Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #152


April 7, 2011


Quilting Friends,


Thanks to some of my wonderful readers/scouts, I’ve been updating the shops page on my website this morning.  Unfortunately our down economy has had its effect on some of our great Florida quilt shops.  I’ve highlighted the shops that are no longer in business, or that have gone from brick-n-mortar to website only.  Please check it out and spend a little money at your favorite quilt shop.  Let’s keep our hard-earned dollars in the local economy, doing good where we work, live and play.


If you live in the Central Florida area, you may have seen me teaching or lecturing at shops and guilds.  I have a series of quilts and quick projects that I call StashBusters.  I bring my trunk show to local quilters and show lots of ways to use up that stash you know and love in your sewing room.  Some of the quilts are shown in my gallery.   Every time I lecture at a shop or guild, it’s a new batch of quilts, so you can keep coming back and get new ideas.  Anyway, check out the calendar page for my upcoming lectures at The Sewing Studio in Maitland, The Sewing Garret in Daytona Beach, and A Quilter’s Dream in Leesburg.  You will be glad you did.


If you haven’t heard yet about the fabulous exhibit in NYC of the 650 red and white quilts, I encourage you to see the quilts on the website. They also have an Iphone and Android app so you can look at the quilts on your smartphone.  This personal collection is quite a treasure!


Finally, see below (here and here) for info on Quilts to Japan.  We all do what we can!


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


Happy Quilting,   Mary-Jeanine




 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)



April 6-10 SSQA Symposium in Tampa  www.SSQA.org (#151)


April 8-10 Quilt Show in Tifton, GA  www.amlegacyquilts.com (#151)


April 9-10 Art & Quilt Show in Wesley Chapel www.wesleychapelchamber.com (#149)


April 9-10 Silk Painting Workshop in Glenwood  386-985-9342 (#151)


April 8-9 Katie Pasquini-Masopust Workshops in Bradenton randyc10@aol.com (#151)


April 16 Bus Shop Hop in N. Central Florida http://aquiltersdream.biz (#151)


April 17 Quilts for Japan Workshop in Orlando toomanyquilts@gmail.com (#152)


April 23 Free Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland  sewing.net/training.htm (#152)


April 25 Stashbuster Lecture in Leesburg http://www.aquiltersdream.biz/ (#152)


April 27 – 30 AQS Quilt Show in Paducah www.americanquilter.com


April 29-May 1 Spring Retreat in Gilbersville/Paducah www.engelquilts.com (#149)


April 30-May 1 Quilt Show in Gainesville hayesbernina@bellsouth.net (#152)


May 28 Free Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland sewing.net/training.htm (#152)


June 4 StashBuster Lecture in Daytona http://www.sewinggarret.com/ (#152)


June 20-23 Quilt Retreat in Silver Springs talacam@aol.com (#146)


June 25 Free Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland sewing.net/training.htm (#152)


July 19-20 Birgit Schueller workshops in Orlando www.wanderingstitches.com (#152)


August 20 Quilt Show in Historic Cocoa Beach cocoavillage@bellsouth.net (#152)


Sept 3 StashBuster Lecture in Daytona http://www.sewinggarret.com/ (#152)


October 15-16 Fall Festival in Wesley Chapel www.wesleychapelchamber.com (#151)


Nov 10-12 Mancuso World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach www.quiltfest.com (#152)




Good Afternoon,

My name is Catherine Sligh and I work with the Historic Cocoa Village Association. We are very happy to announce that we are having our First Annual Quilting and Fabric Arts Show on August 20th this year.


We would dearly love to get some variety at this show and would appreciate it if you could pass this on to your members.


This will be a judged show with several categories – There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ Award with votes from the general public.


Historic Cocoa Village is based about 6 miles inland from Cocoa Beach at the junction of SR 520 and US 1. We have over 50 shops (including a quilting store and a knit/stitch store..!) from gift shops, antiques malls, galleries, boutiques, specialty stores and we have 11 award winning restaurants to suit all food styles. Situated along the beautiful Indian river our first Quilt show will be in the Civic Centre along by Riverfront Park. The Civic Centre is a large, airy, modern building with lots of room for quilts and fabric arts..!! This show would be a fantastic weekend trip for your members…!


We are expecting a large crowd for this event and hope you and your members can join us…!


Thank you for your time.


Warm Regards,


Catherine Sligh






Marketing and Program Manager

Historic Cocoa Village Association


321 631 9075                            



Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio

is proud to host

Birgit Schueller

an international award winning quilter


Birgit SchuellerRiegelsberg, Germany

Birgit has been operating her successful longarm quilting business with an international customer base in Germany since 2005. Being located at the edge of the longarm quilting world, self-teaching has been her key strategy. Over the last four years, she has won several awards in major European and international shows (among others MQS, MQX, HMQS, MMQS, OEQC, FOQ).


Birgit's quilting style combines playful and elegant elements. She likes to take up a theme from the fabrics used in a top and to continue this theme in her quilting. Her goal is to enhance every top without overpowering the piecing.


Wherever possible, Birgit prefers freehand quilting which allows her to let her creative juices flow – and it shows!


Classes are going to be held on July 19 and 20, 2011.  Cost $125 per class.

Students are limited to 12 and will be held only with a deposit –

Call the Studio – 407-658-4044 - today to reserve your space

A waiting list will be taken.


Fabulous Freehand Fun for Blocks, Borders & Backgrounds


You have outgrown stippling and meandering and have come to enjoy the fun of freehand

all-over quilting? Well, then you are ready to take the next step. In this hands-on class you

will experience the potential of your favorite freehand fillers – and of those that Birgit will

show you. Find out how to use freehand filler elements for continuous-line block and

border quilting for spectacular results.


