Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #141


May 1, 2010


Quilting Friends,


I’ve been working hard this month on a new page for the website: LongArm Quilter’s Directory.  My goal is to have every single Florida longarm quilting business listed on the webpage, just like I have every quilt shop in Florida listed and every quilt guild in Florida listed.


I realize I’ve just begun; I’m sure there is just a fraction of the total on the page at this point, but it’s a start.  I need your help!   Please take a look and help me fill in the holes.  Forward this email to your favorite longarm business or two. 


Quilt Shop owners, take a look at those LongArm business cards on your counter and see if I’m missing any.  Thank you so much!


Please send any new info or changes to me.


I’ve found a very useful video on the web by Marie Seroskie of Katie Lane Quilts.  She explains in terms we can all understand: how to make bias binding utilizing a ‘bias tube’.  I think I finally understand, now I need to make a scallop border to have a reason to make bias binding!



LongArm Quilting Machine for Sale:

Nolting Long Arm SMS 24 includes  14 foot table, patterns, box of pre-wound bobbins, large spools of monofilament thread, and other misc. extras. Will give class on setting up and use of machine.


For more information, please contact Linda Gresham  at lingresham@hotmail.com

phone 352-250-3155. I live in Mount Dora.



Here's a head's up on a very important day coming up: May 15 is "Give Your Stuff Away" day.  And that means that instead of throwing out useful items, you put them by the curb.  People will drive by and take what they can use.  What a wonderful idea, yes?  Here is more info: www.giveyourstuffaway.com .  This is happening all over the US, so please pass the word!

To get a complete, organized, hotlinked listing of all the upcoming shows, retreats, workshops, shop hops, exhibits, etc, please visit the calendar page.



A special request from a granddaughter:


My grandmother, Marilyn Lockwood, was a very prolific quilter who passed away unexpectedly about a year and a half ago. I have learned from one of her close friends that she had a few quilt tops finished and sent to a quilter, or possibly even a binder. We never received any notification or correspondence regarding these pieces, and my grandpa turned off Grandma's cell phone and their house phone a few months after she passed.

She originally lived in Orlando, the Pine Hills area, but relocated to Grande Isle near Eustis. I believe one of the quilts missing is an Irish Chain, with a tea-dyed fabric for background (as her friend described it), and another is some type of basket quilt. They would have been machine pieced, as her arthritis did not allow for much hand stitching, and probably were of a more primitive palette if they were like many of her other pieces. Sadly, she only labeled one quilt that we know of, and my brother has that one. These quilts would have shown up before 7/08, as she got sick in June of that year. Thank you for your help. I know we shouldn't hoard our lost loved ones' possessions, but her quilts seem to hold part of her spirit too.


Do you have any advice or suggestions for locating her last pieces?


Thank you,






CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)



Now - June 5 Art Exhibit Transformations in Melbourne (#140)


May 10-23 Tour of France www.jeannemillstours.com (#136)


June 3-6 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg aquiltersdream.biz (#137)


June 5-7 Rayna Gillman Workshops & Lecture www.floridacabinfever.com (#141)


June 12-22 Quilt Tour in Ireland m.forton @ cietours.com  (#140)


Sept 16-19 Quilt Retreat in Deland www.besewcreative.com (#138)


Oct 16-18 Quilt Show in White Springs rdewees @ yahoo.com (#140)


Oct 29-30 Quilt Show in McIntosh  Marilyn @ Reintreestables.com (#139)


Nov 5-7 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg www.besewcreative.com (#137)


Nov 5-6 Quilt Show in Ocala 352-629-8182 or 352-438-0055  (#140) 


Nov 6 Quilt Show in Tampa CCQG@cypresscreekquilters.org (#140)


Nov 12-13 Quilt Show in Tampa http://www.featherprincesses.org/QuiltShow.htm (#137)


Nov 12-13 Quilt Show & Tea in Davenport www.quiltsandtea.com (#140)


Nov 18-20 Sharon Schamber Workshops in Lakeland teddyw @ tampabay.rr.com  (#141)


Nov 19-20 Quilt Show in Riverview www.brandonquiltguild.com (#139)




Jan 21-22 Quilt Show in Orlando www.FloridaCabinFever.com (#138)


Jan 21-22 Quilt Show in Cape Coral artquiltersunlimited.com (#141)


Jan 28-29 Quilt Show in Largo www.largocrackerquilters.org (#134)


Jan 29 Quilt Show in Dade City  epquilters@yahoo.com (#141)


Mar 5-6 Quilt Show in Naples www.naplesquiltersguild.com/Show.html (#141)


Mar 11-12 Quilt Show in Sarasota www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com  (#141)


April 6-10 SSQA Symposium in Tampa  www.SSQA.org (#140)






Jan. 29, 2011 - Kumquat Festival Quilt Challenge, Hugh Embry Library, Dade City, FL

Email epquilters@yahoo.com to obtain rules and entry form. 

2011 Theme is "Color Your World Orange". 


Challenge sponsored by East Pasco Quilters, Inc. and the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. 


Thank you,

Marion Osborne, Secretary






The Naples Quilters Guild show "Stitches in Time" is March 5 & 6, 2011.

