In this issue:
Message from NQA President
Message from President-Elect: Job Opportunity
2012 Show Challenge
National Quilting Day
25th Little Quilt Auction Gala
From the Chapter Coordinator
From the Membership Chairperson
From NQA President, Judy Taylor:
Happy New Year NQA!
I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season filled with lots of special time with family and friends.
The start of a new year is always a time for beginnings and resolutions. As a quilter, I always start the year with my best intentions to finish a UFO, enter a quilt show, take a class, and make time to sew with friends. I hope to make this the year I actually keep my heart-felt goals; at least I intend to give it the old college try.
So, what are your 2012 New Year’s resolutions? I hope they include entering a quilt in the 2012 NQA Quilt Show or donating a quilt to the NQA Little Quilt Auction! NQA takes great pride in the creativity and talents of its members and the NQA Quilt Show is the perfect showcase for quilters of all levels to display your endeavors. Whether this is your first time to enter or you are a seasoned pro, this is truly a wonderful celebration of quilting to be shared by all.
Utilizing individual donations and proceeds from the annual Little Quilt Auction, the NQA Grant Program encourages organizations, institutions, and individuals to apply for a grant to enable them to pursue the art of quilt making through education, research, craftsmanship and documentation. Without these donations, our ability to support these endeavors will be directly impacted. We need your donations and your quilt entries so get started now and avoid the last minute rush!
Remember to mark your calendars for the following:
April 30, 2012 - Deadline to enter the NQA Quilt Show
May 19, 2012 – Deadline for your donation quilt to arrive for the Little Quilt Auction
May 26, 2012 – Deadline to pre-register for the Quilt Show or sign up for classes
June 14-16, 2012 – NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, OH
Speaking of the 2012 Quilt Show, sometimes even as hard as we try, we have an oversight in the Registration Brochure. This year was no exception. For those of you, who are taking classes, please note the all-day class numbers end in the numbers 1-19, the morning class numbers end in the 20's and the afternoon class numbers end in the 40's. Should you have any additional questions or need further assistance please contact the Show Registrar, Glen Taylor at email@example.com, and he will be glad to assist you.
Until next time, Happy Quilting!
Judy Taylor, President
From the President-Elect, Ruth Pollow: Job Opportunity
Please share this announcement with your Chapter and Guild members. We want anyone interested in this position to have the opportunity to apply by the March 1, 2012 deadline.
Position Available—NQA Quilt Show Director
Resume deadline: March 1, 2012
The qualified applicant will offer:
· Large quilt show management experience
· Microsoft Office, Access, and Quickbooks proficiency
· Budget preparation experience
· Contract preparation experience
· Sponsorship recruiting experience
· Staff recruiting and management experience
· Attention to detail and meeting timeline/contractual obligations
· Communication skills
· Problem solving and crisis management skills
Compensation: commensurate to market
A complete job description is available upon request.
Availability of selected candidate: July 1, 2012
Resume and cover letter should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Show Challenge
The SewBatik Challenge has become a much-anticipated part of the NQA Show.
Anyone may participate but challenge packets are limited so please send your requests quickly. In return for $5 you will receive ¼ yard of the SewBatik Challenge fabric which must be recognizable in your 20” x 20” quilt. The challenge theme for 2012 is “Mariner’s Compass.” You may include other fabrics with the challenge fabric as you wish. All entries must consist of three layers and be held together with stitching. Entries will be shown at the 43rd Annual National Quilting Association Show, where they will complete for the following awards:
Most Effective Quilting
Most Effective Edge Finish
Most Effective Embellishments
Most Unique Design Using a “Mariner’s Compass”
Most Interesting Use of a “Mariner’s Compass” Block
Most Representative of the 43rd Annual NQA show Theme, “Mariner’s Compass”
Most Effective Use of the Challenge Fabric (Sponsor’s Choice ~ Selected By SewBatik)
To participate, send your check for $5.00 (made out to NQA) to:
NQA 43rd Annual Show Challenge
PO Box 105
Unionville, IN 47468-0105
You may direct questions to:
Celebrate National Quilting Day: Coordinator Martha Ethridge
National Quilting Day is March 17th, 2012. Celebrate the day in honor of quilters everywhere and let us know what your plans are to do so! As always, the National Quilting Association encourages quilting at all levels and offers a free pattern with instructions on the website www.nqaquilts.org as well as in our member magazine, The Quilting Quarterly, in the project issue (mailed out in December 2011). The theme for the NQA Annual 2012 Quilt Show is the Mariner’s Compass. As Coordinator for NQA Quilting Day and to inspire you, I created a fun and easy scrappy quilt using a simple Mariner’s Compass. Make it and celebrate your participation in National Quilting Day 2012. Remember, if you have a Mariner’s Compass Quilt you would like to share, enter it in the Mariner’s Compass Exhibit at the show – for more information look on the website under Quilt Show 2012.
