Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #219
January 8, 2017

Quilting Friends,
This newsletter is a few days later than I like it to be this month.  But the good news?  My laptop is back in one piece, back on my desk, and SOME of my programs are loaded back on.  Ahh, the vagaries of four year old hard drives. Fortunately, hubby is patient with me and my constant need for help.  You wouldn’t guess that I have a degree in Computer Science, would you!  

If you’re a fairly new reader of this newsletter, you may not know that the Calendar page on the website is a quick way to view upcoming events all over the state.  Give it a look-see.

Happy Quilting,   Mary-Jeanine
PS: I love to hear from you, so drop me a line sometime!

Quilt Show Business for Sale

This is a well established Quilt Show Business for sale with sales of about $50K per year working just part time.

Work as little or as much as you like, travel or stay in Florida – the possibilities are endless and entirely up to you.

This is a fun business for someone who loves quilting and would like to make some extra money. Perfect for a husband and wife team or a couple of friends.

Sale includes all inventory, equipment, proprietary rights to published patterns, a business plan formula that works, future hard to get show bookings and unlimited support to help you succeed.

Price is $25K. Serious inquiries only please. 


Baby Lock Ellisimo Sewing and Embroidery Machine for Sale

Purchased but never really used.  This sewing and embroidery machine has some awesome features, please see more here: babylock.com/sewing/ellisimo-gold

I am asking $3950.00. 
Please contact Dee at 407-349-1236

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Jan 11 Karen Stockwell Lecture in Tampa poodley4us@gmail.com   (#219)

Jan 13 Modern Quilt Workshop in Port St. Lucie  jjolley5@comcast.net (#218)

Jan 13 - Feb 28 Quilt Exhibit in Mt. Dora mountdoracenterforthearts.org/shared-threads (#219)

Jan 18-19 Quilt Workshops in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org (#218)

Jan 18 Lecture in St. Pete http://www.suncoastquiltingcircle.org/   (#219)

Jan 18-19  Workshop In West Pasco  pkingjr3@verizon.net (#219)

Jan 19-22 Sue Spargo Workshops in Stuart www.RedThreadStudio.com (#213)

Jan 20 Sue Spargo Lecture in Stuart www.RedThreadStudio.com (#219)

Jan 19-21 Mancuso Quilt Show in Orlando info here  (#219)

Jan 20-Feb 27 Quilt Exhibit in Stuart (#219)

Jan 21 Florida Quilt Study Group in Trenton kmetelicacray@gmail.com  (#219)

Jan 24 Quilt Lecture in West Melbourne 321-537-9454 (#219)

Jan 27-28 Quilt Show in The Villages www.qgotv.org/  (#214)

Jan 27-28 Quilt Show in Sebring hcqg2017quiltshow@gmail.com (#214)

Jan 27-28 Quilt Show in Clearwater www.QuiltersCrossing.net   (#215)

Jan 28 Quilts in Dade City East Pasco Quilters, Inc.   (#218)

Feb 1-28 Art Quilt Exhibit in Key Largo www.miamiartquilters.com  (#215)

Feb 4 ‘Airing of the Quilts’ in Venice www.sarasotamodernquiltguild.com

Feb 4-5 Quilt Show in Dady City   pioneerfloridamuseum.org (#218)

Feb 4 & 6 Mark Sherman Class & Lecture in Orlando floridacabinfever.com (#217)

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

Feb 10-11  Quilt Show in Panama City www.sabqg.org (#215)

Feb 11 Lecture in Fort Myers jgrande2@comcast.net (#219)

Feb 15 LongArm Experience in Lake City  more info (#219)

Feb 16 LongArm Experience in Brooksville more info (#219)

Feb 16-17  Workshop In West Pasco  pkingjr3@verizon.net (#219)

Feb 17-18 Quilt Show in Seminole www.midpinellasquiltshow.com (#219)

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 lakequiltguild.com/quilt-show (#212)

Feb  24-25 Applique Quilt Show in Tampa www.featherprincesses.org   (#215)

Feb 25 Art Quilt Workshop in Tampa www.creatinggayle.com (#217)

