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GSQA members have access to multiple means of building their skills in quilting including Circuit Teachers, the Marion Maerke Scholarship, Pursuit of Excellence (POE), Seminar, and Traveling Teachers. You can find out more about each below. 

Circuit Teachers

The GSQA Circuit Teacher Program is an innovative way of using the unique talents and skills represented among the members of GSQA. These outstanding quilters and the classes they teach are selected by the GSQA Board. Information is offered to the member guilds in April each year and continually updated on this website. Each member guild has the opportunity to select an approved circuit teacher to come to their area to teach the class. The Circuit Teacher Program objective is to provide continuing education in quilting to GSQA members and prospective members by bringing classes to your local guild.

Please click on Circuit Teacher Guidelines for class fee information.  Use the links below to see each teacher's curriculum.

If your guild is interested in having a circuit teacher come to your area, simply return the completed Teacher Request Form to:

Marie S Fuselier, 67140 Denise Drive, Pearl River, LA 70452.  Phone or text 985-290-0620.



Marion Maerke Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote and encourage quilters to further their knowledge of techniques, skills of craftsmanship and development of ideas. It is the highest honor awarded by GSQA and indicates active participation in quilting, as well as stimulating and encouraging others in all things relating to quilts and quilt making. This award also reflects volunteer services to the quilt chapter, quilting organizations and projects that benefit the community. The recipient will receive a full scholarship (room, board and classes during seminar) for the upcoming seminar. The scholarship is awarded every year with the winner in the "even" year using it at the following year's seminar. Therefore, there will be two Marion Maerke Scholarship Winners at every Seminar since it is only held in odd numbered years.


1994  Peggy Peacock

1995  Nancy Hinds

1996  Linda Wiggins

1997  Sarah Kemp

1998  Charlotte Jackson

1999  Yvette Magee

2000  Vera Honea

2001  Noreen Mazzarappi

2002  Paula McKenna

2003  Meredith Campanella

2004  Joan LeBlanc

2005  Kathy Ayme

2006  Dottie Burkhardt

2007  Mary Gillette

2008  Barbara Skinner

2009  Joyce Reed

2010  Georgia Farnet

2011  Jane Ramee

2012  Ilaine Hartman

2013  Elizabeth Linebrink

2014  Janet Bailey

2015  Donna Downing

2016  Laura Robertson

2017  Daniel LeBlanc

2018  Cindy Baucum

2019  Loretta Robert Webre

2020  Renee Hoeprich

2021  Mae Foster

2022  Susan Rademacher


Guilds may select and nominate one of their members for this scholarship award by submitting a nominating letter signed by two guild officers. A letter may be written and signed by two GSQA members if the nominee is a member-at-large.

Selecting a Candidate: The quilter must be an active member of good standing in GSQA for a minimum of two years prior to nomination. Current GSQA Board members and current members of the Marion Maerke Scholarship Committee may not be nominated or submit nominations. Previous winners of the award are not eligible, but alternate winners are still eligible to be nominated. Nominee should reflect many of the characteristics mentioned in the above paragraph. Nominee must be aware of and accept the nomination, agree to mail his/her information to the Marion Maerke Scholarship Committee prior to the deadline date.

Nominating Letter including the guild's choice of candidate should include:

  • Name and address of the guild

  • Name and address of the nominee

  • Number of years nominee has been active in the guild

  • Description of participation of the nominee in guild activities, including offices held and other leadership roles

  • Why the member was selected as nominee

  • How you think this nominee will share the experiences, skills and knowledge gained by this scholarship with other

  • Members in your guild and with quilters who are not members of your guild.


Both parts I and II of the form (no email, please) should be mailed so that it is received by the Scholarship Committee by July 30, 2023.

Mail to:

Marion Maerke Scholarship Committee
Julie Suarez 
581 Hill Street
Biloxi, MS 39530

Marion Maerke Nomination


Many thanks to the teachers and students that attended Seminar and made 2023 such a success....stay tuned for more information about future Seminar plans!

Pursuit of Excellence (POE)

GSQA is fortunate to have so many talented members who are willing to share their areas of expertise with other members. GSQA offers free classes throughout the year called Pursuit of Excellence (POE). These classes are intended for members to take the lessons learned back to their guilds to share.

