Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #100


August 12, 2006


Quilting Friends,


Woohoo!  100 newsletters…that’s 100 months of information about the world of quilting in our little corner of the world.  What a ride.  I feel privileged to have this editor post, and my pay is your affirmation and support.  I keep every nice email from everyone who writes!  And even though I can’t pay the grocery bill with thank you notes, they still fill me with warm fuzzies.


I just returned from 10 days in the Seattle area and 6 days in Anchorage for a family reunion.  The weather in Seattle was unbelievable: sunny and warm, but cool in the evenings.  Alaska not so much, but that’s OK, we were busy inside making family reunion memories.  I think my favorite trip memory is the Paradise area of Mt. Rainer, with deer fawns frolicking in the meadows of wildflowers and the snow-covered summit rising in the background.   Another fun memory was the raspberry picking on a farm on Whidbey Island.  Don’t tell them, but I think I ate as many as I put in the basket.  Yum.


Back to quilting and a little bit of teaching.  I look forward to having my sewing kids come back for another year.  Anyone have any good ideas for kids’ sewing projects?


As always, if you have a new email address, please let me know at subscribe@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




June 10-Sept 4  Quilt Exhibit in Gainesville rg10001@bellsouth.net (#98)


June 17 - Sept 10 Quilt Exhibit in West Palm Beach http://norton.org/exhibitions/advancedschedule4.htm   (#98)


Sept 12-15 Handwork Retreat in Leesburg jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com   (#99)


Sept 14 - Dec 3 Quilt Show in Tallahassee (#98)


Sept 21-24 Quilt Show in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com (#99)


Sept 23 Mary Ellen Hopkins Lecture in Jacksonville  www.quiltfestjax.com (#100)


Oct 6-7 Sue Benner Workshop in Ft. Myers 239-541-0226 (#92)


Oct 13-15 Quilt Shop in North Carolina www.smokymtnquilters.org  (#99)


Oct 19-21 Shop Hop in West Central Florida debsquiltbasket@aol.com (#99)


Oct 25,27,28 Jamie Wallen Workshop in Palm Coast elaine@elainequilts.com (#99)


Oct  27-30 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg Talacam@aol.com (#92)


Nov 3-4 Quilt Show in Ocala CRQShow@earthlink.net (#100)


November 10 & 11    Quilt Show in Davenport    Davenporthistsociety@msn.com (#100)


Nov 26 Quilt Cruise www.engelquilts.com (#93)




Jan 5-7 Elly Sienkiewicz Workshop  in Jacksonville 904-880-6656 (#99)


Jan 19-20 Quilt Show in Orlando www.FloridaCabinFever.com (#100)


Jan 26-27 Quilt Show in The Villiages charliefull@thevillages.net (#97)


Jan 26-27 Quilt Show in Largo www.stpaulumc.org (#99)


Feb 9-10 Quilt Show in Naples Bionfam@earthlink.net  (#100)


Feb 23-24 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda quiltcozy@comcast.net  (#98)


Mar 1-2 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora LCQGquiltshow@hotmail.com (#99)


Mar 9-10 Quilt Show in Titusville Spacecoastquilters.com (#99)


Mar 13-19 Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#100)


March 16-18 Quilt Expo 07 in Ft Lauderdale


Mar 31-Apr 1 Judith Trager Workshop in Ft. Myers 239-541-0226 (#92)


May 23-27 TAS National Quilt Show & Convention  lbrooker@tampabay.rr.com (#89) 


Sept 12-16 SSQA Symposium in Leesburg www.ssqa.org  (#98)




This month there are some new opportunities to treat yourself to a new class or two and new avenues to show off a unique quilt or two.


Remember, opportunities come in lots of different shapes, sizes and textures so if you know of any quilt-related “opportunities” in general, please send them to me at fqn_ops@yahoo.com so they can be shared with everyone next month.


