All remaining 2020 CQC meetings will be held via Zoom. This includes the October and November/December meetings. Zoom links are sent to all CQC members who have provided email addresses to us a few days before each meeting. If you are not receiving these eblasts, contact Dana Jones, 720-346-3952 or Please check with local guilds for information on their meetings and events.

October Newsletter

Highlights from the October Newsletter

  • Competition Committee Encourages Entry to Fairs - Page 3
  • Information about the November/December & January Speaker - Page 4
  • Still Time to buy Raffle tickets - Page 8
  • CQC Membership Q & A for 2021 - Page 9
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Thank you to everyone that participated in Quilt-a-Fair and Fall Retreat

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Cindy Grisdela to Speak and Teach for CQC in October

Cindy Grisdela, author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free-Motion Quilting (C&T Publishing, 2016) will speak on the “Anatomy of Improv” at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 24 via Zoom. She’ll share her tips and tricks about the process for working. Cindy’s quilt designs have been published in numerous books and magazines, and she has appeared in three episodes of “Quilting Arts TV.”

Cindy will teach “Focus on the Improv Block” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 25 via Zoom. Each participant in the workshop will make an improv block for the center of her or his composition, then add borders. Cindy will discuss her improv-block technique using scraps and various ways to set the block into interesting designs with border options. She’ll share her extensive knowledge and experience with color and design as she helps you make a unique creation that reflects your color and design sense.

For information, visit Cindy's website and blog at



Diane Harris to Present Trunk Show and Teach December 5-6
Diane Harris, a former editor with Quiltmakers magazine and widely published quilt designer, will share her “Jingle Bells” trunk show with CQC members at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 5. She’ll share large and small, pieced and appliquéd, modern and traditional quilts designed for the winter holidays. This show is more than red and green quilts. There are color recipes of all sorts. Diane encourages you to attend to get your creative jingle on.

Diane will teach a 2.5-hour version of her popular “Baby Windmills” workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 6 via Zoom. This is a fun, fast and easy project right on time for holiday gift giving. You’ll reduce your stash as Diane leads you in some serious scrap play. She says she’s been making this versatile block for years, continually discovering new ways to use the blocks. She’ll share her examples then help you create a unique quilt. The class will be stress-free. Diane will share some bonus quilt techniques as time allows.

Helen Frost Will Sparkle in January Trunk Show and Workshop
Quilt world icon Helen Frost, who began quilting in 1972 and teaching two years
later, says CQC members will have stars in their eyes as they enjoy her trunk show, “Lone Stars: A Galaxy of Quilts,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021, via Zoom. She’ll present star quilts from the close to 40 years she’s been designing and making them including some from All-Star Quilts: 10 Strip Pieced Lone Star Sparklers (C&T Publishing, 2010), a book she authored with her mother, Blanche Young.
Variations include Touching Stars, Blazing Star, Broken Star, Double Star and more. And Helen will share stories from her years as a quiltmaker, author, teacher, and in her words, “magician.” Helen will teach her “Lone Star Sparkler” workshop from 1-4 p.m. two consecutive
Sundays, January 24 and 31, 2021, via Zoom. You’ll make a diamond dazzler using the strip-piecing technique developed by Helen and her mother, and you’ll learn precision cutting, pinning, sewing and pressing plus painless set-in seams and perfected mitered borders.


  • If you are making masks- don't forget to count the time toward Volunteer hours.
  • Membership dues beginning in July 2018 are $25 with the newsletter online and $35 for mailed newsletters.  Membership dues are for a full 12 month year.  Pin replacement is $25.  Guest fees are $10 per meeting.

Seeking - Communication Coordinator

Colorado Quilting Council is seeking a Communications Coordinator to edit and design its monthly newsletter (11 issues/year), send twice weekly eblasts, and maintain the council’s website. The website, eblasts and monthly issues of Colorado Threads announce and cover the activities of the council, including general meetings, board meetings, workshops, committee work and special events. Applicants should have editing experience and basic graphic-design skills, including experience with software to keep the website current, to maintain an email list for the eblasts, and to create the newsletter and send it to the printer. The Communications Coordinator will have the opportunity to work with quilters throughout the state, and state and national leaders in the quilt world. Experience doing communication for other non-profit, volunteer organizations is a plus. This part-time contract position pays $6,000 a year. To apply, email CQC President Laural Hoppes at

Colorado Quilting Council was created in 1978. Its mission statement reads: “Colorado Quilting Council is a statewide organization of people interested in preserving the heritage of quilting, promoting excellence in quilting and related arts, and in providing a source of information and inspiration.”

CQC Shop Hop Continues

When we launched CQC’s 2020 Colorado Shop Hop in January, little did we know getting forms signed by folks at quilt shops wouldn’t be possible for some months. We never envisioned that so much of our shop hopping would be virtual with items mailed or picked up curbside. Our Colorado quilt shops deserve a round of applause for the creative ways they have stayed “open” for us in a time that is especially challenging for small, local businesses. All are being so careful to make it possible for us to shop safely.
Our CQC Colorado Shop Hop continues. We will accept the forms you had shops sign earlier in the year and any you can now again have signed. We will also accept receipts. Remove credit-card in-formation and anything else that is private. We just need the name of the shops and the dates you visited in person or virtually. We want you to turn these in all together after October 24 and before November 30. We’ll let you know where to mail them in the August newsletter.
The shop-hop rules remain the same. You will receive credit for one visit per shop during 2020. The person who visits the most shops will win a prize. In the case of a tie, we will draw for the winner.
This is a great time to “visit” new shops around the state online. Never been to a Western Slope shop? How about shop on the eastern plains or in the southwest corner of our state? Live a long ways from shops along the I-25 corridor? Now’s the time to expand the reach of the shops you frequent. See the Business Directory, pages 15-18, and pick several to check out.


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