Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #24                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

March 28, 2000




I want to share with you a wonderful experience I had last weekend.  Diane Smith and I (and her patient husband, Frank) traveled to Naples to experience Ricky Tims, Quilter Extraordinaire.  This was the first time I took a quilt class with another guild.  Diane and I were not only wow'ed by Ricky and his talent, but the kindness of the Naples Quilt Guild and how they welcomed us, total strangers, into their midst.  And Ricky was impressed that we traveled 5 hours to take his classes.


The reason I relate this to you is that ANYone can do this.  If a workshop is posted in this newsletter, it is because the workshop seats have been opened up to the general public.  It is so interesting to see how other guilds conduct their meetings and classes, and it is a great way to make some new friends or visit with old friends, too.


I encourage each of you to extend yourself this year and visit another guild for a lecture, workshop or both.  It's a good thing.


I would also like to encourage groups who are sponsoring quilt shows to send me information on ENTERing quilts.  Your deadline, snail mail or web site for an entry form, etc. would be great.






Now thru April 17 Connecting Threads: American Jazz & Quilts

in Ft. Lauderdale ediebarb@bellsouth.net


March 31 Libby Lehman class in Kissimmee 407-846-7998


March 31-April 1 “QuiltFest 2000” in Coral Gables



March 31-April 2 "Bartow Quilt Show"  in Bartow MPHARMACY@aol.com


April 1-30 Quilt Shop Hop www.fabshopnet.com


April 9-May 3 Quilt Show  in Sarasota fabart@ij.net



April 1,2,3 Libby Lehman Workshops in Orlando smithquilt@aol.com


April 3 Libby Lehman Lecture in Orlando <smithquilt@aol.com>


Apr 6 The Applique Society meeting in Ocala salmh@worldnet.att.net


April 7&8  Trudie Hughes lecture in Ft. Lauderdale jlquilt@aol.com


April 7&8 SSQA Meeting in Green Cove Springs andir@gateway.net


April 12 - 17 Trip to Paducah <WPQuilters@gtemail.net>


Apr 24  The Applique Society meeting in Crystal River <mjtoth@hitter.net>


May 4 The Applique Society meeting in Ocala salmh@worldnet.att.net


May 26,27,28 Florida Folk Life Festival in Tallahassee bobbimcph@worldnet.att.net


June (Thursdays) Kids' Sew Fun Camp  in Orlando <margie@cfl.rr.com>


June 23 Mary Sorensen Class in Ft. Lauderdale jlquilt@aol.com


July 15 Joanne Goldstein Lecture in Pompano Beach <joanne850@aol.com>


Oct 14-15 Bead Festival  in Orlando <beadshows.com>


Oct 20-22 Quilt Show  in Clearwater  Omielke@aol.com


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Sept.22,23,24. Quiltfest 2000 in Jacksonville JoanMatt@aol.com






The name of our group is the "Fractious Fabricators."  Our show will run from April 9th through May 3rd.  It will be at the Unity Church in Sarasota  The address is 500 Coconut (which is 2 blocks North of Fruitville and 1 block east of Tamiami - US 41.)


We are all involved in surface design in one way or another and run the gamut from art quilts to manipulated fabric which stands on it's own as an art piece.


Mariann Yatsco fabart@ij.net






March 31 - April 2


Bartow Quilt Show is held in conjunction with the "Bloomin Arts Festival" in Bartow. This is craft and fine arts festival on the streets of downtown Bartow. Kathy Ward will be teaching "Machine Quilting" from 1-4 on Thurs. March 30 cost $20.00. She will also be teaching "Summer Wreath" (Applique and assembling flowers in your hand) on Friday March 31 from 9-12, also $20.00. 

Betty Slaughter and Ginger Smith will teach a class on "Embellishing Crazy Quilts" on Thurs. March 30 from 9-12 $15.00. Class request may be sent to P.O. Box 822, Bartow, Fl., 33831-0822 with a check made out to Bartow Quilt Show.  There will also be venders and quilt related demonstrations going on. The  show will open at  1:30p.m. on Fri. Sat. 9-5, and Sun. 10-4. Awards are given out Sun. afternoon about 3:00.  Thanks a lot.


