Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #122


August 6, 2008

 Quilting Friends,

 I just touched down after a very restful 12 days in the mountains.  DH got extra husband points for swinging wide so I could spend a delightful 1.5 hours at Mary Jo’s fabric store in Gastonia, NC.  If you’ve been there before, you might be interested to know that they are tearing down the entire mall around Mary Jo’s shop, but leaving her shop intact.  I guess something new will be added on soon.  The store was as fun as always, and I knew enough to bring a list so I wasn’t totally overwhelmed by the choices and great prices.  I hope to have time tonight to actually go thru all my new treasures and figure out which project comes first.

 I have a reader looking for contact info for Diane McClure in Florida.   If anyone has that information, can you forward it on to me?  mji @ FloridaQuiltNetwork.com   Thanks!

 THIS FRIDAY, August 8th, there are still a few seats left in FiberSmith Diane Smith’s class at Fireside Quilt Shop in Sanford.  Diane will be teaching painting using Caran d’Ache Wax Pastels in the morning and Foils and Paintstixs in the afternoon.  The class goes from 9am-4pm and the cost is $50 plus supplies.  Sounds like a lot of fun, I hope you can come.  Call Kenda at 407-322-0065 to register.

 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 #8

 One of the oldest water-saving tricks in the book: collect water in a bucket while you’re waiting for the shower water to heat up.  Or, if you’re like us at our house, you’re waiting for your water to cool DOWN (since the re-piping, all the pipes are in the attic and the water that sits up there is too hot to touch!)  Anyway, those extra gallons of water can water your plants or…whatever.

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


 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


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

Now thru August 30 Quilt Exhibit in New Hampshire (#122)

 August 8-10 Shop Hop in Central Florida www.aquiltersdream.biz (#121)

 August 13-14  Cindy Blackberg Workshop in Tampa djohns47 @ tampabay.rr.com (#121)

 August 16 Cindy Blackberg Workshop in Sanford  kenda1@ bellsouth.net (#121)

 August 22 – 24 Shop Hop in Central Florida (#121)

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


August 29 – Nov 9  Quilt Show in Tallahassee mnkelley @ lewisweb.net (#122)

 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 10-11 Quilt Workshops in Ft. Myers jgrande2 @ comcast.net (#122)

 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)

 Jan 30-31  Quilt Show in The Villages brownwood.fl @ gmail.com (#122)

 Feb 6-7 Quilt Show in Tampa www.quiltersworkshop.org (#122)

 Feb 20-21 Quilt Show in Vero Beach www.members.aol.com/sbonnets1979 (#120)

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

 Feb 20-21 Quilt Show in Sebring  quiltshow @ gmail.com  (#122)

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

 Feb 27-28 Quilt Show in Clearwater   www.QuiltersCrossing.net(#122)

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

 March 13-15 Quilt Show in Ft. Lauderdale www.browardquiltexpo.com

Apr 19-21 Quilt Workshops in Kentucky margie @ cfl.rr.com (#121)

May 8-21 Textile Tour to France www.jeannemillstours.com (#122)

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



Broward Quilt Expo  

March 13, 14 & 15, 2009

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

War Memorial Auditorium

800 Sandy Nininger Drive

(NE 8 th Street)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


 Please visit our website soon as new information will be posted on workshops/classes to be taught by National Teachers

· More than 30 Vendors

· Mini Quilt Auction

· Guild Charity Quilt Raffles

· Door Prizes

· Quilt & Challenge Quilt Competition

· Special Exhibits

· Quiltique

· Demonstrations

· Raffle prizes

· NQA Certified Quilt Judges



Bonnie Askowitz will be putting on a one person show of some of her work at the Shedd Free Library in Washington, NH. Kwilts and Kritters will run throughout the month of




Hello to everyone,

I have enjoyed planning the itinerary for the May 2009 tour to France, specifically the Riviera and Provence. As much fun as it is to be an armchair traveler, I look forward to accompanying a group of you to the south of France. All the details are now on my website: www.jeannemillstours.com. I will not be mailing out paper brochures this year.

