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 –www.nmqa.org.
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.
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.
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.
Demo Play Day
Demonstrations of various quilting techniques.
Business meeting and election of 2020 NMQA Officers.
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.