Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #192
September 2, 2014

Quilting Friends,

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning (January of 1999!), you know I started this monthly newsletter while I was Program Chair for my local quilt guild.  I was looking for a mechanism that would allow quilt guilds all over the state to communicate, network and share the considerable travel costs of bringing in national teachers to our neck of the woods.  FQN has expanded from that one spark of an idea, and now I’d like to think we are the one-stop-shop for all things quilty in Florida.  But I still love when I can facilitate inter-guild communication.  To that end, here is an email from the Lakeland quilt guild, looking to share national teachers:

Our guild meets the 3rd Thursday of the month in the evening and we are looking for guilds in FL. to share national teachers. If interested, please contact Jacqui Anderson at 863 858 1630 or email  me at sewbizzy67@gmail.com. Thanks.

I am often asked if I know anyone who repairs quilts.  And I don’t!  So if you or someone you know is in the business of repairing quilts, please let me know and I’ll share the info with those who ask.

I’ve been cleaning out cabinets and closets this summer, and found a batch of UPCs from packages of Hobbs batting.  If you belong to a quilt guild that makes charity quilts, you may not be familiar with Hobbs Charity Program.  They will send you rolls of batting for your charity quilts at a discounted price if you send UPCs.  Read more here.  Anyway, if you’d like about 10-15 Hobbs UPC labels, drop me a line and I’ll send them to you.  First come, first served.

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)


Sept 1-Oct 28 Fiber Art Exhibit in Jacksonville fiberartistsnetwork.org   (#191)

Sept 8 Quilt Lecture in Orlando http://floridacabinfever.com/ (#192)

Sept 8-11 LongArm Workshops in Palatka www.missDSquilts.com (#192)

Sept 9 LongArm Seminar in Ocala laura@gallsewingvac.com  (#192)

Sept 12-Oct 19 Quilt Exhibit in Tallahassee museumoffloridahistory.com (#191)

Sept 19-20 Workshop in Lakeland sewingthat@yahoo.com (#190)

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

Sept 26-28 Quilt Retreat in St. Augustine Beach Talacam@aol.com (#190)

Sept 27 Sewing Project Class in Lake Mary website (#192)

Oct 1-4 Fiber Art Retreat in Lake City FabricArtShop.com  (#192)

Oct 1-31 Quilt Exhibit in Ormond Beach (#192)

Oct 2-3 Kaffe Fassett Workshops in Boca Raton www.StitchCraftBoca.com (#191)

Oct 7, 14, 21 Quilt Class in Cedar Key (#192)

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

Oct 11 Quilt Show in Palm Beach nitagold@gmail.com (#189)

Oct 14 LongArm Seminar in Ocala laura@gallsewingvac.com  (#192)

Oct 14-15 Artist Workshop in St. Pete (#192)

Oct 18-Nov 8 Basic Quilt Class in Cedar Key (#192)

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

Oct 17 – Nov 23 ArtQuilt Show & Sale in Clearwater (#192)

Oct 29-Nov 1 Beginning Machine Quilting Retreat in Lake City FabricArtShop.com  (#192)

Oct 31- Nov 2 Quilt Retreat in Cocoa Beach www.SewCentral.net  (#188)

Nov 2-4 Intermediate Machine Quilting Retreat in Lake City FabricArtShop.com  (#192)

Nov 7-8 Quilt Show in Ocala fjcrqshow@aol.com (#190)

Nov 7 Jenny Doan Lecture in Boca Raton www.StitchCraftBoca.com (#191)

Nov 8 Kathy Ward Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#191)

Nov 11 LongArm Seminar in Ocala laura@gallsewingvac.com  (#192)

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

Nov 22 Pat Yamin Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#191)

Dec 9 LongArm Seminar in Ocala laura@gallsewingvac.com  (#192)

Dec 14 Cracker Festival in Bradenton christine.brown@manateeclerk.com (#191)


Jan 8-10 Mancuso’s Quilt Fest in West Palm Beach QuiltFest  (#192)

Jan 13 LongArm Seminar in Ocala laura@gallsewingvac.com  (#192)

Jan 22-25 Modern Quilt Retreat in Leesburg www.FloridaModernQuiltRetreat.com (#192)

