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  • April 04, 2020 1:08 PM | June Dudley (Administrator)

    It’s easy to use, but we want to make sure your experience at the Virtual Guild Meeting and Workshop is successful. Here are three different opportunities for you to practice Zoom and say hello to some other ACQ members. 

    Register for one or more of these times (free) and we’ll send you a link before the meeting. You should be able to use your computer, tablet or phone. Viewing on your phone will be small. 

    • Tues 4/7 11 am to 12 pm: Hello ACQ 1—pop in to say hello and learn how zoom works for the virtual guild meeting and workshop. Sign up.

    • Thurs 4/9 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm: The Wanna Bees—if you’re not in a bee but you want to check in with other ACQ members—pop in to say hello and learn how zoom works. No commitment, but perhaps some will want to continue meeting regularly. Led by Mary Papich, ACQ Beekeeper. Sign up.

    • Tuesday 4/14 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Hello ACQ 2—pop in to say hello and learn how zoom works for the virtual guild meeting and workshop. Sign up.

    Does Your Bee Want to Use Zoom? If you’re in a bee and would like to learn more about hosting a Zoom meeting, let June know. We’ve already got several bees who are meeting this way and they’ll all enjoying this chance to check in and spend time with each other.
  • April 01, 2020 3:39 PM | June Dudley (Administrator)

    We sure hope you're doing well during these upside down days. We have an update for you on the Virtual Wedge Curve Improv Workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood on April 17-18.

    NOTE: Details will be available later this week for ACQ's Virtual Guild Meeting on April 16.

    Our Wedge Curve Improv Workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood has gone through its own improvisation. Sherri is excited to partner with ACQ to host her first live-stream online workshop. 

    This is an amazing opportunity to learn from a national level speaker at the affordable rate of only $40 for two days of instruction and interaction. 

    Invite Sherri into your sewing space and spend two days with her and ACQ on April 17-18. Please invite your quilting friends to join you in this creative opportunity.

    Find the complete workshop description and registration on ACQ's website.

    Register for the Workshop

  • April 01, 2020 1:08 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    In these challenging times I needed something to make me laugh. This is not such a stretch for a quilter but it is time to try a new block. For me this was Wonky Star Block. There are so many free tutorials to view. My favorite is Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. She shows large and small.

    I have a good start on my next quilt to donate. I do not know when we will each other again, so I wish you hours of good quilting. Please remember we will see each other again and I look forward to sharing donated quilts with people in our community.

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


  • April 01, 2020 1:07 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)


    News from the Library Corner

    We hope you are staying healthy and practicing social distancing. Hopefully your time at home includes some fun sewing.  If you are cleaning and organizing your sewing space, please feel free to donate to the ACQ book fair any quilt books you no longer need. 

    If you were at the March meeting, you heard that we now have 3 jigsaw puzzles (500 and 1000 pieces) that can be checked out by members.  These puzzles have pictures of beautiful quilts.

    We would still love to get your input for new books that should be purchased for the library this year. We are looking for suggestions for recent books (published in 2019 and 2020).  Please email your suggestions to Mary Rogers (mary.c.rogers@outlook.com) and Ann Roman (annroman8858@icloud.com).  We will keep you posted of our progress.

    Check out the websites below to find inspiration for quilt books:

    https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Quilts-Quilting/zgbs/books/5171

    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/books/quiltmaking/quilting/_/N-29Z8q8Z2jy2

    https://www.textileartist.org/top-10-quilting-books

    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 ACQ website by title, author and subject.  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. 

    Submitted by:  Ann Roman and Mary Rogers


  • 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

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April 2020 will be the 3rd Thursday

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