sure to return books in the marked basket at the library table at the back of the room.

    • If you are a new ACQ member you may not realize that at monthly meetings several members donate quilting magazines.  These are free to members, so please be sure to check out the selection. These are located on a table close to the library table.

  • February 13, 2020 10:38 AM | June Dudley (Administrator)

    Save time by finding your membership card before a meeting. 

    Option 1: Printing Your Card

       

    Sign in with your email and password by clicking on the blue silhouette (computer) or arrow (mobile) found at the top right of the website. 


    Next click on the blue silhouette again and select “view profile”.

    Scroll down the page and the first thing you’ll see under Membership Profile is your personalized membership card.

    If you wish to print the card click on “Printable PDF” and print away. 

    Option 2: Show Your Card on Your Phone

    A. Sign in to the website. You can sign in to your profile from a browser as described above and click on “Image optimized for smartphones”, and then show your card on your phone. You can screenshot the image and store it as photo if you wish. Sorry to say there currently isn’t a way to save it in your digital wallet.



    B. Get the Wild Apricot Member App. Or you may find it easier to download the WildApricot App for Members. Sign in once and then it’s easy to display your card from the app whenever you need it. 

      

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