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

Jan 23-24 Showcase of Quilts in The Villages www.qgotv.org (#191)

Jan 30-31 Quilt Show in Clearwater postmaster@quilterscrossing.net (#191)

Feb 6-7 Betty New Workshops in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#191)

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

Feb 13-14 Quilt Show in Titusville www.SpaceCoastQuilters.com (#190)

Feb 13-14 Quilt Show in Panama City sabqg.org (#191)

Feb 19-22 Quilt Retreat in St. Pete www.quiltbeeretreats.com (#192)

Feb 20-21 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda www.peaceriverquiltersguild.org (#188)

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

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

Feb 27-28 Quilt Retreat & Show in Niceville quiltingforfun@cox.net (#191)

Mar 6-7 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora http://www.lakequiltguild.com/  (#190)

Mar 10-14 Fiber Workshops in New Smyrna Beach Focusonfiberfloridastyle.com (#192)

Mar 13-14 Quilt Show in Tampa www.quiltersworkshop.org (#187)

Mar 14 Quilters Tea in New Smyrna Beach PelicanPiecemakersFL@yahoo.com (#191)

Mar 15-21 Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach Beach Focusonfiberfloridastyle.com (#192)

Mar 28 Quilt Festival in Geneva www.countrycottagesewing.com   (#188)

Mar 28 Festival in Bradenton mailto:christine.brown@manateeclerk.com  (#191)

May 2 Pat Yamin Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#191)

May 2-3 Quilt Show in Gainesville website (#192)

May 15-16 Studio to Gallery Conference in Melbourne www.StudioToGallery.com  (#192)

Aug 8 Kathy Ward Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#191)




Irena Bluhm, internationally known quilter and LongArmer will be hosting hands-on classes in Palatka from Sept 8-11.  For more info: http://www.missdsquilts.com/


Florida Sewing Sew-ciety’s Fall Event is a placemat fram using wash-away basting thread.

Sept 27th 9am-3pm

Lake Mary Community Center
140 E Wilbur Ave.
Lake Mary, FL  32746

More info here  and here.


FAS Southern School of Quilting and Longarm Techniques at Fabric Art Shop in Lake City, FL has openings for 3 retreats:

Fiber Art: Oct 1-4, 2014

Beginning Machine Quilting: Oct 29 – Nov 1, 2014

Intermediate Machine Quilting Nov 2-4, 2014

Thanks & Happy Creating!
Barbie Swanson
http://fabricartshop.com http://quiltkitsandmoreatfas.com
FAS Southern School of Quilting and Longarm Techniques.
4136 West US Highway 90
Lake City, FL 32055

386-755-0179 FAX: 386-755-8530

**** Visit us at Yahoo! Group: innovalongarm & our website: www.innovalongarm.com ****


Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild presents Margaret Travis of Eazy Peazy Quilts.   Margaret will be our guest speaker for our September 8th meeting in the Oak Room at the Marks St Senior Center in Orlando.  Margaret’s trunk show will focus on her Eazy Peazy Quilt patterns.  These designs feature well-written instructions illustrated with pictures. Suitable for all skill levels, her designs include handbags, totes, accessories, useful household items plus a line of helpful aids for the handicapped.  Check out her website:     www.eazypeazyquilts.com
On October 6th, Joyce Johnson, our quilt show chairperson will kick off quilt show registration with helps, tips and demonstrations of the registration process and instructions on attaching a sleeve.  Joyce will also go over the categories and how to measure your quilt accurately.
The Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild meets at 6:30pm on the first Monday of every month (except September) at the Marks Street Senior Center in the Ballroom (unless otherwise noted):  99 E. Marks St, Orlando, FL 32801.  See you there for a fun and entertaining evening.




Gall Sewing & Vac., Inc
Your Longarm Quilting Experts
In Ocala now serving central Florida         

Venue Location: 14 Hemlock Way, Ocala, FL 34472
Wednesdays @ 10:00am

Offering FREE Educational Longarm Quilting Seminars.
Every second Wednesday of the month starting in September

You do not need to own or use a longarm quilting machine to take advantage of these free seminars.  These seminars will teach you everything there is to know about longarm quilting on a frame and longarm set-down quilting. Beginner to advanced- all will benefit.

