Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #62

March 2nd, 2003


Quilting Friends,


I had a chance to break away and see the Ocala Quilt Show last weekend.  What a delightful display of quilts and friendly vendors!  I encourage you to go to one new show each season… and our season is not quite over yet!  We still have a few good shows coming up in March.


A nice quilter named Sandra Burns started an online quilt guild called Sunshine Quilters.  Their goal is for each member to make one quilt block per month to be sent to rotating members. The member for that month puts the blocks together to be sent to the childrens’ charity of their choice.  The webpage address is http://sunshinequilters.bigswamp.org/


Did you know that Florida has a State Guild?  We’ve been in existence for over five years now, and have a plethora of activities for quilting in the sunshine: quarterly meetings, bi-annual symposiums, a great newsletter and website, and a chance to meet quilters from all over our great state.  Some of the upcoming activities are listed just after the Calendar Section, below. 


Please know that all SSQA events are open to non-members as well, so you have no excuse but to check us out!




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Feb 27-March 9 Creative Arts Exhibit in Orlando cff@centralfloridafair.com (#57)


March 4-29 Quilt Exhibit in Dunedin (#60)


March 6-8 Sewing Expo in Clearwater www.sewingexpo.com (#62)


March 7-8 Quilt Show in Tampa Bay www.quiltersworkshop.org (#58)


March 7-8 Quilt Show in Sarasota taftlad@ewol.com (#60)


March 7-8 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora  Quiltshowinfo03@aol.com (#58)


March 8 SSQA Meeting in Jacksonville www.ssqa.org  (#62)


March 9 Heidi Kaisand Lecture in Kissimmee 407-846-7998 (#62)


March 19 Karen Combs Workshop in Citrus County bobbimcph@worldnet.att.net (#62)


March 20-23 Quilters’ Escape in St. Augustine FayeHeyn@hotmail.com (#57)


March 21-22 Quilt Show in Crystal River charr@xtalwind.net (#59)


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


March 21-23 Quilt Show in Ft. Lauderdale www.browardquiltexpo.com (#57)


March 28-29 Quilt Show in Key Largo tsledd@gate.net (#57)


March 28-30 Felt Workshop in St. Pete www.fiberandfigures.com/Feltworkshop.html (#60)


April 5-6 Felt Workshop in St. Pete www.fiberandfigures.com/Feltworkshop.html (#60)


April 5-7 Margaret Miller Workshops in Orlando trrylnda@aol.com (#62)


April 11-13 International Quilt Show in Chicago www.quilts.com (#60)


April 28-30 Bernina 1630 Retreat in Micanopy jackisews@yahoo.com  (#62)


May 3 – 24 Quilt Exhibit in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#58)


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)


June 18-22 SSQA Symposium in Leesburg    artcallinan@earthlink.net (#62)


June 19-21 NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio www.nqaquilts.org/columbus/  (#58)






The “Sunshine State Quilters Association” (SSQA) is meeting this Saturday (March 8th) in Jacksonville from 9am-3pm. Non-members are welcome, too, and you can join while you're there!  Three-hour classes include Magic Triangles (machine pieced), 3-D Applique Wreath (handwork, complete kit $10), and How to Give a Presentation for Your Guild. The after lunch program is Ira Inman speaking on "A Quilter's Creativity".  $20 (member price) buys you a class, a lunch and a lecture.  What a deal!  Contact Sunnie Malesky at sunsky@attbi.com    Check out www.ssqa.org/0303meet.htm for more info.


Speaking of SSQA, the Symposium is around the corner…have you been postponing sending in your registration?  Here is the info again in case you missed it the first time.  What a great opportunity to learn some new quilting skills and get away from the hustle and bustle we call a life.


SSQA SYMPOSIUM "Variety is the Spice of a Quilter's Life"

June 18th - 22nd at the United Methodist Church Life Enrichment center north of Leesburg.  www.ssqa.org/030618meet.htm


There are still openings with all teachers for the symposium. 

