Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #185
Jan 31, 2014

Quilting Friends,

Well, here we are, smack dab in the middle of High Quilt Show Season in Florida.  If you don’t get to at least one show in the next few months, well, I’m not sure about you, is all I can say, LOL. Take a look below for some great looking events, including a cruise, a shop hop, quilt exhibits, free lectures, shows, inexpensive classes, luncheons, teas, retreats….whew.  Really.  All happening in this great, funky state of Florida.

So, some of you may be familiar with the John Flynn method of diagonally piecing quilt backings.  That’s where you change a long rectangle of backing fabric to a shorter, fatter rectangle to fit the size of the quilt top.  If you’ve attempted this method, you may have looked at the formula and wondered if your high school math was going to come back (or maybe you’d need to call in your kids/grandkids for a consult?).  Well, I found a handy website that does the calculation for you:   http://www.multi-patch.com/html/diagonal_backing_calculator.php .  You plug in the known measurements and the website will calculate how long your backing fabric must be to work.  Oh yes.  Now use that extra time for good, will ya?

I want to call your attention to a change to a long-standing quilt show.  Lake County Quilt Guild puts on a fabulous quilt show EVERY year in Mount Dora.  Usually the show is Thursday and Friday, but in 2014 they are moving it to FRIDAY and SATURDAY.  If you come on Thursday, you will receive a $1 coupon off the price of admission for Friday.  So don’t come on Thursday, LOL.  See you there!
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)


Jan 31 Entry Deadline for Exhibit in Melbourne http://textiles.fit.edu(#184)

Jan 31-Feb 8 Shop Hop in Central Florida www.sewing.net/events.html  (#185)

Feb 1 Kathy Ward Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)

Feb 1 National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor   Info Here  (#185)

Feb 1-2 Farm Fest & Quilt Show in Dade City http://www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org/ (#182)

Feb 3-Mar 31 Quilt Exhibit in Oldsmar www.QuiltersCrossing.net (#185)

Feb 6-8 Quilt Show in Port St. Lucie www.PSLcrazyquilters.com (#181)

Feb 8 Quilters Luncheon in Largo 727-385-1895 (#184)

Feb 8 Quilt Exhibit in Fernandina Beach www.JayneGaskins.com (#185)

Feb 10 Quilt Cruise Signup Deadline www.roundbobbin.com (#185)

Feb 14-15 Quilt Show in Ocala KEstes6534@aol.com (#185)

Feb 14-15 Quilt Show in Lakeland www.LadiesoftheLakes.org (#180)

Feb 14-15 Quilt Show in Panama City www.sabqg.org (#183)

Feb 21-22 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda dpqg@yahoo.com (#182)

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

Feb 21-22 Quilt Show & Tea in Brooksville quiltshow14@google.com (#181)

Feb 21-22 Quilt Show in Fernandina Beach www.AAIQuilters.com (#181)

Feb 22 Quilt Exhibit in Vero Beach  info: here  (#185)

Feb 27-Mar 2 Quilt Retreat in Jacksonville  www.honeybeequilters.org/retreat/ (#182)

Feb 28-Mar 2 Quilt Retreat in Delray Beach Talacam@aol.com (#181)

Feb 28-Mar 1 Quilt Show in Naples www.naplesquiltersguild.com  (#182)

Feb 28-Mar 1 Quilt Retreat in Niceville www.flyingneedlesquiltguild.org (#183)

Mar 1 Vest Workshop in Orlando info: here  (#185)

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

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

Mar 7-8 Quilt Show in Melbourne www.SeasidePiecemakers.com (#180)

Mar 7-8 Free Color Lectures by Ellen Lindner in Melbourne  www.SeasidePiecemakers.com (#185)

Mar 8 Quilt Show in Bushnell irishbell@att.net(#183)

Mar 8 Purse Workshop by Karen Wasmer  info: here  (#185)

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

Mar 10 Call for Wearables info here  (#185)

Mar 12-15 Fiber Art Retreat in Lake City  fabricartshop.com  (#185)

Mar 14-15 Quilt Show in Largo ndagly@hotmail.com   (#182)

Mar 14-15 Quilt Show in New Smyrna Beach ruthmbaker@gmail.com (#184)

Mar 14-16 Quilt Show in New Port Richey joycegriffith88@gmail.com (#182)

Mar 15 Quilt Show in Trenton www.suwanneeshops.com  (#185)

Mar 15-21 Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach http://focusonfiberfloridastyle.com/    (#180)

Mar 30-Apr 6 Quilt Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale www.roundbobbin.com (#185)

May 3 Quilt Show in Waldo veramauldin@windstream.net (#185)

May 10 Rose Valentine Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)

May 15-18 Florida Modern Quilt Retreat in Sebring www.FloridaModernQuiltRetreat.com (#185)

