ACQ VIEWS: News from Arapahoe County Quilters • June, 2018

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June Meeting: Ann Shaw • Playing with Fabrics


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The Extra Special Place

In 2000 I was teaching my daughters Home Ec, as part of my homeschool curriculum. One of the upcoming projects was quilted placemats. I thought I better give this a try, so I know what I am doing. I went to JoAnn’s to select my fabrics and, just like that, I was hooked.

I HAD to learn more! I signed up for a class at a sewing machine/quilt shop. I just barely got my toe wet. More information please! As a dedicated self-educator, I headed to the library. While my girls explored the children’s sections, I devoured the quilting sections. At each visit, I checked out all I could physically carry – books, videos and magazines covering every technique, designer, style and history. (It was also during that time I fell in love with Quilter’s Newsletter – may she rest in peace.) I dvr’d every quilting tv show, Quilt in a Day, Love of Quilting, Simply Quilts and watched them any time I could get a time to myself. I devoted so much of my time and energy to my family, it was a great blessing to have a creative place of my own.

For my first “real” quilting project, I settled on a log cabin, a la Eleanor Burns. I spent many hours planning, buying, cutting (oh SO long on cutting), sewing and pressing. I still love that log cabin quilt. I made several projects, but I also went through the “Years of Quilting Vicariously”. These were times I only had enough energy to read or watch quilting, but when I did not sew a stitch.

It did not escape my notice that quilting was mostly solitary. The idea of a quilting bee nibbled in my brain. What if I could find friends who also quilt? Oh, wouldn’t it be glorious to spend the day with friends, talking and laughing and working on our quilts? For the next few years, I met with my friend Patty. She was a quilter and seamstress. I owe her a huge debt for all she taught me. It was also about that time I discovered quilt guilds! Gasp! A huge room of quilters? Swoon!

That brought me to my first ACQ meeting. Wow, wow, wowie, wow! 200 or so quilters, just like me, filling a room to hear a speaker. Oooh, look at the table of FREE magazines! Charity quilts to practice on? Books I could not get at my library? And Show-n-Tell! This place is awesome! Here, take my money.

After being a member of ACQ for a couple years, the Beekeeper matched me with four other quilters on my side of town. We became the Fab Five and Friends. That bee has been meeting for about 14 years. And I owe them a great debt, too. They are my quilting home, my alma mater.

All these ways are how I learned to quilt, classes, books, magazines, videos, bees, guilds and lectures. All of these methods have value. But it is the people I learned with and the relationships we formed which make my bee extra special. During high school, I took a missions trip to Europe. One of the leaders gave a piece of advice which I still follow. He said when you see a famous place, don’t take a picture of just that place. Take a picture of your friends in that place, because it is the people that make it an extra special place.

Are you looking for more quilting friends? Sign up for a bee, join a committee, come to a class or a sew day, make a new friend, let a new quilter in to your bee. Oh, my friends, the opportunity awaits for you to find an extra special place.

Happy Quilting!

Jenny Kae Parks

June 14, 2018
Doors Open at 6:20 pm
Meeting Begins at 6:50 pm

June 15, 2018
10 am to 4 pm
Ann Shaw • The Chicken Challenge

June 18, 2018 • 6:30 pm
7900 E. Berry Place
Greenwood Village, CO

*Committee chairs are requested to attend. Board members unable to attend should notify Jenny Kae Parks in advance.

ACQ’s Mission
We are a group of individuals who already like to quilt, or would like to start, who want to grow and learn more about quilting, and who want to enjoy the fellowship and friendship of other quilters. This group is not exclusive to the makers of quilts, but includes all who find interest and worth in the collection and preservation of our fiber arts and heritage.


" . . . it is the people I learned with and the relationships we formed which make my bee extra special."

—Jenny Kae Parks

Programs & Workshops • Jackie Baker

Coming in June

Next up in June is Ann Shaw and her program about playing with fabric and her workshop “The One Day Chicken Challenge.” Space is still available for her workshop. See the Program descriptions and Workshop descriptions.

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Thank You
Thanks to all the participants in the May Pot Luck/Fundraiser for donating items and for purchasing items made by fellow members. We raised around $700.00 for the guild.

If you've already signed up for a workshop this year and haven't paid for it, please know that your payment is due in order to secure your place in the class.

Can You Help?
We are always looking for volunteers to help out at the General Meeting, so please email me at if you are willing to help out or have any questions about upcoming classes.

I look forward to seeing you in June, until then happy quilting, creating, and fabric shopping!


Charitable • Barbara Shorey & Linda Wilson 

Thanks to everyone who has taken the blocks at the last two meetings. Every block completed will result in a quilt kit that is then sewn into a top and then quilted to complete a quilt and brings us closer to our 300 target for Children’s Hospital. We received 15 blocks at the May meeting.


We are 1/3 of the way to our goal!

