Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #186
March 9, 2014

Quilting Friends,

Hi there, one more month of Quilt Show Season Fun, have you hit up at least one quilt show this season?  I enjoyed the Lake County Quilt Guild’s show this weekend very much.  I’m just amazed how EVERY YEAR they pull off such a professional show, complete with a packed Boutique, quilts for sale, great vendors and a whole bunch of beautiful quilts on display.  Wowza, Lake County does it right!

See below this message for a little Quilting Survey the industry puts out annually.  Its fun to answer the questions, and it puts you in the drawing for some really nice prizes. 

Saturday, March 15, is National Quilt Day, so take advantage of that and visit a show or shop in your area.  Don’t know what is out there?  Take a look at my Shops Page or my Calendar Page for a complete listing.

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!

Dear Fellow Quilters,
Superior Threads is again sponsoring the Quilter's Survey. Each year, Quilter's Survey invites quilters everywhere to take a few minutes to help influence the direction of the quilting industry. We have teamed up with three other industry friends for the 2014 survey.
This survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. When finished, you will be invited to enter the drawing to win one of the four great prizes listed belowYou will also have the opportunity to register to receive newsletters and other email correspondence from the four sponsors. 
Here is the list of sponsors and excellent prizes being offered.

  • Superior Threads
    • We are donating a $350.00 gift certificate that can be spent online or at any of the quilt shows we attend.
  • Handi Quilter 
    • Handi Quilter is providing a quilt-show travel prize package. They will send two lucky quilters to their choice of any of the following AQS shows in 2014: AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids, AQS QuiltWeek Charlotte, AQS QuiltWeek Chattanooga or AQS QuiltWeek Des Moines. The prize includes three night’s lodging (double occupancy), multi-day admission tickets to the show and up to $350 reimbursement each for airfare.
  • American Quilter's Society
    • AQS will be giving away a $350 gift certificate.
  • International Quilt Study Center and Museum (Lincoln, NE)
    • Museum-related gift basket full of fun goodies and gifts valued at over $350. Visit www.quilterssurvey.com for a photo and list of all the great prizes.

If you have any questions about the survey, there is a support email address specifically set up for the survey. Please email support@quilterssurvey.com 
Please take time to participate in the survey. You might be one of the lucky winners!
Bob Purcell
Superior Threads 


 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)



Now – Mar 31 Quilt Exhibit in Oldsmare www.QuiltersCrossing.net (#185)

Now - Mar 31 Quilt Exhibit in Dunedin (#186)

Mar 10 Call for Wearables more info here  (#185)

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

Mar 14 Quilt Show in Trenton www.suwanneeshops.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 Hudson joycegriffith88@gmail.com (#182)

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

Mar 27-29 LongArm Event in Palatka WWW.MissDsQuilts.com (#186)

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

Apr 5 Quilt Retreat in Geneva www.countrycottagesewing.com. (#186)

Apr 17 Karen K Buckley Workshop in Lakeland sewingthat@yahoo.com (#186)

Apr 18-20 Quilt Show in Palatka WWW.MissDsQuilts.com  (#186)

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 29-June 1 Quilt Retreat in St. Pete www.quiltbeeretreats.com (#186)

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 10-11 Quilt Show in McIntosh victoria2220@embarqmail.com. (#186)

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)


Jan 23-24 Quilt Show in Orlando quiltfever2015@floridacabinfever.com  (#186)

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)


My quilts will be on display at the Dunedin Public Library during the month of March in Dunedin Florida.  On Saturday, March 15th I will be demonstrating various quilting techniques at the library all day.  There will be "hands on" participation with the viewers.
The Mayor of Dunedin will recognize me at the commission meeting this coming Thursday, March 6th reading a proclamation recognizing March as National Quilting in the Dunedin Florida and the USA.


Melba Rilott
1337 Westlake blvd
Palm Harbor 34683



West Pasco Quilters' Guild is planning their biennial quilt show in a new facility this year!  We've outgrown our previous location and have moved:
Recreation and Aquatic Center of New Port Richey on Van Buren St. between Massachusetts St. and Main Street.  There is room for everything!   
Address is:  6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey, FL

A live large quilt auction and a silent small quilt auction, a wonderful boutique of hand made items, free lectures and demonstrations, childrens' activities, lots and lots of vendors and yes, quilts, quilts, quilts!  Over 400 quilts!  You don't want to miss this show!  Admission is $7 per day or $10 multi-day.  
Mark your calendar now for Friday March 14 and Saturday, March 15 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sun. March 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.



Handi Quilter Education Event
Three day event, March 27-29, 2014, with Mary Krapil from HandiQuilter.  Topics to be covered are Why Own a Long-arm?; Tension, Needles and Thread; Background, Borders and Blocks (3 Bs); Curves, Circles and more;  Basic Pro-Stitcher including updates to the latest revisions; and finally Beyond the Basics with Pro-Stitcher.  Cost for each session is $35.00 and those interested can sign-up WWW.MissDsQuilts.com.  Any questions contact Miss D's 386-385-5678.



