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Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA)

Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA)  includes a network of chapters located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Community events include quarterly meetings, classes, quilt shows, seminars, workshops, lectures and retreats. You can find out more about membership below or on the Membership tab


Welcome to the new GSQA website! We hope that you will find the new site much easier to use and access all the upcoming events and news for the guild. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback on the website please email us at gulfstatesquilting The website should be easily viewable either on computers or phone screens and can be navigated using the main menu (above on computers, to the left on phones). There is also a Wild Apricot for Members app available for both Androids and Iphones.

Access our newsletters here:


upcoming events

 Upcoming Events

GSQA has so many upcoming events including our quarterly meetings, exciting classes, and the 2024 Quilt Show in Slidell, Louisiana.

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2024 Quilt Show Information

GSQA 20th Biennial Quilt Show 2024

“Gulf States Beauty”

Date: April 12-13, 2024   Time: 10am - 5pm

Location: Harbor Center, Slidell, Louisiana 

The Gulf States Quilting Association proudly presents the 20th Biennial GSQA Quilt Show at The Harbor Center in Slidell, LA.    The event begins with three days of quilt judging followed by the public showing from Friday, April 12 through Saturday, April 13.

    •  Enjoy a myriad of beautiful quilts - there will be over 300 judged quilts that will be displayed with ribbons and prizes awarded to the winning quilts.
    • Peruse the Merchants Mall that will include vendors from all over the US, including but not limited to scissor sharpening; sewing thread; fabric; woven baskets; etc.
    • Also don't miss the chance to shop the Quilter's Craft Boutique with handmade creations by your fellow makers.
    • Adult admission is $12 for one day and $15 for two day pass; admission for children under 12 is $5.
    • Check back regularly - the list of GSQA Quilt Show Vendors is a work in progress!

Check out the Quilt Show Tab above for more information including entry categories and processes for entering.

2024 Quilt Show Opportunity Quilt

“Gulf Coast Beauty” quilt- queen size

Would you like to win this quilt? You can!! For only $2 per chance, you have an opportunity to own this fabulous quilt.

The individual blocks were made by many members of Gulf States Quilting Association, and the best were chosen by 2 of our Seminar teachers. Vernon Chee put the top together, Robben Hennessey Karr did the exquisite quilting, and the binding was attached by Carol Jaynes. The quilt is an original design by Donita Toups Qualey and her committee: Vernon, Judy Walker and Libby Black.

This is truly a magnificent work of art!

If you would like a chance click email us at .

Who’s going to win it at the drawing on 4-13-2024 at the GSQA Quilt show at the Harbor Center In Slidell? It could be you! It only takes 1 ticket to win! Appraised at $2,829.

Welcome from the President

Welcome to our GSQA website home. I’m delighted and honored to be president of the Gulf States Quilting Association. We are dedicated to promoting the learning and sharing of quilting in the southeastern region. I invite you to consider joining if you are not yet a member. GSQA has introduced me to many people who have shared new techniques, patterns and most of all support and encouragement to maintain my enjoyment of making quilts - from traditional quilts to art quilts.

We have four meetings a year which are held in-person in different cities in our region, as well as via Zoom attendance, to keep members informed of activities offered year-round: from varied single classes to a 3-day Seminar in odd years (held March 2023), a 2-day judged Show in even years (next one April 2024); charity projects; and notice of member guild quilt shows in our region. In addition, GSQA publishes a quarterly newsletter that keeps our members up to date on our activities.

Opportunities to share your traditional, modern and art quilts, and all embellishments in-between, are encouraged. Members are encouraged to volunteer in our events and serve in leadership roles. May the comfort and beauty you bring to so many maintain our dedication to share our love of and learn more about design, color and stitching of cloth.

Donita Qualey, GSQA 2023 President


Becoming a member of GSQA is sure to expand your knowledge of quilting and your circle of quilty friends! Some of the benefits of joining the GSQA guild are:

  • Fun and informative quarterly guild meetings and programs
  • Workshops & classes offered in conjunction with the Quarterly Meetings or through local guilds
  • Various quarterly activities like Lotto Block and Charity Sew (participate in one or all - you decide!)
  • Quarterly Quilt Talk Newsletter
  • Membership Roster
  • Membership card that entitles you to a discount with many of our affiliates and retail stores
  • Discounted fees for the Biennial Quilt Show (held in even years)
  • Discounted fees for Quilt Seminar Workshops (held in odd years)
More Membership Information

Month: December 2023

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Member facebook group 

Our facebook group is limited to those that are members of the guild. You can request access by clicking the link. 

Members can post in the group and use the it to share their current projects and get information about upcoming events.

Affiliated Quilt Shops

Locally owned quilt shops may apply for membership as affiliated quilt shops. A complete list of affiliated quilt shops and the applications for shops to complete can be found on our membership page. 


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