We have delivered 57 quilts to Children’s Hospital and we currently have 22 ready to be delivered. Also 13 tops are ready to be quilted.

Sew Day - June 15th
  • Where: Wooden Spools, 2805 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 
  • Time: 10 till 4. Come for an hour or two . . . Come for the day!
  • What to bring: sewing machine, thread, extra needles, scissors, bag lunch, snacks.

Don’t want to haul your machine? Come anyway. We will need people to cut fabric and iron.

Help us meet our goal of donating 300 quilts this year!

Those of you who are making a block, please complete them and return them to the June meeting as we would like to use them to complete quilt tops on our sew day.

Quilts for Chemo

Also we have 16 quilts ready for friends and family who are going through chemo. We will keep these quilts available for members of ACQ who have folks with that need. These quilts are greatly appreciated by the people who receive them.

Bee Interesting • Mary Papich


Are you looking for a group of quilting like Jenny described in her letter this month?

Contact Mary Papich at if you want to connect with a bee!

Library Corner • Ann Roman and Marianne Duer

We continue to look to travel as an inspiration for quilts. Last month we featured books with quilts from foreign countries – Spain, Japan and Ireland. This month we are looking at the United States for inspiration. Here are some library books you may want to check out:

Colorado Quilting: from Mountains to Plains by Mary Ann Schmidt

This book is the culmination of more than 125 years of tradition and countless "Documentation Days," during which quilting council members record the block technique, age, batting, backing, and color of each quilt their fellow quilters trust them to preserve. Thirteen chapters explore important historical quilting moments, traditional and modern quilting themes, and the beginnings of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and Quilter's Newsletter magazine. Different council members researched, photographed, and recorded the most significant events, memories, quilters, and quilts that have influenced the progress of quilting in Colorado. Early Coloradans picked their own cotton, saved every scrap of used fabric, and made quilts from scratch to support their families and for therapy as they recovered from serious injuries and illnesses. Many of these sacred stitches are still works in progress and continue to illustrate what's important to these dedicated craftspeople.

Happy Birthday Kansas by Linda Frost 
Just in time for the 2011 Kansas Sesquicentennial, quilt artist Linda Frost presents a 14-block sampler that celebrates the wonders and quirks of her native Kansas. The blocks represent familiar themes for any fan of the prairie - wind, wheat, tornadoes, road signs that make you feel like you're on the road to nowhere... Linda's designs convey a sense of the pioneer spirit along with the good-natured humor that is part of life in the Midwest.

Minnesota Quilts by Linda Frost
Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Past is a unique treasury of exceptional quilts, fascinating quilters, and their stories from the Minnesota Quilt Project, whose members traveled the state for nearly twenty years, photographing and documenting quilts and interviewing quiltmakers. The result is a collection as varied and expressive as the makers themselves. From early pioneer days to the 1970s, these quilts, showcased in glorious full-color photographs, span a significant era of Minnesota and reflect our distinctive heritage. Whether you’re a quilter or someone who has a love of quilts and their history, this collection of Minnesota’s extraordinary patchworks will help you create connections with your past.

Library Reminders:
  • Each month we feature a small selection of our library books for our members to peruse and check­out before the program meeting. This selection changes each month.
  • A complete list of the books in the ACQ Library is available on the ACQ website by title, author and subject. Find the Library section on the Members page. If you are interested in a particular title, please contact Marianne or Ann.
  • Books can be checked out for up to 2 months.
  • Please be sure to return books in the marked basket at the library table at the back of the room.
  • Do you have quilting books that you once treasured but now no longer need? If so, please consider donating to ACQ for our annual book sale in October. Books can be donated at any monthly ACQ meeting. A big thank you to those who have already donated books.
  • Have you seen the ACQ bookmarks for sale? If not, check them out at the library table at our next meeting. They are $0.50. Thank you to Nancy Conklin for making these.
  • Did you know that at monthly meetings members sometimes donate quilting magazines? These are free to members, so please be sure to check out the selection. These are located on a table close to the library table.

Membership • Jan Wolfgram and Sandy Christensen


Membership Roster
The password-protected, online 2018 ACQ Membership Roster includes additions and updates received by May 10, 2018. If you haven’t already, please be sure to review your entry. If you find a mistake in your listing in the directory, please fill out a membership change form and bring it to the next meeting. We'll make all corrections received by the date of the monthly meeting by the first week of the next month.

Online Business Member Directory
Remember to check out the new online listing of ACQ Business Members at­-members. It is a great resource to help you find just what you are looking for and support our business members.

If you are having difficulty accessing the online roster or are have any questions, please feel free to contact Sandy Christiansen at or Jan Wolfgram at

Membership Table
A reminder that now that the membership crunch is over, the membership table will close and door prize ticket distribution will end when the meeting is called to order at the scheduled start time of 6:50 p.m. in order to enable everyone to participate in the meeting without distraction. The membership table will reopen briefly at the break before the program begins. If you have membership business, we encourage you to arrive before the meeting begins.

