Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #8

June 12, 1999


Hello All,


You are probably wondering what has happened to FQN and me.  I could enumerate the projects I’m up to my eyeballs in, but that’s not what this newsletter is about, is it!  However, as you will read below, one of my current projects is the Orlando meeting of the state guild, Sunshine State Quilters Association.  My guild and three others are working on it…. it should be the quilting event of the summer!


Also, after the quilt show season ended in March, the news to report came to me much more slowly.  This would be a good time to start discussing upcoming guild programs and national teachers.  My guild, Central Florida Quilters Guild, plans to have Roberta Horton in September, Bethany Reynolds (Stack-n-Whack fame) in February, and Ricky Tims in October, 2000.  I know that Ricky is looking for more guilds to visit on that trip, so check out his website:  www.taqstudio.com.


Although I am no longer the program chair for my guild, my passion for communication between guilds and attraction to the value of sharing national teachers has not waned.  My guild saved lots of money recently by sharing Klaudeen Hansen with two other organizations.  This is something that wouldn’t have happened without FQN.  So I am proud of this effort. 


*** It is possible for every guild in Florida to have great teachers visit, but it is up to you to make it so. ***


Here are some web sites you might enjoy:


Deanna Spignola has a great page of sewing and quilting links  www.spingola.com/ds/links.htm


Mary Jobe Mason sent in www.mccallsquilting.com  which has links to other quilting magazine sites.


PBS has been working on a documentary to capture the art and inspiration of quilting.  In August the program will be seen on PBS stations across the country.  To learn more, visit the “America Quilts” web site,  <                         www.pbs.org/americaquilts/>




SSQA Meeting in Orlando!!


Sunshine State Quilters Association, our state guild, is planning on having their quarterly meeting in Orlando.  The meeting is on July 31St at the Marks Street Senior Center, from 9am to 3pm.  The morning session will include workshops or a sit-n-sew with Cindy Blackberry and Mary Sorensen.  The workshop teachers will be Lyn Reilly, teaching a new technique in watercolor quilts, Deb DeRoche teaching sewing curves with straight seams, Rita Leckie teaching photo transfer quilts, and a Stained Glass Iris Gem taught by Marie Morel-Seroskie.  After a delicious lunch, you will be treated to a lecture by Marie Morel-Seroskie.  Also included in the meeting will be raffle quilts, 3 local vendors, goodie bags, show-n-tell, challenge quilt displays, state quilting news, etc.


If you are already an SSQA member, the meeting fee is $15, which includes all the above amenities.  If you are not, but want to become a member for the rest of the year, membership is $25, plus the $15 for the meeting.  The registration deadline is June 30th for members, new and existing.  If you do not want to be a member, but still come to the meeting, you pay $30 and class registration opens for you on July 15th.  Membership has lots of benefits, including member, teacher, guild and vendor directories, news of the quilting-goings-on in Florida, entry into the quarterly meetings, and more.


SSQA Membership forms are available from Glenda Rowley rowleys@juno.com.


Orlando meeting registration forms will be coming to your mailbox if you are a SSQA member; otherwise they are available from Mary-Jeanine <mji@mpinet.net>




Judy Cornell of Gold Coast Quilters Guild  JJQuilter@aol.com says:


This is the upcoming schedule of The Gold Coast Quilter's Guild in Boca Raton, FL. We meet the third Tues. at 7:30pm. Guests invited.   Contact:  JJQuilter@aol.com or Lbsanford@aol.com for more info. (Please share your guild's info.)


June 15-- Quilts for caring - workshop meeting       

July 13 -- Quilt game          

August 17-- Hoffman Challenge -  

                         workshop:  8/21 -- Eileen Kopew - Time out dolls - 9am-1pm. 

September 21-- Barbie Swanson - Moving From Glass To Fabric  

                    9/25 Workshop: Microwave Dying




Barbie Swanson ediebarb@bellsouth.net of Broward Quilt Guild says:




Put Sunday, June 27, 1999, (10am -4pm) on your calendar and come to Delray Beach for a wonderful gathering!  Marilyn Dorwart and I are welcoming you to her shop, Quilters Marketplace (524 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483) for this first meeting. A light lunch will be provided and plan on bringing some show & tell-- if none to show, you still get to tell. On our schedule will be an opening social hour to introduce ourselves. After a variety of activities throughout the day, we will need to make a decision on how we will be structured in Florida. Be sure to bring along a notepad, writing tool, some of your personal applique tools (scissors-for both fabric & paper, needles, magnifying glasses or whatever!) and a small bag of fabrics.


If you are interested in applique classes prior to this meeting, I will be providing those: Choose Monday May 24, Saturday June 5 or Thursday June 17 - 9 am - 12 noon hand applique techniques 1 pm - 4 pm machine applique techniques


Both classes are for anyone at any level. You may learn something new or just brush up on your skills. You will learn a variety of techniques in each class.


Each class is $15.00 or take both for $25.00. Bring your own supplies or kits will be available for both classes.  For supplies list--contact me. To reserve your class space, send your payment to: Barbie's, 2711 NE 22 Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33062-1107. If you can't make any of these dates, contact me, Quilters Marketplace at (561) 243-3820, or look in your local area for classes at other times.


Look for more details later. If you have an e-mail address, please contact me with it. I would like to save money on postage if possible. Also, be sure to visit my web site to keep up with the latest information. You can sign up with the international group of The Applique Society via the web (link at my page) or use the enclosed form. Then you'll start getting your newsletters and free patterns.


Please be sure to RSVP me about the June 27th meeting.