Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #163


April 4, 2012


Quilting Friends,


I’d like to share with you three interesting emails I received this month:


I was wondering if you could help me.  I live in Christchurch, New Zealand.  When we had our recent earthquake here many people from around the world sent quilted hearts to Christchurch to so show that they were thinking about us.  These formed an exhibition at the Christchurch museum.  These hearts have since been distributed to people all over Christchurch.


We have had one donated to our preschool which has ‘West Palm Beach Florida USA 2011’ written on it.  Both myself and the children would like to thank the kind person who sent this to us.  I was wondering if you would have any idea who that might be, I know it is a long shot, but it is worth a go!!


Thanking you in anticipation,

Kind Regards

Kathy Warne - Director & Centre Manager



So if you know the answer to Kathy’s question, send her an email. Here’s another nice email:


I don't belong to the network.   I was just looking for information about -when- a quilt shop closed and possibly -where- it might have re-opened.
My wife and I had many a good trip to this shop when we lived in Florida. We are now back in our home country of Canada.

So THANK YOU for having up to date information on  Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  I could not find ANY where else on the internet where it said the place was closed.  In fact, many sites still list the address and phone number as being an active business.
We drove by the location this January 2012 and it was gone.
We were hoping to show our young children the quilt shop that mommy got sooooo much material at to make many, many of the quilts around our house.

Its nice to know the Network is working to not only point quilters to quilt shops that are OPEN, but also to let them know when one is closed.  That is why I never delete an entry, I just mark it as closed.  Help me out by continuing to send me information about the shops around you or the shops you visit.


My name is Myra Frank and I am a South Florida (Coral Springs) quilter.  I have been quilting for over 10 years and absolutely love to piece.  About a year ago I bought a Tin Lizzie Eighteen from Sunshine Sewing in Margate, Fl thinking that I would also enjoy the quilting aspect of the hobby.  Unfortunately, after giving it my best, I just don't really enjoy it......So, I am now looking for someone who will enjoy quilting but cannot afford a new machine (this cost over $8000 new and I have a second set of handles and a huge roll of batting that will go with the machine) but maybe can afford $4000?  It is very lightly used, Richard from Sunshine Quilting set it up and may possibly be available to take it down and pack it either for shipping or pick up. 
 tin lizzie.jpg


If you know of anyone, please give them my phone # - 954-340-7068, email is nemobear@earthlink.net



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)




Mar 6-Apr 8 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne EllenLindner.com  (#162)


Mar 28- Apr 28 Museum Exhibit in Ft. Pierce  backusmuseum.com (#163)


Apr 7 Quilt Art Trunk Show in Ft. Myers 239-410-2788  (#163)


Apr 19 Art Quilt Meeting in Jacksonville www.SAQA.com  (#163)


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


May 5 Quilt Show in Blountstown  info@ppmuseum.org  (#163)


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  423s@bellsouth.net  (#162)


May 20 – Aug 18 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne website (#156)


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 2 & 3 Quilt Show in Ocala www.countryroadquiltersocala.com  (#163)


Nov 8-10 International Quilt Show in West Palm Beach www.quiltfest.com    


Nov 9 & 10 Quilt Show in Davenport www.quiltsandtea.com



Nov 10 Quilt Show in Tampa seldommist@aol.com (#162)


Nov 15 Quilt Retreat in Lakeland (#160)




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


Jan 24 & 25 Quilt Show in Clearwater www.QuiltersCrossing.net (#163)


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)


Feb. 22-23  Quilt Show in Largo www.largocrackerquilters.org


Mar 1-3 Quilt Show in Tampa www.FeatherPrincesses.org


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






The Backus Museum will Present and an

Exhibition and Lecture on Contemporary Quilts



Fort Pierce, FL – March 13, 2012 – The A.E. Backus Museum will present an exhibition and lecture on contemporary quilts. The show, Material Matter, will be on view March 28 through April 28, 2012.


