Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #106


February 1, 2007


Quilting Friends,


We’ve been out and about now for two weeks (on our 6.5 month US trip), and even went back to our home in Altamonte Springs to pick up a few odds and ends we decided we couldn’t live without.  The Keys were warm and humid, and the kids got an eyeful. LOL.  Ft. Myers was a little cooler, and by the time we got to Fort DeSoto Park the cold front had arrived and we learned to keep warm in various imaginative ways. Most involved jackets and wool socks.  Really.  I’ve got a needlepoint Christmas stocking to work on, as well as a couple of handwork quilt projects, so I’m happy as a clam to sit and stitch while the kids are doing their school work.  As I sit here in the Stephen Foster SP in White Springs, FL, it is chilly, but we’re cozy inside and all doing our own thing.  Tomorrow we’ll go on a hike before heading over to Panama City Beach. 


You may remember that I’ve listed a couple of longarm machines for sale in the past.  Well, they were sold so quickly from those listings, that I’ve decided to include a regular Classified Section in this newsletter.  If you have something sewing or quilt related to sell, consider an advertisement in this newsletter.  There are over 1000 interested readers in Florida and beyond.  The charge is $50 for your ad, which will include two listings (two consecutive newsletters) for a single ad.  Please send your ad to ad@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com, and look for a reply from me with instructions for sending the payment.


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




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




 Jan 27 - May 13 Gees Bend II Quilts in Orlando www.OMart.org

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 9-11 Shop Hop in Central Florida a_quilters_dream@earthlink.net (#106)


Feb 10 Quilt Show in Tequesta (#104)


Feb 10 Cindy Blackberg Lecture in Tampa djohns47@tampabay. rr.com (#105)

Feb 11 Cindy Blackberg Workshops in Tampa djohns47@tampabay. rr.com (#105)


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


Feb 16-17  Quilt Show in Tampa www.quiltersworkshop.org (#106)


Feb 17-18 Quilt Show in the Florida Keys KLHSJH@aol.com (#106)


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 Spacecoastquilters.com (#102)


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


Mar 10 Quilt Show in Bushnell steinhaus@pocketmail.com  (#106)


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 Crystal River http://www.geocities.com/creativeqcc/index.htm (#105)


Mar 17 Nat’l Quilting Day Celebration in Ormond Beach dduck53@earthlink.net (#106)


Mar 23-24 Quilt Show in Sebring quiltinginthehighlands@earthlink.net (#105)


May 5-6 Quilt Show in Gainesville (#106)


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


May 24-26 TAS National Quilt Show & Convention in Tampa  www.theappliquesociety.org (#106)


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


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


Sept 7-9 Handwork Retreat in the Smokies www.cindyblackberg.com (#106)


Sept 12-16 SSQA Retreat in Lake Yale  www.ssqa.org  (#106)


Sept 21-23 Quilt Show  in Jacksonville  www.quiltfestjax.com


Sept 24-28 Quilt Cruise  JanPalin@aol.com (#106)


Oct 8-13 Quilt Cruise http://aquiltersdream.biz/notices/quilt_cruise.shtml  (#105)


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)




OPPORTUNITIES (by Stacy McEachern):


I came across a great “opportunity” for all of you out there who have volunteered for or ended up with the often daunting task of scheduling and coordinating travel plans for your guild or group...or perhaps just for your own personal/family travel plans. Jan Palin, a fine quilter herself, has started her own travel business and wants to combine her love of quilting and her love of travel by working with fellow quilters to alleviate some of those horrible travel headaches...and save you money at the same time. Here’s some general information about her unique services and some easy ways to contact her:


Tired of paying travel agent's fees? Book your travel on-line yourself or contact me and I'll assist you. I book airfare, rental cars, golf and ski vacations, lodging accommodations, cruises and much more. Surf over to www.ytb.com/jansjaunts to preview the latest vacation deals. While you’re there, sign up for my free newsletter "Deals and Steals".

And specifically for quilt-related events...Have you ever thought about doing a different type of quilting retreat? Want to cruise with a particular teacher? How about a group trip to one of the big quilt shows? Let me, a fellow quilter, coordinate with your group or guild to set it all up. Just pick the destination and when you want to go and let me do the rest. I'd love to work with your group. Contact me, Jan Palin, at Jans_Jaunts@hotmail.com or by phone 321-431-5659.


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.




The 2007 Symposium registration information will be going live onto the website at   www.ssqa.org  as soon as all members’ packets have been mailed out.                   

You can down load a registration form from the website to register, and there will be pictures of the class projects. Also class supply lists and information on each teacher.

            Dates are September 12th - 16th, 2007.  

            Location Lake Yale, Leesburg, FL

            Teachers:  Nancy Mahoney, Scott Murkin, Lousia L. Smith and

                       Diane Smith

 SSQA annual meeting will be on Sunday with Lousia L. Smith as the Speaker.

Any questions contact

Art Callinan, Chairman @    acallinan@cfl.rr.com or 407-275-0106   or

Linda Koestel, Registrar @ lkoestel@earthlink.net




The Paradise Quilt Guild of the Florida Keys is sponsoring a quilt show: ”Piecing in Paradise."  The show will be Feb 17-18, 2007 at Sugarloaf School (US 1-Mile Marker 19.5.) 

The show will have 200+ display quilts, a raffle quilt, quilt auction, food vendors, and quilting vendors.  Hours are 10am to 4 pm, Admission $5.

