Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #98


June 1, 2006


Quilting Friends,


Thank you for your wonderful response to the new “Opportunities” column.  I hope you can benefit one way or another to the listings Stacy provides.


There is an amazing amount of information in this newsletter for a summer month.  Thank you to everyone who sends in the news to know.


My guild, Central Florida Quilt Guild, has all kinds of national quilt teachers coming in the next two years.  Check out the calendar of events: http://www.CFQG.com/calendar.htm .  Any non-member can take a class with us for $40.  You can sign up when the class is 45 days away.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Have you noticed the number on this edition?  We’re getting close to the big 1-0-0!!  Any suggestions on how to celebrate the big event?


As always, if you have a new email address, please let me know at subscribe@FloridaQuiltNetwork.com.




CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)




May 7 – Aug 12 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne (#98)


May 13- Aug 13 Quilt Exhibit in West Palm Beach http://norton.org/exhibitions/advancedschedule4.htm   (#98)


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


June 10-Sept 4  Quilt Exhibit in Gainesville rg10001@bellsouth.net (#98)


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


June 12-16 Quilt Camp for Kids in Leesburg www.aquiltersdream.biz (#98)


June 17 - Sept 10 Quilt Exhibit in West Palm Beach http://norton.org/exhibitions/advancedschedule4.htm   (#98)


July5 - August 4 Quilt Exhibit in Tallahassee (#98)


July 13-15 Shop Hop in South Florida www.suzannesquilts.com  (#98)


July 14 – Sept 1 Quilt Exhibit in Ormond Beach omam78e@aol.com (#98)


Aug 12 Textile Course in Melbourne cfunk@fit.edu (#97)


Sept 12-15 Handwork Retreat in Leesburg jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com   (#98)


Sept 12-16 SSQA Symposium in Leesburg www.ssqa.org  (#98)


Sept 14 - Dec 3 Quilt Show in Tallahassee (#98)


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


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


Nov 3-4 Quilt Show in Ocala CRQShow@earthlink.net (#98)


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




Jan 19-20 Quilt Show in Orlando


Jan 26-27 Quilt Show in The Villiages charliefull@thevillages.net (#97)


Jan 26-27 Quilt Show in Largo www.stpaulumc.org (#98)


Feb 23-24 Quilt Show in Punta Gorda quiltcozy@comcast.net 


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


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






Speaking of opportunities, it has been a treat of an opportunity to hear from so many of you who didn’t know how to reach me and were glad to see that I “turned up” or, as some put it, that I “popped up” here in the FQN newsletter. Heartfelt thank you’s to everyone who has taken the time to offer such kind words. Sorry that it was so hard to find me...that was beyond my control.


Here are some new “Opportunities” to consider. They sound fun. How about a chance to appear on HGTV or to exhibit your work or even a way to make some money while you’re spending it at Quilt Market in Houston this year. If you know of any new “opportunities” for next month, please send them to: fqn_opps@yahoo.com




HGTV Talent Search:


“HGTV is looking for fun and charismatic independent crafters to profile on our brand new show, ‘That’s Clever!’ (formerly Crafters Coast to Coast). If you have a special talent for creating cool and unique items that have your friends and family raving, then you just might be the perfect candidate for our show. To be considered for this exciting and hip new show, e-mail a recent picture of yourself (smile!) along with images of your craft. Pictures must be sent via e-mail as electronic attachments. Include your contact information, location and a short bio. Please do not send multiple or follow-up e-mails. Due to a high volume of submissions, only selected individuals will be contacted.” Send to:  thatsclever@wellergrossman.com


(Note: This was listed with no stated deadline in the May issue of Art Calendar magazine.)




Are you ready to see how your work will do in show competitions? Have you already competed in some local shows and now you want to venture out a bit?


Well there are lots of opportunities out there and this is just one to consider. Don’t hesitate, though, because the deadline is June 9th.



Cash awards. Open to U.S. artists 18 years and older. Art Quilts, max. size 16” x 20”.

$30/3 images (slides or CD). Jurors:  Adrienne Bea Smith, the gallery’s director; Carol Soderlund, quilter/teacher. Show will run July 28 – September 3. Work must be for sale; 40% commission. Insurance. SASE to The Main Street Gallery, P.O. Box 161, Groton, MA 13073, 607-898-9010. www.MainStreetGal.com


 (Note:  This was listed in the May issue of Art Calendar magazine.)




