Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #55

August 14, 2002


Quilting Friends,


The kids have returned to school and most parents get a few weeks of reprieve in August before all the extracurricular activities begin.  I think I liked summer better!


I discovered a wonderful website filled with Quilt Artist’s galleries.  Go to

http://www.saqa.com/  and click on “Galleries”.


For a look at a fascinating survey of American quilters, check out:



David Small’s website,  http://www.small-expressions.com/ has lots of interesting pages of his work.  I especially liked the page of free, printable quilt labels.  You can print them out, trace them onto muslin with a pigma pen, and color them in.


Does anyone have information about bus trips from Florida to Houston or Paducah?  I’ve had several requests for information.



CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Sept 7 SSQA Meeting in Deltona www.ssqa.org (#53)


Sept 17-20 Retreat in Leesburg jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com   (#54)


Sept 20-22 QuiltFest in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com (#51)


Oct. 10-12 Shop Hop in West Central Florida pinsnneedles1@juno.com  (#55)


Oct 18-19 Quilt Show in Bradenton PattyRon1@aol.com (#50)


Oct. 18-19 Quilt Show In Clearwater harvestofquilts@earthlink.net (#51)


Oct 31-Nov 3 International Quilt Festival in Houston http://www.quilts.com/


Nov 7-10 Northeast Florida Shop Hop michelle@pelicanquiltworks.com  (#54)


Nov 7-10 Quilters Gathering in New Hampshire www.aquiltersgathering.com (#53)


Nov 14-16 Ami Simms Workshops in Tallahassee quilters@tfn.com


Nov 15-16 Quilt Show in Davenport db@ithink.net (#52)




Jan 17-18 Quilt Show in Largo dan1dee2@aol.com (#53)


Jan 20-23 Quilt Retreat In Brooksville pwarzyn@gte.net  (#53)


Jan 24-25 Quilt Show in Orlando www.FloridaCabinFever.com (#53)


Jan 31-Feb 1 Quilt Show in Lady Lake Rflint5630@aol.com  (#55)


Feb 7-8 Quilt Show in Naples apataki6@earthlink.net   (#54)


Feb 14-15 Quilt Show in Vero Beach patles@sunet.net (#52)


Feb 14-16 Quilt Expo in Panama City www.thegiftshows.com (#53)


Feb 21-22 Quilt Show in Titusville 321-267-9194  (#55)


Feb 28-March 1 Quilt Show in St. Petersburg Tallulahst@aol.com (#55)


March 7-8 Quilt Show in Tampa Bay www.quiltersworkshop.org (#54)


March 7-8 Quilt Show in Sarasota taftlad@ewol.com (#55)


March 7-8 Quilt Show in Tavares Quiltshowinfo03@aol.com (#55)


March 8 SSQA Meeting in Jacksonville www.ssqa.org


March 14-15 Quilt Show in Crystal River charr@xtalwind.net (#52)


March 21-22 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda pmoore@sunline.net (#55)


May 3-4 Quilt Show in Gainesville MJensen396@aol.com


May 9-10 Quilt Show in Coral Gables http://gopbi.com/community/groups/QuiltFest/ (#55)






Here are some requests from other guilds to share national quilting teachers.  What a great opportunity!  Don’t pass these up!


Coral Springs Quilters is having Yvonne Porcella, I would like you to post, to any other guild would like to share her dates of January 22 and 23, 2003 is went we our having her. Thank you  Janet L. Oxley  wv5653@bellsouth.net


Quilters' Crossing will be hosting Carol Doak, author of "50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars" plus I believe she has another book just recently released, on Wednesday and Thursday, January 8 and 9, 2002.  She is a nationally recognized teacher and we would like to give the opportunity to another Guild that might be interested in having her in the days following our commitment.  In that way, we could share the traveling expenses and both clubs would benefit.    The contact person is Beverly Leasure, Dunedin at 727-733-8288 for more information.


From Bethany Reynolds

I've just been working on my schedule for the next couple of years and thinking that I would LOVE to come back to Florida! Would you mind putting my contact info (below) in an upcoming newsletter, in case any guilds are looking for teachers in Jan. or  Feb. '03, April '03, or Feb. '04? Thanks!






From Joan Shay:

I am an Author, designer, and quilt instructor.

I will be a vendor at the Villages quilt show Jan 31st and Feb 1st, 2003 in Lady Lake FL (my mother lives there).  While I am in FL I am hoping to do some lecturing and teaching. It would be an advantage for guilds as there will not be flight travel or lodging expenses to pay. If you are not familiar with my work, you can view it on my website www.petalplay.com  If you or someone you know might be interested, I would be happy to send information.  


