Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #130


April 4, 2009


Quilting Friends,


I've been cooking and baking up a storm lately.  (Don't ask me why or I'll over think it and then I won't want to cook and bake anymore.  And then the family would be sad.)  Anyway, I've posted some of my latest recipes on my recipe page: www.FloridaQuiltNetwork.com .  Check out the Sweet Potato Gnochi with Brown Butter and Sage.  I made it again last night for my brother.  We had fun together working the dough and forming the little guys.  And if you enjoy looking for new recipes, I recommend www.TasteSpotting.com  The photos alone are scrumptious.


Green Tip #15

            Check your hot water heater.  Many installers set them to 140 degrees, but you can comfortably get away with closer to 120, which is hot enough to get your dishes clean, but it will save you 6-10% on water-heating costs.  Generally, you just find the thermostat on your water heater, and turn it down to 120 degrees (if the gauge doesn’t have degrees on it, try halfway between the low and medium settings.  After turning it down, you can check the water temp with a thermometer at the tap farthest from the water heater).  If you’re going to be out of town, you can turn the electric heaters off completely, or turn the gas ones down to the lowest setting (note: it will take 30 mins to 1 hour to completely heat back up).


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



 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


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 Bus Shop Hop in North Central Florida www.aquiltersdream.biz (#129)

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 1-3 Shop Hop in Central Florida (#130)

May 2,3 Quilt Show in Gainesville 352-373-1902 (#130)

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

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

July 8-12 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg www.BeSewCreative.com (#129)

July 22-26 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg www.BeSewCreative.com (#129)

July 29 – August 2 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg www.BeSewCreative.com (#129)

August 12-16 Debbie Caffrey Retreat in Leesburg www.BeSewCreative.com (#130)

Sept 23-27  Quilt Retreat in Leesburg www.BeSewCreative.com (#129)

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

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

Jan 8-9 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#130)

Feb 5-6 Quilt Show in Port St. Lucie (#130)




The Crazy Quilters of Port St. Lucie are putting on a Quilt Show at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, Port St. Lucie, Fl. on Feb. 5 and 6, 2010. We are just starting to get the word out. For information call 772-336-2098 




            One of our own Floridians, Margie Engel  has been named 2009 Professional Quilt Teacher of the Year by the Professional Quilter Magazine! A Satellite Beach resident, Margie was selected from nominees across the United States. She is known for her variety of classes and most recently for her AQS-published book, Bodacious Appliqué a la Carte. The interview will be published in the spring edition of PQMagazine. Besides teaching adult classes, this president of EduQuilters Inc. is highly involved in teaching children quilting in the schools and in summer camps. She assists other guilds who are interested in similar kids projects. Websites: www.engelquilts. com and www.eduquilters. org. Margie likes to remind people that awards are reflections of not just one person, but of all the wonderful cheerleaders and fellow quilters and volunteers who work together. Thanks to all you quilters “our there” who are cheering someone on.




Join us for a fun Shop Hop from May 1st to 3rd.  Hours are Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm, Sunday from noon to 4pm.


The following shops are participating

Apopka Quilt Shop www.apopkaquilts.com

Cornerstone Quilt Shop www.CornerstoneQuiltShop.net

Fireside Quilt Shop & Gifts in Sanford www.Firesidequilts.com

Nancy’s Quilt Shop www.quiltingbynancy.com

Quilters Cove www.quilterscoveofFL.com

The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore www.sewing.net


If you get your passport stamped at all six shops, your name goes in a special drawing: 

             First prize is 60 yards of fabric (10 yards free from each store)

             Second prize is 30 yards (5yards free from each store)


Each shop has special drawings for a $50 gift basket giveaway and also a $75 gift certificate

Passports are $5 in advance, $6 during the shop hop

Each shop will give you 5 jelly roll (2.5”) strips and a pattern to use with the strips, and will have a quilt hanging for inspiration too!



It’s April, the sun is shining and all’s well in Pacific Grove and I hope where ever you are.

 We’ve had a lot of interest in our November 2009 textile tour to Japan and the spaces are filling. Several in the group have their airplane tickets. I should start learning how to use my chopsticks – well after returning from France in May.

Please check out the web site for details on the tour to Japan. Our latest news is that thanks to a friend, we’ve been in contact with a lovely Japanese woman who lived in San Diego for six years, at which time my friend taught her to quilt. She now lives in Osaka and a few years ago became a licensed guide interpreter. She will be our guide for our mornings in Kyoto.

Ruby Seto and I are exciting about the activities we’ve planned and we hope you’ll join us. We are counting on word of mouth, so please forward this message to friends and family who would enjoy this tour.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions.

Jeanne Mills







Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,


I just wanted to drop you a quick note to update you on our Summer Retreat schedule.  Attached is our summer schedule flyer that you can post in your shop/website/newsletter/blog or email to your quilt friends/guild members. 