The tour focuses on textiles, art, inspiration and color, especially, but not exclusively, for quilters. The 2009 tour begins in Nice, where we explore the museums and the seaside towns of the Riviera, and is followed by days in Avignon with visits to textile museums, monuments and hilltop villages as we explore the colors of Provence. We'll end the tour in Paris.

 The dates of the tour are May 8 to 21st, 2009. The 3-day extension in Paris ends on May 24th.

 I have reserved rooms in the hotels for 12 participants, the minimum number to make the tour a "go". As the numbers increase, I hope the hotels will still have rooms to accommodate a total of 20 participants and your leaders.

 To be assured of a place for this tour, please register early.

 I look forward to hearing that you would like to join the group. Family and friends are welcome, so do forward this email to those who might be interested in registering. Please help spread the word.

 Contact me if you have questions about the tour. I'll be happy to chat with you by phone or email.

 Jeanne Mills








Through the Looking Glass
27th annual quilt show from Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee
August 29, 2008 - November 9, 2008
Mon - Sat  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM;  Sun - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Museum of Florida History
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL
Free admittance

Opportunity quilt, silent auction
Special Exhibit:  2 authentic pieces from Tentmakers of Cairo (Egypt) and one reproduction quilt in the same style.  The Tentmakers of Cairo are a centuries old group of men who originally made tents and wall hangings for insulation for warriors going to fight.  These wall hangings are still made by men and the patterns and skills are passed from father to son.  For more information on these quilt makers, please enter Tentmakers of Cairo into your search engine.

For information, contact Marilyn Kelley, mnkelley@lewisweb.net, or call 850/668-9317.


Dear Quilting friends,

How often have you wished you could just go off somewhere and do nothing but quilt… or sit and do nothing but think about quilting?

You can do just that by joining us in April 2009 for a quilt escape near Paducah, Kentucky. The retreat is at a homey, comfortable lodge owned and serviced by a really neat family, Joe and Janet Dooley and their ever-smiling daughters (who serve the food).  The area is next to the Kentucky Dam and the scenery in April is full of dogwoods and azaleas and rolling hills. The quilting part is just like a quilt cruise, only it’s on land – and we get to sew all day (and night) long and eat whenever they feed us… the quilter’s dream.

There is a PDF flyer on my website which gives pertinent details.  Please share it with your quilting friends, and especially your guild.  One guild is talking about bringing up a bus and staying for Paducah’s 25th Anniversary show.  You also have that option – of staying a few additional days to take in the Paducah show.

Very soon I will post descriptions of the classes on my website and then supply lists will follow at the end of August.  Supplies won’t be extensive, and I will be bringing some basics which are needed by all.  At this point in the planning stage, I also welcome your input and ideas.  Just email me and I’ll be so happy to hear them.  I will also be happy to answer your questions via email which I check DAILY.  Talking via phone is a possibility if I’m home…at 321-777-5802.

Happy Quilting,

Margie Engel





 2009 Quilt Show

Festival of Quilts

Feb. 20 amd 21

Times: 9:00-4:00 both days

Hwy 27 & George Blvd.

Sebring, Fl  33875

 quiltshow@gmail.com   (no www site)
Jeanne Adam, (863) 465-7496



Quilters' Crossing Quilt Guild   Presents our 11th Bi-Annual Show

‘Quilting Under the Palms’

Friday Feb. 27 and  Saturday Feb. 28th, 2009

9 AM to 4 PM.    Admission  $6.00.

200 Quilts  plus  Wearable Art;  Vendors;  Door Prizes; 

Free Demonstrations;  Hoffman Challenge Trunk Show;  Opportunity

Quilt;  Large Boutique;  Small Quilt Auction; People's Choice

Awards.  Traditional to Contemporary quilts.  Raffle for New Sewing Machine by

Sue’s Bay Area Sewing

Free Parking and Buses Welcome!