Quilts today are overcoming their old-fashioned image of squares of fabric sewn together to make throws and bedspreads. Contemporary quilts are stunning works of art both visually and conceptually — they are now considered to be true works of art and are found on gallery walls and in fine art museums around the world. The show will feature the work of several very well-known artists including Robin Bowman, Melani Brewer, Petra Fallaux, Nancy Faris, Maureen Peterman and Maya Schonenberger.


Also on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 11 a.m. – noon, noted international textile artist Petra Fallaux will present a talk on the history of quilt making and its transformation to fine art.

Fallaux is contemporary quilt artist and has been since 2003. The principles she uses to guide her work include shape, color, and simplicity. Fallaux served as the Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Art Galleries for 11 years. She has organized well over 100 exhibitions ranging from paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, communication, industrial and theatrical design to multimedia and site specific installations.

Fallaux was born and raised in the Netherlands. She has degrees from the Universities of Leiden (BS Psychology) and Amsterdam (MS Film Studies) and a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School for Public Policy. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Paul Rosenblatt, AIA and their two children. Paul Rosenblatt is the founder of SPRINGBOARD, an award-winning architectural firm that is currently working with the Backus Museum on its expansion plans.

The A.E. “Bean” Backus Museum & Gallery is a non-profit organization. It is located in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce and includes a 5000 sq. ft. public visual arts facility. The museum was established in 1960 by A.E. Backus, the preeminent Florida landscape painter, and a group of local art enthusiasts. Open five days a week from early October through June (summer hours by appointment) the museum features the Nation’s largest display of original paintings by Backus. The museum handles consignment sales of Backus paintings as well as other Treasure Coast artists of merit, which help fund the museum’s operational costs, outreach programs and scholarship fund. Four additional exhibition wings feature changing exhibits of artwork by contemporary artists.


Located a mere 2 blocks from Backus’ longtime home and studio and adjacent to the location of his original studio, the museum is a worthwhile stop on any visitor’s itinerary. The museum’s ample free parking provides convenient access to other area attractions, casual waterside dining and boutique shopping.


Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Sunday: noon - 4 p.m.

Monday & Tuesday: Closed


A.E. Backus Museum

500 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL 34950









Studio Art Quilts Association 


 “It’s a Quilt”

Art Trunk Show

Hosted by

Art Quilters Unlimited

Lakes Regional Library

In the Bass Room

Corner of Gladiolus Blvd. & Bass

Fort Myers

April 7th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.




Open to the public, the best FREE exhibit of all times


Introduction to SAQU


Close & personal looks at the 60 pieces in the traveling art exhibit


Discussions on construction, techniques, judging criteria, and much more

Many SAQA books for sale

for more information contact Lisa Gorski, SAQA SWFL regional rep 239-410-2788





Studio Art Quilt Assoc (SAQA) local area

Date and time: Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Southeast Regional Branch Library, Room B

10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32256

Meeting information: Jayne Gaskins, FL SAQA Rep. – jaynegaskins@comcast.net or call 904-206-4470

The Studio Art Quilt Assoc (SAQA) is an international organization of over 3,000 art quilters. In this meeting, members in the local area will gather to show their art and learn how to take advantage of the many educational and exhibiting opportunities offered by the organization. Two SAQA art exhibits in Florida are underway and, hopefully, we will be able to discuss these in detail at this meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity for non-members to find out more about this group as many of SAQA’s publications will also be on display. For more information about SAQA, please visit www.SAQA.com






11th Annual "Everlasting Stitches"

Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown, FL

(one hour west of Tallahassee on Hwy. 20)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 9 am to 2 pm CST

Admission is $3

Local fabric and craft vendors

Scissors and Knife sharpening


Quilt Appraiser

Raffle Baskets and Silent Auction

Lunch available

850-674-2777 or info@ppmuseum.org






Country Road Quilters, Inc.



The Art of Quilting

Along a Country Road

Quilt Show 2012


Friday and Saturday, 

November 2 and 3, 2012

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


College of Central Florida,

Ewers Century Center

3001 SW College Road (SR200)

Ocala, Florida

One mile East of I-75 - Exit 350.


