The End of an Era – Plus a Giveaway

By now I’m sure many of you have heard the news that the National Quilting Association (NQA) is ceasing operations. This came as such a sad surprise to many of us who had been longtime members. The organization just celebrated it’s 46th year and a huge turning point in my quilting career was getting the opportunity to write a regular magazine column for them about Machine Quilting, and getting to teach at their last quilt show earlier this year. The reasons for their dissolution are given here.

nqa_magazineThe last issue of Quilting Quarterly

As a side note, I hope I’m not a bad-luck charm. The last magazine I wrote for on a regular basis was Quilty, and it went defunct, too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better luck in the future!

At the time I wrote what I consider to be my best article to date (co-authored with the super amazing Jacquie Gering), I didn’t realize it would be in the final issue of the magazine. I don’t think the publishers and editors knew that either. In fact, I had one more column slated for the next issue which won’t end up being published. However, I’ll  be sure to share it with you all at a future date.


The last article I wrote for NQA, about QuiltCon, co-authored with Jacquie Gering

I always like to find a silver lining among the gloomy clouds, so the good news for you guys is that I have one extra copy of the issue I can pass along to one lucky winner. I’m sure this will become a collector’s item since it’s the last issue.

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment letting me know what’s your favorite quilting magazine and why. I’ll choose a winner at the end of the day on Friday and will share the winner’s name here in this post. I’m happy to ship it to anyone, no matter where in the world you live!

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112 thoughts on “The End of an Era – Plus a Giveaway

  1. Barbara Berdy says:

    I enjoy Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting as it presents good informative articles plus well presented, clear pattern instructions.

  2. Rita S. says:

    Love Quiltmania & Primitive Quilts. Love that they don’t have the “traditional” quilts in them.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  3. Ellee says:

    Years ago my favorite magazine would change from time to time as I learned new skills. These days I have no favorite. Rather than have subscriptions I buy individual issues that catch my fancy.

  4. Linda Kemp says:

    I enjoy reading all the quilting magazines. I do have a few favorites. American Patchwork and Quilting would be my favorite.

  5. Cassandra says:

    I read several quilt magazines, but right now I’m really enjoying Generation Q. They have great designer interviews, inspiring projects, honest information about various quilting notions (I loved the article they did comparing thread a few months ago), and the tone of the writing is more casual than a lot of other magazines.

  6. Pamela says:

    I already have the magazine, so not commenting to receive it. I am also sad that NQA is dissolving. I didn’t make it to the show the last couple of years, but really enjoyed them when I was able to attend. The organization had a lot to offer over the years and they will be missed. The end of an era. But, I am seeing this everywhere with lots of traditional groups. The younger generation is moving quiltmaking into a new era.

  7. gcot says:

    i subscribe to two magazines, Qulters Newsletter and Quilting Arts, and I read them both, cover to cover. The excellence of QN challenges me to omprove my skill with every issue and, though I am not an art qulter, QA introduces me to new techniques and innovation which inspires creativity. I like designing my own quilts and learning new thngs so both of these publications really appeal to me.

  8. Linda Gagliano says:

    It was interesting to read the responses. My fave is Quiltmaker. There’s really a diverse lot of great publications out there.

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