Workers/Volunteers Needed at Houston QuiltFest!!!!

Are you planning or thinking of going to the Houston QuiltFest this October?

Why not reduce your expenses by working or volunteering at the show.

For more information see the Quilts, Inc. website (www.quilts.com) or by contacting:

Terri Winsauer
Quilts Inc.
IQM/IQF Staff Assistant Coordinator
Phone & Fax: 936-258-9899
E-mail: worktheshow@quilts.com


And husbands are welcome to work as well!





The Quilt Finder, a national, custom-quilting business based in Central Florida is seeking the best of the best to complete custom quilt projects ranging from traditional bed quilts to contemporary wall hangings. The Quilt Finder has been in business for over 15 years and has been featured on Simply Quilts and in major magazines and newspapers.


If you already have your own cottage-based business and are looking for a broader market or if you have what it takes to achieve the highest of standards within the specifications of an individual customer’s unique requests, then we want to hear from you.


Our greatest demand right now is for master appliqué quilters who feel comfortable working on, what we have affectionately named, our “Home Quiltrait” commissions -- requests from customers to have their very own home, sweet home intricately replicated in a quilted wall hanging. This work requires the ability to create a fully appliquéd pattern from scratch based upon the customer’s home photos, provide an artist’s sketch to be approved and then create the finished wall hanging.  The work is as fun as it is challenging.


We’d love to talk with you if you are excited about creating the Home Quiltraits, described above, or work on more typical commissions like baby quilts, bed quilts, quilt restoration or quilt finishing by hand or machine. The work is truly rewarding and the financial opportunities can be great -- all with the support of a national company.


We can be reached in the following ways: The Quilt Finder, P.O. Box 182, Mt. Dora, Florida, 32756. Phone: (800) 642-3312 or (352) 735-5118 or Email: thequiltfinder@yahoo.com





Are you a new quilt shop who may be looking for better ways to get your name out there?  Are you an established store that is always looking for unique opportunities to keep the loyal customers you have as well as get new customers to walk in the door every day?


I know firsthand how busy you are and how many things you may be trying to do at any given moment. Sometimes there isn’t the time or the energy to do anything above and beyond the status quo. But what if there was a new way of looking at things or someone to see something that maybe you were just too overworked to see for yourself?


With over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, advertising and market research, including owning and operating a quilt business and, most recently, four years as the store manager of a successful quilt shop, I can help you grow your business. From advertising copy to press releases and promotional ideas to customer surveys, I can offer you choices to get your business noticed.  And that’s critical in this changing marketplace.


For more information, please contact Stacy McEachern at (352) 735-5118 or by email at semceachern@yahoo.com




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Tallahassee, Florida

July5 - August 4, 2006, Mon - Fri 8am - 5:30pm FREE

Presented by Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee and the Cultural Resources Commission.

Quilts and More Quilts!  Art Quilts, Bed Quilts, Fiber Arts, and Quilted Garments by 200+ member guild.

City Hall Art Gallery

300 S. Adams Street

Tallahassee, Florida  "Next to Florida's Capitol in beautiful downtown Tallahassee"

Information: Lou Gutsch 850.893.2719

Opening Reception July 7, 2006: 6pm to 7:30pm






25th Anniversary Capital City Quilt Show

Tallahassee, Florida

September 14 - December 3, 2006, M - F 9 - 4:30; Sat 10 - 4:30; Sun 12 - 4:30 FREE

"What Goes Around, Comes Around"

Presented by Quilters Unlimited and the State of Florida Museum of Florida History.

Quilts galore, Best of Show from previous years, challenge quilts, silent auction, 1930's style opportunity quilt, Viewers choice balloting.  Special exhibit from Museum's antique quilt collection.  Special events.

