Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #128


February 1, 2009


Quilting Friends,


A few Sundays ago I was really late for Mass, and really grumbling about it. Then I figured out why.  I was supposed to hear a particular bit on the radio. It really moved me; so much so that I want to share it with you.  You may be familiar with NPR’s “This I Believe”, where ordinary Americans take a few minutes to tell the rest of us their beliefs.  (My daughter found the recently published book by the same name and gave it to me for Christmas.  I read a few sections each day…wonderful.)  Anyway, this morning, a SIX YEAR OLD child gave us 30 of his beliefs.  I was blown away by his wisdom.  Words we can all live with.  Words we should type up and post on the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator.  They were that powerful.  Take a look and tell me if you don’t agree:  http://tinyurl.com/777lbj   And this from a 6-year-old.  Amazing.



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 #14


Most quilters can’t bear to throw away even the smallest scraps of anything, so here we are…Ziploc bags full of batting scraps.  I bet you have an idea or two up your sleeve, I know I do mine:   if the batting scraps are big enough, decide on a block size and cut the batting into squares.  I did 6” squares because that was the size of my ruler.  A perfect size for those raggedy quilts you see with the seams on the front.  And for the pieces that aren’t big enough for that?  They are great for dusting or attaching to your Swiffer dry mop (thanks Teddy Pruitt for that idea!).  Then, if you have a compost bin, you can toss them into that.  How’s that for green?  Send me your ideas for batting scraps and we’ll do this again next month.


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)

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 (#128)

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 Embroidery Event in Panama City  850-215-7282 (#128)

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)

Feb 28 Christopher Nejman Event in Orlando www.sewing.net (#128)

March 5-6 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora www.LakeQuiltGuild.com (#126)

March 11-13  Applique workshops & Lecture in Tampa  djohns47 @ tampabay.rr.com (#128)

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

March 13-14 Quilt Show in Sarasota pattiw @ tampabay.rr.com (#126)

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

March 14 Quilt Show & Festival in Trenton  352-463-3842 (#128)

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

March 26-28 Super Quilt Seminar in Ocala http://www.rickytims.com/seminars.html


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 (#128)

May 2,3 Quilt Show in Gainesville 352-373-1902 (#128)

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

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

November 4-17 Textile Tour to Japan  www.jeannemillstours.com (#128)

Nov 13-14 Quilts & Tea Festival in Davenport davenporthistsociety @ msn.com (#128)




 Working with Diane Smith, you will have hands on experience dyeing
fabrics and using many different surface design products and
techniques, including paintstiks, foils, fibers, inks and wax pastels.
Advanced Fabric Dyeing classes are also available. 

Retreat information and registration forms at www.FiberSmith.com






Today's Stitches -- Tomorrow's Treasurers


Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission:  $6


Presented by the Tree City Quilters' Guild

Gainesville, Florida


120 quilts on display

Special Exhibit:  Robert Kaufman Batik Remix

Contest-winning quilts

Viewers' Choice

Silent Auctions



Show DVD

Door prizes




Quilts for sale



Make-it / Take-it

Free Parking

Handicapped accessible

No strollers, please


Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel (Gainesville)

4200 N. W. 97th Boulevard

Gainesville, FL

(I-75 Exit 390)


for more information, contact:

Sandra Pozzetta (352) 373-1902



Sharon Fuentes (386) 418-1002









Last call for the Bodacious Quilt Retreat near Paducah, Kentucky on April 19-21, which precedes Paducah’s 25th anniversary show. Margie Engel, recent nominee for Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilters Magazine, will teach all the classes.


Information: www.engelquilts. com





I’ve been working with Ruby Seto, who was a participant on last May’s tour to France. Together we’ve planned a textile tour to Japan, November 4-17, 2009. Ruby has traveled in Japan several times; I’ve led a tour there once. Between us, various contacts and lots of research, we have put together a tour for quilters and those interested in textiles.


We will fly from San Francisco, or your closest airport, on November 4, arriving at the airport in Osaka to start the tour on November 5. We’ll spend days in Kyoto, Takayama and Tokyo. The focus is on traditional Japanese fabrics:  shibori, indigo and yuzen dyeing, sashiko stitching, kimonos, and museums which showcase these. We’ll meet with Japanese quilters and attend the Yokohama Quilt Show.


Take a look at all the information on the web site. If you have questions, call or email me. Your family members and friends are welcome. And thank you for passing the word to others who might be interested.


Please note that we still have space in the May 8-21 2009 tour to the French Riviera and Provence. Check out the French itinerary when you are on the web site.












The Suwannee Valley Quilt and Old Time Craft Festival will be held in Trenton, Florida, on March 14, 2009 from 9:00 - 5:00


We will be displaying hundreds of antique, vintage and contemporary quilts in the historic district of downtown Trenton, centered around the turn of the century railroad depot.  Also featured will be antiques, antique cars, farmers market, music, dancing, clogging, demonstrations of quilting, spinning, weaving, and bed turning.


The event is sponsored by the City of Trenton, Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce, Pure Water Wilderness and the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. 

For more information please contact:  Stephanie Metts at (352)463-3842 or Kyle Stone at (352)463-3467.  Click here for more info.






