New Mexico
 Quilters Association

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Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council Announces their 2018 Show:  Earth Wind & Fiber

The show will be April 7 & 8, 2018 at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10210 Lomas Blvd, NE

For Call for Entry information for Jan 1 through Feb 25, 2018.  Click on Word docx.   For flyer:PDF file

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The lineup of 2018 NMQA guest lecturers and workshops will be introduced at the November 23, 2017 meeting. Signups for workshops will start in November. You will be able to register through this website, using PayPal.

Membership Dues: 

2018 NMQA membership dues of $35 per year will be payable by the end of December. New members may join (click here to download form) in September and receive four months free (9.2017-12.2018).

Missing our Kelly Helvie:

Our NMQA President passed away on the fourth of May 2017.

The world lost a bright light when Kelly G. Helvie was called home by God. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.  Kelly was born July 14, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her family moved to New Mexico in 1971. She is survived by her sons, Stuart Thomas Helvie and Kurtis William, his wife, Robyn; daughter, Aubree G. Helvie; and her other children, Jack, Bridie, and Shaelin; her mother, Lena Carole Moore-Shores; her sister, Cathy A.; brother-in-law, Donald; nephew, Matthew P. McCurdy, and numerous extended family members.  She was proceeded by her father, William G. Moore and step-father, Quincy C. Shores.  She was a daughter, sister, mother, aunt and grandmother that raised her two children.  Kelly will be missed by all who knew her.  She touched the lives and hearts of everyone she met with her positive attitude and faith in God.  She coordinated the trash removal for the Albuquerque International Balloon fiesta for over 20 years.  Kelly was the president of the New Mexico Quilters Association, a member of the Albuquerque Ducks Unlimited chapter for 20 years as treasurer and was a volunteer at Sagebrush Riverside church.  She was appointed by the governor of New Mexico to serve as the secretary of the I.D.E.A. committee.  Kelly was an advocate for specially needs individual’s in Albuquerque public schools.  She was also involved in many other community activities.  To her family, she was always at the center of bringing her family together.   To her children and her nephew, she was a super hero that was always there through good and bad.  To her friends, she was the rock of sound advice and comical jokes.  A heartfelt thank you to our extended family and friends for their loving care and assistance.  A special thanks to Casper Montoya for all you have done for Kelly and her family.  Kelly will always be in our hearts and we will be able to see and talk to her in our dreams.

This was her President's Message at the beginning of the Year:  

According to Wikipedia New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one. Welcome to 2017! A new year filled with ideas, renewed passions, and a fresh breath. I welcome each and every New Mexico Quilters’ Association member. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our group in this capacity, thank you. It is my hope that we, as quilters can join together, unite our efforts and share the generosity NMQA has to offer. 

The new board of directors for NMQA has been voted into office, and while there are some opportunities for you to volunteer, we will begin our charge. I am excited to work with the many new faces around the table. Each bringing great ideas, desires, and a willingness to lead our group. My name is Kelly Helve, I will be serving the New Mexico

Quilters’ Association as president this year. I have served on the board this past year as president elect. In doing so I have had the exposure to help in many areas of our organization. While I have served this group in many capacities in the past, this will be my first as president. I have taken this past year to seek advice from past presidents, charter members, and just about anyone that would share with me. I have new ideas I would like to try, old ideas I would like to use, and I would like to honor the hard work that has come before me to make our group what it is today. I feel I must apologize up front for the mistakes I am sure to make. Please know I have not volunteered to serve our group because I have nothing better to do. As you get to know me, you will learn, just the opposite is true. I live a busy life, and so, I considered this commitment for many months before I volunteered. It is my hope that I can do justice to the office of president. It is my desire to serve with my whole heart, to lead this group within our common goals, and to have some fun while we do it together. I would like to see our group build friendships, enjoy ourselves as we learn, and to laugh a little….have fun while we do quilting together. Let me introduce you to the Standing Committee leaders for 2017. 

Cheryl Hadaway has chosen to serve us as Vice President. She is a breath of fresh air for me because as we sat in a meeting recently she reminded us all that not everyone is a long time member of our group, and that when we talk to each other we should not assume someone has the memories of this group that I do. She reminded me that we should communicate and not rely on someone just knowing. She is a recent member to our group, welcome Cheryl, and thank you for volunteering.

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