Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #95


March 5, 2006


Quilting Friends,


Iíve discovered a charity organization that sends homemade rag dolls to third world countries for children who need something to hug on. Theyíve already sent out 15,000 dolls!  The dolls are so easy to make that Iíll be teaching my 9 and 10 year old sewing students how to make them.  I think it will be an edifying experience for all of us.  Hereís the website if youíd like to sew along:  www.ragdolls2love.org  My friend, Suzanne Ramsey graciously offered her digitizing services so I could embroider the face and heart on our dolls.  Until the organizationís website uploads those files, you can request the embroidery files from me by sending me an email.  Donít forget to include your embroidery format.


A great TIP ran across my desk the other day.  This only works if you have a mouse with a wheel between the right and left button (if not, itís a good reason to spend $10)  If you have trouble viewing emails due to the small font size, hold down the CTRL key and move the wheel on the mouse.  The font size will grow.  If you donít have one of these mice, they are great for scrolling up and down in whatever window your mouse is sitting in.  I canít live without my wheelie.


As always, if your email address changes, please let me know: subscribe@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com.  Thanks 




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




March 3 through April 21 Quilt Exhibit in Ybor City/Tampa www.handmadeinflorida.com (#95)


Mar 7, 14, 21 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


Mar 9-10 Quilt Show in Mount Dora quiltshow@gmail.com (#87)


Mar 11 Quilt Show in Bushnell steinhaus40@wmconnect.com    (#92)


Mar 13 Quilt Guild Meeting in Tampa marlene@123webmagic.com (#95)


Mar 13-21 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


Mar 16-18 Quilt Show in Ft. Lauderdale http://www.onceuponaquilt.com


Mar 18-19 Quilt Show in Venice www.vaqg.com (#87)


Mar 18-20 Kristin Steiner Workshops in Sarasota  www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com (#93)


Mar 24-25 Quilt Show in St. Petersburg sspdy@aol.com (#94)


March 31-April 2 Quilt Show in Bartow  ladiesofthelakes.com/ (#92)


April 1 - May 13 Quilt Exhibit in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


April 7-8 Quilt Show in Sanford dcreeron@bellsouth.net (#94)


April 8 Jane Townswick Workshop in Port Charlotte majic1943@earthlink.net (#95)


April 10-11 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


April 18 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


April 20 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


April 20-30 Creative Exhibits at Central Florida Fair in Orlando (#94)


April 21-22 Quilt Show in Melbourne www.s-piecemakers.com/ (#90)


April 22 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)


April 28,29 M'Liss Rae Hawley Workshops in Orlando www.CFQG.com (#95)


April 29 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)



April 29 Quilt Retreat in West Palm Beach http://indulgencequilt.tripod.com/index.htm (#95)


May 12 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)



May 12-13 Quilt Show in Coral Gables www.oceanwavesquilters.org (#94)


May 13-14 Workshop in New Smyrna Beach mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org (#95)



June 9-12 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg Talacam@aol.com  (##89)


June 10-Sept 4  Quilt Exhibit in Gainesville rg10001@bellsouth.net (#95)


June 11-15 Machine Quilting Conference in Colorado www.harriethargrave.com/celebration (#91)


Oct 6-7 Sue Benner Workshop in Ft. Myers 239-541-0226 (#92)


Mar 31-Apr 1 Judith Trager Workshop in Ft. Myers 239-541-0226 (#92)


Oct  27-30 Quilt Retreat in Leesburg Talacam@aol.com (#92)


Nov 26 Quilt Cruise www.engelquilts.com (#93)




May 23-27 TAS National Quilt Show & Convention  lbrooker@tampabay.rr.com (#89       )






Central Florida Quilters Guild, will be hosting M'Liss Rae Hawley April. 27th- 29th,2006.   She will be lecturing on Thursday evening the 27th and teaching two classes.   She will be teaching two different quilts from her books each day. 

She will be teaching as follows: On Friday will be Island Star and Straits of Georgia. 

On Saturday will be Mystery Sampler and Road to Ireland. Guild members will pay $30.00 and non-guild members will pay $45.00. If youíre interested in taking either class(s) please contact Artha Callinan at 386-774-6474 or  artcallinan@earthlink.net.


