Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #179
August 5, 2013

Quilting Friends,

My husband recently had some down time (between careers, actually) and decided to update my FQN website.  Hoo boy, it needed it.  You may not see too many differences, but we were using 10 year old software to update the website, among other things.

The most exciting new feature, though, is the Search box in the upper right corner of every webpage.  You can search on anything at all, and it will look across the entire website, including every newsletter all the way back to 1999. Go ahead and try, I’ll wait right here. 

He happened to look for ‘chocolate’ and found three pages of results. That’s ok, quilting and chocolate go well together /g/.

My other big project this summer was to put some of my quilts and bags onto Etsy, which is an online shop for handmade items.  You may know that I teach quilting.  Well, my class samples are taking over my house. I have piles in every room, in every closet, everywhere.  Time to find new homes for some of these treasures. 

So if you’re in the market for a quilt, bag, gift, etc, please take a look.  Everything in the ‘Pink Pig Productions’ shop is one-of-a-kind, well-made, and made with high quality fabric.

And best of all, a shopping coupon:  get 10% off your purchase in my Etsy Store by using the coupon ‘MJIFQN’.  Enjoy shopping and thanks in advance!

To get a complete, organized, hotlinked listing of all the Florida upcoming shows, retreats, workshops, shop hops, exhibits, etc, please visit the Calendar
Happy Quilting,   Mary-Jeanine
PS: I love to hear from you, so drop me a line sometime!
 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Now – August 11 Quilt Exhibit in Dunedin http://tinyurl.com/kqcj43c (#177)

Now – August 24 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne http://textiles.fit.edu (#177)

Now – Sept 29 Quilt Exhibit in Delray Beach  lifenart@bellsouth.net (#177)

Aug 23 Juanita Yeager Workshop in Orlando jyeager15@cfl.rr.com (#179)

Sept 6-7 Quilt Show in Georgia busyneedlesquiltguildga@gmail.com (#178)

Sept 11-Nov 3 Quilt Show in Tallahassee www.museumofFloridaHistory.com (#179)

Sept 13 Juanita Yeager Workshop in Orlando jyeager15@cfl.rr.com (#179)

Sept 20-23 Quilt Retreat in St. Augustine Talacam@aol.com (#178)

Sept 26 Bus Trip to Quilt Fest from Palm Coast PurcellA23@aol.com (#179)

Sept 26-28 QuiltFest in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com (#177)

Sept 28-29 Quilt Show in Deland www.quiltshopofdeland.com (#176)

Oct 12 FL Quilt Study Group in Trenton sewmuch63@hotmail.com (#179)

Oct 12-13 Festival in Wesley Chapel 
http://www.wesleychapelchamber.com/pages/2013FallFestival1/  (#177)

Nov 1-2 Quilt Show in Brooksville www.hernandoquiltersguild.com  (#174)

Nov 8-10 Quilt Retreat in Cocoa Beach www.sewcentral.net  (#179)

Dec 2-30 Quilt Exhibit in Key Largo 305-451-2396  (#179)



Dec 30-Jan 31 Quilt Exhibit in Islamorada 305-451-2396  (#179)

Jan 9-11 World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach  www.QuiltFest.com

Jan 24-25 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#176)

Feb 13-14 Quilt Show in Vero Beach www.sbonnets1979.org (#177)

Feb 14-15 Quilt Show in Belleview KEstes6534@aol.com (#177)

Feb 21-22 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda dpqg@yahoo.com (#178)

Feb 21-22 Quilt Show in DeFuniak Springs Lesah51@yahoo.com

Mar 7-8 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora lcqgquiltshow@hotmail.com (#179)

Mar 7-8 Quilt Show in Palmetto CarolQuilts2@verizon.net (#179)

Mar 8-9 Quilt Show in Venice www.vaqg.org  (#179)

May 24-Aug 23 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne http://textiles.fit.edu (#179)

