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The BUZZ - January 2014

January 1, 2014


From the President: Welcome 2014!

Each New Year brings with it the promise of new quilting adventures. If you’re someone who makes New Year’s resolutions why not set some quilting goals? The New Year is a perfect time to teach a quilting class, go on a quilting safari, or de-stash your stash. It’s also a great time to actively support your national quilting organization. Consider the following ways you can support NQA.

  • Enter a quilt into the 45th Annual Quilt Show – The first 400 hundred entries are accepted into the show so don’t delay.

  • Donate a quilt for the Little Quilt Auction – The NQA Grants Program is funded entirely by the sale of these little quilts. Get your quilting friends together so you each can make a quilt to support this wonderful program.

  • Donate your time – Volunteer your time at the 45th Annual Quilt Show. Many hands are needed to produce a national quilt show like NQA.

  • Share your talents – Serve our organization by considering serving the NQA Board or as a committee chair. Your membership will be more meaningful if you are actively engaged in the organization.

For more information on any of these items contact

Have a great New Year, Marcel Miller, NQA President

A message from Quilts of Compassion

NQA Members Respond to Disaster Relief

By Donating Over 1000 Quilts! 

We would like to personally thank the members of the NQA who generously donated Jan_vanto our “Quilts for the Midwest” Quilt Drive. We received over 1000 quilts for our Disaster Response Team to deliver to those that have been impacted tornadoes on 11/17/13. As of 12/20/13 we have delivered over 250 quilts in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow, our Disaster Response Team will deploy to Washington, IL and the surrounding communities with over 500 quilts. We lovingly deliver quilts DIRECTLY to the recipients and encourage them to utilize services, based on their needs, which are available to them in their area that we have researched before we arrive. The first week in January we will deploy to Kokomo, IN.

Your generosity allows us to continue our mission of “Bringing Hope & Encouragement to the Hurting” one quilt at a time. We personally deliver each quilt that you have made and donated to our organization. Jan_hugThe quilt recipients are touched beyond words by the beautiful quilts and our work helps them recover and heal emotionally after the tragedy that they have endured. Some have lost their homes, cars, place of employment and/or their business or tragically lost a loved one. Some have lost everything…it is truly heartbreaking.

If you have any questions, please call Janice Grimes at 419-708-9343 or send an email to You may also follow us on Facebook. THANK-YOU for being a beautiful blessing to those that we serve. We are so excited to have you on our TEAM!

From the National Quilting Day Coordinator 

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National Quilting Day is March 15, 2014.  The directions for Stash Attack designed by Evelyn Young are posted on the  NQA National Quilting Day page.  They were also published in the Winter issue of The Quilting Quarterly.  The pattern is easy to follow and makes up rather quickly.  It has many size possibilities for different projects.  

The history of National Quilting Day is now posted on the web site as well, it can be found under programs.  If you are having problems thinking of how you will celebrate, there are suggestions on the second page.  Please send descriptions and photographs of how you celebrated National Quilting Day to, so that it can be showcased during the National Quilting Association Quilt Show May 23-25, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

NQA members are invited to participate in a design contest for the 2015 National Quilting Day quilt.  The 24th Annual National Quilting Day will be Saturday, March 21, 2015.  The guidelines and rules are posted on the NQA National Quilting Day page.  The quilt should be a simple design that could be worked on by several members of a quilting group, including those who may have different levels of expertise.  The winner of the contest will have their design published and featured as the 2015 National Quilting Day quilt, receive a two year membership to NQA and a 3 day admission pass to the 2015 Annual NQA Quilt Show.

From the Annual Show Director

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New show developments in the past month include:                                

  1. We’ve created a new class proposal system to better allow us to embrace the new and exciting class methods and techniques being taught today.  New faculty, new classes, more fun!  Registration opens February 1st on the website.  Make your plans now to be there!  Travel Information can be found at

  2. Quilt Competition is a large part of the NQA Annual Quilt Show, so we’ve spent some time going over the categories, rules, and general information.  The form has been created for entry either by mail or online.  Remember we take every quilt entered – but only the first 400.  More information can be found at

  3. The schedule of events has had some work as well!  We’re honored and excited to feature Mr. Holice Turnbow as our keynote speaker at the Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 22nd.  Be amused and entertained as he shares “NQA – My History”.  To see Mr. Turnbow’s biography, go to the schedule of events at

  4. Another scheduling change – the Annual Meeting of the NQA Membership will take place on Friday, May 23rd, at noon.  Make plans to join us as we look into the future of this great organization, meet the Board of Directors, and take the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, or volunteer to help.