The Old School House Spring Quilt Retreat
Sponsored by Country Cottage Sewing benefiting the Rural Heritage Center
April 5th 2014, Saturday, from 8am until 5pm
A Day for UFO’s

Join Sherry and the rest of your quilting friends for a day full of quilting, food, and fun!  We will be able to remember our old school days at the Rural Heritage Center, located on 1st Street, Geneva, FL, (visit www.ruralheritagecenter.net for directions).  Our primary assignment will be to finish all of our unfinished projects.  We will have 4 learning stations to learn some new tricks.
We will also have door prizes on the hour provided by Country Cottage Sewing.  
The cost of the retreat which includes, breakfast, lunch, and door prizes is $35.00.  A non-refundable deposit to reserve your seat is $25.00 payable to Country Cottage Sewing by March 15th.  Final payment is due by April 1st.  If you have questions, contact Sherry Goode at (407) 929-3555, countrycottagesewing@hotmail.com or visit www.countrycottagesewing.com.



Karen Kaye Buckley is coming to Ladies of the Lakes guild in Lakeland. The evening of April 17th she will be giving a trunk show and lecture at 6:30 PM at the Lakeland Public Library. Non guild members will be $15.00 entry. April 18th she will be giving her “Oriental Flowers” workshop. This is an all day class and is $80.00. For more information call 863 858 1630 or email : Jacqui Anderson sewingthat@yahoo.com. Thanks.



First Annual ‘Quilts by the River’.  This is a three day judged event April 18-20, 2014 in downtown Palatka.  This is a judged event with awards and prizes for each of the seven categories: Large, Medium and Small Pieced; Large, Medium, and Small Applique; and Young Quilters.  Registration forms are available at WWW.MissDsQuilts.com




May 29 - June 1, 2014 at the Hilton



Anthony Quilt N Go club is planning a quilt show October 10th and 11th from 10am – 4pm  at the McIntosh Civic Center, 5835 Avenue G, McIntosh, Florida located midway between Ocala and Gainesville on Hwy 441.  

There will be quilts offered for sale.  Vendors who wish to participate should contact Robyn Rupley at robyn1947@gmail.com .

 There will be a drawing for their Christmas quilt on Oct 11th at 3:45pm.  You need not be present to win.  Tickets are donations of $1/each or 6 for $5.   All proceeds go toward local charities and academic scholarships. 

Contact Vickie for further information at 352-351-2220 or email victoria2220@embarqmail.com.


The Quilting Guild of The Villages is looking at a visit from Jenny Doan, Missouri Star Quilt Company for the
week of December 12, 2014.  Are there any other Guilds in the area that would be interested in having her
visit?  Please contact me to make arrangements.
Ruth Mazurski
QGOTV-VP, Program Chair
770-331-2988 (cell)
352-259-6731 (home)


The Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild of Orlando, Florida is pleased to announce their biennial quilt show will take place on January 23 and 24, 2015 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds located at 4603 West Colonial Drive in Orlando. Our past shows have had over 300 quilts on display, over 20 vendors, special exhibits plus much, much more!
Registration for our show will begin October 1, 2014 and close December 7, 2014.
Please visit our website often for more on the show as additional information becomes available in early 2014. If you have questions you need answers to now – please feel free to contact our 2015 Quilt Show Chair at:


Belleview Busy Bees want to thank all who came to our show.
You made it a hit.   WE had a great two days.  Boutique and vendors
did great.   Thanks so much everyone


Ocean Waves Quilt Guild has several small groups that meet throughout the month.  Recently, the "Rookies" organized a "Bib-a-Thon". We cut fabric and sewed 47 bibs for an organization in Florida City called, Patches PPEC. It is a pediatric medical day care for children ranging from infants to young adults. We had a wonderful time making them and they were thrilled to receive them.

    Diane Miller
My article, “Taking Trapunto to the Limit” was just published in the March/April issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine.  In it, I walk the reader through my process of printing photos on cloth, thread-paining, and heavily trapunto quilting the end product.  Here’s a link to their site if you want it: http://mqumag.com

Jayne B Gaskins
95101 Amalfi Drive
Unit 6
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034



Ellen Lindner was delighted to win three ribbons in the recent “Timeless Treasures” quilt show in Melbourne, FL.  Her quilt Mountain Meadow won first place in the Mixed Techniques category.

And her piece, After Much Consideration, earned a third place ribbon in the same category.

In the Original Design category, Ellen’s quilt, Crotons received an Honorable Mention.

See more of Ellen’s quilts at her website, AdventureQuilter.com