COLORADO QUILTING COUNCIL
Log Cabin Fever 2021
Colorado Quilting Council’s Board of Directors has replaced in-person meetings, workshops and events with Zoom meetings, workshops and events through June 2021. The board is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will move future in-person meetings to Zoom if advised by health and government officials to do so. Our first priority is the health and well being of every member. 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 Andrea Coyle, 239-770-4016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check with local guilds for information on their meetings and events.
January 20 Sit and Sew via Zoom
In 2021, CQC will be hosting a virtual Sit and Sew gatherings via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month. Members will be able to socialize with each other while working on individual projects in their own homes. The initial Sit and Sew will be held on January 20th from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. This is very informal so feel free to join in at any time and leave early if needed. There is no cost to join in, although donations are welcome. To join, please use this Zoom link below:
Topic: CQC Sit and Sew
Time: Jan 20, 2021 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 898 7177 2591
January 23 Meeting via Zoom
Topic: Colorado Quilting Council January 2021 Meeting
Time: Jan 23, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 886 1055 4287
Click here to read the January newsletter
Annual Reports - Pages 10, 14, 17
President's Message by Laural Hoppes - Page 2
Raffle Quilt Winner - Page 19
Business Directory - Please Patronize Our Business Sponsors
Log Cabin Fever 2021
As a new year begins, we’re facing the continuing challenges of the pandemic by embracing new opportunities using the technology tools we discovered in 2020. “Log Cabin Fever” is our theme for 2021 as we set goals to grow our organization and find new ways to relate to each other.
Toward recruiting new members, we will be contacting quilt guilds across the state to learn how we can work with them and to encourage them to spread the word about Colorado Quilting Council. We’ll ask them to help us promote our expanded 2021 online Quilt-a-Fair, which we’ve already begun to plan.
We need every CQC member to join our outreach effort. We ask you to invite one or more friends to join us for one of our general-meeting programs via Zoom. Have a friend sign up with you to take a CQC workshop and introduce them to the Quilt-a-Fair vendors who offer the latest fabrics, quilting tools and more.
We also invite your help in planning Quilt-a-Fair. Many hands make light work. We have organized tasks into manageable size, one-time commitments. Not a “techie”? No problem. Much of the work of online Quilt-a-Fair requires no tech experience or expertise. To find out how you can help, contact Dawn Mills, email@example.com. By the way, can you guess the theme of this year’s Quilt-a-Fair quilt show? You got it: “Log Cabin Fever.”
There are many other opportunities to volunteer with CQC throughout the year. To pursue where your talents fit best, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeling Log Cabin Fever as I stay home more has led me to think about good times and good friends and prompted me to be in touch with those I hold dear. During a conversation with my cousin in California, I remembered the most significant January event of my childhood and youth: The Rose Parade in Pasadena. As a girl, I went to Fiesta Floats in Temple City, California, to help with parade preparations. Talk about smelling the roses! It was like having a host of floral shops roll by.
I was too small to get onto the floats to work so I served as a ‘gofer’, running for this and that needed by those constructing the floats. At midnight, the floats were driven down the street on which my grandparents lived so we stayed up to see them. People would light up their houses and turn on their car headlights as the floats passed. In the morning, we watched TV to see “our” floats.
As a young adult, the parade still fascinated me. I stayed on the blue line overnight to be in place to watch the parade in the morning. One year, I walked up and down Colorado Boulevard all night with my brother and his friends.
Since the Rose Parade began in 1891, it has been cancelled just three times during the war years of 1942, 1943 and 1945. This year marks the fourth cancellation, this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The joy of watching and participating in the event will be missed, heightening anticipation of the parade’s return in 2022.
As we move forward this year, we take a moment to thank all of you who helped us through 2020, learning new skills through remote sessions. Many of us enjoyed visiting with quilt friends online and finding uninterrupted time to sew, often on projects long forgotten in closets and drawers. We enjoyed learning new skills in CQC workshops. We discovered Zoom allows us to more easily connect with CQC friends who have moved away and those who live too far to attend most meetings and workshops.
Thank you all for joining us and continuing to support our statewide council.
This past year was surprisingly full. We made many Project Warm Hearts blocks and delivered quilts to charities. We collected hundreds of quilts for those impacted by wildfires throughout our state. We held two general meetings in person followed by six online, and we offered our first Block of the Month class. We held Quilt-a-Fair virtually for the first time, which after a great deal of learning, came off without a hitch. We held Fall Retreat by Zoom, enjoying our speaker, classes, games, and time with friends, old and new.
We adjusted our budget to reflect the lack of income and found creative ways to stretch limited funds. You stepped up to expand raffle-ticket sales, made unsolicited donations, and supported CQC by signing up for workshops and the Fall Retreat. This year will be another tough year budget-wise. We look forward to your continued support. Our 2021 raffle quilt is stunning. We look forward to your help in having record ticket sales.
Let’s continue to connect with friends and family, including our fellow CQC members. Let’s claim 2021 as the perfect time to embrace “Log Cabin Fever” by pulling those UFOs out and finishing them and by signing up for one or more of CQC’s monthly workshops. Let’s make 2021 a year to invite friends to share the fun and community that is CQC.
- January Workshop: "Lone Star Sparkler"Sun, Jan 24ZoomJan 24, 1:00 PM – Jan 31, 4:00 PMZoomHelen 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. You’ll learn precision cutting, pinning, sewing and pressing plus set-in seams and perfected mitered boarders.
- February Workshop: Walking-Foot QuiltingThu, Feb 04ZoomFeb 04, 10:00 AM – Feb 19, 12:00 PMZoomFor just $70, you’ll get 12 hours of instruction in walking-foot quilting in this hands-on workshop. Angela Jones, CQC member and instructor at Hi Fashion Sewing Machines and Quilt Shop in Grand Junction, is adapting her sell-out popular class to Zoom for CQC.
The Colorado Quilting Council, Inc (CQC) is a non-profit statewide organization whose objective is to assist in preserving the heritage of quilting, to be a source of information and inspiration, and to encourage a high standard of excellence in quilting and related arts.