We will have the following teachers coming during 2006, 2007 & 2008:

October, 06 Linda M. Poole, January, 07 Jo Morton, February 07, Bobbie Aug,

April 07, Suzanne McCoy, January 08, Beth Ferrier.   Watch Central Florida

Quilters Guild's web site at www.cfqg.com for more information forth coming.






We are hosting a one day quilt retreat called:


"Find Your Inner Piece" One Day Quilt Retreat   

in West Palm Beach

website:  http://indulgencequilt.tripod.com/index.htm

Contact: dkwhitehead@bellsouth.net       


Saturday, April 29th, 2006
Deadline for reservations: April 15th, 2006 *payment must be received by this date.*
Monies will not be accepted at the door.
Seating is limited.
9:30am to 4:30pm
Check-in begins at 8am.


A great one day retreat for the quilter. After enjoying breakfast we will have raffles, door prizes, games, a lecture by Judy Chambers of Home Comforts Quilting, an experienced teacher in the Square in a Square technique.  After lunch, which is included in your retreat, you will see a trunk show by Barbara Soumar of Flamingo Island Designs.

Afterward there will be time for shopping and demonstrations. We will end the day with the raffling of a queen size quilt.






Almost 50 artists answered the quilt art challenge, "Why Is the Sky Blue?"...and it's a wonderful array of work! From the realistic to the abstract - from the comedic to the somber - from the magical to the earthly...these artists seem to have covered all the

bases! Please visit the exhibition ... you can clink on the link

http://www.quiltart.com/challenges/blue/ and discover what it is that makes the sky blue!






March 7, 14, 21, 10 AM - 1 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

"Pine Needle Basket Weaving"

Dodie Ulery

Learn basket weaving techniques from a noted authority on weaving and nature crafts. Create small baskets with natural embellishments.

Tuition: Free to ACA members, $25 nonmembers



March 13, 9:30 AM - 4 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

"Painting with a Master, Part 2"

Harold Garde

Garde is a contemporary painter without parallel. His roots are in Abstract

Expressionism, yet he explores objects and portraiture with amazing breadth.

His class will consist of acrylic painting and strappo techniques. 

Tuition: ACA members $100, $150 nonmembers



April 10-11

10 AM - 4 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

"Mastering Complex Caning Techniques in Polymer Clay"

Karen Woods

If you have admired intricate patterns and complex caning tricks that can be accomplished with polymer clay but don't know where to start, this two-day workshop will give you a foundation to develop your own signature canes.

Woods is a well-known polymer clay artist in southwest Florida published in

Bead Dreams magazine.

Tuition: $75 ACA members, $100 nonmembers



April 18, 10 AM - 2 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

"Mo Creative Papers"

Joan Williams

Joan Williams provides a continuation of her "down and dirty" paper-making program where everything can be tossed into a blender and made into creative art paper.  Participants will come away with a stack of original papers and examples of how to use that paper to create art.

Tuition: $10 ACA members, $20 nonmembers



April 20, 7 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

Lecture "Story Quilts"

Lauren Austin, ACA's Community Artist-in-Residence, is an enchanting storyteller and quilter who brings with her the experience of working as a lawyer, participating in the Civil Rights struggle, personalizing African American history, and being a woman. In her discussion, she will share her quilts and stories and invite the audience to tell their stories.



April 22, 12 - 4 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

"Paint Stick Techniques"

Janet Pingrey

Oil paint on a stick, rubbed into fabric, baked with an iron Ė painting techniques that even the Old Masters didn't think of doing! Join ArtsEtc for a fun afternoon.

Tuition: $20 ACA members, $30 nonmembers



April 29, 10 AM - 4 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

"The Painted Cloth"

Lauren Austin

Working with blank and printed fabrics, participants will mix and thicken dyes to paint and stamp designs, patterns and backgrounds on cloths.

Tuition: $50 ACA members, $75 nonmembers




May 12, 7 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

Lecture "Dialogue between Art Quilts and Architecture"

Valerie S. Goodwin is an architect and artist who began designing and making quilts in 1998. Her art incorporates architectural elements, such as building forms, city planning, and mapping, as inspiration. The pieces focus on the geometrical relationships, patterns and ordering principles found in architecture. An Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida A & M University's School of Architecture, she was educated at Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org


May 13-14, 10 AM - 4 PM, Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, NSB

Workshop "Map Maker, Map Maker, Make me a Map!"

