Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #161


February 6, 2012


Quilting Friends,


In these days of challenging economic times, we are all looking for ‘something for nothing’, am I right?  I’d like to suggest that this newsletter is definitely Something for Nothing.  Every month, you receive a FREE listing of all upcoming quilting events in Florida.  No ads, no fees, no spam, no email list sales, just quilter-to-quilter information. 


It seems to me that sometimes when we don’t pay for something, we don’t value it.  So, I’m not asking for you to pay me, LOL, I’m just asking that you read the information and take advantage of some of the opportunities that are out there for us.  Just because the information is free, doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile, right?  If you like what you receive, pass it on to other quilters.  Let’s share the love.


Also, if you belong to a Quilt Guild, I would ask you to take this opportunity to check your guild’s information on my website and let me know if I need to update contact info, meeting place info, or any other changes.  I was trying to contact Central Florida quilt guilds recently and several emails were no longer in use.


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


Happy Quilting,   Mary-Jeanine




 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




Feb 3-Mar 30 Faces Exhibit in Daytona Beach (#160)


Feb 10-11 Quilt Show in Panama City www.sabqg.org (#157)


Feb 11-12 Becky Goldsmith Workshops in Brandon  website (#159)


Feb 10-12 Quilt Retreat in Delray Beach TalaCam@aol.com (#158)


Feb 13 APQS Beginner Class in Orlando www.wanderingstitches.com (#161)


Feb 14 APQS Road Show in Orlando www.wanderingstitches.com (#161)

Feb 15 APQS Road Show in Tampa Bay jen@apqs.com  (#161)


Feb 16 APQS Road Show in Ft. Lauderdale jen@apqs.com  (#161)


Feb 17-18 Quilt Show in DeFuniak Springs chautauquaquilters@yahoo.com     



Feb 17-18 Bonnie McCaffery Workshop in Orlando www.floridacabinfever.com (#160) cancelled?


Feb 18 Quilters’ Luncheon & Auction in Largo brenda@thimbletales.com  (#161)


Feb 18 Quilt Shop Closeout Sale in Leesburg www.aquiltersdream.biz  (#161)


Feb 23-25 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lakeland sewingexpo.com


Feb 24-25 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda dpqg@yahoo.com (#154)


Feb 24-25 Quilt Show in Belleview bbqs2012@aol.com  (#161)

Feb 25 Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland www.sewing.net (#152)


Mar 1-3 Retreat & Quilt Show in Ft. Walton Beach flyingneedlesquiltshow@gmail.com (#158)

Mar 1-2 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora lcqgquiltshow@hotmail.com  (#161)


Mar 2-3 Quilt Show in Lakeland www.ladiesofthelakes.org (#156)


Mar 2-3 Quilt Show in Largo www.SuncoastQuiltingCircle.org (#156)


Mar 3-4 Quilt Show in Naples   http://www.naplesquiltersguild.com/Show.html  (#161)

Mar 4-11 Quilt Cruise from Texas website (#160)

Mar 5 & 10  Marlene Glickman Workshop in Sarasota www.SilkDyes.com (#160)


Mar 9-11 Quilt Show in Hudson http://westpascoquilters.org/QuiltShows.htm (#154)


Mar 9-10 Quilt Show in Satellite Beach www.seasidepiecemakers.com  (#156)


Mar 10 Quilt Show in Bushnell (#160)

Mar 10 Quilt Show & Old Time Craft Festival in Trenton www.suwanneeshops.com (#161)


Mar 12-15 Karen McTavish Workshops in Orlando www.wanderingstitches.com (#161)


Mar 16-25 Focus on Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach   website (#161)


Mar 16-17 Quilt Show in New Smyrna Beach  PelicanPiecemakersFL@yahoo.com (#153)


Mar 16-17 Quilt Show in Pensacola pqgquiltshow2012@yahoo.com (#161)


Mar 16-18 Quilt Show in Ft. Lauderdale www.quiltshowbythesea.com (#157)


Mar 17 National Quilting Day celebrations in Pinellas County www.pinellascounty.org/heritage (#161)


Mar 17 Quilt Display in Micanopy quiltlegacy@juno.com  (#161)


Mar 23-24 Quilt Show in West Bradenton www.manateepatchworkers.org (#153)


Mar 24 Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland www.sewing.net (#152)


Mar 24-25 Juanita Yeager Workshop in Orlando www.juanitayeager.com (#160)


Mar 29-Apr 1 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg  website (#160)


Mar 31-Apr 1 Quilt Show in Venice  www.vaqg.org (#161)


Apr 28 Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland www.sewing.net (#152)


May 15-17 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg http://www.ssqa.org  (#160)