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 9-11 Quilt Expo in Ft. Lauderdale www.browardquiltexpo.com (#218)

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

Mar 11 Quilt Tea in New Smyrna Beach lizart999@aol.com (#214)

Mar 16-19 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lakeland http://sewingexpo.com/LakelandFL.aspx     (#215)

Mar 16-17  Workshop In West Pasco  pkingjr3@verizon.net (#219)

Mar 18 Outdoor Quilt Show in Trenton www.suwanneeshops.com

Mar 18-19 Quilt Show in Estero momc318@gmail.com  (#218)

Mar 24&25 Quilt Show in Tampa www.quiltersworkshoptampa.org

Mar 27-Apr 8 Focus on Fiber Retreat in New Smyrna Beach focusonfiberfloridastyle.com  (#216)

Apr 1-3 Debra Gable Workshop & Lecture in Orlando floridacabinfever.com (#217)

April 7-8  Florida Quilt Study Group in Trenton kmetelicacray@gmail.com  (#215)

Apr 14-15 Quilt Show in Palatka stjmongoose@gmail.com  (#216)

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

May 6-7 Quilt Show in Gainesville treecityquiltersguild.blogspot.com (#217)
May 13 Quilt Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#213)

June 5 Janice Vaine Lecture in Orlando floridacabinfever.com (#217)

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

Oct 21 Quilt Auction in Maitland floridacabinfever.com (#219)

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


Feb 2-3 Quilt Show in Palmetto carollipp@gmail.com  (#219)

The Feather Princesses, Inc. will host:
Karen Stockwell, Quilter and Fiber Artist of Punta Gorda, FL
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Meeting and program from 11 a.m.  to  2 p.m.
 Lecture:  Round Robins
Carrollwood Recreation Center
3515 McFarland Road
Tampa, Fl  33618
Please contact Janet Wachter, poodley4us@gmail.com if you have questions.


Mount Dora Center For the Arts. January 13-February 28.

Steeped in historical tradition and using contemporary concepts, this exhibit sheds light on a very diverse form of art.

In conjunction with the Share Threads Exhibition, is a Felted Vessles Workshop on January 21, 2017 by Artist and Instructor, Liz Canali.




Trenton, Florida – Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, sponsor of The Florida Quit Museum, home to The Florida Quilt Trail and Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, announces the January 2017 Class  and Event Schedule.  The Florida Quilt Museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying Florida’s quilting heritage, and fulfils its mission in part through education and skill enhancement for crafters of all levels. All classes held in The Crystal Ice House, unless noted.
Monday, January 9, 2017
 Tuffett Class 1 with Lyn:      10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Two-day class repeats on January 16
Please order your kit and pay for classes in advance Fee:     $80.00 for both days

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
 All-day Session with Lyn:      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Using Batiks and Kaffe Fassett  Bold Prints*          Fee:             $25.00

Saturday, January 14,  2017
Sassy Kat Baskets with Katie Avram 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Traditional Appalachian style Gathering Basket. With a square base, rounded top, and choice of handle and accent colors, this is a classic Appalachian style basket.
            Fee:     $42.00  includes all materials
Monday, January 16,  2017
 Tuffett Class 2with Lyn:       10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Two-day class finishes Tuffett started on January 9 Fee:            $80.00 for both days

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
 All-day Session with Lyn:      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Blooming Nine Patch:  Not for the faint of heart*  Fee:             $25.00

Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Yearling Tea        2:00 p.m. Elaine Carson Spencer, President of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm will present a special program.           Fee:     $20.50

Saturday, January 21, 2017
 Florida Quilt Study Group   10:00  a.m. at The Florida Quilt  Museum
Kathy Cray leads our exploration of  your quilts!  Bring a quilt, block or top to share!
            Fee:     Free
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
All-day Session with Lyn:       10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Working with Panels*
            Fee:     $25.00

