NQA Chapter Newsletters: Archive
NQA Chapter Newsletters
CHAPTER CHAIR NEWSLETTER: March 2011
In this issue:
From the NQA President,
It's March, and for many of us, this means Spring is just around the corner. I hope you have used this time to work on your quilt entries for the 42nd Annual NQA Quilt Show. Don't forget the deadline to enter is April 29, 2011. Information is available on the NQA Web site at www.nqaquilts.org.
We've talked about the upcoming National Quilting Day on March 19th. We hope you and your Chapter members are planning something special to celebrate this very special day in the quilting world. Please take some pictures of your quilts and/or events and share with Barbara Polston, the Quilting Quarterly Editor.
We are very excited to announce that NQA will have a booth at the Machine Quilters Showcase in Overland Park, Kansas, May 11-14, 2011. If you are attending the show, or live in this area, please come by and say "hello." Given the fact a majority of our chapters and members live east of the Mississippi, NQA has made it a goal this year to expand our national recognition and geographic diversity by having a booth at a minimum of 3 shows in the western United States. We hope such activities will improve our recruitment of members and expand NQA's organizational identity.
And speaking of goals for this year, we have also given much thought to holding regional meetings for the Chapter Chairs. I believe such meetings could accomplish the following:
What are your thoughts about regional meetings? Please contact the Chapter Coordinator, Sue Castelli, if you are interested in exploring this opportunity.
And lastly, we are still in need of a President-Elect for the 2011-2012 term. If you have any interest is serving in this capacity, please contact the NQA Nominating Committee at Susan Rivers - email@example.com or Geri Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time — Happy Quilting!
From the Education Chair,
Why is the National Quilting Association quilt show different from ALL OTHER national quilt shows?
This show is the only national show that shows ALL quilts up to 400 entered by the deadline! This means that everyone who makes a beautiful quilt and would like to share it with others can do so. NQA is proud of the fact that it is inclusive of all quilt makers, whether they are new at the process, or have been making quilts for years. Young or old, machine or hand-made, all quilts and their creators are welcome at the NQA show. The intention of the NQA show is to provide a fabulous venue for everyone to show and share their works of art in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The quilts that are judged at the show come home with a comment sheet carefully prepared by Certified Judges whose primary goal is to encourage quilters in their technique and design. It is truly an educational experience!
Another exciting educational feature of the NQA show is a program in its second year at the upcoming show in 2011: The New Bees Workshops! These workshops are offered by NQA Certified Teachers especially for beginning quilters! The topics of these workshops are highlighted in yellow boxes in the class descriptions in the Winter issue of the Quilting Quarterly. Check them out and encourage your daughters, sons, daughters-in-law or budding seamstresses to try one of these 3-hour workshops! They were so popular last year that we are offering more of them this year! Don't miss this great opportunity!
From the Chapter Chair Coordinator,
March madness is here — NQA style!
First, National Quilting Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 19. All chapters are invited to upload photos and a paragraph or two describing the events of their chapter (upload address is: www.nqaquilts.org/nqday/upload/). A composite of photos will be displayed on the NQA website later in March and announced on the NQA's Facebook page.
Also, we are looking to display more opportunity and/or raffle quilts on the NQA Homepage. Photos of raffle quilts made within the last 3 years by a group of chapter members can be uploaded to http://cln2.me/nqa. Please include a paragraph or two describing the purpose of the quilt and any additional detail about the raffle winner, etc.
The Member Spotlight glows this month on multi-talented member, Kathy Lichtendahl, from Wyoming. Kathy is a prolific quilter, a teacher and an NQA Certified Judge. Read Kathy's background and see her beautiful works — quilts and apparel — on the Member Spotlight webpage.
Village Squares Quilters from Westchester County, NY are the featured chapter for the month of March. They have a beautiful selection of quilts to view and they have an extensive history of outreach that includes a maximum security prison for women. This chapter also has two quilts NOW on the NQA Homepage that they made and donated for fundraising purposes. Please take time to enjoy this site.
Finally, listed below are the quilt shows for March and April produced by NQA Chapters. If you are near any of the locations below, support the good works of our chapters!
From the Quilting Quarterly Editor,
Are you mad for plaid or silly for stripes? Share photos of your quilts incorporating plaids or stripes in the body of the quilt. E-mail photos (.jpeg images, please) along with the name of the quilt, its size, when it was made, and if it's your original design or from a pattern. If you've used a pattern, please identify the pattern name and designer. When you send your image, please included your full name, city, and state. A selection of quilts will be shared in an upcoming issue of The Quilting Quarterly. All those submitting will be entered into a drawing for a small prize. Send your submissions to email@example.com before April 30.
Do you know an NQA member deserving of special recognition? Perhaps they've created a quilt donated to a particular cause. Maybe they have a interesting collection. Is is possible that they are just the most inspiring member of your Guild. We hope you're enjoying the member profiles appearing in The Quilting Quarterly. Help us find more of our members to showcase in this regular feature. Contact Barbara Polston, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 480-961-5177 in Phoenix, Arizona. Thank you!