Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #208
January 3, 2016

Quilting Friends,

Yep, I've jumped on the Terific Tuffet bandwagon and made TWO. And now I'm teaching a class...join me! There are a few seats left.

Well, here we go…are you ready?  Our annual Quilt Show Season is upon us, starting with Mancuso’s show in Orlando next weekend.  I hope to see you there!  And if you’re just a little too far to travel to that, I’m sure you’ll find a quilt show a little closer on the Calendar page.  Tis the season.

If you are looking to enter a quilt or wearable art in the competition for the Mid-Atlantic show, the deadline is January 26.  Entry forms are here.

For a complete 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-Jan 18 Quilt Exhibit in Winter Park  www.crealde.org/upcoming_exhibits.html (#203)

Jan 7-9 Mancuso Quilt Show in Orlando www.QuiltFest.com (#207)

Jan 8-9 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#208)

Jan 8-9 Ami Simms Lecture & Workshops in Miami www.quiltsouthflorida.com (#208)

Jan 9-29  Quilt Exhibit in Cedar Key gayle.wolfe1@verizon.net (#207)

Jan 11 Quilt Workshop in Cedar Key gayle.wolfe1@verizon.net (#207)

Jan 12-13 Nancy Prince Lecture and class in Mt. Dora lakequiltguild.com (#207)

Jan 12 Bible Study Quilt in Melbourne ultra.precision.quilting@gmail.com (#208)

Jan 15-16 Quilt Marketplace in The Villages www.qgotv.org (#207)

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

Jan 20 Mary Lou Weidman  Workshop in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org (#208)

Jan 21-22 Applique Lecture & Workshop in New Port Richey westpascoquilters.org

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

Jan 23 Hand Embroidery Workshop in Boca Raton southfloridamqg.com

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

Feb 4-6 Quilt Show in Port Saint Lucie www.pslcrazyquilters.com (#208)

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  (#208)

Feb 12 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 12-13 Quilt Show in Panama City sabqg.org   (#207)

Feb 16 Susan Cleveland Lecture and class in Mt. Dora lakequiltguild.com (#207)

Feb 17-18 Vikki Pignatelli  Workshop in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org (#208)

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 (#207)

Mar 4-5 Quilt Show in Melbourne Event Info  (#207)

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 Quilt Show in Trenton http://www.TrentonQuiltFestival.com (#207)

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

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

Apr 1-2 Quilt Show in Lakeland www.ladiesofthelakes.org  (#207)

April 7-10 Quilt Retreat In Bradenton www.SarasotaModernQuiltGuild.com (#208)

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 SW Florida Quilter's Guild show is happening!! Come join us Friday, January 8th from 10am - 5pm and Saturday, January 9th from 10 am to 4pm 2016. We have moved back to the Lee County Civic Center at 11831 Bayshore Road, North Ft Myers, FL 33917. There will be over 300 judged quilts, 2 special exhibits, a guild challenge with over 40 12" quilts, a beautiful raffle quilt, a silent auction, a boutique filled with handmade items, magazines, books, and fabrics and 40 vendors! Buses are welcome and parking is plentiful. Visit our website at www.swfqg.com to find out more about our show and our guild. "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWFQGQuiltShow. Our page is filled with projects, tutorials and information about quilting. There is also a smattering of quilters' humor!! Enjoy!

Thank you so much!
Hilary Bobker
Publicity chair, SW Florida Quilter's Guild

January 8-9, Annual Luncheon of installation of new officers for 2016,  with guest speaker Ami Simms. Ami will have a trunk show and two days of classes.
February 11-12,  our Ocean Waves Presents, QSF  Quilt South Florida quilt show. A Gallery Show of Fiber Arts.   February 11 & 12 from 8:30-4:30, at First United Methodist Church
622  Krome Ave, Homestead Fl, 33031.  Featuring a Fabulous Collection of Fiber Arts, Viewers Choice Awards, Special Exhibits, Classes, Demonstrations & QSF Challenge quilts.  Additional information can be found at www.quiltsouthflorida.com
Lois Erickson/  President
Ocean Waves  Chapter 296
Miami West Active Day Center, 13776 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33186 (Meeting Room)
    2nd Saturday of each Month.



The Heart and Soul Quilting Circle, of Melbourne Community Church, will be starting the "Women of the Bible study quilt", on January 12th at 6:30PM (church location is at the corner of Wickham and New Haven (3030 New Haven) in West Melbourne.