Joan Shay,  Petal Play  joanshay@petalplay.com





Villages Quilt Show  SHOWCASE OF QUILTS 2003

   Presented by the Villages Quilt Guild

The Savannah Center 1545 Buena Vista Blvd. The Villages of Lady Lake Florida


Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2003  Friday and Saturday   9-4     $4 at the door


Quilts, Vendors, 2 raffle quilts,  antique quilts,

silent mini quilt auction, Demonstrations,  Door prizes

Boutique, Lunch area and tons of close-in parking


For more info call

Diana Myers-352-753-8244

E-mail Jeanette Flint   -----    Rflint5630@aol.com






A Quilt Show in Titusville, Fl.  Feb. 21-22, 2003.  Held at the Brevard Coumminty College, USA Rt. 1.  Hours 9:00 to 6:00.  Contact Carol  321-267-9194. Thanks.






The Suncoast Quilting Circle Presents "Today's Pleasures, Tomorrow's Treasures X"

When: Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2003

             Friday 10AM - 5PM

             Saturday 10AM - 4PM

             Donation $5.00

Where: University of South Florida

             Campus Activity Center

             NE Corner of 2nd Street South and 6th Avenue South

             St. Petersburg, FL

2 Charity quilts (charity number CH-11418), silent auction, Boutique, door prizes, demonstrations, vendors and more.

For more information contact:

Tallulah Taylor 727-864-3860 or Tallulahst@aol.com






Friendship Knot Quilter's Guild Presents:


"Quilts in Bloom" Quilt Show

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida


Friday, March 7, 2003, 9am-6pm  Saturday, March 8, 2003, 9am-4pm


Judged Entries / Opportunity Quilt / Door Prizes / Small and Mini Quilt Auction

Special Traveling Quilt Exhibits / Merchants Mall / Demonstrations / Quilt Appraisals

Professional Photos of your Quilt

Food on Premises

Donation $5

Buses Welcome: To prepay contact Jay Abbot 941-371-3043

For more information contact Lou Taft  (taftlad@ewol.com)  Subject:

Quilt Show






March 7 & 8, 2003

Lake County Quilters Guild presents the 21st annual

FANtastic Quilt Show

Friday/ Saturday 10am - 4pm

New, larger location - more parking and easier access..

at Lake Receptions Events Center, 4051 Hwy. 19A, Mt. Dora, Florida

There will be a beautiful log cabin quilt with hand appliqué, hand quilted

Opportunity Quilt, a large Boutique, Demonstrations, Door Prizes, Mini-Classes,

Merchants Mall, Lunch on premises. Buses are welcome.

Contact: Anne Bailey, PO Box 1065, Tavares, FL. 32778 (352) 589-2127

email - Quiltshowinfo03@aol.com






Southwest Florida Quilt Festival to be held at the Charlotte County Memorial Auditorium in Punta Gorda, FL on March 21-22, 2003.  Contact Pat @ pmoore@sunline.net






May 9 & 10, 2003

OceanWaves Chapter, NQA, Miami, Florida presents

QuiltFest; "Waves of Reflections & Visions"

Friday/Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM both days

Admission $6 (groups of 10 or more $5 ea.)

Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center

405 University Dr.

Coral Gables, FL 33134


16th Annual quilting event showcasing more than 300 traditional, contemporary,

antique and art quilts. National traveling exhibits and works of local quilt artists

will be featured. A judged Competition, Auction, Guild Quilt, Vendors' Alley, Guild

Boutique, Demo Room and on site Quilt Appraiser. This year's judge will be Judy

Mathieson. New Food Vendor and improved parking. Join us, this year and see for



Contact: Kitty Gonzalez, 8320 SW 164 Ter.., Miami, FL 33157 305-234-0557

Web site: http://gopbi.com/community/groups/QuiltFest/





APRIL 3 - 6 2003



                  Three nights lodging at the Radisson Hotel

                  2 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, 1 afternoon tea

                  Admission to all tours in package

                  Quilting workshops with Nancy Kirk & Workshop Kits

                  Taxes, Luggage Handling

                  All Transfers



Savannah, the sultry and mysterious "Belle" of the Southeastern coast, captivates the suitors that come to call with her natural beauty, eccentric charm and traditional Southern Hospitality.  Founded in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe and the 120 travelers of the good ship "Anne" Oglethorpe named the Thirteenth and final American colony Georgia, after England's King George II and Savannah became its first city.  Today, the Historic District is a 2.5 mile walking district full of bistros, quaint shops, green squares and grand architecture. Visitors will fall in love with Savannah and will be anxious to tell their friends about the unique hidden gem of the Southeastern coast.  Come and fall in love with the city's hospitality and savor its quirky personality.



