NQA Chapter Newsletters: Archive
From the NQA President, Judy Taylor
As with any organization, there inevitably comes a time when you need to fill an open position on the Board of Directors, and also find candidates willing to serve on the next Board of Directors.Most Presidents seek out people we know (who see us coming and run for the hills), or we plead for members to step up and serve on THEIR Board. Such is the situation I currently find myself in.
The winter issue of the Quilting Quarterly will contain a call for nominations for members willing to serve on the NQA Board of Directors. I would ask each of our Chapter Representatives to inform your members of our call for nominations. We are seeking members who would have any interest in serving on one of the appointed committee positions as well.
Interested parties should contact the nominating committee at email@example.com. Detailed information regarding individual position responsibilities, Board responsibilities, etc., can be made available to any interested member. Please help us accomplish the goals we have set this year by joining our team. WE NEED YOU!
Thursday, November 11, 2010, is Veterans Day and NQA chapters are supporting the troops here and abroad with projects to provide:
- Camouflage-fabric quilts sent to active duty troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Stretcher-size quilts (48"x78") made for injured military personnel to use en route to medical facilities
- Quilts of Valor for troops returning home
- Stockings for Soldiers filled with toiletries and small personal items for distribution during the holiday
- Cool Ties (cooling neck wraps) for the troops in desert climates
- And perhaps the most heart wrenching.... There are NQA-associated quilters in Delaware who make and distribute small stuffed animals and toys to children awaiting the arrival of loved one's remains at the morgue at the Dover Air Force Base.
Fly the flag and help where you can on this upcoming Veterans Day!
National Quit Day
"Build Your Own Log Cabin"
The National Quilting Association has chosen a pattern designed by Barbara Harrell, of Arizona, to share with your group or guild to celebrate National Quilting Day, March 19, 2011. Remembering our tradition of using what we have available, find your scraps, sort your stash and begin. Be creative with color combinations used to build your log cabins and diamonds in squares; then share your quilt and tell us about it. Log cabins were used as home for many of our first settlers in America. So build a log cabin and share a home with others.
Ways to share your quilt include, but are not limited to, the following ideas:
- A local shelter for battered/abused women with children — a log cabin "home" for those without a real home.
- VA Hospitals — lap quilts for invalids
- If a military facility is nearby, contact the social services there to see where to give quilts
- Contact local churches to see if someone in their congregation needs a little home love
- Check with local hospitals about giving to first baby born on National Quilt Day, 2011
- Nursing homes for those who don't have much, or are newly without their own home.
The pattern will be available in the winter issue of the Quilting Quarterly. We hope your chapter members will be creative in their interpretation of this design, and share your pictures and stories with other NQA Chapters.
National Quilting Day Coordinator
New on the NQA Web Site!
Marion Fenner and Marty Bleak from the Sunset Slope Quilters Guild from Grand Junction, CO have a Yellow Ribbon Quilt they designed using the 2010 National Quilting Day project. See their beautiful quilt on the NQA homepage!
The November Member Spotlight will shine doubly bright on Marija Vujcic and Martha Eddy, NQA members from Buffalo, NY. Marija is a naturalized American citizen who came to the US in 1992 from Yugoslavia. Marija and Martha became best friends through quilting and their story and quilts will be available on the website during November.
2011 is shaping up to be a very busy year for the NQA website. If you are interested in appearing on either the Member Spotlight or the Chapter Showcase, a calendar is now on the website listing the reservations we have confirmed on each site.
Finally, if you would like to receive the NQA Chapter newsletter directly from the NQA, go to the Newsletter Sign-up tab on the website homepage and enter your email address. Sign up now and you will be among the first to know the events and activities of NQA chapters and members.
From November 1 through December 31, 2010, the NQA will have an OPEN SHOW N TELL on the NQA website. This is a first-time event and we are inviting not only all NQA members, but also ANY MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF ANY NQA CHAPTER to participate.
- Did you win a ribbon at a local show?
- Did you earn a ribbon at the county or state fair?
- Do you want to display what you created for that special someone?
If you have a special quilt that you want to share with other quilters worldwide, now is your chance to show it off! We've made it easy for you to do. We need to have one good digital photo of you and your quilt and a paragraph telling us about you and/or your quilt. Go to the NQA website — http://www.nqaquilts.org/ — and click on the Open Show n Tell link for directions to upload to the website
Let's give the NQA's website audience something really unique to see through the end of the year. And remember: BIG SMILE!
NQA Is Seeking a Member Services Chair!
NQA is currently seeking a member to serve as the newly created Member Services Chair. The principal duties of this position are to develop, implement and coordinate the membership recruitment and retention strategies of the NQA. The candidate for this position should possess strong communication, analytical and word processing skills. If you are an NQA member who would like to be involved in the growth and success of the NQA, we would like to hear from you.
NOTICE TO ALL CHAPTERS!
All chapters with newsletters are welcome to forward a copy of their newsletters via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (save a tree and postage free). And, small chapters without a newsletter can simply email me at the same address to provide announcements, list an activity or event, to be shared with the NQA membership.
Notice to All Chapter Representatives
Information in this newsletter can be distributed to ALL members of your chapter because we are inviting NQA members and non-members to participate in the first Open Show n Tell on the NQA website. Please announce this opportunity to your chapter so they will have a chance to participate. Thanks.
SOQS — Support Our Quilt Shows
November 6, 2010 — Cypress Creek Quilt Guild, Lutz, FL, http://www.cypresscreekquilters.org/
November 12-13, 2010 — The Feather Princesses, Inc., Tampa, FL, http://www.featherprincesses.org/
November 12-13, 2010 — Arkansas Quilters Guild Show, N. Little Rock, AR, http://www.arkansasquiltersguild.com/
November 13-14, 2010 — Village Square Quilters, Hartsdale, NY, http://www.villagesquaresquilters.com/
December 3-4, 2010 — NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase, Kensington, MD, http://www.needlechasers.org/
We need YOU to serve on the NQA Board!
Contact email@example.com to receive detailed information.
Our thanks to Judy Taylor, NQA President, for her work in developing the new format for the Chapter Newsletter. Also, thanks to Marilyn Withrow, NQA Communications Chair, for incorporating the new format for this month's newsletter.
On behalf of the NQA Board, Committee Chairs and Staff, our best wishes to the NQA membership for a Thanksgiving holiday filled with gratitude and heartfelt memories.
Until next month,
NQA Chapter Services Chair