CALLING ALL QUILTERS: MAKE A LITTLE QUILT FOR THE 25TH LQA GALA EVENT - to benefit the NQA Grant Program
We cordially invite you to be an important part of this year’s exciting 25th Annual Celebration Gala evening by donating one of your creations. Miniatures, doll quilts, and small wall quilts make excellent donations. Please limit the size to no more than 28" on any side. All of these quilts will be available for viewing on the show floor prior to the live auction. A Viewer’s Choice ribbon will be awarded to both the maker and to the winning bidder for the chosen quilt.
At the discretion of the committee and directed by the number of entries, a selection of these
quilts will be offered at Silent Auction each day of the show. Please sign or permanently label the back of your donation quilt, and include the LQA Entry Form found on page 27 of the show brochure. This information will be used in the LQA brochure and for commentary during the live auction. Donations must be received by Saturday, May 19, 2012 to be included in the brochure. Late donations will be held for the next auction.
A receipt for the monies raised will be provided at the conclusion of the auction for your personal
records. For any questions concerning the LQA, please contact the NQA office at nqaquilts@
sbcglobal.net or 614-488-8520.
Mail your quilt to arrive on or before
May 19, 2012 to:
4380 Allen Drive
Columbus, OH 43213
See you at the Auction!!
From the Chapter Coordinator, Sue Castelli:
Happy New Year, Everyone!
The Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild from Port Charlotte, Florida created the raffle quilt displayed on the NQA Homepage during this month. “After The Storm” is beautiful with coloration that depicts the Gulf waters after a hurricane. Snowbirds and Florida natives should make plans to see this chapter’s upcoming quilt show. This chapter and the other Florida-based NQA chapters have shows scheduled in the next 60 days—make plans to attend!
The smiles on the Chapter Showcase this month are from the members of the West Alabama Quilt Guild from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This established chapter has a long record of charitable service to the community – including 161 quilts made just last year for local residents after the F4 tornado slammed Tuscaloosa. Read about their unique methods to involve young children and schools with their quilting activities—they may have ideas your own chapter can use!
2012 will offer an opportunity for NQA to expand its website service to chapters and individual members. In August 2011, the NQA contracted with GLODERWORKS to maintain its established website and to develop new features.
Gloria Hanson (GLO) and Derry Thompson (DER) are experienced with quilt-related websites and we look forward to announcing three new web pages soon.
SOQS – See Our Quilt Shows!
Make plans to see a show near you!
January 13-14, 2012 – Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida, Inc., Lake Worth, Florida
January 13-14, 2012 – Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild, Ft. Myers, FL
January 28-29, 2012 – Manatee Patchworkers, Cortez, FL
February 3-4, 2012 – Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters, Port St. Lucie, FL
February 17-18, 2012 – Chautauqua Quilters Guild, DeFuniak Springs, FL
NQA Chapter Services
From the Membership Chairperson: Lois Arnold
Thanks to all of you who posted quilts on the Open Show and Tell. It is so much fun to see what others are doing! We had serious quilts as well as quilts that were just for fun. When we do the Open Show and Tell next year, I hope you will join in and share what you’ve done.
January is always an exciting month! It’s a brand new year with brand new things happening for the members of NQA.
Be sure to go to the Member Spotlight area and be inspired by Wendy Butler Berns quilts that are currently showing. Then look forward to Mary De Ray being featured in February. If you would like to be featured or know of a member you would like to recommend, please contact me through the web site or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Check your membership date of renewal on your latest QQ to make sure you don’t miss out on anything! You can renew online now or send in your reminder card when it arrives.
Member Services Chair
The National Quilting Association, Inc.
Chapter representatives are encouraged to share all of the information contained in this newsletter with their membership and we welcome ideas and suggestions from your guild to share with other NQA chapters.