Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #127


January 3, 2009


Quilting Friends,


If you are a quilt shop owner or a quilt shop consumer, this message is for you:  I recently spent a few hours updating the Shops page on the FQN website, and I tried to make it more user friendly by including nearby towns on the leftmost column.  So, for example, if you are looking for a shop in Leesburg, you’ll find out there is also a shop in Fruitland Park and one in Howey-in-the-Hills.  I need your help…since I’m not familiar with all the areas of Florida, if you own or frequent a shop that should be included in these little mini-lists, let me know so I can improve the page.  This is the season our friends from the north are prowling around looking for the next Great Quilt Shop, so let’s make it easy for them!


Also, while I have your shop-ear, there is a message below from an FQN fan about the data on the Shops page.  Apparently shop hours listed are sometimes out of date.   So please check that and let me know if you need changes to your shop’s listing.


Finally, I’d like to thank RaLene Compton for sending me so many shop websites.  She really did her research and I’ve made those updates to the page.



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 $9500.  Pickup in Sanford, FL.  Call Carol at 407-529-6634.   


Are you reading my green tips?  I didn’t hear a peep last month…do you want to see more? Show me the love!  Well, here’s one more anyway:


Green Tip #13


Since Christmas fabrics are on sale this month, it’s a great time to whip up some Christmas gift bags for next year.  You know you won’t have time next December, so do it now!  There are lots of ways to do this, but I think I have just about the easiest way possible: cut two rectangles of Christmas fabric, sew or serge around the sides and bottom and then serge (optional) around the raw edges on the top.   For the drawstring, make buttonholes or put in eyelets, then use one or two drawstrings, depending on the size of the bag.  I like using rat-tail for the drawstrings, it stays smooth thru the years.  Here is a nice blog post written about my bags.  You can make smalls, mediums and larges, use your machine’s lettering to add the date, use Christmas pillow panels…the possibilities are endless!



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



 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Jan 7 – Feb 27 Quilt Exhibit in Tavares  mrsgorgon @ gmail.com (#127)

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

Jan 15 Trunk Show in Lakeland sewingthat @ yahoo.com (#127)

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 8-11 Linda Cantrell Workshop in Ellenton  CWash3266 @ aol.com (#127)

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

Feb 13 -15 Shop Hop in Central Florida (#127)

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

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

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

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

Feb 20-21 SSQA Meeting in Ormond Beach www.ssqa.org (#127)

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

Feb 25 Carol Doak Workshop in Lakeland sewingthat @ yahoo.com (#127)

\Feb 27-28 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda www.peaceriverquilters.org (#120 & #127)

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

Feb 27-28 Quilt Show in Clearwater pennyh @ heritageumc.com (#127)

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)



Hello shop owners!  I have an idea for you to ponder.  As the economy has tumbled, more and more of my appraisal clients want to sell their quilts.  After the appraisal process, they always ask "Where can I sell my quilt?"   After sixteen years of addressing this problem, I still have to say "I don't know."  I suggest e-bay and explain the caveats, but not everyone wants to utilize e-bay. I have discussed this problem with other appraisers, and I've found that a lucky few know of quilt shops that accept antique quilts on consignment.  Even the very well known and respected Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO works this way.  It has been very successful for them.  I would love to have a shop here in
Florida that might want to give this a try.  It is a source of additional revenue and should also increase traffic to your shop.  Of course it will mean a bit of effort on your part to create a consignment protocol, forms, and a way to display quilts that will protect them while they are in your care.  It is not a responsibility to be taken lightly, but if you have space in your shop, it may be something to consider.  I will be appraising quilts for the next 17 weeks, and it is certain that countless numbers of clients will be begging for a place to sell their quilts.  If this sounds like something that you would consider, please contact me at aprayzer@hotmail.com.   As an appraiser, I am ethically and legally restricted from "acting as an agent" for clients, but I am allowed to provide contact information for clients.  Just something for you to think about!!
Teddy Pruett



Feb 27-28, 2009 - Sue Van Wassenhove will be the featured artist at the 'Pieces of Paradise' Quilt Show in Punta Gorda and is available to lecture or teach other guilds while in the area. Contact her via her web site:  http://suevanwassenhove.com

Sue shares her passion for the Everglades in thoughtful poems and - in an unusual twist - breathtaking quilts, creating a one-of-a-kind poetry book for readers to savor. A former middle school art teacher and foreign language teacher, Sue has lived in Austria, Switzerland and Russia. She is an avid bird watcher, and while residing in Miami, Florida she was inspired during her frequent visits to the Everglades to quilt the illustrations and write the poems in her first book.





Southern Fried Fiber

Lake County

Administration Building,

315 W Main Street, Tavares, Florida

January 7 – February 27, 2009

Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM


This fiber art exhibition features artists from Florida/Georgia Studio Art Quilt Associates and Central Florida’s ArtsEtc Group. There are 56 works which examine the many phases of current fiber art trends including slightly twisted traditional and abstracted images in comic rendering, thread painting, rug hooking, dyeing, batiking, embellishing and fusing.


We expect to hang between 60 and 100 quilts in the rotunda and on the 4 open balconys.  We'll have a demo day in conjunction with the farmer's market one week.


