Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #30

August 15, 2000



Guess you're wondering why you haven't heard from me in a while.  I returned a few weeks ago from a whirlwind camping trip, with a family reunion trip thrown in for good measure.  I was only able to stop at four (only!) fabric/quilt shops, but oh, was it fun!!  Material Things in St. Augustine is always an inspiration, especially Joyce's pieced shower curtain.  The Quilted Peach was a great little store in historic Valdosta, Georgia.  She packs a lot of different looks and samples into a small space.  Waechter's Silk Shop in Asheville was a dressmaker's dream, with beautiful fabrics and lots of patterns from independent companies. 


And finally,  drum roll….Mary Jo's in Gastonia was HUGE!  After seeing some digital pics sent to me by a reader, I decided I better be prepared with a list of wants and needs.  Since the place is so big, I thought for sure I'd be overwhelmed.  And I was.  Even my 20yo niece, who sews for her college theater was amazed.  I was able to find everything on my list and the prices were great.  I especially enjoyed the $2.99 table.  Across the hall (Mary Jo's is in a mall), was a nice Bernina dealer with some beautiful quilt samples hanging.  I can't get the flannel quilt out of my mind, guess I'll have to make it.


I made my first photo transfer quilt for my parent's 50th anniversary.  Check it out at http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1049834&a=7762997.   Needless to say, they were bowled over; my mom was showing to anyone (strangers included) she could pin down.  I'm proud of it because I had no idea what it would look like when I began, and it is unlike anything I've done before.


I'm very excited about this…Quilters Newsletter Magazine is offering the past FIVE years of their newsletter on CD:


"Search over 170 projects and articles by issue, cover, project or author to find quilt patterns and info quickly and easily. Included on the disc are two software tools no quilter should be without: Quilt-Pro's Block Factory and the Color Reference Library from Benartex."


For more info, go to http://www.quilts-online.com/ and click on SPECIAL OFFERS.  Look for my review of this product in my next newsletter.  I can't wait to try it out!


Here's a webpage that will post a picture of your quilt guild's opportunity quilt:



And this webpage has a great set of quilting links:



This website searches 52 online quilt shops at once for your request:






August - entire month - Applique Society Exhibit in Crystal River Library < mjtoth@hitter.net>


August 28 The Applique Society Meeting in Crystal River mjtoth@hitter.net


Sept 21-22 Workshops with Maya Schoenenberger. in Naples <madowfl@aol.com>


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


September 25 The Applique Society Meeting in Crystal River   mjtoth@hitter.net


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


Oct. 16-21  National EGA Seminar in Lake Buena Vista  < EGAHQ@aol.com>


Oct 20-22 Quilt Show in White Springs (904)397-2733


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


Oct 20, 21 Quilt Show in Palmetto Qmaker99@aol.com

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


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


Jan 19,20 Quilt Show in Largo DORTQ@aol.com


Jan 26 & 27 Quilt Show in Orlando <quiltshow2001@aol.com>


Jan 20-27 Quilters Dream Cruise <AnnapTvlr@aol.com>


Jan 22-25 Quilters Escape II in Brooksville (see text in Newsletter #28)


Feb 3-4 Quilt Show in Lady Lake <dianadare@mpinet.net>


Feb 9-10 Quilt Show in Naples <gailquilts@aol.com>


Feb 9-10 Quilt Show in Titusville <Jhopem@aol.com>


Feb 17-18 Quilt Show in Vero Beach <patles@sunet.net>


Feb 22-23 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda MCrosby908@aol.com


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


Feb 23-24 Quilt Show in Ocala <CWash3266@aol.com>


Mar 2-3 Quilt Show in Brandon hobbienut@msn.com


Mar 9-10 Quilt Show in Sarasota bettejimb@juno.com


Mar 9-11 Quilt Show in Ft. Lauderdale <http://www.browardqquiltexpo.com>






Another request for your goodness and generosity. The West Pasco Pregancy Center  is in desperate need of tiny booties.  We are a crisis pregancy center and give each young lady with a positive test a pair of booties.  This should give the message to each one that the baby she is carrying is real and has the feet that will go into those booties.  Perhaps the booties will be the news breaker! We just never know. Besides quilting, does anyone know how to knit or crochet?  I would be willing to supply the wool. Thanks so much.


 Kay Nevins        KayNevins@att.net.






The local high school in Sisters, Oregon is hosting an inexpensive Bed & Breakfast for quilters attending the 2001 show.  For more information, email jhenders@outlawnet.com


For more information on the 2000 show, click on http://www.stitchinpost.com/soqs.asp






Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee has a full schedule of national teachers listed below.  If you have any interest in sharing expenses or questions, please let me know.


