Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #116


February 2, 2008


Quilting Friends,


We continue in Florida’s quilting high-season…get out there and see some shows!!    


For those of you who receive the HGTV cable show, did you know that Simply Quilts is back with reruns at 8am?  The schedule is posted at the end of this newsletter.  And speaking of quilting on TV, there is a new PBS show from Quilting Arts (yep, the magazine).  Its called Quilting Arts TV and you can see if a station near you carries it by going to www.QuiltingArtsTV.com.  If you cannot find it locally, consider sending an email to your local PBS station(s) to ask for it. Go to www.PBS.org,  look for the Station Finder button at the bottom of the screen.  This will lead to an email address for your local station.  For those of you in Central Florida, I’ve done the work for you: Our two PBS stations in Central Florida are WMFE and WCEU.  Here are the email addresses you can send requests to:  Channel15@dbcc.edu and fmprogramming@wmfe.org. I told them they’d be hearing from quilters, so please don’t delay…do it now while its fresh on your mind.  They DO listen!  And tell them you’re a station member (if you are!).


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.


Tip #2:  Living in Florida means you will see a few bugs in your home.  Unless you want to saturate your living space with poisons, that is.  We do get a few bugs crossing the threshold now and then, so what we do is spray cleanser on them!  I have a non-toxic counter spray (Mrs. Meyers cut in half with water) that I attack the bugs with.  They stop in their tracks immediately, and I can then take my time wiping them up.  I’m not sure, but I think it works because it cuts the surface tension on their bodies.  So there you are, no poisons, and you’re one step closer to a clean house!


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




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




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


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


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 13-15 Applique Teachers in Tampa djohns47@tampabay.rr.com (#116)


Feb 15-17 Shop Hop in Central Florida aqd@embarqmail.com (#116)


Feb 17 Silk Screening Class in Tampa Marlene@123webmagic.com (#116)


Feb 17-18 Feb 21-23 Sewing & Quilt Expo in Tampa http://www.sewingexpo.com/cities/tampa.htm



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


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


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)


Feb 29-Mar 1 Quilt Show in The Florida Keys  (#116)


Mar 1-8 Quilting Cruise http://groups.yahoo.com/group/machine_quilters_at_sea/   (#116)


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


Mar 1 Quilters Market in Crystal River jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com  (#116)


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


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


Mar 8 Quilt Show in Bushnell steinhaus40@wmconnect.com (#116)


Mar 7-9 Quilt Show in Hudson www.westpascoquilters.org (#116)


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


Mar 7-8 Quilt Show in Bartow www.LadysoftheLake.com (#116)


Mar 12-14 Applique Teachers in Tampa djohns47@tampabay.rr.com (#116)


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 (#116)


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)


June 19-21 NQA Convention in Columbus, Ohio www.NQAQuilts.org


Sept 6-13 Quilt Cruise in Alaska www.sewmanyplaces.com (#116)


Nov 2-11 Quilt Tour of Ireland www.sewmanyplaces.com (#116)






Autumn says: I recently got married and I am looking to have my wedding gown made into a quilt.  In doing research, I have come across many quilters across the nation who are able to do this...  However, I have had difficulty finding any local ( e.g. Florida/south Florida/Palm Beach County) quilters who perform this service.  If you are interested in helping me out, please send an email: Autumn Price (autumn.price@gmail.com).  Thank you.






Lady's of the Lake Quilt Guild. Will Be having there

Quilt Show on March.7th and  8th.


Located at the Bartow Museum  in the Old Court

House 2 ed floor.  We are apart of the Blooming Arts festival.


See WWW.Ladysofthelake.com  for more Info.






West Pasco Quilters' Guild, Inc - Cozy Quilt Car and Membership Quilt 


Sew Many Quilts 2008 - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Our First 20 Years

                                       10th Biennial Quilt Show! 

