Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #104


December 4, 2006


Quilting Friends,


Two big announcements:


First one: you’ve figured it out, already. Instead of sending you the entire newsletter each month, I’m going to simply send an FQN email letting you know I’ve posted another newsletter on the website, and you can click over to it.  I’m getting the distinct impression that most people aren’t getting the newsletter the old way.


Second: on January 16th, my husband, 2 kids and I plan to check out of “regular life” and take a six month odyssey around our country.  We plan to camp in our RV and to homeschool our children and to see as much of this great country as possible.  Soon, I’ll have a link on my homepage (www.FloridaQuiltNetwork.com) to our web log, so you can keep track of us, if you’re interested.  I plan to continue publishing the FQN newsletter each and every month, so continue to send me your news we can ALL use.


Oh, and if you have any places we just HAVE to visit in the US, please drop me a line:



As always, if you have email changes, let me know:subscribe@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




Sept 14 - Dec 6 Quilt Show in Tallahassee (#101))




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


Jan 6-7 Quilt Exhibit in Leesburg a_quilters_dream@earthlink.net  (#104)


Jan 19-20 Quilt Show in Orlando www.FloridaCabinFever.com (#104)


Jan 19 SSQA Meeting in Orlando www.ssqa.org (#104)


Jan 19-21 Doll Show in Orlando www.idexshows.com (#103)


Jan 25 Quilt Lecture in Ocala stitcher1231@earthlink.net  (#104)


Jan 27 Quilt Workshop in Ocala stitcher1231@earthlink.net  (#104)


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


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


Feb 2-3 Quilt and Doll Show in Vero Beach http://members@aol.com/sbonnets1979 (#104)


Feb 8-10 Quilt Show in Panama City Beach www.exposandtradeshows.com (#104)


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


Feb 10 Quilt Show in Tequesta (#104)


Feb 9-11 Shop Hop in Central Florida http://flshophop.alturl.com (#102)


Feb 15-16 Quilt Show in Tampa www.quiltersworkshop.org (#101)


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


Feb 23-25 Quilt Retreat in St. Augustine Talacam@aol. com (#104)


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


Mar 3-4 Quilt Show in Clearwater www.quilterscrossing.net (#104)


Mar 9-10 Quilt Show in Titusville www.Spacecoastquilters.com (#102)


March 9-10 Quilt Show in Sarasota  www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/quiltshow.htm (#102)


Mar 13-19 Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#101)


March 16-18 Quilt Expo 07 in Ft Lauderdale


March 16-17 Quilt Show in Cyrstal River http://www.geocities.com/creativeqcc/index.htm (#102)


May 5-6 Quilt Show in Gainesville (#101)


May 23-25 Handwork Retreat in the Smokies www.cindyblackberg.com (#102)


May 23-27 TAS National Quilt Show & Convention  laurajbr@mac.com  (#89)


June 8-11 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg Talacam@aol. com (#104)


July 10-17 Quilting on the River Cruise MarthaIna@aol.com  (#101)


Sept 13-16 SSQA Symposium in Lake Yale  www.ssqa.org  (#104)


Nov 2-5 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg  Talacam@aol. com (#104)




Jan 11-12 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#102)


Mar 7-8 Quilt Show  in Palmetto isulliva@aol.com (#103)






I recently learned of an organization called “Sew Much Comfort” and was so immediately impressed with their work that I included general information about the organization in last month’s newsletter. The information below highlights their work and was taken directly from their website, www.sewmuchcomfort.org, which is a great place to learn more about them.


Mission Statement:
Sew Much Comfort; a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is filling the "adaptive clothing" need for these special patients. Our mission is to design, create and deliver customized clothing for these brave troops. Adaptive clothing accommodates their medical devices and situations, provides ease of use, personal independence and minimizes the visual impact of their medical condition. The goal is to provide each soldier with an individually designed and tailored wardrobe of adaptive clothing, in order to provide them comfort and maintain their dignity, thereby facilitating the healing process.

This project is dependent on the generosity and skill of countless Americans who wish to show their support to the wounded soldiers who have given so much of themselves in serving this country. Please help us give these heroes a tangible symbol of our support for them in all phases of their recovery from battlefield to home.


