Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #41

May 14, 2001


Quilting Friends,


Thanks to all of you who make my job so easy by sending newsworthy items my way.  I’m sure you know how much EVERYone appreciates it.  Keep it coming!


If you’ve joined the Network recently, you may not know this:  if your newsletter is coming to your computer embedded with lots of strange characters, you can request that I send it to you Unformatted.  Just drop me a line at mji@cfl.rr.com and let me know you want the newsletter sent to you Unformatted.


Finally, its been a while (newsletter #30) since I included this great info:  if your organization is creating quilts for charity, Hobbs will send your FREE BATTING….its true!  Check out the item after the Calendar.




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


April 15 through May 27 Quilt Exhibit in St. Augustine (museum at 829-0745)  (#39)


May 4-June 22 Quilt Exhibit at Florida Craftsmen in St. Petersburg (#39)


May 15 Guild Meeting in Boca Raton gavjs@att.net   (#41)


May 16 Applique Society Org. Meeting in Deltona sheron@totcon.com (#41)


May 18 Terry Clothier Thompson in Hudson WPQuilters@aol.com  (#39)


May 19 Shibori Class in Sarasota crelou@sunline.net (#41)


May 25 Wendy Downey Class in  Hudson/West Pasco junger@atlantic.net  (#41)


May 26 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs  (407) 944-1557  (#41)


May 28th to June 8th – Cabbage Rose Trunk Show in Crystal River  www.crquilts.com  (#41)


May 31-June 29 Kids Sewing Camp in Orlando & Merritt Island  <margie@cfl.rr.com> (#41)


July 12th to July 24th Thimbelberries Trunk Show in Crystal River  www.crquilts.com  (#41)


July 13-15 STAR SPANGLED CELEBRATION 2001 in Cedar Rapids  needlecase@aol.com


Sept 16,17,18 Beading Class in Sarasota  bettejimb@aol.com (#41)


Sept 21-23  Quilt Show in Jacksonville


Oct 15,16,17,18 David Walker Classes in Sarasota  bettejimb@aol.com (#41)


Nov 1-4 Houston International Quilt Show


Nov 8-11 - A Quilters' Gathering in New Hampshire (#39)




Jan 25-26 Quilt Show in Orlando quiltmagic2002@hotmail.com


Feb 14-17 Quilt Expo in Panama City Beach <www.thegiftshows.com>


March 8&9  Quilt Show in Eustis 9:30-4p  Brassellm@aol.com


March 9 and 10   Quilt Show in Venice  ingei@aol.com


April 24-25  Pat Campbell in Ocala  judie4qlts@aol.com






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.






    I think your readers would like to know that a new guild has formed in the Leesburg area.  We are called the Quilting Sisters Guild and meet every Thursday morning at 9 AM.  Our business meeting with program is the 2nd Thursday.  We meet at the New Life Presbyterian Church located off Route 27 in Fruitland Park, just north of the Wal-Mart.  I can be contacted at 352/787-0725 for further information. 

    We formed in January and have 80 paid members, which shows the great interest in quilting in our area.  We have completed 6 twin size scrap quilts for a particular need and plan to make more.

    Carole Haughwout, president, cahpah@lcia.com






We would like to take this opportunity to let you know we will be offering the following classes by Teresa A. “tre” Barrett of Lutz, Florida.   Teresa is a well known weaver, fiber artist, doll, garment and quilt maker.  Her works have traveled with both the Hoffman and Sulky Challenge exhibits. We are establishing a waiting list for non-members on a first come, first served basis and will fill any class openings from the waiting list after August 20.     


½ Day Class:  Sunday, September 16, 2001       1:00PM – 4:00 PM    Cost $20.00

                                        Workshop Title:  Basic Beading on Fabric

This is a technique class and the student will learn the basic stitches to add beads to her quilts or garments, including several edgings, outlines and other stitches.  Kit will be available.   This class is required in order to take the following two day class



Two Day Class:  Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18   Cost $50.00

    A deli lunch will be available daily at a cost of $5.00 each day payable at registration.

Workshop Title:  Peyote and Beyond

Learn several beading techniques and stitches including needle weaving, peyote, comanche, square stitch and more.  You’ll learn how to use different sizes and shapes of beads in the same piece to cause sculptural effects.  This is not for beginners –see note above regarding basic beading class.    


Also, Teresa will be guest lecturer at the Friendship Knot Quilters Guild monthly meeting on Monday evening, September 17.   We invite your members to attend the lecture which will be held at the Beneva Christian Church, 4835 Beneva Road, Sarasota, beginning at 7:00PM.  Guest fee is $3.00.  