**** Remember the deadline is first week of April

For registration information for full time and day students can be retrieved at www.ssqa.org or from Sam Lopez, 2319 Mayfield Ct., Panama CIty, FL 32405 or e-mail samiam1@comcast.net



If there is anyone who would be interested in any one class they can put their name on a list and if there are openings in that class after full time students and full time day students have registered we will make those classes available on first come basis. Let Sam Lopez know which class you would be interested in taking.  






Welcome fellow Bernina 1630 owners! We have put together a retreat at the beautiful Herlong Mansion in Micanopy, Florida. Visit http://www.herlong.com to get a peek at the inside of this wonderful bed and breakfast. The retreat dates are April 28, 29 and 30. 1630 guru Refa Hogue will be teaching during these three days.


The cost of the retreat is $225. Breakfast is included if you stay at the Herlong Mansion. A boxed supper will be provided both days. We may also go on a "field trip" one night to a fabulous quilt shop in Gainesville.


I have uploaded the registration form. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HerlongRetreat


Then go to the files section to download the registration form.


We must limit the attendance to 12, so if you are planning to come, please register early.


Jacki           jackisews@yahoo.com          Gainesville/Ocala, Florida






Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild, Orlando, has a few openings for the Margaret Miller workshops scheduled for April 5, 6 & 7, 2003:


Saturday, April 5    Strips That Sizzle      (wait list)

Sunday, April 6       Blockbender Quilts     (2 openings)

Monday, April 7      Easy Pieces                  (2 openings)


Workshops are held at the Marks St. Senior Recreation Center, Orlando, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Fee for nonguild members is $40 per workshop.  To register or for further information, email Linda at trrylnda@aol.com.  Also, visit Margaret Miller's website, www.millerquilts.com.






Heidi Kaisand, chief editor of Better Homes American Patchwork and Quilting, will be giving a FREE lecture at Queen Ann's Lace on Sunday, March 9.  Her lecture will include a trunk show of several of the antique quilts owned by Meredith Corporation.  She will also be doing a Q & A about the magazine.  She will be repeating the same lecture at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Free tickets are available at Queen Ann's Lace.  Call the shop at 407-846-7998 to make your reservations.






The Cracker Quilters Guild of Citrus County has openings for the workshop given by Karen Combs.  She is teaching an illusion technique with class members.  The workshop is March 19 from 9 to 3 at the First Baptist Church in

Crystal River.  The class fee is $25.00.  Call Bobbi McPharlin at

325-465-4914 or e-mail her at bobbimcph@worldnet.att.net.  Bobbi has the supply list for the workshop.


We have lost some of our local gals due to the quilt show in Crystal River that weekend.  So we have room for anyone who would like to join in the fun!






    Please change the contact information for the Southwest Florida Quilt Festival in Punta Gorda on March 21-22.  It should read:


Pat Moore







QUILTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2003 JURIED QUILT CONTEST. Interested quilters are invited to submit quilts for the 2003 juried Celebration Show to take place July 17-20 during the induction of Georgia Bonesteel of Flat Rock, North Carolina, into The Quilters Hall of Fame. Help us salute the contributions of gardens that have brought such pleasure to so many through the centuries by entering your quilt! Our theme "In the Garden" is not constrained by the use of 'flowers only" designs, but must be related in some way to gardens. Use your imagination to learn what hidden unexpected design themes might be discovered in a garden. Guidelines: May be hand or machine quilted; pieced, appliquéd, or embroidered; all sizes eligible; must have a 4" hanging sleeve sewn to the short side of the quilt; color photographs (preferred) or slides of a close-up and full view to accompany registration form; form and photos must be received by May 15, 2003; Entrants will be notified of acceptance of their quilts by June 15, 2003. Prizes: First Prize $750.00; Second Prize $500.00; People's Choice $250.00.  QHF Board member Karen Alexander of Reston, VA, has donated the People's Choice prize money this year in memory of her mother, Betty Peebles Biedler of Gladewater, TX. For entry forms write to Sue Munn, QHF Contest Chair, P.O. Box 681, Marion, IN 46952-0681.


