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www.VisitSarasota.org is the official website for Visit Sarasota County.  Quilters (or anyone) planning a trip can search the site using the word "quilt".  You will find events and an informative article about quilting in Sarasota County.  It is a great website for locals and tourists alike.

(Members with work in near and far exhibitions. If you have quilts on display or know of someone, let us know. )




Sept 19-21:  Quilt Show in Jacksonville quiltfestjax.com

January 24 & 25th: Quilt Show in Lakeland www.ladiesofthelakes.org

February 7 & 8th: Quilt Show in Fort Myers www.swfqg.com

February 14 & 15: Manatee Patchworkers Quilt Show in Bradenton www.manateepatchworkers.org/quiltshow

February 21 & 22:  Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild Show in Punta Gorda www.dpqginc.com/quilt-show-2020

February 26-29:  AQS Quilt Week in Daytona https://www.quiltweek.com/locations/daytona-beach/


March 6 & 7: Naples Quilt Guild Show https://naplesquiltersguild.org/quilt-show/


SUFFRAGE QUILT CHALLENGE- 2019-2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. There will be many events planned to celebrate this historic accomplishment and one of them is a SMALL SUFFRAGE QUILT CHALLENGE!

The first election in our nation held after the amendment went into effect was in Minnesota, in Dakota County. This municipal election in South St. Paul had 90 women lining up to vote, and their votes were kept separate, so we even know the names of many of these women.

Each year the Dakota County Historical Society (located in South St. Paul) hosts a month-long quilt show displaying quilts made by the Dakota County Star Quilters. Because of this history, the Dakota County Star Quilters is hosting a special challenge for their March 2020 show. They are inviting U.S. quilters to participate by sending in a 24” square quilt for the display.

Since we’ve begun planning this event we’ve already gotten four requests for this display to be displayed elsewhere after March 2020. While we are certainly in the early stages yet, it is exciting to know that the MN Quilters and the Mall of America are interested in possibly displaying these suffrage quilts in their suffrage celebrations.
You can choose not to have your quilt tour and it will be promptly mailed back to you after the end of the DCSQ show. If you do choose to have your quilt participate in the tour, your quilt will be mailed back to you probably at the end of 2020.

Click for printable flyer. We are not limiting participants as to technique, we invite your creativity. We also invite you to share this handout/information with any of your quilting friends. We are not limiting participation to just Minnesota quilters.

Please note the submission deadline is January 1, 2020.  For specific Submission Guidelines, visit the Dakota County Star Quilters website: www.dcsq.org.

Thank you for your time and we hope you’ll submit a small quilt for this display.

Cindy Thury Smith
Curator, Hastings Pioneer Room

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY is looking for quilt donations to use for fundraising.  Details can be found HERE.

From Quilts, Inc. -  We would like to encourage you and members of your guild to consider entering your work for possible inclusion in one (or many) of our upcoming exhibits.  You can find our most current list of calls for entry at http://www.quilts.com/home/contests/index.php

From American Quilters Society - The rules and deadlines for all of the AQS shows including Paducah can be found HERE.  Many winners have been first time entrants. 


The Friendship Knot Quilters Guild meets on the third Monday of each month at the Sarasota Community Churh at 4041 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota  Website: http://www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com/

The Sarasota branch of the Modern Quilt Guild meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 2:00pm at the Fruitville Library on Coburn Road in Sarasota FL.  To learn more - visit: SarasotaModernQuilt Guild

The South Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6116 Crestwood Avenue, Sarasota, FL
The meeting room is room 209, 2nd Floor. Elevator available.

Sarasota has a Button Club for button lovers and collectors. The Tamiami Trail Button Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month during season. Meetings are from 12:30 to 3:00 at the Gulf Gate Public Library in Sarasota.

American Sewing Guild' s Sarasota/Gulf Coast Chapter has six neighborhood groups in our area (Bradenton to Englewood). For more information visit http://www.sgcasg.org/.