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From the President

 We’re Holding a Spot for You!

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Did you know NQA is one of a few national quilting shows that does not jury its quilt show entries? This makes it possible for any interested quilter of any skill level to enter their quilt into the NQA Annual Quilt Show. The result is a wide array of quilt styles that are reflective of quilters from around the country and the world.

By entering your quilt into the 45th Annual NQA Quilt Show you help to support NQA’s educational mission and continue the heritage of promoting excellence in quilting.

The window of opportunity will be closing soon so why not enter your quilt and be among the nearly 400 quilts in this year’s show? Put your quilt on display and share your work with all the attendees.

If you’ve been waiting to enter your quilt NOW is the time to do it, don’t miss your chance to be part of this great show and part of NQA’s legacy. Entry deadline has been extended to April 8, 2014 and your quilt doesn’t need to arrive until May 15, 2014. Just follow this link to enter your quilt the 45th Annual NQA Quilt Show. http://www.nqaquilts.org/quiltentryinfo/

As always, thank you for supporting NQA,

Marcel Miller, NQA President

 

 

From the Quilting Quarterly EditorSpring 2014 QQ (Small)

The Quilting Quarterly asks…

What is your favorite color? In our Spring issue, we reported that Radiant Orchid was named the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year. We also shared Editor Barbara Polston’s impressions of two fiber-art-related exhibits she attended during her 24 hour world-wind tour of New York City.

With those two things in mind, we simply ask, “What is your favorite color?” Answer that simple question with a single response and you’ll be entered into our issue contest. The winner’s prize is sets of commemorative post cards from both the exhibits Barbara attended and shared with Quilting Quarterly readers. With enough responses, we’ll graph the results in an upcoming issue.

Send your favorite color to editor@nqaquilts.org and be sure to include your full name, city and state. Your entry must be received by April 15 to be entered into the prize drawing.



From the National Quilting Day Coordinator

So how did you celebrate National Quilting Day?

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Trenton, Florida has a Quilt Festival. There are quilts hanging on buildings for four blocks up and down Main Street. Trenton has an estimated population of 1750, yet every year for the past seven the festival has grown by leaps and bounds. Quilt guilds from the surrounding area are able to sell tickets for their opportunity quilts as well as other quilted items. There are other craft vendors as well, but the main focus is the quilts. Some buildings are totally surrounded by quilts. This is the fourth time that I have attended and it just gets better and bigger.

In case you didn't see this on Facebook, here's an innovative way to celebrate National Quilting Day! A group of quilters in Syracuse, NY had a "flash mob" quilt show attended by 36 people representing 6 area guilds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxjC397p7s8

Remember to submit your descriptions and photos of how you celebrated National Quilting Day to nqdcoordinator@nqaquilts.org.

 

From the Certified Teachers Coordinator

FINAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

2014 Certified Teacher of the Year 

Have you been encouraged, enlightened, or mentored by an NQA Certified Teacher? Nominate that great teacher for 2014 Certified Teacher of the Year. Do it right now as the deadline for nominations is May 1. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, and the Certified Teacher of the Year will be announced at the NQA Annual Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio, May 23-25, 2014.

 Download forms at www.nqaquilts.org. Click on the Certified Teacher of the Year link on the home page.


 GALAXY Block of the Month

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2014 is a star-studded year! NQA Certified Teachers are designing a galaxy of star-themed blocks. Each block is accompanied by careful, clear instructions and illustrations. A new star block is posted on the NQA web site each month.

It’s not too late to begin. The supply list and instructions and pictures for each Block of the Month remain available on at www.nqaquilts.org. Instructions are posted in the Members Only section of the web site. (Hint: Be sure to have your NQA member number handy when you want to access the Members Only section. If your membership card has gone missing, your NQA number is printed just above your name on your Quilting Quarterly address label.)

 Reach for the stars!

 

 From the Communications Chair

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Have you had trouble accessing your NQA account on the website? Well...

There are actually two kinds of accounts.

1. Your official NQA member account used to access the MEMBERS ONLY portion of the website. Your login is your MEMBER NUMBER* and your last name is your password.

*(Use of an email address as a user login for Members Only should be a tip off that you are not going to be able to "get into" anything other than a previous shopping account.  You can still log in - but not to the Members only area.)

2. An account that YOU have set up for shopping and/or the newsletter where your login is your email address and the password is one that you created.members only (PNG)

Which one is best to use?

Number one!! Your official NQA member account!

Why?

When you log in to Members Only your member account gives you access to EVERYTHING you expect to have access to including member pricing where appropriate!




From the Chapter Services Chair

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CALLING ALL CHAPTERS …. Have you had a program that was well-received by your membership? Please share it with us. NQA will be offering For Chapters Only a listing of program ideas collected from you. Whether it is holiday or topic related, please allow NQA to share your program ideas with fellow Chapters. Send your ideas to Heather Tighe at nqachapterc@nqaquilts.org .

Would you like to show off your Chapter’s talents on the NQA’s website? Contact Heather at nqachapterc@nqaquilts.org and reserve a month to Spotlight your Chapter.

If you are making plans to travel within the United States, check out the Calendar and Events section on the website and try to incorporate a quilt show (or two) in your itinerary. Also, do not miss the Chapter Raffle Quilts section for some real eye candy and inspiration!

 

MEMBERS

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CALLING ALL MEMBERS …. Have you come across a great tip or idea in quilting? Please share it  with us. NQA will be offering in the For Members Only section a listing of Helpful Hints collected from you. Please allow NQA to share your tips and/or ideas with fellow Members. Send your ideas to Heather Tighe at nqachapterc@nqaquilts.org . share it

Don’t forget to check the For Members Only section on the NQA’s website for the Block of the Month. We will be displaying all the finished quilts at the end of the year – so keep up!

Each month we feature a NQA member in the Member Spotlight section. We have so many talented quilters – why not share your experiences and accomplishments with others. Contact Heather at nqachapterc@nqaquilts.org for more information and to schedule a month for you.



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