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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.

ACQ News

  • October 02, 2022 7:30 PM | Lynn Roginski

    As we enter a new season, it is time to play with more colors. I was so happy to deliver a few Halloween quilts to the VOA Family motel. We are still collecting red, white and blue quilts for Clermont Commons and quilts for Children’s Hospital. 

    So far this year ACQ has donated 435 quilts. 

    222      Marshall Fire Victims 

    160      VOA Family Motel (Previously homeless families) 

      25      VOA Clermont Commons (Women Veterans) 

      28      Children’s Hospital 

    We thank you all for your continued support of and dedication to the Charitable Quilts projects.  If you have questions or comments, please contact us by phone, text, or email. 

    Sheila Clark 720.300.0973     

  • September 06, 2022 2:00 PM | Lynn Roginski

    This is the end…maybe

    I know that many of you are tired of hearing us ask for volunteers…that being said, our guild runs entirely by volunteers. This means that all of the programming, opportunities to get together with fellow quilters, and using our gifts to bless others in our community are all organized and supported by volunteer work.  Unfortunately, without volunteers to take on the planning of these activities, the guild cannot continue.

    Next year we are in need of a President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Programs, and Vice President of Communications and Marketing. The last three are two year terms, with the first year (2023) as a supporting role to the current VP. Although traditionally held by one person, they could also be shared among a couple dedicated individuals to share the work.

    If you have enjoyed participating in guild meetings, learning from lecturers and workshops, or making new quilting friends…consider stepping up to volunteer next year. If you have questions, all of our current board members are available to discuss the opportunities.

    Submitted by Jen Dietz

  • September 06, 2022 1:30 PM | Lynn Roginski

    September Program

    Join us online on September 8th for our Guild Meeting with Maria Shell from Alaska as she presents “Traditional, Art, Modern: Notes from the Field!”.  Maria is a prolific and award-winning quilter, author, and teacher whose improvisational style, intricate piecing, and bold color use are exceptional.  She started out as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that look surprisingly modern.  Maria will share her personal journey along with some fun historical facts about all three quilt genres (Traditional, Art, Modern) and what it means to be a 21ST Century Quilter.  Zoom presentation.

    September Workshop

    On September 10th and 11th, join on online for our two-part workshop, “Making Prints” with Maria Shell.  Learn how to piece an assortment of prints—stripes, dots, tracks, and plaids—while learning how to work with solid colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.  In addition, students will explore color theory, composing abstract design, improvisation-ally cutting and piecing fabric, working with prints, and trouble shooting patchwork construction issues.  Zoom presentation.

    This class will be held in two sessions, on September 10thand 11th from 10am – 1 pm.

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    UPCOMING PROGRAMS - OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

    All programs are open for Early Bird Registration!

    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.

    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.

    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!  Zoom presentation.

    Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski

  • September 06, 2022 1:00 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Take a look and see what is happening in 2023.

    Our 2023 programming is shaping up to be diverse and exciting with a variety of both in-person and virtual presentations.  The ability to have virtual meetings has allowed us to book internationally known teachers and really opened up what is available for us.   Here are some details about our programs for the first quarter of 2023 and some sneak peaks of what is coming for the rest of the year.  Our January thru March meetings and workshops will be virtual.

    Just Cut the Scrap featuring Michelle Crawford of Flower Box Quilts.  (www.flowerboxquilts.com

    Memory Quilts with Beth Sullivan. (https://m.facebook.com/BethSullivanDesigns/)  

    Content, Concepts & Quilts: Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio  (www.wholecirclestudio.com).  

    From April through September will be in-person workshops and Lectures by Colorado teachers with virtual lectures and workshops again in October and November.. 

    Pat Syta www.boundtobequilting.com  

    The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum www.rmqm.org

    Jenny Kai, (www.jennykaequilts.com

    June – Quilt show

    Margaret Willingham ofEye of the Beholder Quilts.  (www.eobquiltdesign.com )  

    Dana Jones (www.danajonesquilts.com

    Sheri Noel of Rebecca Mae designs  (www.rebeccamaedesigns.com )   

    Carl Hentcsh of 3dogdesigns  (www.3dogdesigns.com), 

    Submitted by Linda Starkey, VP Programs 2023

  • September 06, 2022 12:30 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Calling ACQ Volunteers – We are repeating this article from the August Newsletter.  We need your 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

  • September 06, 2022 12:00 PM | Lynn Roginski


    Huge Thank you to the ACQ members stopping by my house to deliver quilts. Aren't he photo of “Show-n-tell” with Diane Sheriff great? Just a sample of the beautiful quilts being donated. 

    I look forward to see everyone at the September Pop-UP. 

    Another delivery was made to VOA Family Motel. We are still collecting red, white and blue quilts for Clermont Commons and quilts for Children’s Hospital. 

    So far this year ACQ has donated 386 quilts. 

    222      Marshall Fire Victims 

    124      VOA Family Motel (Previously homeless families) 

      25      VOA Clermont Commons (Women Veterans) 

      15      Children’s Hospital 

    We thank you all for your continued support of and dedication to the Charitable Quilts projects.  If you have questions or comments, please contact us by phone, text, or email. 

    Submitted by: 

    Sheila Clark 720.300.0973           sheila-clark@comcast.net

    Jan Wolfgram 507.469.1070        jan.wolfgram@acqcolorado.org            

  • September 06, 2022 11:30 AM | Lynn Roginski


  • August 01, 2022 9:06 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Back to the Future

    This month we are meeting in person AND on Zoom.  We are going to do a trial run, and our wonderful speaker has agreed to be our test case.  So, please plan on joining us for our August meeting either in person or online.  Remember, the date has changed to the 25th to accommodate our speaker.  And special thanks to members Carolyn Morris, Deb Roth, Nancy Conklin and Barb Pond for helping to get the streaming set up.  Fingers crossed this turns into the new normal!

