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

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May Meeting: Potluck & Silent Auction

Day at the Park Picnic Potluck & the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.


Let's Stay in Touch


Newsletter Changes

Discover a new format this month as our newsletter transitions to an updated delivery system.

What's different? You'll find links to content that already exists on our website instead of repeating it in the newsletter. For example, the 2018 Program and Workshop schedule.

Notice that all lnks appear in red. You can click links in the Table of Contents at the top left to find a specific section of the newsletter and helpful links at the end of each article to get back to the top.

Starting in June the newsletter itself will be in your email rather than a notice to go get the newsletter on the website. It'll be easy to read on your computer, phone or tablet.

What's the same? Same great content to keep you up to date and informed about everything going on at ACQ! See you May 10!

Quilting—The Common Thread

This is my friend, Sherry. We met years ago when our children were involved in a homeschool bowling league. Sherry expressed an interest in quilting and became one of my very first students.

I am happy to say she contracted a full­blown case of Quilt­-pox, for which there is no known cure. While we may disagree on religion, politics and sports teams, quilting is the common thread.

We quilters have our own language and understanding. We can say UFO and NOT be talking about flying saucers.

I remember once, while working in a quilt shop, a young woman came in with a baby on her hip, clutching a scrap of fabric. She stood, bewildered, in the center of the store.

“What can I do for you today?”

“Well, I am here for my friend. She is home sick but she wanted me to get more of this.” She adjusted the baby and held out the fabric. She bit her lip and said, “If I say the term ‘fat quarter’ does that mean anything to you?”

I couldn’t help but smile. “Yes, yes it does. Come. I will help you.”

We quilters have shared quilting experiences. We can nod with sage understanding when a quilter talks about ripping stitches, or sewing at midnight.

We can all hoot and cheer about the project meant for the child in elementary school, which was finished just in time for college.

We can all celebrate in finding the perfect fabric. And we all feel the dismay when we run out of the perfect fabric, with just two blocks left.

We respect the quilting history to which we belong, dating back to quilted jackets in China, Crazy quilts in England, Baltimore Albums in Maryland and utilitarian quilts of Gee’s Bend. We may use different techniques but we are part of a common thread.

Through bees and guilds and classes, we build skills and companions over needles and thread. We quilters love fabric and color and design. We love generosity and workmanship and beauty. We love the history and friendships and all things quilty.

So, while everyone out there may be focused on the things which make people different, in here we are focused on the thing which makes us the same – Quilting is the common thread.

Happy Quilting!

Jenny Kae Parks

May 10, 2018
Doors Open at 6:00
Potluck Starts at 6:30 Features Silent Auction & Rocky Mountain Quilt Musem

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

May 14, 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.

At the April meeting Ashley Perez de Tejada from shared memory quilts to help grieving children and families. They are looking for volunteers.

Programs & Workshops • Jackie Baker

Thanks for Helping

I hope everyone enjoyed the April program with Kim Fauth, I was disappointed I was unable to attend, but received lots of positive feedback that many enjoyed her presentation. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who stepped up to help in my absence!

Coming in May
I hope everyone considers making an item to donate for the May Fundraiser. I know how creative and amazing our membership is and am looking forward to the fun items that are contributed. This year's theme is “A Day in the Park.”

Need ideas? Think picnic or kitchen items. They can include, but are not limited to, placemats, casserole holders, trivets, a picnic quilt to sit on, the ideas are endless! See our Pinterest board for ideas

If you are donating an item, please complete a bid sheet for each item and bring it with you to the meeting.

>> Bid Sheets: <<

May's program will include the potluck meal, business meeting, show & tell, and then a presentation on Signature quilts and their significance throughout history by a representative of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

Photo Credit: From the collection of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (PQ.2000.002.001)

What's Next?
Next up in June is Ann Shaw and her program about chickens and her workshop “The One Day Chicken Challenge.” See the Program descriptions and Workshop descriptions.

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Workshops Are for All
If you are a new member, or new to quilting, please consider taking a class. Regardless of your skill level there is always something for everyone, and the chance to meet others who share your passion! I have made some of the greatest friends by participating in a class and working next to them for 7 hours, which creates an environment of sharing, as well as caring. Your fellow quilters are some of the most generous people you will ever meet, always generous with their time and talents.

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 May, until then happy quilting, creating, and fabric shopping!


Hospitality • Nathlia Holtz & Merrie Jones

May Potluck: Our overall theme for the May meeting is picnic­ or kitchen­ inspired quilted items, so let’s make the menu for our potluck go with the theme for the evening. Here is the breakdown of the alphabet:

  • A – H, Salad: Main course or side salad
  • I – L, Side Dish: Breads, Potatoes, Appetizers, Vegetables,
  • M – Q, Dessert: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (Just Kidding.)
  • R – Z, Main Dish: Hot or cold

I looked up some popular foods for picnics and
potlucks if you need some inspiration.
Sandwiches (Hoagies, Tuna, Egg Salad) Hot
Dogs, Hamburgers (Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders),
Mac & Cheese, Fried Chicken, Tacos, Meatballs,
Caramelized Ham and Swiss Buns, Italian Brunch
Torte, Lasagna, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs,
Coleslaw, Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad, Fruit Salad, Watermelon slices, Baked Beans, Enchilada Bake, Cheddar Potato Casserole, Chips and Dips, Pickles, Olives, Veggie Platter with dip.

All foods can be bought or baked—if you don’t cook, please buy. If you have a favorite recipe, please share it. Let’s have fun – don’t stress out!