Betty Slaughter MPHARMACY@aol.com




T-Shirt Quilts - Ever wonder what to do with ALL of those t-shirts? Let me make a t-shirt quilt! For more information email me, Jane Varley, maitland, at   jvarley@bellsouth.net






Howdy! I was wanting to make sure that quilters everywhere knew that the prospectus for the upcoming art quilt show "Roots of Racism: Ignorance and Fear" are available. This show is planned to travel for at least 2 years. We have secured Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi as our judge. The opening venue will be the Gallery at Vertigo Studios in Memphis. Mail date for slides is July 31st. If you'd like a prospectus please email me your postal address to rebelquilter@andrsn.com- Susan Lumsden


The Exhibition is a contest/ show of quilts made to raise awareness on the fact that racism is still an issue today and that cultural diversity is beneficial. the call to artists has gone out to all the major quilting and sewing and art related magazines as well as being promoted to the ethnic ones. The intent is to have a very diverse group of quilters enter quilts in the show. I expect that there will be a lot of media attention. Not simply because of the theme but because of the caliber of our judge as well.


We expect that following the first venue the show will be touring to various cities around the US. This part is still being pursued and nothing is finalized on that part. We will be contacting the Smithsonian in regards to their handling that portion. It will be traveling to museums not quilt







Mary Sorensen will be in Ft. Lauderdale, June 23, lecture- workshops June 24 and 25th. For exact locations, e-mail me at jlquilt@aol.com.       Jac'que Leggett




The Quilters' Crossing Group is planning a quilt show at the Long Center in Clearwater

October 20 and 21, 2000.              Mary Lou Mielke Omielke@aol.com






The opening of "Connecting Threads: American Jazz & Quilts" at Artserve is Thursday night from 6:00-9:00 pm.  with A Night of Big Band Swing. Donation is $5 to the Children's Fund.  The quilts will be on exhibit through April 17th at Artserve/Ft. Lauderdale Library,1350 East Sunrise Blvd.  9am-8pm Mon & Tues., 9am-5pm Wed.-Sat. Quilt artists are Bonnie Askowitz, Miami; Sharon King, Miami; Suzanne McCoy, Ft. Lauderdale; Barbie Swanson, Pompano Beach & Marilyn Weiner, Boca Raton.






Snow, Squirrels and Sulky:  The Evolution of an Art Quilter


Monday, April 3, 2000, 7:00 pm Marks Street Senior Center, Orlando, FL

nonmember tickets $5,

send SASE to Florida Cabin Fever Quilters,  P. O. Box 891, Orlando, FL 32802

or pay at the door.



    Workshops -  Threadplay II, Prima Donnas, Sunday, April 2,

                    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

                   Bring on the Bobbin, Monday, April 3, 9:00 am

                    to 4:00 pm


Contact Diane Smith, 407-895-1732 or smithquilt@aol.com for Lecture or

Workshop information.






Kids' Sew Fun Camp meets the FIVE THURSDAYS  in June at Keel's Sewing Center on Lee Road.   The beginners meet from 10 a.m. - noon; intermediates sew from 1-3 p.m.  If needed, machines can be provided.  Beginners start with learning to thread the machine and sewing an almost straight line and produce a wind sock and a tote bag.  Intermediates will make a wall

quilt/organizer with denim pockets, a purse, and a wearable top. Cost is $48, and the sewers get a camp tee shirt!!! Teacher is Margie Engel (margie@cfl.rr.com).  Class size is limited, so

enroll now by calling Keels, 407-644-8544, to save your space.


These classes are forerunners to our Kids Quilting Class which meets on Saturdays at Keels throughout the school year.


(Anyone who is willing to part with old denim pockets could drop them off at Keels or give them to Joan Sheppard at the Central Florida Quilt Guild Meetings!!!)