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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. )



January 25 & 26, 2019:  "Showcase of Quilts" at The Villages www.qgotv.org

January 25 & 26, 2019: Quilter's Crossing Quilt Guild of Palm Harbor presents "Quilting Under the Palms" at the Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, FL 33761.  Website: http://quilterscrossing.net/Pages/qpalms.html

January 31 to February 2, 2019:  Mancuso presents the 10th annual  "Word Quilt Show Florida" at the Tampa Convention Center.  world-quilt-florida.  Guild members bus trip on February 2nd - details announced at guild meetings and in newsletter.

February 2, 2019: Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild presents the 4th Annual Airing of the Quilts at Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Drive, Venice, Florida.  The Airing of the Quilts is held on the first Saturday of February each year at Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Drive, Venice, Fl.
At this outdoor quilt display and sale, modern quilts hang in the gazebo and under the palm trees "airing" them in a gentle seaside breeze.  www.sarasotamodernquiltguild1.com/airing-of-quilt

Feb 15-16:  Quilt Show in Tampa http://www.quiltersworkshoptampa.org/

February 22 & 23, 2019: The Peace River Quilt Guild Show at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center - www.peaceriverquilters.org

February 25th thru February 28th - the VAQG Quilt Retreat at the Carlisle Inn in Sarasota  - Quilt Escape Page

February 27 to March 2, 2019:  AQS Quilt week in Daytona - www.quiltweek.com

March 1-2:  Quilt Show in Naples www.NaplesQuiltersGuild.com

March 4-10, 2019:  Broward Quilt Week - www.browardquiltexpo.com   To enter a quilt, visit- www.browardquiltexpo.com/quiltentry

March 8 & 9, 2019:  Friendship Knot Quilters Guild Biennial Show at Robarts Arena, Sarasota, FL.

March 30, 2019:  The VAQG Quilting Month Expo - details to follow.

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


Registration for the Broward Quilt Expo in March 2019 is now open to anyone. for rules and registration information visit: www.browardquiltexpo.com/quiltentry

TheMourningProject.com is a huge community fiber art project to gather 23,000 pairs of handmade black, white, and gray baby booties. Together, these 'little elegies' will become part of a travelling art installation to draw attention to the problem of infant mortality in the United States. The US has the worst infant mortality rate in the developed world and loses 23,000 baby each year. After the exhibitions, wearable booties will be donated to charities.
We need your help! We are asking guild members to make TEN pairs of black, white and gray baby booties. With your participation, our 23,000 bootie goal by Mother's Day will be easily within reach. You can make your submissions from any pattern with any embellishment. Sew, knit, or crochet. They are a fun, scrappy project and take little time to make. There is no charge or jury process to participate. Click here for the TheMourningProject.com website.
Booties can be knit, sewn, felted, or crocheted. Make them in black, white and gray, and send them in by March 15, 2019 to be a part of the first exhibition of TheMourningProject.com. Email your guild's SEND TEN pledge total to mary@maryvaneecke.com, and your guild participation will be posted on the website. Thank you for rising to meet the challenge.
Mary Vaneecke - Artist, Author, Teacher, Founder of TheMourningProject.com


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 Bahia Visita Mennonite 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

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/.