Customized Fillers (Hands-On)

Are you ready for fresh quilting ideas but you don't know where to find them? Well, they

are right there within yourself! Let's play and unveil your design potential by taking your

favorite filler or motif patterns to a new level. Be brave and inventive in your quilting – and

have FUN!


Wholecloth Quilting – Efficient Yet Spectacular (Hands-On)

Have you ever been approached by a customer who ordered wholecloth quilting but was

reluctant to pay the heirloom rate? Join Birgit in this hands-on class and get to know her

way of wholecloth quilting for customers with hardly any up-front marking. You will learn

how to draft your ideas on paper first and then use this draft as a reference while quilting



April Classes at the Studio: Call 407-658-4044 to hold your space!


Advanced Beginner – April 13, 2011 9:30am to 4:00pm $100

·        Covering Pantographs, Tools, Micro work & more!


Freehand Feathers and Flowers – April 19, 2011 9:30am to 2pm $75

·        Covering basic freehand flowers and feathers with no marking!


Longarm Basics & Rental Certification – April 2, 5, 14, 18, 29  9:30am to 4pm $125

·       Two hours of Rental Time included free this month




WHO: To aid the victims of the earthquakes disaster...men, women and children.

           SSQA will ship the quilts to Mission of Love to be included in a container of

            relief supplies. www.missionoflove.org


WHAT: Quilts of any size...may be new or used in good, clean condition

            Tops with backing included 3 to 4 inches larger all the way around...please pre-wash flannel before measuring!) Batting should be 3 to 4 inches larger than the quilt top, pieced

batting is fine as long as pieces are similar weight.

WHERE: Quilts may be mailed or delivered to

            Wandering Stitches

            5780 Hoffner Ave

            Suite 404

            Orlando, FL 32822 


WHEN: Before the end of April...this is a fast-moving, one-time Outreach project!

            >Bring quilts or tops to Symposium/ SSQA meeting in Tampa April 6—10

            > Send or deliver tops to Wandering Stitches before April 15

                        for workday on April 17

            > send or deliver quilts to arrive at Wandering Stitches before April 30


HOW: SSQA is paying for all the thread and needles, plus shipping all the

                        donations to Mission of Love

Ask your friends or guild to help...all Florida quilters may participate!

                        A workday on Sunday April 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 is being sponsored at

Wandering Stitches (call 407-658-4044). If you are certified to run the long arm machines, come and help quilt the donated tops. Everyone can help with the binding, and other finishing work.



Questions? Contact  Art at toomanyquilts@gmail.com


After the dates above, you may send donations directly to:


Kathleen M. Price
Director and Founder
Mission of Love Foundation
2054 Hemlock Court
Youngstown, Ohio 44515



See you at the Studio soon!


Lisa Mullins


Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio

Longarm Machine Rental and Supplies

APQS Sales, Service & Education

5780 Hoffner Avenue, Suite 404, Orlando, Florida 32822








Carol Holsopple (Art Quilters unlimited, Ft.Myers) and daughter Chris launched their new online business www.KidsQuiltToo.org in February.  They design and manufacture colorful and delightful art quilt kits for children to make. The idea is to provide an income for the laid-off mom (Chris) and equally to create a way to help quilters mentor the  youngsters in their lives by sharing their love of quilting.  Take a peek at their web site and see what they have. 




Quilts for Japan from Florida quilters

Quilts (new or clean used, any size) are being collected to include in a container of relief supplies being sent by Mission of Love. The cost of shipping the quilts is being covered by SSQA.

Send or deliver quilts before April 30 to Wandering Stitches, 5780 Hoffner Ave, Suite 404, Orlando FL 32822.


A day of quilting & finishing donated tops is also being sponsored by SSQA at the same location, 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday April 17.

For complete details: http://www.ssqa.org/outreach.htm





Mancuso Show Management

World Quilt Show - Florida

Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida

November 10-12, 2011

Featuring the 2011 World Quilt Competition XV Tour


Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce the return of the World Quilt Show - FLORIDA! This show will be host the 2011 World Quilt Competition Tour, one of the most internationally diverse exhibitions in the world of quilting and the textile arts. Join us for a magnificent quilt and textile art experience. This spectacular site is the perfect location at the perfect time of year for this new and exciting venue.  The show will boast a Merchants Mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to start those creative projects swimming in the heads of every quilt and textile artist. Also, for inspiration or simply eye candy, attendees won’t want to miss the stunning collection of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art.  Workshops and lectures will also be offered up to round out this spectacular event.

NEW FOR 2011

*MORE Workshops & Lectures with an International Faculty!
*MORE Quilts! Over 450 quilts from 10 Countries!
*NEW Expanded Southeastern States Quilt Competition including the prestigious "Best of Florida Quilt" award!
*MORE Quilt Competition Prize Money!
*NEW On-Site Quilt Appraisals!






Tree City Quilters Guild, 7th Biennial Quilt Show, Sat., April 30 and Sun. May 1, 2011

Best Western Gateway Grand, I-75 and 39th Ave., Gainesville, Florida

Exceptional quilts; Vendors; Quiltique; Entertainment; Opportunity Quilt;

Thanking our Troops, God Bless America” Exhibit, Judy Howard, Curator and Lender;

Certified Quilt Appraiser, Teddy Pruett, and much more!

For further info, contact Hayesbernina@bellsouth.net or melanie1940@aol.com.