Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #107


February 27, 2007


Quilting Friends,


Well, I hear that Florida has had some mighty fine quilt shows this season, I hope you were able to get out and see one or two.  Somehow I seem to be on the opposite side of the state every time.  Last weekend I was in southwest Texas and there were two shows on the east side of Texas.  I console myself by getting to every quilt shop my family has patience for. 


We’re in Carlsbad, NM today, and will be driving up to Roswell this afternoon (the kids have an hour or so of schooling this morning).  If we don’t get beamed up, we’ll head over to the White Sands NP tonight.


This newsletter comes to you a few days early.  I wanted you to have time to plan to get down to Okeechobee to see their new guild’s quilt show.  Sounds like they are doing their best to put on a great show.  See the post after the Calendar section.


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 Gee’s Bend II Quilts  in Orlando www.OMart.org


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


Mar 3 Quilt Show in Okeechobee 863-357-0166 (#107)


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 (#107)


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


Mar 13-19 Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#107)


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 16-17 Quilt Retreat in Ormond Beach 386-615-8789 (#107)


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)


April 7-30 Quilt Exhibit in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#107)


April 19-20 Woven Sculptural Vessel Workshop in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#107)


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


May 5 Diane Smith Workshop in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#107)


May 18-20 Introduction to Printing Workshop  in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#107)


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)


July 21-28 Alaskan Cruise  www.quiltcruises.com


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


Sept 13-16 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 7-9 Quilt Show in Hudson www.westpascoquilters.org (#107)


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






  My name is Belinda Boyles and I am the president of Okeechobee, Florida's TANTIE-QUILTERS. We are having a quilt show on March 3, 2007 from 9am to 3pm. We will be raffling off a red- white-&-blue quilt that is hand quilted. We will be having door prizes, refreshments, fabric sales, and there will be quilts for sale by individuals. We would love to have the word put out about our show.


  This is my first time doing anything of this magnitude and so far I have learned alot. I know we will have a good show but I want better than good. I want it to be so good that people can't wait to come to the next one. Alot of our residents are temporary. They only come here for the winter and most of them are gone by the end of March. That is why it is really difficult to get this together in a timely manner. I was just appointed President in November and that is when we became a non-profit group. So we are really new.


  If you could post our show at any time it would be greatly appreciated.


We are TANTIE-QUILTERS, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. We are located on highway 98, across from the Okeechobee airport. We meet and will have the show in the Historical Society Building.


  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at this email address or Belinda Boyles, 928 NE 104th Ct., Okeechobee, FL 34974  863-357-0166





Come Join Us for a Two-day Creative Sewing Retreat
Learn how to add fun and flair to your sewing or quilting while creating a beautiful Jenny Haskins project.

    During this fun, two-day retreat, you will learn how to embroider and creative stitch building using all those wonderful stitches on the Pfaff machines. Also, learn the “Jenny Join” method of attaching borders to quilts. Imagine being pampered for two days while you enjoy just sewing and creating. We expect the retreat to fill up fast, so stop in the shop now to sign up and see the beautiful Jenny Haskins sample. The class size will be limited so we can give you our complete attention.

Where:  Byrd’s Nest Quilt Shop
When:  Friday & Saturday, March 16th & 17th
Time:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Who:  Anyone who is interested in exploring their creativity with a Pfaff Sewing/Embroidery   machine. You will have two wonderful days of sewing while test-driving the Pfaff.
Cost:  $125. includes kit, lunches and snacks.

Stop in the shop and ask how you can receive a $50 Byrd’s Nest Quilt Shop gift certificate. 

All of the classroom machines will be sold at a very special price at the end of the retreat. Come let us put your name on one of the Pfaff creative 2170 Sewing/Embroidery machines.  If you cannot come to the retreat, stop by on one of the two days and let us hold one for you. Sign up now for the Best Price, Best Quality and Us! 

Happy Quilting,
Kathy Byrd

Byrds Nest Quilt Shop
E. Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach, FL  32176
Open Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.








Want to spend a long weekend doing what you love?  No cooking, no cleaning, just having a great time creating wonderful fabric and designs!


Join Diane Smith and learn how to use the oldest and the newest surface design techniques.


The Surface Design Sampler Weekend covers just about everything including fabric dyeing, painting, foiling, stamping, paintstiks, inks, wax pastels….the list goes on and on.


Advanced Fabric Dyeing Retreats are available for students who want to dye only and who know they love to dye.  At these retreats you will learn to make your own silk screens, carve your own stamps and make your own batik master pieces plus other dyeing techniques.


At the Advanced Dyeing II and Mark Making Weekend you will learn to personalize your work while you explore mixing your own dyes, your own colors and making your own “marks”.  You must have experience in dyeing using Procion MX Dyes.


