Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #109


June 5, 2007


Quilting Friends,


Well, if you haven’t heard the big news by now, here it is: Florida is having her first annual state-wide Shop Hop…boy do I wish I was in town for this!  Basically all your favorite quilt and quilt fabric shops are participating this upcoming weekend (June 7,8 & 9).  So if you need more info, call them, or, better yet…get on some of the shops’ email lists!  If you need their contact info, go to my Shops page on the Florida Quilt Network website.  This is such a great way to see some new shops off your beaten path.  More info on the Florida Shop Hop below the Calendar section.


We are two thirds of the way through our 6.5 month US trip at this point.  I just finished reading John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley”, and he has given me the permission to admit that sometimes it’s good to take a break from all the newness and thrills of travel.  We spent 1.5 weeks stationed in Ypsilanti, Michigan with Stefan’s sister & her family, doing all the regular day-to-day stuff…taking care of little kids, washing the van (inside and out), replenishing camping supplies, sewing up stuff….anyway, it was a welcome break from our constant wonderful travel.  We felt renewed and energized and able to get excited about all the amazing things coming up.


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 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)




June 7,8 & 9 Florida Shop Hop (#109)


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 22-23 Quilt Show in Ocala bolingles@wmconnect.com (#109)


Feb 28-Mar 1 Quilt Show in Miami www.oceanwavesquilters.com (#109)


Feb 29-Mar 1 Quilt Show in Palm Beach www.palmbchcoquiltersguild.com (#109)


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


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






Thursday, Friday & Saturday
June 7th, 8th & 9th

Shop Hop Hours
9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

All shops are giving away an un
finished block pattern with one piece of fabric.

One block pattern with one fabric is free for every quilter over age 10 who comes into each shop during the SHOP HOP.

Please write your name on your passport. We want everyone to get credit for every shop visited.

Have your passport stamped at every shop that you visit. Participating shops are listed on the inside of this passport

After you visit 6 shops and have your passport stamped at each one, you are eligible for prizes.

One person will win the 2046 Pfaff Quilt Expressions Sewing Machine.

Three people will win a box of prizes worth approximately $500.

A $20 gift certificate will be awarded at each participating shop.

To enter the drawing turn in your completed passport at the last shop you visited, no later than June. 9th.

All participating shops will be doing different activities.






Ocean Waves Quilt Fest 2008

Date:    February 28, 2008 to March 1, 2008

Location:    Elk's Lodge on Sunset Drive, Miami (Kendall) Florida

Information: www.oceanwavesquilters.com

Chair:  Joyce Cotner email, joys4joyce@comcast.net





Feb. 22 & 23, 2008 Belleview Busy Bees Quilt Show at Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church, 9-4 p.m.  Wonderful quilts by guild members, raffle quilt, vendors, demonstrations and huge boutique.  Contact Othie at
352-753-1984 or mailto:BOLingles@wmconnect.com




Want to try EQ 6? Do you have EQ 5 or 6 and want to learn more about its capabilities?
Don't have a laptop? No problem!
Don't have EQ 5 or 6? No problem!
Already registered for Symposium? No problem!
Aren't registered yet for Symposium? Problem!
We can arrange for laptops and one-day use of the Electric Quilt program, but we need to know SOON if you want to come to Symposium 2007 at
Lake Yale and have an interest in this class.

Nancy Mahoney was a "beta tester" for EQ 6 and has been using the Electric Quilt programs to design the quilts for her books; she is extremely knowledgeable about many of the EQ features.

Nancy is willing to put together a Saturday class with the morning devoted to a group demonstration covering the basics of how to use the EQ 6 program, then in the afternoon providing guidance to each student in working on their own design for the quilt of their dreams.
Design capabilities include: piecing, applique, borders, and quilting motifs.

Please contact Linda Koestel lkoestel@embarqmail.com to register for this class!




Feb. 29, 2008 & March 1, 2008
Palm Beach County Quilters' Guild
show will be held at the North Palm Beach Comm. Center
1200 Prosperity Farms Rd,
North Palm Beach, FL
more information call Debbie Sprague 561-951-9958
or email: pbcqgshow@bellsouth .net