Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #119


May 2, 2008


Quilting Friends,


Did you know that my website, www.FloridaQuiltNetwork.com not only lists all upcoming quilt events in Florida, but also contains the most updated list of Florida quilt shops AND Florida quilt guilds?  I’m not tooting my horn (not very good at it anyway), but I do want you to be aware that it is a great service…I use it all the time!  LOL.


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 #5

OK, when I first saw Crocs (the plastic shoe), I have to admit, I kept thinking “who in their right mind would wear plastic shoes?”.  But since I bought a pair to wear in the garden (easy to hose off), I can see the appeal.  They are comfortable.  And cute.  At least my Mary Jane versions are.  I’m converted!  When we went on a Caribbean cruise recently, they worked well at the beach, surprise, surprise.


I just found out that they are recyclable too.  If your treads are worn out, the Crocs company will take them back, melt them down and make new Crocs.  Not only that, but the new ones will go straight to people in need.  How cool is that?  Check it out at www.SolesUnited.com


Bonus Tip: My friends make fun of me when I tell them I only like right hand turns when I drive.  I try to organize my errands so I’m only turning right.  Well, ha! I saw an article the other day that UPS created software to change all their routes to include only right turns when possible.  They saved 3 million gallons of gas and shaved 30 million miles off deliveries in 2007.  Moral of that story: save time, gas and be safer by cutting down on your left turns.


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




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




now thru July 19 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne www.lopressionism.com (#119)


May 3 Creative Workshop in Tampa 813-274-8698 (#118)


May 9-10 Quilt Walk in Lake City www.springsrus.com (#118)


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


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


May 14-16 Gwen Marston Workshop in Tampa djohns47 @ tampabay.rr.com  (#119)


May 16 – July 6 Design Show in Dunedin  www.tampasurfacedesignguild.com (#118)


June – August Design Show in Clearwater  www.tampasurfacedesignguild.com (#118)


June 7 – 30 Quilt Exhibits  on I-4 Corridor www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#118)


June 11 Quilt Exhibit in Tampa www.tampasurfacedesignguild.com (#118)


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


June 22-28 Convergence Conference in Tampa Bay www.weavespindye.org


June 25 – 29 Quilt Exhibit in Ybor City www.tampasurfacedesignguild.com (#118)


July 13-26 Teen Writing Residency www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#117)


August 28-30 Quilt Show in Indiana http://SpinningSpools.FikeWorks.com



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


Sept 25-27 QuiltFest  in Jacksonville http://www.quiltfestjax.com


Oct 16-18  Quilt Show in Georgia www.georgiaquiltshow.com (#119)


Oct 17-19 Quilt Show in White Springs rdewees @ windstream.net (#119)


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


Nov 7-8 Quilt Show in Ocala quilt49 @ aol.com  (#118)


Nov 13-16 SSQA Retreat in Lake Yale www.ssqa.org (#118)




Jan 23-24 Quilt Show in Orlando www.floridacabinfever.com


Jan 30-31 Quilt Show in Largo www.largocrackerquilters.org (#117)


March 14 Quilt Show in Bushnell steinhaus40 @ wmconnect.com (#119)




Gwen Marston Workshop in Tampa


The Feather Princesses, Tampa Chapter of The Appliqué Society,

will host quilt instructor, Gwen Marston, Wednesday, May 14 - Friday,

May 16, 2008. Gwen will present a lecture and teach classes while

she is here. For more information or to enroll, please contact Dorothy

Johnson at djohns47@tampabay.rr.com or (813) 961-8190.


Thanks so much,

Dorothy Johnson

Vice President/Workshop Chair

The Feather Princesses





"THE QUILTED LILY" quilt shop at 1110 Old Dixie Highway,

Vero Beach. Come April 12th, 10 AM-2 PM for wonderful door prizes and goodies. Visit the witty, friendly and knowledgeable ladies, Lillian, Pat, and Terri.

                                 We will have a fun time. 

                                 www.thequiltedlily.com or call 772.567.4220.




Art-chi-Texture and Fabric Collage Demonstration


Ellen Lindner is happy to announce that she is part of a three-person art show, called Art-chi-Texture.  The exhibit is at LoPressionsim Fine Art Gallery, in Melbourne, FL, and Ellen has ten quilts on display.  An opening reception will be held on May 2nd, from 6-9 p.m., with the show running through July 19th.


In addition, Ellen will be conducting a Fabric Collage demonstration at the gallery on May 17th, at noon.  This will be lively and interactive.  Ellen will talk about her quilts and techniques, and then put her audience to work, as they help her compose a new quilt.


Details:  www.lopressionism.com, www.adventurequilter.com (see newsletter.) 






New Smyrna Beach is having a Quilt Walk on Canal Street for the entire month of June.  We are looking for quilt groups in the Volusia/Flagler area to exhibit quilts in the store windows.  This is being sponsored by the downtown businesses, Atlantic Center for the Arts, ArtsEtc, and the Harris House League of Volunteers. Please contact Mary McBride at 386-423-1753 or mmcbride@atlanticce nterforthearts. org






Call for Entries! Georgia Quilt Show - presented by Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. Opening on October 16, 2008 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia Quilt Show has been crafted to showcase the "best of the best" in quilt making. It will bring quiltmakers the expanded quantity, variety and depth they have been asking for into classrooms, the exhibit hall and quilt galleries.

From hand quilting to longarm artistry, needle turn and invisible applique, paper piecing to traditional techniques, Georgia Quilt Show will feature classes and workshops with leading quilt educators. A celebrity evening with Keynote speaker Marianne Fons of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting will open the show on Wednesday evening.

NQA Certified Judges have been engaged and it's time to start giving some thought to which pieces you'll enter in the show. Prize packages are being assembled and details will be announced shortly. Registration and class information will be mailed out and posted to our website in mid-Summer 2008. To be added to our mailing list, please visit: www.georgiaquiltshow.com. Application forms and instructions for entering a quilt are available on the website.





Quilt show at the Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs, FL.

Oct 17-19, 2008

Theme: Turning 20 on the Suwannee

Contact: Ramona Dewees, 386-496-3876 rdewees@windstream.net






the Oaks quilters will hold their annual  show sat March 14, 9am in Bushnell Fl.  C. stein  steinhaus40@wmconnect.com




Simply Quilts May, 2008 Schedule

HGTV: Eastern Standard Time


May 06, Tuesday         07:30 am        #1012 Easier Attic Windows w/ Susan Cleveland, Jinny Beyer and Cheryl Phillips

May 08, Thursday        07:30 am        #1102 Fortune Cookie Challenge

May 13, Tuesday         07:30 am        #917 Cubist Puzzle Quilts with Robbi Joy Eklow

May 15, Thursday        07:30 am        #1007 Ribbon Applique with Wendy Grande

May 20, Tuesday         07:30 am        #1019 Quick Quilt Projects w/ Tom Russell

May 22, Thursday        07:30 am        #920 Tell Tale Quilt with Pauline Salzman

May 27, Tuesday         07:30 am        #927 Dimensional Rose Topiary with Cindy Oraveez