AT A GLANCE
* What's the Buzz...?
* From the President
* Job Opportunity
* Calling All Volunteers
* 2012 Little Quilt Auction Gala
* From the Member Services Chair
* From the Chapter Services Chair
* See Our Quilt Shows
What's "the Buzz..."?
I am happy to announce that the NQA Facebook Page has been rebuilt and is now up and working. Even if you "liked" us in the past, please go back to FB and like us again at NQA - National Quilting Association. My goal is to have at least 300 "friends" by the time the 2012 Show rolls around in June!
Please note that we are combining the Chapter Newsletter and the Member Newsletter in this issue of the Buzz. With this step members everywhere will have the opportunity to discover shows and exhibits announced by Chapters from all over the country.
Kathy Lichtendahl, Communications Chairperson
From the President - Judy Taylor
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! It is hard to believe we’re already heading into February. Wasn’t Christmas just last week?
February marks the beginning of our annual membership recruitment and renewal drive. These are tough economic times and we are all faced with many important choices as to where we spend our dollars. Whether it is for an organizational membership, magazine subscriptions, or quilt classes we are all taking a harder look at cost versus benefit. So we understand that this applies to your membership in NQA as well. When you get your renewal card in the mail and evaluate to renew or not to renew, please take a moment and consider the following benefits of NQA membership:
Grant Program - Funded by individual donations and the annual Little Quilt Auction, this program encourages organizations, institutions, and individuals to apply for a grant enabling them to pursue and further the art of quiltmaking through education, research, craftsmanship, and documentation.
Judge Certification - Established in 1979, this program was created to assure that those seeking to judge quilts are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so objectively.
Teacher Certification - This program was created to certify teachers of basic quiltmaking and to encourage candidates to examine and improve their techniques.
Master Quilt Program - Recognizing quilts that exhibit superlative craftsmanship and design is the goal of this program. It also offers post-certification to judges, qualifying them to evaluate nominated Master Quilts.
National Quilting Day - Sponsored by NQA since 1992, the third Saturday in March is set aside as a time to celebrate quilts and focuses on quilters' contributions to their communities.
Web Site - www.nqaquilts.org - The website provides current information about NQA programs, membership, quilters, Chapters, the annual quilt show, and industry-related information for members and the public.
Quilting Quarterly — now published six issues per year, including the Special Show Issue in late summer.
Reduced fees – Members receive reduced fees for classes and quilt entries in the Annual Show for NQA individual members. In addition, members can purchase 3-day passes to the Quilt show for $15, compared to the $10 per day admission.
To be a part of an outstanding organization –NQA members are integral to preserving the heritage of antique and traditional quilts, recognizing the craftsmanship and design of contemporary quilts and encouraging exploration into the future of the quilting arts.
As President of NQA, I hope you renew your membership and help us share and celebrate the heritage and legacy of quilt makers and the quilting arts that began more than 42 years ago. We are NQA!
Judy Taylor, President
Deadline for Resumes Fast Approaching!
NQA Quilt Show Director Position Available
Resumes are being accepted for the position of NQA Show Director until March 1, 2012.
The qualified applicant will offer:
· Large quilt show management experience
· Microsoft Office, Access, and QuickBooks proficiency
· Budget preparation experience
· Contract preparation experience
· Sponsorship recruiting experience
· Staff recruiting and management experience
· Attention to detail and meeting timeline/contractual obligations
· Communication skills
· Problem solving and crisis management skills
Compensation: commensurate to market
A complete job description is available upon request.
Availability of selected candidate: July 1, 2012
Resume and cover letter should be emailed to email@example.com
Calling All Volunteers!
From the Traditional Pieced Quilt to the Trendy Art Quilt, The National Quilting Association is proud to announce the planning of the 43rd Annual Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio. Make plans now to participate in this great event! Volunteers are needed to help in all areas of the show and this includes you! Whether you are a quilter or not, come for the eye candy and all of the shopping and excitement! Volunteer for just 2 hours for free admittance to the show floor where you will find over 400 beautiful quilts and close to 100 vendors. The Downtown Columbus area is ready to serve you when you take a break from the excitement within the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Schedule your trip today and make plans for volunteering. Giving of your time is the greatest gift of all!
