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  • December 04, 2022 12:30 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    What a fun ride it has been.

    In the past two years we have been forced to reinvent the guild- moving “seamlessly” from in person to online meetings due to the pandemic. We have refocused on the three guiding values of the guild: charity, learning and fellowship. We have successfully pulled off a virtual retreat, created in person pop-up events, and expanded opportunities to collaborate with others through Friday Night Socials and online bees. 

    As we start to get back to our new “normal”, the guild is in a great position for the future. We have perfected a hybrid meeting style, allowing us to meet the needs of our virtual and in person members. We are planning a comeback of our Festival of Quilts- our guild quilt show- in 2023. We have a year full of learning opportunities through programs and workshops. We are hosting a block of the month quilt along. And, coming in February we will be again hosting a virtual retreat.

    Thank you for all of your ongoing support in keeping the guild going. It has truly been a pleasure leading you over the past couple years- and I look forward to what is to come!!!

    Submitted by Jen Dietz

  • December 04, 2022 12:00 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    President's Blocks

    As is tradition in ACQ, we like to send our President off with blocks to create a quilt commemorating their time as ACQ president. As Jen told us she would like to create a red and white sampler quilt with blocks from members. In order to ensure that the blocks fit together, we are asking you adhere to the following perimeters:

    As is tradition in ACQ, we like to send our President off with blocks to create a quilt commemorating their time as ACQ president. As Jen Dietz finalizes her 2 year stint as our President, join us in thanking her for her hard work, dedication and overall awesomeness. Jen told us she would like to create a red and white sampler quilt with blocks from members. In order to ensure that the blocks fit together, we are asking you adhere to the following perimeters:

    • Blocks can be made out of any combination of red and white.  This can be solids, tone on tone, prints or batiks. Quilter's choice!

    • Blocks should measure either 6.5 inches or 12.5 inches - so that they will finish in the quilt at 6 or 12 inches.

    • Please include your name somewhere within your block so it is permanent - Micron pen, embroidery or other personal touch.

    • Please bring your block to the in-person BYOB on  December 8, 2022 or contact Barb Pond to make other arrangements.

    Open opportunity in 2023

    Newsletter Editor - ACQ still needs a newsletter editor for 2023. For many of our members, the ACQ closed Facebook group is the preferred method of getting the latest and greatest ACQ news but only about half of our members have joined that Facebook group. The newsletter is a very important communication method for the other half of our membership. Additionally, certain announcements are required by our Bylaws to be made in the Newsletter.

    The #1 skill required is a desire to get more involved by stepping up for a 12 month commitment to ACQ. Everything else can be learned by following past examples & learning a few key elements of the webpage software ACQ uses. But if you have a burning desire to revamp the whole process, I'm sure that's an option too.  :)  

    Reach out to a Board member for more information before ACQ encounters a month without a newsletter.

  • December 04, 2022 11:30 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

     

    Register NOW for our December Dinner and Social as we celebrate the Holidays and another year of fun, friendships, and giving!  This event will be held in person at the church as well as live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. Please select the appropriate category (Live or Zoom) when registering for this event.

    We will begin the evening with a B.Y.O.B dinner.  Everyone will bring their own meal, which can be something from home or something that you stop and pick-up on the way.  Since there are those who are still not comfortable about dining from an open buffet, we thought this was the best way to keep everyone safe plus allow more time for our meeting festivities.  Nathlia (Hospitality) will provide drinks and dessert. Plates, napkins, cups, etc. will also be available.

    To celebrate the season of giving, we will be also be having a small gift exchange while seated at our tables.  This will be done by playing a short Holiday game to rotate the gifts around the table.  Please bring a BAGGED or WRAPPED small gift around $10 but not exceeding $15.  The gift must be new and unused.  Sewing notions would make ideal gifts and are things that everyone can use!  The item can be something practical, unique, fun or creative. 

    With the Quilt Show coming in June of next year, we have scheduled Ellen Palmer, a CQC Quilt Judge, to give a short lecture on what judges are looking for and the protocol that they follow when judging a quilt.  This will be positive in nature and will give you information to help you grow and improve your quilting. You won’t want to miss it!

     Other festivities will include:

    • Installation of New Officers
    • Show 'n Tell Extravaganza
    • UFO Prize Winners

    We hope that you can join us!

