Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #115


January 6, 2008


Quilting Friends,


This is Florida’s quilting high-season…get out there and see some shows!!  I look forward to visiting the show in Ft. Myers next weekend; I hope to see you there.


I don’t know if any of your new year’s resolutions are green, as in saving the environment, but just in case they are, one of my resolutions is to share with you some of my favorite green living tips.  Feel free to share yours too for future newsletters!  If we don’t start changing the way we simply live, there won’t be much left of this earth for our grandchildren.  That is a given.


So here is Tip #1: instead of using paper towels around the house, use old washcloths stashed in a drawer.  They actually work better for cleaning up spills, drying countertops, wiping fingers while cooking, etc.  If your washing machine is not handy for the dirty cloths, keep a bucket under the sink and take them to the laundry room periodically.  You don’t even need to wash them separately, just throw them in with the regular wash.  Think how much paper you will save from the landfill!


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




Now – Jan 27 Quilt Exhibit in Ft. Myers (#113)


Now – Feb 3 Quilt Exhibit in Ocala http://tinyurl.com/2s35gj (#113)


Now - Feb 08 Quilt Exhibit  in Colorado www.rmqm.org (#114)


Jan 11-12 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#111)


Jan 18-19 Quilt Show in Orlando Cancelled


Jan 25-26 Quilt Show in Port Charlotte dpqg@yahoo.com (#112)


Jan 25-27 Shop Hop in Central Florida (#115)


Jan 26 New LongArm Guild Meeting in Edgewater mailto:jeannea2002@yahoo.com (#115)


Jan 26 Quilt Challenge Exhibit in Dade City www.kumquatfestival.com (#113)


Feb 1-24  Quilt Exhibit  in Tarpon Springs timemslie@verizon.net (#114)


Feb 8-9 Quilt Show in Port St. Lucie mailto:RBartfay@aol.com (#111)


Feb 8-9 Quilt Show in Naples Bionfam@embarqmail.com (#114)


Feb 15-17 Shop Hop in Central Florida aqd@earthlink.net (#112)


Feb 21-23 Sewing & Quilt Expo in Tampa http://www.sewingexpo.com/cities/tampa.htm



Feb 22-23 Quilt Show in Ocala www.oceanwavesquilters.com (#109)


Feb 22-23 Quilt Show in Amelia Island stotznerbc@bellsouth.net (#111)


Feb 26-Mar 1 Quilt Show in Miami www.oceanwavesquilters.com (#109)


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


Mar 1-8 Quilting Cruise http://groups.yahoo.com/group/machine_quilters_at_sea/   (#111)


Mar 1 Quilt Show in Tampa itsgrandma@verizon.net  (#113)


Mar 6-7 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora  www.lakequiltguild.com (#112)


Mar 8 SSQA Meeting in Mt. Dora www.ssqa.org (#115)


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


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


Mar 14-15 Quilt Show  in New Smyrna Beach mlp131@aol.com  (#112)


Mar 14-16 Quilt Show in Ft. Lauderdale www.onceuponquilt.com (#113)


Mar 15-16 Quilt Show in Venice www.thevaqg.com  (#114)


Mar 28 – 29 Quilt Show in St. Petersburg sspdy@aol.com (#111)


April 1-8 Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org  (#111)


April 4-5 Quilt Show in Melbourne http://www.s-piecemakers.com (#110)


May 10-18 Quilt Cruise   www.roundbobbin.com (#113)


May 13-23 Quilt Excursion to Paris www.jeannemillstours.com (#115)






We are very excited to announce a new LONG/SHORT ARM GUILD. 
This guild is being established for all long/shortarm quilters in the Putnum, Flagler, Volusia, Seminole,
Lake and surrounding counties.   If you live in another county and would like to attend, please do!

Our first meeting will be at the home of:

Edgewater, FL on SATURDAY, JAN. 26 @ 10:30 am

A Borders and Sashing Rejuvenation: 
Jeanne will have a border/sashing cloth mounted for us to each share one or more of our favorite borders and or sashings.  Hopefully we can all leave with some fresh new designs to incorporate into our own quilting.  If you don't have any patterns to share, come and learn some new ones!

Bring a bag lunch.  Beverages and dessert will be provided.

Everyone is invited to attend! 

For  directions email:
Jeanne Ayers - jeannea2002@ yahoo.com
Elaine Gilmore - elaine@elainequilts .com 

We look forward to seeing many of you!

Elaine Gilmore
Palm Coast
, FL




Orlando Area Shop Hop

You’re a Star!

January 25, 26 and 27, 2008

(Fri. & Sat. 9-5pm, Sun. 11-4pm)


GRAND PRIZE:  $500 Cash!!!!!!!

(that’s a nice payment on your credit card after the holidays!)

