Below is a list of the guidelines for submitting a design entry for the NMQA Balloon Quilt.
BALLOON QUILT DESIGN CONTEST: TIMELINE
A summary timeline is below. A detailed timeline is also available.
July - Dec 2021
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.
January - April 2022
May - July 2022
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.
Prepare instructions for longarm quilter
Deliver completed Top with Backing and the ‘Quilt Map’ to the Longarm quilter. Prepare Label, Binding and Hanging sleeve
September - Oct 2022
Jan - Sept 2023
Deliver quilt to photographer
Reveal quilt at guild meeting
Raffle ticket sales and marketing
NM State Fair
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; raffle drawing held the last day of the event