Email: bettejimb@aol.com or joyabbott1@home.com for more information or to be placed on the waiting list.






We would like to take this opportunity to let you know we will be offering the following classes by nationally known art quilter and teacher, David Walker, in Oct., 2001.

We are establishing a waiting list for non-members on a first come, first served basis and will fill any class openings from the waiting list after September 17.


Two Day Class: Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16  9:00AM – 4:00PM   Cost: $90.00   Note: Deli lunch will be available daily at a cost of $5. Each day, payable at registration.                                                                         

                                                                 Workshop Title: “Tarot Portraits: Images of Life”

Each participant in the workshop will begin a small art quilt, using birth cards as springboards for creating an original piece. Machine applique techniques and uses of tools and materials will be shared with the class or individual participants as necessary. This workshop is not about fortune telling or making psychic predictions; it is about getting to know ourselves better as gifted individuals and artists.    Level: Intermediate to Advanced


Two Day Class:  Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 18  9:00AM – 4:00PM     Cost:  $90.00   Note: Deli lunch will be available at a cost of $5.each day payable at registration.

                                                                   Workshop Title:   “Smallworks II”

This workshop begins with a preparation of interesting and one-of-a-kind backgrounds using machine reverse applique techniques.  David will give a short “performance” by creating a piece of his own from beginning to end, after which the students will be encouraged  to apply what they have learned to a small abstraction of their own.  Instilling self-confidence, enthusiasm and courage are important objectives of this class. Level:  Intermediate/Advanced


Also, David will be the guest lecturer at our Guild meeting on Monday evening, Oct. 15.  We invite your members to attend his lecture which will be held at the Beneva Christian Church, 4835 Beneva Road, Sarasota, beginning at 7:00PM.  Guest fee is $3.00.


Email: bettejimb@aol.com or joyabbott1@home.com for more information or to be placed on the waiting list.






The Friendship Knot Quilters Guild of  Sarasota is sponsoring a Shibori class in dyeing and painting fabrics to be taught by Louise Hall on Saturday, May 19, 2001 from 9:30AM-3:00PM.

The class will be held at Louise’s home at 3212 Brockton Lane, Sarasota.

The class will include introduction to Shibori of silk, cotton and polyester using silk dyes, Pebeo Setacolor (opaque) and Rocco Liquid Paint.


Class fee is $30.00 payable to the Friendship Knot Quilters Guild, c/o Joy Abbott, Treas.

4080 Basswood Drive, Sarasota, Fl.  34232

Please include your name, address and tel.# with your payment.


Upon receipt of registration, student will receive a kit containing instructions for tying & folding & pleating along with 4 yards of fabric which must be treated & prepared ahead of time. $20.00 kit fee to be paid to Louise Hall on May 19,  9:30AM.  Dyes & paints will be provided by Louise.   For more information, please contact Louise at 941-925-4806 or email her at







We are currently negotiating with and hoping to have Pat Campbell honor us with her

wonderful applique classes (Jacobean Applique) April 24-25,2002. (YES....we really

DO have to plan this far ahead to book such a wonderful and popular instructor!)


f there are any groups/guilds out there in Sunny Florida (who have not already booked her for Feb 2002)  who might be interested in having her during the April timeframe and would like to SHARE Pat's travel expenses  -- WE NEED TO TALK!!.


Please email me privately at:   judie4qlts@aol.com


You can contact Pat at:  campbl653@aol.com  for her schedules classes, fees, etc.






Just wanted you to know we are having two trunk shows this summer plus lots

of classes.


The first is May 28th to June 8th - Cabbage Rose - This company specializes

in small wall hangings and personalized quilts for decorating your home.


July 12th to July 24th - Thimbleberries - Don't know what they are sending

me but knowing them it's got to be good!

Susan Rass

Tomorrow's Treasures

650 N. Citrus Ave.

Crystal River, Fl 34428








Here's the scoop on Margie Engel's kids' camps for the summer - by location:


In Orlando at Keel's Sewing Center, Lee Road Shopping Center

                    Beginners: Every Thursday OR Friday morning,

May 31-June 29, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

                    Intermediates: Every Thursday, May 31- June 28, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

                    Kidpro*: Every Friday, June 1-29, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

(*Kidpro is a slight step up from Intermediates.)


Cost at Keel's is $59.  Enroll by calling Keel's at 407-644-8544.



In Merritt Island (Brevard County)  at Thimbles and Thread, 275 Magnolia


Beginners: Every Tuesday, June 5 - 26, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30

Intermediates: Every Tuesday, June 5 - 26, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.