And, without further adieu, here are some fun “Opportunities” to consider:




The Quilting Classroom has just opened in nearby Apopka, Florida (minutes from Orlando). Local teacher, Linda Erfourth, is managing the new classroom and teaching as well. They will be specializing in small, hands-on classes for beginners to advanced quilters. The address is 321 W. Main Street, conveniently located right next door to the Material Girl quilt shop. Give them a call at (407) 889-5573 or stop by to get their full class schedule and see what they have to offer.

(Note to teachers: There may be additional teaching opportunities available also.)







$4000.00 Cash awards. Open to all. Fiber work. $35.00 for 1 - 3 entries. Show will be April 14 - August 19. Society for Contemporary Craft and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA. SASE to Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 5478, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-521-2547.



(Note: This was listed in the June issue of Art Calendar magazine.)





Cash awards. Quilts, full-size (at least 61” x 61”) or wall-hung (60” or less). $10/1, $15/2 entries. Show Oct. 7 – Nov. 5. SASE to The Arts Guild Inc., P.O. Box 11440, Old Forge, NY 13420, 315-369-6411. www.ArtsCenterOldForge.org


(Note: This was listed in the July/August issue of Art Calendar magazine.)





$4,000 awards. “Innovative quilts” completed after Sept. 2004, max 208”. $35. San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Show May 26 – Sept. 3 at Dairy Barn, then U.S. Tour through 2009. Catalog to be published. SASE to QN07, Dairy Barn Arts Center, P.O. Box 747, Athens, OH 45701. www.quiltnational.com


(Note: This was listed in the July/August issue of Art Calendar magazine




HGTV Talent Search:


“HGTV is looking for fun and charismatic independent crafters to profile on our brand new show, ‘That’s Clever!’ (formerly Crafters Coast to Coast). If you have a special talent for creating cool and unique items that have your friends and family raving, then you just might be the perfect candidate for our show. To be considered for this exciting and hip new show, e-mail a recent picture of yourself (smile!) along with images of your craft. Pictures must be sent via e-mail as electronic attachments. Include your contact information, location and a short bio. Please do not send multiple or follow-up e-mails. Due to a high volume of submissions, only selected individuals will be contacted.” Send to:  thatsclever@wellergrossman.com


(Note: This was listed with no stated deadline in the May issue of Art Calendar magazine.)



Workers/Volunteers Needed at Houston QuiltFest!!!!

Are you planning or thinking of going to the Houston QuiltFest this October?

Why not reduce your expenses by working or volunteering at the show.

For more information see the Quilts, Inc. website (www.quilts.com) or by contacting:

Terri Winsauer
Quilts Inc.
IQM/IQF Staff Assistant Coordinator
Phone & Fax: 936-258-9899
E-mail: worktheshow@quilts.com


And husbands are welcome to work as well!




The Quilt Finder, a national, custom-quilting business based in Central Florida is seeking the best of the best to complete custom quilt projects ranging from traditional bed quilts to contemporary wall hangings. The Quilt Finder has been in business for over 15 years and has been featured on Simply Quilts and in major magazines and newspapers.


If you already have your own cottage-based business and are looking for a broader market or if you have what it takes to achieve the highest of standards within the specifications of an individual customer’s unique requests, then we want to hear from you. Our greatest demand right now is for master appliqué quilters who feel comfortable working on, what we have affectionately named, our “Home Quiltrait” commissions -- requests from customers to have their very own home, sweet home intricately replicated in a quilted wall hanging.


We’d love to talk with you if you are excited about creating the Home Quiltraits, described above, or work on more typical commissions like baby quilts, bed quilts, quilt restoration or quilt finishing by hand or machine. The work is truly rewarding and the financial opportunities can be great -- all with the support of a national company.


