Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #27

May 22, 2000


Hello again,


I hope all of you are well and looking forward to staying cool this summer! 

I counted the number of Florida Quilt Guilds this Network touches……83 !!  Did you know there were that many guilds in Florida?? And there are probably a few I don't have on my list, but I'm working on it.  Believe it or not, this newsletter is sent to over 400 quilters.  What a year (and 5 months) it has been. 


Thanks to all of you who send me nice notes, information, and even requests.  I appreciate hearing from each and every one of you.  Many of you have suggested I take advertisements or fees for notices, but that is not the direction I want to go with FQN.  I enjoy everything about the network, and I like not answering to anyone (except YOU of course!).  I feel I would lose some of my credibility if I were to charge for the use of this space. 


When DH stops working so hard and has time to finish my website, I look forward to sharing even MORE great information with you on an even more timely basis.


Your comments and suggestions are always welcome…





The Sunshine State Quilters Association (SSQA) is experiencing problems with the US Mail in getting their newsletter out.  It contains the registration forms for the June 10th meeting in Gainesville.  Some of their members STILL have not received their forms, and the organizers of the meeting are getting worried.


If you are a member of SSQA (or would like to join!) and need the registration forms for the meeting, please call Gloria Comstock at 352-335-1729 or email at rg10001@bellsouth.net.


Within the June 10th meeting, Becky Valcante is sponsoring a fashion show complete with narration and live music.  She needs everyone who has quilted clothing to participate.  More information and a registration form can be obtained by calling her at 352-378-2799 or email becky@ccgnv.net.



Although the quilt show "season" has wound down, there are still lots of goings on….






May 22 The Applique Society meeting in Crystal River <mjtoth@hitter.net>


May 26,27,28 Florida Folk Life Festival in Tallahassee bobbimcph@worldnet.att.net


May 27 Hawaiian Quilting Workshop by Ginger Lavoie (see newsletter #26)


June (Thursdays) Kids' Sew Fun Camp  in Orlando <margie@cfl.rr.com>


June (Tuesdays) Kids' Beginners Sewing Camp  in Brevard County < Quilts1999@aol.com >


June 10 SSQA Meeting in Gainsville 352-335-1729.


June 16th -Sept 9th Hollis Chatelain show in Winston-Salem, NC <www.holisart.com>


June 23 Mary Sorensen Class in Ft. Lauderdale jlquilt@aol.com


June 26 The Applique Society meeting in Crystal River <mjtoth@hitter.net>


July 15 Joanne Goldstein Lecture in Pompano Beach <joanne850@aol.com>


August TAS Chapter show in Crystal River <mjtoth@hitter.net>


Oct 14-15 Bead Festival  in Orlando <beadshows.com>


Oct 20-22 Quilt Show  in Clearwater  Omielke@aol.com


Oct 20, 21 Fall Fantasy in Palmetto Qmaker99@aol.com


Message-ID: <0.288af6e6.259a8fc9@aol.com>

Sept.22,23,24. Quiltfest 2000 in Jacksonville dbld@mediaone.net>


Jan 3 thru 6 Quilt Workshops  in Marco Island clemens35@mediaone.net


Feb. 23-24 Quilt Show in Tampa  Laurajbr@aol.com


Feb 17-18 PIECES & PATCHES QUILT SHOW in Vero Beach patles@sunet.net






Our TAS Chapter-"The Heart & Hand Chapter" in Crystal River is very happy to have the invitation to display some of our work the entire month of August at the Central Ridge Library of Citrus County. We will be displaying several small pieces and a different full size quilt each week. If any of our viewers would like-stop in and see the fruits of our labor in Applique work, the Library is located at the corner of Roosevelt Blvd and Forest Ridge Road in Beverly Hills, Florida. For  further info contact mjtoth@hitter.net.






A New Mexico quilter named Pandy is starting a local and national effort to provide each of the people who lost their home to fire in Los Alamos, New Mexico a new quilt.  She will be concentrating on twin and queen size quilts for the people who lost everything. If you would like to donate a quilt you may send it to:


Pandy's Quilt Store

35 Bonnieview Drive

Los Alamos, NM  87544


She will see that the quilts get distributed to the fire victims.