Cost at Thimbles and Thread is $45.  Enroll by calling 321-456-5774.


Questions about any of this?  Email Margie Engel at margie@cfl.rr.com


And on another happy note, in Brevard County, we just completed our Quilting in the Schools project...sponsored by Seaside Piecemakers, YLI threads, and Warm and Natural.  Three classrooms of fourth and fifth graders, each in a different public school, produced 16 quilts in a project that started last Oct.!  Twelve of the quilts are being donated to children's charitable

groups in Brevard County; four the quilts were raffled off at Zoo Night at the Brevard Zoo!  One class even held an all-day quilt show, THE event of the year for those young folks.  If anyone is interested in how these projects work we can give input...every teacher did the project differently!

The bottom line is that the kids LOVED the project and they LOVE quilts!!!! Want to do this in your child's school?  Go for it - it's easier than you might think!






We are forming a chapter of The Applique Society in Deltona, FL.  We will be holding an organizational meeting on May 16, 2001 at the Deltona United Church of Christ on Providence Blvd.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.  We planning on holding our regular monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at the same location.  To join our local chapter, you will need to join the national organization.  More information about the society can be obtained from their website at www.theappliquesociety.org.  For more information or directions to our meeting, please contact Paula Sheron at 386-789-9434, or sheron@totcon.com or Marleen Schellenbert at 407-860-7456. We look forward to having you join us.






This year, Bernina of America is celebrating the idea of Passing Down the Craft.  We are presenting classes at our dealerships and will also use this as our main theme at our Bernina University.  To this end, we would like to receive the following:


Bernina of America has spent time this year promoting the idea of "Passing

Down the Craft".  We interpret this phrase to mean,

(1)passing down the  love of sewing by teaching a relative, neighbor, friend, or child to love  the art of sewing as you do,

(2) working with quality fabrics and threads to create a memorable garment,  quilt, or heirloom piece that will withstand the test of time and be  treasured by future generations, and

(3) having a quality machine like Bernina-- taking care of it so that it  can also be passed down to someone to love and cherish as you do.


We would like you to send your ideas of "passing down the craft" in pictures--photographs that depict sharing the love of sewing.  The photograph can be sent as a jpeg file or as a regular photo.  The only stipulation is that the picture should have a person or persons and also show sewing--whether it be machine or hand sewing.  We need these photos in our office by May 25.  If you send a traditional photo, please send a copy because the photo will become the possession of Bernina of America and will

not be returned.  Feel free to include any written sentiments or explanations to accompany the photo.


You may email the jpeg to celeste@berninausa.com or send all photos to:


Passing Down the Craft

Bernina of America

3500 Thayer Court

Aurora, IL 60504


Thank you for sharing your love of sewing with us.


Gayle Hillert

V.P. Marketing Support Services






The Gold Coast Quilters Guild will meet on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boca Raton Community Center, 150 Crawford Blvd. Jane Hill and Barbara Hahl will demonstrate new patterns for making the charity quilts. For more information, please call (561) 279-4566 or gavjs@att.net.






Florida Folk Festival, White Springs

Saturday, May 26, 2001    9am-12pm


The Florida Folk Festival in White Springs will offer a quilting workshop entitled "Breadfruit The Beginning," featuring master quilter Ginger Lavoie. This class provides an excellent starting point for anyone interested in Hawaiian quilting, whether a beginning or advanced quilter. Not only is the breadfruit design the traditional beginning of quilt instruction in Hawaii, but sewing the breadfruit also ensures a fruitful life, abundant wisdom, and that Hawaiian quilting will become a part of your life.


Quilting was brought to Hawaii by American missionaries, but Hawaiian women quickly adapted the tradition to their aesthetics and worldview. Some believe that a woman derived the idea for the first design from seeing the shadow a breadfruit tree cast on her plain quilt base. Hawaiian quilters appliqué a design onto a base, and connected layers of fabric with hundreds of rows of quilted stitching flowing from the center like waves. Quilt designs are inspired by nature, but have a personal and symbolic significance known only to their maker. Each quilter develops unique patterns by folding a large piece of paper into eighths, then sketching the design from the center.


Ms. Lavoie lived for 28 years on the island of Moloka i. During that time she studied with an accomplished native quilter and became an excellent quilter in her own right. She has been featured in many exhibitions and publications, teaches quilting, and exhibits her quilts frequently at Disney s Polynesian Resort. Ms. Lavoie was selected as a master artist in the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program for 1999-2000.