Block of the Month • Kelly Collins


ACQ’s Block of the Month (BOM) program is designed to encourage our membership to try different techniques and participate in a chance to win all the blocks produced each month.

Here are some of the blocks brought to the May meeting:

All you need to do is make one block (or more) and bring it in to the meeting. For each block you contribute, you will get one ticket for the drawing. The more blocks you make, the more chances you’ll have to win all of them. On occasion we have so many blocks that we draw more than one winner.

June: Find instructions in the May newsletter for the Connemara Flower block to bring for the June BOM drawing.

July: Download both files below for the July BOM drawing:

Financial Report • Nancy Conklin


At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum:

  • Hollis Chatelain: Stories of West Africa and Rooted in Tradition Revisited. May 28th through July 21st.
  • Sundays at the Museum Lecture. Christine Perrigo—come learn more about the quilting you loved from the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild show and others. June 10. 2:00­-4:00.
  • Sandra Dallas Book Signing, The Patchwork Bride. June 24. 2:00-4:00.

SunfestHome of the Outdoor Quilt Fest. June 16, 10 am - 4 pm. Berthoud, CO. Art booths, quilt show & barn quilt project. More info.

Row by Row 2018: Sew Musical. Starts June 21. More info.

Quilting in the Heart of the Rockies by Monarch Quilters. June 22-24. Salida High School. More info.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival. June 28-30. Douglas County Fairgrounds. Colorful, Creative & Cool. Free parking. More info.

Happy June Birthday!

  • Karen Seymour—June 1
  • Shirley Wegert—June 2
  • Patricia Jackson—June 3
  • Nathlia Holtz—June 4
  • Rhonda McDonald—June 4
  • Betsy Stewart—June 4
  • Helen Erickson—June 7
  • Jan Wolfgram—June 7
  • Mary Davis—June 8
  • Wendy Ensey—June 8
  • Pam Penfield—June 10
  • Helen A. Kearney—June 11
  • Kathy Ambrose—June 13
  • Lillian S. Boddy—June 14
  • June Dudley—June 14
  • Stefani Ernst—June 14
  • Aggie Ryan—June 16
  • Lucy F. Rognes—June 17
  • Carla Linneman—June 18
  • Anita Schelhaas—June 19
  • Candy Garrido—June 20
  • Marsha Guernsey—June 20
  • Marcia Koester—June 21
  • Patricia Behncke—June 22
  • Lanie Tiffenbach—June 22
  • Yolanda Tovar—June 22
  • Sue Briggs—June 24
  • Ann McCarley—June 24
  • Doris DeGenova—June 25
  • Marjorie Miller—June 25
  • Bernadette Sullivan—June 26
  • Sandy Callaway—June 29
  • Peggy Jorgensen—June 30

May Show & Tell

Visit the ACQ Photo Gallery where you can see larger images from the May meeting.

Row 1: BOM blocks, Carolyn Morris
Row 2: Deb Roth, Linda Mazunik, Angie Nofziger, Aggie Ryan
Row 1: Ann Romano, Helen Kearney, Helen Kearney, Jenny Parks

Join ACQ Community, Our Private Facebook Group

Have you ever wanted to show your guild friends that quilt shop you strolled by as you vacationed in Greece? Or share a link where your sewing room was featured in a blog? 

Those conversations and more go on inside ACQ Community, a Facebook Group where we can share quilt­-related information with each other. This is a private place for our members to post photos, ask questions, respond to each other and share our quilting lives.

Here’s how to join ACQ Community:

  1. You must already have a Facebook account.
  2. Go to and click on “Join Group” to send a request.
  3. An admin will verify that the request came from an ACQ member and send approval.
  4. You’re in—join the conversations or start one!

Board & Committee Members

2018 Board Members

President 2018
Jenny Kae Parks

V.P. Programs 2018
Jackie Baker

V.P. Membership
Jan Wolfgram

Nancy Conklin

Parliamentarian/Past President
Kelly Collins 

President Elect
Terry Chase

V.P. Programs 2019
Alison Dale 

V.P. Membership
Sandy Christiansen

Pat Fitzpatrick

2018 Committee Members

Mary Papich

Charitable Quilts
Linda Wilson

Deb Gudel

June Dudley

Communications/Social Media
Sara Bridges

Nathlia Holtz

Ann Roman

Peggy Jorgensen

Raffle Quilt
Doris DeGenova

Block of the Month
Kelly Collins

Charitable Quilts
Barbara Shorey

Vivian Cardenas

Communications/Social Media
Marge Mieger

Festival of Quilts 2019
Forming in Summer 2018

Merrie Jones

Marianne Duer

Raffle Quilt
Kathy Wilson

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