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The next guild meeting is February 10 at 6:15 pm.  Connie Martin will present Pre-Civil War Quilts: The Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad.  Join us online!  Register for the meeting here.

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

    • January 15, 2022
    • February 26, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • online using Zoom
    • 7
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    Modern Dresden: Five Different Finishes with Candace Grisham

    A modern update for making a variety of Dresden plate designs using a single template. The class will cover 5 different variations of edge finishes.  The size and design variations are endless!  You will learn to sew the plates by machine and mix and match your edge finishes.  Designed to be a technique class, you will determine how many plates and what sizes, finishes and layout you desire.

    In class, we will cover the basic Dresden block and then some of the Dresden 201 blocks which allow for creative piecing.  You can start with a background (40"x40") of your choice (pieced or solid) or wait until your blocks are made.

    It will be tons of creative fun and easy for all from confident beginner and up.  Bring your willingness to be creative and to step outside the box!  There will be class time for sewing, but since the workshop is in two parts, there will be plenty of time in between to play with your designs and do more sewing.

    Hurry and reserve your spot.  This will be a fun and exciting workshop!

    There will be a 6-week follow-up Show & Tell on February 26th.

    Be sure to read through the Supply List and related documents and order any necessary online items early to receive them before class date. 


    Watch a You-Tube video showing introduction and suggested supplies HERE 


    I am a quilt designer, speaker and teacher. 

    I love using fabrics, themes and colors from nature, but also lean more and more to bright fabrics with prints. Many of my works have a “traditional with a twist” quality. I rely on inspirations from generations gone by and put a contemporary feel to my designs.

    I dabble in fiber art, challenges, machine quilting and modern quilting.

    I have taught quilting for more than twenty years and love and teaching and exploring with students as much as the creating. I have been lucky to have quilts and fiber art pieces juried into shows with Missouri Fiber Artists, the American Quilter’s Society in Kentucky and the International Quilt Association in Houston as well as many local and regional shows and displays.

    Learn more about Candance Grisham on Social Media: 

      Candy will be speaking at the January 13th guild meeting.

      • March 12, 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • online using Zoom
      • 18


      with Annette Ornelas

      Learn how to achieve curved results with straight-line piecing in this easy but complex looking design.  This is a popular workshop with easy dimensional curves along with some strip piecing.  No matter the color combination, the results are spectacular!  

      The dimensional piecing technique consists of layering and inserting folded fabric pieces into the seam line of a pieced unit or block.  A curve appears when the bias edges are turned and stitched down.  This workshop is a great way to learn this technique without being overwhelmed by a large quilt!  Come and join us!!

      Get the Supply List HERE  

      Get the Pattern HERE 


      Annette Ornelas, a German-born quilt artist, is a teacher and designer living in Fayetteville, North Carolina with her husband and their three dogs.  She has designed and published numerous quilting patterns .  Her unconventional piecing style - straight line piecing with curved results - enables all students to make easy but complex looking designs.  This unique method makes curves fast, fun and easy.

      Annette has been published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Australian Patchwork and Stitching, and Australian Patchwork and Quilting.  In 2000, she started her own pattern company called Southwind Designs, and has published over 25 patterns and a Block-of-the-Month series, Atlantis.  Her line of patterns are distributed worldwide.

      Learn more about Annette Ornelas on Social Media:

      Annette will be speaking at the March 10 guild meeting.

      • April 16, 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • online using Zoom
      • 21

      NEW CIRCUITRY with Scarlett Rose

      Learn how to make your own bias tape and where to place contrasting insets as you make this small quilt. See how you could mix and match any of the five borders from the pattern to make your own personal variation or adapt these Celtic borders to complement patchwork!

      Adding Celtic Knots to other patterns:

      (examples are from the Meadowland Pattern by ThenCameJune)


      Scarlett started quilting in 1976, teaching in 1986 and quilt judging in the early 90's.  She teaches for quilt guilds, shops and conferences throughout the United States and has taught twice in Japan, in Nagoya in 2002 and Osaka the the International Quilt Week 2006.  While specializing in Celtic designs for applique, embroidery, sashiko and crayoning, Scarlett also designs scrap quilts, friendship quilts and foundation pieced quilts that are modern innovations on classic patchwork patterns and traditional symbols.  Drawing on her cultural heritage, she combines Asian influences with her Celtic work.  Besides her contemporary applique and patchwork quilts, Scarlett has also designed unique her own fabric paints, wearable art, art quilts and modern quilts.

      Learn more about Scarlett Rose on Social Media: 


        Don't get caught without the needed supplies. Be sure to read through the Supply List and related documents and order any necessary online items early to receive them before class date. 

