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Celebrating the Art of Quiltmaking in Denver for 30+ Years

The ACQ July Guild Meeting - Show Me! An Online Trunk Show of Rare and Historic Quilts will be on zoom.  You'll get a front row seat as Julie Silber shares some of the greatest antique quilts ever made.  Register 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

    • August 13, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Holly's Quilt Cabin, 8210 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO 80122
    • 15

    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.  


        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.


        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".


        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.


      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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      Englewood, CO  80113

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