Information:  Robin Wolfe 850.668.4021; Ann Shockley 850.668.4113






The Norton Art Gallery in West Palm Beach is hosting two special quilt exhibits this summer you won't want to miss.  Elements from the Front Range Contemporary Quilts on view May 13- August 13, 2006 and Art of the Needle: Masterpiece Quilts from the Shelburne Museum June 17 - September 10, 2006


Did you notice that the dates overlap?  You can attend both exhibits on the same day. Don't let the summer slip away with out a visit to West Palm Beach. After the museum come visit us Suzanne's Quilt Shop in Royal Palm Beach about 10 miles West of the Norton Art Gallery.  For information about the exhibit go to http://norton.org/exhibitions/advancedschedule4.htm  For directions to Suzanne's Quilt Shop in Royal Palm Beach go to http://www.suzannesquilts.com/map.htm








July 13, 14 & 15


Thursday & Friday 9-7 p.m. and Saturday 9-5 p.m.


Don’t miss out on South Florida's 7th annual shop hop featuring 8 great shops from Ft. Pierce to Miami. Visit all the participating shops and be eligible to enter the drawing for prizes. Participants will receive a 2006 Flamingo pin and new this year a progressive quilt pattern designed by Debbie Caffrey. Pick up a step a each shop. Each shop will have the pattern kitted in a different color way. Each shop will be doing a fundraiser for their favorite charity.


Grand Prize Bernina Sewing Machine Activia 230PE


1st place $1000.00 shopping spree


2nd place $500.00 Shopping Spree


3rd place $250.00 Shopping Spree


Plus each shop will have a drawing for a $100.00 gift basket.


Prize for the best Flamingo apparel


Registration $5.00


Register online at www.suzannesquilts.com or call 888-798-0934 with credit

card. Passports will be stamped with any purchase at each shop visited.

Participants must be present in person to have passport stamped.

Participating shops:

Tomorrow's Heirlooms - Ft. Pierce

Keepsake Quilt Shop - Pt. St. Lucie

Quilters' Choice - Jupiter

Suzanne's Quilt Shop - Royal Palm Beach

Quilters' Marketplace - Delray Beach

Country Stitches - Coral Springs

Once Upon a Quilt - Ft. Lauderdale

The Quilt Scene - Miami






November 3-4 2006

Country Road Quilters, INC of Ocala present their 10th biennial quilt show ALONG A COUNTRY ROAD.  Klein Conference Center, Central Florida Community College, 3001 SW College Road (SR 200), Ocala, FL.  The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2006.  This will be a judged show by NQA Certified Judge Lorraine Covington.   Raffles, Vendors, Silent Auction, Boutique, Demonstrations.  Donation: $5.00

For more information contact:  e-mail: CRQShow@earthlink.net or call 352-237-6675


Any questions about this submission, please contact Freda Jones, Secretary






Celebrate the Quilt - Explore the Art IV

January 26-27, 2007

10am to 4pm

Largo Cracker Quilters, Inc.

Presenters: June Colburn, Mellany Lieuwen, and Brenda Grampsas


Location: Christian Life Enrichment Center,  St. Paul United Methodist Church

                                1199 Highland Ave, Largo, FL


DIRECTIONS:        www.stpaulumc.org


CONTACT:        Joan Scaffidi

                                e-mail: joanscaffidi@juno.com







Ellen Lindner’s Quilts on Display: Starting May 7th, Ellen Lindner’s quilts will be on display at Pizza Gallery and Grill, in Melbourne.  Known for its strong contrasts and vivid colors, Ellen’s quilts have been shown throughout the United States, and beyond.  Her work consistently wins awards, and has been published in several magazines.  Included in the exhibit will be Mangolicious, which recently won a first place award in the Melbourne quilt show. 

Ellen’s quilts are very diverse, ranging from pictorial still lifes to modernist abstracts.  She uses raw edge collage as her primary assembly technique.

Pizza Gallery and Grill is an upscale “designer pizza” restaurant, planned, not only with good food in mind, but also, rotating displays of art.  It’s located at 2250 Town Center Avenue, in the Avenues shopping area.  Hours 11-9 Sun.–Th., 11-11 S/S, phone 321-633-0397.  Ellen’s quilts will be on display through August 12th, and may be viewed without dining at the restaurant.






Peace River Quilters' Guild is having their 9th Biennial Southwest Florida Quilt Festival - "Tropical Beauties" on Friday, February 23, 2007 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday, February 24, 2007 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  The show will be at the Harold Avenue Recreation Center, 23400 Harold Avenue, Port Charlotte, Florida.


