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  • January 03, 2021 7:25 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    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. 

    Sheila Clark 

    Charitable Quilts Committee

    sheila-clark@comcast.net



  • January 03, 2021 5:38 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    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 annroman8858@icloud.com and Mary Rogers at mary.c.rogers@outlook.com. 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


  • December 02, 2020 9:00 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    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

    Terry Chase


  • December 02, 2020 8:51 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    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!

    1 egg

    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

    Notes: 

    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.


  • December 02, 2020 8:33 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Loaded with Batting!                        

    I cheer and applaud our ACQ members for their participation in the Drive Thru Events. They have been very successful for our Charity Quilts Committee. Each event and meet up helps prepare for the next. I am getting ready for the last one of the year with kits to sew, quilt and bind. We will also accept fabric donations. See you December 5th.

    We are on the calendar to sew together every 4th Sunday from 11:30 till 4 pm, our next one being December 27, 2020. Please join in to connect over quilting ideas, stories and tips.

    I found another Volunteers of America shelter that helps all kinds of people from families with children to Veterans. All year long I received the questions, “What kind of quilts do you accept? What size quilts?” Well, I found a shelter helping people get back on their feet that truly appreciates ACQ quilts. Unfortunately there are so many people and such a variety of people that all of our quilts seem “just right.” So I am looking forward to another delivery to the Family Motel this month.

    Please see a few pictures attached to this article. The first is Case Manager Tori showing off one of the 22 quilts delivered to Sinton’s Sanctuary. The next is Peggy Jorgensen after loading 20 quilts into the back of her car before delivering them to Creative Needle for wild fire victims in Grand County, Colorado. The third photo is the variety of the 38 quilts delivered to the VOA Family Motel on Colfax Avenue.

    Sheila Clark

    Charitable Quilts Committee

    sheila-clark@comcast.net






  • December 02, 2020 7:43 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    LAST CHANCE!!

    Time is running out to show the love to our president Terry Chase.  Every year we ask members to make a block for our President to show our appreciation for a job well done as we recognize all the hard work it is to keep this wonderful organization running.

    Please consider making a block for Terry. She would like 6” (finished) 9 Patch blocks They can be in any color way you would like.  Also please sign your name on the front of the block

    You can drop off your block at the December 5th Drive Thru or mail your finished block to Nancy Conklin at 450 N Langdale Way, Aurora, CO  80018.  

    Thank you to all who have submitted blocks.  Let’s keep them coming!

    Nancy Conklin


  • December 02, 2020 7:40 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    INTRODUCTION TO PRESIDENT’S BLOCK CHALLENGE:

    As the incoming President in 2021, I would like to introduce a new and exciting monthly challenge that I am bringing to guild members. Each month I will chose a traditional quilt block and color scheme for the President’s Block Challenge. If you want to participate in the challenge, all you need to do is to make at least one block and post your finished creation on the ACQ members Facebook page or Instagram using the #PresidentsBlockChallenge and #acqshowandtell

    Each member posting their block will be entered into a drawing at the next month’s meeting. For example, December’s block will need to be posted by the Wednesday before January’s meeting. A drawing for the block winner will occur at the January meeting, and the winner will get a fat quarter bundle of the next month’s color scheme gifted by me.

    To get everyone in the mood, I am kicking this off with a block this month. December’s block is the Nine Patch and the color scheme is Quilter’s Choice.

    The Nine Patch is a popular pattern used by pioneer women. The earliest homesteaders had neither time nor fabric to spare. Most of the quilts they made were utility quilts, quickly sewn together for warmth.

    The Nine Patch is one of the simplest and quickest quilts to sew, and because it was a good way to use up every small scrap of fabric available, it was used often.

    On the prairie, sewing was an essential skill. Young girls learned to sew blocks before they learned to read. At an early age, often as young as three or four, girls were taught to piece simple blocks such as the Nine Patch. Many were very skilled at piecing a block by age five.

    In order to create the Nine Patch, you will need 4 squares of one color and 5 squares of a contrasting color. For example, a 6.5 inch block will take 4- 2.5 inch squares of color 1 and 5- 2.5 inch squares of color 2.

    Row 1 and 3 are comprised of color 2, color 1 and color 2. Row 2 is comprised of color 1, color 2, and color 1. Using a quarter inch seam, stitch together in rows. Always press to the dark side. This way the seams will nest.

    Stitch rows 1, 2, and 3 together to make the completed Nine Patch.

    Screen Clipping


  • December 02, 2020 4:58 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    It's your last chance to buy Raffle tickets!  Come to the Drive Thru on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 11 am to 1 pm and buy those last tickets or turn in your stubs.  Thanks!

  • December 02, 2020 4:03 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

    Again, a huge Thank You to the ACQ members who donated and/or purchased books during the two rounds of our virtual book fair.  This was a new venture for us, and we appreciate your interest and efforts to make it successful. 

