Below is a list of the guidelines for submitting a design entry for the NMQA Balloon Quilt.
BALLOON QUILT DESIGN CONTEST: APPROXIMATE TIMELINE
A summary timeline is below. A detailed timeline is also available.
March Current Year
May Current Year
June Current Year
July - Dec Current Year
August Current Year
January Current Year + 1
May - July Current Year + 1
Call for entries
Design Entrees Must be submitted by the May Membership Meeting
Winning Design Announced
Begin work on Quilt. Finalize the design. Find a Longarm quilter and lock in the date for August of the following year. Begin work on the background of the quilt.
The fabric tubs will be passed to you from the designer completing the previous year's top.
Choose balloons. Balloon Kits will be ready for the January Guild meeting for the members to take home and construct the balloons.
As the balloons are completed and returned, you can begin laying out where the balloons will be placed on the background.
July Current Year + 1
August Current Year + 1
September - Oct Current Year + 1
November Current Year + 1
January Current Year + 2
Jan - Sept Current Year + 2
September Current Year + 2
October Current Year + 2
Prepare instructions for longarm quilter
Deliver completed Top with Backing and the ‘Quilt Map’ to the Longarm quilter.
Prepare Label, Binding and Hanging sleeve
Complete quilt; Deliver finished quilt to photographer
Reveal quilt at January Guild meeting
Raffle ticket sales and marketing
Enter quilt in NM State Fair
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; raffle drawing held the last day of the event