Saturday, January 28, 2017
 Suwannee Valley Stitch-In: Stitch and Sew with Karen and Claire 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lunch, Door prizes, Stitching         Fee:     Free
 * Lyn White’s Wednesday Classes have suggested projects.  Feel free to conceive your own and work with Lyn to complete your quilt.  All levels of assistance and guidance are provided by Lyn from beginner to advanced.
 February 4 Sally’s Cross Stitch Valentines Party
February 18 Musical Tea with entertainment by Jan Littrup
March 18 Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival


January 18 Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer, lecture & trunk show in St. Petersburg http://www.suncoastquiltingcircle.org/

West Pasco Quilters' Guild

January 18, 19 - Suzi Parron, author of two books about barn quilts found painted on barns in houses throughout the US will be our speaker and also hold 2 workshops.

February 16, 17 - Kathleen Andrews of Kwilart.com will speak and hold a workshop teaching fabricating her Celtic Diamonds and Celtic Layers quilts.

March 16, 17  - Nancy Mahoney, author, teacher, fabric designer and award-winning quilt maker will be our speaker and hold a workshop with her Dot-to-Dot pattern

November - David Taylor is coming back, details later
CONTACT: Pam King  pkingjr3@verizon.net


World Quilt Florida is returning to Orlando, January 19-21, 2017. The festival will be held in Hall E2, West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. This unique quilt and textile event offers attendees a trip around the world - no passport needed!

View how the other side of the globe creates their quilts! The show will exhibit the international entries as well as selected United States ribbon winning entries from the World Quilt Competition. An outstanding nine countries are represented in this beautiful collection including Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The quilt show will also include the Florida Quilt Competition, open only to residents of Florida. The entries to this competition are an impressive showcase of some of Florida’s most talented quilt and textile artists. The competition entrants will be competing for over $3,500 in prizes. It's a wonderful opportunity for quilters to experience the diversity and creativity of their fellow enthusiasts. Competition details including online and printable entry forms are available on quiltfest.com.

The World Quilt Competition - On Tour, the Florida Quilt Competition and other special exhibitions allow attendees to view over 500 quilts! For those who love anything quilt related, this display of quilt art should not be missed!

The aisles of the World Quilt Merchants Mall will be filled with everything a happy shopper could possible imagine and more:  sewing machines, longarm machines, needles, pins, fabric markers, books, jewelry, thread, more fabric than you’ve ever seen in one place, notions and more … much, much more!

When you go …


World Quilt Florida


Orange County Convention Center
West Concourse - Hall E2
9800 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819


January 19-21, 2017
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm

How Much

Admission $13, includes re-admission
Accompanied children under 16 free.








Friday, Jan 20th 7-8:30pm Sue Spargo lecture and trunk show in Stuart, Florida.   $10 fee


Sue's quilts are inspired by life’s experiences drawn from the culture, flora and fauna of the many countries in she has lived or been privileged to visit.  Come and meet Sue and travel with her through Africa and England, The United States, Italy, Vietnam and Australia as she ‘stitches for you with words’... the story of her work.


Florida Quilt Study Group to Meet at Florida Quilt Museum

Trenton, Florida  The Florida Quilt Museum, home to Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival and The Florida Quilt Trail will host the first Florida Quilt Study Group meeting of 2017 on  Saturday, January 21, 2017,  beginning at 10:00 a.m. inside The
Florida Quilt Museum, located at 517 N. Main Street, Trenton, FL  32693. Renowned quilt expert Kathy Cray will lead the session, which is free and open to the public. There is ample, free parking available.

If you quilt, collect needlework, study fabrics or just love antique quilts and the hands that made them, then The Florida Quilt Study Group is for you! The last gathering, held in October of 2016, featured over 30 vintage quilts. Participants are encouraged to bring with them one antique quilt, quilt top, individual block or textile of their own choosing to share with the group. If you do not have an item to share, please do not let that stop you from attending this study group, as all are welcomed!

The group will break for lunch and dine “Dutch” at the Suwannee Rose Café located next door to the museum and inside the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, housed in the historic and restored Coca-Cola plant building. The Suwannee Rose Café features house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and decadent desserts, all at affordable prices.

Please contact Kathy Cray at kmetelicacray@gmail.com or 802-380-1322 to RSVP or if you have any questions. 