Quilting by the Bay

2303 Winona Drive

Panama City, FL  32405





Embroidery Bash with Anita Goodesign on Feb 21, 2009.  Chris DeRoss from Anita Goodesign will be spending the day educating and entertaining machine embroidery enthusiasts.  It is a hands-on day at workstations completing 4 different projects.  Each participant receives a CD with the project designs and tutorials from the day.  Door prizes, specials and fun!  $40.00 for the day includes lunch and snacks.  9am - 4pm.  Event address:


Panama City Garden Club

810 Garden Club Drive

Panama City, FL  32401


Creating A Stable Environment for Your Embroidery


Darlene Pollard, National Education Coordinator for RNK Distributing, exclusive distributors of Floriani productis will be at Quilting by the Bay on March 14 for a very informative 3.5 hour workbook class on various stabilizers, hooping and embroidery techniques on all types of fabrics.  Darlene helps solve those nagging problems with machine embroideries and also gives ideas on how to use stabilizers in quilting and applique projects.  No more ruined garments, puckered embroideries or off-centered designs!


March 14 - 9:00am - 12:30 pm  OR  March 14 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Cost $20.00

Location - Quilting by the Bay, 2030 Winona Drive, Panama City, FL  32405  850-215-7282


Advance registration required for both events as space is limited.




Sweetheart Shop Hop

February 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2009

Visit each shop and receive one 5 inch Charm Strip a free pattern and entry for a gift basket retail value of $150.00

Spend $25.00 or more before taxes and receive another entry for the $150.00 gift basket and ½ yd red of red and white fabric

Sign up early for a chance to win an early sign up gift basket and receive a gift.

Click here for more information

A Quilter's Dream, Leesburg 352-728-1482
Material Girl, Apopka
Quilt Shop of Deland , Deland
Clermont Sewing & Quilting, Clermont





9th Annual Quilts and Tea Festival, Nov. 13 & 14, 2009.  Davenport, FL Historic District.  9 to 3 each day. Sponsored by the Davenport Historical Society, member of SSQA.  Quilts, AQS appraiser, Documentation of Florida Quilts, Raffle Quilt Vendors, Quilting Bee, Bed Turning, Tea Rooms, Vintage Vehicles, Entertainment by Davenport School of the Arts and period music from the late 1800's.  Travel from site to site via horse and carriage or tram.

Contact: Harriet   email: davenporthistsociety@msn.com or quiltsandtea@msn.com  phone: 863-422-2267 

Additional information at: www.davenportfl.org  News and Events or  www.visitcentralflorida.org  Things to Do







March 26-28, 2009

Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson & Libby Lehman are coming to Ocala for a Super Quilt Seminar


Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, FL

Go here for more info: http://www.rickytims.com/seminars.html






The Feather Princesses, Tampa Chapter of The Appliqué Society,

will host wool appliqué expert, Lisa Bongean, from Primitive Gatherings

March 11 - 13, 2009.


Lisa will present a lecture/trunk show on Wednesday, March 11

and she will teach a workshop on Thursday, March 12 and

Friday, March 13 at the:


            Carrollwood Cultural Center Annex Building

            13345 Casey Road

            Tampa, Florida 33618


For more info, please contact Dorothy Johnson at

djohns47@tampabay.rr.com  or 813-961-8190.



Mark this date on your calendar

Tuesday February 17th

Starts at 10 A.M.

Byrd's Nest Quilt Shop will be having a Quilting Event for all Quilters - what ever kind of quilting you do - what ever brand  of machine you use - you will learn - be inspired and see all the ways available to quilt today.

We are flying in a guest educator who is the 'Queen of Creativity'  in all methods of quilting.

She will share all of her  Free-motion secrets and tips using  all the new tools available - tips and techniques for the new longer head machines and  Dawn  specializes in the long arm machines with all the new tools available.

Your not comfortable quilting your own quilt tops?  You will be after spending the day with Dawn Rumbutis  - she will find the best method for you to be able to start enjoying quilting.  Dawn travels all over the U.S. showing the marvels of Machine Quilting at Sewing Machine Dealers. Dawn is rated as a #1 Educator so come spend the day and let Dawn share her knowledge and she will certainly entertain you!

So call now to reserve your seat - there will be no charge for this event but ............to qualifiy for the Door Prize  (Retail Value of $489.00) you must sign up by Februaruy 10th  and you must be present to win.

The event will be at the Ormond Beach Shop

386  615-8789  or 386  439-0046

Try to join us - we would love to have you!

Kathy Byrd at the Byrd's Nest





The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore is proud to bring you one of the industry's most exciting education fiber artists - Christopher Nejman.  Christopher will be in our store for a very special one day only limited event! 

If you are looking to explore a whole new world in textile art and embroider, you do not want to miss this trunk show with Christopher.

He will show you the secrets to fancy fabric punching, free motion with metallic threads and special embroidery ideas.  His trunk show will include his breathtaking high end work from his book "Pillows" and a sneak peek from his upcoming book "Celebrity Bags", the book that will take you to those $1000 bags!

Come and see why Christopher is the most popular fiber artist in demand today.

If you are a:

- Fashion design student

- Textile artist

- A sewer who is looking for innovative new creative ideas ... you do not want to miss this day with Christopher.

High energy and fun education awaits you.  Special door prizes and even a dance contest.  Join us for this one day event.  Bring your pen, notebook, dancing shoes and camera. Christopher will also be autographing his book "Pillows" for you.  Seats are limited so call now.

Saturday, Feb 28, 10am - 4pm  $40 fee which includes lunch

Register Early, seating is limited.

The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore

9605 S. Hwy 17-92

Maitland, FL  32751