Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #200
May 7, 2015

Quilting Friends,

Um, hello, did you happen to notice the number up there?  Yep, this is the 200th missive from yours truly.  Hard to believe, I know, that we’ve been going at this for 16 years.  One of these days I should write the history of FQN, but that’s not today.  Suffice it to say that I’m still enjoying this venture…getting the word out to quilters far and wide about all the wonderful quilting events happening in this sunny state of ours. Thanks for tagging along.  (Birthday gifts always welcome, lol.)

I guess its time to slow down, stay indoors and get some quilting done, eh?  At least if you’re still in Florida.  The quilt shows are winding down, although we have some good looking Florida Shop Hops cranking up soon.  More below.

I got a chance to see the quilt show in Gainesville last weekend, produced by the Tree City Quilter’s Guild.  Not only were the quilts beautiful and of great variety, but the thoughtful touches like decorative vignettes in every corner and  a traveling barber-shop quartet put the show over the top!  My parents have recently moved to a senior living apartment in Gainesville so they were able to enjoy the show with me.  Win win!

If you or someone you know owns an online quilt shop based in Florida, I’m now posting that information on my Shops page.   See the online shops here

To get a complete, organized, hotlinked listing of all the Florida upcoming shows, retreats, workshops, shop hops, exhibits, etc, please visit the Calendar
Happy Quilting,   Mary-Jeanine
PS: I love to hear from you, so drop me a line sometime!

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: (Newsletter number follows)


May 15-16 Studio to Gallery Conference in Melbourne www.StudioToGallery.com  (#192)

May 16-Aug 22 Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne Additional information (#198)

May 20 Ellen Lindner Workshop in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org/news  (#200)

June 1-30  Shop Hop in Tampa Bay area www.bayareashophop.com (#200)

June 21-Sept 8 Row-by-Row Experience www.rowbyrowexperience.com

July 13-17 Kids Quilt Camp  in Satellite Beach www.eduquilters.org (#200)

July 17-Aug 15 Florida Shop Hop www.floridashophops.com (#200)

July 18-29 Quilt Showcase in Deland www.stetsonmansion.com (#200)

Aug 8 Kathy Ward Workshop in Lake Worth www.hibiscusquiltguild.org (#191)

Aug 14-15 Quilt Bus Trip on West Coast Website here  (#200)

Aug 19th , Deborah Karasik Workshop in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org/news  (#200)

Aug 22-29 Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale www.DanceAcrossTheSeas.com (#199)

Sept 17-19 Quilt Retreat with MJ Ibarguen in Cedar Key 352-543-9779 (#197)

Oct 21 & 22 Diane Hire Workshop in Boca Raton www.gcqg.org/news  (#200)

Oct 23-24 Quilt Show in Crystal River  www.creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com (#200)

Nov 6-7 Quilt Show in Brandon www.brandonquiltguild.org (#193)


Jan 8-9 Quilt Show in Ft. Myers www.swfqg.com (#200)

Feb 4-6 Quilt Show in Port Saint Lucie pslquiltinginparadise.blogspot.com (#198)

Feb 12-13 Quilt Show in Palmetto Karonsquilting@hotmail.com (#193)

Feb 19-20 Quilt Show & Tea in Brooksville quiltshow14@gmail.com (#200)

Feb 24-27 AQS Show in Daytona Beach www.americanquilter.com  (#197)

Feb 26-27 Quilt Show in Naples www.NaplesQuiltersGuild.com (#199)

Mar 4-5 Quilt Show in Melbourne Event Info  (#196)

Mar 4-5 Quilt Show in Mt. Dora lakequiltguild.com  (#200)

Mar 11-12 Quilt Show in Largo www.SuncoastQuiltingCircle.org (#199)

Mar 18-19  Quilt Show in West Palm Beach donnajesse8348@gmail.com (#198)

Bay Area Shop Hop - Tropical Stroll

June 1-30

12 Shops – see the list at the website: www.bayareashophop.com

QAKH (Quilters Against Kids Homeless/Hunger) will rev up for the summer beginning with the June 20 quilt-in at Scotty Culp Auditorium, Cassia Blvd., in Satellite Beach. QAKH meets 9:00 – 4:00 on the third Saturdays of June, July, and August. Two hundred plus quilts are sewn at these events and are given to homeless children in the fall. Since 2011, over 1,000 quilts have covered the toes of homeless elementary kids. QAKH personnel work with the school guidance counselors to identify the children. This is a community event – people are invited to bring their machines, come when they can and stay as long as they wish. Most bring their lunches and work all day. Non-sewing jobs such as ironing need volunteers since a great deal of pressing is done throughout the day. Check www.eduquilters.org for info or email margie@cfl.rr.com.

