Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #211
March 29, 2016

Quilting Friends,

Well, the ‘Florida Quilt Show Season’ may be winding down, but there are still lots of events to add to the calendar in this newsletter.  Lots of opportunities to take classes, retreat and visit exhibits and show.  Take advantage!

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!


Avante 18 Handi Quilter with 2’ to 12’ rails, ruler board, rulers, micro handles,  (No pro stitcher) all feet, mat, chair etc.  About $11,500 into it. 

5 months old, works beautifully but I need the extra space in room.

Will sell for $5000.
Machine is in Venice Fl

Pam in Sunny SW Fl


Bernina 770-great machine, stitch regulator and wide harp. Downsizing. Does work with (not included) Bernina embroidery units.
Less than 1 year old, not used, bought locally, 14 extra bobbins.
new $6500  now  $3500



 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)



Mar 1-31 Quilt Exhibit in Key Largo bonniebanks@bellsouth.net (#207)

Mar 29-Apr 30 Art Quilt Exhibit in Daytona Beach Beckystack@hotmail.com (#211)

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

Apr 1-June 30 Quilt Exhibit in Deland mrsgorgon@gmail.com (#211)

Apr 2 Sewing/Quilting Studio Downsizing in Sanford mailto:Kathystachowicz14@gmail.com (#210)

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

Apr 15-16 Quilt Show in Palatka www.MissDsQuilts.com (#209)

Apr 16 Applique Workshop in Port St. Lucie jjolley5@comcast.net  (#211)

Apr 26-27 Modern Quilt Workshops in Venice classes@vaqg.org (#211)

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

Apr 30 Art Quilt Workshop in Tampa info here (#211)

May 18 Jane Sassaman Workshop in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org (#209)

June 18 Quilt & Needlework Exhibit in Baker bakermuseum@aol.com (#211)

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

Aug 18-21 Paper Piecing Retreat in Leesburg mail@craftythreads.com (#211)

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

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

Oct 17-18 Nancy Prince lecture & workshop in St. Petersburg http://www.SuncoastquiltingCircle.org (#210)

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

Nov 11-12 Quilts & Tea in Davenport www.quiltsandtea.com (#211)


Feb 10-11 Quilt Show in  Vero Beach patlester9@gmail.com (#211)

Feb 17-18 Quilt Show in Seminole www.midpinellasquiltshow.com (#211)

Feb 17-18 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda 2017QuiltShowPublicity@gmail.com (#211)

Feb 24-25 Quilt Show in Naples info here

Mar 1-4 AQS Quilt Show in Daytona Beach info here

Apr 24-30 Bus Trip to Paducah purcella23@aol.com (#210)

Kathy Stachowicz has retired and is now downsizing to prepare for a move.  The sewing and quilting hoarder in her must let go of her many treasures, much to her dismay.   This sewing/quilting open house will be held Saturday, April 2nd, from 10am to 3pm at 214 Friesian Way, Sanford, Florida, 32773.  Too many items to list all, but, for instance, there will be a sewing machine, sergers, stabilizers, hoop holders, thread, cutting and display boards, silk ribbon, fabric, sewing quilting and craft books, heirloom laces, and many many more notions at minimal cost.  
Kathy Stachowicz


“The Quilt as Art” exhibit in Daytona Beach
From March 29th to April 30th, the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, will be hosting the exquisite work of area SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) members.  A reception and gallery walk will be held on April 13th, 4 and 5 PM respectively.  Don’t miss a free opportunity to see what these quilt artists are up to.  Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd, Daytona Beach. 
Textile art by SAQA members in Maitland area. For additional information contact: Becky Stack, 407 - 247-4702,  Beckystack@hotmail.com
Viewing hours M-F 10:30 - 4:30, Sat. 10-2


Textile Artists Blooming Wild Exhibition, April 1 - June 2016, Reception March 31, 5-7 PM, City Hall, downtown DeLand at 120 S. Florida and SR 44 (New York Ave.). Building open till 5 PM. Textile art inspired by Florida wildflowers and created by ArtsEtc - Volusia County artists. For additional information contact Mary McBride, 386-736-3039, mrsgorgon@gmail.com


“MOCK MOLA” Applique Workshop:  Raw Edge Machine Reverse Applique
Instructor:  Cathy Miller

This class features Cathy’s fast and easy technique for reverse applique.  It is a great way to use “holy” fabric that you can’t bear to cut up, and wonderful for trying new design ideas.  Students will learn this technique by working on a small individual project using two layers of fabric, plus batting and backing.  With Cathy’s help, each student will design her/his own piece.  Machine quilting will attach all the layers together then the top layer is cut to reveal the design.  The pieces will be mostly completed at the end of the class.  This is a hugely popular workshop!

Machine applique.  Some free motion experience is helpful but not required.  Cathy can adapt designs to suit all capabilities.  Written instructions and design suggestions will be supplied.

Time:  Saturday, April 16, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place:  BEST WESTERN Port St. Lucie (Just south of Spanish Lakes)
7900 S. US Highway 1
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
Hotel Phone:  772-878-7600
Cost (includes lunch):  $70 members, $85 non-members
For more information or to register contact:  Jo Ann Jolley  jjolley5@comcast.net  (561-746-2691)



Here is a workshop open to all quilters.

Venice Area Quilt Guild will have Christine Ravish, a published Modern Quilter, for a 2 day workshop April 26 & 27. Choosing Solids For Modern Quilts will teach us how to focus on color selection, value and proportion while using a variety of improv techniques to create 3 small wall hangings. Contact classes@vaqg.org for more information and to register.