Countryside Recreation Center

2640 Sabal Springs Dr.

Clearwater, Florida  33761

Contact:  Evelyn:  727-785-3743 or 


.  Map is on website.

Website:  www.QuiltersCrossing.net



  Quilting Guild of the Villages, Showcase of Quilts

     January 30 & 31, 2009

     The Villages, Florida

     contact:  brownwood.fl@gmail.com



October 10 and 11, 2008  - SUE BENNER  will teach her newest workshop for Art Quilters Unlimited entitled "Landscapes".  This is a two day art experience, from 10 am4 pm each day at the Alliance for the Arts, 1091 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers, Florida.

 The two day workshop fee is $170.00.  Contact Joyce Grande at jgrande2@comcast.net to signup.

Sue is known for her brilliant dyed and painted textiles, her bold, expressionistic style, and underlying sense of order.

Visit her web site at www.suebenner.com for more details and a gallery tour of her work.


Dear Friends,

 I bring to you a challenge, to help provide sixteen quilts for a new facility opening this autumn in Tampa.

 Crossroads, a 501-C (3) not-for-profit operating in Hillsborough county since 1977, has created a house for homeless women veterans. Being a quilter myself, I thought it would be nice for these women to each have a nice quilt on her bed. Being a lone quilter, I probably have enough fabric for sixteen quilts, but not the time to make that many before October. So I turn to you and your organization, in hopes you may be able to supply one or more twin size quilts for these women who have so bravely served our country in time of war.

 I heard about the new house in an article by Sue Carlton, reporter for the St. Pete Times. You can read her article at:


 I’ve committed to Sara Romeo, Executive Director of Crossroads, to work on this project to supply quilts for all sixteen beds. If you can help by making one or more quilts, that would be wonderful! If you can supply batting or fabric, or some time to help make quilts, wonderful! If you can forward this letter to someone you know that might like to help, that would be wonderful as well! The quilts would need to be done by September/October, when the women arrive in their new home. 

 Here’s a link to Crossroad’s home page:


 I don’t think any guidelines are necessary beyond making your quilt a twin size- there will be two twin beds in each room. As an avid quilt historian, I think it would be wonderful if you did add a label, explaining who made the quilt, what it was made for, and a date. As well, if you give me the names of your guild or group and the participating members, I’d be able to share your information with the St. Pete Times and give you the credit you deserve for helping with this project. Sue Carlton has asked me to keep her posted, so the Times can do a follow up article when the quilts are completed.

 Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter, and  I hope to hear from you soon. Quilters are some of the nicest, most generous people I meet, and I hope you’ll be able to help make this miracle happen for the homeless servicewomen who will be served by the Athena program.


 Paula G. Seager

12204 Bear Creek Lane

Hudson, FL 34667





 Quilters' Workshop of Tampa Bay is proud to announce that it’s next quilt show will be February 6 and 7, 2009 at the  Salvation Army Community Worship Center  at 1100 W. Sligh Ave. in Tampa.  The theme of our show is “Sunshine and Sisterhood,” two things we Florida quilters invite all visitors to enjoy at the show.  We had over 200 quilts in our 2007 show made by our amazingly creative members and we are sure the 2009 show will be even more eye catching.  Amenities include a tea room, high-quality vendors, a quilt appraiser, a display of our members’ challenge quilts, the drawing for our gorgeous opportunity quilt, demonstrations, and last but not least, the live small quilt auction benefiting the Salvation Army.
       We encourage all members to volunteer for the various committees and, of course, work on those quilts.  Information about the categories, awards and rules is available online by clicking the link below. The charity auction donation form, program advertising form and entry reminder forms are also now available. Use the links at the bottom of the page to print any of these documents for yourself.
       For more information, please contact:

Mary Mahoney, Quilt Show Chair, at 813 931-0472 mahonmm@verizon.net
or Shirley Pope, Guild President, 813 968-5177 (scrappytoo@aol.com)