We will discuss:
Basic start up
Ruler rules & templates
Micro handles
Awesome new tools & tips
Marking your quilt
Resizing a design
A time for show and tell
Discuss any ‘help wanted’ issues
And a chance to getaway & get inspired!
You will enjoy working on the famous Handi-Quilter machines.
Make no mistake we are a full service Handi quilter destination where you may purchase the entire line and receive expert service on your longarms.  Most brands included.

Call our Ocala location to sign up now (352) 299-1754 or (616)260-2019




For fiber artists, mixed media artists or anyone who wishes to explore a variety

of materials, methodological structures and the creative process.

with Master Craftsman JOHN GARRETT

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 14 & 15, 2014

10:00am – 4:30pm

Workshop hosted by and held at:

The Morean Arts Center

719 Central Ave ▪ St. Petersburg, FL

Questions? Please call 727.822.7872, ext 2121.


Gulf Coast Art Quilt Network will hold "Fiber Expressions: An Artquilt Show and Sale".  

The show will be held October 17 through November 23, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Octagon Arts Center, l
ocated at 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764.  


Participating Artists are: Andy Brunhammer, Linda Dawson, Suzanne Evenson, Peg Green, Karol Kusmaul, Brenda Schlechter and Jim Smith. Exhibited works are one-of-a-kind original expressions produced by serious studio artists working in the quilt medium.

The Opening Reception with the Artists will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    

For daily viewing hours, call the Center: 727-531-7704. 



There will be a two-guild exhibit of quilts at the Ormond Beach Library main (adult) entrance windows for the month of October. Quilters by the Sea will place items on one side and Racing Fingers on the other.

Library Address is : 30 S Beach St, Ormond Beach, FL
Hours: Sunday 1-5
Mon-Thurs 9-7
Fri & Sat 9-5

The Salty Needle Quilt Shop offers 2 classes starting in October.  First is the Joan Jones Mermaid pattern October 7, 14, and 21.  Basic Quilts: 4-Patch runs on Saturdays from October 18-November 8.  For details, visit www.thesaltyneedlequiltshop.com.   Phone: (352) 543-9779.  Email: mermaidsongquilts@gmail.com.



World Quilt Show – Florida VI
Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
January 8-10, 2015
Featuring the World Quilt Competition XVIII: On Tour

Website: QuiltFest

 It is a large show, with many different exhibits, vendors, and classes with national and international instructors.  The competition is open to anyone living in Florida and their is $3,600 in cash prizes.



This Retreat will be a fun time for both modern, contemporary and traditional quilters who want to learn about modern quilting design and quilting techniques.
If you would like some printed flyers, please email me with a mailing address and I will mail them to you. Thanks so much for your support! Regards, Carole Lyles Shaw
Florida Modern Quilt Retreat
January 22-25, 2015
Doors Open, Thursday January 22, 2015 at 5 p.m.       
Retreat Ends on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, 39034 County Road 452, Leesburg FL 34788
REGISTRATION FEE:   SINGLE OCCUPANCY -- $390 per person       
Retreat Schedule:
• Thursday, 5- 6:30 p.m. Set up your sewing space and dinner
• Thursday, 6:30 p.m.:
oWelcome & Get Acquainted Game
o"New Trends in Modern Quilting" Lecture and Trunk Show
oShow & Tell
oDoor Prizes
• Friday, 9-10 a.m.-Retreat Project Instructions
• Friday, 10:15 - 12 noon: Optional Workshop on Improvisational Piecing
• Friday 3 p.m. Door Prizes and Q&A discussion on modern quilting
• Saturday, 9-11: Optional Workshops (new topics)
• Sunday, 9 a.m.: Tips for quilting your modern quilt on your home machine and working with a professional LongArm Quilter-- lecture and discussion
• Sunday 1-2 p.m.-- Show & Tell and Door Prize Drawings for Door Prizes
Quilt Retreat Registration Includes:
• 3 Nights Lodging
• All Meals included
• All optional workshops
• Fabric Bundle Door Prizes
• Sew On Your Own available all the time! Bring your own modern quilting projects or UFO's
• Optional Modern Quilt Project - instructions will be mailed to registrants in November

Retreat Host: Carole Lyles Shaw is the Host and Workshop Leader for the Retreat. She is President of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild. Two of her modern quilts were published in Modern Patchwork Summer 2014. Carole is scheduled to teach at the 2015 Pacific International Quilt Festival. She has two modern quilting books that will be published in early 2015. Her website is  www.modernquilter.us.  