Could you do us a favor by passing this Press Release on to as many of your quilt friends as possible?


Thank you and Good luck!


Karen B. Alexander

Press Secretary

The Quilters Hall of Fame


"Celebrate and preserve our Quilt heritage. Join QHF!"







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Mar 03, Monday     

09:30 am      #318 Fabric Facts, One Patch Charm Quilt with Harriet Hargrave


          01:30 pm      #837 Quilted Diamonds with Linda Franz


Mar 04, Tuesday    

09:30 am      #319 Quilt Magazine, Sampler Rosette with Marti Michell


          01:30 pm      #717 For The Birds with Jaynette Huff


Mar 05, Wednesday

09:30 am      #320 Hawaiian Quilting with Ginger LaVoie


          01:30 pm      #838 Felt Applique with Patty Eaton


Mar 06, Thursday   

09:30 am      #321 Thread Play with Libby Lehman


          01:30 pm      #718 'Hand' Applique by Machine with Beth Ferrier


Mar 07, Friday

          09:30 am      #322 Mariners Compass with Judy Mathieson


          01:30 pm      #719 Patchwork Picnic with Nancy Martin


Mar 10, Monday     

09:30 am      #323 Stripples with Donna Thomas


          01:30 pm      #839 Strip Piecing, Traditional Quilts with Marcie Baker


Mar 11, Tuesday    

09:30 am      #324 Fabric Fun with Debbie Mumm


          01:30 pm      #720 Long Arm Quilting with Linda Taylor


Mar 12, Wednesday

09:30 am      #325 Shibori with Sara King


          01:30 pm      #721 Quilts For Chocolate Lovers with Janet Jonew-Worley


Mar 13, Thursday   

09:30 am      #326 Hot Cross Buns with Mary Ellen Hopkins


          01:30 pm      #722 Heirlooms, Past, Present & Future with Nancy Kirk


Mar 14, Friday

          09:30 am      #501 Angels in Our Quilts with Mary Lou Weidman


          01:30 pm      #723 Ghost Layers with Katie Pasquini


Mar 17, Monday     

09:30 am      #502 Stash Quilt with Carol Doak


          01:30 pm      #724 Quilting with Kids with Barbara Eikmeier


Mar 18, Tuesday    

09:30 am      #503 Quilts With a View with Faye Labarnaris


          01:30 pm      #725 No Dragons with Jean Ray Laury


Mar 19, Wednesday

09:30 am      #504 An Artist's Inspiration with Yvonne Porcella


          01:30 pm      #726 Holiday Applique with Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins


Mar 20, Thursday   

09:30 am      #505 Really Small Quilts with Kate Tegtmeier


          01:30 pm      #727 The Perfect Stitch with Didi McElroy


Mar 21, Friday

          09:30 am      #506 Quaint Quilting with Debbie Stark


          01:30 pm      #728 Applique Artistry with McKenna Ryan


Mar 24, Monday     

09:30 am      #508 Don's Dilemma with Don Linn


          01:30 pm      #440 A Little Quilt Music with Jean Wells


Mar 25, Tuesday    

09:30 am      #508 Don's Dilemma with Don Linn


          01:30 pm      #458 A Quilter's Garden with Cathy Rawitt


Mar 26, Wednesday

09:30 am      #509 Grandmother's Flower Garden with Pati Shambaugh


          01:30 pm      #662 Easter Basket with Eleanor Burns


Mar 27, Thursday   

09:30 am      #510 Thread Magic with Ellen Anne Eddy


          01:30 pm      #663 Petal Play with Joan Shay


Mar 28, Friday

          09:30 am      #511 Sharing Your Quilt with Paula Reid


          01:30 pm      #741 The Quilter's Artist with Nancy Odom


Mar 31, Monday     

09:30 am      TBA


          01:30 pm      TBA