Our History

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 150+ 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 $35 a year and membership runs for 12 months. Dues are $25 a year for Student Members, available for those enrolled in a course of study.  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 for a $10.00 fee.

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To learn more about becoming a member, CONTACT US.

(If you would prefer to mail a membership form with a check: FRCQ Membership Form)



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Dates: Every third Monday, January through November.

Location: All meetings are available on-line via Zoom with the link included in our monthly newsletter.  Several times per year, we hold hybrid in-person/zoom meetings. The location may vary, so please refer to the MEETINGS page on our website for information as to which meetings are in person and where they will be held.

Time: On-Line meetings run from 7:00-9:00 pm.  In-person meetings have social time which starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting from 7:00-9:00 pm.