POE Participants

Each Affiliated Member Guild is invited to submit two member representatives to attend an upcoming POE session.  GSQA Guild Liaisons should submit a POE application on behalf of their guild. There is usually a limit of 20 seats at each location so don't wait to send in your application!! Keep in mind, the form must be either emailed or dropped in the mail. For questions, call or text Paula Mathews, POE Chair at 601-467-7059 or email


 June 22, 2024Quilting Fans  Belle Terre Library, Marrero LA
 September 2024Queen Bee's Slidell, LA 


For an application to attend an upcoming POE, download the application here: GSQA_POEForm_2023.pdf

If you know of locations for hosting future POEs or have any POE questions, please contact Paula Mathews, POE Chair.

Participants should bring the following items to each POE:

    • Sewing machine and power cord
    • Scissors and thread snips
    • Extra bobbins and machine needles
    • Small cutting mat, necessary rulers and rotary cutter
    • Coordinating thread and pins
    • Small trash bag
    • Notebook for notes


March 16, 2024 - Hosted by Camelia Quilters of Slidell, LA

June 24, 2023 - Hosted by Picayune Piecemakers of Picayune MS

February 18, 2023 - Hosted by Magnolia Quilters of Orange Grove, Gulfport MS

January 2022 - Sew-Along: 2022 Stash Buster Challenge Block by Border Creek Station Pattern Company

June 2021 - Sew-Along: New Year's Star Pattern by Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics

May 2021 - Sew-Along: Zig Zag Zoom Pattern by Mary Ann Altendorf

June 2020 - Sew-Along: Patriotic Flag Pattern adapted by Paula Matthews

May 2020 - Sew-Along: Secret Window Pattern by Donna Jordan of Jordan Fabrics

Traveling Teachers

GSQA's Traveling Teacher program is traditionally scheduled for the year when there is no Seminar program; this offers the opportunity for GSQA Affiliated Guild members to have access to an acclaimed teacher and provide a cost-effective workshop for their members. GSQA pays the travel expenses for the teacher to fly or drive to the Gulf Coast and now includes a stipend towards a rental car.  Each hosting GSQA Affiliated Guild is responsible for providing lodging and food to the teacher and to also pay her workshop fee. Being coordinated by a program manager, a very small member guild can host a very expensive teacher with confidence that all the seats will be filled and no money will be lost for the small guild's venture.

The Traveling Teacher program is also considered a GSQA Member benefit. This means that to participate in a workshop, a person must either be a current member of GSQA,  join GSQA  during registration, or pay an additional non-member fee of $20 for the workshop over and above the guild’s established price for the class. This non-member fee is submitted by the Affiliated Guild Class Liaison back to the GSQA treasury to help offset the cost of the teacher’s travel expenses.

Announcing the 2024 Traveling Teacher

Cindy Grisdela,

an Artist, Teacher and Author from Reston, VA

Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts

We are so excited that Cindy's tour will take her through all of the Gulf States:

January 16, 2024 in Covington, LA: “Artful Improv”

January 17, 2024 in New Orleans, LA: “Improv Puzzle”

January 18, 2024 in Baton Rouge, LA: “Free Hand Curves”

January 19, 2024 in Baton Rouge, LA: “Improv Puzzle”

January 20, 2024 in Jackson, MS:      “Artful Improv”

January 21, 2024 Day Off

January 22, 2024 in Kiln, MS:            “Improv Puzzle”

January 23, 2024 in Gulf Shores, AL: “Free Hand Curves”

January 23, 2024 in Pensacola, Fl (Evening Lecture): “Anatomy of an Improv Quilt”

January 24, 2024 in Pensacola, FL: “Fearless Improv”

January 25, 2024 in Pensacola, FL:  “Playing with Color”

January 26, 2024 in Mobile, AL: “Artful Improv”

January 27, 2024 in Mobile, AL (Meeting Lecture): “Free Motion Quilting with Style”

Details for each event can be found on the Calendar and the Upcoming Events list.

List of Previous GSQA Traveling Teachers:

2024 - Cindy Grisdela

2022 - Gyleen Fitzgerald

2018 - Gail Garber

2016 - Melinda Bula

2014 - Judy Niemeyer

2012 - Susan Cleveland

2010 - Karen Stone

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