    And we are doing some more exciting things in the guild!  Although we typically have a raffle quilt as our main fundraiser (outside of membership dues), we tested out an online auction last year, and plan on continuing it again this fall.  Please help us beat our goal of last year by sharing the auction with your friends, consider donating an item or two for the auction, or participate yourself.  The online auction is planned for mid-October, which should be perfectly poised to start your holiday shopping.

    We are also closing in on back-to-school time - and that is a perfect time to remember our charity quilt partner, Children’s Hospital.  Consider making a quilt to share with the kiddos - fun and bright colors and patterns to help brighten their day.  I have posted a cute butterfly pattern on the ACQ Community Facebook page for anyone who is looking for a great scrap-busting project.  If you’d like to help out, but don’t have the time to make an entire quilt - perhaps you have some time to make a few butterfly blocks.  Remember, quilts for Children’s Hospital can have flannel on one side - but not both.  This is to make sure that the quilts are not too hot.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you at the August meeting!

  • August 01, 2022 11:45 AM | Lynn Roginski

    Join us for an informative and much-awaited presentation at our Guild Meeting on August 25th with Kelly Gallagher Abbott of Jukebox Quilts.  This presentation will include many innovative techniques, tools, gadgets and tricks that are being used by many award-winning quilters.  The lecture is rich with information about what judges are looking for and how to correct the most commonly seen areas of weakness.  This jammed-packed presentation will leave everyone raring to get home and to get going as they learn new hints that are guaranteed to save time and increase accuracy and success!

    This meeting will be in-person at the church and on ZOOM will include a slide presentation and a brief trunk show.  Please note the rescheduled date of August 25th in lieu of our regular scheduled meeting date.

    REGISTER HERE 

    Workshop

    On Saturday August 13th join us for our IN PERSON workshop, “Stack & Cut Hexagon Quilts” with Marci Baker, at Holly’s Quilt Cabin from 10 am - 5 pm.  Learn how to create a beautiful quilt design with your favorite large-scale, high contrast print and a simple technique of stacking layers to make 6 identical triangles that form a kaleidoscope or millefiori design.  You will learn this technique by creating a small table runner with a pre-selected print that will be provided in class.  A photo of this fabric will be provided 2-3 weeks before class for you to select and bring fabrics that will match it.  Afterwards, you will begin stacking and cutting your personal favorite fabric to create your own unique, serendipitous quilt.  

    Workshop will include 1 hour for lunch.  Full details on how to select fabrics can be found in the Supply List or Video provided on the website event.

    REGISTER HERE

    UPCOMING PROGRAMS – SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

    • September Program – September 8th   

    Join us online for our Guild Meeting with Maria Shell as she presents “Traditional, Art, Modern: Notes from the Field!”  Maria started out as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that look surprisingly modern. Maria will share her personal journey along with some fun historical facts about all three quilt genres (Traditional, Art, Modern) and what it means to be a 21ST Century Quilter.  Zoom presentation.

    REGISTER HERE 

    • September Workshop – September 10th and 11th

    On Saturday, September 10th and 11th, join on online for our workshop, “Making Prints” with Maria Shell.  Learn how to piece an assortment of prints—stripes, dots, tracks, and plaids—while learning how to work with solid colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.  In addition, students will explore color theory, composing abstract design, improvisation-ally cutting and piecing fabric, working with prints, and trouble shooting patchwork construction issues.  Zoom presentation.

    This class will be held in two sessions, on September 10thand 11th from 10am – 1 pm.

    REGISTER HERE

    • October Program  – October 13th

    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.  

    REGISTER HERE

    • October Workshop – October 15th

    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.  

    REGISTER HERE

  • August 01, 2022 11:30 AM | Lynn Roginski

    Once again, the guild is planning a Fall Auction to raise funds for our charity projects.  The dates for this year’s auction are Thursday, October 13th – Saturday, October 22, 2022.  The auction will be held online through Auctria, same as last year. This is ACQ’s main fund-raiser for 2022.

    How can you help?

    We need items for the auction — Here is just a few ideas

    • wall hangings 
    • lap quilts 
    • table toppers
    • table runners 
    • place mats 
    • totes 
    • zippered bags 
    • aprons 
    • hand-crafted items

    Holiday items are always a hit with bidder!

    Here is important info to help you help ACQ —- 

    • Submit your auction donation item via this google form
    • Last day to hand off auction items is at the Pop Up at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S Colorado Blvd on September 17, 10:00 AM to 12 PM. You can also bring them to the August 25 Guild meeting or reach out to Barb Pond (303-910-2572 call/text) for special arrangements. 

    Can’t donate a handmade item but want to help behind the scenes? Let Barb Pond know. Here are a few spots where extra hands are needed —- 

    • 2-3 people to check in the donated items at the August 25 Guild meeting and again at the September 17 Pop Up event.
    • 2-3 people to help with photography. A commitment of 6-10 hours between September 18 and October 8. Contact Barb Pond to arrive at mutually agreeable dates and times.  
    • 2-3 people to distribute items at the October 29 Pop Up event to winning bidders

    Help support one of your guild’s primary purpose---charity quilts, including CPNLS, by helping with the fund raiser.  This is the only event we sponsor as a guild to raise funds for batting, thread, backing fabric, and fabrics and lace for the CPNLS blankets.  Please consider a contribution to help the cause.

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

MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS

Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday 0f each month

All meetings are streamed online

In person meetings are held at:
First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
Englewood, CO  80113

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