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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. )


March 30 & 31:  Two outstanding batik artists from Indonesia will be giving a workshop at the end of March in Bradenton at Ellen Nepustil's studio. We still have plenty of openings and would welcome members of your guild to join us. Click for flyer.  The cost for the two day workshop is $175 and there will be a $30 materials fee at the time of the class.  If you have any questions you can call Trish Hodge at 860-436-0250 or email trishmhodge@gmail.


March 23, 2019:  Old fashioned quilt show at St. David's Church in Englewood. click for flyer

March 30, 2019:  The VAQG Quilting Month Expo - free and public is invited- click here for flyer

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


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/.