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Quilting Quarterly, Fall 2009 Coming to your mailbox soon - the Fall 2009 issue. Click here to view the Table of Contents.

Advertise with us! - The Quilting Quarterly is now accepting ads for the Winter 2010 issue. Click here for our advertising rates (PDF).


2009 NQA Certified Teacher of the Year

Andi Perejda, NQA Education Chair

Click here to learn more about Linda Hahn of New Jersey, our 2009 Certified Teacher of the Year!



If you weren’t able to get to the 40th Annual NQA Show last June in Columbus, OH, you missed some great FREE demonstrations by NQA Certified Teachers at the NQA Booth.

Sandy Turner, Santa Maria, CA, shared her hand appliqué techniques during a demonstration on Thursday.

Mary Zesiger, from Mt. Gretna, PA, demonstrated her hand quilting prowess during Friday’s demonstrations. Mary had hand-outs available and spent a lot of time showing old and new quilters how hand quilting can be accomplished with a little bit of practice.

Last, but certainly not least, Jennifer McCann, of Galena, OH, did almost non-stop demonstrations on Saturday of her “Down and Dirty Borders and Bindings.”

For those who saw these demonstrations, it is hoped that the excitement of learning a new skill or creative technique generated an interest to learn additional skills and perhaps open a door to the possibilities beyond the basics of quilt making. Be sure to join us in June of 2010 for even more demonstrations by our veteran NQA Certified Teachers.


2009/2010 GRANTS

The National Quilting Association, Inc is pleased to announce the 2009 Grant Recipients!

This year the Grant Review Committee evaluated twenty four applications and recommended funding for twelve applicants. Click here to read about those receiving grants for 2009.

Each year, The National Quilting Association offers financial support in the form of grant awards for projects that fall within the following areas:

  • Education of quiltmakers
  • Original research into the historical documentation of quilts, quiltmakers and subjects related to quiltmaking
  • Research on social history related to quilts
  • Outreach to the community through the art of quiltmaking.

More complete information is available on the Grant Program page. The availability of grant funds is dependent upon the success of the annual Little Quilt Auction, held in conjunction with the annual quilt show. Therefore, the number of grants awarded each year, and their amounts, varies with the success of those fundraising efforts.

Applications for the 2010 Grant Program are now available. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 PM, OCTOBER 15, 2009.

All applicants will be notified in January 2010. Funds for successful grant seekers will be paid as soon as their award contract is returned.



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A note from President Connie Davidson:

Hello Chapters,

We are going to make your life a little easier. We will now be offering only 2-year memberships for chapters. Not only will this help the chapter liaison, but with officers changing every year it will alleviate some of the problems chapters have had in the past maintaining their NQA memberships. We will continue to try and make our web site and your job as NQA chapter liaison better.

The new Chapter Membership form can be downloaded from our website (PDF).


The NQA 40th Annual Quilt Show was a fantastic show. If you were not able to attend, you missed wonderful quilts, vendors, classes and fun. The show was very successful and I want to thank everyone involved. We could not have done it without everyone's help. As usual, the show could not happen without volunteers and again you pitched in to help.

This was my first year as Show Director and I could not have pulled it off without the help of my wonderful, dedicated staff. Thank you Bobbie Brooks, Diane Dadisman, Leslie Floyd, Diane Harris, Lynn Kough, Jo Lischynski, Jennifer Perkins, Judy Taylor, Sue Uncapher, Gail Wadley, Linda Zupnick and Kathy Ward. A special thanks goes out to Janet White for her help with publicity and Lynn Kough for all her guidance.

I want to shout thank you to Bobbie Brooks, Leslie Floyd, Robin Ringe, Glen Taylor and Judy Taylor. You went above and beyond the expected and I will appreciate your help forever.

Please mark your calendar for next year. The NQA 41st Annual Quilt Show will be held June 17-19, 2010. We again will have a wonderful lineup of vendors and classes. The theme for 2010 will be "Trees" so if you have a tree quilt, I hope you will consider sharing it with us. The registration brochure will be mailed in the winter Quilting Quarterly and all show info will be posted to the website approximately January 1st. Keep your eye out for it and register early so you don't miss out on your favorite class.

Diane Pitchford
NQA Show Director



June 17-19, 2010
Columbus, Ohio

Vendors and Exhibits – Hall C
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Special Exhibits, including Tree Quilts – Pieced and Appliquéd

All Classes and Lectures – C Pod Rooms, GCCC
Special Events – Hyatt Regency
New-Bee Quilt Workshops

The 2010 NQA show will introduce a new program designed especially to teach beginning quilters. This is a fabulous opportunity to bring your friends, daughters, sons, or granddaughters (or anyone else) to see what quilting is all about and why we enjoy it so much! The Bee-ginning workshops will emphasize basic quiltmaking skills for novice and wanna-bee quilters. The workshops are only one-half day long to allow plenty of time to see all the quilts on display and the quilting product vendors at the show! So bring along your friends to see what quilting is all about.

Karen Kay Buckley, Wendy Butler Berns, Sally Collins, Rita Fishel, Linda J. Hahn, Klaudeen Hansen, Fran Kordek, Margaret Miller, Jo Morton, Nancy Prince, Anita Shackelford, Sarah Ann Smith, Mary Stori, Carol Taylor, Linda Taylor, Sandy Turner and more.

Plus Rebecca Barker’s exclusive artwork



The NQA is the only national organization with a certification program for quilt judges. There are currently
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