Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #213
May 31, 2016

Quilting Friends,

Boy, did it turn hot this week!  We are looking forward to some cooler weather next month in Wisconsin.  I’ve been invited to speak to 3 different guilds near Milwaukee and just north of Chicago.  I’m also teaching a few classes, and the rest of the time we get to play.  Everyone tells me we have to see Door County, so we’re camping 5 nights there.  Any other suggestions for us?  What to see in Milwaukee?

For those who will stay close to home, the Florida Quilt Museum will be featuring a new exhibit entitled "Summer Fun" for June and July. The quilt museum located in Trenton, Florida, is open Monday - Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00pm.  Also featured is a wonderful collection of miniature quilts by Carol Henry and a doll display by Charlie Patricolo.    

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

June 4 Trish Stewart Quilt Workshops in Orlando  Eleanor@EleanorMoland.com (#212)

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 12-13 Shop Hop Bus Trip from Lutz  sweetdarlingquilts.com (#212)

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

Sept 8-11 Quilt Retreat in St. Augustine  Talacam@aol.com (#212)

Sept 15-17 QuiltFest in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com (#213)

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)

Nov 12 Doll making Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#213)

Jan 20-22 Sue Spargo Workshops in Stuart www.RedThreadStudio.com (#213)

Jan 19-21 Mancuso Quilt Show in Orlando info here

Jan 27-28 Quilt Show in The Villages www.qgotv.org/  (#213)

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

Feb 24-25 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora http://lakequiltguild.com/quilt-show/     (#212)

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

Mar 3-4 Quilt Show in Sarasota www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/quilt_show.html (#213)

Mar 11 Purse Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#213)

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

May 13 Quilt Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#213)

Aug 12 Quilt Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#213)

Nov 11 Tablerunner Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#213)


MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology will open the new exhibitions Radical Elements and A View Within: The Collaboration of Two Fiber Artists on Saturday, May 28.

Radical Elements is the newest fiber art show from Studio Art Quilts Associates. A signature exhibition for the international organization, it is the first show to embrace the newly expanded definition of an art quilt. Each of the selected artists created a new work influenced by an element from the periodic table. The artists were also asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials.

“SAQA is very excited to present Radical Elements on Florida Tech’s campus,” said SAQA Executive Director Martha Sielman.  “We think that the [Ruth Funk Center’s] audience, which combines an interest in science with a love of fiber art, is the perfect group to truly appreciate this unique exhibition.”

In conjunction with Radical Elements, the Center is presenting A View Within: The Collaboration of Two Fiber Artists. Now in its sixth year, A View Within is the result of a collaborative project by contemporary artists Paula Chung and Karen Rips. The artists’ fascination with the human body, as revealed through advances in medical imagery, is the primary inspiration for this exhibition of tapestries.

Both exhibitions will be on view through Aug. 27.

The Ruth Funk Center will host two events in conjunction with the opening of the exhibitions.

·        Featured quilt artist Wen Redmond will present a demonstration and gallery talk at10:30 a.m. on May 28. Redmond’s unique artistic work merges digital processes, photography, collage, media mix and surface design. The demonstration, which takes place in Room P133, next to Evans Library, will highlight Redmond’s use of digital design in quilting. Admission is $10 for the public and $5 for Friends of Textile members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students. Admission includes the demonstration and a reception. Pre-registration is required by calling the Center’s administrative office at 321-674-6129 or emailing textiles@fit.edu.

·        At 2 p.m. on May 28 in the Ruth Funk Center’s gallery, Redmond will lead a gallery tour of her work. The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for this event.

Beginning May 28, regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Center is located on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call 321-674-8313.

