Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #66

September 11, 2003


Quilting Friends,


We have an amazing amount of information to share with you in this newsletter.  Florida is a happening state! 


Now that I’m show chair for my guild’s show in January, I can really appreciate this newsletter in getting the word out.  Please continue to send me your activities: workshops, shows, exhibits, retreats, lectures, etc.  It’s all good.


For those of you in the Central Florida area, January looks to be an exciting month.  Martha Pullen returns the 7th through 10th for a Quilt Symposium.  Check out http://www.marthapullen.com/market/mmkts.html for more info. 


And of course, you won’t want to miss the show of the season, Quilt Magic 2004, on the 23rd and 24th of January in Orlando.  Check out www.CFQG.com for more info.  Click on Quilt Magic.  I have just put on the CFQG website a picture of the most beautiful Donation Quilt I have every seen.  It is even more stunning in person, but you’ll get a good idea of how spectacular it is from the website photo.  You have the opportunity to win it!  Look for ticket sales at area shops and of course at our show in January.




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


Sept 17 Pat Campbell workshop in Clearwater in-stitches@rocketmail.com   (#66)


Sept 19-20 SSQA Meeting in Boca Raton quiltstar@bellsouth.net (#65)


Sept 19-20 Quilt Show in Atlanta, GA johnannc@bellsouth.net (#65)


Sept 26-28 Quilt Show in Jacksonville www.quiltfestjax.com (#64)

Oct 11-13 Sylvia Einstein Workshop in Jacksonville gwrigley@comcast.net (#66)


Oct 17-19 Quilt Show in White Springs Rdewees@wmconnect.com (#65)


Oct 18 Quilt Teacher Organizing in Punta Gorda cbeba@earthlink.net (#66)


Oct 21 Karen Kay Buckley Lecture in Boca Raton  Smyrna3@aol.com (#65)


Oct 22 Karen Kay Buckley Workshop in Boca Raton Smyrna3@aol.com (#65)


Oct 22  Sue Nickels Lecture in Coral Springs wv5653@bellsouth.net  (#64)


Oct 23 and 24 Sue Nickels Classes in Coral Springs wv5653@bellsouth.net  (#64)


Nov 1-3 Gwen Marston Workshops in Orlando trrylnda@aol.com, (#66)


Nov 6-8 Northeast Florida Shop Hop  michelle@pelicanquiltworks.com (#65)


Nov 7-9 Focus on Fiber Weekend Retreat in New Smyrna mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org CLICK FOR DESCRIPTIONS


November 14-15 Quilt Show  in Davenport, FL  db15@earthlink.net (#63)


Nov 14-15 Quilt Show in Trenton www.springhousequilters.homestead.com/HandmadeMemories.html (#64)


 Nov 15 Sulky Seminar in Leesburg a_quilters_dream@earthlink.net (#66)




Jan 7-10 Martha Pullen Symposium in Orlando www.marthapullen.com (#66)


Jan 12- Feb 21 Quilt Exhibit in Pasco County pascoarts@msn.com (#64)


Jan 20 Billie Lauder Lecture in Boca Raton Smyrna3@aol.com (#65)


Jan 23-24 Quilt Show in Orlando www.CFQG.com  (#64)


Jan 28-29 Quilt Show in Pt. Charlotte dpqg@yahoo.com (#66)


Jan 28 Esterita Austin Lecture in Coral Springs wv5653@bellsouth.net  (#64)


Jan 29 and 31 Esterita Austin classes in Coral Springs wv5653@bellsouth.net  (#64)


Feb 7-8 Quilt Show in Hudson www.westpascoquilters.org (#66)


Feb 12-14 Quilt Show in Panama City Beach www.thegiftshows.com (#66)


Feb 20-21 Quilt Show in Ocala underbc@netzero.net (#65)


Feb 25 Billie Lauder Lecture in Coral Springs wv5653@bellsouth.net  (#64)


Feb 26 and 27 Billie Lauder Classes in Coral Springs wv5653@bellsouth.net  (#64)


Feb 26 – Mar 7 Creative Arts Exhibit in Orlando cff@centralfloridafair.com (#66)


March 19-20 Quilt Show in Pensacola shows1@bellsouth.net (#66)


April 2-3 Quilt Show in Melbourne www.s-piecemakers.com (#66)


April 20 Moneca Calvert Lecture in Boca Raton Smyrna3@aol.com (#65)





Feb 25-26 Quilt Show  in Tampa (#64)






St. Andrew Bay Quilter's Guild presents "Quilting On the Beach"


Gulf Coast Quilt Expo

February 12 - 14, 2003


This is the third year for the exciting Gulf Coast Quilt Expo to be held in Panama City Beach, FL on the Gulf of Mexico's world famous dazzling sugar white sand beaches.  The Boardwalk Beach Resort Convention Center is the current home to Gulf Coast Quilt Expo and off-season room rates are available for this special event.  1-800-224-GULF for availability.


