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ACQ News

  • August 01, 2022 10:30 AM | Lynn Roginski

    Calling ACQ Volunteers

    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

  • August 01, 2022 10:00 AM | Lynn Roginski

    Meet Mimi Hollenbaugh and Pat Syta – owners of Bound To Be Quilting, a company they started in 2016.

    Mimi Hollenbaugh started quilting in 1983, and since then has almost never been without a project (or two or three) on the go.  Her first love is applique, but she finds that she is drawn to many forms of quilting and needlework.  She enjoys traveling with her Mom to needlework classes all over the country.  Although Colorado became home in 1993, she and her family found themselves taking advantage of an opportunity to live and work in England for 2 years in 2002.  That opportunity lasted for almost 10 years(!) but in 2011 they returned to Colorado.  While in the UK, besides working and teaching at Puddleduck’s Quilt Shop, Mimi designed many quilts that were featured in British Patchwork and Quilting Fabrications magazines.  Additionally, she co-authored and published a book of children's quilts in the UK entitled Good Night Sleep Tight.

    Pat Syta started sewing when she was 12 years old. In 1991, she began quilting when a friend she worked with talked her into taking her first quilting class. Pat was to make an 8-block sampler, but 8 blocks were not enough of a challenge, so Pat made an 18-block queen sized quilt, which she still sleeps under.  The quilt bug hit hard. Two years after her first class, Pat began teaching at a local shop in Anchorage, Alaska.  Teaching beginners is her specialty, but she loves travelling, teaching to all levels of students and taking challenging classes herself.  Pat promptly became active in 3 guilds when moving to Colorado.  Along with some friends, Pat started Parker Piecekeepers Quilt Guild in Parker, became Director of Quilt Colorado in 2012, and was Program Chair and President of Arapahoe County Quilters. Pat has authored 2 books:  Bear’s Paw Plus, published by Martingale, and Red at Night under her Piece by Piece Memories company. 

    Mimi and Pat are designers for Banyan Batiks.  Their latest line is called Stargazer and is available for pre-orders with shipping expected this Fall.  Be sure to check it out at www.banyanbatiks.com.  Mimi and Pat have numerous patterns and BOMs.  Their newest BOM offering is Solare BOM which will be coming to stores in November.  (https://northcott.com/product-detail.aspx?nme=April%202022%20Release%20Banyan%20Batiks&fbid=139&colid=2920&colorid=3925)  You can see their amazing patterns and BOMs and find more information about Bound To Be Quilting at: https://bound-to-be-quilting.myshopify.com/.

    Mimi and Pat – thank you for contributions to the quilting community and your support of Arapahoe County Quilters.

    Submitted by Ann Roman

  • August 01, 2022 9:45 AM | Lynn Roginski

    SHOUT OUT to the ACQ members who have come by my house to drop off quilts and pick up kits. The weather has been so hot I spend much time downstairs in my sewing room.  I am very happy to come up to meet and greet  for Charity Quilts.

    We welcome any and all donations, regardless of what your preferred style and patterns might be.  If you would like guidelines for donations, we are suggesting patriotic themed quilts for the 3rd quarter (August, September) and holiday for the 4th quarter (October, November, December).  

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

    Sheila Clark 720.300.0973  sheila-clark@comcast.net

    Jan Wolfgram 507.469.1070   jan.wolfgram@acqcolorado.org

  • August 01, 2022 9:30 AM | Lynn Roginski


  • July 04, 2022 12:30 PM | Lynn Roginski

    Taking Some ME Time

    The beginning of July is vacation time for our family.  As we get ready to drive cross country, I already have quilt shops that I’d like to visit mapped out in our plans…one of my favorites is in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  And with that, it is important to make sure and take some time for self-care.  Remember, self-care isn’t selfish.  So, while my family is out fishing, I am planning on bringing my travel sewing machine, sitting out by the lake, and working on a few small projects while relaxing.

    One of my favorite new gadgets is a fingertip seam ripper by Riley Blake.  This handy little “Jack” is great for traveling because it is small and portable, and perfect to slip into your hand sewing bag.  Keep an eye out - because it may just show up as one of our door prizes or part of the Grand Prize for the UFO challenge.

    Speaking of the UFO challenge, we are over halfway through the year - where are you with your UFOs?  I have a few tops completed, but have yet to finish quilting and binding them.  Fingers crossed I get a chance to finish and show at least one by our December meeting.  I know many of you are feverishly working to finish your 10 UFOs.  Remember, if you entered your UFOs in the challenge and show the finished product at the guild meeting show-and-tells, you will receive a ticket in the drawing for the Grand Prize in December.

