Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #120


June 2, 2008


Quilting Friends,


I’ve have been machine quilting my heart out lately, now that my mid-arm quilting machine has come back from the dead.  Thanks to Jon Keel, I’m humming along, finishing that great big pile of tops in the closet.  I’ve posted pictures of my latest 4 quilts at www.FloridaQuiltNetwork.com/pictures.htm.  Scroll down to the bottom to see the latest.  I hope you take a peek!


My guild, Central Florida Quilters Guild, will be hosting teacher Sunny Malesky at the end of June.  If you’d like to join us for a Friday or Saturday class with Sunny, see the item below.


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 #6


If you’re like me, after you pick up the mail from the box, you stand over the recycle bin and throw out most of the catalogs.   Why not just stop them from coming in the first place?  Go to www.CatalogChoice.org and sign up.  You can then browse or search their very long list of catalogs to “decline”.  I’m thrilled to find out how easy it is…couldn’t wait to tell you!  Thanks to Linda Masters for the idea.


A similar idea belongs to www.GreenDimes.com who will stop your other junk snail mail and they’ll even plant a tree in your honor.  Thanks to Kelly Woodworth for that head’s up.


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 Quilt Walk in New Smyrna Beach (#120)


June 6-8 Quilt Retreat  in Orlando Talacam@aol.com (#120)


June 7 Quilt Studio Sale in New Smyrna Beach www.thatblackgirlart.com (#120)


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)


June 27-28 Quilt Classes in Longwood  www.CFQG.org (#120)


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


August 1-3 Quilting Retreat in Winter Park www.FloridaCabinFever.com (#120)


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 www.quiltfestjax.com


Oct 3-5 Quilt Retreat  in St. Augustine  Talacam@aol.com (#120)


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)


Nov 14-15 Quilt Show and Tea in Davenport quiltsandtea@msn.com (#120)




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


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


Feb 20-21 Quilt Show in Vero Beach http://sbonnets1979.org     (#120)


Feb 20-21 Quilt Show in Titusville  spacecoastquilters.com (#120)


Feb 27-28 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda www.peaceriverquilters.org (#120)


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


June 18-21 Quilt Retreat  in Eustis Talacam @ aol.com (#120)





The Sunny Malesky workshops are June 27 and 28 from 9-6 at the Christ Church at 151 W Church Ave in Longwood.  The Friday class is called Quirky Bits and is $35.00 for non members. You can see a picture at http://www.cfqg.org/page4.html

The Saturday class is a mystery quilt and is also $35.00.  If interested, please contact Carol at ginger1687@yahoo. or 407-744-6152.





Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild is hosting "Itchin' to be Stitchin'" Quilters' Retreat.  The retreat will be August 1-3 at the San Pedro Spiritual Developement Center in Winter Park.  The retreat is opon to any quilter who would like a weekend away to sew and quilt in a relaxed environment.  The cost is $120 for double occupancy and $156 for single occupancy.  The fee covers two nights and all meals.  For more information contact Reggie Kirkwood (kirkwoodcr@aol.com) or go to http://www.floridacabinfever.com/




Fiber Artist Lauren Austin will be holding a sale on June 7th between 9 AM and 4 PM at her studio at the Atlantic Center for Arts in New Smyrna Beach.  Lauren’s unique and dramatic pieces have been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles.  They combine beautiful hand-dyed fabrics with quilted figures, drawings, hand made embellishments and photos.  Lauren’s prize-winning work has been exhibited nationally at such venues as the CINTAS Center of Xavior University, the Sedgewick Cultural Center in Philadelphia, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and regionally at the Florida Museum of Art in Deland, the Bethune Cookmen University Performing Arts Center, and the Elliott Museum in Stuart.  Her quilt ‘He Drums Lubolo’ was one of the cover photos for the acclaimed art book ‘Textural Rhythms’ by reknown quilter and author, Dr. Caroline Mazloomi.

This is a true DISCOUNT SALE with prices for her wall quilts ranging from $90 for 24” x 36” pieces to $1,800 for 60” x 80” works and larger.  Lauren has recently contracted with a gallery in Miami and prices for all her artwork will be set much higher in the future.  Lauren, who is also an educator and storyteller will be sharing the stories behind her quilts and demonstrating her technique for ‘quilt drawing’ on her long arm sewing machine during the day.  Proceeds from the sale will help finance Lauren’s trip this summer to work with 150 AIDS orphans at the Kakamega Care Center in Kakamega, Kenya East Africa.