These retreats are held from May through June, 2007, at Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island, Florida .  Classes are limited to 10, supplies, housing and lunches are provided.  Email Diane at Diane@FiberSmith.com for further information.


Diane Smith
Merritt Island
, FL





A Quilters Dream has outgrown the 703 W. Main Street and is moving 719 W. Main Street.  The new store has 2500 square feet and beautiful terrazzo floors buffed and shined waiting for you.  April 15th A Quilters Dream will be 5 years old mark your calendars and come celebrate 12-4 have some cake and enjoy the specials of the day.  Lots of parking.

Connie Czernuch
A Quilter's Dream
703 W. Main Street
Leesburg, Fl 34748





Quilters Celebrate the Spirit of Sisterhood


            Friendship Knot Quilters’ Guild of Sarasota will hold its 11th Biennial quilt show on March 9 and 10 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Friday hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Admission is $6.00 for one day and $10.00 for two days. 


Over 200 quilts judged by a National Quilting Association certified judge will be displayed.  In addition, the Art categories will be judged by Sheryl Haler of the Ringling School of Art and Design, a first for the Guild and Ringling.  There will be 2 raffle quilts, a raffle sewing machine, a merchant’s mall with vendors and demonstrations, a small and mini quilt silent auction, a boutique including hundreds of items, a block silent auction and consignment, the Keepsake Quilting Challenge exhibit, door prizes and food on the premises!

For more information, please check the website, www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/quiltshow.htm


or contact Linda Nichols, 941-705-9426, bviharmony@comcast.net






    Sew Many Quilts 2008

   Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Our First 20 Years

                     10th Biennial Quilt Show!


Location: Veterans Memorial Park 14333 Hicks Road Hudson. Fl. 34667

Dates: March 7, 8 and 9, 2008

Times: Friday & Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM

Features: Large Quilt Auction, Small Quilt Auction, Vendor Mall, Special Exhibits, Antique Quilt Exhibit,

Boutique, Quilt Appraisals, Cafe, Lectures and Demos, Door Prizes, Charity Quilt Drawing

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

For more information: www.westpascoquilters.org,  2008quiltshow@westpascoquilter s.org 




April 7 – April 30  “Stretching the Threads”

Opening Reception: April 7, 4 – 7 PM

Following an international call for artists in 2006, 40 unique works of art composed of fiber and other materials were selected for this exhibition. The exhibition represents a broad range of fiber artists, from weavers to welders and quilters to painters. In these works, you’ll see the field of fiber being manipulated into structures as varied as wall hangings and 3-D structures, using material that includes dog hair, wire, plastic bags, computer circuitry and sound systems, as well as the more commonly used fibers such as cotton and wool.  Free and open to the public.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM & Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM. Free and open to the public.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House Gallery, 214 S. Riverside Drive , New Smyrna Beach


April 19 & 20 

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Woven Sculptural Vessel

Susan Monde

2 days

Using painted watercolor paper, strips will be woven to create a one-of-a-kind paper vessel. Though sizes and shapes will differ, the overall vessel will average 10” x  10” round. Techniques of hand shaping will be taught.  View Monde’s work at www.galleryten. com/monde. htm

Supply Fee $10

Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street , New Smyrna Beach

Tuition: $100 members; $140 nonmembers


March 13-March 19  All Day and Night, as desired

Focus on Fiber with No Instructors!

7 days

Share studio space and techniques with 40 fiber artists from around the USA and Canada .  Featuring rug hookers, quilt artists, and 3-D artists. Commuters general fee of $225 includes afternoon and evening meals; an additional charge of $275 for housing, if available.



Saturday, May 5                             10 AM – 4 PM

Surface Design Techniques

Diane Smith

The fiber artist will share silk screen printing "non-traditional techniques" using thickened dyes and paints. The afternoon will include stamp carving and printing using the stamps, which involve using the thickened dyes as well as paints.  View www.Fibersmith.com for more information.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street , New Smyrna Beach

Tuition: $60 members ; $75 nonmembers



May 18, 19, 20                            9 AM - 1 PM

Introduction to Printing

Lee Nesler

3 days

Lee Nesler will begin with an overview of original prints by masters. Students will produce dry point, monotype and/or etching. Students who take the class will then be eligible to rent time on the printing press. View Nesler’s work in Arts on Douglas Fine Art & Collectibles (www.artsondouglas. net/nesler. html).

Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street , New Smyrna Beach

Tuition: $100 members; $120 nonmembers


Phone Mary McBride @ 386.423.1753 or email mmcbride@atlanticce nterforthearts.org.