        Get the Supply List HERE

        A Pattern Instruction Sheet will be emailed to you prior to the class.

        Scarlett will be speaking at the April 14 guild meeting.

        • May 14, 2022
        • May 21, 2022
        • 2 sessions
        • online using Zoom
        • 22

        FANTASTIC FUSION with Lisa Walton

        • Are you ready to take the leap and design your own quilts?
        • Are you a bit nervous about where to start?
        • Do you want more freedom with your quilts?
        • Do you want to learn a simple technique that will open up a whole new world of creativity?

        Then this is the workshop for you!

        Lisa will teach you to be comfortable with your tools and to free up some of your inhibitions regarding fabric choices, free form cutting, and original designs.  This will result in you creating original quilts.  You will be in control of your creativity.

        What will you learn in this class?

        • How to use fusible web with fabrics to allow freedom of design
        • Basic color and design principles
        • A REALLY SIMPLE technique of cutting and layering fabrics to create designs that would be incredibly difficult using traditional piecing techniques
        • How to do improvised quilting
        • An easy but professional facing finishing technique for your quilt.

        You will be amazed at how freeing (and fun) this technique is!

        Get the Supply List HERE


        Lisa Walton from Sydney, Australia has been awarded many prizes for her quilts including major International and Australian Quilt shows. Lisa teaches Internationally and was awarded the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for Quilting Teachers by the International Quilt Association Houston USA. Lisa s quilts have been exhibited in solo and joint exhibitions and her work is included in collections in the USA, Australia and the UK. Her book Beautiful Building Block Quilts was published by C&T Publishing. She has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show and was the President of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

        She is now teaching & lecturing virtually online as well as producing a series of Quilt Stories on her YouTube Channel.

        Learn more about Lisa on Social Media: 

            • June 18, 2022
            • June 25, 2022
            • 2 sessions
            • Holly's Quilt Cabin, 8210 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO 80122
            • 8

            June Workshop: The Tuffet Class

            Tuffet [tuhf-it] - A low upholstered seat or footstool, hassack, or ottoman

            ACQ is excited to offer you The Tuffet Workshop with Cathy Burk!  Cathy is a certified tuffet instructor who completed her training with Tuffet Source and teaches regularly at Lyons Quilting in Lyons, CO.  This will be an in-person class!

            Tuffets can add a touch of whimsy to your home that blend with all decors and bridge the gap between design and function. In addition to being heirloom home accents, they make treasured gifts for special occasions including weddings, new babies, anniversaries and special birthdays.

            Join us and learn to sew a gorgeous tuffet cover during the first class session and turn that cover into an upholstered footstool during the second session.  Tuffets measure approximately 18" in diameter.  Once you've made your first tuffet, you will want to make more!


            In addition to the fabric required for the tuffet (see Fabric and Sewing Supply list), you will also need the Pattern and the Tuffet Finishing Kit.  The kit will be sold to us at a wholesale cost of $155.00 which includes the pattern, all hardware & assembly supplies, 4 solid wooden feet, and shipping charges (see Kit Information and Foot Options below).  

            After selecting which Foot Style and Color you would like, please fill out the Foot Selection Form  below which will be forwarded to the instructor by the Program Chairman.  The instructor will then send each registrant an Invoice for payment to be made directly to her.

            All kits MUST be ordered by May 19th to arrive in time for the class. 

            These kits will NOT be shipped to you individually but will be provided to you at the class.  

            Please see below for more information regarding the Supplies and Kits required for the Workshop:

            Download Fabric and Sewing Supply List  HERE

            Kit Information and Foot Options  HERE

            Foot Selection Form HERE

            • August 13, 2022
            • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
            • Holly's Quilt Cabin, 8210 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO 80122
            • 17

            Stack & Cut Hexagon Quilts with Marci Baker

            Find surprise and beauty with this simple technique to stack layers and cut pieces from large, high -contrast prints.  Swirling pattern repeats add magical details to 6 identical triangles coming together like a kaleidoscope or millefiori design.  As you work with these sometimes wild prints, you will discover designs beyond your imagination!  Make beautiful quilts with exciting techniques!

            Workshop will include 1 hour for lunch.

            Download Supply List  HERE

            Watch a You-Tube video HERE showing how to select your fabric and determine yardage 


            Recognized internationally for her expertise in quilting, Marci enjoys sharing ideas that simplify the process of quilting.

