46th Annual NQA Quilt Show, Little Rock, AR June 18 – 20, 2015
NQA has an international line-up of creative fiber artists’ and 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 are excited to help you explore, learn, and create.
Watch the NQA website for 2015 workshop information coming soon!
Little Quilt Auction
It’s that wonderful time of the year when we clean off our sewing tables and cast an eye toward new projects. Perhaps this is also your time to have some fun creating something smaller – a quilt to be given to The Little Quilt Auction. The auction is held annually at the show, along with daily sales of little quilts. All proceeds go directly to The Grant Program which reviews grant applications and awards funding to very worthwhile projects.
Little quilts should measure 28” or less on the largest sides. Labels listing quilt maker/s are requested. To assist the committee, you are asked to register your donation online. This is done by visiting the Little Quilt Auction page on the NQA website. Mail your quilt to be received no later than May 25, 2015, then pat yourself on the back, knowing you have been instrumental in assisting other quilters further the NQA mission.
If you would like to assist with the little quilts at our show in Little Rock, Arkansas,June 18-20, volunteer by contacting the Little Quilt Auction chairman. The auction is lively and fun, and you could even win a treasured quilt.
And the Winners are...
The 2015 grant recipients have been selected. Congratulations to the following guilds that are receiving funds for their outstanding projects.
4-H Quilt Summer Day Camp. The St. Augustine Florida Piecemakers Quilt Guild, in collaboration with the St. Johns County Extension Office, has hosted a children’s summer day camp for eight years. The program has consistently grown through the years and added quilts after the beginner stitchers moved into higher sewing levels. The children continue to advance in their levels of quilt making, and, last year, 100% showed their quilts at the Jacksonville Quiltfest and at the local guild’s quilt show.
The Bedford Babies Program, an ongoing project with a successful 18 year history, is carried out by The Village Squares Quilters in New York. Volunteers meet twice a month with women imprisoned in the Bedford Hills prison and housed in a separate dormitory because they are pregnant upon sentencing. They have their babies in the prison and keep their babies with them. Throughout their incarceration, women have the option of learning to quilt and making quilts for various recipients. Each woman makes two quilts before she keeps one, and 99% complete at least three quilts. Many continue making quilts, sometimes for their other children outside the prison.
Block by Block for QOV (Quilts of Valor) is a community outreach project held by The Giving Quilt of Louisiana. Their annual show is a display of quilts which are all donated to various charitable groups. No admission is charged, and educational activities at the show produce quilt squares, teddy bears, and pillow cases. At the show, volunteers teach will attendees how to sew pre-cut fabrics into Army blocks. The blocks are displayed and incorporated into quilts which are subsequently given through Quilts of Valor. Additional publicity about Quilts of Valor quilts and armed forces services is disseminated at the show.
Grant season will begin again this year in July, with 2016 grant applications due in October. If any group is interested in pursuing a great project for which funding is needed, they should consult the guidelines. It is essential to follow the directions in order to be considered.
|From the Education Coordinator
Certified Teacher of the Year
Education in our profession or skill is an essential pursuit for keeping up with all the innovative trends in our quilt world. Our teachers are often that resource. The NQA Certified Teachers have worked hard for their certification and set an example for how it is done. If you have had an experience with a Certified Teacher let the quilt world know they made a difference for you, nominate a CT, fill out the form and let that CT know you were impressed them.
To nominate a Certified Teacher visit the Certified Teachers Page on the NQA website. Scroll to the bottom to read more and to download nomination guidelines and a nomination form.
Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2015 The Teacher of the Year will be recognized at the Annual NQA Show in Little Rock, Arkansas June 18-20, 2015
|From the National Quilting Day Chair
National Quilting Day is March 21, 2015. This is the 24th annual celebration of National Quilting Day.
Denniele Bohannon’s quilt Crooked Path has been published in the Quilting Quarterly and is also available on the NQA website. It’s time to get started sewing on this beautiful quilt!
Share how you or your chapter will celebrate National Quilting Day this year by sending descriptions and photographs to be showcased in the National Quilting Association Show in Little Rock, Arkansas, June 18-20.
Send your National Quilting Day information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Communications Chair
We recently received the following message from Trish Gau, a member from Argentina.
We are pleased to provide the Annual Calendar for 2015 for you to download and enjoy!