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Arapahoe County Quilters

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Upcoming ACQ events: October 13, Guild Meeting on Zoom featuring Swan Sheridan: Color Theory Applied.  More details and register here.  ACQ Online Fundraising Auction Oct 13 - Oct 22.  More details here.  Workshop on October 15.  Online Shattered Blossoms/Fractured Flowers with Swan Sheridan.  More details here.

ACQ Monthly Quilt Guild Meetings

Join us on the second Thursday of each month as we gather for inspiration, education and friendship. Meetings feature national and local speakers who inform and inspire us with a wide range of quilting topics. A highlight most months is Show & Tell when we share the quilts we've made.

See General Info below.

Upcoming Guild Meetings

    • October 13, 2022
    • 6:15 PM
    • online
    • 47
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    AN EVENING WITH SWAN SHERIDAN

    Join us in this lecture with Swan which includes a showing of 30 or more quilts and focuses on building and utilizing a color stash in both modern and traditional quilting designs.  

    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.

    About Swan Sheridan

    Swan Sheridan : President and Artist

    Swan Sheridan was born in Bend, Oregon and currently lives in Vail, Arizona with her husband and daughter.

    Swan's interest in all things textile related began when she was very young.  She tried everything from spinning wool to cross-stitch, and finally landed in the world of quilting during grad school.  She dabbled in applique with that first quilt in the interests of covering a mistake, and thus did necessity become the mother of invention.

    Applique took over Swan's quilting life in 2004 while she was pregnant with her daughter.  In 2009, with her daughter in preschool, Swan began to refine her applique skills with unique designs.  Shortly afterwards she took a job with Bella Quiltworks in Tucson, Arizona, which offered her the opportunity to be immersed in the quilting world in a whole new way.

    Swan began producing patterns for sale in early 2013 and regularly exhibits her work in local shows.  She teaches in Tucson, offering classes in applique, color, hand quilting, and decorative stitches.  

    Learn more about Swan:

    Check out Swan's workshop on October 15.

    The Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 Mountain time. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for $8.00.  Please register ahead of time and ensure that you know how to use Zoom prior to the meeting. The link will come by email when you register.

    ACQ Members: Please sign in and register for free—it's so helpful to know how many are coming AND you'll be eligible for door prizes when you register. You will find the Show & Tell submission form on the Members-only page.

      • November 10, 2022
      • 6:15 PM
      • online
      • 89
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      AN EVENING WITH SHELLEY CAVANNA

      Shelley has a passion for intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts.  She loves creating designs with layer-upon-layer of elements that weave in and out of one another creating depth and movement.  Shelley loves to make quilts that can be viewed not only as a collection of beautiful blocks, but also as large-scale, cohesive pieces of art! 

      This lecture shares the story of Shelley's design evolution as a self-taught quilter, from drawing awkward templates with her third grade ruler to her current love for mosaic and knit inspired (and increasingly complex) projects.  The lecture shows the progression of how she developed her signature mosaic style and how she's helping quilters of all skill levels make their own stunning quilts....simply!




      About Shelley Cavanna

      Shelley is a quilter, teacher, author, and textile and quilt designer who resides near Sacramento, CA with her husband and two boys. Her love of crafting was passed on and lovingly fostered by her Mom and Granny.

      Shelley is a self-taught quilter who was bitten by the quilting bug in 2007 when she bought her first sewing machine.  She played around with classic quilt blocks and deciphered how to use pre-cuts to make them.  

      With degrees in English and History...and quite a lot of experience with technical writing during the seven years she spent on staff at her local university...stepping into writing quilt patterns was quite natural!  She opened her first independent design company under the banner of Poplun Designs (the Croatian word for quilt)  and in 2013 decided to re-brand and re-open as Cora's Quilts.

      So who is Cora, then?  In truth, no one!  Shelley has loved the name ever since she fell in love with The Last of the Mohicans in High School.  It's a lovely nod to her Irish heritage and love of historical novels!


      Learn more about Shelley:


      Check out Shelley's workshop on November 12.


      The Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 Mountain time. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for $8.00.  Please register ahead of time and ensure that you know how to use Zoom prior to the meeting. The link will come by email when you register.

      ACQ Members: Please sign in and register for free—it's so helpful to know how many are coming AND you'll be eligible for door prizes when you register. You will find the Show & Tell submission form on the Members-only page.