Nov 14-15 Quilt Tea in Davenport www.quiltsandtea.com  (#178)


Feb 27-28 Quilt Show in Sebring kdoughty53@centurylink.net       (#175)




Workshop #1

Painting on Silk,  Class date August 23.   Bring bag lunch, a drink and a non perishable food item to donate to a food pantry
-- Class fee payable to Juanita Yeager, cash or check to hold your spot, $55.00  includes class fee and all supplies. All you have to do is show up wearing something you won't mind getting paint on if you are sloppy.  You will have a choice of several colors to paint your flower.  
Please send me an email at jyeager15@cfl.rr.com  or call (321-972-2459) before August 10  to let me know if you are coming because I have to order supplies, ( brushes, paint, silk etc.)  that can not be purchased locally in quantities. 

Workshop #2

  -- Summer Flowers in the Round, Class September 13, 2013,   Bring bag lunch, a drink and a non perishable food item to donate to a food pantry
Class fee payable to Juanita Yeager, cash or check, $37.00 includes class fee and pattern,
Please send me an email jyeager15@cfl.rr.com or call (321-972-2459) to let me know if you are coming so I will have enough patterns.

Location: Both classes will be held at the Oviedo Presbyterian Church in Oviedo, FL

Juanita Yeager



The 32nd Annual Capital City Quilt Show: Road to Florida, runs fromSeptember 11 through November 3 at the Museum of Florida History.  An opening reception on September 10 at 5:30 p.m. will feature a presentation by Florida quilt historian Dr. Charlotte Williams, author of Florida Quilts.  The Museum hosts this exhibit in partnership with Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee.

 The exhibit showcases more than 100 hand-crafted and machine-made quilts and wall hangings. Traditional components of the quilt show include awards chosen by the members of Quilters Unlimited, a Visitor’s Choice Award selected by the public, and a silent auction. Among the quilts on display is a historic piece from the collections of the Museum of Florida History. The work was made by long-time Gainesville master quiltmaker and instructor Anna Lupkiewicz.Created in 1981, Cosmic Cotillion features a mosaic pattern saturated with robust golds and deep reds that bring out the subtle greens and vibrant blues surrounding them.

 Museum hours are Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday and holidays: noon–4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The Museum is located in the R.A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough St in Tallahassee, FL. For more information call the Museum at 850.245.6400.


The Memory Makers Guild in Bunnell is sponsoring a bus to Jacksonville on Thursday, Sept. 26 for Quiltfest 2013.
If anyone is interested the bus will leave from Palm Coast at 7:45 am & depart Jacksonville at 4pm.
Cost is $34.00 & includes entry to the show + tip for the driver.
email Audrey Purcell for either a reservation or for questions


The next meeting of the Florida Quilt Study Group will be Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop on Main Street in Trenton. Doors open at 9:30am; meeting starts at 10:00am. We break for lunch in the on-site cafe and either resume the meeting after lunch if we haven't finished  with all the quilts or, if we have, adjourn and spend the afternoon shopping in the quilt shop.  If you haven't been there before, check our their website: http://www.suwanneeshops.com/
If you plan to attend, please let me know so I can contact you in case of a change in the date.
For more information, please write: sewmuch63@hotmail.com.


I would like to invite you to attend our 2nd annual Babes on the Beach retreat in Cocoa Beach, FL on November 8, 9, and 10, 2013.  Mary and Barb, the sisters from Me and My Sister Designs, will be our instructors for the weekend. 

We will begin the retreat on Friday with a private luncheon held in our store here on Merritt Island.  The fun continues as we move on to the International Palms Resort where you can check into your room and enjoy the beach or pool until dinner time.  At the sit down dinner, the sisters will give us a wonderful trunk show and we are hoping that you will bring some show and tell so we can all be inspired.  There will be time to get your machines up and running Friday night so first thing in the morning you can begin sewing! 