Several of you have contacted me about teaching at an upcoming retreat and we are currently working on our Fall and 2010 schedule.  Please send your class/workshop list with fees.  If you are out of state (not in Florida) please let us know if you will fly or drive and the estimated travel fees.  Tampa, Clearwater, and Orlando are the airports to use for flights.


First we have Margaret Miller joining us July 8-12.  Margaret will arrive Wednesday night and teach Thursday and Friday.  The workshop will be a two day class on her book Angle Play.  You can see examples of the designs possible with this technique at  http://www.millerquilts.com/workshops.html   Here is the link to the supply list... http://www.millerquilts.com/workshops/wkshp-angleplay.html   Don't forget to scroll down to the two-day workshop list.  Seating is limited to 25, so sign up NOW!


July 22-26 is our MYSTERY QUILT RETREAT.  Pat has a great mystery quilt lined up for you, with three sizes available.  You won't want to miss all the fun of seeing how everyone's fabrics work with this mystery.


July 29- Aug 2 is Mom's Summer Camp.  What better time to get away for a few days than when the kids are all at their own summer camps.  Come recharge YOUR batteries while the kids are away.  You can sew till the wee-hours of the morning or sleep in if you like.  Bring any project you want to work on.  There will be plenty of room to layout the quilt you want to finish or the one you just haven't had time to even start.  And don't forget that we always have a massage therapist available on Saturday if you want to treat yourself to a little extra pampering while there's no-one pulling on your apron strings.


August 12-16 Debbie Caffrey will be here to help you tame all those 2 1/2 inch strips of fabrics with designs from her book "Can of Worms".  This is a two day class Thursday & Friday.  Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday you will have time to work on other projects you may have brought, finish the quilt from class, sleep in, go shopping, or get a massage.  See Debbie's website for class description and supply lists.  http://www.debbiescreativemoments.com/quilting-lectures-workshops.htm#WORMS  Seating is limited to 25, so sign up NOW!


You won't want to miss our last retreat of the summer...!!!


September 23-27 we are featuring Bonnie McCaffery.  She will be teaching two one-day classes.  On Thursday enjoy learning about "Face Painting"  http://bonniemccaffery.com/teaching/workshops/paintedface.html and Friday will be "Fantasy Fabric" http://bonniemccaffery.com/teaching/workshops/fantastfab.html.  Seating is limited to 25, so sign up NOW!


For more information about any of our upcoming retreats please see our website, www.BeSewCreative.com .  Registration forms can be printed directly from our website.  Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions you may have about these retreats or to schedule a private retreat for your group, guild or shop (min. 10 participants).  Please forward this email along to your quilting friends, guild members and local quilt shops. 

Looking forward to seeing you at a Retreat real soon!



Rhonda Baker
BeSewCreative Quilt Retreats





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









Patriotic Quilts Get Rave Reviews from 50 Shows  

     Inspiring patriotism, honoring our troops and mending our torn nation is the goal of the “God Bless America Quilt Exhibit.” All profits from the $100/week-end exhibit rental fees go for quilts for wounded soldiers.

     Displayed in as little as 20 lineal feet, sixty 22” quilts can be hung in 40 minutes displayed 3 up, back to back or spread out for maximum effect. Drop-down quilted labels feature heart-warming stories. Great fund-raiser!

     Reserve this exhibit today for your next show by emailing BuckboardQuilts@cox.net  or calling 405-751-3885, Judy Howard.

     Enter your 22” quilt entry before June 30. Mail to 12101 N. MacArthur, #137, Oklahoma City, OK 73162. See photos, entry and rental forms on www.HeavenlyPatchwork.com and click slide show on http://picasaweb.google.com/BuckboardQuilts/GodBlessAmericaQuiltExhibits?authkey=cj1iToKbu9c





January 30, 2010 - Dade City, FL - Kumquat Festival Quilt Challenge - CALL FOR ENTRIES.  This year's theme "It's All About Orange".  Rules and Entry Form available at:




or email epquilters@yahoo.com





January 8 and 9, 2010

Fort Myers, Florida


Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild


Proudly Presents Our 7th Biennial Quilt Show



“Quilting:  The Original Green”

Friday January 8, 2010 9AM to 5PM

Saturday January 9, 2010 9AM to 5PM

Admission: $7/day; $12/two days


Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers, Florida

Easy access from I-75 (Exit 143, east 1 mile)

Parking for buses and driver’s lounge!





An open show of over 250 quilts judged by Madeline Hawley

Quilt Appraisals on site by Teddy Pruett

Quilting: The Original Green: Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse”

statewide challenge for most imaginative quilt!

(See www.swfqg.com for further information)

Several Special Exhibits!

Live Miniature Auction!

Quilters Boutique!


Door Prizes!


Wonderful Food on site!


Contact Nancy Jones at: sarahobbs@aol.com 239-634-1607

For buses contact Katy McKenney at: dkrkmm@embarqmail.com 239-728-2330