                                              March 7 - 9, 2008 

     Presented by West Pasco Quilters, Guild, Inc ( www.westpascoquilters.org )
Location: Veterans Memorial Park 14333 Hicks Road Hudson. Fl. 34667
Dates & Times: March 7-9, 2008, Friday & Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM
Admission: $6 per day or $10 multi-day pass
Features: Large Quilt Auction, Small Quilt Auction, Vendors, Special Exhibits, Antique Quilt Exhibit, Boutique, Quilt Appraisals, Cafe, Lectures/Demos, Door Prizes, Charity Quilt Drawing (won 2nd place in the 2007 AQS Paducah show & 2nd place at the 2007 TAS (The Applique Society) show)

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






Sailing Saturday MARCH 1-8, 2008
Miami FL, San Juan, St. Maarten, Labadee, Haiti returing to Miami

There is still time to sign up for our floating quilting retreat!  We have a week crammed full of machine quilting related classes that will saturate your creativity all while basking in the warm suns as we cruise the Eastern Caribbean.  Cabins as low as $799, check with our cruise agent Marcia for even lower rates! marcia@groups_ travel.com

In addition to classes we have a challenges, parties and a Yankee Swap Night!  Not enough?  One lucky quilter goes home with a 1937 Reconditioned Featherweight!  Lots of additional prizes and games.  NEW....SURPRISE HANDS ON CLASS just added.  Don't miss this week away from winter. All classes are during sea hours only.  Get your jump start on Spring now!

Visit our group at http://groups. yahoo.com/group/machine_quilters_at_sea/

For more information or to book your passagae call or email cruise coordinator:
Elaine Gilmore
717-799-7731  elaine@elainequilts .com






Spend a fun filled weekend working with Diane Smith on beautiful Merritt Island, Florida, learning to use many different surface design products, dyes, paints, etc. and make new friends while you are learning. 


Diane's vending schedule and retreat information is online at www.FiberSmith.com 


Diane Smith

Merritt Island, FL




Today’s Pleasures, Tomorrow’s Treasures

St. Petersburg, FL

Friday, March 28, 2008          10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 29, 2008      10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Boutique; Vendor’s Mall; Door Prizes; Silent Mini Auction;

Charity Quilt; Children’s Treasure Hunt; Make ‘n’ Take Booth

Quilt Appraiser – Brenda Grampsas

View charity quilt @ www.ssqa.com

Admission:      $6.00

Location:         St. Petersburg College/Gibbs Campus Gymnasium

                        6605 5th Avenue North

                        St. Petersburg , FL 33710

Contact Person:           Jeannette Harrison

                                    Suncoast Quilting Circle

                                    P.O. Box 47764

                                    St. Petersburg , FL 33743-7764

                                    EMAIL: sspdy@aol.com





The Feather Princesses, Tampa Chapter of The Appliqué Society,

will host national teachers, Anita Shackelford and Karen Phillips-Shwallon.

Please include the following workshop information in your next newsletter:


Anita Shackelford - February 13 - 15, 2008


Karen Phillips-Shwallon - March 12 - 14, 2008


For more info, please contact Dorothy Johnson at

djohns47@tampabay.rr.com  or 813-961-8190.






The Oaks Quilters annual show is Sat March 8, 2008   9am-2pm in Bushnell Fl 


For information  steinhaus40@wmconnect.com






Tavernier...Feb 29-Mar 1, 08
Florida Keys Quilters Show and Quilt Sale
Sponsor: Florida Keys Quilters
Location: San Pedro Catholic Church Fellowship Hall
Marker 89 Bayside
Tavernier, FL
Time: 10-4:30
Contact: Mary Ellen






Scrappy Strip Shop Hop: We promise you’ll be charmed!

Feb 15, 16 & 17

Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 11am-4pm


Participating Shops:

A Quilter’s Dream – Leesburg

Material Girl – Apopka

Quilt Shop of DeLand – DeLand

Quilting Friends – Mt. Dora

Tomorrow’s Treasures – Ocala

Whippoorwill Station – Summerfield


All shops will have expanded hours for your hopping convenience!


Refreshments, fun, door prizes, special hop sales, at every store.