Saturday will be filled with sewing one of the Me and My Sister’s newest designs.  Believe me it’s gorgeous!  We will once again provide a yummy lunch and because we want you to enjoy our area, you will be on your own for dinner.  There are many restaurants to choose from within walking distance and a lot more if you want to drive only a few minutes away.  If you don’t want to stop sewing you can certainly stay put and work on your quilt. 

There will be a second, fun project on Sunday and you can continue to sew until you need to leave or the hotel kicks us out in mid to late afternoon!  We will be providing you a box lunch.

The cost of this fun filled weekend is $395.00 and that of course includes kits for both the projects.  There will be lots of give a ways and laughter during the event as well!  The hotel has given our retreaters a special rate of $89.00 for double occupancy which includes the buffet breakfast for two.  Please contact International Palms hotel at 1-800-206-2747 and use the code SEW2 for your reservation. 

The Sew Central number is 321-338-2959.  Space for this event is limited.  Call us early to reserve your spot!  A minimum deposit of $175.00 is required to reserve a seat in the classroom. Payment in full is required no later than October 1, 2013. 

Can’t wait to see you at the beach!

Ellen Patton
Sew Central
353 E Merritt Island Cswy
Merritt Island, FL 32952



Miami Art Quilters presents

 "The Keys Experience"
Key Largo Library
Community Room, 
101485 Overseas Highway
12/2/13 - 12/30/13
Library hours: closed Sunday


"The Keys Experience"
Islamorada Library,  
Florida Room
81830 Overseas Highway
12/30/13 - 1/31/14
Library Hours: closed Sunday



Save the dates!  
You are Invited to Share your Heritage ... Sell your Wares ….
Demonstrate your Talents at Manatee Village Historical Park
The event: “A 1913 Florida Cracker Christmas”
on Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 11-4pm

No participation or registration fee - You keep all proceeds!
To receive a Special Event Vendor Agreement with details email: christine.brown@manateeclerk.com
or call (941)741-4075; http://www.manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx



Lake Country Quilters Guild
Lake Receptions
4425 Highway 19A
Mount Dora, FL 32757
32nd Annual
FANtastic Quilt Show
Friday, March 7, 2014, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(please note new days)
E-Mail:  mailto:lcqgquiltshow@hotmail.com
Phone:  352-223-3825



Suncoast Quilt Expo
March 7-8, 2014
Palmetto, FL

Website: www.manateepatchworkers.org/

For more info, Carol Lipp CarolQuilts2@verizon.net


Our 2014 quilt show - Quilting By the Gulf XV - a Festival of Quilts -  will be held March 8 and 9, 2014.

Andrea Shlasko
Co-Chair, 2014 Quilt Show
Venice Area Quilters Guild   www.vaqg.org



Statewide juried quilt exhibition!
We invite Florida artists to submit their quilted visions of the Florida experience—a “postcard” from the Sunshine State. Florida evokes diverse images of tropical beaches, exotic wildlife and historic exploration. From the Fountain of Youth to the Space Shuttle, sunken treasure or Suwannee River, Florida inspires dreams of renewal and refuge. Explore the state of mind that is Florida and send us your inspiration.

Entry Deadline:
Notification of Acceptance:
Exhibit Dates:

January 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.
March 14, 2014
May 24 – August 23, 2014

FLORIDA IN FABRIC II aims to promote an appreciation of quilt making as an art form and to provide Florida quilters with an opportunity to display their quilts in the premier textile arts center of the state.
For detailed prospectus, entry form and more information, please visit our website: http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.



Hi Mary Jeanine!

I just  thought I would let you know that I have just become an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser and member of PAAQT (Professional Appraisers Association -Quilted Textiles)!!  My calendar is open for shows and lectures - officially!  I think that now makes four of us in Florida!

Hope to see you soon at the upcoming shows!

Sharon Metzger
Wauchula, FL
Highlands County Quilt Guild
AQS Certified Appraiser