    MAKEUP WORKSHOP FOR SHELLEY CAVANNA

    Last month, Shelley Cavanna of “Cora’s Quilts” was scheduled to teach her “Aurora Quilt” workshop on November 12th showing her tips, tricks, and techniques for making beautiful, mosaic-inspired quilts.  Unfortunately, her workshop was canceled due to Shelley’s hospitalization with pneumonia.  We are rescheduling this class for Saturday, January 21st from 10 am to 3 pm.  Those who had previously signed up for the class have been moved to the new workshop date of January 21st.  For those who would like to sign up and join us, we still have 4 spots available.  This is a 3-hour workshop at half the cost of our regular 6-hour class.   You will need to purchase the pattern and do a little prep work in advance, so please plan accordingly.  Full details can be found on the event’s page.  

     Zoom presentation.

  • December 04, 2022 11:00 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    2023 Programs Coming soon !!!!

    We had a wonderful response to the BOM program that is starting in February taught by Pat Syta.

    There are a few spots left.  Check out the details by clicking  BOM.   Something that Pat wrote in her Runaway pattern really struck me as the whole goal of the meetings and workshops we sponsor.  “Grow and learn in your process of quilting --- take as many classes as you can – you will ALWAYS learn something. “  I think that is so true, and any time we can learn another skill or practice the ones we already have the more we will grow as quilters. 

    All Guild meetings and workshops for the first Quarter of 2023 are open for registration.  January through March meetings and workshops will all be done via zoom.  Please check them out: 

    January  - Scraps with Michelle Crawford of Flower box Quilts

    FebruaryMemory Quilts with Beth Sullivan of Beth Sullivan Designs

    MarchUsing Graphic Design to create quilt patterns with Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill ofWhole Circle Studios  

    April 1stBrilliance Quilt Workshop (in person) with Pat Syta at Holly’s Quilt Cabin

    Submitted by Linda Starkey

  • December 04, 2022 10:30 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    2023 Membership Renewal

    Our membership renewal process has started for 2023.  Dues for the 2023 program year are $35 and are due by January 1. Our initial renewal reminder email was issued November 2, 2022. This email message has a link to where you can make a secure payment on-line.  If you choose to make payment via check, please mail it to:

    Arapahoe County Quilters, PO Box 5357,Englewood, CO 80155

    A big Thank You to the members who have already renewed for 2023. We trust that you found the process easy to complete on-line. For those who have yet to renew, please keep your eyes open for another email reminder in the second half of December. You don’t have to wait for this email reminder; you can renew at any time on-line by following these simple steps:  

    • Go to www.ACQcolorado.org
    • Click on “join Us” in the white banner at the top of the page.
    • Then Click on the blue Renew Online Today button.

    If you haven’t already, please be sure to check out information already posted for some 2023 programs. Information about the January, February and March guild meetings can be found here: https://acqcolorado.org/program-descriptions

    2023 will be just as fun and rewarding as 2022.  We have the quilt show plus a virtual BOM event with Pat Syta! Be sure to renew your membership for 2023 to join in all of the fun.

    We repeat our favor request.  If you are part of a quilt bee, could you please reach out to any bee members who were past ACQ members or who have never joined ACQ.  Share with them what you like about ACQ.  We would love to welcome returning and new members to ACQ.

    ACQ Business Members: If you would like us to feature you in a future newsletter, please contact Ann Roman (annroman8858@icloud.com) or Louise Helton (redwee@hotmail.com) and we would love to share your story.  This month’s featured business member is eQuilter.com

  • December 04, 2022 10:28 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Meet eQuilter.com

    If you haven’t already visited or purchased from eQuilter.com, we want to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of ACQ’s business members.  eQuilter.com is independently owned by Luana and Paul Rubin and is located in Boulder, CO. The business was started in the basement of their home in March 1999. Luana was looking for a way to work with fabric and design, after working in the garment industry. Their sales exceeded their 3 year business plan in 60 days, and they moved to their first 4000 sq ft warehouse by the Fall of 1999. After expanding to 11K sq ft, then 14K sq ft, they now own a 23K building and occupy 14K sq ft of the space. (They designed and built the structure, and share with 2 tenants on the 4 year old property.)

    eQuilter.com has the largest online selection of contemporary quilt fabrics and quilting accessories. Over 1000 new products per month are introduced in the weekly e-newsletters that go out to 120,000 subscribers.  One feature I especially enjoy and find useful on the eQuilter web page is the ability to search for fabrics of a particular color.  This really makes finding and auditioning fabrics easy.  There is also a Design Board to audition fabrics and colors. 2-3 Free Quilt Patterns are sent out in emails each week. They have big clearance sales several times a year, and smaller sales every week. Be sure to register for the eQuilter.com e-newsletters for all of the latest products and news.