Help!  I'm interested in buying the out-of-print book, "Tropical Punch" by Marilyn Dorwart.  Anyone know where I can purchase a copy?  Thanks.  JJQuilter@aol.com






Quilters' Workshop of Tampa Bay quilt show, 2001: A Quilt Odyssey, Feb. 23 and 24, 2001, Egypt Temple Shrine, Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. For information, call Ellen Schon, 813-287-0379.  If you are interested in being a vendor, please call Laura Brooker 813-837-2644 or e-mail Laurajbr@aol.com






June 10. The Tree City Quilters of Gainesville are hosting an SSQA meeting.  A  terrific program has been planned including classes on Seminole Strip Piecing, Traditional Redwork Embroidery, Interacting with Color and Broderie Perse. There will be a fashion show during lunchtime. Ann

Castleberry, author of a forthcoming quilt book on Color and Shape, will give the program. For further information, contact Gloria Comstock,352-335-1729.


The fall meeting of SSQA will be held September 29-30 in Tallahassee. For info please contact Robin Wolfe 850-668-4021.


An SSQA meeting is being planned for February of 2001 in Panama City. Details later.






The Digg's Gallery at the Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC will be having an exhibition of Hollis Chatelain's work from June 16th -September 9th, 2000. There will be 35-40 pieces exhibited, from when she starting working in textiles (1990) until now. The show is called "Unraveling the Myths about Africa Through Quilts: A Hollis Chatelain Retrospective". The Digg's Gallery is at 601 Martin Luther King Drive in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-750-2458 or email tateb@wssumits.wssu.edu The opening is June 16th (5:00-8:00 PM) and she will be lecturing on her creative journey with slides of her life in Africa.


Thank you  Hollis Chatelain www.hollisart.com


[Ed. note: I know its not Florida, but who DOESN'T go to NC in the summer /g/ ]






Just wanted to say hi, and tell you about our new web site for quilters ----- 



Our quilt shop is located in Athens, Alabama (near Huntsville).  We are in a 6,400 sq. ft. building with over 3,500 bolts of fabric, quilt supplies, machine quilting, and cross stitch supplies.  Also, we have plenty of room for RV parking.


Please take and minute, and visit our new web site.  We are starting our web site with just fabric, but in the future, plan on adding books, patterns, kits, and supplies.


Happy Quilting,   Brenda, Heart of Dixie Quilt Shop






A Kids' Beginner Sewing Camp in Brevard County is scheduled for the four Tuesdays in June - June 5, 12, 19, 26 - from 2:00 to 4:30 at Thimbles and Thread, a quilter's retreat, located at 275 Magnolia Avenue, Merritt Island. Sewers will learn to thread their machines, and sew an almost striaght line while constructing a wind sock and a tote bag.  Cost for all four sessions is $50.  Instructor is Margie Engel.  You can enroll your favorite kid by calling Thimbles and Thread owner Kathy Stewart at 321-456-5685.  Email Kathy at Quilts1999@aol.com.






The Naples Quilters Guild is looking for a Florida teacher to offer a lecture  (possibly on computer quilting) and a workshop in EQ4. Also looking for someone in south FL who teaches redwork. We have Charlotte Warr Andersen scheduled for April 19-21, 2001. If there is a guild interested in sharing expenses by scheduling her before or after, please contact me, or visit charlottewarrandersen.com and contact Charlotte directly.

Marti Dowman madowfl@aol.com 941-793-7693






The Peace River Quilter's Guild has contracted with the following quilt teachers to visit us.  If any other guild is interested in inviting these teachers to visit them, they may contact the teachers directly.


November 2-3, 2000  Lois Arnold, email AZquilter9@aol.com


Lois Embree Arnold, from Chandler, AZ, is a third generation quilt maker, designer and artist who works in both the areas of traditional and innovative quilt making.  Her quilts have appeared in "The American Quilter" magazine, "The Visual Dance" by Joen Wolfrom, "Home Quilt Show" magazine and "Julien's Journal".  Lois appeared on Simply Quilts, episode 531.  She is the author of "Pine Tree Quilts" which is expected to be available later this year.


September 20-21, 2001, Darra Duffy Williamson, email darra@boone.net


Darra is from Boone NC and is the author of "Sensational Scrap Quilts".  She was named Quilt Teacher of the year by "Professional Quilter" magazine in 1989.