There are 42 women in the bible. There is a block for each woman. When we finish the study, each person will have a king size quilt top. 

The Heart and Soul Quilting Circle meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. 

Bring your sewing machine and 3 fat quarters of coordinating colors.  Instructions for the “Eve” block will be provided on the first night.

Thank you for your time,

Kathy Higley
 ultra.precision.quilting@gmail.com or call me at 321-537-9454



Gold Coast Quilters Guild will host the following workshops:  (www.gcqg.org)

Mary Lou Weidman - Hoochie Mama Fun Quilt
January 20, 2016  9:30am - 4pm

Vikki Pignatelli  - Crazy About Curves
February 17, 2016 9:30am - 4pm

Vikki Pignatelli - Fun With Fabrics - Manipulation
February 18, 2016 9:30am - 4pm



West Pasco Quilters' Guild will be hosting Connie Sue Haidle from Apple Blossom Quilts at their January 21st meeting at 10AM at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.  There is a $10 fee for non-members.  Please visit her Apple Blossom Quilts website to view Connie Sue's beautiful quilts.  She is also holding a workshop the following day.



On January 23rd 2016, SFMQG will be hosting a day of hand embroidery fun! We have invited Jennifer Lee of Red Thread Studios to visit us for a lecture/trunk show/sale, followed by a workshop in the afternoon. Workshop is open to the public and if attending you will receive 10% off off her items for sale. 

We have a new website:


The members of the Port Saint Lucie Crazy Quilters Guild are excited to welcome fellow quilters and lovers of fabric to our 9th Biennial Quilt Show – “Quilting in Paradise.”  We will be hosting it Thursday, February 4th through Saturday, February 6th, 2016 with our hours being from 10am to 6pm with closing on Saturday at 4pm.  We have a wonderful convention center – the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center at 9221 SE Civic Center Place (corner of Walton Road and US 1) to welcome you to the experience of quilts, vendor booths, Guild Boutique with handmade items, daily auction from 1 to 2 pm daily, fabulous member challenge and more. 

To honor the American Heart Association “Go Red For Women” Month and its efforts to make women aware of their hearts, wear red on Friday, February 5th, 2016 and be entered into a Quilting Gift Basket valued at over $1,000.00.  The winner will be chosen at the end of the day.  In addition the members have all made blocks for the three Heart Quilts that will be auctioned, one each day.  Three of our fine Quilters in the name of Karen Marchetti (Creative Long Arm Quilting),  Marion McCoin and Natalie Carlton.   The total proceeds will be given to the AHA Go Red for Women.  There are more surprises at the Heart area so do stop by and see the quilts.  This is the first time we have dedicated the show to a national charity.

Karen Marchetti of Creative Longarm Quilting is our teacher and so check out on the website if there are any seats available in her classes.  Here is her website http://www.creativelongarmquilting.com
Admission is $10.00 and multi-day is $15.00.  

Check out all the information regarding the show at our website:  www.pslcrazyquilters.com.

The Feather Princesses Present:

Nancy Kern's Lecture
"The Pitfalls of Perfection"
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
11 a.m.
The Studio
13345 Casey Road
Tampa, Florida  33618

 In her lecture, “The Pitfalls of Perfection,” Nancy Kern will present her masterpiece and prize winning quilt, the culmination of a lifetime of stitching, “Mary Simon Rediscovered.”  Nancy's interpretation of the 1850's Baltimore Album Quilt top has won several awards including one of the most prestigious in the world, The Founder's Award at the Houston International Quilt Show in 2010.  

In her lecture, Mary will walk us through some of the steps of problem solving the construction of this complex applique quilt.  She encountered many challenges during the decade long construction, including historic fabric color issues.  She will also share her decision to design and add a border to this famous quilt top.
Please join us for one of the most fascinating and informative lectures about applique quilting this year!  And, please contact Janet Wachter, poodley4us@gmail.com, if you have questions. 


Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild will hold a Modern Quilt Retreat  on April 7-8-9-10, 2016 at the  Christian Retreat Center, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., Bradenton FL 34212.  Registration includes 10 Meals in the Center  Dining Room and all optional workshops and demonstrations (supply fee may apply).    Fees: single occupancy -- $368;   double occupancy--$275 per person;  day stitcher (includes all meals)  $175.  For information,  email SarasotaModQ@hotmail.com.    For more information, www.SarasotaModernQuiltGuild.com