    A special feature of eQuilter is their charity effort.  eQuilter donates 2% of all purchases to charitable organizations throughout the world.  This charity program has raised over $1.9 million for non-profits and anticipates hitting $2 million in donations in 2023. When you check out, you choose from 7 various non-profits to direct your 2% donation. eQuilter has raised over $330K for Breast Cancer research alone. Doctors Without Borders is another popular recipient. In addition eQuilter – in partnership with Mission of Love – has distributed over 17,000 donated comfort quilts for disaster relief locally and around the country, and the world. 

    In addition to running the business, Luana has been busy with other quilting activities.  Luana was a speaker this summer at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK as well as at the SAQA conference in San Diego, speaking on the topic of “Art and Activism”. Her quilts were displayed in Birmingham, as well as hanging in Sacred Threads in Washington DC.  Another quilt is currently on display in the Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes, Women’s Rights exhibition at the Clinton Presidential Library.  Lastly, be sure to check out Quilting Arts TV for two segments with Luana airing this Fall on PBS.

    eQuilter is a major sponsor of quilt festivals, exhibits and contests around the world.  This has included our own Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, the Houston Quilt Festival, International Quilt Museum, Visions Quilt Museum, New England Quilt Museum, Quilt Canada, and quilt festivals in the UK and France recently. Luana has traveled to 49 countries and recently led a tour to Churchill in Canada, to photograph the polar bears. Her polar bear quilt is traveling with the Endangered Species exhibit, and she has 2 quilts in the “Inspired by Washington DC” exhibit.

    Their mission is to inspire and support quilters, and to provide specialty quilting fabrics and supplies for the creative quilter and textile artist. Luana is a Bernina Ambassador, and has designed textiles for many fabric manufacturers over the years. Her background as a fashion designer, living in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and New York City, has contributed to her expertise in the quilting industry. She has worked as a designer in the fashion, textile and quilt industry for over 40 years. Paul and Luana live in the same house where they started the business in 1999, with 3 cats and 2 dogs, 1 mile from their new eQuilter building. They invite us to come and pick up orders in person, and to schedule group tours!

    eQuilter.com – thank you for contributions to the quilting community, all of your charitable support and your support of Arapahoe County Quilters.

  • December 04, 2022 10:00 AM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    ACQ Charity Quilts December 2022 Newsletter

    Arapahoe Quilt Guild has exceeded expectations with quilt donations, over 500 quilts donated to 5 organizations. Thank you to the many members who sewed quilt tops, quilted sandwiches and affixed bindings. Please view the photos.  Jan W. delivers quilts to the VOA Clermont Commons and the nurse at VOA Family Motel shows quilty love when she chooses a specific quilt for one of her patients. 

    I am looking forward to our December meeting to see people in person. If you have questions or comments, please contact me by phone, text, or email at  720.300.0973  or sheila-clark@comcast.net .

    503  Total Quilts Donated 

    222  Marshall Fire Victims

    188  VOA Family Motel (Previously homeless families)

      53  VOA Clermont Commons (Women Veterans)

      28  Children’s Hospital

      12  At Home Hospice (New non-profit) for ACQ donations)

    Crystal A. is a CNA for At Home Hospice. She found ACQ through the website and a few of us did the research on the business. Crystal came to my house to pick up. I was so pleased to see her pick up a quilt and know immediately who would appreciate it. 

    Special thank you to:

    Linda Starkey for bringing quilts and winning items to my house

    Diane Sheriff for delivering quilts to my house

    Joan Greland for delivering a completed quilt and picking up kits to sew

    Terry Chase for delivering wide back fabric to my house

    Cathy Zirkelbach for binding quilts, sewing labels and helping at the POP-UP Drive Thru

    Jan Wolfgram for taking my place at the POP-UP Drive Thru, delivering completed quilts, tops, and donated fabric to my house

  • November 05, 2022 7:30 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    THANKFUL .  .  .

