Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #108


April 2, 2007


Quilting Friends,


Having just spent the weekend in San Francisco and Napa Valley, I can tell you this: quilt motifs, designs and creative inspirations can come from just about anywhere.  The tile floor of a castle, the outlines of a house, the layered colors in a landscape….well, you probably know that as well as I.  My problem is that I forget that inspiration about as quickly as I GET the inspiration.  So the digital camera really comes in handy here, and then I have to remember to put the pictures in my “quilt inspirations” folder on the laptop, subdivided into “landscape ideas”, “hexagon ideas”, “tessellations”, “color combos”, etc.


I hope you are able to get out and get some of your own inspiration as often as possible.  Even if you don’t actually use most of those ideas directly in a quilt, the creative concepts are nestling into your brain and coming out in other ways that will surprise you.


We head out this morning for Yosemite, and we keep our fingers crossed that we won’t freeze our bunnies off.  As long as we can run the camper’s electric heat to take 10 degrees off the top, we should be OK.  Then it is on to King’s Canyon, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon.


Talk to you in a month!


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






Meredith Bubenik, formerly of the Apopka Quilt Company , is selling her Gammill Premier Long Arm Machine because she has no where to put it!  She is accepting serious offers.  It includes a 12' steel table, brand new Intellistitch Stitch Regulator, horizontal channel locks, laser light, built-on bobbin winder, needle positioner, assorted pantographs and accessories.  You can reach Meredith at 407-221-3971.  Will email photo upon request.




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




Jan 27-May 13 Gee’s Bend II Quilts  in Orlando www.OMart.org


April 7-30 Quilt Exhibit in New Smyrna Beach www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#108)


April 15 Quilt Shop Birthday in Leesburg www.aquiltersdream.biz (#108)


April 16-18 Laura Cater-Woods Workshops in Sarasota http://www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/workshop.htm  (#108)


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 11-12 Quilt Walk in Lake City http://lakecity427.tripod.com (#108)


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


May 19-22 Jan Krueger Workshops in Sarasota http://www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/workshop.htm  (#108)


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  http:\\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)


Oct 26-27 Quilt Show in Trenton  silveroaksgal@yahoo.com  (#108)


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




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


Feb 29-Mar 1 Quilt Show in Palm Beach www.palmbchcoquiltersguild.com (#108)


Mar 7-9 Quilt Show in Hudson www.westpascoquilters.org (#107)


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



Stretching the Threads opens April 7 with a reception from 4 to 7 PM. Works by 53 international fiber artists. This will be the most fantastic display of thread art in Central Florida from weaving with wire to plastic wearables to rubber-band hangings – oh, yes, some fabric quilts too!  Exhibition continues through April 28.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House

214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM4 PM

                      Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM





WE WANT YOU!!!!  and your friends at "Sew Much Love" the Lake City Quilt

May 11 & 12, 2007 In Historic Downtown Lake City quilts will be on display
in merchants windows and stores. A Mother's Day Tea is planned for Saturday
at Tucker's Restaurant in the historic Blanche Hotel.

This is a self-guided tour. Visit any store in Downtown Lake City with a
Quilt Walk Sign in the window and pick up a program and begin the Quilt

And don’t forget to Register for Prizes! Ask for an entry form from the
participating merchants. The entry form has a map of the participating
businesses, names and/or makers of the quilts on display, and questions
about the quilts for you to answer. You can just enjoy the Walk or you can
also write the required number of correct answers on your entry forms and
return it to be entered to win a wonderful prize basket. All entry forms
must be turned in at Nana’s Antiques & Collectibles, 327 N. Marion Avenue,
Downtown Lake City.  The drawing will be held on Saturday, at 3:30pm

Quilt show and breakfast at the Columbia County Historical Museum, lots to
do!  For full list of events and schedules, find DETAILS AT                  

This is our first ever, first annual event, and a personal invitation from
Teddy Pruett.  I've told the world that quilters are the best people on
earth, and that "if we give it, they will come!!"  Don't let me down.  We
are looking for vendors as well - for the small fee of $75. (See the

Notice is short, we will do better next year - but please, please support us
this year. I told them to have LOTS of food!!!!  Check out the website or
e-mail me personally at aprayzer@hotmail.com.






Sarasota's Friendship Knot Quilters' Guild has openings in the following classes:


Laura Cater-Woods

Mon, April 16, 9 - 4, Collage Landscapes

Tue, April 17, 9 - 4, Free Motion, Pushing the Surface

Wed, April 18, 9 - 4, Off the Wall, Onto the Page


Jan Krueger (teacher of Mary Ellen Hopkins' methods + her own)

Sat, May 19,  9 - 4, Patchwork with Borders (workbook class)

Mon, May, 21,  9 - 4, Elongated Diamonds

Tue, May, 22,  9 - 4, Moody Quilt


All classes are $50 for non-members.  Deli lunch available for $7.

All workshops are held at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, 4041 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota 

For registration form and more information, go to our web site,


and mail form (can be downloaded) to

Joy Abbott

4080 Basswood Lane

Sarasota, FL  34232


Thank you so much,

Linda Pearce

VP, Education Chair

Friendship Knot Quilters' Guild




I am working on development of an I-4 Corridor Exhibition in conjunction with Convergence 2008 in Tampa next June.  I already have 120 artists that just applied to my Stretching the Threads Exhibition with mind-blowing exciting work.  Each gallery would have the opportunity to select from this group or to bring in their own fiber artists.

The Convergence is by the HGA – Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. – and they will publish gallery booklets including all the exhibitions. Participating galleries get 2000 booklets for each location.  Galleries would also be supplied with postcards for their mailing lists. This is internationally advertised and they expect 5,000 people just to visit Tampa for their workshops and vendor’s hall in the convention center.  Check out www.weavespindye.org for more information. 

I’d like to do several galleries in Celebration, Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Sanford, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona, Ormond, and other galleries along the way.  My idea was that fiber artists do “shop hops” from city to city checking out fabric stores.  Why not “gallery hop” across to Tampa!  This also gives local people a chance to participate without the long trip to Tampa.

Let me know if you are interested and would like to participate. Please pass this on to other galleries so I can build a larger base of contacts. The Convergence is only for June 22-28 but some galleries in Tampa are covering June and July.  

Mary in DeLand of Art


Mary E. McBride

Community Programs & Operations Manager

Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House

214 South Riverside Drive

New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

386-423-1753    386-428-5008FAX


Atlantic Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), interdisciplinary artists-in-residence community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world's most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of music composition and the visual, literary and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions.




Sunday April 15th A Quilter’s Dream will be 5 years old.  Come celebrate 12-4 pm and have cake and pop a balloon for your discount and other specials.   

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





Quilt Show:  "Loving Stitches"

Presented by:  Springhouse Quilters' Guild

Date:  October 26 and 27, 2007

Time:  Friday 9 am to 6 pm

          Saturday 9 am to 3 pm

Location:  First United Methodist Church

               203 N. W. Second Street

               Trenton, FL  32693

Donation:  $3

Contact:  Ruth Davis (352)-463-8804








February 29 & March 1, 2008


Palm Beach County Quilters Guild

PO Box 18276

West Palm Beach, FL  33416



For more information please contact:

Debbie Sprague




Quilt Show Times & Location:

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

North Palm Beach Community Center

1200 Prosperty Farms

Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410

2/29/2008 10-5

3/1/2008 9-4