  5. Volunteers are a vital part of the NQA Annual Quilt Show this year, and we are very fortunate to welcome back Sherri Powell as Volunteer Coordinator.  Sherri will be happy to hear from you when you write to her at

From the Little Quilt Auction Director

Welcome to the Little Quilt Auction!

The Little Quilt Auction is held annually at the National Quilt Association's Annual Quilt Show. NQA’s 45th Annual Quilt Show will be held May 23 through May 25, 2014 in Columbus, OH. The Little Quilt Auction is the event that is held to raise funds for the NQA  grant Program. Your contribution of a quilt or two helps to make a colorful display and gives people many choices when bidding.

All quilts entries must be 30 inches or less on the largest side. The quilts need to be received no later than April 15, 2014. The name of the quilt, the name of the maker or makers and contact information for each quilt must be included with each submission.

Mail your little quilt to: Chris Robertson, 2882 Bluewood Way Plainfield, IN 46168.

Consider making this a challenge for your Guild, Beelets, Sewing group, or as an individual challenge. You may submit more than one quilt. The NQA Grant Committee awards over $10,000 each year so your help is very much appreciated. You can help the NQA Grant Program by either contributing  quilts to the Little Quilt auction or by bidding on the quilts.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Robertson at

Thank you!


From the Grant Chair

Congratulations 2014 NQA Grant Recipients

Culminating a month of reading and pondering seventeen grant requests the following grants will be awarded for 2014. 

Snake River Valley Quilt Guild, Idaho Falls, Idaho

$1800 for a 3-day Quilt Carnival to which youth organizations throughout the Snake River valley area  will be invited. Projected activities will take place during their quilt show and will comprise of (1) an  overview of quilt making (2) five hands-on learning centers for quilt skills (3) guided tour of the quilt  show (4) structured scavenger hunt designed to apply the knowledge participants have gained abou the art, techniques, and history of quilting.

Remus Area Historical Society, Remus, Michigan

$2500 toward the establishment of a quilt block trail to include structural quilt designs varying in size  which will be produced by youth and adults. The painted quilt boards will reflect local traditions, culture, and history. A trail map will be available as a brochure and online, showing the locations.

Tree City Quilters’ Guild, Wooster, Ohio

$600 for a 3-day quilt workshop for middle school students. Students will produce personal quilts,  participate in a show and tell event for the guild, and exhibit their quilts at the guild’s quilt show.

EduQuilters, Satellite Beach, Florida

$3000 toward (1) the expansion of a children’s summer quilt camp, (2) an ongoing community event at  which quilters gather during the summer months and make quilts for the homeless children in the  county, and (3) to host a community quilt education conference with classes, demonstrations, children’s  hands-on sewing activities, and a show of small quilts.

The Town of Bluefield Virginia’s Patchwork Quilters

$1900 toward a city-sponsored Quilt Jamboree which focuses a quilt show and classes and includes local musicians and craftspersons. The city is funding a portion of the activity, which has expanded since its beginning in 2012

***Funding for the grant program comes from donations and from the proceeds of the annual Little Quilt Auction which takes place at the NQA quilt show. Anyone who wishes to support this program can do so by directing donations to the program or by donating a little quilt for the auction.  All support is greatly appreciated and goes to continuing the NQA mission of continuing our quilting traditions.!

From the Education Chair

Nominate a CT for Certified Teacher of the Year

Have you taken classes or workshops from an NQA Certified Teacher?  If you have been impressed with the skills taught, the caring atmosphere of the class, or the exemplary teaching skills of the Certified Teacher—why not nominate that CT for Certified Teacher of the Year?

Nominate your favorite NQA Certified Teacher by downloading the form found at in the Certified Teacher section under Programs.   The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014. The CT of the Year will be announced at the NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio on May 23-25, 2014.