Arrival Savannah GA  Transfer to the Radisson Hotel, Dinner at the Gingerbread House with Nancy Kirk, Next day, breakfast at the hotel, Historic Savannah Tour including Owens Thomas Historic House, Museum, & Garden, Late afternoon Quilt Fest at Fort Jackson featuring lecture by Nancy Kirk on Civil War Quilts, display of local quilts, and networking with local quilt guild visitors, Civil War Dinner with live 19th century music & access to museum.  Third day, full day quilting class with Nancy Kirk and afternoon tea at the Gryphon Tea Room.


Prices from 969.00 per person quad occupancy based on availability.  Plus Air fare.  Deposit required at booking.


For more information and reservations on the quilting tour with Nancy Kirk, please contact Melody at 303-932-2942 or email brteyes_97@msn.com or fax 303-932-1587. www.travelthehorizon.com  Go to Services and click on there for the Nancy Kirk's Quilting Tour.


PS: Travelers will arrive in Savannah GA airport, then transferred from the

airport to the hotel.





April 2–28, 2002, saw the lobby of the International Orchid Center decked in 24 colorful quilts, each with a unique interpretation of the show theme, Orchids by the Sea. The winners of this juried show: First Place — Pat LaPierre-McAfee, Second Place — Melani Kane Brewer, Third Place — Diane Harris and AOS Favorite — Barbara Jean Ansley. AOS volunteer Barbara Ansley was integral in organizing the event, which was held in conjunction with the Quilt Show by the Sea in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 15–17, 2002. Quilters everywhere are invited to participate in the 2003 Quilt Challenge, Orchids in My Garden. The juried show will be displayed at the IOC in April 2003. The judging categories are: Quilt, Wall Hanging and Wearable Art. All entry forms must be postmarked by February SUSAN JONES INTERNATIONAL ORCHID CENTER

16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach, Florida 33446-4351 Tel 561-404-2000 Fax 561-404-2100

E-mail TheAOS@aos.org                                  Web site orchidweb.org


An entry form, guidelines and a challenge fabric packet may be purchased from Fay Nicole, Sunshine Sewing Company, 1312 North State Road 7, Margate, Florida 33063 (telephone 954-971-4810;                                Web site www.sunshinesewing.com).






      November and December of 2000, the counts, recounts and court challenges continued through one of the more bizarre U.S. presidential elections.  Palm Beach County squirmed under international focus, the butt of late-night jokes, with its ill-conceived butterfly ballot, hanging chads and dimples.  Citizens became increasingly exasperated by the indecision and attention, not of a sort sought by the tourist board.


"Quilters have been making political statements with fabric for centuries," said Suzanne Leimer, owner of Suzanne's Quilt Shop, Inc. in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.  "Before women had the right to vote they expressed their political sentiments in quilts.  Palm Beach County was at the center of the tumult, which went on for weeks, and we realized that we were a part of something unique in history."  


So, with the historic outcome of this presidential election hanging by a thread, Leimer decided to have a little fun.  The Florida Indecision Quilt was born.


Leimer put out a call for blocks over her Internet site, www.suzannesquilts.com, as well as through the shop. "Trouble with hanging chads on your ballot?  Bored with Gore?  Tired of beating around the Bush?  Don't get mad about it.  Quilt about it," said Leimer.  From Washington, Illinois, California, New Jersey, and Tennessee, and from every corner of Florida, the blocks started pouring in.  


Within three months, the 24 blocks that would become the Florida Indecision Quilt had arrived, and construction began.  Leimer's goal was to have it completed in time for the 2002 elections.  In July, she announced that the quilt was finished.  


The Florida Indecision Quilt and close-ups of the blocks can be viewed on the website, www.suzannesquilts.com.


Florida Indecision Quilt blocks range from traditional to humorous to satirical.  There are donkeys and elephants, Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty, flags, and stars and stripes.  Blocks portray the ballot box, question marks, and admonitions to count, count, count again.


There's a crying towel, a butterfly (for that infamous ballot), and the Ryder truck, forever transporting ballots from Palm Beach County to Tallahassee.  Another block welcomes us to Tennessee, while one block maker proclaims she's so mad she's "seeing red."  One special block boasts signatures of the Palm Beach County Election Board.


Hanging chads are well represented in the Florida Indecision Quilt, with some literally jumping off the quilt, while others demand to be counted.  Children are seen as well as heard.  A parody of "Survivor," a Texas ten-gallon hat, the Supreme Court and Proverbs 16:33 also got in on the act.  


The Florida Indecision Quilt, on display in the shop, will make its first official appearance at the Jacksonville Quilt Fest, September 20 through 22, 2002.  After that, the next scheduled stop is Fort Lauderdale's Broward Quilt Expo, March 21 through 23, 2003.  