        • January 12, 2023
        • 6:15 PM
        • online
        • 99
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        JUST CUT THE SCRAPS WITH MICHELLE CRAWFORD

        What DO you do with all your scraps? Become a frugal and “green” quilter by using your scraps and making quilts!   Learn Michele’s “formula” – the more the merrier (fabric that is), to create quilts using Color Value to offer contrast, depth and movement in your quilts! Michele will present an informational and inspirational power point presentation of various types of scrap quilts along with a trunk show of her own original scrap quilts. Her mantra is “No scrap left behind”!

        About Michelle

        Michele writes: “I love to quilt and share my passion of quilting with my students and customers! I have the gift of being able to combine colors and fabrics together through the design process to create her quilts!

        As a quilt teacher, students will find my classes jam packed with cutting, piecing plus pressing tips and techniques; enthusiasm; and encouragement! I want my students to have FUN, “step out of their box” to try something new, and work at their own pace as there isn’t a “quilt police” in my classes.”

        Michele has taught at: AQS Paducah; Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS); Northwest QuiltingExpo; Houston Quilt Festival; Quilt Expo Reno; Road to California; Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival; Sewing and Stitchery Expo; and various quilt guilds.

        Learn more about Michelle:

        Michelle is doing 2 half day workshops for us on January 11th.  In the morning will be Crumb Quilting.   In the afternoon Spontaneous Log Cabins.   

        The Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 Mountain time. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for $8.00.  Please register ahead of time and ensure that you know how to use Zoom prior to the meeting. The link will come by email when you register.

        ACQ Members: Please sign in and register for free—it's so helpful to know how many are coming AND you'll be eligible for door prizes when you register. You will find the Show & Tell submission form on the Members-only page.

          • February 09, 2023
          • 6:15 PM
          • online
          • 99
          Register


          QUILTS TO A TEE:   USING T-SHIRTS AND UNIQUE CLOTHING IN QUILTS WITH BETH SULLIVAN

          This lecture is designed to provide inspiration and guidance for quilters who are thinking about tackling a T-shirt or memory quilt. Quilt samples and photos are used to show how quilters can expand the possibilities of the conventional T-shirt quilt to include anything that can be washed, sewn and made to lie flat. Using interesting items is a focal point of the lecture. In addition, the design and construction of a variable layout quilt is discussed as well as the use of partial seams in construction of unique quilt designs. 

          About Beth Sullivan

          Beth specializes in creating custom T-shirt quilts, memory quilts and memory pillows. Most everyone has a box of clothes at the back of their closet that they no longer wear but can’t bear to throw out. I take these special clothing items and turn them into a quilt so the memories can be preserved and enjoyed.

          I am known for using unique items. I like to say that I can use anything that can be sewn, washed and made to lie flat. In addition to the normal T-shirts and sweatshirts, I have used pants, sweaters, bathing suits, pajamas, ties, tote bags, socks, bibs, scarves, ribbons, underwear and many other interesting things.

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          Check out the workshop with Beth on February 11.


          The Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 Mountain time. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for $8.00.  Please register ahead of time and ensure that you know how to use Zoom prior to the meeting. The link will come by email when you register.

          ACQ Members: Please sign in and register for free—it's so helpful to know how many are coming AND you'll be eligible for door prizes when you register. You will find the Show & Tell submission form on the Members-only page.

          • March 09, 2023
          • 6:15 PM
          • online
          • 99
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           APPROACHING QUILTING AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER WITH SHERI CIFALDI-MORRILL OF WHOLE CIRCLE STUDIO


          Our own life experiences can play a big role in our work as quilters. In this presentation and trunk show, Sheri will share how she applies her graphic design training and practices to design quilts while showing a selection of her award-winning quilts. Come hear, see and be inspired as Sheri describes her creative journey and process.

          About Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

          Sheri is a designer, quilt pattern publisher, award-winning quilter, educator, and creative entrepreneur. With the help of books and the Internet, she taught herself how to sew and discovered her love of designing and making quilts. As a trained and practicing graphic designer, her quilts start with a concept and research shapes the design. Her work is inspired by her everyday life and experiences.

          Sheri’s quilts have gained international recognition, including awards from QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival, Quilt Week/Paducah, the Quilt Alliance, and the Modern Quilt Guild. Additionally, her work has been featured at art centers and galleries around the country. Her work has been included in books and publications such as Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival Scene. She self-publishes and distributes her quilt patterns, which can be found at quilt shops worldwide and online. Sheri enjoys giving presentations and teaching nationally.

          Learn more about Sheri:

           Please check out the class with Sherri  on March 11.

