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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 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

    • July 14, 2022
    • 6:15 PM
    • online
    • 58
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    AN EVENING WITH

    JULIE SILBER

    As a long time collector and dealer, as well as the caretaker of several other quilt collections, Julie has had access to some of the greatest antique quilts ever made.  

    This Zoom talk features extra- ordinary historic quilts, some of them never published or exhibited before.  Examples include true Baltimore Album Quilts, other Pre-Civil War quilts, museum quality Amish quilts, Depression-era examples, quilts with tens of thousands of tiny pieces, and unique pictorial and other one-of-a-kind quilts.


    About Julie Silber

    Julie Silber is one of the world's most respected quilt experts, and a nationally known lecturer, author, consultant, and curator. For more than thirty-five years, she has been speaking on quilts as a way of exploring the rich world of our female past.

    In addition to teaching and lecturing for quilt guilds, shows, and community groups, Julie has spoken at seminars, exhibitions and museums. She has been selling antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968.  

    Julie was the curator of the world renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed books, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt.  She has curated two of the most respected quilt exhibitions of moderns times...those at The Oakland Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

    Julie Silber Quilts specializes in buying, selling and appraising antique quilts made between 1780 and 1950. They also offer formal, written appraisals for insurance, donation, or retail purposes, as well as simple verbal appraisals.  She is a well-known, acknowledged expert in the field of appraising antique and vintage quilts.

    Learn more about Julie:

    Meet Julie HERE as she discusses her knowledge about historical quilts from this PBS trailer of Craft in America aired in 2014 on YouTube.

      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.

        • August 11, 2022
        • 6:30 PM
        • First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 South Colorado Blvd., Englewood, CO 80113
        • 43
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        AN EVENING WITH

        KELLY GALLAGHER-ABBOTT

        Learn about the newest techniques, tools, gadgets and tricks.  

        Jukebox is known for being on  the cutting edge (sometimes over the edge!).  Designers with Jukebox include many international award-winning  quilters who are using innovative  techniques.  This presentation will show many of these techniques (including one Kelly says is the biggest thing to hit quilting since the rotary cutter), tools, gadgets and tricks.  The talk is rich with information about what judges are looking for, and how to correct the most commonly seen areas of weakness.  Kelly creates and/or quilts an average of 40-50 quilts quilts a year, so has refined many time saving methods.  This jammed-packed presentation will leave everyone raring to get home and get going.  Even the most experienced quilters will smack their foreheads when they learn new hints that are guaranteed to save time and increase accuracy and success.  

        This lecture includes a slide presentation and brief trunk show. 

        About Kelly Gallagher-Abbott

        Although I was educated in the science and art of nursing and worked as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse, I have always been very interested in textiles and art.  I began quilting in 1988, and shortly after that began both my family and Jukebox Quilts.  I've designed a fabric line, many patterns for quilts, digitized quilting and embroidery motifs, and have written several books.  

        In 2003, I took over as the curator of the Hoffman Challenge, a job I loved, as it provided me with a wonderful opportunity to use the many skills I’d acquired over the last several years, as well as the chance to interact with the approximately 600-800 competitors and hundreds of exhibitors, guilds, and shops who displayed this impressive and creative collection of quilts, garments, dolls, and accessories.

        In 2010, my husband and I became the longarm dealers for a five state area. We carry Innova Longarms, Juki sewing machines, and Bravo 16 needle embroidery machines. We have a large shop in Northern Colorado, and enjoy every aspect of this job.

        Learn more about Kelly:

        The meeting room will open at 6:30 and the guild meeting will begin at 7:00 Mountain time. Guests are also welcome to attend this meeting for $8.00.  Please register ahead of time prior to the meeting. 

        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. 

          • September 08, 2022
          • 6:15 PM
          • online
          • 93
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          AN EVENING WITH MARIA SHELL

          Maria Shell started out as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that look surprisingly modern. Maria will share her personal journey along with some fun historical facts about all three quilt genres. What does it mean to be a 21ST Century Quilter? Come to the lecture to find out.


          About Maria Shell

          Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. She strives to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer.

          Maria is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award and two Rasmuson Fellowships (2009, 2013, 2017). She has had several solo and small group shows including fiber at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio, Right Lines & Circles at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach, Florida, Line + Shape at the Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley, California, and The Pieced Canvas at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. Her most recent solo exhibition is Off the Grid which will be on view at the Shelburne Art Museum in Shelburne, Vermont from May—October 2022. Her first book Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape was published in 2017.

          Maria resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

          Learn more about Maria:

          Check out Maria's workshop on September 10 and 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.

            • October 13, 2022
            • 6:15 PM
            • online
            • 93
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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.  

            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
                • 94
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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.

                Past Guild Meetings

                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: currently online

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

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                Englewood, CO 80155

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