You may see examples of her work and learn more about Lauren at www.thatblackgirlart.com or contact her by phone (386) 314-3835.

Information on the Atlantic Center for the Arts website is at: http://www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org/





10th Biennial Quilt Festival “Pieces of Paradise”


Friday, February 27, 2009 - 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM


Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:00AM until 4:00 PM


Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center


75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda , Florida


Judged show, Over 250 quilts, Raffle quilt “Pieceful Paradise”, Boutique,


Silent auction, Special exhibits, Vendors, Demonstrations, Food available,


Free parking, Buses welcome, Wheel chair accessible.


Donation - $6.00




Contact:  Susan at prqgpubchair @ yahoo.com






8th Annual Quilts and Tea Festival

November 14 & 15, 2008

Davenport, Florida 33837

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Contact:  quiltsandtea @ msn.com






June 6,7 & 8th 2008 @ Canterbury retreat Center In Orlando  Project is Kinetic Energy - Pieced top in 9 shades of 1 color


October 3,4,& 5th 2008 @ Holiday Inn on Anastasia Island in St Augustine Beach. Project is Cornucopia - Pieced top from the book French Braid Quilts by Jane Hardy Miller.


June 18,19,20 & 21st 2009 @ Lake Yale Retreat Center  @ Eustis  Project to be decided. 

All enquiries to Glenda Irvine 352-625-7760 or Talacam @ aol.com


Thanks for your help and for a wonderful resource for all quilters in Florida,

Glenda Irvine






Sunbonnet Sue Quilters Quilt Show    Feb 20 & 21, 2009

for information go to http://sbonnets1979.org    

Contact 772 562 9294


Also    Guild information

Sunbonnet Sue Quilters Guild, Inc.

There is additional permanent quilt displayed at the McKee Garden, Vero Beach, Fl in their Educational Building. It is a quilt mural 101"W x 45"L of thing seen at the garden. See picture on the web site







Spacecoast Quilters presents:  Quilting From The Heart IX.


February 20 and 21, 2009. 


Held at Brevard Community College

North US l, near Parrish Memorial Hospital

Titusville, Fl.


Hours 9 AM - 5 PM both days,

Admission is $6, under 6 is free.




We have a quilt walk in New Smyrna Beach all month during June.  Quilts in windows and shops on Canal Street , Flagler Avenue and around Harris House on Riverside .  Join in a self-directed tour by picking up a flyer at Harris House Gallery, Arts on Douglas or any of the stores downtown with a Quilt Walk sign in the window. While you’re here, visit the SQAQ art quilts and sculptures in Harris House Gallery, June 7-28.






The Sunshine State Quilters Association is pleased to announce the first recipient of their grants for Quilt Documentation is the Davenport Historical Society. They will be holding the documentation during their 8th Annual Quilts & Tea Festival, November 14 & 15, 2008, in Davenport, FL.

An SSQA member group, this will be the first time they have documented quilts along with the annual event that celebrates Florida history (for more information you may email quiltsandtea @ msn.com)


SSQA thanks the awards committee members for their time in preparing for and attending the meeting, which was held at the Quilt Shop of Deland on April 28.


The grants process starts again in 2009 with proposals accepted January 1 through March 31st. If your group is hosting a quilt documentation, please don't hesitate to apply. Non-SSQA member groups are eligible. Awards are made in June for events to be held in the following 12 months.  All the information and forms are provided online at www.ssqa.org/




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.) 




From Roni McCullough-Sheppard:


I am proud to say I was a recipient of a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant this past November. I am using the grant to attend the Shibori Symposium at the Textile Center in St. Paul, MN from June 3 to June 10th.


Workshop instructors at the symposium include Yoshika Wada, Jan Myers-Newberry and Ana Lisa Hedstrom among many others. This is like taking golf lessons from Tiger, Anika and Lorena!!  Wada, Jan and Ana are amazing practitioners of the art of Shibori dyeing.


I look forward to coming back to Florida chock full of teachable info.


Roni McCullough-Sheppard

roni @ sunnybunnydesigns.com