Eight – $75 Gift Certificates

Eight - $50 Gift Baskets


8 Stores are participating:


Apopka Quilt Company – Apopka

Fireside Quilts – Sanford

Bernina Store – Orange City

Busy Fingers –Longwood

The Sewing Studio - Maitland

Cornerstone Quilting – Orlando

Quilters Cove – Orlando

Bernina Store – Oviedo


Show me the money!


(All stores are in close proximity, which will make for a fun hop on less gas!)


Passports are on sale now, $5 in advance, $6 day of the shop hop.


Get your passport stamped at each store and receive a 12 1/2 inch Star block pattern kit

Each store will have a different star pattern and batik fabric with a black Kona background.

Spend $25 at that store and get a 2nd star kit and a 2nd chance for their $50 gift basket!


Each store will have


You can’t get much better than that!





SSQA begins new grant program for Quilt Documentation Days


The Sunshine State Quilters Association is offering mini-grants for groups to host Quilt Documentation Days. The purpose is to encourage more groups to hold this type of event, with the ultimate hope of getting Florida quilts added to the Quilt Index database (http://www.quiltindex.org)

Applications will be accepted from groups who are based in Florida, and are planning a Documentation Day that is open to the public. The amount requested must be for a particular expense incurred for the Documentation Day, and the group should collect the information using forms compatible with the Quilt Index.

The period for applying is January 1 through March 31st. The Awards Committee will meet in April or May to decide which groups will receive grants, and the funds will be distributed in June. Documentation Days should be held within one year of receiving the grant.


Complete information is posted on the SSQA website (http://www.ssqa.org), along with printable forms, articles about hosting a Quilt Documentation Day, and hotlinks to many additional resources.




Sunshine State Quilters Association meeting March 8 in Mt. Dora


The Spring Meeting is one you won’t want to miss.  It will be held on March 8th (Saturday) at the Community Center in Mt. Dora at 5th and Donnelly Streets.  Diane McClure will be the speaker and has a great trunk show in store for you. Diane, a self taught quilter, has been quilting since 1986.  So far, more than 75 of her works have won local and national awards.


Diane McClure, formerly Johnston, of Davie Fl., presently lives in Citrus Springs Fl. with her husband Ralph and their pets Kiki, the cat, and Jasmine, the greyhound.

Your reservation for the meeting will also include admission to the Lake County Quilt Show in Mt. Dora on March 7th (Friday).  The hours are 9 am to 4 pm.  There will be approximately 250 quilts hanging, 20 vendors, a great boutique, raffles and demonstrations.

If you would like to make hotel reservations for Friday, March 7th, a special price for accommodations has been negotiated at The Day’s Inn, 15000 US Highway 441, Eustis, FL 32726.  The double bed rate is $79.19 (regular price is $87.99).  This price is for 2 people; it would be $5 per person extra if there are more in the room.  In order to get this special price you will need to contact either Bobbi or Gladys at the hotel directly at 352-742-8022.  This is a brand new facility and is the #1 rated Days Inn for guest satisfaction.  A continental breakfast will be included in the morning.

A great time is planned and the attendance form will be in the next newsletter.  Be sure to sign up.





Are you ready to start planning a spring get-away? Is Santa looking for something to put under your tree? We have a terrific tour planned for lovers of textiles and art. We’ll be seeing the sights in Paris and the city of Tours, visiting museums, castles, Monet’s home and garden, markets and lots more.


We have room for a few more travelers. We’d love to have you join the group for this ten-day tour, May 13 – 23, 2008.


To learn more and see the itinerary, please check our web site: www.jeannemillstours.com


Jeanne Mills


Jeanne (jeanne@jeannemillstours.com) 831-647-8973

Jo Anne Parkin (joparkin@comcast.net) 530-566-0343





Tampa, FL  Feb 21, 22 & 23, 2008


Tampa Convention Center


333 South Franklin St.


Tampa, FL  33602




Directions: go to http://www.tampagov.net/TCC


Exhibit Hall Hours: Thursday & Friday: 10am - 6pm, Saturday: 10am - 5:30 pm


Pricing: General Admission is $10 per day at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Pre-register for five or more classes and your general admission is free! Classes are $19 per session on-site. Children 8 and up are permitted in classes, provided they have their own ticket, and are accompanied by an adult with her/his own ticket. For more info, go here:




or contact 1.800.699.6309






Holmes Valley Quilters
Chipley, FL

New quilt guild in the Tri-County area looking for quilters to join the fun! We will meet the 3rd Thursday of every month and will host a Block of the Month, FQ and Block Swaps, Round Robins, Quilting Basics 101, Quilt BINGO, door prizes and lots more! Open to all levels of quilters, from beginner to advanced.  If you have a love for quilting OR a desire to learn, come join us! For more information, please contact holmesvalleyquilters@hotmail.com