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About the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals

The mission of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals is to empower creative arts professionals to craft business success from their passion. We do this through education, professional development and networking. Over the years we have helped thousands of quilters and other creative artists worldwide build successful businesses.

ICAP had its roots in The Professional Quilter magazine founded in 1983. Its original goal was to create a physical resource library that would grow with you as you and your business grew. Creating an environment for networking was and still is key. We've seen vast changes in both the quilt world, the art world, and in our personal worlds since 1983. We've gone from scissors to rotary cutters to die-cutting machines, from hand piecing to longarm machines, and from trips to the library for information to information at our fingertips on the Internet. Over the past couple of decades we have really embraced the power of the Internet with our online store, our monthly teleclasses and our teleseminars. Along the way we founded the International Association of Professional Quilters to help professional quilters grow their businesses to the next level is to package all these resources into one product. As the business has changed and grown, so has our audience. More and more creative arts professionals are using our resources, and it was time to expand again. Previously known as the International Association of Professional Quilters since 2009, we officially became the International Assocation of Creative Arts Professionals on Sept. 30, 2013.

About the ICAP Founder and President, Morna McEver Golletz

From Quilter to Business Owner

Morna

Morna McEver, CEO and founder of the International Association of Professional Quilters and International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, has been where you are. She turned her passion for sewing and quilting into a business. She’s had a needle in her hands since the age of three when she threaded needles for her great-great grandmothers. She made clothes, first for her dolls and then for herself. And, a sewing machine was her first major purchase when she was out on her own. She learned to quilt in January 1977, after watching a quilter at a local show in Charlotte, N.C. After the first class, she bought a book of block patterns, went through her sewing scraps, and was hooked. It wasn’t long before she made quilting her profession. She began teaching locally, progressing to teaching on the national level. An award-winning quilter, she also sold her original design quilts and quilted clothing at juried and non-juried craft shows. She was the only quilter in The Creative Hand, a fine crafts cooperative, in a mall in Exton, Pa., where she further developed her business skills.

Many people ask Morna what led her to The Professional Quilter. Morna always loved writing and after a family move to Harrisburg, Pa., she went back to school, earned a masters of journalism and worked as a journalist. Of course, she wrote about quilts, quilters and quilting, but she also handled lots of free-lance assignments for a daily paper covering everything from food to health topics. When The Professional Quilter was for sale, Morna realized her dream to combine her avocation as a quilter with her vocation as a journalist.

As the daughter of an artist, she also grew up in an environment that fostered an appreciation for the arts. She remembers arts and crafts activities, museum trips, her own creativity encouraged. She took numerous art courses in college as well as after she graduated. Today in addition to managing the IAPQ/IACAP, Morna teaches business-focused classes to quilters, fiber and mixed-media artists and other creative professionals. In 2012 she founded the Creative Arts Business Summit, an annual event where creative artists can work on their businesses while learning and networking with other creative artists. While Morna doesn’t find as much time to quilt today as she used to, she loves working with creative people. It combines her love of art, fabric and quilting, her training as a journalist and her skills at marketing and business development.

Morna lives in Montgomery County, Maryland. When she’s not managing her business or working on her own art, you might find her trying a new recipe, engrossed in a mystery novel or exploring the beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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