This will be a judged show featuring over 200 quilts and special exhibits; Silent Auction;  Boutique;  raffle quilt and vendors. 


Our special feature will be Fraser Smith and his spectacular carved wooden quilts.  Fraser lives in Tampa and has been featured in quilt and art magazines as well as on PBS.  His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian and the American Quilter's Society.  Fraser's carved quilts are so realistic that even an experienced quilter has difficulty distinguishing between his carved wooden quilts and the real thing!  And so, he encourages everyone to touch his pieces.


Our raffle quilt  - "Tropical Beauty" has been juried into the American Quilter's Society Show in Paducah this year and was also displayed at the National Quilter's Association Show.  You can view the quilt on our web site - peaceriverquilters.org.


For more information please contact - Donna   quiltcozy@comcast.net or 941-613-1606.






  The Sixth Annual “HANDWORK RETREAT” will be held at The Life Enrichment Center in Leesburg, Florida from Tuesday September 12 thru Friday September 15, 2006.

No New UFO’s, No Telephones, No TV, No Cooking (Dinner served in dining room).)

Prices are all inclusive. BUT bring some money to shop at Vendor on site one day-or Quilt shops downtown!

Interesting Trunk Show by Quilt Artist Connie De Young from Fort Meyers planned. Also a DEMO in Brazilian Embroidery- to embellish your Handwork! This will be given by Diana Hensley. There is a small prepaid kit fee (with everything you need-let us know at registration if you wish to participate. Just join in and take your samples home with you! Door Prizes and a relaxing GOOD TIME for all.

Motel style rooms-Double or Single Occupancy available

For Registration contact Winnie Dill 9390 W Caressa Way, Citrus Springs, Florida 34434 wjdill@bellsouth.net . For information contact Mabel Toth 352-746-9861 jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com . Either can email Registration Form with all the information you will need to attend.

Thanks Mary Jeanine----Don’t change a thing with your service—IT  IS GREAT AS IS!

Mabel Toth    352-746-9861  jtoth002@tampabay.rr.com 





Kids Summer camp June 12th - June 16th 9-12 noon They children will make a

Rail Fence Quilt from cutting to quilting.  The class fee is $50.00 plus

supplies. For more information send email to a_quilters_dream@earthlink.net


Connie Czernuch

A Quilter's Dream

703 W. Main Street

Leesburg, Fl 34748








The teacher committee for the 2007 Symposium (September 12th - 16th, 2007) has met and picked the teachers.  They have submitted the info to the SSQA Board for approval.   We will have approval any day now and at that time we will be announcing the names of those teachers.   The symposium will be held at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. 


Artha Callinan, Symposium Chairman






ArtsEtc will be displaying their surface design and fiber art work at Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens, 78 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach in "Summer Impressions: The Vivid, The Serene and the Enlightening," July 14-September 1.  Reception: Friday, July 14, 6-8 PM.  For gallery hours, call 386-676-3347 or email omam78e@aol.com


ArtsEtc will also have several art pieces from their hurricane collection in the Lowell MA exhibit at The Lowell Art Walk, sponsored by Friends Fabric Art.


ArtsEtc is a surface design and fiber art group community program sponsored by Atlantic Center for the Arts. They meet on the 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30 AM at Harris House Annex, 123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach FL Contact mmcbride@atlanticcenterforthearts.org for more information.


TaDah....we've also been invited to do a show next year in Ocala...we are humming!!! Or is that our sewing machines?






Support The Appliqué Society -
Make a Little Quilt for the Silent Auction

    We invite you to make a little appliqué quilt for the Silent Auction, held at “Appliqué in Tampa Bay”, The Appliqué Society’s Quilt Show & Conference, May 23-26, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Appliqué Society.  The Feather Princesses chapter of TAS, located in Tampa, will be hosting this event. 


For the instructions and official application form please check the following website:



Any questions please contact: 

Bet Courey             bdc@mindspring.com

Sharon Pruitt             sdpruitt@verizon.net

Co-Chairs of the Little Quilt Silent Auction






Quilting Natural Florida Exhibit opens at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville on June 10 and runs through Sept 4.  The Museum is open from 10-5.