Please feel free to share this information in your newsletter and your Guild meetings. 
Carole Lyles Shaw
 Blog:  www.SarasotaModernQuilts.com


Quilting Bee Retreat in St. Petersburg
Feb 19-22, 2015

We’ve added a new class (Hollow Cubes With Allen Smith) and 12 hours of class with registration. 10 % discount for early registration. February 19-22. Come join the fun!

Find out all the details at www.QuiltBeeRetreats.com



Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach
March 10-14
Workshops by Esterita Austin, Pat Pauly and Sherrill Scheoning

March 15-21



The Tree City Quilter's Guild of Gainesville, FL will be hosting A Judged Quilt Show

" From Fabric to Fabulous! 
Celebrating the Art of Quilt Making!"
Saturday May 2, 2015 (10 AM - 5 PM) AND 
Sunday May 3, 2015 (10 AM - 4 PM)

 Best Western PLUS Gateway Grand
4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606

Cost to attend: $7.00 Adults & Children over 12 
Children 12 and under are FREE
*There will be many beautiful Quilts on display of all kinds of styles and colors and experience.
*Quilt Judge will be: Brenda Kalata from St. Augustine and has years of experience.
*Teddy Pruett (a certified quilt appraiser) will be on hand to Appraise any quilts you would like appraised.
*There will be: Vendors of quilting supplies and tools 
*Basket raffles, take a chance and see if you can win one!
*An Opportunity Quilt  with raffle tickets to win it!
*A Quiltique/ Bazaar will be available for purchasing goods that the Tree City Quilters Guild members have made.
*PLUS - There will be Quilts on Display from the HOFFMAN (INDIGO) CHALLENGE 2014
*AND - TCQG will showcase the community service projects in association with several organizations.
*Come and enjoy the Entertainment that will be provided by our talented musicians!

website here

Studio to Gallery Conference
Sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Assoc (SAQA) Florida Region
Location: Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Melbourne, Florida
Dates: Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015
Registration: Opens to the public August 24, 2014.
Conference website: www.StudioToGallery.com
This conference is designed to help fiber artists deal with key issues facing them in today’s market, specifically: How to get work from their studio into galleries; how to effectively present their art for juried competitions; and how to manage business aspects of art production. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Sandra Sider, New York quilt artist, author, former SAQA president, and current curator for the Texas Quilt Museum, and she will speak on “Going for the Gallery.” Coinciding with the first day of the conference, Friday, May 15, will be the opening of Southern Accents, an exhibition produced by SAQA members from 11 southeastern states and juried by Dr. Sider. The exhibit will be at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on the campus of FIT through Saturday, August 22, 2015.


I plan to be in West Palm Beach from Jan-March for the forseeable future (a mini-snowbird - LOL) and will teach a limited number of times while I am there. Already booked forArt Quiltere Ulimited, Ft. Myers in 2015, but am now booking for 2016 and beyond. Take advantage of not having to pay airfare from Newark to Palm Beach — just travel within Fla!   If you can’t resist a deal like this, contact me at rgillman@studio78.net and I will send you info on my workshops. 

Rayna Gillman



My quilt News Hounds won 1st Place ...article and photo ... 
Pauline Salzman



DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council in Arcadia, FL is issuing a Call for Art and Quilt Challenge in conjunction with the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day to be held October 18, 2014. Quilters are asked to create 30 x 30 inch quilts using reproduction fabrics of the 1866-1900 time period. Quilters from all over are invited to participate. Quilts must be received by October 1, and will be displayed at DeSoto County Public Library until the event.

Background info about the community may be found at:
the brochure may also be downloaded at
We are advertising this event in the September-October Country Register.
The event on October 18 will be free and open to the public with activities for all ages.

Karen Smoke, Secretary
DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council
P O Box 2451
Arcadia, FL 34265