            A native of Dallas, Texas, Marci has loved sewing for years, making her first quilt at age 9 and sewing her own clothes in high school and college. She began teaching quilting in 1989 for her local quilting guild and shops. Marci graduated with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in math. In 1993, she started Alicia’s Attic with concepts that combine her love of math with her love of quilting. Quilting became a great way to share her knowledge with others.

            Enthusiasm and inspiration for quilting can be seen throughout her lectures, workshops, and books. She has been featured in Redbook, on Home and Garden TV’s Simply Quilts, Quilters’ News Network, NBC’s The Jane Pauley Show, and has been published in American Quilter Magazine and Traditional Quiltworks.

            In 2006, she expanded Alicia’s Attic by purchasing Clearview Triangle from Sara Nephew. They continue to collaborate on new designs and techniques.

            Marci and her husband, Clint, currently live in Fort Collins, Colorado, where they enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature that is so abundant in Colorado.

            Learn more about Marci on Social Media:

            • September 10, 2022
            • September 11, 2022
            • 2 sessions
            • online using Zoom
            • 17

            MAKING PRINTS with Maria Shell

            All of my workshops are designed to work with a variety of skill levels within the same class.  While each of my workshops cover color, pattern, and repetition which are core components of my work, the focus--indicated in the title of the class--allows us to zoom in on a particular aspect of quilt design.  Subject matter includes, but is not necessarily limited to the following--exploring color theory, composing abstract design, improvisation-ally cutting and piecing fabric, working with prints, and trouble shooting patchwork construction issues.

            In this class, students will learn how to piece an assortment of prints--stripes, dots, track, and plaids. While learning how to build these new units, students will also be given information about working with solids colored fabrics, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.

            Get the Supply List HERE

            Watch a Demo on Creating Stripes HERE

            Meet Maria HERE


            My artwork is firmly grounded in the craft of quilt making. It has taken me many years to acquire the cutting, piecing, and quilting skills that I now use daily. Vintage and contemporary commercial solid and print cotton fabrics, as well as hand dyed cotton fabrics I have created, are the materials I use in my work. These textiles are cut primarily without rulers and stitched into a two dimensional surface. Once I create this pieced canvas, I spend hours on my long arm quilting machine stitching the top to cotton or wool batting and a fabric backing. The final step is to bind or face each individual piece.

            I have always been interested in pattern and how complex pattern can also create complex figure ground composition. In 2011, I began to wonder what would happen if I selected a particular pattern–in this case the grid–and continued to play with it over the course of a series. What I discovered is that limiting the pattern but manipulating the line, color, and shape, can produce dynamic results that not only stand alone as compelling individual compositions, but also are intriguing to look at as a group.

            Limiting the structure of my work to a grid has allowed me to more fully explore my love of color. How to make color vibrate on the wall? Most often the answer lies in proportion of line and shape in relation to color.

            Learn more about Maria on Social Media: 

            Maria will be speaking at the September 8 Guild Meeting.

                • October 15, 2022
                • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                • online using Zoom
                • 22

                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.  

                ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

                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 necessity become the mother of invention.

                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 teaches in Tucson, offering classes in applique, color, hand quilting, and decorative stitches.  

                Swan will be speaking at the October 13 guild meeting.


                There are two different patterns that can be ordered for this workshop.  There are very similar, but the sizes will differ.  You have the choice of selecting which one you would like for the class.  They are as follows:

                Shattered Blossoms

                • Finish Size - 17" x 68"
                • Smaller Block Size

                Fractured Flowers

                • Finish Size - 52" x 52"
                • Has some asymmetry which will change the look of the designs.

                Each pattern comes with 4 different floral designs which are pictured on each of the Supply Lists below.

                GET THE SUPPLY LISTS HERE:

                Shattered Blossoms

                Fractured Flowers

                Don't get caught without the needed supplies. Be sure to read through the Supply List and related documents and order any necessary online items early to receive them before class date. 

                Learn more about Swan:

                • November 12, 2022
                • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                • online using Zoom
                • 17

                MODERN MOSAIC:  "AURORA QUILT " with Shelley Cavanna

                Shelley has a unique way of creating the mosaic look in her quilts with a minimal matching of seams.  You will love the look and the style of her quilts and will definitely want to make more!

                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!

                Class requires purchase of the PDF Aurora Quilt Pattern found on her website.  Fabric requirements can be found on the back of the pattern.  

                Finished quilt measures 60" x 75".

                ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

                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.  The name came from her love for the book The Last of the Mohicans in High School, and it's a lovely nod to her Irish heritage and her love of historic novels!

                Learn more about Shelley:

                Shelley will be speaking at the November 10 guild meeting.

              2021 WORKSHOP POLICIES

              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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