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QUILTING NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

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There is a new yarn shop in Englewood.  "A Bit O' Yarn Shop"is located at 232 N. Indiana Avenue, Englewood, FL.  It is a nice large shop and worth visiting.  It is on 776 in a small strip shopping area a few blocks north of Dearborn Street.

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.

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

LOCAL LECTURES AND CLASS OPENINGS:

SHOWS AND EVENTS:

September 21, 22 & 23, 2017: QuiltFest 2017 is coming !
Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville, FL
Registration is now open! To access the Registration Form, please go to quiltfestjax.com. The deadline is July 25, 2017.
 

2018 Events:

January 18-20, 2018:  Mancuso World Quilt Show in Orlando

February 2 & 3, 2018: Manatee Patchworkers Quilt Show in Palmetto

February 16 & 17, 2018:  Disconnected Piecers Quilt Guild prsents "Gathering of Quilts" Quilt Show 2018 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.  www.DPQGInc.com

February 28 – March 3, 2018:  AQS Quilt Show in Daytona Beach

March 10 & 11, 2018: Our own biennial show - Quilting by the Gulf XVII at the Venice Community Center.

CALLS FOR ENTRIES:

Dick Blick Art Supply 's Wearable Art Challenge - Deadline September 24th: 
What is wearable art? It's typically a piece of handcrafted clothing or jewelry that pushes the boundaries of the form and makes a unique artistic statement. For inspiration, the fashions at the Met Gala and the Wearable Art Gala, and the avant-garde designs of Rei Kawakubo are great starting points. 
Create a wearable artwork of your own and you could be one of five randomly chosen artists to win a prize pack worth more than $200, containing more than $120 of product from Jacquard plus a $80 Blick Gift Card. All mediums welcome!  Click here to ENTER!

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. 


OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:

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/.