May 24-Aug 23 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne http://textiles.fit.edu (#179 & #184)

May 30-31 Quilt Retreat in Silver Springs Talacam@aol.com (#181)

Aug 9 Leigh McDonald Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)

Sept 25-27 Quilt Show in Jacksonville http://quiltfestjax.com/   (#183)

Sept 26-28 Quilt Retreat in St. Augustine Beach Talacam@aol.com (#181)

Oct 17-18 Quilters Walk & Marketplace in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#183)

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

Nov 15 Pat Yamin Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)


Feb 6-7 Betty New Workshops in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)

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

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

Feb 27-28 Quilt Show in Seminole KMLEONE@SNET.NET (#184)

Mar 13-14 Quilt Show in Tampa www.quiltersworkshop.org (#184)

May 2 Pat Yamin Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)

Aug 8 Kathy Ward Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#181)



'Once upon a Time': its a fairy filled Shop Hop

Jan 31 - Feb 8, 2014
Grand Prize Viking Sewing Machine
Second Prize 35 yards of fabric
over 20 additional prizes to be awarded

Participating Stores:
Clermont Sewing & Quilting
Cornerstone Quilt Shop
Nancy’s Quilt Shop
Quilter’s Cove
The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore
Wandering Stitches


More info: www.sewing.net/events.html


February 1, 2014 is the National Sew Day.  Register now for wonderful prizes.  Grand prize is a Janome Artistic AQ18dx Mid Arm Quilting Machine plus Liberty Frame.

For more info, click here


Free Quilt Exhibit at Oldsmar City Hall
100 State Street West; Oldsmar, FL
Feb 3rd through March 31, 2014
Monday-Friday,   8:30am-5pm

Quilter’s Crossing Quilt Guild, along with guest exhibitors from Paradise Quilters on the High Seas Challenge Quilt Exhibit

For more info:  www.QuiltersCrossing.net
Marsha Tropiano
Publicity Chairman
Quilters Crossing Quilt Guild
Palm Harbor, FL


Booking Deadline For The Round Bobbin
Sew Fun Cruise has been extended to February 10, 2014

Please call Bonnie at 800-784-4480 before February 10
to book your cruise with us March 30 - April 6, 2014

Do you like to make quilts?
Do you enjoy being with other quilters?
Is it fun to take quilting classes?
How about some new sewing techniques?
Now you can take a cruise and take quilting classes from Kaye Wood and Veronica Cox and sewing classes from Emma Seabrooke and Mary Carollo during an 8 day fun-filled cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.
Kaye loves to teach quilting classes and loves to cruise. To date, she has taken quilters on 19 cruises to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska, Mexico and New Zealand.
Just what is a sewing and quilting cruise? We are just a small group aboard a big ship. While at sea, we have sit-and-sew classes, lectures, demonstrations, show & tell, sharing. Sewing machines will be provided by Janome America and Citrus Sew & Vac. Non-sewing people have all of the ship's programs, shopping, entertainment and special events. So if you bring your spouse, family members or friends, there will be plenty for them to do while you sew & quilt.
When in port, there are all of the usual tourist things to do. And all of the supplies for classes are furnished—Janome sewing machines, rulers, rotary cutters, mats, irons, fabric, etc. So you bring no sewing supplies.
So come on board on the Round Bobbin Sew Fun Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.
We will leave Ft. Lauderdale on March 30, 2014 for 7 nights of fun and sun on Celebrity's new ship, Silhouette. Our ports of call will be St. Maarten, St. Kitts and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Just call Bonnie at Cruise One 800-784-4480 and you can be part of this fun adventure.
Complete class details at www.roundbobbin.com



“Invitation to Imagine”
More than 20 works by Jayne Bentley Gaskins
Seventh Street Gallery
14 South Seventh Street,
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Opening reception – February 8, 2014   5:00 – 8:00pm
The show may be seen the following two Saturdays when the gallery is open to the public between  9:00 am and 1:00 pm.  
Private showing are available during the week with by appointment.
Call 904-432-8330


Jayne B Gaskins




Belleview Busy Bee Quilters

February 14 & 15, 2014                
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vendors! Door Prizes & Raffles!
Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!
Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church
674 Silver Road, Ocala, Florida
(352) 687-1119

Lunch Options:  Tuna, chicken or Egg salad sandwiches,
vegetable or chicken noodle soup,
drink, cookie for $6

More info: KEstes6534@aol.com or SandyMorrison.Morrison@gmail.com


Quilt : beach*
Stitch * learn * see * shop * meet * play
Saturday Feb 22, 2014 * 9-5pm

Quilt Artists, Exhibits, ‘60’ sampler challenge, workshops, shop and win doorprizes!