The show features national quilt entries for judging with cash and ribbon prizes.  What a great opportunity for quilters to share their talents.  At Gulf Coast Quilt Expo quilters will be able to enjoy lectures, demonstrations, workshops, a boutique, and vendors from across the country!  Quilt appraisals can also be arranged. 


A variety of classes to entice quilters of every interest.  In 2004 some of the featured instructors will be Barbara Barber, the United Kingdom's best known champion quilter and Nancy Prince who shares the exciting world of thread painting.


For more information contact:


Pro-Mark Inc


PO Box 15932

Panama City, FL 32406

850-763-8618 or 800-767-8618

Fax:  850-763-2973






To all of you who have inquired about my Scrap Basket Tours - the next tour, a textile tour to London and Bath, England, scheduled for May 2004, is now up on my web site.


Please have a look and contact me if you are interested in or have questions about the excursion. I'd be happy to chat with you about the trip. If you would like a paper brochure mailed to you, please send me your name and address.


Come, join us as we take a look at textiles and costumes in England.




Jeanne Mills







What: Pensacola Quilts!  The Art of the Quilt Show

Dates: March 19 and 20, 2003 (Friday and Saturday)

Where:  The Wright Place, 80 E. Wright Street, Pensacola, Florida

Time:  9 AM - 5 PM

Cost:  $5.00

Check this site for more info: Pensacola Quilters' Guild

E-mail Wynnell Shows at shows1@bellsouth.net:

Carol Hicks at PQG2002@aol.com






West Pasco Quilters Guild, Inc.

Eighth Biennial Quilt Show

My Secret Garden, Sew Many Quilts, 2004


Dates: Saturday and Sunday February 7 & 8, 2004

Times: 9A.M. - 5P.M. Sat. & Sun.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park 14333 Hicks Road Hudson, Florida


‘Swan Lake’ Charity Quilt drawing Saturday 4P.M.

Lawdy, Miz Mamie, the Yankees is Comin’ Sunday 1p.m.


A monologue by Teddy Pruett. Learn about the Southern woman, her quilts and the hardships and sacrifices made during this time of the War Between the States as told through letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts

of the period.


300+ Quilts on Display

$5.00 Admission

Quilt Appraisals by Teddy Pruett, Sat & Sun.

$3.00 Child (under12) Admission

Fashion Shows

Please, No Strollers

Quilt Boutique

Parent/Child Activities

Look & Learn Demos

Silent Small Quilt Auction


Door Prizes


Teddy Pruett: Written appraisals...$30.00 Oral Evaluations...$5.00

Our judge for the show will be Lorraine Covington


Directions: Veterans Memorial Park is located approximately 3 miles east of US. Hwy. 19. at the intersection of Hicks Rd and Hudson Ave. Hudson Ave is located approximately 2.25 mi. north of SR 52.. off U.S. Hwy. 19.


For more info, go to   www.westpascoquilters.org




Since Quilts, Etc. closed in Dade City, I wanted to be sure everyone knows that a new shop just opened in Zephyrhills:


Quilters Quarter

4733 Allen Rd, (across from Scotty's off SR 54)








The Hidden Stitches Chapter of TAS (The Applique Society) is having Pat Campbell for a workshop Wed. Sept. l7, 2003 in Clearwater, Fl.  We have a few spaces available...If you are interested please email me at in-stitches@rocketmail.com  Pat's classes are excellant for beginners as well intermediate and experts and are fun fun fun. 






Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House Call for Artists


Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House is having an open call for artists for its 2005-06 gallery exhibition schedule.  Florida resident artists, of any media, are invited to submit portfolios to be juried.  Of special interest: 3-D, high-tech, pop.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.  Group exhibition proposals may be submitted for consideration.


The portfolio criteria are as follows: 10 slides, an artist’s statement, SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) and resume.  Interested artists must submit their portfolios, postmarked no later than October 1, 2003 to: Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House, Attention Jeannie Dowis, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.

Selected artists will be contacted in November.  For more information, phone Atlantic Center at Harris House at (386) 423-1753 or email jdowis@atlanticcenterforthearts.org.






New Smyrna Beach, FL Considering Quilts 2004 juried exhibition for small art quilts no wider than 24 at Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House, April 1 May 15, 2004. Deadline for slide or CD entries: January 15, 2004.  For further information contact Mary McBride at 386-423-1753 or by email mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org. Also visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org and go to Harris House pages.






