Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #206
November 3, 2015

Quilting Friends,
Have you visited the LongArm page of the website lately?  I need a little help:  I’m trying to link up the different counties on the left side of the page.  If you are a LongArmer or a LongArm customer, take a look please and let me know if I need to link up more counties that are close to your county.

Another page to look at is my Links page.  I’ve cleaned it up and added a new section of Quilt Retreat Venues.  Feel free to look at the page and suggest more quilting related links to beef up the page.  If your suggested link is already on the Shops or Guild or LongArm page, please don’t ask me to double list on the Links page.

And speaking of Quilt Retreat Venues,  I’ve heard from Jamie Starbuck Plant, who has opened a new retreat center in NC.  Sounds like fun!  Who wants to invite me to their next retreat?

Hello—I have been a long-time Florida quilter with past memberships in the All Stars and First Coast Quilters Guilds in Jacksonville, FL. I currently live in Franklin, NC and this year opened Ridgetop Quilters Retreat. Today, a group of six quilters from Jacksonville’s Friendship Guild are happily sewing away in our studio. They’ve been here since Sunday and are leaving tomorrow.

Next week, another group from Jacksonville is coming. Florida is one of my target markets. Ridgetop is a 4,000-square-foot new lodge that sleeps 10. We have averaged 6-8 quilters this first season and each has paid only $50 per night. (The house is $300 per night. So with six to 10 quilters the cost is $50 per quilter per night. Fewer than six quilters would pay a bit more each).

Franklin boasts beautiful scenery and two great quilt shops. Quilters from the John C. Campbell School come all the way to Franklin to shop in our stores, which give demos and discounts to our guests.

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-Dec 30 Quilt Exhibit in Winter Park  www.crealde.org/upcoming_exhibits.html (#203)

Nov 6-7 Quilt Show in Brandon www.brandonquiltguild.org (#193)

Nov 11 Irene Blanck Trunk Show in Tampa www.featherprincesses.org/  (#206)

Nov 13-14 LongArm Quilting Showcase in Oldsmar www.FloridaQuiltingCenter.com/Showcases (#205)

Nov 19  David Taylor Lecture in New Port Richey pkingjr3@verizon.net (#206)

Dec 6-8  Art Quilt Retreat in Tampa Bay creatinggayle.com/creating (#205)



Jan 7-9 Mancuso Quilt Show in Orlando www.QuiltFest.com (#205)

Jan 8-9 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#200)

Jan 15-16 Quilt Marketplace in The Villages www.qgotv.org (#206)

Jan 18-21  FSS Sewing Conference at Lake Yale www.floridasewingsewciety.org (#205)

Jan 22-24 Babes on the Beach Retreat in Merritt Island (#205)

Jan 29-30 Vikki Pignatelli Classes in Lake City www.fabricartshop.com  (#206)

Feb 4-6 Quilt Show in Port Saint Lucie pslquiltinginparadise.blogspot.com (#198)

Feb 5-6 Quilt Show in Ocala Ocalawoods@cfl.rr.com  (#205)

Feb 6 Airing of the Quilts in Venice  www.SarasotaModernQuiltGuild.com  (#206)

Feb 10 Nancy Kern Lecture in Tampa poodley4us@gmail.com  (#206)

Feb 12-13 Fiber & Art Show & Exhibit in Homestead www.oceanwavesquilters.com  (#206)

Feb 12-13 Quilt Show in Palmetto Karonsquilting@hotmail.com (#193)

Feb 12-13 Quilt Show in DeFuniak Springs Lesah51@yahoo.com (#202)

Feb 19-20 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda dpqg.tripod.com/quilt-show.html (#202)

Feb 19-21 Quilt Show in West Pasco www.westpascoquilters.org/quiltshows.htm (#202)

Feb 21-23  Art Quilt Retreat in Tampa Bay creatinggayle.com/creating (#205)

Feb 24-27 AQS Show in Daytona Beach www.americanquilter.com  (#197)

Feb 26-27 Quilt Show in Naples www.NaplesQuiltersGuild.com (#199)