The dedicated woman who is coordinating workshops and sewing sessions in the Central Florida area is Anne Dunson. She can be reached at dunsons@gmail.com (simply write “Sew Much Comfort” in the subject line) or by phone at (407) 295-3066,


They are currently making t-shirt & boxer kits for volunteer sewers to adapt. In addition to needing volunteers, they also need cash donations to buy Velcro, boxers, etc.


Think about ways that your quilting or sewing guild or quilt shop can lend a hand to their work. Currently, Anne has the following workshops scheduled and hopes to schedule many more with your help.


January 1, 2007, Sewing Studio Fabric Store, Maitland: She will be distributing information on the Sew Much Comfort Project and answering questions.


January 6, 2007, Apopka Quilt Company, Apopka: Adaptive Workshop open to everyone, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Anne is ready and willing to teach anyone the techniques for altering these adaptive clothing garments and looks forward to hearing from you.

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






January 19, 2006 SSQA meeting.    

Sponsored by Central Florida Quilters Guild.  

Held in conjunction with the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild show.  


Info on registration is coming out in the December Newsletter.

There will be info on a 2 day entrance fee for SSQA members attending the meeting in the registration. 

The meeting will start at 5:30pm in the social hall at the fairgrounds.

We will have snacks, a meeting and a guest speaker.  


Contact Art Callinan if you need any additional information at




January 19 & 20, 2007
Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild of Orlando is pleased to announce their biennial quilt show, Quilt Fever 2007 - A Quilter's FantaSea. Join the FantaSea at Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando 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 technique demonstrations, a Boutique full of wonderful items made by guild members, a miniature quilt silent auction, a special video presentation of DAR museum quilts, and a fabulous FantaSea Donation Quilt all combine to make this a must see, FantaSea Quilt Show! Admission $6.00, 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.

Website: www.FloridaCabinFever.com


SSQA 2007 Symposium- “Quilters at Lake Yale U”

                             DATES: September 13th – 16, 2007

                         LOCATION: Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center , Leesburg, FL

Nancy Mahoney  (go to www.pbtex.com to see Nancy's fabrics, books, & patterns)

Ribbon Quilt (2 days) Value & color selection make this quilt look complicated--Nancy promises you can have a (53x66) quilt top pieced at Symposium.

Red Tulips: Machine appliqué graceful tulips onto a 16" square to construct this original pattern (66x66) by Nancy. 

Scott Murkin (go to www.scottmurkin.com to link to photos of Scott's quilts)

Machine Quilting Without Marking Increase your productivity and creativity - use free motion to quilt without marking.  We've heard great things about this class and it sounds like a winner! 

Introduction to Strip Piecing With no points or seams to match, this throw size quilt (64x74) is the easiest quilt you will ever make that looks this good!

Bustin Out All Over Learn to make this jazzy quilt (52x68) using a combination of free-form Reverse Appliqué and Strip Piecing.  Check out the web photos for examples of Scott's dynamic color combinations.

Diane Smith (www.fibersmith.com)  There will be minimal kit fee with Diane providing all the tools & supplies you will need to participate in any of these classes

Coloring on Fabrics/Making a Silhouette Wall Hanging Use water-soluble Wax Pastels to make original background fabrics to use in a Silhouette Wall Hanging.

Painting Fabrics/Embellishing Fabrics Use Transparent Paints, Paintsticks & Foils to create texture & designs on your fabrics.

Weaving 101 & 102  Weave fabrics using bias cuts & tight weaving /Weave fabrics using wavy cuts and an open weave.    If students take all 3 days of classes with her they can use the fabric they created in Day 1 & Day 2 for their weaving class

Louisa L. Smith (www.quiltescapes.com)

Strips 'n Curves or Interlocking Circles with Strips 'n Curves (2 Days) On the first day, use color, texture and value to create the strata.  Louisa will be available to consult on design possibilities.   Create wonderful and exciting quilts thru a simple procedure which combines strip piecing and curved piecing.  Students will have the option of working with templates or freezer paper.

One Patch Plus Use color, design & theme to create a beautiful quilt with simple shapes.  Students will choose the kite, the curved diamond, the curved kite, or the curved equilateral triangle.  There are stunning examples of these quilts on Louisa's website.

