Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #124


October 9, 2008


Quilting Friends,


If you live in Central Florida, I just have to tell you about a wonderful church Festival happening next weekend (Oct. 17-19).  The largest Festival in Seminole County: twenty two amazing food booths, constant entertainment, Kids Rides and Games for all ages, Bingo, Arts & Crafts, Hole-in-One, a Parade, Beer Garden, did I mention Great Food ??  I happen to be in charge of the 22 food booths, and I’m here to tell you everything is cooked to order and I order only the best quality food.  Where else will you be able to buy a whole lobster for $12, an Italian sausage and pepper sub for $5, a REAL Philly Cheese Steak for $5….OK, I have to stop, I’m getting hungry again.  Come on down to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church  in Altamonte Springs,.  For more info, go to: Community Fest


From the State of Florida:

As you probably know, it has been two years since the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) implemented a new emergency contact information system (ECI) that allows Florida motorists to voluntarily register emergency contact information online using their Florida driver licenses or Florida identification cards.  The information can then be accessed by law enforcement officers to notify designated contacts if a person is seriously injured or killed in a traffic crash or for non-traffic related incidents as well. To date, 1.3 million people have entered their information into the system but with over 15 million drivers in the state of Florida, we have a long way to go to reach our participation goals.

If you have not already provided this voluntary information, and are interested in doing so, click on the link 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 #10

Sure, recycling is a wonderful thing, but re-USE-ing is even better.  Think about the overhead and resources needed to collect, process and close the loop on a single plastic bottle, for instance.  So before you toss that item in the trash or the recycling bin, take a minute and get creative.  Can you use that plastic clamshell in the garden?  To take a salad to a sick friend?  Can you shred that junk mail and put it in the compost bin? Can you use that shoe box to take cookies to a bake sale or the local fire station?  Consider this a challenge to reUSE more “trash” this month.



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 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


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

Sept 19-Oct 25 Quilt Exhibit in Mt. Dora www.mountdoracenterforthearts.org  (#124)

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

Oct 8-10 Becky Goldsmith in Tampa    djohns47 @ tampabay.rr.com (#124)

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

Oct 10-11 Quilt Show in Riverview DWilli2359 @ aol.com (#124)

Oct 11 Florida Quilt Study Group meeting in Trenton (#124)

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

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

Oct 18 Ellen Lindner Workshop  in Mt. Dora www.mountdoracenterforthearts.org (#124)

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 6-9 Shop Hop in Leesburg  www.aquiltersdream.biz (#124)

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

Nov 13-16 SSQA Retreat in Lake Yale www.ssqa.org (#123)

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

Dec 13 Ami Simms Lecture in Gainesville Bevhilton1 @ aol.com (#124)


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)

Jan 31 Quilt Challenge in Dade City epquilters @ yahoo.com (#124)

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)

Mar 5-6 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora www.LakeQuiltGuild.com (#124)

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

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

March 13-14 Quilt Show in Sarasota pattiw @ tampabay.rr.com (#124)

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

March 30-May 3 Quilt Exhibit in Delray Beach Vsmith @ aos.org (#124)

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)





The Feather Princesses, Tampa Chapter of The Appliqué Society, will host quilt instructor, Becky Goldsmith, Wednesday, October 8 -Friday, October 10, 2008. Becky will present a lecture and teach classes while she is here.


Becky Goldsmith's class schedule:

Wednesday, October 8 - Lecture/Trunk Show - "How Did I Get From Here to There?" - 11 a.m.


Thursday, October 9 - "Let's Color a Medallion Vase of Flowers" - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Friday, October 10 - "Let's Stitch a Medallion Vase of Flowers" - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Becky's lecture and classes will be held at our meeting place:

        The Carrollwood Cultural Center Annex Building

        13345 Casey Road (corner of Casey and Lowell Road)

        Tampa, Florida 33618


For more info, please contact Dorothy Johnson at
djohns47 @ tampabay.rr.com  or 813-961-8190.





My name is Karen Clark and I am the quilt show co-chair for the Friendship Knot Quilters Guild of Sarasota.  We will be having our biannual Quilt Show March 13th and 14th 2009 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium entitled "My Favorite Things".  Would you please add our show information to your calendar of quilting events in Florida.  The contact information is pattiw @ tampabay.rr.com. 




"The next meeting of the Florida Quilt Study Group will be Saturday, October 11th at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop, 417 No Main Street in Trenton. We start at 10am, are very informal and welcome new members or visitors. Please join us!"
Mary Anne Randall



Finally! My book -  Bodacious Appliqué a la carte, published by AQS, written by Margie Engel, will be available the first part of October.  The book can be ordered through www.Engelquilts. com OR the AQS website. The book deals with a new method of appliqué which allows you to embellish your appliqué before sewing it to its background.  Embellishment is with colored pencils, markers, inks, and beads. The book contains ten very easy projects – flowers, birds, and one stray cat!  





Fiber Exposé

Invitational Exhibit


September 19 – October 24

Mt. Dora Center for the Arts

Mt. Dora, FL


This exciting exhibit includes everything from wearable art

to mixed media sculptures.  Over 60 pieces are on display,

representing the work of over 20 central Florida artists.


Reception October 10th, 6 – 8 p.m.


Interactive Fabric Collage demo with Ellen Lindner,

October 10th, 5 p.m.