May 18-21 Quilt Retreat in Silver Springs TalaCam@aol.com (#158)


May 19 Lecture & Workshop in Gainesville   (#158)




May 26  Stashbuster Lecture in Maitland www.sewing.net (#152)


Sept 13-16 Quilt Retreat in Deland  website (#160)


Oct 12-13 Quilt Show  in Brandon www.brandonquiltguild.com   (#158)


Nov 1-4 Bus Trip to Houston Quilt Show juanitayeager@gmail.com (#160)

Nov 15 Quilt Retreat in Lakeland (#160)




Jan 11-12 Quilters Marketplace in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#161)


Feb 1-2 Quilt Show in Sebring quiltshow2013@gmail.com (#153)


Feb. 1 - 2  Quilt Show in Orlando quiltfever2013@floridacabinfever.com


Feb 15-16 Quilt Show in Tampa area delilahl@verizon.net (#156)


Mar 8-9 Quilt Show in Palm Beach Www.palmbeachquilters.com (#154)







Quilter's Luncheon & Auction, 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo, FL  33774    Date: February 18, 2012   Time: Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Event to benefit Christian Outreach Center.   Contact: Brenda Grampsas    brenda@thimbletales.com





Connie with ‘A Quilter's Dream’ retired and closed her shop. She still has 300 bolts of high quality cotton fabric remaining.


Fabric sale Saturday Feb 18th 8-2 pm

All fabric $5.00 per yard.  Yard cuts only.  Cash only.  

Patterns 50% off original marked price.  Used rulers, some fat quarters $1.50



11123 Fountain Lake Blvd, Leesburg Fl 34788

352-874-8701 call for directions

Connie Czernuch
A Quilter's Dream




The Belleview Busy Bee Quilters presents their


2012 Quilt Show


Feb 24-25, Friday & Saturday, 9am-4pm

Quilt Appraiser: Brenda Grampas

Vendors, Boutique, Many Doorprizes


Silver Springs Shores

Presbyterian Church

674 Silver Road

Ocala, FL


Lunches for Sale will include Soup, Sandwiches, chips and drinks


Contact Char at 352-687-8264  bbqs2012@aol.com 






The Studio Art Quilt Assoc (SAQA) has a wonderful trunk show that will be travelling throughout the US over the coming year. This show has excellent examples of 12” X 12” quilted works of art that show the diversity of this art medium. We are very fortunate to have it scheduled in a number of locations throughout Florida February 17 -  May 14. The list below shows the dates and locations.

SAQA Trunk Show



Feb. 17 – 18

Fiber Artists Network - Jacksonville

March 9 –  19


March 19 – 25 

Focus on Fiber - New Smyrna Beach  

April 2


April 6-7

AQU Ft Meyers

April 12-15 

Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida

April 15-18 

Quilting by the Sea - Boca Raton

April 23-26 

Coral Springs

May 2- -12

Coconut Grove Art Festival Gallery  Miami

May  14  

Ship to Tennessee

Jayne Gaskins

Florida Regional Representative

Studio Art Quilt Associates









Wandering Stitches Studio Events:


Classes for January and February are online and include Infinity Bargello, Twisted Bargello, Card Trick, French Braid, Koyto Rings by Cecile Ragusa,  Learn to Longarm Quilt(Rental Certification) and Machine Trapunto with Mark Sherman(January 24, 2012)

Karen McTavish is visiting the Studio in March…watch for more information on classes and trunk show on the website.


APQS Beginners Class and APQS Maintenance Class!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Beginners Class at 10am to 3pm $200 or Free for qualified APQS owners!

Maintenance Class at 4pm to 8pm, $100,   Mark Caraher from APQS will be teaching a maintenance class.  This is a must have for APQS owners!


Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio

APQS Sales, Service & Education

Intelliquilter Dealer

5780 Hoffner Ave, Suite 404

Orlando, FL 32822


407-658-4044, cell 321-443-6513






APQS Roadshow is coming to Florida!


Dreaming of owning an APQS Quilting System!  Come to one of the road shows to test them out and see the quality for yourself.


Whether you want to earn money quilting for others, or you just want to proudly say, "I made this quilt from start to finish!", this free seminar is the place to be if you don't currently own a longarm quilting machine! Our APQS crew travels across the USA bringing our quilting machines to you. Come and test-drive each model firsthand to find the perfect fit for you and your quilting goals. What better way to discover how a longarm can make your quilting more fun, fulfilling, and even profitable? Call today and reserve your spot!