    During this season of thanksgiving, I wanted to give thanks for the wonderful accomplishments our guild has collectively made during this year.  We have successfully figured out how to make a hybrid meeting work, allowing us to include our friends near and far in all of our meetings.  This has proven extremely beneficial as we move into a period where costs to meet in person have increased significantly.  In line with the survey of our members and the decision of our board, we will continue to meet in person at least once per quarter to accommodate those who prefer being together in person.  Thanks to the great volunteers, we will also be able to accommodate all of our members when we have the in person meetings, and will continue to have great programming both virtual and in person.

    We have also accomplished amazing things with our charitable programs.  This year we have exceeded our stretch goal of collecting and distributing 365 quilts to community programs including Children’s Hospital, individuals in transitional housing, and women veterans.  We have also provided numerous quilts to families impacted by the Marshall Fire, and continued community outreach with other quilters across the country and world.  We are also the only quilt guild that provides infant loss blankets, and are on our way to meeting our goal of 250 blankets collected in 2022.

    We have had an amazing year of programs, and workshops that have been very well attended.  We also have several spots open for our last workshop of the year - Aurora Quilt with Shelley Cavanna.  The great thing about this workshop is that it is a bit shorter than previous workshops, and is priced accordingly.  Please consider joining us to close out the year with a beautiful quilt!

    Another thing to be thankful for is that we have a full slate of board members to vote on in the November meeting.  Thanks to the generosity of our guild members who have stepped up to lead us into the future.  You will be in awesome hands - and will help to bring in fresh ideas and continue the great programs and opportunities that we have developed!

    And a special thanks to all of our members.  Without you, we would not be able to collectively accomplish everything we have this year.

    Submitted by Jen Dietz

  • November 04, 2022 9:45 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    By now you've received an ACQ email addressing the 2023 membership renewal process. Dues for the 2023 program year are $35 (same as 2022!) and are due by January 1.  This email message has a link to where you can make a secure payment on-line.  If you choose to make payment via check, please mail it to:

    Arapahoe County Quilters

    PO Box 5357

    Englewood, CO 80155

    If you haven’t already, please be sure to check out information already posted for some 2023 programs. Information about the January, February and March guild meetings can be found here: https://acqcolorado.org/program-descriptions

    2023 will be just as fun and rewarding as 2022.  Plus, there is the quilt show! Be sure to renew your membership for 2023 to join in all of the fun.

    We repeat our favor request.  If you are part of a quilt bee, could you please reach out to any bee members who were past ACQ members or who have never joined ACQ.  Share with them what you like about ACQ.  We would love to welcome returning and new members to ACQ.

    Submitted by Ann Roman and Louise Helton

  • November 04, 2022 9:30 PM | Lynn Roginski (Administrator)

    Our Fall Auction was very successful! We raised over $2700 for our charity materials that will help with expenses in 2023.  

    I want to thank the following members for one or more donations to the auction:

    Beth Taggert                                             Martha Wells

    Nancy Conklin                                           Doreen Mortimer

    Linda Starkey                                             Alma Lee (former member)

    Ashley McNeese                                       Linda Mazunik

    Jody Charmatz                                          Kate Colleran

    Laura Eley                                                   Nathlia Holtz

    Lori Hansen                                                Jean Gibson

    Carolyn Morris                                          Jen Dietz

    Carol Haines                                              Barb Pond

    Lucy Rognes                                              Kathy Wasilewski

    Louise Helton

    Also thanks to Carol Kiser, Terri Shelgren , Nancy Conklin, Ann Roman, and Jen Dietz for helping distribute items on October 29th from 10-12 noon.

    Although it is still 2022, it’s not too early to start planning for a donation in 2023.  I already ordered some Halloween fabric for next year’s auction items I will be making. The big sellers this year were place mats, wall hangings, table runners, and table toppers that were quilted, along with beautifully embroidered towels and kid’s pillow cases. Lap top size quilts were also popular, especially if they had applique or complex quilt patterns on them.

    Start thinking now how you can create items for next year’s fall auction, which will again be in October.

    Submitted by Barb Pond

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