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The BUZZ - February 2014

January 23, 2014


From the President

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NQA Members
Visit the NQA website in the coming weeks for a new membership benefit. As a NQA member you are eligible for the VIP Discount Card. To receive your card simply click on  the link and follow the instructions.
Please note: you will need your NQA membership card when you register at your local Jo-Ann Store!

From the Vice President

SewBatik Challenge Update

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Excitement is starting to build around this year’s SewBatik Challenge. All 100 of the kits provided by SewBatik for the 2014 Challenge were sold in a matter of days so the popularity of this Challenge is growing.

To those of you who are working on a quilt, you’ve already been notified that the new dates for the NQA Quilt Show – May 23 – 25, 2014. 
A few other changes have been made to facilitate entering your Challenge Quilt:
• The date for you to submit your entry has been moved up to April 1, 2014.

• Please use the Online Entry form available on the NQA website: 
The quilt doesn’t need to be completed by this date but you must enter online by this time.
• Be sure you indicate whether or not you want your quilt to be a part of the traveling exhibit. Those traveling quilts will be at four additional quilt shows throughout 2014 and January 2015.

• Quilts must be shipped to arrive between May 12 – 16, 2014. Plenty of time once you’ve submitted your entry to put the finishing touches on your quilt.
Questions? Contact either Mary Zesiger or Margaret Powers. We’d love to help.
Margaret Powers
Mary Zesiger
From the Annual Show Director

News from the past month includes:

Annual Show 2014

  1. Saving money is always welcome, and we are happy to help here at the NQA.  Notice the discounts offered for members in quilt entry costs and class registrations. Now, more than ever before, your membership is working for you.  Encourage your travel buddies to share in the wealth, and sign up or renew your membership before you register!  Getting your membership number activated on the website can take some time, so don’t delay!

  2. We’re tweaking the website to make class registration fun and easy for you.  The new system will make choosing your classes fun, with pop-up windows of information at your fingertips and controls for time management built in.  Please be patient as we work out the bugs, and watch for the system to go live around the 15th.  Meanwhile, you can read up on the exciting staff and check out the classes each has on the schedule.  For a direct link, use

  3. New faculty, new classes, more fun!  Make your plans now to be there!  Travel Information can be found at

  4. Quilt Competition is a large part of the NQA Annual Quilt Show.    Remember we take every quilt entered – but only the first 400.  More information can be found at

  5. Volunteers are a vital part of the NQA Annual Quilt Show this year, and we Volunteerare very fortunate to welcome back Sherri Powell as Volunteer Coordinator. Sherri will be happy to hear from you when you write to her at  Use the on-line form at  Or print this one, and send it in: Volunteer Form

Having trouble finding your way on the website?  New buttons added this past month include ‘Board of Directors’ on the Home page, and ‘Little Quilt Auction’ on the Quilt Show page.  On the Vendor Info page, we added the link for an advertisement in the 2014 Show Book.   We hope this makes your website more friendly and encourage your comments.

Little Quilt Auction Information

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NQA invites you to participate in the annual Little Quilt Auction by submitting a quilt for bidding. Entry is open to everyone and there is no limit to the number of quilts you may enter.

Guidelines for Entry:

  • Any style of quilt
  • Any technique
  • Must not exceed 30 inches on the largest side
The Little Quilt Auction is held every year at the Annual Quilt Show. All the proceeds from the auction to towards the funding of the NQA Grant Program. Follow this link to complete an entry form -  All entry forms must be submitted by April 1, 2014, and the quilts must be received by April 30, 2014. Contact for additional information.

From the Grant Chair
Kudos and huge thanks go to The Annapolis MD Quilt Guild who made a generous annap_giftdonation to the Grant Fund. Their thoughtfulness and foresight will go a long way as the art and techniques of quilting are kept alive through grant-funded projects across the country. If your group would like to consider similar action, contact the Grant Chair at NQA. 
Grant funds are secured only through donations and the proceeds of the Little Quilt Auction which takes place at the annual quilt show. Donating a little quilt is another way to help quilters across the country. For specifics on the little quilts, consult the website by clicking on programs, then grants, and you will find your way to details about the Little Quilt Auction.
From Chapter Services

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 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, contact Heather Tighe at
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. 
From the Education Chair
Nominate a Certified Teacher for Teacher of the Year
This is another reminder that you may nominate an NQA Certified Teacher for 2014 Certified Teacher of the Year. The nomination form is available on the Certified Teacher's page of the NQA website.
Deadline for nominations is May 1, but don’t wait. The Certified Teacher of 2014 will be announced at the NQA Annual Quilt Show to be held May 23-25 in Columbus, Ohio.
GALAXY Block of the Month
The design and instructions for the February star in the Certified Teachers’ Block of the Month project for 2014 are now posted. This month’s block is called “Saw tooth Checker Star.” feb_14_bom
It’s not too late to begin! You can get January’s and February’s blocks made and stay current. Also provided is the Supply List necessary for making the Galaxy blocks.
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.
From the Masterpiece Quilt Coordinator
Call for Masterpiece Quilt Nominations 2014
NQA is pleased to announce new for 2014, that collaborative quilts may be nominated for Masterpiece Quilt evaluation. As the 2014 schedule of quilt shows commence, consider nominating extraordinary quilts for this award. The quilt must exhibit the highest degree of skill in workmanship, design and quilting. The quilt must measure a minimum of 25 square feet, be constructed of any technique or combination of techniques, and have been completed within the last five years. The quiltmaker(s) must be living at the time of nomination. There is no distinction between amateur and professional, since it is an evaluation of the quilt, not a competition. 
Full requirements and updated information are available on the NQA web site. 

From the National Quilting Day Coordinator
Have you started designing your entry for the 2015 National Quilting Day contest? Rules and regulations are posted under Programs on the NQA web site: Designs must be submitted by July 1, 2014. 
Your design has a chance to win. Evelyn Young of LeRoy, IL won the 2014 design contest and the quilt directions for “Stash Attack” are also found under Programs on the NQA web site.
Here's my first try at Stash Attack! While a very small dent was made in my stash, it is a quick and easy quilt to make. It was donated to my guild’s Friendship Quilt Program and will be given to a local community service organization. There will be more to come as I try to “Attack the Stash”.
From the Communications Chair

Lots of Social Media news again this month! Communications Logo

In addition to the Buzz, you can keep up with our news on Facebook. Quite a few posts have been made this month. 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! Additions to the web page this month include a Quick Link to our Board of Directors page and several updates on the Annual Quilt Show site.

Do you have suggestions for other ways we might use social media to communicate? If so, let me know at