AT A GLANCE
* What's the Buzz...?
* From the President
* Your Membership
* Quilting Tips for the
* Save the dates!
* From the Chapter
* See Our Quilt Shows
What's "the Buzz..."?
Halloween seems to signal the beginning of the holiday season each year. All these festivities offer us the chance to share our quilting skills with others, whether it be through decorations, gifts or just the opportunity for visiting relatives to snuggle under a handmade quilt in our guestroom!
Our quilting also gives us a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of this time of year to reflect on all those things for which we are thankful.
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From the President - Ruth Pollow
Is your year buzzing by as fast as mine? I can hardly believe we are coming up fast on the winter holidays of 2012. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. It reminds me to be especially thankful for all I have been given this past year and the beauty that shows up every day in my life.
I’m thankful this year for the wonderful team I have on the NQA Board to help lead NQA and to create programs that will celebrate quilting. I’m thankful for the women and men who make up the membership of NQA and carry on the traditions of quilting as well as stretch out to create new styles and methods to attract new quilters. I’m thankful for a quilt show where we can celebrate the quilts of ALL quilters and come together to enjoy them and learn more from teachers and vendors.
We have discovered that the distribution numbers for The BUZZ, also known as “bees in the hive”, has risen to over 7,000. Of that number, about 4,000 are active members and chapters. The remaining “bees” are those who have not renewed their membership or have requested a free copy of The BUZZ from our website. We invite you to join or renew membership by going to http://www.nqaquilts.org/ and completing the membership information online with a credit card or print off the membership form and mail to NQA with your check. We want you in our quilting family so take a minute to get sewn into the fabric of NQA.
Ruth Pollow, President
From the Quilting Quarterly Editor - Barbara Polston
New Columnist Sought - The Quilting Quarterly seeks a columnist to write a regular feature. The column will require the ability to perform academically sound research and translate that research into an approachable writing style. Candidates who are AQS Certified Appraisers and/or members of the American Quilt Study Group would be especially welcome. While candidates need not be members of NQA, preference will be given to NQA members. For details and next steps, please contact Barbara Polston, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to forward this to friends who you believe might be qualified and interested. Deadline for inquiries - November 30, 2012.
Your Chance to Win - You still have time to enter our “What Are These?” contest. Look at the photo appearing on page 3 of the Fall issue and read about Carole Cohen’s vintage sewing accessories collection. Then, tell me what you think the page 3 photos are. Guess correctly and you’ll be entered into our prize drawing twice. If you guess incorrectly, you’ll be entered once. Deadline for your guesses - November 15, 2012. Send your guesses to email@example.com. Good luck!
Who Should We Feature? - We regularly feature NQA members in our “Member Spotlight - I am NQA!” column. It’s hard to know what all of our NQA members across the country are up to. Do you know an NQA member that has achieved something of note, staged a successful quilt-related charitable project, celebrated a noteworthy milestone in their quilting life, or concentrates on an unusual theme or aspect of quilting? Tell us who they are and help them get the recognition they deserve. Nominate your friends (or yourself) to be featured. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with information about why you believe the member should be featured and how we can reach them.
Quilting Tips for the Holidays!
Ideas for Quick Holiday Quilts
With the wonderful fusible products on the market, it’s easy to create a small quilt with a holiday theme. Fuse the colors and shapes that fit the design you want to create and then use one of the many decorative stitches on your sewing machine to finish the edges. If you keep the project small you can make several and use them as hostess gifts to parties you will attend during the season; or hang the small squares on doors or doorknobs, on small wall spaces between a window and a corner, or on that narrow wall beside a door.
Where do the ideas come from? Well, try these:
1. Look at your favorite holiday wrapping papers and duplicate a pattern or image that is especially interesting to you.
2. As you unpack holiday decorations, a favorite ornament can inspire your design.
3. All those greeting card samples you get and love can be transformed into a fabric creation.
4. Take scraps left over from another holiday project and put them together in the style of a candy cane, an ornament, a tree or a Santa.
5. Make a ribbon quilt from scraps cut thin and twirled or folded on a decorative background. Batiks work really well because both sides of the fabric look finished,
6. Use the frosted fabrics of the season to bring light and sparkle to your holiday quilt.
Share The Buzz and these great ideas through your Guild newsletter.
From the 2013 Quilt Show Directors
The 44th Annual National Quilting Association Show will be held June 27-29, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. We are excited about this year's faculty, classes, lectures, special exhibits, and vendors. Please note these dates on your calendar so that you can join in the fun! There are NO parades scheduled during this year's show. Whether you can stand or need to sit, there is always something that you can do to help. You can earn prizes, VIP passes, a special pin, and early registration for the following year's show. Please contact email@example.com with questions or comments. We're always happy to hear from you!
Karen Blocher and Judy Taylor National Quilting Association Annual Show Co-Directors
From the Chapter Chair - Sue Castelli
Any chapter with 500 plus members is definitely doing something right!
The Tucson Quilters Guild from Arizona shares photos and information about its activities on the Chapter Showcase webpage. Take time to view their talent and read about their extensive outreach programs too. Come on over http://www.nqaquilts.org/.
We are now scheduling chapters for the second half of 2013 to appear on the Chapter Showcase webpage! If your chapter is interested, email me—first come, first reserved!
Happy 25th Anniversary to:
Log House Quilters Guild, Johnstown, PA
Valley Forge Homestead Quilters, King of Prussia, PA
Happy 30th Anniversary to:
Hands All Around Quilt Guild of Central Illinois, Bloomington, IL -
Quintessential Quilters, Columbus, OH
Happy 35th Anniversary to:
Goodtime Quilters, Circleville, OH
To our members and visitors alike, may you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!
SOQS – SEE OUR QUILT SHOWS
November 3-4, 2012 – Evening Star Quilters, Mineola, NY http://www.eveningstarquilters.org/
November 10, 2012 – Cypress Creek Quilters Guild, Tampa, FL http://www.cypresscreekquilters.org/
November 10-11, 2012 – Village Squares Quilters, Ardsley, NY http://www.vsqshow.org/
November 17, Mainline Quilters, Devon, PA http://www.mainlinequilters.org/