Judged Quilt Show … Beautiful quilts...Art Quilts

Home of the Brave Quilts

Silent Auction… Vendors …Boutique

Demonstrations… Raffle baskets... Quilt Appraiser

Opportunity Quilt Ensemble

Special Exhibit: Presidents of the United States Quilt

Made by Shirley Kerstetter of Spring Hill, Florida


For more information:


Contact: Freda Jones, call: 352-438-0055, E-mail: fjcrqshow@aol.com








Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild (Orlando)
Houston International Quilt Show Bus Trip

October 31st thru November 4th , 2012
3 FULL DAYS at the show!!!

Details can be found at: http://www.floridacabinfever.com/activities_bus.html


We will be making two pick up stops: Wildwood and Lake City.

For questions and more info – Contact:Dar Arnswald:





Biennial Quilts and Tea Festival

Davenport Historic District

1 South Allapaha Avenue

Davenport, Florida 33837


November 9 & 10, 2012

9 to 3 each day

$5.00 admission donation $3.00 Quilt Guilds

Website: www.quiltsandtea.com


Contact: quiltsandtea@msn.com or 863-422-4507






Quilting Under the Palms - January 24 & 25, 2013

Location : Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Drive, Clearwater, FL 33761.

Times : 9:00am to 4:00pm (both days)

Admission: $6.00, bus parking available

200+ quilts, boutique, small quilt auction, vendors, demonstrations, door prizes, raffle baskets - one with a featherweight sewing machine, charity quilt drawing and drawing for a free sewing machine from Sue's Bay Area Sewing.

Contact: Jan Hale janicehale17@tampabay.rr.com

Website : www.quilterscrossing.net





Quilter and teacher Karen Combs had a suitcase full of quilts and class samples stolen from her car while on a teaching trip in Texas.  She has written about it on her blog and asks that you read the story and look at the pictures so you can keep an eye out for her stolen quilts.  Please take a minute to visit her blog: http://karencombs.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/quilts-stolen .  We all know how we would feel if someone ripped off our most prized quilts.  Please take that minute so you can be on the lookout.  Thank you.



Thank you for helping to get the word out.






The committee to consider grant proposals will meet in mid-May during the SSQA Retreat at Lake Yale.

The fund available this year is $3000. Groups accepted and amounts of money awarded are determined by the details of the project and the amount requested. 

These grants are to assist Florida groups who use quilting for educational and/or charitable projects that are open to the public. In 2011 three groups received grants: two for hosting Quilt Discovery Days and one for a series of beginning quilt classes.

Read more about the grant program, how your group can qualify to receive money, and other information about the Florida state guild at http://www.ssqa.org






Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio is proud to announce that we will be a Bernina Dealer as of May, 2012.  Watch our newsletter for more information.  A full range of classes will be coming to the studio.   Questions?   Email lisa@wanderingstitches.com






The Pelican Piecemakers of New Smyrna Beach report that their "Rings Of Love" Quilt Show, held on March 16th and 17th, was a rousing success. Best of Show honors went to Carla Triemer for her quilt "Goldfish Bowl." Viewer's Choice award went to Eileen Buel for her quilt titled "Wildflowers," quilted by Laurie Collins. Winner of the "A Tisket, a Tasket, What's in my Basket?" Quilt Challenge was Renee Irvine for her "Sewing Emporium" quilt. Judges Choice for the Challenge went to Beth Freese for her quilt titled "How Sweet." Guild Members choice for Challenge winner went to Carla Triemer for her African-themed "Mangoes" quilt. A complete list of winners is available on the "PelicanPiecemakersFL" Facebook page. "Rings of Love" Raffle Quilt was won by Pat Blodgett of Deltona. Pat bought her winning ticket at the Volusia County Fair and plans on giving it to her son Nicholas for a wedding present.


The Pelicans are making plans for their semi-annual Tea. Co-chairs for the event, to be held in March of 2013, are Debbie Robinson and Robin Tucker.