The NQACJ Award of Merit

Jan_awardIf professionalism, experience, and integrity were not sufficient reasons alone to secure an NQA certified quilt judge to judge your group’s show, here’s another incentive—the brand new NQACJ Award of Merit. With prior approval of the show coordinator or sponsor, NQA certified judges have the option of awarding this special ribbon to a deserving quilt in any show he/she might judge. At the judge’s discretion, it will be awarded to one quilt achieving recognized standards of quiltmaking excellence. This ribbon is not meant to conflict with any other show awards, but will be an encouraging addition to them, at no cost or obligation to the show sponsors.

The NQACJ Award of Merit is yet another way NQA strives to recognize and reward fine quilts. Makers of Award of Merit winning quilts will be presented a letter of congratulations in addition to a lovely rosette ribbon. They will also be invited to post photos of their quilts on the NQA website and to enter them in the annual NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information and details on this award, please contact NQA certified judge Christine N. Brown at

2014 Will Be a Stellar Year 

Filled with a Galaxy of Possibilities!


January is a time of new beginnings.  How about beginning a new quilt?

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A group of talented NQA Certified Teachers will be guiding us through a Block of the Month adventure in 2014.  The theme is GALAXY, and each month will feature a 12” star block.  
Blocks may be traditional stars or a twist on a traditional star.

Each month the block information, construction instructions, and photo will be posted in the Members Only section of the NQA web site.  January’s posting will include a Supply List for all the blocks along with instructions and photo of the first star.

January through October will feature various star designs.  In November there will be setting possibilities presented, and in December border designs will be suggested.  The Certified Teachers are going to present their blocks in various shades of blue and white.  You may follow their color lead or interpret the blocks with your own color choices.

The results of this project should be spectacular.  Become a participant in the 2014 NQA Galaxy Block of the Month.  It starts NOW!

From the Chapter Services Chair


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – 2014:  Every month we feature on the website a NQA member.  We have so many talented quilters – why not share your experiences and accomplishments with other quilters across our beautiful country.  Contact Heather Tighe at for more information and to schedule a month for you


CHAPTER QUILT SHOWS:  Another new year is upon us with quilt shows being organized.  A reminder to Quilt Show Committees to check with the NQA office for show insurance and ribbons all at special pricing for NQA Chapters in good standing.

CHAPTER ROW AT NQA ANNUAL SHOW:  At the NQA Annual Quilt Show (May 23-25, 2014) will be a special display of quilts made by NQA Chapters.  Please consider sending a quilt to represent your guild at the show.  In the past, we have had some gorgeous quilts displayed – why not show off the talent in your guild?  See the website ( for further information about entering your Chapter's quilt.

CHAPTER SHOWCASE – 2014:  Each month on the website we feature a NQA Chapter.  We have a few openings available for 2014.  Please contact Heather Tighe at for more information and to schedule a month to share your guild’s talents and accomplishments.

CHAPTER RAFFLE/DONATION QUILTS:  Please do not forget to check the Raffle/Donation Quilts section on the website.  If your Chapter has a raffle/donation quilt and would like to have it posted on the NQA website, please contact Heather Tighe at

The Quilting Quarterly asks...

What’s the best quilting tip you’ve ever received? Is it one of the oft-repeated  ones, like, “Measure twice and cut once?” What’s the quilting tip that you’ve put into practice or share with others regularly? Tell us the best quilting tip you ever received or the one you pass on the most!

E-mail with your best quilting tip. Include your name, city, and state. All respondents will be entered into a small prize drawing. If we receive enough tips, we’ll publish a compiled list in a future issue of The Quilting Quarterly.

To be entered into the prize drawing, quilting tips must be received by January 15, 2014. You've still got time! Start the New Year off right by sharing your best quilting tip!

From the Communications Chair

Lots of Social Media news this month! Jan_socmed

We hope you are enjoying the new Buzz Template debuting this edition! In addition to the Buzz, you can keep up with our news on Facebook. Just login using your personal Facebook account and click the Like button. Invite your quilting friends, too. And of course, you can always visit  National Quilting Association webpage to find the latest news!

What’s next? Well, do you use Twitter? Would that be a convenient way for you to receive and share NQA news? If so, let me know at