Sunday, May 13, 2018

May Guild Meeting

Monday, May 14
Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Westside Baptist Church in the Family Life Building (behind the church)

10000 W. Newberry Rd. Gainesville
2.56 miles west of The Oaks Mall

May Program:
The speaker for May's meeting will be Teddy Pruitt, who will be presenting "From the Sublime to the Ridiculous - Variations on a Theme", a new and exciting program she has recently put together. For those who have yet to have the pleasure of meeting this dynamic lady, Teddy has been a quilter and appraiser for quite a few years, and just retired from her appraisal business in the last year. She is one of the leading members of the Florida Quilt Study group and with Kathy M. Cray, has curated more than one exhibit at the Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton, FL.

President's Message:
Wow has the year flown seems like yesterday that I was installed as an officer. All and all I would say this has been fun and productive year. Thank you to Gwen Lombard and Mary Short for the tremendous dedication to taking our charity donations to the next level with over 12000 units donated. (Please see the complete breakdown attached to the newsletter) Another big win this year is that we had some great workshops that taught some new skills. We learned to paint a barn quilt, make an umbrella, paper piece and applique. Thank you to Judy Kavanagh, Gwen Lombard and Dani Sawtelle for sharing their time. I am also looking forward to seeing all the finished blocks form a year long quilt in a box rotation. You now have a year to get it assembled and quilted for our quilt show.

2019 will be a challenging year with our quilt show, reach more organizations through charity donations and continue to grow our membership. In order to reach our goals, I will need everyone's help. 

We plan to do a Brown Bag Challenge so gather three fat quarters with a note of your favorite hobby. We will swap in in September and get it back for the Christmas Party. So three months to work on a little project for a friend. It can be purse, a tote, a mug rug, a small table runner but you must use the three fat quarters in the project. More details to follow.

Thanks for making this past year a good one.

Win a $25 Gift Certificate
Win one of two $25.00 gift certificates from Julie’s Pins and Needles in Alachua.
Complete a charity quilt and bring it to the guild meeting. Put your name in the box for the drawing each time you complete a charity quilt. You have April and May to enter. The drawing will be at the May meeting. 

UFO Challenge
Bring a UFO that you plan to finish this year. If you bring it finished by the end of the year you will get a prize. We will present them at show and tell. It is up to
you if you want to ell the date when you started it.

Quilt in a Box Block Party:
Don’t forget to bring your quilt in a box. You always trade with same person. This will be our last rotation.

Memorial Quilt Display:
Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop would like to make a memorial quilt display in the museum to honor the fallen police officers that were gunned down last month. Please bring your patriotic quilts in a pillowcase labeled with your name on both the quilt and pillowcase. Chris Glaser will be taking the quilts to the shop. Please bring them to the May Meeting.

Name Tag
Show and Tell
Food to share if it's your birthday month
Secret Pal gift
NICU hearts

Monday, April 16, 2018

Florida Quilt Study Meeting

Hello Antique Quilt Enthusiasts!

Its that time again to gather and share your antique quilt treasures with each other.  We will be meeting once again at the Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton Florida on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM. You will also want to take some time to view the new exhibits currently on display at the Museum:

The American Quilt Study Group Challenge: Basket Quilt Exhibit on display in History Room.
Mary Wilson Kerr’s “Quilted Memories” Quilt Exhibit on display in Special Exhibit Room.
New additions to the Victorian Room: 3 Pristine 1880-1900 Crazy Quilts made by Hannah Schaeffer New York City, NY.

Please take time to RSVP Kathy Metelica Cray of your attendance at or 802-380-1322 so we can make accommodations for lunch and seating for the group.  Refer to the attachment for more specific details.

Look forward to seeing you all again very soon!  Happy Spring!

Kathy Metelica Cray

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Little Dresses for Africa

Dear Tree City Guild Members,

The Little Dresses for Africa project is going strong under the leadership of Jeannine Cawthon. I hope that you will continue to give me fabric (they love florals, but remember nothing with animals depicted), trims, and thread that I can pass on to Jeannine.

Thanks, Sandy Pozzetta

Report from Jeannine Cawthon:

Little Dresses for Africa
Since July 2014 we've sent out 2,980 dresses. Another 300+ are waiting in my living room to be sent on future trips. Nearly all of these dresses have gone with various church groups on mission trips so there has been very little postage paid. We have sent them to the following countries: South Africa, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Peru, Congo, Puerto Rico. Also, dresses have been taken on several trips to Appalachia.

Most of the dresses were made with donated fabric, including a couple of quilting connections. We have bought almost all of the trim and thread ourselves. If we had had to purchase all of the fabric it would cost about $10.00 per dress so we are very thankful to have received so much fabric from
generous benefactors. Not until recent times have we had to buy any fabric.
The fabric that we can't use we donate to other places. In the last year or so we've been working with the Days for Girls group and have shared fabric with them and they have shared some of theirs with us. Nothing is wasted

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Basket Quilt Exhibit

The Florida Quilt Museum is hosting Baskets! A Study of Nineteenth Century Basket Quilts, the traveling exhibit of the American Quilt Study Group's Biennial Challenge from 2016.  The exhibit, featuring 25 quilts, will hang in the History Room of the Florida Quilt Museum through the end of May 2018.  The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admissions is free, with donations accepted.

For more information, click here.

Celebrate 40 Years of Eleanor Burns

Eleanor Burns sister, Patricia Knoechel, will lead the book tour and demonstrations which will take place at The Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton Florida on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m.; A $10 donation to The Florida Quilt Museum is requested to attend.  RSVP to 352-462-2842. Seating is limited.

For further information, click here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring 2018 Retreat

Come spend a blissful two days sewing with friends April 27th and 28th at 

Grace Baptist Church
7100 NW 39th Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

This is a great opportunity to have some quality time with your sewing machine, finish or start a project, and make some new quilt buddies. 

Sandy and Valerie will each teach us a new technique with a make-it take-it mini class.

Lunch and dinner will be provided each day, and we will have an Ice Cream Social Saturday afternoon.  Doors open at 8:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed for setting up the meals and cleaning up afterwards, and for set up and take down in the retreat room. It would be helpful if some of you could bring extra extension cords and/or power strips.  I will bring a portable design wall. 

The cost for guild members is only $40 to cover meals. It's not too late to get your registrations in.  We will discuss more at the April meeting.

If you need more information, please email Jean Genton at

Quilt On,
Jean Genton

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stitcher Paradise

From Stitcher Paradise:

July 12th – 14th, 2018

Stitcher Paradise is a tropical getaway showcasing an oasis of fabric, thread, and stitching. We are presenting a great experience from July 12 -14, 2018 which will enlighten, inspire, and connect you to the world of quilting and stitching. All three days are full of outstanding national teachers and presenters ready to educate and inspire your creativity. There are 30 exciting workshops and 8 interesting presentations.

For full details...

Guild Invitation