*Please bring enough of your food item for 8 to 12 servings or more.

*Please have your food item ready to go. If you have any questions, please call Nathlia at 720­505­8963.

Bee Interesting • Mary Papich


Are you one of the lucky 20? ACQ members were matched with one another this month to form new or join existing bees! Many, many thanks to Judy Tauchen, Linda Mazunik, and Elizabeth French, Ruth Yoon, and Sharon Mirabella for their wonderful willingness to either lead a new bee or welcome new members to their existing bees!

Contact Mary Papich at if you want to be part of a new bee!

Library Corner • Ann Roman and Marianne Duer

It is hard to believe that we are now in to May and only one more month and we will be halfway through 2018. Is your calendar getting busy with graduation parties, summer camp and weddings? Are you making or dreaming of vacation plans? If travel is on your wish list, here are some quilt books to inspire you of exotic places.

From Spain with Love by Roberta Cardew.
In this virtual trip to Spain, you'll learn how to make exquisitely easy quilts with all the warmth of the Mediterranean culture. Master the art of using color with the color lessons in each project. These patterns are scrap­-friendly too, so delve into your stash!

Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match by Susan Briscoe.
Choose from patchwork, applique and sashiko blocks, organized into themed sections based on geometric, pictorial and family crest designs. All the techniques you need are clearly demonstrated. Each design features a photograph, clear instructional diagram or template, fabric palette and cutting guide, and instructions for making the block. Icons indicate the skill level and techniques used. All of the blocks can be mixed and matched, and you will find examples of fail­-safe block combinations for stylish quilts, from tessellated all­over patterns to spectacular sampler quilts.

Tour Ireland by Pat Sloan.
Travel along with designer Pat Sloan as she leads a group of quilters on a fun­filled tour of Ireland. From her traditional pieced Irish Chain to her folksy, appliqued Sheep On The Mountain, Pat has designed 12 quilts to appeal to every skill level. Whether you are planning a trip to Ireland or just love all things Irish, you are sure to find the perfect design in this book. So come on, enjoy the tour, make the quilts, and feel a bit Irish, too! 12 Projects: Blooms of Ireland; Cobblestones of Ireland; Irish Coffee; Lady of the Lake; Sheep's Feet; With Needle and Thread; Luck of the Irish Wall Hanging; Luck of the Irish Table Runner; Dreaming of Shamrocks; Sheep on the Mountain; Irish Chain; and Streets of Dublin.

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 online individual membership roster is up and running! You should have received an email with the password to access it. Any questions, please feel free to contact Sandy Christiansen at or Jan Wolfgram at

Online Business Member Directory
Please take a moment to review the online directory of ACQ Business Members at­-members. You'll find them in alphabetical order and by services and products. It is a great resource to help you find just what you are looking for and support our business members.

Membership Table
Beginning with the May meeting, 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 April 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.

May: Find instructions in the April newsletter for the Star Flower block to bring for the May BOM drawing.

June: Download the Connemara Flower Block instructions for the June BOM drawing.

Financial Report • Nancy Conklin


At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum:

  • Biennial Men’s Exhibit: Boys Just Wanna Have Fun Too and My Road to Denver by the Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild. Now—May 26.
  • Sundays at the Museum Lecture. Mike's Magical Miniatures with Mike Klicek. May 20. 2:00­4:00.
  • Hollis Chatelain: Stories of West Africa and Rooted in Tradition Revisited. May 28th through July 21st. Exhibit Opening Reception June 1st, 6-­8 pm.

Colorado Quilt Council. An Afternoon with June Ryker. The program will be May 5, 2018, from 1:30­-3:00 at Green Mountain United Methodist Church. 12755 W. Cedar Dr., Lakewood, CO 80228.

Happy May Birthday!

  • Beth Jordan—May 2
  • Trine Benson— May 3
  • Kate Smith—May 3
  • Toni Martin—May 4
  • Chris Howe —May 9
  • Sandi Fruehling—May 10
  • Elizabeth Bradac—May 12
  • Linda Wilson—May 12
  • Janet Mille—May 13
  • Char Modlich—May 17
  • Pam Johnson—May 17
  • Lynda Bruce—May 22
  • Marge Green—May 25
  • Terry Swanson—May 27
  • Connie LaDue—May 28
  • Nora Dean Hekkers—May 30
  • Betty Brownson—May 31

April Show & Tell

Visit the ACQ Photo Gallery where you can see larger images from the April meeting. Plus watch Jenny's interview with Kim Fauth, found at the beginning of the gallery.

Row 1: Joan Dienst, Jenny Kae Parks, Nancy Conklin, Nancy Conklin
Row 2: Leigh Ingram, Carolyn Keene, Marcia Koester, Betty Foley

Row 3: Angie Nofziger, Katrina Schrock & Angie Nofziger, Angie Nofziger, Becky Anderson
Row 4: Julie Allen, Lana Heyer, Lana Heyer

Row 5: Pam Johnson, Beth Taggart, Patricia Graham, Patricia Graham
Row 6: Karen Clark, Jean Gibson, Terry Swanson

Row 7: Gina Kleppinger, Leslie Courtnage, M’Liss Hunter

Row 8: Karen Guerra, Patty Hoerr, Peggy Jorgensen
Row 9: Kat Slaby, Kim Fauth

Join ACQ Community, Our Private Facebook Group

Have you ever tried to find a specific fabric for a special graduation quilt? Have you ever wanted to get feedback on color choices late at night? Have you seen a great new technique or tool that you want to share with other ACQ members?

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
Allison 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

ACQ Views

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