For more information, please email Hibiscus Quilt Guild at South Florida, hqgosf@gmail.com or call 561-951-9958 all classes start at 11;30am and are held at Salvation Army, 4051 Kirk Rd, Lake Worth, FL

 August 13, 2016 - $10
Quilted Postcards - can be mailed upon completion - By Christine Burtch

 November 12, 2016 - $10
Quilted Dollmaking By Linda Lane

 March 11, 2017 program – $10
Mini Bow Tucks Purse By Melissa Henize

 May 13, 2017 - $10
Blanket Stitch & Raw Edge Welcome Banner Applique Class using Accuquilt Dies By Debbie Sprague

 August 12, 2017 - $10
Make a Embellished Wallhanging By Michelle Moore

 November 11, 2017 - $10
Spicy Spiral Table Runner **special 10o / 23”wedge ruler is needed ** By Nancy Stevens



Join us for QuiltFest 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida at the Prime Osborn Auditorium.

The Preview Party is September 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the show is September 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

For more information visit our website at http://www.quiltfestjax.com/.



January 20-22nd 2017
1 and 2 day workshops with Sue Spargo
Stuart, Florida

Registration info: redthreadstudio.com/products/sue-spargo-workshops

Jennifer Lee


Biennial “Showcase of Quilts” returns for two days in January.

Quilting Guild of the Villages presents the 2017 Showcase of Quilts January 27-28, 2017, at the Savannah Center, 1545 North Buena Vista Drive, The Villages, FL 32159. The event is 9 am to 5 pm Friday, and 9 am to 4 pm Saturday. Admission is Attendees can expect to see more than 200 quilts created by Quilting Guild of The Villages members. First, second, third, fourth, and honorable mention ribbons will be awarded in18 categories. Recognitions will also include “Best of” in four categories, Viewer’s Choice, and Judges Choice. A special display of antique quilts will also be available.

Showcase of Quilts includes a variety of shopping opportunities with 19 vendors selling fabric and quilting supplies; a boutique features handmade sewn and quilted items; a silent auction offers more than 80 sewn and quilted items; and 11 gift baskets are available for auction.

Tickets may be purchased to win the charity quilt with proceeds donated to The Villages Hospice and The Villages Honor Flight.

“We will have many beautiful quilts to admire,” says Showcase of Quilts Chair Judy Porter. “Our boutique will offer many, many items for purchase including quilts, purses, table runners and everything in between! Come join in the fun!“

Pre-sales and discounted group pricing information are available through QGOTVShowcase@gmail.com. Tickets are also available through www.villagesentertainment.com

Showcase of Quilts is open to the public. Free parking is plentiful, and a food court is available. The Quilting Guild of The Villages is a 501(c) (4) nonprofit organization and provides resources to create a fun, productive and educational quilting environment for its members. With more than 1,000 members and 19 chapters, the Guild activities include nationally known guest lecturers, trunk shows, community donation projects, classroom instruction, workshops and retreats.

The contact email for our show is: qgotvshowcase@gmail.com.


We are the Feather Princesses of Tampa, FL, an all appliqué group. Our show is February 24-25, 2017, at Higgins Hall at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5221 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614.

Admission is $8 and parking is free. We will have a judged show with hundreds of appliquéd quilts, a mini quilt auction both Friday and Saturday featuring appliquéd mini quilts with proceeds going to Metropolitan Ministries, a beautiful hand appliquéd opportunity quilt based on an Edyta Sitar design, a Boutique and a cafe serving lunch both days.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Mini auction will be held both days and Brenda Grampas will be onhand for quilt appraisals and to conduct the auctions. The quilts will be judged by Lorraine Covington. 

Laura Brooker: laurajbr@mac.com



“Quilts in Paradise”
March 3 & 4, 2017

The Friendship Knot Quilters Guild will hold its 16th biennial quilt show on Friday, March 3 from 9-5 and on Saturday, March 4 from 9-4 at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237.  The show will feature hundreds of beautiful quilts of all styles – traditional bed quilts to award winning wall art.  Highlights include gift basket raffles, a gorgeous raffle quilt, daily silent auctions of small quilts, a merchant mall, quilt appraisal services and much more.  Admission is $8.
For more information, visit http://www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/quilt_show.html
or email us at quiltsin paradise@tampabay.rr.com