There are more than 70 quilts on display depicting the natural wonders of Florida.  Also, there will be the Alaska Challenge from the Quilters of Alachua County sister guild in Anchorage, Alaska.  It is interesting to see how they view Florida.


On the opening day, June 10, SSQA and the Museum will be coordinating Documentation Day.  Any one is welcome to bring their quilt in to learn about it's origins.  Also, a record will be made to be added to the Quilt Index through the American Quilt Alliance, Michigan State University.  There is no charge for this event.


Any questions can be answered by Gloria (rg10001@bellsouth.net) or the Museum.




Simply Quilts June, 2006 Schedule

HGTV: Eastern Standard Time


Jun 01, Thursday        08:30 am        #1133 Quilted Duvet w/ Laura Nownes

Jun 02, Friday  08:30 am        #1134 3D Art Quilts w/ Esterita Austin

Jun 05, Monday  08:30 am        #1135 Winding Ways Quilts w/ Nancy Elliott MacDonald

Jun 06, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1136 Piping Adds Pizzazz w/ Sally Dutko

Jun 07, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1137 Pieced Curves So Simple w/ Dale Fleming

Jun 08, Thursday        08:30 am        #1138 Egg Money Quilts w/ Eleanor Burns

Jun 09, Friday  08:30 am        #1001 Silk Dyeing w/ Annette Rodgers and Linda Gass

Jun 12, Monday  08:30 am        #1002 Quilting in the Embroidery Hoop with Pauline Richards

Jun 13, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1003 Hanging By A Thread with Priscilla Bianchi

Jun 14, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1004 Juke Box with Sharon Schamber

Jun 15, Thursday        08:30 am        #1005 Trapunto with Karen McTavish

Jun 16, Friday  08:30 am        #1006 Fabric Bowls with Linda Johansen

Jun 19, Monday  08:30 am        #1007 Ribbon Applique with Wendy Grande

Jun 20, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1008 Wish Upon a Hunter Star with Jan Krentz

Jun 21, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1009 Sketch to Quilt with Yvonne Porcella

Jun 22, Thursday        08:30 am        #1010 Scrapbag Wars with Kelly Gallager

Jun 23, Friday  08:30 am        #1011 Ancestral Spirit w/ Dr. Carolyl Mazloomi and Michele David

Jun 26, Monday  08:30 am        #1012 Easier Attic Windows w/ Susan Cleveland, Jinny Beyer and Cheryl Phillips

Jun 27, Tuesday         08:30 am        #1013 True Value in Quilts w/ Evelyn Sloppy

Jun 28, Wednesday       08:30 am        #1014 Creative Machine Stitching w/ Patricia Nelson

Jun 29, Thursday        08:30 am        #1015 By the Letter w/ Mary Lou Hallenbeck

Jun 30, Friday  08:30 am        #1016 Inking Art Quilts w/ Lura Schwarz


Simply Quilts June, 2006 Schedule

DIY: Eastern Standard Time


Jun 02, Friday  09:30 am        #916 Hearts & Flowers with Kathy Delaney

Jun 05, Monday  09:30 am        #917 Cubist Puzzle Quilts with Robbi Joy Eklow

Jun 07, Wednesday       09:30 am        #918 Simply Seminole with Dorothy Hanisko

Jun 09, Friday  09:30 am        #919 Bead You To The Punch with Paula Reid

Jun 12, Monday  09:30 am        #920 Tell Tale Quilt with Pauline Salzman

Jun 14, Wednesday       09:30 am        #921 Two For One Quilts with Eileen Sullivan

Jun 16, Friday  09:30 am        #922 History Repeating with Froncie Quinn

Jun 19, Monday  09:30 am        #923 Treadle To The Metal with Donna Kohler

Jun 21, Wednesday       08:30 am        #924 Artist Revealed with Phil Beaver

Jun 23, Friday  09:30 am        #925 Simply Quilts Challenge with Jean Qells, Jim Kankula, Jan Mullen

Jun 26, Monday  09:30 am        #926 Fooling The Eye with Sara Nephew

Jun 28, Wednesday       09:30 am        #927 Dimensional Rose Topiary with Cindy Oraveez

Jun 30, Friday  09:30 am        #928 Painted Quilts with Lina MacDonald