Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #126


December 3, 2008


Quilting Friends,


If you’ve ever wondered what your sewing thread looks like under a microscope, here are some views.  You’d be surprised at which brands of thread have lots of fuzzies, and which ones are smooth.  In case you wondered, fuzzies are bad…they gum up your sewing machine.  Take a look:  http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa102100a.htm


You may remember that I’ve listed a couple of longarm machines for sale in the past.  Well, they were sold so quickly from those listings, that I’ve decided to include a Classified Section in this newsletter.  If you have something sewing or quilt related to sell, consider an advertisement in this newsletter.  There are over 1600 interested readers in Florida and beyond.  The charge is $50 for your ad, which will include two listings (two consecutive newsletters) for a single ad.  Please send your ad to ad@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com, and look for a reply from me with instructions for sending the payment.


Nolting Pro 24 with stitch regulator with regular bobbin.  Includes patterns, stand alone bobbin winder, bobbins, pantographs, books, extra parts and Ruler Mate.  This machine is 1 1/2 years old with low "mileage".  Approximate value $16,500.  Will sell for $11,000.  Call Carol at Busy Fingers Quilt Shop at 407-767-5123.  We are closing the shop Dec. 13 and the entire inventory is discounted 50%.


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 #12


Here we are again…tripping over bags of phone books by the door…I swear I think they are bringing them to us sooner than every 12 months, aren’t they?  Anyway, I think I can count on one hand the times I’ve cracked a phone book open in the past year (not when there’s Google, baby!).  I was glad to hear about an organization that will take your name off the phone book delivery list.  Go to YellowPagesDelivery to stop phone book delivery to your home or office. Whew!  Glad that’s done.  And put those old phone books in your curbside delivery bin while you’re thinking about it.


Please let me know if these Green Tips have been useful to you and if you’d like to see more in 2009…send an email to: fqn@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com


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



 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Dec 12 Ami Simms Lecture canceled in Stuart dorihawks @ gmail.com (#126)

Dec 13 Ami Simms Lecture canceled  in Gainesville bevhilton1 @ aol.com (#126)



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

Jan 14 – 15 Rayna Gillman in Ft Myers www.artquiltersunlimited.com (#125)

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 8-11 Quilt Workshop in Venice area CWash3266 @ aol.com (#126)

Feb 13-14 Quilt Show in Panama City www.sabqg.org (#126)

Feb 14-15 Quilt Show in Dade City www.PioneerFloridaMuseum.org (#126)

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 (#126)

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 (#126)

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)

April 3-5 Quilt Show  in High Springs info @ HighSpringsQuilt.org (#126)

April 4-6 Bonnie McCaffery Workshop in Orlando www.FloridaCabinFever.com (#126)

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)






We will be having our biannual Quilt Show March 13th and 14th 2009 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium entitled "My Favorite Things".  The contact information is pattiw @ tampabay.rr.com. 








Lake County Quilters Guild

27th FANtastic Quilt Show

March 5 and 6, 2009

Lake Receptions - 4425 Hwy 19A - Mt Dora, Fl.


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. 


Additional information:

Carol McGee

Carmcgee @ juno.com






2009. February 13-14. St. Andrews Bay Quilters Guild 2009 Quilt Show "Celebrate! Quilts!" St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1607 Bakers Court, Panama City, FL 9 am to 4 pm. For further information, www.sabqg.org or call Beverly Pierzchala, 850-271-8913.






Ami Simms is doing a lecture for the Martin County Quilters in Stuart, FL on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30pm. Visitors are welcome. They can email me at dorihawks @ gmail.com 

Dori Hawks
dorihawks @ thequiltercommunity.com
Your Quilting Magazine Online!






Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
Dade City, FL
19th Annual Farm Fest & Quilt Show
February 14 & 15, 2009
Hoffman Challenge travel collection with fashion show, Robert Kaufman Fabrics travel collection, quilt appraiser, trunk show, local area quilters entries, and quilting vendors.  In addition are Farm related activities for the whole family to enjoy.   
www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org for more details to come. 
Thank you.
Marion Osborne
East Pasco Quilters, Inc.






The Venice Area Quilters Guild has class openings in their upcoming
retreat. Linda Cantrell will be teaching "A Beach Scene Workshop". In
this class you will learn pictorial applique with Linda. Drawing
ability is not required but an advanced sense of humor is required!
The class will be held February 8-11, 2009 at DaySpring Episcopal
Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida. The cost is $422 for a
semi-private room. This includes three full days of class with Linda,
overnight accommodations, and all of your meals. You only need to bring
your supplies and yourself. To find out more about Linda check her
website at www.southernhighlandguild.org/lindafiber/ If you have
questions about the retreat or would like to sign up contact Cathy
Washburn at CWash3266 @ aol.com



Treat Yourself This Holiday Season!
Ami Simms Double Lecture in
Gainesville  canceled


Get your tickets now!


 If Ami Simms hadn’t become an internationally known quilt instructor, author, and Alzheimer’s activist, she’d have been a stand-up comedian.  There’s still time to get your ticket for this exceptional event.  Seize this opportunity to bring some color and some quilting fun to your holiday season this year.


 Ami Simms will be in 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 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 get 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.) 


 Warning: Some GPS devices direct to the service entrance, about one mile west of the actual entrance to Oak Hammock.  Use directions as provided to avoid misdirection and delay.


 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, 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.


Beverley Hilton, APR, CPRC
4716 N. W. 41st Street
Gainesville, Florida 32606
(352) 373-7791 (Home)
(352) 373-7655 (fax)
(352) 281-8100 (cell)






We are pleased to announce the first annual High Springs Quilt Fest!


When – April 3, 4 & 5th, 2009


Where – City of High Springs, Florida


For Additional Information – email info@highspringsquilt.org







SSQA will be giving grants again in 2009 to assist groups holding Quilt Documentation Days.

Details about applying for a grant, along with the forms, may be found at this link: http://www.ssqa.org/grants.htm

Proposals are accepted from January 1 through March 31st for events to beheld from June 2009 to June 2010.




Dear Florida Quilt Network,


I am taking a shot in the dark here.  I am looking for someone who is knowledgeable with a certain brand of quilting machine.

I purchased a Baby Lock model BLQP/ Quilting Choice Professional. I have it on the pinnacle quilting frame.


When I purchased the machine one of the women who worked for me said she new how to operate it.  That woman is no longer with us and she did not know how to operate it.  I am in search of someone who can come and train me and my employees....or someone who can work for me quilting.


Please let me know if you think the quilting network can be of any assistance.   

Thank you.


Marci Navarro

MMM Custom Window Treatments

6530 East Rogers Circle

Boca Raton, FL  33487


Fax:  561-988-1121






Florida Cabin Fever will be hosting Bonnie McCaffery for 3 classes in April.  The classes will be: Kaleidoscope Piecing on Saturday, April 4; Painted Faces for Beginners on Sunday, April 5; and Fantasy Fabric Sampler on Monday, April 6.  She will also present a lecture on April 6 at our guild meeting on Portrait Quilts ($5 donation non-members).  Our meetings now start at 6:30pm.  For further information, go to our website, www.floridacabinfever.com or contact Kathie Medley at 321-455-9704 or at kamedley @ earthlink.net