          The Zoom meeting room will open at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 Mountain time. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for $8.00.  Please register ahead of time and ensure that you know how to use Zoom prior to the meeting. The link will come by email when you register.

          ACQ Members: Please sign in and register for free—it's so helpful to know how many are coming AND you'll be eligible for door prizes when you register. You will find the Show & Tell submission form on the Members-only page.

          Past Guild Meetings

          September 08, 2022 September Guild Meeting - Traditional, Art, Modern: Notes from the Field with Maria Shell
          August 25, 2022 August Guild Meeting - The Cutting Edge with Kelly Gallagher Abbott
          July 14, 2022 July Guild Meeting - Show Me! An Online Trunk Show of Rare and Historic Quilts
          May 12, 2022 May Guild Meeting - Fabric and Form with Mary McCauley
          April 14, 2022 April Guild Meeting - A Look at Modern Celtic Quilting with Scarlett Rose
          March 10, 2022 March Guild Meeting - Dimensional Curved Piecing with Annette Ornelas
          February 10, 2022 February Guild Meeting - Pre-Civil War Quilts: The Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad
          January 13, 2022 January Guild Meeting - Dresden Reimagined with Candace Grisham
          December 09, 2021 December Guild Meeting - An Evening of Fun
          November 11, 2021 November Guild Meeting - Improv Paper Piecing with Amy Friend
          October 14, 2021 October Guild Meeting - Quilts of Illusions with Karen Combs
          September 09, 2021 September Guild Meeting - Seeing Double with Tammy Silvers
          August 12, 2021 August Guild Meeting - Windy Wonders: A Quilt Block Grows Up
          July 10, 2021 Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Social
          July 08, 2021 July Guild Meeting: Show and Tell Extravaganza
          June 10, 2021 June Guild Meeting: Demo Night
          May 13, 2021 May Guild Meeting: Shop Hop!
          April 08, 2021 April Guild Meeting: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
          March 11, 2021 March Guild Meeting: Fun with Free Motion Quilting
          February 11, 2021 February Guild Meeting: Quilt Remix • Heather Kojan
          January 14, 2021 January Guild Meeting: Creating Art Quilts with Panels • Joyce Hughes
          December 10, 2020 December Guild Meeting: How Quilters Celebrate Life with Meg Cox
          November 12, 2020 November Guild Meeting: Behind the Seams with Peter Byrne
          October 08, 2020 October Guild Meeting: The History & Mystery of Baltimore Album Quilts, Jaimie Davis
          September 10, 2020 September Guild Meeting: Resizing Any Block with Cindy Barfield
          August 13, 2020 August Guild Meeting: Smash Your Stash! with Kate Colleran
          July 09, 2020 July Guild Meeting: Wildly Careening into Quilts with Kim Lapacek
          June 11, 2020 June Guild Meeting: Show & Tell Extravaganza + More
          May 14, 2020 ONLINE May Guild Meeting: Stitching, Symbols, Signature Style with Deborah Boschert
          April 16, 2020 VIRTUAL April Guild Meeting: Improvise! Creating, Quilting and Living Courageously with Sherri Lynn Wood
          March 12, 2020 March Guild Meeting: Moda and Beyond with Lynne Hagmeier
          February 13, 2020 February Guild Meeting: Making Faces with Lea McComas
          January 09, 2020 January Guild Meeting: Demo Night
          December 12, 2019 December Holiday Potluck & Silent Auction
          November 14, 2019 November Guild Meeting featuring Pat Syta and Mimi Hollenbaugh

          General Info

          TIME

          6:15 pm • "Doors open" for socializing (doors may open early for some meetings—watch the calendar for details)

          6:30 pm • Business meeting begins 

          COST
          Admission is $8 (free for members) unless otherwise noted. Visitors are welcome to attend. 

          LOCATION
          All meetings are currently online through Zoom. Those who register prior to the meeting will receive the link by email. The link is also available for members on the Members-only page. 

          Physical location when we're allowed to return: Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Englewood, CO. Enter the front doors, bear left, turn right, head down the long hallway, and the fellowship hall will be on the right.

          SHOW & TELL
          Please take photos of your finished quilts to share with all of us. We enjoy seeing all quilts—from the first quilt someone has made to entries in national quilt shows. See the Members-only page (password required) for submission info and the Photos page for a photo archive. 

          MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS

          2nd Thursdays: some in person & some online

          When we can be in person:
          First Plymouth Congregational Church
          3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
          Englewood, CO  80113

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          PO Box 5357
          Englewood, CO 80155

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