New Mexico
 Quilters Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The New Mexico Quilters Association is proud to offer lectures by contemporary quilters for its members and friends. Each year, a diverse group of nationally and internationally known instructors are scheduled to provide a lecture at scheduled general meetings. The following are the individuals and dates for 2018. Visit our website –

NMQA meets at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Center, 1634 UniversityBlvd. NE in Room C on the north side of the center. Meetings alternate between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

NOTE: Visitors are welcome to attend one meeting as our guest.
Memberships cost $35 per year.


Monday, October 22, 2018 6:30 p.m.

Brandi Perea: Crazy about Pre-Cuts!!!

What are pre-cuts and what do you do with them!


Monday, November 12 9:30 a.m.

Demo Day- Observe and Learn New Quilting Techniques

Business meeting and election of 2019 NMQA Officers.


Monday, December 17 6:30 p.m.

NMQA’s Gifts to the Albuquerque Community

Celebrate with the recipients of our guild’s extreme generosity to needy children and adults in Albuquerque, with those whose charitable efforts have been multiplied with the support of NMQA. Learn how our passion for quilting, and for community building have enriched the lives of so many, including ourselves. Reflection is always a positive tool for an organization. Goodies to eat too…


Monday, January 28, 2019    9:30 a.m.

NMQA Business Meeting

Introduction of new board members, presentation of 2019 budget, discussion and input of goals for NMQA 2019.  Overview of NMQA Website.


Monday, February 25, 2019 6:30 p.m.

Cheryl Sleboda:  Not Your Grandmother's Quilter!  Be a little weird and be a better quilter.

I work in the comic book industry by day and am a fiber artist by night.  I am fascinated by the intersection of technology and textiles. Juxtaposing heirloom techniques in modern quilts is part of my design aesthetic.

I create original and contemporary designs for my art quilts. I use electronic components, as well as fusibles, yarns, jewels, sequins, beads, and various other media to embellish my work.

My quilts are all pieced, appliqued, and quilted by machine, but my recent work has incorporated many traditional heirloom fabric manipulation techniques.  My themes and subjects vary, from simple shapes, abstracts, to realistic interpretations of still lifes and portraits. Much of my work is small, often under 8 inches square. Recent work incorporates LEDs, microprocessors, and other electronic components to make my fiber art and quilts light up.

I am influenced by my other hobbies and interests, including comics books, science fiction, Japanese manga, anime and culture, and pop culture. You can buy my heirloom tools, DVD, and e-textile supplies in my Shop.  (photo by Bonnie McCaffery)


Monday, March 25, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Karla Alexander:  Lift the Quilts Out of Your Stash


KarlaQuilt designer and author, Karla Alexander lives in beautiful Salem OR, with her husband Don and family dog, Lucy and her 3 sons.

Karla Alexander is the author of Stack the Deck! Crazy Quilts in 4 Easy Steps!, Stack a New Deck!, New Cuts for New Quilts, Baby Wraps! Color Shuffle, Stack The Deck - Revisited and her newest book, Dynamic Quilts with easy Curves.  She is currently hard at work on her 8th book, due for release in October of 2013.

She was a featured artist on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson in July of 2002. A featured quilter in the Fons and Porter magazine, Oct. 2007, a contributor to the 2008 quilt calendar by Martingale & Co. as well as the book Creative Quilting,Volume II. All books were published by Martingale & Co, That Patchwork Place. 

In addition to her books, she has released her own line of patterns under the name Saginaw Street Quilt Company and Specialty Rulers from Creative Grids.  

She has been a featured teacher at many quilt retreats and has taught thousands of students how to quilt using a variety of methods including her own stack methods. She has made hundreds of quilts with hundreds more waiting to be made.


Monday, April 22, 2019 6:30 p.m.

NMQA Board Member Quilt Trunk Show and potluck dinner.


Monday, May 20, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Shelly Burge:  Not Your Grandmother's String Piecing

Shelly’s first quilts were made just to use up scraps of fabric she had left from making clothing for her family.  She started entering her work in the Nebraska State Fair in 1977; her pieces have nearly 150 ribbons including four 

Pride of Nebraska awards and five Best Original Design awards. Her quilts have received prestigious recognition in numerous quilt competitions across America, Europe and Japan. She is perhaps best known for her miniature quilts that have won first place in national quilt contests in California, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Texas and the 1989 Lynn Harris Award for best miniature quilt in the National Quilting Association Show.


Monday, June 24, 2019 6:30 p.m.

Kelly Ashton: Sixty Degrees of Inspiration: Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and More

I love making quilts!  Each step in the process – block design, fabric selection, piecing and/or appliquéing the blocks, exploring setting options, and planning and executing the quilting – provides me with creative nourishment for my soul.  I also love to share my quilts and my quilt making experiences with others through teaching classes / workshops, and through my quilt patterns.  


Monday, July 22, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Missy Carpenter: We All Start Somewhere

I have loved sewing all of my life! I'm a little bit lost if I don't have an applique or punchneedle project going...can't just sit with idle hands. In the evening, I'm a quilter, wife and Mom! Could life get any better? I am blessed!

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