For more info: www.ssqa.org






Quilters' Crossing Presents "Quilting Under the Palms", Saturday March 3 , 9am to 5pm, Sunday March 4, 9am to 4pm at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, Fl 33761, Admission $5.00. 


There will be an Opportunity Quilt to benefit Homeless Emergency Project, Brenda Grampas, Appraiser, Wearable Arts, Small Quilt Auction, Boutique, Hoffman Challenge, and Door Prizes. 


For information contact:  Mary Lou Mielke, 727-785-7923.  Visit our web site:  www.quilterscrossing.net







Country Road Quilters in Ocala, FL will host a lecture given by Sue Nickels

on Thursday, January  25, 2007 at our guild meeting.   Call Barbara Sabatino 352 438-2250 or email stitcher1231@earthlink.net for information.


Country Road Quilters in Ocala, FL will host a workshop given by Sue Nickels on Saturday, January 27, 2007.  Call Barbara Sabatino 352 438-2250 or email stitcher1231@earthlink.net for information.






Gulf Coast Quilt Expo

February 8-9-10, 2007


Boardwalk Beach Resort

(Great Off Season Rates 800-224-GULF)

9600 S. Thomas Drive

Panama City Beach, FL 32408



Exhibits, Lectures, Work Shops, Quilt Competition, Vendor Area


Featured Exhibits: “The Hoffman Challenge” and the “Pilgrim/Roy Challenge ”


LOCATION: The Boardwalk Beach Resort Convention Center


9600 S. Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

For Reservations 1-800-224-GULF, 850-234-3484

Special $79.00 Rate. All Newly Remodeled Rooms


SCHEDULE: Thursday, February 8 Quilt Display 9:00-5:00 PM,

Classes All Day 9-4:30, Half Day 9-12:00 and 1:30-4:30

Vendors Mall & Boutique 9:00 AM-5:00 PM


Friday, February 9 Quilt Display 9:00-5:00 PM,

Classes All Day 9-4:30, Half Day 9-12:00 and 1:30-4:30

Luncheon Lecture 12:15

Vendors Mall & Boutique 9:00 AM-5:00 PM


Saturday, February 10 Quilt Display 9:00-5:00 PM,

Classes All Day 9-4:30, Half Day 9-12:00 and 1:30-4:30

Luncheon Lecture 12:15

Vendors Mall & Boutique 9:00 AM-5:00 PM




PO Box 15932 Panama City, FL 32406

850-763-8618 800-767-8618 FAX 850-763-2973






‘In Stitches’ Quilt and Needlework Show


When: Saturday, February 10, 2007

9am until 12noon

Where: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

400 Seabrook Rd.

Tequesta, Fl.

561 746-4674


Come view some spectacular works of art. Enjoy a morning with friends at our café & bake shop. Our crafty ladies will have a few fun items for sale. What a relaxing way to spend some time on a

Saturday morning !!!!


The drawing of our quilt raffle will happen at noon.

                                                     See you there!







Fantasy in Fabrics - QUILTS & DOLLS SHOW - Feb 2 & 3, 2007

Sponsored by Sunbonnet Sue Quilters Guild, Inc.

10-5pm each - Admission $5.00 Held at the

 Indian River County Community College-Mueller Center

College Ln. off 58th Avenue south of Rt. 60, Vero Beach

Judged Show   Special ARTISTIC DOLLS display, some for sale. Many QUILTS on display and some for sale. Boutique and Trash & Treasures sales, vendors, raffle, appraisal (fee), lectures on embellishments of your quilts.

LIVE AUCTION each day at 2PM of small and miniature quilts, proceeds go to local charities.See website http://members@aol.com/sbonnets1979

email pat9lester@aol.com






Jeanne Mills and Jo Anne Parkin, who have been organizing and leading textile tours to France for 12 years, would like to tell you about the exciting itinerary for May, 2007.  We'll begin on the French Riviera, in Nice. Our visits include Renoir's studio, the Matisse Museum and chapel, Monaco, and a 1900's Greek villa. Next we travel to Provence where we'll discover its wonders from our central location in Avignon (Provencal fabric, markets, Roman architecture, Van Gogh and Cezanne country), and finally we'll arrive in Paris for more interesting visits (the Orsay museum, Palace of Versailles, Toile de Jouy museum, a visit to the fabric district).  