Linda Cantrell - Nov 9-11 of 2000

Gwen Marston - March 8-10 of 2001

Carol Henry - Oct 11-13 of 2001

Margaret Miller - March 14-16 of 2002

Ami Simms - Nov 14-16 of 2002


Our Tallahassee guild keeps up-to-date teacher information posted on the SSQA web site and in the SSQA newsletter.  Their web site address is:  www.ssqa.org


Sincerely, -DeDe Harter Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee   <dharter@talstar.com>






Manatee Patchworkers' Biannual Quilt Show

"Fall Fantasy"  -  October 20, 2000  -  10:00am to 5:00pm

                  October 21, 2000  -  10:00am to 4:00pm


Where:  Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL


Admission:  $4.00


Features:  Quilts

            Exhibt of the Japanese Manhole Cover Quilts



            Door prizes


            Silent Auction


Contact:   Barbara Mallozzi , Qmaker99@AOL.com






Broward Quilt Expo will be held March 9, 10, and 11,2001 at War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE *th Street, Ft Lauderdale, FL.  Highlights of Expo will be the line up of teachers:  John Flynn, Barbara Hahl, Sara King, Suzanne Marshall, Marsha McCloskey, Joan Shay, Kathy Stubbs Ward, and Barbara Thompson.  In addition,  there will be 200 quilts on display (you are welcome to enter your quilts) , a large boutique, many venders, a Sunday afternoon live mini auction, and a thursday night lecture by John Flynn at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 2670 East Sunrise Boulevard, Ft Lauderdale, FL. For more information and class schedule visit our web site

<http://www.browardqquiltexpo.com> or contact Janet Oxley at 954-757-7427.






The Gold Coast Quilter's Guild will meet on MONDAY, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 NW Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton.  Please note that it is a Monday rather than the usual Tuesday. The main attraction will be the traveling Hoffman Challenge Wearable Art Show, modeled by guild members.  For more information, please call (561)392-3703

or e-mail gavjs@worldnet.att.net.






"Way Down Upon the Suwannee River" 13th annual Quilt Show & Sale

Oct 20, 21, 22  2000

Fri & Sat 9 am - 5 pm        Sun 9 am - 4 pm

Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center

Hwy #41 White Springs, FL

Judged Quilt Show, Vendors, Boutique, Demonstrations, Refreshments,

Lecture, Workshop

Call Elaine McGrath  (904)397-2733 for more information






I run Quilt University, the site where you can take quilt classes online.  I would be pleased if you could mention this in your newsletter.  We have over a dozen teachers on the faculty and offer classes that range from applique and piecing to quilt design and dyeing.  Upcoming classes    include Electric Quilt lessons, bargello and a penny rug.  Please take a look at http://www.quiltuniversity.com.  There is a sample class available.


Carol Miller








Naples Quilters Guild: September 21 & 22. Two day workshop with Maya Schoenenberger. Techniques covered in this landscape class include raw edge applique, thread painting, multiple layering and slicing of fabrics, using Sulky Solvy and 3D embellishment. Workshop fee $50. For more information contact madowfl@aol.com or visit our website at: http://nqg1.homestead.com/nqghome.html


We are also looking for a guild interested in sharing expenses for Patricia Campbell (Jacobean applique). We have her tentatively scheduled for February 17-19, 2002. This is a long way off but her schedule fills up quickly!   Contact Marti at madowfl@aol.com






The Museum of American Folk Art is holding a quilt contest entitled “Quilted Constructions: The Spirit of Design,” in celebration of our new building opening Autumn 2001. The grand prize is an all expenses paid trip to Spain with the Museum's travel program the Folk Art Explorers or a trip to New York for the opening of our new museum. The top 15 quilts will be exhibited in New York and other venues around the world. If you would like a copy of the rules, please contact 

us at the Museum by phone at 212/977-7170 or by Fax: 212/977-8134 or by E-mail to quiltcontest@folkartmuseum.org.






The Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) is holding their national seminar in Orlando, Oct. 16-21 at the Wyndham Palace at Lake Buena Vista, FL.  There are several things non-EGAers can participate in two of which are the Boutique and exhibits.  The Boutique will be supplied by a shop in Gainesville.  She has all kinds of activities scheduled one of which is a pajama party on Thurs. evening.  There will be threads, beads, books of all kinds, the latest in sewing tools and accessories, and silk ribbons and buttons.  I have heard that the boutique vendor is bringing 1/2 million dollars of inventory for this event.  It's a terrific opportunity to think outside the box and mingle with fellow needlework enthusiasts.


The exhibit at the hotel will showcase something from every threaded needle technique (including quilting).  It's open to all to view.


In addition to the national seminar, a traveling exhibit of needlework will open in the newly remodeled Orange County Historical Society downtown.  This exhibit is juried and all pieces will travel the country for 2 years.  EGA is honored to be the first exhibit in the Historical Society's new location.   <http://www.needlearts.com/ega/index.html>






Need Batting for your group for a charitable program?  Hobbs Bonded Fibers has a program that can help your group or your guild. Hobbs desires to help groups do as many quilts as possible for the less fortunate.  Hobbs makes batting for customers that sometimes is slightly out of their specifications. When this happens, they set the roll aside for charitable groups and sell it at a greatly reduced price, which is $1.00 per pound. Groups can also collect UPC labels off Hobbs products and deduct $1.00 per label sent in with their order - up to 10 UPC labels per roll of batting. With 10 labels, a 15 lb roll of batting would cost the group only $5.00 plus shipping  charges. Rolls will usually weigh 15 to 20 lbs and can have from 20-70 yards per roll. The batting CANNOT be sold and must be used in charity quilts.  Groups may order as often as they need to and will be shipped as quantities at HOBBS allows. Contact Hobbs Bonded Fibers at (254)741-0040 Phone (254)772-7238 FAX and they will send you an order form.