February 14, 2012 - APQS Road Show Coming to Orlando, FL

Time: 12 pm - 3 pm

Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio
Lisa Mullins
5780 Hoffner Ave, Suite 404
Orlando, Florida 32822

Contact: Jen Schlie | 800-426-7233 |
Email | Map & Directions

February 15, 2012 - Tampa Bay Area Road Show

Time: 12 pm - 3 pm

Comfort Suites
4506 Oak Fair Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33610
Hotel Front Desk: 813-868-7770

Contact: Jen Schlie | 800-426-7233 |
Email | Map & Directions

February 16, 2012 - Fort Lauderdale Road Show

Time: Noon - 3 pm

Rodeway Inn & Suites
2440 West State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Hotel Front Desk: (954) 792-8181

Contact: Jen Schlie | 800-426-7233 |
Email | Map & Directions






Lake County Quilters Guild is having its  30th Annual Diamond Jubilee FANtastic quilt show 

March 1st,  9 am -6 pm and March 2nd,  9 am- 4 pm,

at Lake Receptions, 4425 Highway 19A,  in Mt Dora, FL 32757.  

This is a large venue with hundreds of exhibited quilts, demonstrations, a fashion show and a very large number of vendors.  The boutique at the show is not to be missed.  You will find finished items, fabric, books and magazines and even complete quilts to purchase.  

Buses of 25 or more are welcome.  

If you have questions please call the guild at 352-223-3825.




Naples Quilt Show

Stitches in Time 2012

March 3, 2012 9:00-5:00

March 4, 2012 10:00-4:00

The Community School of Naples

13275 Livingston Rd.

Naples, FL 34109

Admission: $7.00






The Suwannee Valley Quilt & Old Time Craft Festival will be held on Saturday March 10, 2012 from 9:00 – 4:00  in Trenton, Florida.  Fifteen quilt groups from  around the state of Florida will display their beautiful quilts inside and outside the historic  buildings on Main Street. Twenty one quilts made by  Madalyn Jones will be featured in the turn of the Century Railroad Depot.  Madalyn was born in Newberry, Florida and lived her whole life ½ mile from where she was born.  Her family’s house was moved to the Dudley Farm where it is the “Welcome Entrance” for visitors.  Madalyn made over 300 quilts in her lifetime.


There will also be music, a quilt turning, Cross Creek Cloggers, antique autos and tractors, 9 antique dealers and 22 crafters; and plenty of food!


Come join us.  Bus parking available.

Contact:  Stephanie at (352)463-3842 – Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe


Additional pictures and info are on our website: www.suwanneeshops.com





Join the bus trip leaving from Palm Coast at 8am, leaving Trenton at 4pm.  Price is $25.

More info: Audrey Purcell  484-288-0757  purcella23@aol.com 





The Pensacola Quilters Guild is excited to announce its 14th biennial quilt show on March 16-17, 2012 at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds Expo Hall.   The show will be open from 9 am to 5 pm each day and the Fairgrounds is located at 6655 West Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL.


On the attached poster, you will see the spectacular Opportunity Quilt that some very fortunate person is going to take home with them at the end of the show.  The featured Mariner’s Compass is surrounded by Snail Trail blocks and is beautifully quilted on hand-dyed fabrics of primarily teal and brown.  There will be hundreds of quilts from traditional to art styles to admire, 20 ‘Make it and Take it’ classes to try out or perfect various techniques, many opportunities to win lovely and useful gifts, both local and out-of-town vendors, and of course, a shop stocked with items made by our members that are priced very reasonably.


Jenny Lefmann

Pensacola Quilters Guild

2012 Quilt Show Publicity







On March 17, 2012, six Pinellas County guilds will celebrate National Quilting Day from 10am to 4pm at Heritage Village in Largo, FL. Quilts will displayed and philanthropic sewing activities will be demonstrated.  This event is free to the public.   For more information: www.pinellascounty.org/heritage, or e-mail: joanscaffidi@juno.com






"Pieces of the Past- a Vintage Quilt Display" will be held at Harvest
Village, 22050 N. Hwy. 441, Micanopy, FL 32667 (1 mile north of McIntosh) on
March 17, 2012; 9 AM- 5 PM; suggested donation-$2; proceeds to benefit Horse
Protection Association of Florida and Humane Society of Marion County; for
more information contact





We invite you to share the information about our Quilting by the Gulf XIV, our Quilt Show in Venice, FL on Saturday March 31, and Sunday April 1, 2012 with your membership. Admission is $7 for one day or $12 for a two day pass. Bus and group rates are available.


If any of your members have attended in the past, you know our quilt show, and boutique are well worth the visit!! We also have a lovely tea room with food available and proceeds going to Cancer Research.


We would be happy to send you a quantity of publicity bookmarks and flyers, if you would give us an address for mailing. Please give us an idea of how many you would need.


