About Us

Our Purpose

Quilting has evolved through time from craft to art, and the Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) support those who express themselves by using contemporary images and techniques. FRCQ provides a world-class learning environment for all levels of art quilt makers by bringing in high-quality teachers from around the world to give workshops and lectures.

FRCQ emphasizes art quilts. Although the original work by our members may be cutting-edge and sometimes experimental, it is always uniquely expressive and is fabricated using a personal a creative process.

FRCQ meetings are an opportunity to network with and learn from others in the fiber art field. Enthusiastic, inspiring speakers generously share their technical knowledge, stories of the artistic process, and images of their work during these bi-monthly general meetings. They are an exciting place to stoke the creative fires.

FRCQ plans and coordinates juried exhibitions in which members participate both as working volunteers and exhibiting artists. The venues are high-caliber and professionally promoted. They provide our members the opportunity to exhibit their work while educating the public. These regular exhibition opportunities along with the show-and-tell segment at meetings are a great motivation for members to keep producing.

In addition, FRCQ produces Bits and Pieces, a monthly newsletter with information on exhibits, show opportunities, book reviews, plus articles on creativity and marketing. FRCQ also sponsors mini-sessions (one-day technique workshops), the Inside FRCQ group, and volunteer opportunities. Most of all, FRCQ is a place to meet fellow quilt artists and to have fun!

Our bylaws are printed in our yearly roster and online below.

FRCQ Bylaws

Our History

Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) began in 1988 as a brainstorming session between three art quilt makers from varied artistic backgrounds: Patty Hawkins (watercolor), Gretchen Hill (quilter) and Marilyn Dillard (weaver). Jo Fitsell (quilter, art teacher), Diana Bunnell (potter) and Laura DeKloe (weaver) were subsequently invited to be a part of the first steering committee. This steering committee originated as a special interest group within the Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder. Early meetings were held in Gretchen Hill’s basement. Attendees were encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.

By May 1989, realizing the potential for a much larger organization, plans were made to become an independent group. In August 1989, the quilt makers formally named themselves Front Range Contemporary Quilters, sending out postcards to welcome prospective new members to the upcoming meetings. Guest lecturers and workshops lead by visiting and local artists such as Joyce Marquess Carey, Rachel Clark, Elaine Spencer, Helen Davis and Doreen Speckman drew substantial interest throughout the first several meetings, enough so that by the third meeting held at the Days Inn in Boulder, the room was full, and there was standing room only by the November 1989 meeting.

Of course the above synopsis does not take into account all of the truly wonderful people who have made FRCQ what it is today. It is the spirit of sharing and volunteerism which make any group successful. The founding mothers are the epitome of those two words, and the people who have followed their lead continue to make FRCQ an incredibly innovative and supportive organization. As Patty Hawkins so aptly puts it, “It is important to welcome each person at each meeting! We all have the same passion for making unique quilts. YOU are what makes FRCQ great!”

Join FRCQ Today!

Please join this fun, lively artistic group of 250+ members. Our monthly meetings feature international, national or local speakers. Only members are eligible to participate in our dynamic workshops and excellent juried exhibitions. Membership dues are $30 a year and membership runs per calendar year. Membership in FRCQ includes all meetings, a high-quality monthly online newsletter, and eligibility to register for workshops. Visitors are welcome to the monthly meetings at no cost.

To learn more about becoming a member, contact us.

Membership Dues

Meetings:

Dates: Every third Monday, January through November.
Location: Westminster Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO
Time: Social time starts at 6:30. The meeting is from 7-9.