Mt. Dora Center for the Arts

138 East 5th Ave., Mt. Dora, FL




Mt. Dora class with Ellen Lindner


Design Your Own Nature Collage:  Glued or Stitched

October 18th, Mt. Dora Center for the Arts


This class will help take the fear out of design. Using your own nature photo, you’ll learn how to interpret it in fabric, (and possibly paper, for you gluers.) Multiple group and solo exercises will give you the skills and confidence you need to start your own design. A raw edge collage technique will ensure maximum flexibility and speedy results. You will learn: Identifying and placing a focal point, how cropping can help a composition, getting your fabric to do the work and how to work with raw edge collage. Stitchers, you’ll start pinning your composition and go home with it well underway. Gluers, you’ll glue your composition during class. No artistic skills are needed for this class, but artistic courage is required.


9:30am to 4:30pm (with an hour break for lunch), $85 members, $110 nonmembers, *Note: This class requires an additional $6.00 for supplies, payable during class.


Mt. Dora Center for the Arts

138 East 5th Ave., Mt. Dora, FL







Get your tickets now!



            Alzheimer’s activist, internationally known quilt instructor and author Ami Simms is coming to Gainesville, Florida, December 13, 2008 for a very special double-lecture and trunk show.  Tickets – priced at a mere $10! – are now available.  (If you don’t know Ami and her work, just go to www.amisimms.com and get acquainted.)


            Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild will host Ami, who will present two program lectures with trunk shows, including  “Living With Quilts: A Survival Guide,” and a second on her Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.  Even Madison, Ami’s Mom’s service dog, will be getting in on this act. 


            Ami will appear in the Oak Room in Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.  Oak Hammock is located west of U.S. 441, and 1.1 miles east of I-75, off Williston Road (southernmost of the four Gainesville exits).  Turn south at the Oak Hammock sign onto

S. W. 25th Terrace.  (Directions and map are on the www.QACDG.org website.)


            This exceptional event is open to everyone.  Area guilds, seize this opportunity!  Doors open at 6:45 p.m., Ami will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m.  QACDG worked hard to keep tickets at just $10 per person – our guild’s gift to the central Florida quilting and sewing community.  Refreshments will be served. 


            To purchase tickets, see Laura Sills at your next QACDG meeting (or a QACDG representative at your guild’s next meeting), or send a self-addressed stamped envelope, and $10 per ticket, to:


                                    Laura Sills, Treasurer


                                    1521 S. W. 96th Street

                                    Gainesville, FL 32607


            For information, contact Beverley Hilton at Bevhilton1 @ aol.com


            And . . . Wouldn’t it be great to present Ami with Journal Quilts to take back for her Alzheimer’s Initiative fund-raising auction?   Go to Ami’s website, www.amisimms.com   for information on the Alzheimer’s Initiative, and to print off the information list that must accompany all submissions.  (Or go to the QACDG website – www.qacdg.org – for a print-out of the info form.)  And to see more of Ami’s inspiring and uplifting quilts.







Buy One Get One Free on selected books from That Patchwork Place.  Hot Ribbon Art now at A Quilter’s Dream available in all colors.  Open late on Thursdays till 8pm.  Once a month will be a special and a free surprise.  October receive a free one minute massage.  Got to make room for new fabric selected fabric $7.00 per yard. 




Shop Hop November 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th.  Passports available at A Quilter’s Dream in Leesburg.  Grand Prize a Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine; win one of nine $75.00 Gift Certificate or one of nine Gift Baskets. Mystery sales and a kit on sale at each shop.  Call for more information. 352-728-1482 or email aqd@embarqmail.com


Connie Czernuch
A Quilter's Dream
719 W. Main Street
Leesburg, Fl 34748








Quilt-Wall Hanging and Wearable Art Challenge
March 30 – May 3, 2009
at the American Orchid Society
Delray Beach, Florida






 Prizes awarded



Application deadline 2/15/09. Contqact

            Valerie Smith, 561-404-2052

             E-mail Vsmith @ aos.org






The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon is having a quilt show in October.  We would appreciate your listing this event on your calendar.  For further information, you may contact me at DWilli2359 @ aol.com  Thank you.  Debbie Williams


"A Harvest of Quilts"

October 10 & 11

International Independent Showmen's Association

Riverview, Florida  33578







East Pasco Quilters would appreciate it if you would post the following announcement on your FL quilt newsletter:


Kumquat Festival Jan. 31, 2009 - Kumquat/Citrus Quilt Challenge "Call for Entries".  Details are on the pdf file on the above web page. 

This year's quilting them is "Viva La Kumquat!"  Four categories available:  quilts, miniature quilts, wearables, and miscellaneous.

All quilts entered will be judged and displayed at the Kumquat Festival in Dade City, FL.

For questions, email:  epquilters @ yahoo.com






Lake County Quilt Show 2009 will be March 5 & 6 at Lake Receptions, 4425 Highway 19A, Mt. Dora, FL 32757.  Hours on Thursday are 9-6 and Friday 9-4.  This is our 27th Annual FANtastic Quilt Show and will include demonstrations, door prizes, raffle quilt, boutique, mini-raffle, silent auction, vendors, and quilt sales.  Admission is $6; prearranged bus groups of 25 or more, Admission $5.