Fabric Creation, Quilting, Appliqué, Beading, Dimensional Flowers, Thread Art & More

next scheduled session:  October 8 -12, 2003  or Pick your own dates for special groups (max. 6).  More in 2004


I CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THAT!   Creative Retreat

Spend your days creating your fabrics, planning your creations and executing your unique piece to take back home with you.  You will be working within a small group of 4-6 students.  This will give you plenty of opportunity to receive all the information and guidance you can soak up.  The activities will be split up to provide you with some breathing time in between exuberant action.  Evenings will be active but also relaxing. 


Barbie Swanson, FABRIC ART SHOP   http://fabricartshop.com

Lake City, FL  386-755-0179






Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild is hosting a Quilt Show "Colors of the Rainbow"

Jan 28 &29, 2004. Hours: Wed 9 am to 7 pm & Thurs 9 am to 4 pm.


Show will be held at Victoria Estates, 24000 Rampart Blvd, Pt Charlotte, Fl 33955. Contact Joan Balmer 941-625-3322 or email dpqg@yahoo.com






The Red Barn Quilt Shop

12672 S. Hwy 301

Belleview, FL. 34420



We are located one and one half miles south of Belleview on 301. Look for the Red Barn on the right hand side of the road.   We offer many services here at The Red Barn which includes a full retail fabric shop, machine quilting, quilts on consignment, classes, and custom made quilts.  Our Grand Opening is scheduled for November 8, 2003/9am-5pm.  We will have a quilt auction, barbeque, trunk shows with Cindy Blackberg and Lynda Hall, demos, and much more!

See you there! Peggy and Barb






Sulky Quilting Seminar #5 will held Nov. 15, 2003 in Leesburg.  Adult $15.00 children $6.00. For further information contact Connie at A Quilter's Dream 352-728-1482 or a_quilters_dream@earthlink.net







April 2 & 3, 2004, 10 AM - 5 PM

Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, FL

Judged Quilts-Vendors-Boutique-Auctions-Demos-Opportunity Quilt-Sulky Display

Donation - $5.00


For more information call 321-951-7260

Website: http://www.s-piecemakers.com






DATES: February 26-March 7, 2004


EVENT:                    Creative Arts Exhibit at the Central Florida Fair


LOCATION            Central Florida Fairgrounds

& ADDRESS:        4603 West Colonial Drive (S.R. 50)

                                        Orlando, Florida 32808

CONTACT:            Harriet Blackwell

PHONE:                   407-295-3247

FAX:                            407-295-2082

E-MAIL:                    cff@centralfloridafair.com

ENTRY  Open to all Florida residents

INFO:                         No entry fee

                    Deadline is February 22, 2004

SPECIAL                  “Oh My Stars” from Int’l. Machine Quilters Association

EXHIBITS:              NASA’s “Atmospheric Sciences” & “Technology Benefits”

OTHER:                   Exhibit features over 1600 entries of needlework, fine art, crafts

                                        and hobbies in over 200 categories, including quilting, stained

                                        glass, woodworking, painting, scrapbooking, miniatures.  Also

                                        booths from various hobby clubs, such as genealogy, shells,

                                        stamps, fossils, model trains, embroidery, gems and minerals.


The Central Florida Fair is a not-for-profit organization that provides community grants and scholarships, while entertaining 240,000 fairgoers annually.  Thank you for your assistance in publicizing our event!



Ellen Gordon

Special Projects Manager

Central Florida Fair







    GQE meets on October 18, 2003.  Gulf Coast Quilt Educators meet twice a year to exchange information on national teachers, lecturers, etc. so that travel expenses can be shared.

    We also exchange information on in-house teachers who are willing to travel to nearby guilds on Florida's gulf coast.

    We invite anyone who is in charge of either programs or education to attend.

    If you are interested in attending our next "Quilters Tea"  on October 18  at 1:00 p.m. in Punta Gorda, Florida, please contact cbeba@earthlink.net





GWEN MARSTON is coming to Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild in Orlando.


Saturday, November 1, 2003

19th Century Folk Art Appliqué This class is based on 19th Century Folk Art Appliqué quilts and is illustrated with Gwen’s own quilts.  Students will discover how easy and how much fun it is to create their own original lively quilts.  Discover Gwen’s easy techniques for designing and making these playful quilts.  Students of all skill levels should be well into the project by day’s end.


Sunday, November 2, 2003

Marking 101, and Drafting Feathers, Cables & Fans Old and new marking techniques and how to draft many of the major traditional quilting designs.  Learn how to draw feather variations and Gwen’s easy method for drawing freehand border designs.  Draft your own cable, fan, & circular designs to fit any quilt.  Tips on handling corners and marking on fabric.


