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  However you celebrate,  we hope you have a wonderful, artful holiday!  
 
Consider this... 

Guilds and quilt organizations are like extended families. Each meeting brings the opportunity for meeting new friends. The best part of being part of an organization is the variety of people you encounter that have the same interest as you-quilting. Each NQA member has something to offer the group as a whole whether they realize it or not.
 
The NQA leaders and volunteers are important to the success of our organization. Consider volunteering your time and talents with special projects, assuming a leadership role, or volunteering at the Annual NQA Quilt Show.
Volunteer

For your chance to volunteer at the 2015 Show go to the NQA website, http://www.nqaquilts.org/volunteers/2015/, and sign up today. It’s your organization and your show! Help us out by volunteering!



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Do you enjoy reading about fellow NQA members in our regular member spotlight feature? If you do, we need your help to ensure you can meet more NQA members from across the country. Help us find noteworthy members! 
 
What makes a member “worthy” of being featured? Perhaps they have made an extraordinary commitment to community service. Maybe they’ve received a note-worthy 
recognition. Have she (or he) published a book, designed a fabric line, or created a new tool to make quilting easier? Has adversity been overcome through quilting and the friendship of other quilters? We’d love to know...and share their story with our readers.
 
If you know of someone whose story is worth of sharing (and aren’t they all?) please e-mail the member’s name, phone and e-mail contact information, and a bit about why 
you believe they should be featured in our Member Spotlight to editor@nqaquilts.org.
 
Contest news: The Winter 2014 issue of The Quilting Quarterly offers you two chances to win small prizes. Entries for both contests must be received by January 15, 2015 to 
be included in our prize drawings. Find complete contest information on pages 3 and 51!
 
Holiday Wishes: No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, The Quilting Quarterly team wishes you joyous occasions, the creation of cherished memories, and a Happy, Quilt-Filled New Year.



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Amazing Exhibits
 
We know you’re excited … we are, too! Enjoy nearly 600 quilts including the NQA competition quilts and special quilt exhibits. NQA is thrilled to be in Little Rock, AR for our 46th Annual NQA Quilt Show. Come join us to see the fantastic  entries.
 
Talented Instructors
 
NQA has an international line-up of creative fiber artists’ instructors including Barbara Vlack, Ana Buzzalino and Judy Martin. Join these instructors and others to learn new techniques and improve your skills. Each of the talented instructors is excited to help you explore, learn, and create.
 
Merchant Mall
 
Get Ready! You’ll see an amazing array of the newest quilting merchandise from fabrics, books, patterns and tools all the things you need for your next creative endeavor. Vendors from across the country can’t wait to display and demonstrate their products. 
 
Visit the NQA Show website in January for a schedule of events, class listings and other show information.


Sew Batik Challenge

The SewBatik Challenge returns to the 2015 NQA Annual Show. SewBatik is a designer sew batik 2015and seller of hand-dyed batiks. They are graciously sponsoring the SewBatik Challenge again in 2015 and have selected a beautiful fabric for this year’s challenge – Dotty Stripe - Night Shadow.
 
SewBatik Challenge fabric can be purchased from the NQA office. Cost for a fat quarter of the SewBatik Challenge fabric is $10.00. There is no other charge to enter your completed quilt in the NQA Show as a part of this special exhibit.
 
As with previous SewBatik Challenges, you have the opportunity for your quilt to travel around the country to other quilt shows. The SewBatik Challenge has garnered quite a bit of interest this year resulting in requests to extend their travels! While you can opt to have your quilt returned to you immediately after the show, consider sharing your talent with others by letting your quilt travel with the group of quilts. It’s such fun and very inspiring to see the variety of ways you creative quilters have of using the same piece of fabric.
 
Shows that will display the 2015 SewBatik Challenge quilts currently include shows in Louisville, Oklahoma City, Reno and Salt Lake City.
 
Now’s the time to order your fabric from the NQA Office as there are a limited number of fat quarters available. It can be ordered online(http://www.nqaquilts.org/shop/product/2015-sew-batik-challenge-fabric/) or by calling the office at (614) 488-8520  .
 
Let’s see your take on Down by the Riverside using SewBatik’s Dotty Stripe!


 
NQA Sponsored Sightseeing Trips
 
There’s much to explore around Little Rock – the new home for NQA’s 2015 Quilt http://www.eventureamerica.com/Show. Make plans now to extend your quilt show trip to include a few exciting tour options –there’s something for everyone!
 
Plan to arrive early in the week so that you can take advantage of a day trip to Memphis so that you can walk on famous Beale Street. Then it’s off to Graceland and everything Elvis! 
 
As an alternative, what about an overnight tour to Branson, Missouri? Explore all of the shops in Branson (Remember, you’ll want to save money for the vendors at the Quilt Show!) and enjoy  one of Branson’s famous shows.
 
A variety of day trips are planned. Travel to Garvan Woodlands, nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains with a stop at Hot Springs National Park. Interested in history? The Classic Little Rock tour includes a visit to Central High School, where the “Little Rock Nine” were registered at the previously racially segregated school in 1957.  Other stops the Clinton Presidential Library and Governor’s Mansion. 

P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farmhouse is just a short ride away. Tour his 1904 Colonial Revival-style house, tour the gardens and savor the memorable lunch from the grounds of his estate. 
 
Lunch on a paddle wheeler more your style? Join us for an excursion on the Mark Twain. You’ll see Little Rock from the middle of the Arkansas River during this luncheon excursion.
 
Activities for the family include a guided canoe trip. In the midst of the Ouachita Mountains is Pinnacle Peak – a stunning sight from your vantage point on the river. Or do something totally unexpected – shoot skeet on one of the finest skeet and trap shooting ranges located on the grounds of the Remington Arms manufacturing plant.
 
All trips are planned so that you’ll be back in Little Rock with plenty of time to attend the quilt show and special evening events. Check out these tours in more detail by following  this link to the 2015 Quilt Show page
(www.nqaquilts.org/quiltshow/site/2015/) and clicking on the Special Events box.

See you on tour!