Organizer: Treasure Coast Modern Quilt Guild

Location: First Presbyterian church
520 Royal Palm Blvd
Vero Beach, FL  32960

More info: here


From Cabin Fever Quilters Guild:   In this class, you will learn how to create a beautiful vest using the pattern of your choice.  This technique is taught using men’s ties; however, you can also create this wearable art using ANY type of fabric.

Date: March 1, 9am-4pm
Where: BETA Center, 4680 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando 32807
Cost: $25 ($35 non-members)

More info: here


Crotons, Winner “Best Use of Color” World Quilt Show Florida 2012

Join award winning quilter, Ellen Lindner, March 7th and 8th, in Melbourne, FL, as she presents “Color Matters,” at noon each day. Free, with admission to the Timeless Treasures quilt show, this 30 minute lecture will cover the basics of conquering color, while featuring many beautiful quilt examples.

Read a color article by Ellen here.

See more information about the quilt show throughout this newsletter.



From Cabin Fever Quilters Guild:  Our March Fun Day class on March 8, 2014 will be the Zipster Purse taught by Karen Wasmer.  This is a very fun purse with zipper pockets and good space for your stuff.  We will learn purse making basics as well as some of the finer points of zipper installation and construction.  It will take some prep work and will be all day (9am – 4pm) with follow up on the 22nd if need be.  She only requires that you purchase the pattern, which retails at $12.00  She will possibly have fabric and hardware kits available for sale as well.
More info and a photo here

The Call for Artists for the Museum of Art - DeLand's 
2014 Wearable Art III: From the Wall to the Runway is now open!
Entry deadline is March 10, 2014. Juried Art Guidelines and Application, click here
Tickets to the May 17, 2014 Wearable Art III event will be
released very soon. Sponsors are invited to call (386)405-0367.

Join us on our Wearable Art III Facebook Event Page and on Twitter 


The Fabric Art Shop (Southern School of Quilting and Long Arm Techniques) will be hosting a 4 day Art Quilt Retreat at their shop in Lake City. 
March 12-14, 2014

Cost: $495
Includes lunch on Thursday - Saturday, supplies & patterns. Bring your own
sewing machine for the Saturday after-noon activity.

Reserve your space quickly as seating is limited.


4136 West US Highway 90
Lake City, FL 32055
(877) 755- 0179
Visit us on the web: fabricartshop.com


Trenton’s Seventh Annual Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival

March 15, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Trenton, Florida – Just seven weeks away, the seventh annual Trenton’s Suwannee Valley quilt Festival, Florida’s only outdoor quilt show, will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the picturesque town of Trenton, Florida. The Festival was initiated in 2008 by Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe owner Stephanie Metts, who was inspired by the now iconic Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. Located in north central Florida just 20 miles west of Gainesville, Trenton will be ablaze with quilts flying from shops, business and government buildings up and down Main Street and beyond.

Every shop and business in Trenton will sport quilts, host quilting demonstrations, and  live music will fill the air. Up and down Main Street, an array of vendors will offer collectibles and antiques; artisans and old-time crafters will show their wares; antique cars and tractors will be on display; and the smells of great food from vendors and local eateries will temp festival-goers. Florida’s first Barn Quilt Blocks, part of the American Quilt Trail movement, also will be on display, and their stories told.

Quilt guilds, sewing groups, artisans of many stripes from throughout Florida come to support the show every year. Trenton businesses and civic organizations lay out the welcome mat to thousands of visitors who come from hundreds of miles away for the colorful, inspiring, and ever-growing event.

The annual event is sponsored by the City of Trenton, the Gilchrist County Commission, Pure Water Wilderness, the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, plus a number of businesses and individuals in the tri-county area.

For more information about the festival, visit the website, http://www.TrentonQuiltFestival.com, or contact the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, (352) 463-3842.

Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, Inc.
Festival Office: 517 N. Main Street
Trenton, Florida 32693
(352) 463-3842


Waldo Historical Society Quilt Show
The date is May 3, 2014 in Waldo, Florida

The address is 13550 NE 148th Avenue.  The set-up time will be from 8:00 - 8:45 am.  The show is opened to the public from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Participants may display one quilt for judging.  Crafts, quilts, and sewing items will be sold.  Lunches are available for purchase including sandwich, chips, drink, and dessert.  Application forms to those wishing to enter their quilt are available by contacting Vera Mauldin

For more information, contact Vera Mauldin at 352-468-1554. 
My e-mail is veramauldin@windstream.net




May 15-18, 2014.  Florida Modern Quilt Retreat held at Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring Florida.  Contact info:  www.FloridamodernQuiltRetreat.com and info@floridamodernquiltretreat.com

Carole Lyles Shaw
Mobile: 410-913-8539

‘In Studio Weekend Workshops’  with Juanita Yeager

I will teach to small groups (no more than 6) in my Studio beginning March 22, 2014

Visit my blog at artquiltworks.blogspot.com/ for class list, fees, dates, or call me at 321-972-2459