Many inquiries have been made about the newer quilt guild in Satellite Beach… Coastal Quilters meets on the third Saturdays of January – May and September – November, reserving summertime for QAKH. Generally, the members sew all day. We bring our lunch and hold Show & Tell as we munch! See details at www.eduquilters.org.

Row By Row June 21-Sept 8

All 50 states and several more Canadian provinces are planning fun for travelers throughout the summer. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any anywhere!


Registration is underway for Kids Summer Quilt Camp sponsored by EduQuilters is July 13-17, 9:00 – 12:30. This annual event, open to students ages 9 and up, meets at Trinity Wellsprings Church on South Patrick Drive in Satellite Beach.  $75 fee covers use of sewing machine, supplies and snacks. Students complete a personal quilt. Partial scholarships are available, and we welcome quilters who would like to volunteer to mentor the kids. Details and registration forms are at www.eduquilters.org.

 Questions can be directed to Margie Engel, margie@cfl.rr.com.

Florida Blending & Hop For A Prize July 17-Aug 15

A fat quarter giveaway featuring Color Blends from Quilting Treasures
Visit FloridaShopHops.com for complete details and register online for the “Hop for a Prize” sewing machine giveaway.

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From the Stetson Mansion:  The 2nd Annual Quilt Showcase Tours will be held July 18th to 30th. They are now open for booking.
For those  of you who have requested a Saturday Stetson 150 Tour we will be open Saturday May 16th at 1:30 pm. 


Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts Bus Trip Aug 14 & 15

Food, fabric and fun!
Join us this August on the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt Bus Hop!

Your day will start at Cotton Patch with a light breakfast and early morning shopping.  Then you will board a luxury coach that will take you to Heartfelt Quilting  in Winterhaven for shopping.  Back on the bus with a box lunch for the trip to Crafty Threads in Tampa for more shopping!  Then it's on to Lutz for shopping and a Friday night party at Sweet Darling Quilts!  You will spend the night at a Hampton Inn in Ocala.

After breakfast Saturday morning, you will head to Tomorrow's Treasures in Ocala, Boutique 4 Quilters in West Melbourne and then Quilt Lovers Hangout in North Fort Myers.  The tour ends back home at Cotton Patch on Saturday night!

Website here.

Gold Coast Quilters Guild/  Boca Raton Florida
  May 20th, Ellen Lindner
  August 19th , Deborah Karasik
  October 21 & 22 Diane Hire
More info here:  www.gcqg.org/news


Creative Quilters of Citrus County will be having their quilt show at the Crystal River Armory October 23 and 24, 2015

 Web Page: www.creativequiltersofcitruscounty.com

The SW Florida Quilter's Guild show is set for Friday, January 8th from 10am - 5pm and Saturday, January 9th from 10 am to 4pm 2016. We have moved back to the Lee County Civic Center at 11831 Bayshore Road, North Ft Myers, FL 33917. There will be judged quilts, a beautiful raffle quilt, a silent auction, a boutique filled with handmade items, magazines, books, and fabrics and more vendors than the previous two shows! Buses are welcome and parking is plentiful. Visit our website at www.swfqg.com to find out more about our show and our guild. "Like" us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/SWFQGQuiltShow. Our page is filled with projects, tutorials and information about quilting. There are also a smattering of quilters' humor!! Enjoy!


February 2016 Quilt Show and Lady Dresden Tea.  It will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The event is in our Community Center in High Point Community, Brooksville, FL 34613.  The address of the Center is 12249 Club House Road.  I don’t remember how much information you need at this point.  I am part of the publicity committee and my phone is 352.592.2147.  The email for the newsletter for more info is quiltshow14@gmail.com


The Lake County Quilter Annual Quilt Show for  2016 will be on March 4th and 5th.

 Judged show, viewer's choice, demonstrations, door prizes boutique, vendors, quilt appraiser lunch food and more. 

Location: Lake  Reception, 4425  Hwy 19A,  Mount Dora Fl. 32757.

Opens at 9am,  closes at 5pm on Fri and at 4pm Sat

After a longer delay than planned, Charlie Hudson’s latest quilting- themed novel, Small Town Quilting Blues, is available on-line or through special order. In fact with this being the third book in the series, Charlie has included a section in the back of the book with the major recurring characters and some of the new ones that she introduces. The story opens as Helen Crowder and three of the circle members head out for a quilting cruise in the Caribbean and when they return home, there is a controversy brewing in town about an organization that wants to open a group home for special needs adults. Several members of the circle are convinced that there is a deeper motivation than is in the publically stated objections. On the personal side, Helen is trying to work through her conflicting emotions of what type of relationship she wants to have with Max. As always, the entire first chapter is posted on her website of http://charliehudson.net.  If you haven’t been introduced to Small Town Lies and Small Town Haven, you’ll probably want to take a look at them first.