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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:

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

March 1 to 3, 2018:  FAB Arts Boutique at Art Center Sarasota.  One-Of-A-Kind — Jewelry, Art Quilts, Purses, Baskets, Hand Wovens, Hand Knits, Art Dolls, Paper Arts, Scarves, Wall Hangings and more. Fabulous Arts Boutique or FAB for short, is an artisan showcase of the work of over 70 individual artists. These artists are members of at least one of the 6 local guilds that participate in this event. The guilds are: Florida West Coast Bead Society, Manasota Weavers Guild, Sarasota Shell Club, South West Art Yarn Guild, Surface Design Guild Sarasota and Venetian Society of Basket Weavers. Click for FLYER.

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

March 15, 16 & 17. 2018:  Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lakeland.  Click for complete information.  The Sarasota Chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a bus trip planned with stops in Venice, Sarasota and Bradenton on March 15th - Click HERE for flyer with info on bus trip.

Looking ahead to 2019:

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

CALLS FOR ENTRIES:

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/.