Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday News!


Imagine you are wandering around your favorite quilt shop when out of the corner of your eye you spot the most PERFECT bolt of luscious fabric you just HAVE to add to your stash. Quick! How much do you purchase???

Share your fabric hoarding... ah, stash procurement thought process in the comments below.

NQM Quilts for Quilting...

Diane received this informational letter on how to donate a quilt for the annual National Quilt Museum Fundraiser. If you have some spare time and fabric, please consider donating to this worthy cause.

The National Quilt Museum
2016 Quilts for Quilting Campaign
Dear Diane, 
A Full House at the 2015 Live Auction
It's time for the National Quilt Museum's 2016 Quilts for Quilting Campaign to begin.  The Quilts for Quilting Campaign is one of The National Quilt Museum's largest and most important fundraisers.  Last year over 500 quilt enthusiasts participated.  We hope that you will participate this year and help the Museum achieve its fundraising goals. 

How it works?  The program is simple and everyone can participate.  To get involved simply donate a full size quilt or miniature quilt to the Museum for fundraising purposes.  The quilt can be a new creation or an antique and it can be any size.  Most donated quilts will be a part of one of our three annual auctions.  In a few cases they are held to be used in later events.  The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. 

Over the last 6 years, the Quilts for Quilting Campaign has led to critical funding for the Museum.  The dollars raised in this program have helped us expand several programs and expand our promotional efforts.  These proceeds along with other donations have ultimately led to thousands more people experiencing the work of today's quilting community through educational programs, in-facility exhibits, travelling exhibits, and other programs. 

In addition to helping the Museum, each campaign donator will receive a free gift.

How to donate your quilt to the "Quilts for Quilting" campaign:
  1. Send quilts to:
                National Quilt Museum
                215 Jefferson Street
                Paducah, KY 42001
  2. Please write "Attn: Quilts for Quilting" on the box.
  3. Please include your name, address, and contact information so that we may send you a receipt and a gift.
There is no limit to the number of quilts you may donate to the campaign.  We welcome multiple donations.  If possible, please donate by April 1, 2016.

Thank you so much for your donation.  The Museum relies heavily on the generosity of the quilting community for funding and we need everyone passionate about quilting involved.  2016 is the Museum's 25th Anniversary and we would love to ring in this wonderful milestone with the most successful auction ever!

If you have any questions about this program please contact Lori Robbins or Amanda Ball at 270-442-8856. 

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Frank Bennett

The National Quilt Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Click here to get more details about how we are funded.  A full annual audit is available upon request.  


Did you know the National Quilting Association dissolved this summer, after 46 years, due to lack of interest and dwindling attendance at shows. Why do you think is happened? What changes in the quilting world predicated this sad demise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Here's a copy of the letter the NQA Board sent out:

September 4, 2015

Dear Friends and Members of NQA,

At a special meeting of the NQA Board of Directors held August 18, 2015, the Board celebrated NQA’s 46 years of achievements and successes. However, when looking toward the future, the Board has determined that NQA has had its season and by unanimous vote the Board of Directors voted to dissolve the National Quilting Association, Inc.

All this may sound like a sudden turn of events, but we assure you it’s not sudden, as the warning signs have been there for nearly 10 years. The steady decline in show attendance, consistent decrease in membership, lack of contingency planning and dwindling operational funds made this a clear but difficult decision. The current Board has worked tirelessly to find alternatives to keep NQA solvent and sustainable into the future, however our efforts did not result in a partnership with another quilting organization or adoption of our programs as we had hoped. 

NQA can measure its successes through the fostering of other quilt organizations and quilt shows, establishing criteria for excellence in quilt making, establishing a Masterpiece Quilt designation, professionalizing the role of the quilt judge and quilt teacher, offering grants to communities to fund quilt related projects and originating the National Day of Quilting. NQA is considered a leader in the quilting world and there is much to be proud of.

You may be filled with a variety of emotions – sorrow, concern, anger, bewilderment, and grief. All those are legitimate and we hope you will accept these facts and understand all efforts were made to keep NQA viable. It’s a time for decisiveness, clarity, and conviction. The NQA Board of Directors wishes to thank all of our faithful members and supporters who have done remarkable work together over the years. We all should feel a sense of pride and completion. 