For more information on volunteering or to schedule your volunteer time, please contact Linda Miller, Co-Director of the 43rd Annual Quilt Show at 330-877-6546 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKE A LITTLE QUILT FOR THE 25TH LQA GALA EVENT - to benefit the NQA Grant Program
We cordially invite you to be an important part of this year’s exciting 25th Annual Celebration Gala evening by donating one of your creations. Miniatures, doll quilts, and small wall quilts make excellent donations. Please limit the size to no more than 28" on any side. All of these quilts will be available for viewing on the show floor prior to the live auction. A Viewer’s Choice ribbon will be awarded to both the maker and to the winning bidder for the chosen quilt.
At the discretion of the committee and directed by the number of entries, a selection of these
quilts will be offered at Silent Auction each day of the show. Please sign or permanently label the back of your donation quilt, and include the LQA Entry Form found on page 27 of the show brochure. This information will be used in the LQA brochure and for commentary during the live auction. Donations must be received by Saturday, May 19, 2012 to be included in the brochure. Late donations will be held for the next auction.
A receipt for the monies raised will be provided at the conclusion of the auction for your personal records. For any questions concerning the LQA, please contact the NQA office at nqaquilts@
sbcglobal.net or 614-488-8520.
Mail your quilt to arrive on or before
May 19, 2012 to:
4380 Allen Drive
Columbus, OH 43213
See you at the Auction!
From the Members Services Chair: Lois Arnold
February is a great month! Both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were born in February (I was too!) and we celebrate Valentines Day in February. If you need a gift for a special quilter for Valentines Day, why not give her the gift of an NQA membership? It’s a great way to show you care all year long!
Be sure to go to the Member Spotlight area and see the quilt art of Sashiko in the quilts that Mary DeRay has made. They are truly beautiful! In March, Diane Pitchford will be featured. If you would like to be featured or know of a member who you would like to recommend to be featured, please contact me through the web site or just e-mail me at email@example.com.
Check your membership date of renewal on your latest QQ to make sure you don’t miss out on anything! You can renew online now or send in your reminder card when it arrives.
Member Services Chair
From Chapter Services Chair: Sue Castelli
IT’S UP AND READY!
NQA now has a webpage for the exclusive display of Raffle or Opportunity Quilts created by NQA Chapters. Whether you call your one-of-a-kind creation a Raffle Quilt or an Opportunity Quilt, each NQA chapter in good standing can upload a good resolution digital photo of their completed quilt to be viewed by all visitors to the NQA website.
In addition to the photo, we welcome a brief paragraph or two about the quilt and its creation. This information will be used as a caption and will accompany the photo of the quilt on the webpage. Information can include, but is not limited to:
- Name and location of the chapter
- Number of individuals involved in the creation of the quilt
- Charitable beneficiaries, if any, of the monies raised by the sale of raffle tickets
- Chapter website address and /or a contact to purchase raffle tickets
- Date of the drawing of the winner of the quilt
Each quilt will remain displayed on the NQA website until the end of the month after the drawing of the winner. To obtain more information and the address to upload your chapter’s Raffle Quilt, go to http://www.nqaquilts.org/ and click on the Raffle/Opportunity Quilt tab.
Give it a try—it’s your chapter’s exclusive opportunity to share the talent of your membership—and you may sell more tickets too!
SOQS – SEE OUR QUILT SHOWS – 13 Shows in the next 60 days!!
February 3-4, 2012 – Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters, Port St. Lucie, FL www.pslcrazyquilters.com
February 17-18, 2012 – Chautauqua Quilters Guild, Inc., DeFuniak Springs, FL
February 24-25, 2012 – Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild, Port Charlotte, FL Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2-3, 2012 – Cobblestone Quilters Guild, Charleston, SC
March 9-11, 2012 – West Pasco Quilters’ Guild, Inc., Hudson, FL www.westpascoquilters.org
March 16-17, 2012 – Pelican Piecemakers Quilt Group, New Smyrna Beach, FL Email: FayLevine@gmail.com
March 16-17, 2012 – Pensacola Quilters Guild, Pensacola, FL
March 23-24, 2012 – Manatee Patchworkers, Bradenton, FL
March 31-April1, 2012 – Venice Area Quilters Guild, Venice, FL
March 16-17, 2012 – Springfield Area Quilters guild, Springfield, IL www.springfieldquilts.com
March 23-24, 2012 – Columbus Metropolitan Quilters, Columbus, OH www.cmquilters.org
March 23-25, 2012 – North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild, Pittsburgh, PA www.npqg.org
March 23-24, 2012 – Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Maryville, TN www.smokymtnquilters.com