Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #123


September 1, 2008


Quilting Friends,


I’ve been finishing quilts this summer ( I love that word...finishing...)  now that my quilting machine is up and running.  Check them out at the bottom of my Gallery page: http://www.floridaquiltnetwork.com/pictures.html


Remember the “quilted car” that was showing up at various quilt shows a few years ago?  Here is a new take on that idea:



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 #9


Here’s an interesting and easy concept: if we all DECREASE the margins of our word processed documents, we’ll save paper without even trying! Go to www.changethemargins.com to give it a try.


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



 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


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

Sept 5 – Oct 4 Quilt Exhibit in Ft. Myers 293-541-0226 (#123)

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

Sept 25-27 QuiltFest  in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com

Oct 2-31 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne 321-768-2060 (#123)

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)

Oct 19 – 21 Kaffe Fassett lecture & workshops in Margate 954-971-4810 (#123)

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

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

Nov 14-16 SSQA Retreat in Lake Yale www.ssqa.org (#123)

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 (#123)

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 21-22 Quilt Show in the Keys benmagbyview @ aol.com (#123)

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

March 20,21 Quilt Show in Crystal River www.geocities.com/creativeqcc (#123)

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

May 2,3 Quilt Show in Gainesville 352-373-1902 (#123)

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

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





“Piecing in Paradise Quilt Show”


Paradise Quilters’ Guild will hold their biennial quilt show on Saturday and Sunday, February 21 & 22, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sugarloaf  School located at Mile Marker 19.5 on Sugarloaf Key, Florida. In addition to the more than 200 quilts on display, there will be commercial vendors and food for sale


Admission is $5.00, men and children admitted free. Raffle tickets for Birds of Paradise, our 2009 raffle quilt (88” x 102”) will be available at $1.00 each or 6 for $5. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be at 3:00 P.M Sunday Feb. 22. Door prizes, a silent auction, and demonstrations are some of the activities taking place during the show.


Maggie Crisman,

2009 Quilt Show Publicity Chairperson

e-mail benmagbyview@aol.com

Phone 609 368 6062 (until Oct. 15, 2008)

           305 745 8993 (after Oct. 20, 2008)






On October 19, 20, and 21, 2008, Kaffe Fassett, internationally known for the spectacular use of design and color in quilts, will be visiting Sunshine Sewing Company, Margate, FL and be presenting a lecture and two workshops.


The workshops, on Sunday, October 19, and Tuesday, October 21, from 10 am to 4 pm, are entitled "Diamond Designs from Kaleidoscope of Quilts". The lecture on Monday, October 20, is called "Kaleidoscope of Color" and runs from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  The workshops are $150.00 and lecture is $30.00; both are $175.00.  Fassett will do a book signing after the lecture and workshops and cameras are encouraged.  The workshop on Sunday is sold out and we have limited space in the other workshop and lecture.


Kaffe Fassett, known for his bold and vivid sense of color, has an incredibly loyal following in the international knitting, needlecraft, and quilting worlds.  Described as one of the foremost experts on the subject of color in design, Fassett wows audiences with an almost evangelical way of speaking about how craft impacts one's life and influences creativity.  Fassett has a flair for encouraging others to capture the individual inspiration that he knows they possess.  He is unparalleled in his ability to make his audiences realize their potential to "create something truly beautiful and life-enhancing."  All of his students walk away invigorated, seeing things they haven't before and thereby changing the way they look at color forever, in their work and in their surroundings.


Please call Sunshine Sewing if you wish to participate:  954-971-4810.






For the fourth time in Quilt Sampler history, a Florida quilt store has been selected as a feature store in Quilt Sampler magazine.  Quilting by the Bay located in Panama City, FL is featured in Quilt Sampler 2008.  The feature quilt, Set Sail, is a beautiful blue and white quilt which features a Mariner's Compass as the center medallion reflecting the store's logo.  The medallion is surrounded by ocean wave blocks and bordered by "sea gulls" - aka flying geese!  Magazines can be ordered at www.quiltingbythebay.com.






Tree City Quilters Guild, Gainesville, Florida, next quilt show is May 2 and 3, 2009 at the

Best Western Hotel, 39th and I-75, Exit 390.  For more information contact Sandy Pozzetta at







The Villages Quilting Guild presents "Showcase of Quilts, Friday, January 30th, 9-5 & Saturday January 31sr 9-4.Features will include: Quilts, Demos, Raffle Quilt, door Prizes, NQA Certified Judge, Silent Mini Auction, Challenges Quilt, Appraiser, Lunch Area, Free Parking.  Located at the Savannah Center, 1545 Buena Vista Blvd., the Villages, FL. 32159. For information E-Mail Brownwood.fl@gmail.com. 






"ART OF THE QUILT", a juried show by members of Art Quilters Unlimited will be on display at the Alliance for the Arts main gallery, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers, from September 5 through October 4, 2008.  Opening reception will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday evening September 5th.  Phone 239-541-0226 for further information.





Do you have projects for the Holidays to finish and need quiet time to sew?

Looking for a quilters' get-away?

Then register for the SSQA Retreat! 

Mary Sorenson will be speaking on the 16th.

November 14 – 16, 2008

SSQA Retreat and Annual Meeting

Lake Yale, FL

Members:  Double Occupancy $145.00 (Single $195.00)

Non-Members:  Double Occupancy $165.00 (Single  $215.00)

Registration Form at http://www.ssqa.org/images/0811reg.pdf

More details at http://www.ssqa.org/0811meet.htm


Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists Exhibit in Melbourne

 Over 80 striking fiber art pieces will be showcased during the upcoming Dirty Dozen Exposed V exhibit, in Melbourne.  From October 2nd through October 31st, this exhibit will feature the creations of the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists, including three group projects.  These works will be on display at Boutique 4 Quilters, located at 2945 W. New Haven Ave.

 The Exposed exhibit kicks off with a reception on October 4th, from 1-3 P.M.  General viewing is during regular store hours, M-F 9:30-5,

Sat. 9:30-4.  Phone 321-768-2060



Creative Quilters presents the 11th Biennial Quilt Show


                              “Quilts on Parade”

                            March 20 and 21, 2009

        Friday the 20th, 9am-5pm; Saturday the 21st, 9am-3pm

              Crystal River Armory, Crystal River, Fl

                      South Suncoast Highway (Hwy 19)

This will be a judged show, with professional appraisals, vendors, a mini auction for charity, a quilt raffle for Hospice, Demonstrations and Quilt Boutique.  The Hoffman Peacock Challenge will be displayed. Raffle tickets are $1 or 6 for $5 and can be obtained from any Creative Quilters member.

Co-sponsored by the Citrus County Chronicle

  Visit us at www.geocities.com/creativeqcc