Shop Baskets and a great grand prize: Bernina Sewing Machine


Shop Hop Guidelines:

  1. Visit each shop to receive a free pattern and charm strip.
  2. Participants must be present to have passport stamped.
  3. Spend $25 to = 7 – 2 ½ inch strips
  4. Enter tickets to win $50 Gift basket at each store
  5. Visit all size shops to be eligible to win the Grand Prize
  6. Enjoy sales at every store
  7. $5 before hop, $6 during.

 For more info: AQD@embarqmail.com





Quilt Adventure in Alaska   Sept 6-13, 2008


Sailing onboard the Norwegian Star with Grannie Suzannie


Entire cost for 8 day cruise is $1225, pp/do







Quilting in the Emberald Isle November 3-11, 2008


Tour Ireland with with Grannie Suzannie


Entire cost for this 9 day Ireland Tour is only $2487.00, pp/do







The Creative Quilters of Citrus County in Crystal River, Florida are having a 'Quilters Market; on Saturday, March 1st, 2008 from 8:30am - 2:00pm at St. Anne's Episcopal Church located in Crystal River at  9870 W Fort Gulf Island Trail. Three guilds have been asked to participate.  They will all have things 'they thought they could not live without' for sale as well as wallhangings and quilts. Everything for sale will be relative to quilting!


St. Anne's Episcopal Church is about 2 miles west of Hwy.19  on Fort Gulf Island Trail - Church will be on your left. There is a light there on  Hwy 19 ---Plantation Golf Course, Grannies Restaurant, and Sweet Bay Shopping Center at this intersection. We will have some sign and balloons there to help you spot it!


Hope to see you there.   Questions ? Contact Mabel Toth   352-746- 9861  jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com



 17 Feb 1-4 pm: Learning the Techniques to Good Silk Screening (onto

fabric) workshop by Jan Navales at the The Beach Art Center sponsored by
the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild. Membership ($25) required to take
the workshop. Cost is $22. Some printing supplies provided. Contact
Marlene Glickman at Marlene@123webmagic.com or call 727-524-6962 for
directions on how to join the guild and attend the workshop.





Feb 01, Friday          08:00 am        #1006 Fabric Bowls with Linda Johansen

Feb 04, Monday  08:00 am        #1008 Wish Upon a Hunter Star with Jan Krentz

Feb 05, Tuesday         08:00 am        #1027 Meoweekend w/ Joni Pike

Feb 06, Wednesday       08:00 am        #1030 Thread Painting II w/ Nancy Prince

Feb 07, Thursday        08:00 am        #1031 Ribbon Bouquet Quilt w/ June Colburn

Feb 08, Friday  08:00 am        #1101 Quilting Tips & Tricks w/ Mark Lipinski

Feb 11, Monday  08:00 am        #905 Clothes To The Heart with Karen Boutte

Feb 12, Tuesday         08:00 am        #1114 Patchwork Puzzle Balls w/ Jinny Beyer

Feb 13, Wednesday      08:00 am        #1120 Artist Trading Cards w/ Patricia Bolton

Feb 14, Thursday        08:00 am        #1132 Sunflower in a Square Jennie Rayment

Feb 15, Friday  08:00 am        #1112 Shining Star Quilt w/ Debbie Maddy

Feb 19, Tuesday         08:00 am        #1137 Pieced Curves So Simple w/ Dale Fleming

Feb 20, Wednesday       08:00 am        #1134 3D Art Quilts w/ Esterita Austin

Feb 21, Thursday        08:00 am        #1104 Casting Shadows With Discharge w/ Colleen


Feb 22, Friday  08:00 am        #1035 The Line on Design w/ Raymond K. Houston

Feb 25, Monday  08:00 am        #901 Mechanical Magic with Diane Gaudynski

Feb 26, Tuesday         08:00 am        #1005 Trapunto with Karen McTavish

Feb 27, Wednesday       08:00 am        #913 The Big Winner with Jean Biddick

Feb 28, Thursday        08:00 am        #1017 The Quiltmaker's Journey w/ Beth Ann


Feb 29, Friday  08:00 am        #931 Fools for Tools with Heidi Kaisand