Join us for our December Holiday Celebration and Potluck, Thursday December 14 at 6:15pm. Lots of fun and fellowship planned for the evening. See all the details here.
We have the opportunity to be part of an exciting program in 2023. A virtual BOM class by ACQ's very own Pat Syta.
Pat is going to offer a BOM for her pattern Runaway. The class will be held virtually on either Monday or Tuesday evening once a month from February through September. Each class will be recorded and if the class time does not work into your schedule, Pat will be providing a link that you can view on your own. That will be available for 2 weeks after each class.
The class cost for the 13 blocks plus borders will be $45, payable as soon as we have 15 committed members signed up. The cost of the pattern is normally $25, but Pat is offering ACQ members, who register for the monthly program, a 40% discount through her website.
In order to take advantage of this, we need to have at least 15 people enroll in the class. You can sign up by going to the BOM event. Once we have the minimum enrollment, you will be notified to pay for the workshop. The BOM will only be open to members only.
All Guild meetings and workshops for the first Quarter of 2023 are now open for registration. January through March meetings and workshops will all be done via zoom. Please check them out:
January - Scraps with Michelle Crawford of Flower box Quilts
February – Memory Quilts with Beth Sullivan of Beth Sullivan Designs
March – Using Graphic Design to create quilt patterns with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill ofWhole Circle Studios
April 1st – Brilliance Quilt Workshop (in person) with Pat Syta at Holly’s Quilt Cabin
Submitted by Linda Starkey
ACQ Festival of Quilts Coming in June 2023
The Festival of Quilts Team is already working hard to get ready for the show in June 2023. The dates are June 9 and 10, 2023. I hope you will have a quilt to enter in the show.
There is a saying about it taking a village to raise a child. Well, it takes an entire quilt guild to put on a quilt show. Of course, we will need many of you to enter your quilts, and we will need lots of volunteers to make it run smoothly.
We also need sponsors for the show. As costs and services keep going up to us as individuals so do the costs to put the show. If you have a business and would like to help sponsor our Festival of Quilts, please contact Regina Hoffman. Any type of quilting related business is welcome.
Again, at this show, we will also offer you the opportunity to become a “Friend of the Quilt Show.” More information about how to become a Friend of the Quilt Show will be in future newsletters and announcements.
Now let’s get started on those masterpieces.
Submitted by Nancy Conklin
Kate Colleran is a fabric and quilt pattern designer. She has been teaching and designing quilts for over 19 years. Her quilt patterns are known for their complete, easy to follow instructions with an eclectic design style; inspired by traditional elements and put together with a modern twist. She has had quilts in many quilt magazines, has online classes on both Craftsy and Quilting Daily and has co-written articles for American Quilt Retailer.
Kate has taught at quilt shops, for guilds and at national quilt shows and is the designer of the popular Braid and Mini Braid Templates. She co-authored the book, Smash Your Precut Stash. Her first digital fabric line that she designed, Blooming, came out in August with Suite B Fabrics of Island Batik. Kate’s first, designed by her batik line, Paisley Got Mod, is in Island Batik's Spring/Summer 22 catalog and recently shipped to fabric stores. It is also available online at Missouri Star Quilting.
On her website, you can find her patterns, a few tools she likes and her blog which is filled with lots of great information. She has a series of posts called Exploring the Basics with each post having tips on an aspect about quilting. You can also sign up for her newsletter and get a free quilt pattern!
Kate loves working with quilters, cherishes her time spent on designing and her business goal is simple: to help you make a quilt. Kate – we thank you for your support and involvement with Arapahoe County Quilters.
Submitted by Ann Roman & Louise Helton
Inflation Hits Everywhere
Prices for daily goods and services seem to be going up these days - and the quilt guild is not immune to price increases either. There has been a lot of discussion about meeting in person versus meeting online, and the direction that the guild will be going in the future. In our August meeting we tested out a hybrid solution, allowing for our guests to join either in person or online. Thanks to Carolyn Morris, Deb Roth, Nancy Conklin, Barb Pond and Kathy Wasilewski - this was a success!
As we look forward, we strive to continue our mission of teaching, sharing and giving. Part of this means being good stewards of our financial resources. With costs going up - it now takes 37 annual members to pay for one month rental for our current in-person meeting place. This does not include the costs to bring in a guest speaker or workshops. Your board has looked into other recommended spaces, but have thus far not found anything suitable at a lower cost. In 2023, we are committed to 4 in-person meetings (including the quilt show). We are hoping that this will help fill the need for our members who prefer in-person meetings, while being cost-conscious.