Check out our Website www.vaqg.org  and our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=299475823415776 or send a reply to me or to publicity@vaqg.org






Our guild meets the 2nd Saturday of every month at 13768 SW 8th Street (SW corner of 8th Street & 137 Ave)


FEBRUARY - Our meeting will be geared towards our Community Service Quilts. All guest and members stay for

a lesson on new blocks, team sewing and or coarse the chocolate!


MARCH - MARY SORENSON will give a lecture with trunk show. She will teach classes on both Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday.

Sat. March 10th 1:00-4:00 P.M.  “JUST A LITTLE BIT”     $30.00 (+ $10.00 kit fee pd to teacher)


Mary will show us, not only her needle turn methods, but dimensional hand appliqué’ as well. All skill levels are appropriate to attend.


Sun. March 11th 9:00-4:00 P.M.  “BUZZIN AROUND”    $45.00  (no kit fee)

Mary will teach an all day class and show how to incorporate complex shapes and smooth curves in our project.

 All skill levels are appropriate for this class.


APRIL - DEBBY MADDY will come and give a lecture with trunk show. She will teach classes on both Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday.


Sat. April 14th 1:00-4:00 P.M.  “NO DIAMONDS / NO Y’ SEAMS”     $30.00 (No kit fee)


Debby will show us how easy it will be to get points and valleys on our star blocks.

All skill levels are appropriate for this class.

Sun. April th 9:00-4:00 P.M.  “LABYRINTH”    $45.00   (no kit fee)

Debby will show us how each this complicated pattern can be.

All skill levels are appropriate for this class.


All quilters and guest are welcome to attend meeting and classes. 

Non Ocean Wave members will need to add $10.00 per class. 

 Please make check payable to Ocean Waves.  Make a note in Memo box which class check is for and teacher name. We will need your name, address, phone and e-mail address.

Mail checks to:

Lois Erickson, 8794 SW 132 Street, Miami FL.  33176.

Upon receipt, a class supply list will be e-mailed to you with notification of receipt.




Focus on Fiber is an annual gathering of artists spanning the field of fiber from felting through hooking, quilting, painting, dyeing and manipulation.  There is no technique or material ignored as we bring together fiber artists including quilters, rug hookers, knitters, felters, sculptors, and recyclers for a retreat in the woods at Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Artists work on original designs and share their knowledge as they dye and paint fabrics, collaborate, and learn techniques from one another.  There are no formal instructions or format except for meal times.  Participants can work all day or night by themselves or in groups in a secure wooded facility in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The event is self-directed and appeals to novice through professional.

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach FL
March 16 – 25, 2012

More info here

Contact me at mrsgorgon@gmail.com or phone 386-736-3039 for more information.




Hibiscus Garden Walk & Quilters Marketplace 2013


January 11 & 12, 2013

Fri 10-5 & Sat 10-4


Salvation Army

4051 Kirk Rd, Lake Worth, FL


Admission $6 with a $1 discount with a donation of a non-perishable food item


Sponsored by:

Hibiscus Quilt Guild of South Florida



Michelle Kay 561-294-0547 or Jackie Blazok 561-433-0666




From Teddy Pruett: 

Happy New Year to my quilting friends!

Did you know you don't have to wait two years between quilt shows to have your quilts appraised? Appraisals can be done during guild meetings or at someone's home. Get your friends together – I require a guarantee of at least $500 per day, very easily done with eight or ten written appraisals at $40 each and/or a few oral evaluations at $20 each. I'll be glad to throw my appraisal bags in the car and hit the highway. Just e-mail aprayzer@hotmail.com and we will work out the details.

I want to thank the many guilds who have allowed me the opportunity to share my lecture “Other People's Fleas” across the years – some more than once! I'd like to remind program chairs that there are more pretty great lectures for your enjoyment and education. For instance, don't you want to know how appraisers determine the value of YOUR quilt? How is valuing an antique quilt different from valuing a newly made quilt? You might be surprised at the answer! “Gilda Guildmember Goes to Appraisal School” is the program for you.

How about a little U.S. History? Is there a difference between quilts made by Northern ladies and their Southern sisters? You bet your grits there is! See the difference “in the cloth” with the lecture “Way Down Yonder.” Visit www.teddypruett.com and click “Lectures” in the left column for details. I hope to hear from you – and thanks! Teddy Pruett






A nationally respected quilt authority is curating an exhibit of famous quilts made by men.  He is seeking the whereabouts of the "Challenger Space Shuttle Quilt" made by Robert L. Hamilton of Titusville, FL in 1987.  The quilt is featured on Page 219 of the  "Florida Quilts" book.  Anyone who may have information about the quilt is requested to contact Teddy Pruett at aprayzer@hotmail.com.  Any information at all will be greatly appreciated. Time is of the essence. 

Teddy Pruett