We can be reached in the following ways: The Quilt Finder, P.O. Box 182, Mt. Dora, Florida, 32756. Phone: (800) 642-3312 or (352) 735-5118 or Email: thequiltfinder@yahoo.com





Are you a new quilt shop who may be looking for better ways to get your name out there?  Are you an established store that is always looking for unique opportunities to keep the loyal customers you have as well as get new customers to walk in the door every day?


I know firsthand how busy you are and how many things you may be trying to do at any given moment. Sometimes there isn’t the time or the energy to do anything above and beyond the status quo. But what if there was a new way of looking at things or someone to see something that maybe you were just too overworked to see for yourself?


With over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, advertising and market research, including owning and operating a quilt business and, most recently, four years as the store manager of a successful quilt shop, I can help you grow your business. From advertising copy to press releases and promotional ideas to customer surveys, I can offer you choices to get your business noticed.  And that’s critical in this changing marketplace.


For more information, please contact Stacy McEachern at (352) 735-5118 or by email at semceachern@yahoo.com




  “Stitches in Time” Quilt Show 2007 sponsored by Naples Quilters Guild

Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th, 2007

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

625 – 111th Avenue, No.    Naples, Florida

 Contacts: Linda Biondino  Bionfam@earthlink.net  239-289-0970

                Sharlene Short  Shorteamom@earthlink.net   239-289-0605



Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild of Orlando, Florida is pleased to announce their biennial quilt show, Quilt Fever 2007 – A Quilter’s FantaSea, on January 19 – 20, 2007.  Join the FantaSea at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida, for a display of over 300 quilts and wearables, and a merchant’s mall of over 20 vendors, including quilt appraisals.  Door prizes, daily tips and techniques demonstrations, a Boutique full of wonderful items made by guild members, a miniature quilt silent auction, and a fabulous FantaSea Donation Quilt all combine to make this a must-see, FantaSea Quilt Show!  Admission $6, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plenty of free parking, buses welcome. Bus groups of 25 and over, $5.00 per person with group check made payable to Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild. Please contact us in advance so we can meet you and escort you in a private entrance.

Email: QuiltFever2007@FloridaCabinFever.com.

Web site:  www.FloridaCabinFever.com

Telephone: Linda @ 352-751-4196.




 November 3-4 2006

Country Road Quilters, INC of Ocala present their 10th biennial quilt show ALONG A COUNTRY ROAD.  Klein Conference Center, Central Florida Community College, 3001 SW College Road (SR 200), Ocala, FL.  The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2006.  This will be a judged show by NQA Certified Judge Lorraine Covington.   Raffles, Vendors, Silent Auction, Boutique, Demonstrations.  Donation: $5.00


Teddy Pruett, Certified Quilt Appraiser will attend the Country Road Quilters show November 3-4, 2006.  Appraisals available for a fee.


For more information contact:  e-mail: CRQShow@earthlink.net or call 352-237-6675


Any questions about this submission, please contact Freda Jones, Secretary



Focus on Fiber Retreat

March 13 - 19, 2007

We are bringing together rug hookers, art quilters and 3-D fiber artists for the first annual Focus on Fiber Retreat in the woods at Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Artists will work on original designs and will share their knowledge as they dye and paint fabrics, collaborate on designs and structures, and learn techniques from one another.  There will be no formal instructors or format except for meal times.  Participants can work all day or night by themselves or in groups in a secure wooded facility in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

 The facility offers many amenities to provide an enjoyable experience.  There will be ample space for a variety of activities that will be spread out over three separate studios.  Artists will have the full use of the painting/dye studio, sculpture studio, Mac lab, and dance studio, which will be equipped with tables and chairs for sewing, hooking and designing.  Participants should bring materials they desire to use for their particular projects, as well as any materials they would like to offer for sale to other participants.

 Atlantic Center for the Arts has 27 individual rooms with private bath, small refrigerator and double bed.  There is no TV so bring a headset for music or a good book for reading.  Three of the larger rooms are fitted for the physically challenged and include an extra single bed.  There also are three deluxe, fully-equipped cottages that may be reserved for an extra fee.  Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.   Overflow students will be able to find lodging in New Smyrna Beach.