Many people think an art quilt must be some kind of very special bedspread.  The exhibit, Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art, will quickly debunk that idea.  This juried exhibit features 45 quilts made by Florida members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.  They include a wide variety of materials, techniques, subjects, and styles.
 Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art, will be on display from January 20th – February 27th, 2017 at the Court House Cultural Center in Stuart, FL.  Several supporting events are planned:
January 21-22 – Artist Demonstrations
January 27, Artists’ Reception 5:30 – 7 PM
February 11-12, Artist Docents
 Venue website:  www.martinarts.org
Gallery information and hours: 80 E Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL
Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 4, Saturday, 11 - 2


On January 24, 2017 at 6:30 - Phyllis Lawson, author of  the "Quilt of Souls" will be speaking at the "Heart and Soul Quilting Circle".  Door prizes will include a gift certificate for $40 off Longarm Edge to Edge quilting from Ultra Precision Quilting. 

The Heart and Soul Quilting Circle is meeting at Melbourne Community Church, 3030 West New Haven Ave, West Melbourne FL. 

Please call Kathy Higley 321-537-9454 if you have any questions. 



Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Art Quilters Unlimited is hosting a lecture by Valerie Goodwin in Fort Myers at 7:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers Airport (convenient to I75)
Cost $5.00
Please rsvp – jgrande2@comcast.net

This lecture will describe how Fiber Artist, Valerie S. Goodwin evokes stories of a place using fabric, paint and thread. It will focus on three (3) approaches to mapping the description of a place. They include:
The Personal Narrative, Fictional Map Narratives, and the Political/Sociological Narrative

Valerie S. Goodwin is a Fiber Artist and Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida A & M University’s School
of Architecture and Engineering Technology in Tallahassee, Florida. She is also author of “Art Quilt Maps:
Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage-A Visual Guide”. Visit her website to learn more about her
artwork and fiber art workshops at: www.quiltsbyvalerie.com



APQS Roadshow Longarm Experience – Lake City, FL
February 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST | Cost: Free


APQS Roadshow Longarm Experience – Brooksville, FL

February 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST | Cost: Free

This is your chance to get your hands on one of our longarm quilting machines to discover the model that is right for you. Preregistration requested. You can register by giving us a call at 800-426-7233
What you’ll learn:
Designed for quilters who do not currently own a longarm machine or current owners who are looking to upgrade, the 3 hour FREE seminar includes valuable information about owning your first longarm.

 For more  information and locations visit APQS webpage http://www.apqs.com/events/category/road-shows/2017-02/ or Contact:
 Patty Butcher
Katydids Quilting Studio ~APQS FL
APQS Sales/Service/Training
IntelliQuilter Dealer
Longarm Quilting Service
352-397-4959, 850-502-0272 Cell


The second biennial quilt show, "Home Sweet Home, Celebrate the Quilt, Explore the Art" will take place on February 17 and 18, 2017 at the Seminole Recreation Center,
9011  113th Street N., in Seminole, FL.  The show will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, February 17th and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th.  
Admission is $7.00. 

Three quilt guilds working together: Hidden Stitches (Seminole), Largo Cracker Quilters (Largo), and Procrastinating Quilters (Clearwater) will be featuring the talents of 200 quilters exhibiting modern, traditional and art quilts of many sizes.  Added features of the show include a variety of vendors, demonstrations of quilting techniques, a boutique, basket promenade, a cafe, and quilt appraisals by Brenda Grampsas, certified quilt appraiser and historian.

In addition, three bed-size opportunity quilts will be on display raising money for various charities.  Please visit us at www.midpinellasquiltshow.com.  


Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild will be having a Quilt Auction on Saturday, October 21st at the Maitland Civic Center.  floridacabinfever.com


Manatee Patchworkers

Date:  Feb 2 & 3, 2018
Location:  Bradenton Area Convention Center
                 Haben Blvd
                 Palmetto, FL

Contact:  Carol Lipp - carollipp@gmail.com
                Mary Lewis - marylewis11@gmail.com