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QUILTING NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

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Did you know that you can read the Country Register online?  Here is the link:  Country Register FL

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. )

Congratulations to Mary Lynne Izzo for having her quilts selected to show in the International Quilt Festival!

LOCAL LECTURES, FUN AND CLASS OPENINGS:

Peace River Quilt Guild would like to invite members of VAQG to Beginning Landscapes a Bonnie Langenfeld  Zoom class on Friday April 23, 2021.   Click for details.

South Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild has class openings for Applipunto to go! with Lyric Kinard on Saturday April 24th 9am-12pm
Class fee includes the 3 hour class plus 24 hour access to pre-recorded online video tutorial.  Click for registration info.

Sarasota County Library's Digital Collection offers free access to the Creativebug.com online classes. You can also read magazines like McCalls Quilting, Love of Knitting and Threads for free via Flipster in the Digital Resources page at https://www.scgov.net/government/libraries/library-resources/digital-library.  Other libraries have similar offerings,

QUILT SHOWS AND GUILD RAFFLE QUILTS:

October 23-24, 2021: Broward Quilt Expo

October 28-31: The International Quilt Festival has taken up where the International Quilt Association left off and is excited to announce our debut Judged Show, premiering at our IN-PERSON 2021 event, October 28-31 (with Preview Night October 27) at our usual home of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, USA!
Registration is open NOW and the deadline to enter is May 27 at 1 pm CST.  Click here for details, links, and all the info you need. Show off your best work to the entire world!

November 5-6, 2021: Country Roads Quilters of Ocala Show

November 11-12, 2021:  Lake County Quilters Guild Show

February 23–26, 2022:  AQS Quilt Week in Daytona Beach, FL at the Ocean Center

March 5 & 6, 2022:  Our show is the works. Venice Area Quilters Guild will present "Quilting by the Gulf 2022" at the Venice Community Center. 

INTERESTING FREE PROGRAMS AND VIDEOS:

If you have 10 minutes to spare, check out Karen Eckmeier's Accidental Landscape Magic video.  This was a VAQG class 8 years ago.

WeAllSew.com presents a series of beginner ruler work programs:  Beginner Ruler Work Part 1  The tutorial is designed for Bernina users but anyone with a machine with the proper foot can learn.

SAQA Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm Eastern each Wednesday and last approximately one hour.  www.saqa.com/resources/textiletalks

All about sewing machine needles from Berrnina - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGL9q_gDW3E
Understanding a Stitch -Part 1 from Bernina - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTJ1qAixT9c
Understanding a Stitch - Part 2 from Bernina - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdZK6bPwd9E

CALLS FOR ENTRIES & PROJECTS:

The AQS Blog has a good article on entering your quilts in contests.  You can find it at AQS Blog.

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY is looking for quilt and other 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 - All AQS Shows for 2021 have been cancelled. 


OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS: 

The Friendship Knot Quilters Guild meets on the third Monday of each month at the Sarasota Community Churh at 4041 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota  Website: www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com We are now a Sister Guild and can take classes at Member fees.

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

The South Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6116 Crestwood Avenue, Sarasota, FL. The meeting room is room 209, 2nd Floor. Elevator available.

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/.