Leimer will make the quilt available to any organization that would like to have it on display.  She plans ultimately to donate the Florida Indecision Quilt to a museum.


For more information, or to view the quilt, call Suzanne Leimer, (561) 798-0934, or go to the Suzanne's Quilt Shop website, www.suzannesquilts.com.






Studio Fiber Artists, formerly SeaQ, has been invited by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida to recognize the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew by exhibiting the Hurricane Andrew Quilts and current quilts related to hurricanes. This will run throughout the summer at the museum in downtown Miami, Florida. The Hurricane exhibit will then go to Biscayne National Park at Key Biscayne, Florida.


SFA has also been invited to exhibit at the Colonial Bank, Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL. Opening Reception: November 13. The theme of this show is Beyond the surface: Looking beyond materials to meaning.


Please check out our website at www.studiofiberartists.com





There is a shop hop planned for Oct. 10, 11 and 12th.   The shops that are participating in the shop hop are,  Quilted Sampler,Tampa - The Quilting Bee, St. Pete - The Quilt Stop, Largo -  Pins & Needles, Hudson -  Quilt till You Wilt,  Hudson - Rainbow's End , Dunedin -Bernina Pfaff, Tampa& Brandon - Country Quilts and Bears, Clearwater and Patches Galore, Ellenton - Keep Me in Stitches, Tampa.


The customers can start signing up Sept. 16 at any of these shops, at that time they will be given a tote bag, a badge and a flyer with all the maps to the shops.   The selection for the customers is going to be wonderful because each shop is unique in merchandise that they carry.  There will be shop blocks for sale at each shop.  These can be purchased for $3.00.  There will also be the free mystery quilt clues at each shop and kits made up in the shop's colors.  Shop pins will also be available for $5.00. The grand prize will be a Brother quilting machine.  The shoppers must visit all shops to qualify for the sewing machine.  There will be 24- $50.00 gift certificates given away.  They do not have to visit all the shops to get in on this drawing.  There will also be a drawing for another prize that as of right now, it is a secret.


Violet A ODell <pinsnneedles1@juno.com>




Seven of my quilts were stolen in Nashville on July 29th. These quilts were stolen from a van parked at the Extended Stay America Nashville airport hotel. This was a random break-in by someone looking for goods to sell, not someone looking for quilts. They were probably dumped or sold at a flea market. The quilts are all designed and hand appliqued by me. All quilts are described and pictured on my web site at www.maryappliques.com, click on Stolen Quilts.


I have little hope of recovering them, but on the off chance that someone  might try selling them to a shop or on Ebay, I thought I would let as many people as possible know about this theft. I am putting them on the Lost Quilt Come Home site, but any other notification to groups would be appreciated.


Thanks for your concern and for your help.


Mary Sorensen








August 14, Wednesday

8:30am        #743 Eye of the Beholder with Ami Simms

2:30pm        #310 Wedges of Sunflowers with Cheryl Philips


August 15, Thursday

8:30am        #744 Quiltmaker's Gift with Nancy Loving-Tubesing

2:30pm        #311 Community Quilting with Susan Irving


August 16, Friday

8:30am        #745 Medallion Quilts with Jenny Beyer

2:30pm        #312 Imagery on Fabric with Jean Ray Laury


August 19 , Monday

8:30am        #746 New Lone Star with Jan Krentz

2:30pm        #313 Quilt Health with Nancy Kirk


August 20, Tuesday

8:30am        #747 Coxcomb quilts with Anita Shackelford

2:30pm        #314 Japanese Quilts with June Colburn


August 21, Wednesday

8:30am        #748 Bargello Quilts with Marge Edie

2:30pm        #315 Block Party with Billie Lauder


August 22, Thursday

8:30am        #749 Cutting Curves with Debbie Bowles

2:30pm        #316 1930's Quilts with Pepper Cory


August 23, Friday

8:30am        #750 Chenille Quilts with Nannette Holmberg

2:30pm        #317 Kansas Connection with Mary Ellen Hopkins


August 26 , Monday

8:30am        #751 Rad Swappers with Sharon Craig

2:30pm        #318 From Fiber to Fabric with Harriet Hargrave


August 27, Tuesday

8:30am        #752 Real Fine Piecing with Barbara Barber

2:30pm        #319 Rosette from Sampler with Martu Michell


August 28, Wednesday

8:30am        #753 Dimensional Applique with Karen Kay Buckley

2:30pm        #320 Hawaiian Quilting with Ginger LaVoie


August 29, Thursday

8:30am        #754 Winners Circle with Nancy Odom

2:30pm        #321 Thread Play with Libby Lehman


August 30, Friday

8:30am        #755 Free Style Quilts with Susan Carlson

2:30pm        #322 Mariners Compass with Judy Mathieson