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June 10 Guild Meeting: It's Demo Night! Time to start thinking about the 2022 Festival of Quilts!
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ACQ Workshops

Workshops from our featured teachers provide an amazing opportunity to learn new techniques and expand your quiltmaking skills at a minimal cost. Payments are due with your registration.

See Workshop Policies below for details.

Upcoming Workshops

    • July 16, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • July 17, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • online using Zoom
    • 15

    Intro to Fabric Dying with Cheryl Lynch

    This is a great introductory workshop to cotton fabric dyeing.  Starting with 3 colors of dye ( a gradation kit from Pro Chemical 7 Dye), and 5 yards of white cotton fabric, you will end up with 30, yes 30 fat eighths of high quality hand dyed fabric in an assortment of colors.  This will give you a great palette to work with.  In addition to these fabrics, see what happens when you include black & white fabrics.


    I made my first quilt out of Marimekko fabric as an impoverished chemistry graduate student at M.I.T. It took another 17 years for me to make my second one – after a corporate career and some child rearing.

    When we moved to Pennsylvania, my sons were both in school and I started taking some basic quilting classes to occupy my time. It didn't take long before I fell in love with quilting and started to design my own quilts. I then started teaching at a local quilt shop. At the request of my students, I developed my own line of Judaic quilt patterns.

    Fascinated by the color and texture of fabric, I discovered that I could create art and folk art without knowing how to paint with a brush. The challenge became how to turn my ideas into a quilt.

    I find that I "build" my quilts one section at a time. Putting together the pieces of the puzzle is both challenging and energizing. This process sometimes necessitates the development of a new technique or use of a non-traditional fabric.
    My inspiration for my quilts comes from the emotions I feel for my family as well as my love of nature and cycling. I have many creative moments while riding my bicycle through the scenic byways of our country.
    Then I can't wait to return to my studio to translate those ideas into fabric.

    Learn more about Cheryl Lynch:

    • Cheryl Lynch Quilts

    • http://www.instagram.com/CherylLynchQuilts
    • fhttp://www.facebook.com/CherylLynchFiberArts
    • http://www.youtube.com/CherylLynchQuilts
    • http://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylLynchQuilts


    Download Supply List  Updated Intro to Fabric Dyeing Supplies.pdf 

    Download Pre-Class Prep Instructions:  Pre-Class Preparations.pdf

    Order information for Required kit:
    PRO Chemical and Dye carries the required dye and suggested fabric. Purchase the Gradation Dye Kit in the color of your choice. PRO Chemical and Dye also carries prepared for dying (PFD) cotton fabric.  You'll need 5 yds. The samples in the picture above were made with the Style 300 cotton muslin. 

    Be sure to order your kit with plenty of time for shipping.

    Ask Cheryl directly if you have questions about the kits.
    • August 21, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • online using Zoom
    • 30

    Windy Wonders with Diane Harris, the Stash Bandit

    From one humble block comes this parade of unique quilt designs. Diane started making Baby Windmills years ago and soon realized how many things she could do with them. She's on a lifelong quest to make every such quilt that lives in her head.

    Windy Wonders touches on the concepts of value, scale, color and creativity. See how one simple idea can take root, grow, morph and reproduce in exciting ways. Most of the quilts are scrappy, so there will be plenty of ideas from the Stash Bandit for letting the fabric do the work. 



    Diane Harris is a quilt designer, speaker and teacher. After 11 years as an editor for Quiltmaker magazine, she formed Stash Bandit, through which she presents energetic trunk shows and engaging classes for quilters. She is passionate about making scrap quilts and creating interesting original designs. She never met a fabric she didn't like, and her work is regularly featured in national publications.

    Diane lives on a working farm in rural Nebraska.

    Learn more at stashbandit.net and on Instagram, @stashbanditquilting. 



      Your project can be totally scrappy or controlled scrappy but it needs to include many different fabrics. You can make a "kitchen sink" quilt and use everything, or you can decide on a color recipe. You can wait and decide this in class.