Feb  26-27 Quilt Show & Tea in Brooksville quiltshow14@gmail.com (#203)

Feb 26-27 Quilt Retreat in Niceville homebody.rw@gmail.com (#204)

Mar 1-31 Quilt Exhibit in Key Largo bonniebanks@bellsouth.net (#205)

Mar 4-5 Quilt Show in Melbourne Event Info  (#196)

Mar 4-5 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora lakequiltguild.com  (#200)

Mar 11-12 Quilt Show in Largo www.SuncoastQuiltingCircle.org (#199)

Mar 11-12 Quilt Show in New Smyrna Beach PelicanPiecemakersQuiltGuild@gmail.com (#204)

Mar 17-19 Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lakeland http://sewingexpo.com/LakelandFL.aspx

Mar 18-19  Quilt Show in West Palm Beach donnajesse8348@gmail.com (#198)

Mar 19-20 Quilt Show in Venice www.VAQG.org (#201)

Mar 19-20 Quilt Show in Estero momc318@gmail.com (#206)

Apr 27-28 Jean Ann Wright Lecture & Workshops in Melbourne www.seasidepiecemakers.com (#206)

July 27-28  Patricia Pepe Lecture & Workshops in Melbourne www.seasidepiecemakers.com (#206)

Sept 15-17 QuiltFest in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com (#206)

Sept 28-29 Karla Alexander Lecture & Workshops in Melbourne www.seasidepiecemakers.com (#206)

Oct 26-27 Linda M. Poole Lecture & Workshops in Melbourne www.seasidepiecemakers.com (#206)


The Feather Princesses present:  Australian quilter, Irene Blanck, author of the new book Focus on Applique and the blog "Focus on Quilts", for an old fashioned trunk show.  Time and place are:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
11 a.m.
The Studio
13345 Casey Road
Tampa, Fl  33618

Please consult www.featherprincesses.org for information about our guild.  Please contact Janet Wachter, poodley4us@gmail.com for for questions about the trunk show.


The Feather Princesses present:  Nancy Kern, winner of the Houston International Quilt Show Founder's Award for her quilt "Mary Simon Rediscovered."  Nancy will present a power point lecture titled "The Pitfalls of Perfection," detailing her decade long journey making her Mary Simon Quilt.  The original quilt is over 160 years old and is housed at the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C.  The time and place are:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
11 a.m.
The Studio
13345 Casey Road
Tampa, FL   33618

Please contact Janet Wachter with questions about the trunk show, poodley4us@gmail.com.


West Pasco Quilters' Guild is hosting national teacher, David Taylor, at our general meeting Thursday, November 19th at 10 AM.  If you are planning to come, non-members fee is $10.  Please contact Pam King, pkingjr3@verizon.net, if you are coming so we have seats for everyone.  He will be also teaching a workshop on November 20th and 21st both of which are almost full.  We meet at the New Port Richey Aquatic and Recreation Center.



The  Quilting Guild of The Villages presents

2016 Quilter's Marketplace
January 15-16, 2016   9 am-3pm both days
La Hacienda Recreation Center
1200 Avenida Central
The Villages, FL  32159

More than 45 vendors
$10 admission at the door
2 day passes available
Busses welcome

Contact Pat Joho  qgotvmarketplace@gmail.com


Vikki Pignatelli, Lecturer, Teacher, Author

Fabric Art Shop Welcomes Vikki with specially created classes for our shop.


January 29-31, 2016
Lunch buffet served all 3 days & included in class fee.
2 day class $240
1 day class $120

Class size is limited to give you comfortable workspaces for making your creations. Please note that these classes are extensive to provide you everything you need to complete full projects. Supplies lists to be provided prior to classes.

Class: A Promise Of Spring
All skill levels First 2 days
In this workshop students use a melody of Vikki's innovative techniques to recreate a detail of her quilt, Promise of Spring. Students will use a complimentary pattern to make a pond water ring using Vikki's basic curves construction technique, then learn her easy improvisational methods to complete the background around and above the water ring. Once the back-ground is stitched, students will use the fabric manipulation techniques to create a textured hanging branch with three-dimensional willow leaves. Students will learn to finish their project with Vikki's whole-cloth facing.