Monday, November 3, 2003

The Surprise Quilt  From this one day workshop, each quilter should take home a nearly completed quilt top.  The workshop demonstrates how Gwen allows a quilt to design itself and answers all the questions of how she works in the scrap style.  The first item on the supply list is a large paper grocery bag!  Grab and Sew!  All skill levels.


All workshops will be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Social Hall, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $40 per workshop for non-guild members.  Please contact Linda Cole, trrylnda@aol.com, 352-751-4196, to register or for more information.






Also, Honeybees is bringing Sylvia Einstein to Jax this October (11-13 the Columbus day weekend) Saturday thru Monday, 9:00 4:00. to teach Letters to the World .  It’s an introspective class, not a pattern class.  Day 3 (the Monday holiday) is optional; it’s more work time than teach time.  We’d like to open up this class to the public now.  The cost will be $125 for the weekend class. It will be held at the Holiday Inn (same hotel as we hold the Retreat).    The room will be open for sewing all night Saturday & Sunday.  The cost is only for the class.  Hotel accommodations & meals are on your own.    Anyone interested can contact me at this email gwrigley@comcast.net or call me at 904-292-4499.


Sylvia’s website is http://sheinstein.addr.com/. 


Workshop Description: We will take an idea or a feeling and transform it into a quilt. The ideas can range from protest about the environment, crime, war etc. to feelings about homesickness, love, hope, marriage etc.  I will act as a facilitator. I will bring examples and lots of ideas. We will do some exercises on paper. We will start to design a quilt and discuss these designs. This is a group process. We will not criticize but share our reactions and ideas.





We’ll be bringing Dianne Hire back next May (Memorial Day weekend) it will be open to the public once we have the guild members sign up. 


The Honeybee Retreat website should be up & running by the end of the month.  This will include the February retreat as well as the new Quilting on the Edge art quilters retreat.






Exciting things happening here in the West Pasco Quilters Guild in Port Richey Florida..  One of our youngest members, Jessica Porter was interviewed by the N Y Times, ST Petersburg Times, CNN, People Magazine, just to name a few.  Jessica started a projected called Operation Homefront Quilts.  This project is dear to her heart.  Jessica has a dream. It is to make a quilt for all the families of American Soldiers that have lost a loved one in the Iragi war.  I have created a link on our website for Jessica. Please help spread the word.  It is a very big undertaking. It will require a lot of help from fellow quilters, companies and people who just want to help! Join Jessica in accomplishing her dream.

GO TO: Operation Home Front Quilts



or the the link on our home page at:

West Pasco Quilters Guild








The Patchwork Pig is located in a very beautiful old building in downtown Lakeland, at 228 East Pine Street.  Owner Marion Pugh has decked out the shop with gorgeous quilts and almost 5000 bolts of fabrics, as well as fetching displays of patterns, books and ideas.  Phone is 863-682-4774.






Sep 11, Thursday

08:30 am               #709 Romance with Chintz with Brenda Papadakis

01:30 pm               #646 Cowboy Quilting w/ Janet Ludwig


Sep 12, Friday

08:30 am               #710 Painted Silk with Sheila Raven

01:30 pm               #647 Fabric Painting w/ Mickey Lawler


Sep 15, Monday

08:30 am               #711 I Love a Challenge with Billie Lauder

01:30 pm               #648 Stippling & Trapunto w/ John Flynn


Sep 16, Tuesday

08:30 am               #712 Civil War Women with Barbara Brackman

01:30 pm               #649 Shadow Quilts w/ Donna Slusser & Patricia Margaret


Sep 17, Wednesday

08:30 am               #713 All Around The World with Leela Cherian

01:30 pm               #650 Snuggly Quilt w/ Billie Lauder


Sep 18, Thursday

08:30 am               #715 Stained Glass Quilts with Marie Morel-Seroskie

01:30 pm               #651 Fabric Manipulation w/ Jennie Rayment


Sep 19, Friday

08:30 am               #716 African Mask Quilt

01:30 pm               #652 Borders with Carolyn Reese


Sep 22, Monday

08:30 am               #717 For The Birds with Jaynette Huff

01:30 pm               #653 Smashing Sets for Sampler Blocks with Margaret Miller


Sep 23, Tuesday

08:30 am               #718 'Hand' Applique by Machine with Beth Ferrier

01:30 pm               #654 Sliced Quilt Quilter with Kelly Simbirdi


Sep 24, Wednesday

08:30 am               #719 Patchwork Picnic with Nancy Martin

01:30 pm               #655 Picture Piecing with Cynthia England


Sep 25, Thursday

08:30 am               #720 Long Arm Quilting with Linda Taylor

01:30 pm               #656 Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel


Sep 26, Friday

08:30 am               #721 Quilts For Chocolate Lovers with Janet Jonew-Worley

01:30 pm               #657 Fairy Tale Quilts with Zylpha Siudara