Please check our website for more details and directions





Sharon Schamber will be visiting our guild "Ladies of the Lakes" in Lakeland on Nov 18, 19 and 20, 2010.   The workshops will run from 10 to 4 and will be held at the Reformation Lutheran Church at  6760 Old Polk City Road , Lakeland.  The cost of each workshop is $75.  Additionally, there will be a lecture on Thursday evening at 7pm at the Imperial Swan Hotel on South Florida Ave, Lakeland.  The cost of the lecture is $15 for non-members.  No advance registration is required for the lecture, but it would be helpful if you would notify me of how many would be coming.


Thursday - Machine Appliqué - Victorian Rose

Friday - Piecelique - Fire Flower

Saturday - Machine Quilting - Stipple - Mother Earth Part #1


The Saturday workshop is full right now but I can put you on the waiting list if you would like.  The other workshops are still open.  If you wish to take one of these workshops, please send me an email at teddyw@tampabay.rr.com 


Teddy Wenner, Ladies of the Lakes







The Friendship Knot Quilters' Guild


Sarasota, Florida

Presents Its13th Biennial Quilt Show

 “Threads of Life”

Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds

3000 Ringling Boulevard

Sarasota, Florida 34237

Friday, March 11, 2011 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2011 9 am to 4 pm

Donation $7.00

Features: 200+ Quilts; Judged Show; Opportunity Quilt; Opportunity Art Quilt; Silent Auction; Boutique with Unique and Interesting Hand Made Items; Merchant Mall

Quilt Appraisals by Well Known Appraiser, Teddy Pruett;
Door Prizes. Snacks/Lunch Available; Handicap Accessible; Free Parking; Bus Parking Available

Additional Show info: www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com

If additional questions email: sarasotaquilt@gmail.com








I hope you are keeping very well this wet and windy Monday…!!

I am writing to you because we are currently organizing our first Quilting and Fabric Arts Show taking place in October 2010 in Historic Cocoa Village. This first year we are planning this show in conjunction with our usual Fall Art and Crafts Show which takes place the third weekend in October.


Our 2-day Quilting and Fabric Arts Show will showcase quilts and quilting organizations from all over Florida and the south-Eastern states.

We plan on having many quilting vendors and Fabric suppliers, a showcase of your beautiful quilts in a historic setting and also a quilting contest with some fantastic prizes…!


I would like you to consider submitting some of your quilts for display or for competition purposes, or maybe you would like to organize a bus trip for your members to our Historic Village that weekend.


We have been hosting four craft shows each year for almost 30 years in Historic Cocoa Village and our Fall Craft Show is hugely popular.


Please let me know if you might be interested in hearing more about this event or if you would like some quilt competition details.


Have a great week…!!


Warm Regards,


Catherine Sligh


Events Coordinator

Historic Cocoa Village Association



321 631 9075


Check us out on FaceBook/HistoricCocoaVillage





Opportunity to exhibit at “Art In the Park” event at Gateway Center for the Arts

Call to Artists & Crafters - Art in the Park

On Saturday, June 12th, Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary will be hosting an outdoor art and craft festival entitled Art in the Park, from 9:00am-4:00pm.  For $25.00, local artists and crafters can rent a 12’ X 12’ space in Gateway Park to exhibit and sell their work.  A table is included for GCA members only.  Members may also rent a double display rack for $5.00, on a first come-first serve basis.  Two people may share a space and participants may bring their own tents.  There are several shady spaces, so interested vendors should sign up early.  Entry deadline is June 7th.  Since the Farmers’ Market vendors will set up early that morning, the Art in the Park participants may enter the park and set up after 8:15, then park their vehicles in the free overflow parking area north of Gateway.  Carpooling is encouraged.  Each artist/crafter will be responsible for signing out their rented materials and returning them to storage after the event.  Artists and crafters may not break down their booths until 4:00.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions.  If you are interested in participating in this event or would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Weiler at 386-789-1802.






Rayna Gillman will be teaching in Orlando in June.  Rayna is being hosted by Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild.  She will teach Stamp, Screen & Stencil with Every Day Objects on Saturday/Sunday, June 5 and 6 from 9 to 4 and Can this Fabric be Saved?? on Monday June 7 from 8-4.  She will then lecture on Monday night on Pushing Creativity with “What If?”  The two day class is $110 for non-members and the Monday class is $55 for non-members. 
For mor information, please go to the guild's website http://www.floridacabinfever.com/






January 21-22


Southwest Florida


Art Quilters Unlimited, Inc. presents JOURNEY 2011 – a juried and judged Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Art Show at the Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL.  Website artquiltersunlimited.com


This Quilt Show will present the work of our members who hale from Ocala to Miami, in addition to many out-of-state seasonal residents.  Our special exhibit will feature the renowned work of the late Joan Franz.  Her husband has generously donated one of her quilts to be raffled with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida. 


Visit the Member Gallery where you may purchase original and unique items made by members of Art Quilters Unlimited; a Certified Quilt Appraiser will be available each day; learn new techniques at various demonstrations; place a bid at the Silent Auction; and visit our unique selection of vendors. Catered lunch will be available on site. Bus tours are welcome and there is plenty of free convenient parking on site for everyone. 


Hours for the show:  January 21, Friday 9-5, and January 22, Saturday 10-4.    Admission is $6.00 per day.  Contact person: sjmgeorge797091@yahoo.com.