The workshop will be offered Saturday, May 27 from 9am to 12pm, in Nellie Bly s Kitchen. The workshop fee of $50 includes a kit that contains the materials necessary to quilt a 20"x 20" breadfruit design [prewashed and cut fabric, batting, etc.]. The kit normally retails for $30.00 to $46.00. To be assured a place, registration fees and the registrant s preferred date should be sent to Ginger Lavoie, 2912 Evans Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34758, (407) 944-1557. Quilters may also sign up for any available spaces at the festival site.


Workshop participants must pay festival admission in order to attend the workshop. Florida Folk Festival admission for adults is as follows: $15/day advance ticket, $20/day at the gate. For further information about buying tickets, discounts for weekend festival attendance, special prices for children and families, and other festival information, please call the Museum of Florida History at (850) 488-1484. The Florida Folk Festival takes place at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center in White Springs. To find the Festival, take the White Springs exit off I-75 approximately 10 miles north of Lake City and follow the signs.








May 25 - Friday.  FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS BANNER - SKILL LEVEL:  Experienced Beginner. CLASS TYPE: Project. Wendy has permission to teach this copyrighted pattern with adorable 3-D embellishments from Debby Mumm's book, Woodland Christmas, containing 20 projects. Originally a Christmas banner Wendy has expanded the concept and designed additional options for removable 3-D embellishments to make it perfect for other seasons. FEE: $15 plus discounted book.  TEACHER: Wendy Downey.  E-Mail Joan Unger at junger@atlantic.net or Phone 352-666-8846





8216 State Rd. 52  Hudson, Fl.

(727) 819-9559


ORIGAMI- Day Class Mon. June 4th-Fri. June 8th and Mon. June 12th     9am-12pm

DEBBIE MUMM- monthly Day class on the 2nd Tuesday 9am-12pm    

June class  on the 12th

BASIC QUILTING- monthly           June 7th  6pm-9pm       

STACK & SLASH- Day Class     June 12th and July 10th  1pm-3pm

Evening class    June 12th and 26th 6pm-9pm

THIMBLEBERRIES CLUB-monthly Day class on the 2nd Thursday 10 am-1 pm     

Evening class on the 2nd and 4th Thursday 6pm-9pm

BEGINNER BEAR-monthly   Day class June 25th 9:30am- 1:30pm

Evening class June 18th  6pm-9pm

BARGELLO- Day class        June 19th and 26th 10am-1pm

FREE MOTION QUILTING- Evening class        Thursday June 21st  6pm-9pm

UFO- pizza party     June 22nd 6pm-9pm

DOUBLE PIN WHEEL-Evening class           June 29th 6pm-9pm

SCRAP QUILTING-Day class            June 19th and July 24th






May 14, Monday

8:30am #560 Glorious Quilts w/ Liza Pryor Lucy

2:30pm #412 Neutrals w/ Carolie Hensley


May 15, Tuesday

8:30am #561 Wearable Art Wonders w/ Rachel Clark


May 16, Wednesday

8:30am #101 Bear Paw, "Welcome to Sisters" w/ Jean Wells

2:30pm #413 Feedsacks w/ Annalue Cook & Jane Clark Stapel


May 17, Thursday

8:30am #102 Blockbender Quilts w/ Margaret Miller


May 18, Friday

8:30am #103 Soft Edge Piecing w/ Jinny Beyer

2:30pm #414 Quilted Clothing w/ Mary Stori


May 21 , Monday

8:30am #104 Card Trick Block w/ Doreen Speckmann

2:30pm #415 Fat Quarters w/ Mary Jane Best


May 22 , Tuesday

8:30am #105 Amish Traditions w/ Roberta Horton & Nadi Lane


May 23, Wednesday

8:30am #106 Watercolor Quilts w/ Pat Margaret & Donna Slusser

2:30pm #416 Ribbon Applique w/ Wendy Grande


May 24, Thursday

8:30am #107 Friendship & Memorial Quilts w/ Barbara Brackman


May 25, Friday

8:30am #108 Water Music w/ Mary Hickey

2:30pm #417 Magic Stack & Whack w/ Bethany Reynolds


May 28, Monday

8:30am #109 Log Cabin Mary w/ Ellen Hopkins

2:30pm #418 Finishing Touches w/ Bonnie Browning


May 29, Tuesday

8:30am #110 Buttonhole Stitch Applique w/ Jean Wells


May 30, Wednesday

8:30am #111 Scrap Triple Irish Chain w/ Blanche Young

2:30pm #419 Star of Bethlehem w/ Laura Nownes


May 31, Thursday

8:30am #112 Peaky & Spike w/ Doreen Speckmann