These groups work hard to bring you some fabulous quilt shows. They also establish quilting standards and promote the artistry of quilting. SHow your support and join the club!AQS - American Quilter's Society
AQS claims to be the original quilt show - don't know if that's true, but their show in Paducah, KY, seems to have the highest 'Quilter Frenergy' I have ever experienced. The entire city gets involved, and TV stations offer quilting programs 24 hours a day.
IQA - International Quilt Association
IQA is responsible for the International Quilt Festivals (for consumers) and Markets (for the trade). These events are held spring, summer, and fall each year.NQA - The National Quilting Association, Inc.
NQA is the organization that establishes standards for quilt show judges, quilt appraisers, and quilt teachers. They offer the classes and perform the testing for the certification process.Original Sewing & Quilting Expo
This organization (Creative Crafts Group, LLC) puts on more shows throughout the USA than any other organization I know of. Their shows have displays, vendors, and classes in many facets of sewing. You'll find a full line of quilting companies as well as yarns, beads, embellishments, etc.SUGAR - Statler Users Group and Representatives
SUGAR is a user group with Gammill/Statler Stitcher to focus on excellence - in education and enhancements of CreativeStudio software.