APRIL 30 - CreatingGayle's "Spring in the Abstract" Art Quilt Class has been rescheduled to April 30, 2016 - Happy Apple Quilts - Tampa, FL - www.happyapplequilts.com/spring-in-the-abstract-class
Have you been secretly dreaming of using your quilting skills and stepping away from patterns, rulers and ¼” seams?  Is your creative spirit whispering (loudly) to come out and play? Then this is the class for you.

Using the color wheel as a soft launching pad, Gayle will gently guide even the most hesitant students to explore color and learn new art quilting skills.

Gayle will share many new techniques using fabrics, fibers and beads that you will then be able to incorporate into your own Original Art Quilt designs.

Break out of the Block and join in the colorful fun!

“Spring in the Abstract” is Gayle’s latest Festive Fiber Fun Art Quilt class premiering at Happy Apple Quilts' beautiful new Tampa location.

Spark Your Creativity with Gayle’s original and relaxed approach to intuitive art and design.  Advanced beginners to experienced quilters welcome.
To learn more about Gayle, please visit her website: creatinggayle.com

Contact Happy Apple Quilts directly to reserve your space for this colorful, no mistakes, fun with fibers class: www.happyapplequilts.com/spring-in-the-abstract-class


Saturday, 18 June 2016, QUILT & NEEDLEWORK SHOW sponsored by North Okaloosa Historical Associations, BAKER BLOCK Museum. Baker, FL. 32531.

We are looking for exhibitors. Sellers are welcome. Items may include quilts, crochet, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint and other needle crafts.

Exhibited work may be new or antique. Contact Ann Spann, (850) 537-5714 or bakermuseum@aol.com


Paper Piecing Retreat sponsored by Crafty Threads
Thursday August 18th, 2016 through Sunday August 21st, 2016
Lake Yale Conference Center, Leesburg, FL

$300 per person double occupancy (Add $100 for a private room)
Includes all meals - lunch Thursday through lunch Sunday.

Learn to piece the Fractured Paint Box, Bali Wedding Star or Prismatic Star - or work on your own paper piecing project.
Technique demos, prizes, fun & games
email Barb - mail@craftythreads.com or call 813-855-3066 to reserve your spot!


Davenport Quilts and Tea Festival
Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, 2016
Davenport Historic District
1 South Allapaha Avenue
Davenport, Florida 33837

Fee: $5.00  children under 12 Free
9:00 am to 3:00 pm  each day


2017          February 10 &  11, 2017 9-5 and 9-3pm
At Indian River County Fairgrounds
7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach  FL

$8.00 Entrance          Free Parking
Children under 8 FREE
Judged Show for everyone

Enter your quilt by sending SASE to:
Sunbonnet Sue 
P.O. Box 1011
Vero Beach, FL 32961

Many quilts - Traditional and ARTS on display.
Food by Southern Yankee BBQ@4U
For more information call 772.562.9294
or email patlester9@gmail.com


"Home Sweet Home" is the theme of the 2017 Mid-Pinellas Quilt show presented by three guilds -- Largo Cracker Quilters (Largo), Hidden Stitches (Seminole), and Procrastinating Quilters (Clearwater)

February 17-18, 2017, at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th Street North, Seminole, FL 33772. 

Displayed quilts will show a wide variety of techniques and designs.  Each day features vendors, basket promenade, boutique, demonstrations, appraisals, three Opportunity Quilts, and a school house presentation by a quilt artist. 

For more information, visit www.midpinellasquiltshow.com.


14th Biennial Quilt Festival – “Follow the Sun”
Friday, February 17, 2017 – 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 9:00AM until 4:00 PM
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

Judged show by Alma Coates of Jacksonville, FL - Over 300 quilts -
Opportunity Quilt, patterned after “Twisted Star”
sold by Judy Neimeyer, designed by her engineering son, Bradley, (now discontinued).

Boutique - Silent auction - Special exhibits – Vendors

Food available - Free parking - Buses welcomed - Wheel chair accessible

Donation - $7.00 one day pass or $12.00 for two day pass

Contact:  Barbara at  2017QuiltShowPublicity@gmail.com


Looking at the World through Quilts - World Quilt New England

Walking into World Quilt New England, one is almost overwhelmed by the spectacular display of magnificent quilts from around the world on exhibit. Standing out among all the quilts on display are the quilts competing in the World Quilt Competition, an always beautiful collection that makes awarding Best of Show a very difficult task for the judges. The 2016 competition will be no different!  The premier of the World Quilt Competition will be at World Quilt New England at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, August 18 – 20, 2016 where the competition will be judged.

From New Hampshire, the international entries and selected winning U.S. entries will tour to three more Mancuso Show Management quilt festivals across the U.S. Be sure to take an opportunity to view this international collection of beautiful and culturally unique creativity and talent.

Now in its twentieth year, this international quilt competition draws entries from across the globe. The 2016 World Quilt Competition will feature quilts from Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Best of Country from among the entries for each nation will be chosen as well as the Best of World Award winner. Visitors to World Quilt New England also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt entry to win the prestigious Viewers’ Choice Award.

If you would like to enter the World Quilt Competition, the entry form  for U.S. entrants is available online and for download from http://www.quiltfest.com/. International entrants should also visit the website to obtain contact information for their country’s World Quilt Competition representative. To view the beautiful winning entries from the 2015 World Quilt Competition, please click here.