    Don’t forget, our July guild meeting is on Zoom this month.  We will resume in-person in August - but are working with some scheduling challenges so please stay tuned for updates.  There are still spaces available for the upcoming workshops in August, September and beyond.  They are a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.

    Submitted by Jen Dietz, President


  • July 04, 2022 12:00 PM | Lynn Roginski

    CALLING ALL QUILTERS and BAG LADIES for our FALL AUCTION 2022

    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 our main fund-raiser for ACQ.

    How can you help? ---

      1. We need items for the auction---these can be wall hangings, lap quilts, table toppers, runners, place mats, totes, zippered bags, aprons to name a few possibilities. The guild is looking for hand-crafted items.  Holiday items are always a hit with bidders!  You can submit your project forms on the www.acqcolorado.org website starting anytime.  You may also drop off items to Barb Pond or bring them to our two pop-ups this summer.  I want to give you plenty of time to get something made by September!

      2. We will also need people to collect items at a “Pop-Up” event late August/ early September, people who have photography skills to make photos for the website, and people willing to distribute the goods to the winners at another Pop-Up event after the auction ends. Contact Barb Pond to help—this is a short time commitment—thanks.

    Help support one of our guild’s primary purposes---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!

  • July 04, 2022 11:45 AM | Lynn Roginski

    Our “Books and Bargains” event on Saturday, June 11th was a huge success! Thanks to your support, we were able to raise over $1,000 to allow the guild to continue providing its members with charitable opportunities and educational programs.  It was wonderful to see so many of you at this live event.  A big “thank you” to our vendors, volunteers, and members who helped planned and attended this special event.  

    Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski

  • July 04, 2022 11:30 AM | Lynn Roginski

    *  July Program - July 14th

    Join us via ZOOM for our Guild Meeting with Julie Silber as she presents “Show Me!”…a trunk show and lecture of rare and historic quilts.  As a collector for more than 40 years, Julie will show some of her favorite 19th and 20th century quilts, along with their fascinating stories.  

    *  August Program - August 11th

    Kelly Gallagher Abbott of Jukebox Quilts will be joining us IN PERSON for our Guild Meeting to show us the newest techniques, tools, gadgets and tricks.  She will also share information about what judges are looking for, and how to correct the most commonly seen areas of weakness.  This lecture was originally scheduled for May. If you signed up then, you will not need to re-register.

    *  August Workshop - August 13th

    Find surprise and beauty with this simple technique of stacking layers and cutting pieces from large, high contrast prints as you create your own “Stackn Cut Hexagon Quilt” with Marci Baker.  Learn how six identical triangles will come together to create a unique kaleidoscope or millefiori design.  Class will be held at Holly’s Quilt Cabin

    Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski

  • July 04, 2022 10:45 AM | Lynn Roginski

    Thanks to all the members who participated in the 3 in 1 Challenge. It is incredible how many different ways three small fabrics can be used to create amazing wall hangings.

    The Challenge participants brought their wall hangings, along withthe artistic explanation on a 5” x 7” size paper attached to the bottom of the piece to our June meeting.  During the “Books and Bargains” event, each member voted for their top three favorites. You can see pictures of all the entries on our www.acqcolorado.org  website.

    The following projects received top honors:

    1st Place: Linda Mazunik for her thread painted flowers


    2nd Place: Barb Pond for her “Sunset in the City”


    3rd Place: Saundra Dowling for her rock formation creation.


    Congratulations to our top honors, but the creativity displayed made all of them winners!

    Submitted by Barb Pond, Vice President


  • July 04, 2022 10:30 AM | Lynn Roginski

    We are happy to report that as of June 25 we have 192 paid members.  Your support is greatly appreciated and it is good to see so many of you at our monthly meetings and at the opportunities where we are able to meet in person.  Your contributions and support for our Books & Bargains Yard Sale in June was amazing.

    Our membership includes the following 16 businesses.  We hope that you will get to know these companies/individuals and support them when and where you can.  In the future we plan to feature our business members so we can learn more about their services.

    ACQ Business members: Treelotta; ALeeB Creative; Rooster Quilting; Kate Colleran Designs; Kelly Collins; Stars and Stitches Designs; HC Design; A Quilter’s Choice; A Stitching Shop; Bound to Be Quilting; Moonlight Quilts; eQuilter.com; The Creative Needle; Wooden Spools; Crafty Girl Quilts; and The Quilted Cricket. Get more info about each of these members here.

    Submitted by Ann Roman and Louise Helton

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