We invite you to come on this exciting tour of France!  We open the doors to places you’ve heard of and dreamt about. The focus is on both textiles and inspiration, and the days are filled with sights and activities that are wide and varied.  


A few spaces remain for our next excursion. For a brochure and more information check our web site: www.jeannemillstours.com or contact Jeanne at jeanne@go-fast.org or (831-647-8973) or Jo Anne at joparkin@comcast.net or (530-566-0343).


Jeanne and Jo Anne





Quilts on Display Downtown Leesburg Jan 6th and 7th.  Come see all the wonderful quilts done by local quilters during Leesburg Sesquicentennial Celebration.   Quilts will be displayed in local downtown businesses and restaurants.  For more information contact Connie at a_quilters_dream@ earthlink.net






At St. Augustine Beach. February 23, 24 & 25th, 2007.

A project oriented retreat at an hotel on the beach.  The theme of the retreat is BARGELLO,  either  spiral or traditional.  Here is something for every skill level.  For more information contact Glenda Irvine  at Talacam@aol. com or call (352)625-7760


In Leesburg, FL, June 8, 9, 10 & 11th, 2007.

A project oriented retreat, with a CIRCLE theme.  This is an exciting technique enabling us to set in full circles.  This is a project for everyone who can use a rotary cutter and a sewing machine.  For more information contact Glenda Irvine at Talacam@aol. com or call (352)625-7760


In Leesburg, Fl  November 2,3, 4 & 5th, 2007

A project oriented retreat with a TUMBLING BLOCK theme.  A variety of techniques will be explored, and everyone will make a quilt top. This is not nearly as difficult as it appears and there are no Y seams. For more information contact Glenda Irvine at Talacam@aol. com  or call (352)625-7760




Simply Quilts December, 2006 Schedule

HGTV: Eastern Standard Time


Dec 01, Friday  08:30 am        #563 Hanukah Quilt w/ Pamela Rishfeld

Dec 04, Monday  08:30 am        #726 Holiday Applique with Becky Goldsmith and

Linda Jenkins

Dec 05, Tuesday         08:30 am        #732 Decorating with Quilts with Nancy Smith &

Lynda Milligan

Dec 06, Wednesday       08:30 am        #733 La Conner Quilt Museum, Piecing w/ Ruth


Dec 07, Thursday        08:30 am        #664 Santo on The Go with Margaret Peters

Dec 08, Friday  08:30 am        no show today

Dec 11, Monday  08:30 am        #1010 Scrapbag Wars with Kelly Gallager

Dec 12, Tuesday         08:30 am        #734 Race For The Border with Paulette Peters

Dec 13, Wednesday       08:30 am        #735 Prairie Flower Quilt with Barbara Brackman

Dec 14, Thursday        08:30 am        #736 Fanciful Flowers with Carol Armstrong

Dec 15, Friday  08:30 am        #1129 Make it Simpler Rotary Cutting w/ Anita


Dec 18, Monday  08:30 am        #737 Geometry of Quilts with Mary Sue Suit

Dec 19, Tuesday         08:30 am        #738 Flower Pounding with Amy Sandrin & Ann


Dec 20, Wednesday       08:30 am        #739 Re-Piecing History with Joe Cunningham

Dec 21, Thursday        08:30 am        #740 Valuable Lessons with Susan Preglow &

Kathy Slattery

Dec 22, Friday  08:30 am        #741 The Quilter's Artist with Nancy Odom

Dec 25, Monday  08:30 am        no show today

Dec 26, Tuesday         08:30 am        #742 Silhouette Portraits with Elly Sienkiewicz

Dec 27, Wednesday       08:30 am        #743 Eye of The Beholder with Ami Simms

Dec 28, Thursday        08:30 am        #744 Quiltmaker's Gift with Nancy Loving-Tubesing

Dec 29, Friday  08:30 am        #745 Medallion Quilts with Jenny Beyer


Simply Quilts December, 2006 Schedule

DIY: Eastern Standard Time

Dec 05, Tuesday         10:30 am        #823 Log By Log with Wendy Etzel

Dec 12, Tuesday         10:30 am        #824 Mixed Media with Sandy Donabed

Dec 19, Tuesday         10:30 am        no show today

Dec 26, Tuesday         10:30 am        #826 Quilting A Coat with Rachel Clark