QCA Member eNews July 21, 2010

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A Note from QCA Liz S.

Greetings friends!

There are several important announcements in this week’s e-newsletter! Be sure you read the Jo-Ann’s VIP Card article so you can get your new card as soon as possible. And if you like watching Quilt Out Loud or Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, but wish you could see it on the QCA site instead of hopping off and site and reclogging into – your wish has been answered! Have you heard about Quilting Together in Chicago? QCA is a proud to present this wonderful one-of-a-kind event! Plus, as a premium member, you’ll get VIP treatment! You’ll save even more and get extra perks that other attendees won’t!

Did you take a quilting vacation yet this year?  Over my July 4th weekend I traveled to Illinois for a big cookout with my mom, 7 siblings and 14 nieces and nephews. Even with all the happy craziness of a family reunion I still managed to find a new quilt shop and buy some red, white and blue fabric.

Now that I am back home, I am thrilled to see that some of our other QCA members decided to take a summer road trip and meet each other in person for the first time. Do you recognize these wonderful ladies? They call themselves the East Coast Bucken-ears and you can read about their quilt shop travels and stash envy here:  The first East Coast Bucken-ears Adventure


I also hear that Gini, Shellie and Laura (aka Quiltedwings) almost connected at the Sisters Oregon Quilt Show 2010 which sounded like an awesome destination based on all their comments.
Feeling inspired? Sounds like some of you are plotting your next road trip together here: Gathering in 2011?  Something tells me there are many more happy QCA member gatherings to come!

Happy travels! And wherever you go may there always be a quilt shop along the way.
QCA Liz S.


How to Get Your NEW Joann's VIP Discount Card

Joann Fabric and Craft Stores is a proud sponsor of QCA and they offer each member a VIP Discount card—good for 10% off your purchase – both online and in their stores!

Effective this year, they will issuing these cards to you directly. You will no longer receive them from Quilters Club of America. Your current card expires August 31, 2010, and the new card they send you will expire August 31, 2011.

The quickest way to get your card is to order it directly online. IT’S EASY! Here's how:
  • Click this link to request your card online here:
  • Click on the ENROLL NOW button and select the VIP Discount Card button
  • Enter your personal information
  • Put “Quilters Club of America” as the organization name
  • Click again on the ENROLL NOW button and you will see a confirmation page. 

If you do not have internet access, you can call Jo-Ann’s automated VIP Card hotline and recite your information over the phone: (877) 604-2280. Be sure you request it as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on the great savings having this card brings you!


Watch Quilt Out Loud! and Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show on!!

We’re so excited to announce that you can now watch all the episodes of Quilt Out Loud! and Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show on the QCA site (in addition to! This is the very first step of a longer term initiative to bring access to the videos to the QCA site – greatly streamlining the process and making it easier and more intuitive for you! We know this has been a “hot” item on your site improvement “wish list” and we hear you!

To check it out, please visit this page which is accessible by clicking the On Demand link your My Dashboard box. We hope you enjoy this new feature!


You Get VIP Treatment at Quilting Together in Chicago!

Hopefully you’ve already signed up for this terrific new event we’re putting on September 29 through October 2nd, but if you haven’t, you are NOT going to want to miss it! Imagine three whole days doing nothing but all things quilting! You’ll learn from some terrific instructors, you’ll come home with lots of free goodies and quilting supplies, and you’ll have a great time meeting other quilters!

Plus, as a premium QCA member, you’ll get VIP treatment: you’ll be invited to a special “meet and greet” with Marianne Fons, the keynote speaker. You’ll receive a very special free gift when you check-in. You’ll receive a $50 savings over and above any other savings out there. So check out this page on QCA and RESERVE YOUR SPOT today! Space is very limited, and you won’t want to miss out!


July Member Survey – Finding a “Pieceful” Moment

July’s survey question comes from member Tammy, who asks: “What is the most peaceful time of day for you to quilt?” Since member Sharon Larson finds it hard to catch a peaceful moment in a house full of grandkids, we also encourage you to share your strategies for finding some peaceful quality time to quilt!

Send your answers in to and include “Peaceful Moments” in the subject line. We’ll give you till August 10th to reply. Winning responses are picked at random from all of the entries we receive. Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to

Congratulations goes out to Helen Petrik, Rose Wakefield and Anne Sinnott, the winners of June’s member survey question: “What is the Best GROUP quilting activity you have ever participated in?” Retreats and charity quilt projects were especially popular. You can read their stories and more here: June Member Survey Winners.


Check out the July video for Jodie’s Sampler!

This month on Jodie’s Block of the Month Sampler we're onto the Friendship Star blocks which are really nine patches made of squares and half square triangles. There are only four of them, so this is an easy month! If you are new to making half square triangles, this video is for you: Jodie's Sampler: How-To Video #3

Watch this video from Jodie and learn what is new on Quilt Out Loud!and Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show this month. What's New on in July?


What’s Cookin’ in QCA Groups?

In the Crazy Quilt Group, Nana says, “Guys you need to check out the media section.  Linny has posted a ton of pictures that are absolutely amazing.  I have never seen such beautiful hand embroidery before” You can view them in the group’s Crazy Quilt Media Gallery

The Appliqué Group is planning another group project in the fall. It will feature another pattern from Bunny Hill Designs called “Snowbound” If you think you would like to join in on this project, visit the Applique Group and click on the discussion thread titled: Snowbound

The Dear Jane Group started working on the Dear Jane quilt pattern back in January, but they are always welcoming new members who want to take on this amazing patchwork quilt project. Recently they started a Traveling Fat Quarters! exchange among their members. Perhaps something similar might make a fun activity for QCA members in general?

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Group sends a big thank you and best wishes out to Kay (MuttMomKay) for all her great work as their group leader. She has recently had to step down from her leadership role but the group is still going strong. Here is a glimpse of Gini’s mix of nine-inch blocks so far:

Gini's Sylvia


Winning Member’s Tip

This issue’s winning member tip comes from Laura Lee:

I LOVE quilt magazines, and I've been collecting several for the 10 years I've been quilting.  But, alas, I’m out of storage!  What to do?  Aha!  I’m going digital!  I'm flipping through each magazine (I devoured each of them when they first arrived), finding those ‘I want to make this someday’ patterns, and those, ‘Wow, I didn't know that!’ tips.  Then I scan them into my computer, make an Ideas folder and a separate folder for each pattern in My Pictures, and there they are, ready for me to print them out someday and sew away!  I share the magazines with quilting friends and give what’s left to the local animal shelter thrift store.”

Do you have a tip you would like to share? Send it to and put “Tips” in the subject line. You just might win a $10 online gift certificate to Keepsake Quilting if we use your tip.


P.S. Fun Stories from the Forums

For a good dose of quilting laughter, visit this classic discussion thread recently picked up again by Helen Bell titled: Fabric Hoarders Beware !

Helly's Stash

“This is my stash...and I love it...and I use it daily!!! so I don't really hoard....right???” Helen Bell

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BARBARAI-2 wrote re: QCA Member eNews July 21, 2010
on Saturday, 8 October 2011, 10:10 PM

The post is dated July 2010. Is that the latest post there is?

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