 Commuters will pay the general fee of $225.  Residents will pay their room fee (single occupancy) plus general fee ($225 + $275) for a total of $500.  Lunches and dinners will be included for all.  Continental style breakfast will be available for residents only.  The chef will adjust menus for vegetarian, kosher and other specific diets.  Please submit your diet requirements along with your deposit fee.  The dining room is a lovely setting where it is hoped that artists from all three groups will mix and share creative ideas away from the studios, chemicals and fibers. Social hour is encouraged, but please be prepared to Bring Your Own Refreshments (be it soft drinks or wine) if you wish to partake.  The general deposit fee is $100 with an additional $100 deposit if you wish to reserve a room.

 Participants may present lectures in the evenings to the general public and host an OUTsideIN on Saturday or Sunday where the public may be invited in to see work in progress as well as completed work by the artists.  Items will be for sale at each artist’s discretion.

 Registration is now open.  Those who wish to stay at the ACA facility should send in their deposits as soon as possible. Rooms are expected to fill fast.  Full refunds will be available until February 15.  Partial refunds are possible up until March 5.  Credit card reservation can be made by phoning 386-423-1753, ext. 13.

 For more information, please e-mail mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org or phone 386-423-1753. Rug hookers may direct questions to jbernhard@cfl.rr.com. To find out more about the facility, go to www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org.





Still some room left in the Saturday (Sept. 23, 2006) lecture/trunk show with Mary Ellen Hopkins at the QuiltFest, Inc. of Jacksonville's Quilt Show. Show runs Sept. 22, 23, & 24, 2006 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. For details, go to www.quiltfestjax.com


Shirley Wooten






November 10 & 11    Davenport Quilt Show    Davenporthistsociety@msn.com



Simply Quilts August, 2006 Schedule

HGTV: Eastern Standard Time


Aug 14, Monday  08:30 am        #1105 Victoria and Albert Quilts w/ Kaffe Fassett

Aug 15, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1110 Longarm Fashions w/ Marilyn Badgers

Aug 16, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1111 Wave Topography w/ Tristan Blakeman and Dan Olfe

Aug 17, Thursday        08:30 am        #1112 Shining Star Quilt w/ Debbie Maddy

Aug 18, Friday  08:30 am        #1113 Painted Faces Quilts w/ Bonnie Lyn McCaffery

Aug 21, Monday  08:30 am        #1114 Patchwork Puzzle Balls w/ Jinny Beyer

Aug 22, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1115 Star's Surrounded w/ Elizabeth Hamby Carlson

Aug 23, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1116 Kameleon Quilts w/ Eldrid Royset Forde

Aug 24, Thursday        08:30 am        #1117 3D Explosion w/ Cara Gulati

Aug 25, Friday  08:30 am        #1118 Trash To Treasure Quilt Challenge

Aug 28, Monday  08:30 am        #1119 Get Chopping! Sneaky Piecing Tricks w/ Beth Ferrier

Aug 29, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1120 Artist Trading Cards w/ Patricia Bolton

Aug 30, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1121 Folk Quilts w/ Sue Spargo

Aug 31, Thursday        08:30 am        #1122 Design Embroidery Software w/ Charlotte Warr Andersen


Simply Quilts August, 2006 Schedule

DIY: Eastern Standard Time

Aug 01, Tuesday         10:30 am        #805 Uncle Sam Show w/ Linda Everhart

Aug 08, Tuesday         10:30 am        #806 Hanky Quilts w/ Cindy Brick

Aug 15, Tuesday         10:30 am        #807 HOPI Quilting w/ Carolyn O'Bagy Davis

Aug 22, Tuesday         10:30 am        #808 Clever Quilts w/ Susan Dissmore

Aug 29, Tuesday         10:30 am        #809 Collage Quilts w/ Joanne Goldstein