The members of ArtsEtc share a common vision to promote multimedia surface design through education, preservation, and exhibition of the art. The personal growth of each artist is encouraged through an atmosphere of mutual support and respect.

Artwork, top to bottom: Rambling Roads VI, Nancy Billings, Miami; Help! There’s a Chicken in my Chili, Sheri Mears Cooper, Bradenton; Faux Fungi, Barbara Watler, Hollywood; Morning Commute, Maureen O’Doogan, Tallahassee


For more information, contact Mary McBride, FL/GA SAQA Rep

Phone 386-736-3039; email mrsgorgon@gmail.com






      I LOVE the Florida Quilt Network & visit it frequently!!   It has gotten me to many a quilt shop and also several different shop hops and quilt shows.   My husband is one of the rare ones - he also enjoys going to the quilt shows and doesn't mind driving me AND my friends to the many shops on a shop hop.    We also try to get away a couple times a year -just for a short trip usually somewhere in Florida that we have not been before, and we will visit quilt shops and antique stores.


      I know it is not an easy task, but I do have a request.    Could you ask your shop owners to update you frequently as to any changes they may make - new address, hours change, etc.   I have been caught a couple times with misinformation and was not able to visit or enjoy my time!    Just this past weekend in Jacksonville - I tried to go to a store that on the network it had Sunday hours, after driving 30 minutes or so - only to find, they actually were NOT open on Sundays!


      If you could also suggest to all that they include their store name & address at the bottom of their emails?  In this modern age - I have signed up to be on the email mailing list of several stores, but if they only send their name - I cannot always remember exactly where they are located (I admit I may be speaking for only a few people - but with everything else to remember - I don't always connect store name to city) and since we travel around Florida alot - it can be confusing.


      Thank you so much for any assist you can give me & keep up the excellent work!





Sunshine State Quilters Association (SSQA) will meet in Ormond Beach on Feburary 21st.

There will be a choice of 3 classes or a sit and sew, along with a lecture and the meeting.


On Friday 20th starting about 3:00 pm till dinner there will be a sit and sew.


Details and a registration form may be found at http://www.ssqa.org after January 7. We hope to see you there!


For more information contact Art Callinan at acallinan@cfl.rr.com






January 1 through March 31 the Sunshine State Quilters Association will receive grant proposals from groups who are hosting a Quilt Documentation Day. For complete details, forms and instructions, visit the SSQA website at http://www.ssqa.org

SSQA membership is not a requirement, and the documentation may be done along with another event. Let SSQA help you with a fun and educational project!






SSQA memberships (new and renewals) are due by January 31. Individuals will find a form at  http://www.ssqa.org/indivmem.pdf  Guilds and vendors will find their form at http://www.ssqa.org/vendormem.pdf  Learm more about your state guild by visiting http://www.ssqa.org







Feb 13th, 14th and 15th




Sign up early to be eligible for a Fantastic Gift Basket and also receive a small gift


A Quilter’s Dream, Leesburg 352-728-1482


Material Girl, Apopka  407-884-0660


Quilt Shop of Deland, Deland  386-734-8782


Clermont Sewing & Quilting, Clermont 352-243-4568







I'm looking for anyone going to Paducah, maybe looking for a roomie, and sharing a ride, etc,.  Maybe a bus trip! Thanks for your help.

Jackie Whitehead, The Villages, Florida  Jackiew60@comcast.net






Heritage United Methodist Church Quilt Show – February 27 & 28, 2009


The Heritage Quilters is a group of women that meet to quilt at Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater.  This group hand quilts (for a fee) on an old-fashioned quilt frame for people from the community who have quilt tops that are worthy of fine hand quilting.  Proceeds go back into the church for charitable causes. 


The Quilt Show will include quilts made by members of the congregation and by members of the Heritage Quilters as well as quilts the group has quilted together over the last 5 years.  There will be a silent auction of several quilts as well as Granny’s Attic.


Date: Friday, February 27, 2009 from 10 AM to 4 PM

         Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 10 AM to 3 PM



Heritage United Methodist Church

2680 Landmark Drive

Clearwater, FL 33761


Questions about the show or to have a quilt quilted by the group: Call Penny Howard at 727-796-1329 Ext. 37 or email her at pennyh@heritageumc.com







The Ladies of the Lake in Lakeland are having Mickey Depre Jan.15 at 7PM for a trunk show and lecture. Jan. 16 she will be at Fabric Warehouse for a "meet and greet" all day and Jan. 17there will  be a 1/2 day workshop on "Animate Your Applique"


If you would like more information, please call Jacqui Anderson at 863-858-1630 or email me at sewingthat@yahoo.com






The Ladies of the Lake in Lakeland  are hosting Carol Doak on Feb 25 for an all day workshop on the "Florida Star", Feb. 26 7PM for a trunk show and lecture


If you would like more information, please call Jacqui Anderson at 863-858-1630 or email me at sewingthat@yahoo.com







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






Quilters Cove is moving.

They will be closed on the 11th Sunday of January

Opening the new location on the 12th Monday of January

New location is 2500 Curry Ford Rd, about 7 miles from the present location.