Moving forward the Board is working to arrange transfer of our memberships to another national quilting association. Alternatives for management of our programs are still being researched. Watch for more news on this later.

You can help make this transition easier for NQA by being optimistic about the future and grateful for the wonderful experiences and friendships created because of NQA. We wish you all the very best as you continue those friendships and in al of your quilting endeavors.


Marcel Miller, President
Mary Ann Guidos, Communication Chair
Margaret Powers, Vice-President
Heather Tighe, Chapter Chair
Margie Engel, Grant Chair
Mary Lou Paoletti, Treasurer
Priscilla Godfrey, Secretary
Sandra Dorrbecker, Education Chair

Look What Fellow Guild Members Have Been Up To...

Helen planned to get this up on the frame this week. It's a sample she made this summer of a retreat project several girls will be doing.

And here's what Sherre has been up to...


Bonny shared the following Show and Tells from a Rebecca's Reel seminar today...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

News and Information

Remember last week's post about Aardvark & C closing? Well... Look what Brandy made with some of the fabric she purchased that day. Woo! Hoo!

So... what have YOU been working on??? A quilt? A tote bag? New dress? No matter what it is... send a photo to and I'll post it. 

Knowing we are a MODERN QUILT GUILD shouldn't stop us from attending more traditional guilds and 'ohhhh' and 'ahhh' over their talent and creative spirit. Here is a list of somewhat 'local' guilds holding shows in October and November. Let's support our fellow quilters! If you know of any others... please let me know!

October 16-18, 2015
South Shore Stitchers Biennial Quilt Show
Upper Township Community Center
1790 Rte 50, Tuckahoe, NJ

October 24-25, 2015
A Harves of Quilts Show 
Evening Star Quilter's Guild 
Belvidere High School, Belvidere, NJ

November 6-7, 2015
Brownstone Quilters Biennial Quilt Show
Northern Highlands High School
289 Hillside Ave, Allendale, NJ

It has been decided our December meeting will include a PINCUSHION SWAP as the activity. To that end... Carolyn has created a PINTEREST board to post all our fabulous inspirations to. Contact her through our Facebook page if you want to be added to the board.

One of our members, *ahem* Bonny, needs a little help with her pincushion. Does any one else need help??? If so... comment below and we'll work out a time and place to hold a mini-lesson.

One of the biggest concerns with finishing a pincushion is... what to stuff it with. Fiberfill can be packed in tight to provide the hardness you need, but it's too light and the pincushion might constantly fall over or get pushed around when you push the pins into it. Steel wool (without soap) is a good option, and with the addition of a sandbag base the pincushion would stay in place AND keep pins from rusting. After doing a bit of research online, ground walnuts seem to be the preferred stuffing by many quilters. Soooooo.... I purchased a BIG bag of them, and am eager to share. If you decide you would like to stuff your pincushion with ground walnuts, bring a ziplock baggie to our next meeting and take some home.

Did you know that you get a 20% discount coupon to use during your BIRTHDAY MONTH at Pennington Quilt Works??? I grabbed Bonny for a road trip to PQW to use mine last week. As we pulled up to the parking lot we noticed a large touring bus parked along the curb. The store was overflowing with quilters all wearing name tags, talking, laughing, and buying fabric. .. yards and yards of fabric. We found out they were all from a guild in Watkins Glen, NY. They were attending Quilters Take Manhattan the next day, but were touring as many NJ Quilt Shops as they could before spending the night in Newark. After attending Quilters Take Manhattan... they had plans to take NYC by storm. What fun!!! What do you think... are you interested in taking a bus trip sometime next year? Reply in the comments below with your thoughts.

Speaking of Pennington Quilt Works... they are holding their annual Holiday Open House this weekend. Friday October 2nd and Saturday October 3rd. Music, refreshments, gift ideas, holiday projects, and Make-it Take-it tables.

Do you like the new direction of this blog??? If so... then help to keep it up to date. If you know of any quilting news you think others would like to hear about... let me know! Things can be posted either on this site... or our Facebook page. Or simply comment below for all to read.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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