    Volunteers Needed:

    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.  If you would like to help with this effort, please contact Ann Roman at annroman8858@icloud.com and Mary Rogers at mary.c.rogers@outlook.com.  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!

    Submitted by:  Ann Roman and Mary Rogers



  • November 02, 2020 9:00 PM | June Dudley (Administrator)



    Lynn Roginski, ACQ's VP of Programs for 2021 is thrilled to give you this sneak peek of next year's programs and workshops.

    Lynn says, "2020 will come to an end and that’s all anyone can promise. The quilting industry has spent much of 2020 reimagining what we can do and how we can do it. Your guild has reworked the way we meet, play, sew and connect with each other and with our community. Pattern designers, fabric creators, artists and makers have reinvented themselves and their offerings for a virtual world.

    The Good Things to come from this is bringing in artists from areas of the country who may not have been available to us before. We have also scheduled workshops with the working quilter in mind. Most workshops are scheduled on Saturdays and a few in the evenings. Here’s a peek at 2021 resulting from all that “can do” energy."

    January, 2021

    Challenge • First of two challenges for 2021 is Panels, Panels & More Panels. Criteria will be shared at the January guild meeting.

    Guild Meeting • 1/14 • Joyce Hughes, an award-winning, self-taught quilter, fiber artist and author, starts 2021 off. Her first book, Creating Art Quilts with Panels, is a topic that opens us up to the possibilities of panels. She’s a great lead-in to our first challenge.  

    Workshop • 1/30 • Techniques, Techniques & More Techniques • Using a single panel, Joyce will teach 8 Techniques to be applied to a beautiful panel. You will learn step by step basic instructions for: 1) Free Motion Quilting, 2) Dimensional Thread Painting, 3) Trapunto, 4) application of multiple Overlays, 5) various 3D Layering, 6) Bobbin Work, 7) Blocking and Squaring a quilt and of course, 8) applying Crystals! More importantly, you will learn the proper steps of creating these numerous techniques, But also why and when to apply them to a quilt!

    February, 2021

    Guild Meeting • 2/11 • Heather Kojan will present Quilt Remix, a modern twist to the traditional.

    Workshop • 2/13 • Half Square Triangle Master Class - 12 different ways (yes, 12!) to construct one of the foundations of quilt construction.

    March, April & May, 2021

    Free Motion Quilting Club •  ACQ is purchasing a professional video for all ACQ 2021 members so be sure to renew your membership before January 31. We will be sharing access to the video “Fun with Free Motion Quilting” created and made by Leah and Josh Day. Free motion quilting is a skill learned only by practice. The ACQ FMQ Club will meet several times a month via Zoom to support each other in practicing and expanding our knowledge and confidence. “Fun with Free Motion Quilting” will get us started with 5 simple shapes to begin, setting up your machine and understanding tension in a FMQ setting. We’ll even get a realistic look at what we should expect to see as beginners to encourage us. Whether you join us for the regular Club sews, the video will be available to all 2021 ACQ members.

    Guild Meeting & Workshops under construction. More to come as contracts with speakers solidify.

    June, 2021

    Guild Meeting • 6/10 • Demo Night • Demos to encourage you to think seriously about entering your masterpiece into the 2022 Quilt Show. We’re counting on 2022 being face-to-face and personal and our usual bi-annual Quilt Show will have been a long time coming. 

    No Workshop planned.

    July, 2021

    Guild Meeting • 7/8 • Outdoor Potluck  • Dare we plan for an in-person event? Yes, we dare even if circumstances beyond our control limits what we can do. We’re hoping we can count on the weather cooperating with an outside event at a minimum.

    Workshop 7/16-17 • Cheryl Lynch will teach Introductory Fabric Dying via Zoom. She’ll start us off Friday evening and follow up the next day for the reveal. Come away with an assortment of 30 fat eighths from just 3 dye colors. Cheryl spoke at our May, 2019 guild meeting. 

    August, 2021

    Guild Meeting • 8/12 • Diane Harris is the Stash Bandit and will present Windy Wonders: A Quilt Block Grows Up. Get your creative juices flowing when you see what happens when you take a simple, humble, straightforward block and reimagine it into dozens of dynamic quilt designs. Diane was a member of ACQ when she lived in Colorado.

    Workshop • 8/21 • Windy Wonders • More description to come.

    September, 2021

    Guild Meeting • 9/9 • Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis presents Seeing Double, what a quilt pattern might look using different colors or fabric choices.

    Workshop • 9/18 • Tammy will teach her Guided Improv technique using her pattern Pointed Comments.

    October, 2021

    Guild Meeting • 10/14 • Karen Combs presents Quilts of Illusions.

    Workshop • 10/23 • Patchwork Illusion, become a master of illusion.

    November & December, 2021

    Guild Meetings & Workshops under construction. More to come as contracts with speakers solidify.

    Woo hoo! Lots going in 2021—hope you make plans to join us!


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