We plan on continuing our pop-up events to augment our meetings, and provide member meet-ups to pick up and drop off charity quilts, newborn loss blankets, and support other events going on throughout the year. For 2023, it will take 4 annual memberships to pay for the use of the drive-through area at our current meeting location. We are looking for alternate locations that may be conducive to pop-ups, such as member businesses, and welcome ideas that you may have as well.
Lastly, as we look forward to 2023, we are excited to be bringing back the Festival of Quilts! This bi-annual event was postponed due to the pandemic, and we are eager to see all the beautiful creations that our members have been up to the past several years. More information will be forthcoming - just keep in mind that members get first chance at registering their quilts for the event! We are hoping for a full house of lovely quilts showcasing our talented members to the greater quilting community!
Submitted by Jen Dietz, President
The Fall Auction begins in just a couple of weeks on 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.
Why do we have a Fall Auction? ---
The main purpose of the auction is to raise funds for our charity projects. While the dues defray expenses for our programs and rental fees, the auction is the main way the guild raises funds to pay for batting and backing for our charity quilts and all the materials to make the CPNLS quilts. Each average lap size quilt costs $40 or more for backing fabric and about $23 for batting. We can get 3 CPNLS blankets out of a yard of flannel plus the cost of 2.5 yards of lace.
I want to thank the following members for one or more donations to the auction:
Beth Taggert Martha Wells
Nancy Conklin Doreen Mortimer
Linda Starkey Alma Lee (former member)
Ashley McNeese Linda Mazunik
Jody Charmatz Kate Colleran
Laura Eley Nathlia Holtz
Lori Hansen Jean Gibson
Carolyn Morris Jen Dietz
Carol Haines Barb Pond
Lucy Rognes Kathy Wasilewski
Also thanks to Carol Kiser and Terri Shelgren for volunteering to collect and distribute items on two Saturdays and to Nancy Conklin and Ann Roman for helping distribue items on October 29th from 10-12 noon.
How can you help?
You can share the link for the auction to your friends through your social media sites such as Facebook and also through our www.acqcolorado.org website—which you can share.
In addition, you can purchase items in the auction or make a donation to the guild, (which is tax deductable) through Auctria,.
Contact Barb Pond at email@example.com or text/call at 303-910-2572. Thanks for your support!
Submitted by Barb Pond, VP
COMING THIS MONTH
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.
Be sure to register soon and order your pattern so that you will have it in time for the class. Use code ACQ20 to receive your 20% discount!
UPCOMING PROGRAMS – NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
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! This is a 3-hour workshop at half the cost of our regular 6-hour classes. Zoom presentation.
Mark your calendar to join us as we celebrate the Holidays at our December Social and Meeting. Plans are being made for our Santa’s “Sack Dinner” with a small gift exchange, as well as our meeting including Installation of Officers, Show-n-Tell Extravaganza, Drawing for the UFO’s Challenge, and informative Guest Speakers who will be sharing what judges look for when judging a quilt. With our upcoming Quilt Show next year, you won’t want to miss it! Full details will be coming soon.
Submitted by Kathy Wasilewski, VP Programs 2022
Take a look and see what is happening in 2023
JANUARY - Michele Crawford of Flower Box Quilts
FEBRUARY - Beth Sullivan
MARCH - Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
APRIL – Pat Syta (workshop) Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Lecture)
MAY - Jenny Kae
JUNE – Quilt Show
No meeting or workshop
JULY - 13th Margaret Willingham
SEPTEMBER – Dana Jones
OCTOBER – Sheri Noel
NOVEMBER - Carl Hentsch
DECEMBER - Pot Luck and Holiday Celebration
Submitted by Linda Starkey, VP Programs 2023
2023 Membership Renewal
It is hard to believe that we are now in the last quarter of 2022. Halloween, Thanksgiving and the December holidays are just around the corner. 2023 will be here before we know it.
Keep your eyes open for the ACQ email that addresses the membership renewal process for 2023. This email should be in your in-box in early November. We hope you have enjoyed all of the wonderful programs, workshops, activities that have been available during 2022. We have a wonderful ACQ community. Linda Starkey has been working on arrangements for some exciting programs and workshops for 2023. 2023 will be just as fun and rewarding as 2022. Plus, there is the quilt show! Be sure to renew your membership for 2023 to join in all of the fun.
We also have a favor to ask. If you are part of a quilt bee, could you please reach out to any bee members who were past ACQ members or who have never joined ACQ. Share with them what you like about ACQ. We would love to welcome returning and new members to ACQ.
Calling ACQ Volunteers – This is the broken record speaking… We need your help! We are repeating this article from the August and September Newsletters. Please consider stepping up and volunteering to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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
MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS
Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month
All meetings are streamed online
In person meetings are held at:Our Father Lutheran Church
6335 S Holly St, Centennial, CO
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