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The next guild meeting is December 9.  An evening of fun will include a presentation by Carol Wilkerson called  "A Round Robin: Is It Right for You? A Lighthearted Look at Community Quilting Projects".  Also lots of games and prizes.  Join us and wear a festive hat!  RSVP for the online meeting now.


ACQ News

  • 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!


    Renew or Join Us Today!


  • November 02, 2020 8:39 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Get Your Tickets! Or Get Them Turned in!
    There is only a little over a month left to purchase raffle tickets or return your stubs.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by at our October drive through event.  We will be having another drive through event on December 5th so everyone has one last chance in person. 

    Drawing at the December Guild Meeting
    Jen Dietz, Christian Dietz, and I will be at the church on Thursday, December 10th and Christian will be drawing the winning ticket. We will be broadcasting the drawing via Zoom. Let's hope it is not too cold or snowy!

    On Display at Wooden Spools!
    The raffle quilt is hanging up at Wooden Spools with high hopes of selling some tickets!  For those who frequent this shop, you can always buy more tickets at our wonderful business member. 

  • November 02, 2020 8:06 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

    Thank you to the ACQ members who donated and/or purchased books at our virtual book fair. This was a new venture for us, and we appreciate your interest and efforts to make it successful. In these “Safer at Home” times, it was nice to honor some of our traditions, i.e., the book sale, albeit in a new manner.

    Pam Johnson was a beloved member of ACQ and we are saddened by the news of her death. Pam donated her voluminous quilt book library to ACQ.  We are honored and happy to share these books with you. We will have a third round of our virtual book fair. These books will be for sale starting at $1 each. We hope to have the blog posts with book information on-line as soon as possible. We can arrange book pick ups at the Dec. 5 Drive Through.

    If you have any questions, please contact Ann Roman or Mary Rogers.

    Happy reading and happy quilting!

    Submitted by: Ann Roman and Mary Rogers

  • October 30, 2020 1:07 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    It’s that time again!

    Time 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.

    Since we do not know when we will meet in person again, please mail your finished block to me after looking up my address on the member directory Nancy's Address.  (This will make me go up to my mailbox more often than once or twice a month. )

    11/4 UPDATE: Last chance to turn blocks in will be at the Dec. 5 Drive Through event.

    Thank You,

    Nancy Conklin
    ACQ Vice President

  • October 29, 2020 1:09 PM | June Dudley (Administrator)

    Many of you have become Zoom experts now with meetings, workshops, open sew times and bees meeting online.  

    If you're still struggling with Zoom or haven't yet tried to connect, please reach out to anyone on the leadership team. We'd love to help you get connected. 

    UPDATE YOUR ZOOM SOFTWARE! There are new features available on Zoom, but you'll need to update your software to take advantage of them. You'll want to be on at least Zoom 5.3.0. This is whether you use Zoom on your computer or smart phone. Find details here.

  • October 28, 2020 2:03 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    Hello November,

    Waiting for the Election results.  Been on pins and needles since we turned in our ballots on 11 October.  I have powered downmy presence on Facebook and stopped all political posts starting 12 October.  Either way it goes, I just hope when the ballots are counted, we have an uneventful transition.  Thank goodness our ACQ elections were not so contentious. 

    Our Guild got a call from a family disposing of fabric from their mother-in-law.  Mind you they had 2 earlier days for Guilds and their friends to come get fabric so I thought we might get a little.  Well the garage was full.  And guess what?  She had grandsons, so there is a lot of boy specific fabric that will go into the Charity Quilt bin.  I have tried to make at least one quilt for boys in each batch, but it is really hard with all the pretty florals and such.  Well this lady’s family gave us yards of fabric.  She bought at least 1 yard, but many were several (6+) yards.  So, if anyone has been thinking that we needed to make more quilts for boys, we now have some supplies.

    We had another Drive Thru event on October 24th followed by a Charity Sew on Sunday 25th. As I write this it is still 2 weekends away, but if it is as successful as the one in September there will be some great numbers that the Board and Committee chairs will report.

    As of the 14th of October, I have completed the 3 t-shirt tops for my friend in North Carolina. I hope the wide backing comes in soon so I can get them in the mail by Halloween. I’ll let you know if I made my deadline at the Nov meeting.

    Can’t wait to see show and tell this month. You guys always give me inspiration and motivation. Thank you one and all.

    May your bobbins be ever full and your seams straight

    Terry Chase

  • October 28, 2020 2:00 PM | Carole Fronk (Administrator)

    In these challenging times it is good to remember “Happiness is what you make of it.” We make quilts and I thank ACQ members for helping the Charitable Quilts Committee in so many ways including:

    Emails with suggestions and questions

    • Meet ups at the hardware store
    • Drop offs at my house
    • Requests for items to be picked up
    • Participation in the Drive Ups and Community Sews

    Please continue these acts of kindness to help our quilts find new homes and share that happiness with others.  This year has been one of the more challenging years in my lifetime and I am not alone in expressing this feeling.  I am lucky and grateful to have a roof over my head and that is the main reason why Charitable Quilts has donated quilts to homeless shelters for women.

    Another 20 quilts were delivered to Sinton’s Sanctuary.

    Sheila Clark
    Charitable Quilts Committee

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