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 2019. Visit our website –

NMQA meets at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Center, 1634 University Blvd. 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, May 20, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Shelly Burge:  From Traditional To Heavy Metal

Shelly Burge will be judging the Quilt show portion of the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. She is a National Quilting Association Certified Judge, and a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ).  NMQA is paying for her services and will be assisting with the judging.  

She was selected as the first winner of the prestigious Jewell Pearce Patterson Scholarship sponsored by the International Quilting Association.  This award is given every other year to just one quilt instructor.

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.

She is a member of the Nebraska Quilt Hall of Fame, and one of the founding members of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild.


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

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

Kelly's lecture will draw from her book, Hexagons, Diamonds Triangles and more: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork.  Her trunk show is loaded with quilts and ideas to spark your creativity.  You will see a variety of antique and vintage quilts that provided inspiration for techniques.  You will become familiar with the shapes (more than hexagons, diamonds and triangles) that morphed into the 80+ blocks found in the book, and you will see many quilts born from the blocks

Kelly says: "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.  Kelly is a Bernina Ambassador.


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 punch needle 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!

I grew up in Missouri, went to the University of MO and majored in fashion merchandising.  Marriage and children eventually led me to a local quilt shop. I focused on quilt making and smocking for a number of years.  We have lived in five Midwest states.   My business started in response to my 'sewing bee binder,' a zip up tote for sewing supplies.  My dog Ginger was the reason for the tote to protect my sewing goodies from being chewed.  Today, I travel to local and regional shows and  offer not only patterns for quilting, punch needle and wool applique, but also some original notions that make English Paper Piecing SO much more precise and quick.  The starch brush, fingertip stilleto and hexie shaped pressing mats are some of the popular supplies that I will be demonstrating..  


Monday, August 26, 2019 6:30 p.m.

Business Meeting and President's Trunk Show

Monday, September 23, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Barbara Olson:  Quilting A Life--A Creative Journey

Barbara Olson is a national and international award-winning quilt artist. teacher, lecturer and author.  “In The Beginning” one of Barbara’s art quilts was chosen as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of The Century. Many of her art quilts are included in corporate and private collections across the country.  She resides in Missoula, Mont

Barbara has developed workshops and lectures for those interested in expanding their unique creative talents in the area of quilt art for the last eighteen years.  Her classes are not only fun and dynamic, they are also filled with wonderful techniques that will excite the adventuresome creative spirit.

Barbara is Author of “Journey of an Art Quilter Creative Strategies & Techniques”   a cutting edge art quilt publication.


Monday, October 28, 2019 6:30 p.m.

Susan Hudson:  Contemporary Ledger Art:  Honoring Our Ancestors

Susan Hudson is a member of the Kinyaa'a'anii or Towering House clan of the Navajo Nation.  Her award-winning quilt pictured at left features a hand-embroidered ledger book revealing the names of her own ancestors and those who endured the Navajo's Long Walk to the Bosque Redondo in 1864.  She will share the history of ledger books.

In the tradition of Navajo storytellers, Susan Hudson, Traditional Woman, honors her ancestors and her past through her stories.  In addition to her beautiful oral stories, she preserves the past through her ledger-style quilts. Quilt making was introduced to tribes during the 19th century by missionaries, teachers and traders.  Over the past century, quilts have become expressive canvasses for illustrating native culture, symbolism and idealogy.

Susan was born and raised in East Los Angeles and eventually relocated to the Navajo Nation.  Her mother taught her to sew during Susan's summer visits to Sheep Springs, New Mexico.  By the age of nine, she was making quilts.  Many quilts were made and sold to raise money for her family.

Susan began entering her quilts in shows beginning in 2011 and has won numerous prizes.  The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian purchased her quilt "Tears Of Our Children, Tears for Our Children" for their permanent collection in 2014.


Monday, November 18, 2019 9:30 a.m.

Demo Play Day

Demonstrations of various quilting techniques.

Business meeting and election of 2020 NMQA Officers.


Monday, December 16, 2019 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Celebration of NMQA

We will take this opportunity to look back at the year's activities and reflect on ways they have contributed to the community and enriched the lives of the recipients and the guild members.

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