Valerie Goodwin

Our environment -- past and present -- can provide an endless source of inspiration and can be a fascinating way to tap creative energies. Students taking this workshop will design and create a small map representing a familiar place using fabric, paint and thread.

Also see Lecture Series, May 12, "Dialogue between Art Quilts and Architecture."

Tuition: $150 ACA members, $200 nonmembers



April 1 - May 13

Exhibition: "Considering Quilts 2006: Artists Explore the Quilt Form"

Opening Reception: April 1, 4 - 7 PM

An international call for artists brings 46 unique works of fiber and other materials to the exhibition, which is quickly becoming a major fiber show in the Southeast.  The only requirements are three layers, stitched together with a maximum width of 24", which leads artists to create a delightful assortment of mixed media art quilts, wearables, and sculptures. mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org


Mary E. McBride

Programs & Operations Manager

Community Art Programs

Atlantic Center for the Arts

214 South Riverside Drive

New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

386-423-1753    386-428-5008FAX






The Quilting Natural Florida Exhibit is scheduled at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville from June 10 through Sept 4, 2006.  There will be about 70 quilts illustrating the natural flora and fauna of Florida.


Guilds and groups are encouraged to make the trip to Gainesville to see this event.  The Museum can handle buses and pre-arranged days to view the quilts.

Contacts to help make your group's visit pleasant are




If you would like a guided tour of the exhibit



There is a small cafe next door, but it is suggested to make arrangements

for box lunches through

Classic Fare 352-392-3463


They range from $7.80 - $10.00.


If you need overnight accommodations

Gateway Grand Best Western


This hotel is owned by a local quilter


The Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild are delighted to be a part of this adventure with the Florida Museum of Natural History.


On June 9, 2006 in conjunction with the Quilting Natural Florida Exhibit, there will be a Documentation Workshop.  This workshop will be conducted by Mary Worrall from the American Quilt Alliance.  The cost will be $10.00. However, prior registration is necessary.   Specific details will be announced.


Gloria Craft Comstock






March 3 through April 21: Ybor City/Tampa, FL

"Summoning the Muse: Artists' Way Cooperative Group Show" at HandMade in Florida

Craft Gallery in will display the works of six artists. Marlene Glickman will have her quilted life-sized doorway on display. Gallery is located at 1903 North 19th Street in Tampa, Florida 33605. Gallery and shop hours are 10 am - 6 pm Monday - Saturday. Website: www.handmadeinflorida.com Phone: (813) 247-7902.






March 13th, 6:30-8:30 pm Countryside Library: The Tampa Bay Surface Design

Guild meets for show and tell. All are welcome. No membership required

to attend a meeting. quilters, beaders, dyers, etc. Bring something you

have made or is in progress to share. Call Marlene Glickman at

727-524-6962 or email marlene@123webmagic.com for more information.






Join the Peace River Quilters and Jane Townswick for a workshop on Saturday, April 8, 2006 for a class on Color Blending Applique. The project is a beautiful Monarch Butterfly from her new book, Applique Takes Wings. You will learn to sandwich narrow bands of color between appliqued shapes to make this colorful butterfly. You will work with some specialty fabrics and learn a few inking and beading techniques. This butterfly looks so accurate you might expect it to fly off you quilt! The class fee is $30. The class will meet in the Palm Room at the Cultural Center in Port Charlotte from 9am to 4pm. Plan to have lunch in their cafeteria. Contact Melinda Jones for registration and more information at majic1943@earthlink.net or call her at 941-575-8709.




