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2016 NQA Quilt Show News 

The 47th  Annual NQA Quilt Show welcomes Ricky Tims! Join Ricky for great classes and fun dinner entertainment at the Annual NQA Quilt Show in Little Rock, AR, May 19 – 21 2016. Watch the NQA website and Facebook for more information coming soon.
Using the same teaching technique that he uses in his 2-1/2 day super seminars, Ricky will bring you more quilting tips, techniques, secrets and methods than he can teach you in a whole day of a traditional sewing class in his exciting and information-packed 90 minute lecture/demonstrations. Ricky developed this unique style of teaching as a result of always having a waiting list for his sit and sew workshops and then having to stand around and watch his students sew for a good portion of the time, knowing in his heart that there was so much more he could teach and show them if he could develop a method of teaching that would reach more students in more ways. No more crowding around a sewing machine with 25 other students, peering over shoulders to see what the instructor is doing, no supply lists or sewing machines, and no more worrying about keeping up with the class.  All you need is a pen and paper.  Ricky lectures live and projects how-to demonstrations up on a large screen so that everyone can see from the comfort of their seats. Thousands of students have experienced his lecture/demos and have given Ricky rave reviews about this new teaching style. One skeptic said, "Wow!  I learned so much and hands-on was not necessary." Come and see for yourself - we doubt you'll be disappointed!

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Time: TBD
Title: Ricky Tims Master Class -Topics TBD
Description: A three-hour lecture/demo presentation with audio/visual      Ricky
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Time: TBD
Title: An Evening with Ricky Tims
Description: Evening presentation of music and storytelling – 1.5 hours 

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016 Time: TBD
Title: Ricky Tims Master Class -The Six Hour Seminar
Description: A six-hour lecture/demo presentation with audio/visual

From the Grants Chair

Much  appreciation goes  to the donors of little quilts for NQA’s Little Quilt Auction held in LQA 2105Little Rock last month. Proceeds from the auction are all directed to the Grants Program so that great ideas and projects can receive funding assistance. Do you have an idea for a project, but lack financial resources? Perhaps your guild would like to conduct a special educational event but needs funding. Check out  the Grants Program and watch the slide show to see if your project might qualify for a grant. The deadline for grant requests is October, so there is plenty of time to work on your application. 

Quilt Show Products 

Don't forget to purchase the 2015 Show Items now available on the NQA Online Store.  CD proof (JPG)

  • 2015 Show DVD.  Enjoy the show again and again when you purchase the 2015 Show DVD.  See all the competition quilts plus the Down by the Riverside Exhibit and the Sew Batik Challenge quilts.
  • 2015 Show Pin:  One of a kind show pin  for the 46th Annual NQA Quilt Show, Down by the Riverside in  Little Rock, AR.
  • 2010 Show DVD/Pin Combo.  Take advantage of this special offer and save $3.00 when you purchase both the 2015 Show DVD and Pin. Buy two, one for yourself and one for a friend.

And the winner is... 


Congratulations are extended to new member, Judy Hudgins of Sulphur Springs, Texas.  She won a new IPad Air at the new member drawing at the 46th NQA Annual Quilt Show. 

From the Chapters Chair 

August Member Spotlight:  CINDY WILLIAMS of North Carolina has a great sense of humor and is one very interesting lady with many interests besides quilting. She has some great quilts to share with our NQA community, please check them out! 

Hidden Stitches of Tarpon Springs, Florida 
Procrastinating Quilters of Clearwater, Florida 
Quilt Guild by the Sea of Boca Raton, Florida
Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Guild of Kalamazoo, Michigan 


I received a call from a very interesting but frustrated mother whose 16 year old daughter has caught the quilting bug.  Her frustration stems from the fact that she and her daughter resides in a very remote town where the closest fabric store is two and one-half hours away.  She purchased a NQA membership for her daughter’s 16th birthday on June 18th – NQA’s opening show day in Little Rock!  She wishes to encourage this interest and will travel to the fabric store to purchase items her daughter would need to begin her journey in quilt making.  Her question is what items should be purchased to get her daughter on the right track.  Up until now both mother and daughter have been watching online videos on  quilt making and have been making small quilted projects “by hand”.  Any and all advice will be shared with this incredible mother and daughter duo.  Please send any suggestions to  

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped me keep on the straight and narrow during the show in Little Rock.  It would not have been possible without your support – 

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