Class: Dimensional Moss and Flowers
All skill levels Last 1 day
This class is inspired by Vikki's quilt, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. Students, let your creativity soar as you make a three-dimensional flower using Vikki's "partial facing" fabric manipulation technique. You will learn fun "scrunching" techniques to add texture to a whole-cloth background, then position the flower petals on the cloth.
You'll enhance your project with a realistic moss made from cheesecloth and wool roving you create on a felting machine and finish your flower with a felted center made with sheer organza and roving.

Reservations with payment only at FABRIC ART SHOP 877-755-0179 or 386-755-0179
For more info on Vikki: VikkPignatelli.com

More info

Airing of the Quilts:
Quilt Show and Sale at the Beach!
Saturday, February 6, 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.        
Free & Open to the Public
Maxine Barritt Park, Beachfront near the Pier 
1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice FL 34285
(Near Sharky’s Restaurant)

Our venue is Maxine Barritt Park in Venice FL, under and around the Big Pavilion. It's a beautiful new beach-side park next to Sharkey's Restaurant. 
You will see modern quilts made by our very talented members.  There will be quilts and other items for sale.  

Food Trucks will serve Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert Items!!  So please join us for this very special day!  www.SarasotaModernQuiltGuild.com



On Feb 12-13 , 2016 we will be having QSF  Quilt South Florida, a fiber and art quilt exhibition and show.

We will be holding this event at the First United Methodist, 622 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL  33030

$5.00 admission!!  Children under 12 and Active Military are free.



March 19-20,  2016:  Mark your calendars!  The Koreshan Clothesline Quilt Show will be held at The Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero,  FL  (between Ft. Myers and Naples on Rt. 41, exit 123 off I75) in conjunction with the Antique Engine Show.   This is a great place to bring the men in your life while you look at the quilts.

The Quilt Show will highlight the women in the 1900's commune of the Koreshan Unity,  a celebate religious sect that is now a 14 building open air museum.   The Quilt Show will be in the building of the home run by the commune women.  In addition,  there is a Large Machine Shop with working line shaft and huge generator,  which powered the electricity for the settlement.  The baker will be doing demonstrations on the restored stove while the Antique Engine Show will fill the rest of the grounds.
 Admission to the Park and Show is $5 per car load.  Join us for Quilting demonstrations,  sew on our own antique sewing machine,  and view both antique and new quilts.  Vendors will also be there.
 Contact the Quilt Coordinator at momc318@gmail.com.



April 27&28 - Jean Ann Wright of "Curvy Log Cabin" fame will be in Melbourne, FL  Lecture/trunk show and classes, see www.seasidepiecemakers.com for more information.  Classes and lecture are open to the public with fees.

July 27&28 - Patricia Pepe from Creston, CA (www.xblocks.com) will be in Melbourne, FL  Lecture/trunk show and classes, see www.seasidepiecemakers.com for more information.  Classes and lecture are open to the public with fees.

September 28&29 - Karla Alexander of "Stack the Deck" fame will be in Melbourne, FL  Lecture/trunk show and classes, see www.seasidepiecemakers.com for more information.  Classes and lecture are open to the public with fees.

October 26&27 - Linda M. Poole (www.lindampoole.com) famous for her painted applique will be in Melbourne, FL   Lecture/trunk show and classes, see www.seasidepiecemakers.com for more information.  Classes and lecture are open to the public with fees.

Mona Collins
Programs VP
Seaside Piecemakers



The theme for the 2016 QuiltFest in Jacksonville is:
All That Stash
September 15-17, 2015.
It is still at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Thank you,
Gay Montgomery
Publicity Chair


We are currently accepting quilters as vendors for  A 1915 Florida Cracker Christmas. This is a family-friendly festival that will be held at Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton on Sunday, December 13 from 11 am - 4 pm. There is no vendor fee involved. For more information, or to apply, please email: christine.brown@manateeclerk.com