For more information contact KLHSJH@aol.com



Charming Sweetheart Shop Hop February 9th 10th 11th.   Six great shops and a chance to win a Bernina Embroidery Machine.  Free Heart Charm just for signing up, spend $25.00 or more and get a sewing related charm. Each shop will have a mystery sale item on sale.  For more information go to www.flshophop.alturl.com



A Quilter’s Dream is moving to 719 W. Main Street Leesburg at the end of February.  The new location has 2500 square feet of space.  Stay tuned for more details

Connie Czernuch
A Quilter's Dream
703 W. Main Street

Leesburg, Fl 34748




"Applique In Tampa Bay"

The Applique Society's Quilt Show & Conference

hosted by Feather Princesses, Tampa TAS chapter

May 24-26, 2007

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

2900 Bayport Drive

Tampa, Fl. 33607

Admission: $5.00

Show Faculty: Linda Carlson, Kathy Kansier, Gabrielle Swain, Gwen Marston, Nancy Pearson, Linda M. Poole, Scarlett Rose, Mary Sorensen, Nancy Kerns and Jane Townswick and Brenda Grampsas, Quilt Appraiser

Vendor Mall...Small Quilt Auction....Bus Tours....Classes. ...Lectures. ...Quilt Appraisals

Buses Welcome! Contact Robby Wargny (727) 372-8219 or crwargny@aol. com

For More Information: www.theappliquesociety.org or contact Laura Brooker  (813) 837-2644 or laurajbr@mac.com



Vibrant Visions of Florida" A quilt Challenge Sponsored by Florida Celebrates Quilts  and The Southwest FL Quilters Guild. A challenge to all Florida Quilters to make the best quilt depicting your version of FL life. Flora, Forest, sea or beach it's your choice! Please visit our website www.swfqg.com  for all rules and quilt shops selling the challenge fabric. Prize money of 1st place $200.00 2nd place $150.00 and 3rd place $75.00 gift certificate Entries are due by Nov. 1st 2007




Space Coast Quilters request that Guilds who are planning bus trips  to attend our Quilt Show notify us so we can arrange greetings and food court. 


Mar 9 and 10, 2007 Titusville, Florida.


Spacecoastquilters. com

carolannkohl@ aol.com



The Quilters Workshop of Tampa Bay would like to invite everyone to
our WOW World of Whimsy Quilt Show on February 16 & 17, 2007. The
show will be held at the Salvation Army Worship Center at 1100 W.
Sligh Ave, Tampa FL. The hours of the show are Friday 10am - 6pm and
Saturday 1am - 4pm. Attached is a press release with more information.
Delilah Libby




Racing Fingers Quilt Guild in Ormond is presenting "Quilts, Tea & Creativity"

from 1-4pm on Saturday, March 17, 2007 "National Quilt Day" at The Casements in Ormond Beach (the historically renovated former winter home of John D. Rockefeller).


Fiber Artist Ellen Lindner of Melbourne, FL & The Atlantic Center for the Arts

will speak on "Adventures in Color";

Tea, Tea Sandwiches, & Dessert will be served;

Boutique, Door Prizes & Raffles.


Tickets $20 / Seating is Limited & Advance Purchase Required

Contact Dee at 386-677-1510 or dduck53@earthlink.net

Groups of 4 or 8 can reserve a table in advance


We have 2 great quilt shops in the area:

The Sew & Quilt Shop in Bunnell just off I-95 between St. Augustine & Ormond

Beach, and Byrd's Nest Quilt Shop in downtown Ormond Beach. 


We think it will be a GREAT day & lots of fun.  Hope you can join us :)



Cindy Blackberg just opened a second "Handwork in the Smokies" seminar for those of you that couldn't attend the seminar in May.  The dates are September 7 - 9.  Join Cindy for 2 full days of handwork in the town of Townsend, TN on the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies."  You will be just minutes from the beautiful Great Smoky National Park.  For more information contact Cindy through her website at www.cindyblackberg.com.



The Oaks Quilters Annual Quilt Show  March 10, 2007 in Bushnell Fl  9-2

display  of quilts, vendors, demos

contact steinhaus@pocketmail.com



Tree City Quilters's Guild of Gainesville, FL presents "Quilts In The Florida Sunshine" Quilt Show 2007

Saturday, May 5 from 10 to 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 4.

$6 Admission

Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel

4200 NW 97th Blvd.

I-75, Exit 390 (NW 39th Ave.)


Hundreds of beautiful quilts, vendors, educational demonstrations, silent auction, door prizes, quiltique boutique, and certified quilt appraiser, Teddy Pruett.


“Handwork On the High Seas” with Cindy Blackberg


Dates:                     September 24 - 28, 2007

     (just days after the Jacksonville Quilt show)


Destinations:              The Private Island of Cococay,

                                      Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas


Cruise line & Ship:        Royal Caribbean Cruise line int'l®

                                 Sovereign of the Seas®


Departure & Return:             Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida


Come sail away on this maiden voyage of "Handwork on the High Seas" with the highly-regarded teacher, lecturer, designer and author, Cindy Blackberg.  In this brand new, exclusive seminar she will take you back in time to handwork at its finest.  Experience the best of both quilting and cruising as you escape into the relaxing world of embroidered stitches and delicate hand appliqué, featured in Cindy's “Mountain  Blossoms" quilt block, and enjoy the varied sights, sounds and culture of the Bahamas, as well.  And,  woven with laughter and learning, stories and show and tells -- the comfort of gathering with new quilting friends will surely make you feel at home while you vacation on the high seas.


We invite you to join us for this never- before-offered opportunity to cruise with and learn from Cindy Blackberg.  Please don’t delay as registration is very limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Contact us now to reserve your very own "quilt-and-cruise" space. 


Don't Miss The Boat...Reserve Your Fun Today! Contact Travel Coordinator Jan Palin: (321) 431-5659 or

 by email at  JanPalin@aol.com