Simply Quilts March, 2006 Schedule

HGTV: Eastern Standard Time


Mar 01, Wednesday       08:30 am        #606 Origami Quilts with Rebecca Wat

Mar 02, Thursday        08:30 am        #607 Delectable Mountains with Gail Searl

Mar 03, Friday  08:30 am        #608 Patchwork ABCs w/ Liz Porter

Mar 06, Monday  08:30 am        #609 Beautiful Binding with Sally Collins

Mar 07, Tuesday         08:30 am        #610 Kaleidoscope Quilting with Paula Nadelstern

Mar 08, Wednesday       08:30 am        #611 Sets & Sashings for Quilts with Phyllis D. Miller

Mar 09, Thursday        08:30 am        #612 Arabic Lattice with John Flynn

Mar 10, Friday  08:30 am        #613 Curved Seams with Anita Murphy

Mar 13, Monday  08:30 am        #614 Quilting with Kids with Kelly Gallagher-Abbott

Mar 14, Tuesday         08:30 am        #615 Plaid Quilt w/ Debbie Caffrey

Mar 15, Wednesday       08:30 am        #616 Wool Quilts w/ Lorinda Lie

Mar 16, Thursday        08:30 am        #617 Wearable Quilt Art w/ June Colburn

Mar 17, Friday  08:30 am        #618 Quilt in A Weekend w/ Lynette Jensen

Mar 20, Monday  08:30 am        #619 Quilt Restoration w/ Nancy Kirk

Mar 21, Tuesday         08:30 am        #620 Amish Quilting w/ Joe Cunnigham

Mar 22, Wednesday       08:30 am        #621 Free Form Patchwork w/ Ann Fahl

Mar 23, Thursday        08:30 am        #622 Confusion Quilt Pattern w/ Debbie Bowles

Mar 24, Friday  08:30 am        #623 Cathedral Windows w/ Shelly Swanland

Mar 27, Monday  08:30 am        #624 Raw Edge Applique w/ Jane Sassaman

Mar 28, Tuesday         08:30 am        #625 Internet Quilting Bee w/ Billie Lauder

Mar 29, Wednesday       08:30 am        #626 Contest Ready Quilts w/ Ami Simms

Mar 30, Thursday        08:30 am        #627 The Stork is Coming w/ Patrick Lose

Mar 31, Friday  08:30 am        #630 The Imagine Block w/ Agnete Kay


Simply Quilts March, 2006 Schedule

DIY: Eastern Standard Time


Mar 01, Wednesday       01:30 pm        #806 Hanky Quilts w/ Cindy Brick

Mar 02, Thursday        01:30 pm        #807 HOPI Quilting w/ Carolyn O'Bagy Davis

Mar 03, Friday  01:30 pm        #808 Clever Quilts w/ Susan Dissmore

Mar 06, Monday  01:30 pm        #809 Collage Quilts w/ Joanne Goldstein

Mar 07, Tuesday         01:30 pm        #810 Divide & Conquer Quilts w/ Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan

Mar 08, Wednesday       01:30 pm        #811 Nimble Thimble w/ Thimblelady

Mar 09, Thursday        01:30 pm        #812 Behind the Shadows Quilts w/ Laurie Shifrin

Mar 10, Friday  01:30 pm        #813 Garden Block w/ Diana McClun

Mar 13, Monday  01:30 pm        #814 Braided Borders w/ Joe Flynn

Mar 14, Tuesday         01:30 pm        #815 Dream Saving Space w/ Myrna Giesbrecht

Mar 15, Wednesday       01:30 pm        #816 Enchanted Views with Dilys Fronks

Mar 16, Thursday        01:30 pm        #817 Teenage Quilters with Brett & LeAnna Christopher

Mar 17, Friday  01:30 pm        #818 Stellar Journeys with Gail Garber

Mar 20, Monday  01:30 pm        #819 Mosaic Quilts with Tammie Bowser

Mar 21, Tuesday         01:30 pm        #820 Scanned Fabric with Caryl Bryer Fallert

Mar 22, Wednesday       01:30 pm        #821 Magical Hexagons with Martha Thompson

Mar 23, Thursday        01:30 pm        #822 Dimensional Quilting with Velda Newman

Mar 24, Friday  01:30 pm        #823 Log By Log with Wendy Etzel

Mar 27, Monday  01:30 pm        #824 Mixed Media with Sandy Donabed

Mar 28, Tuesday         01:30 pm        #825 Two Block Quilts with Claudia Olson

Mar 29, Wednesday       01:30 pm        #826 Quilting A Coat with Rachel Clark

Mar 30, Thursday        01:30 pm        #827 Novelty Dresden Plates with Sharon Stroud

Mar 31, Friday  01:30 pm        #828 Thread Painted Landscape with Nancy Prince