      Have about a dozen fat quarters in lights, mediums and darks, or press your biggest scraps so they're ready to use. IMPORTANT: The MINIMUM useful size for class is 2.5" x 6".


      • Sewing machine
      • Iron
      • Rotary cutting


      • Basic sewing supplies
      • Neutral-colored thread in 50 or 60 weight for piecing
      • Design wall or large piece of flannel or batting. Bigger is better!

      • September 18, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT)
      • online using Zoom
      • 30

      Pointed Comments with Tammy Silvers

      This table runner and placemat set works great as an introduction to my guided improv technique. It is easier than it looks - and you may just find it addictive too! Bonus: you'll get MOST of the table runner done in a full day workshop!


      Hi, I'm Tammy. I've been quilting since 1991. I've also taught at a variety of quilt shops as well as online (check out my Quick Quilted Gifts class on Bluprint!), and design and self-publish my own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis.

      I'm no different than most quilters - I enjoy working with almost any fabric. But I must confess - my favorites (the one that will make me drool, and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and almost any fabric with words on it. Having a background in art and literature, another of my guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in my work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. I am a Georgia native and currently live in Acworth with my husband, children (when they come to visit!), one grumpy dog, and my favorite fat cat.

      Under the label Tamarinis, my designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines. I also work with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Northcott, Free Spirit, Maywood, Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures.

      I even design fabrics for Island Batik. A perfect fit - since I LOVE batiks! I'm fortunate to have a thread line with Aurifil that coordinates beautifully with my current Island Batik line too!

      Yes, I love designing, but I love teaching and sharing my passion for quilting. It is so much fun to get to visit different guilds, meet quilters and see all the creativity that makes this such a fun world to be a part of.

      Learn More about Tammy:

      • http://www.tamarinis.com
      • http://www.instagram.com/Tamarinis
      • http://www.facebook.com/Tamarinis
      • http://www.youtube.com/c/Tamarinis


      Coming Soon

      • October 23, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
      • online using Zoom
      • 20

      Patchwork Illusions with Karen Combs


      Visual depth has fascinated artists for centuries. Karen has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make quilts with a 3-D look. Frankly, this is Karen's favorite class because it is so easy to create truly amazing quilts of illusion. Let Karen share her secrets, so you may become a master of illusion! You can see more examples from this class at The Quilter’s Gallery on Karen’s webpage. Link below:


      COMBS Promo Class - Patchwork Illusions ZOOM .pdf


    Workshops start promptly at 10:00 am. Please confirm you have online access info at least the day before the workshop. 

    Unless otherwise noted full day workshop fees are: 

    • $50 Early Bird Admission for ACQ Members (paid in full 55 days prior to workshop)
    • $60 Regular Admission for ACQ members (available 54 days prior to workshop)
    • $70 Regular Admission Non-members (available 35 days prior to workshop) 

    A waitlist will be created if a workshop sells out. 

    Workshops will be held online, most likely via Zoom. See individual workshop for details.

    • Any member or guest signing up to participate in a workshop sponsored by ACQ must make payment for the entire amount of the class enrollment fee at the time of registration. Registration is not complete and class placement is not reserved until payment is received in full.
    • The participant may cancel and receive a full refund if cancellation is received in writing to the current VP Programs, Lynn Roginski, prior to 90 days in advance of the workshop.

    • If the notice is received after 90 days, the participant's fee will be retained by ACQ. However, the participant may arrange for another person to take their place at the workshop but ACQ will not be a party to the financial arrangements made between the parties. Original participant must notify ACQ of the transferred registration before the class meeting time. 


    • All workshops are open to ACQ members initially.

    • Non-members interested in a workshop may register 35 days prior to the workshop when space is still available.

    • Non-members pay a slightly higher workshop fee.

    • You may wish to join ACQ in order to take advantage of early discounted workshop fees. 


    Contact Lynn Roginski, VP Programs 2021.


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


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