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March is National Quilting Month and March 19th is National Quilting Day.  The Quilt Alliance has lots of suggestions for ways to celebrate.  Click Here.

The White Daisy Quilt Shop has opened in Punta Gorda and offers classes.  The owners also operate Cotton Country Tours.  Visit White Daisy Quilt Shop for directions and to learn more.

A new Quilt Shop has opened in Sarasota!  Check out Sarasota Sews located at 2642 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, Fl. 34239
941-780-1239.  Or save gas and visit their website:  SarasotaSews

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. )

LOCAL LECTURES, FUN AND CLASS OPENINGS:

There is a new fabric art studio in Venice - Aqua Silks Studio.  They offer special Quilters Workshops to create your own unique designs on cotton fabric.  Click for more info or visit their website.

FKQGCheck out the classes offered by our "sister guild" Friendship Knot Quilters Guild in Sarasota.  VAQG members pay FKQG member fees.
Class descriptions, registration form and supply lists are on their website.

August 20, 2022:  David Owen Hastings "Inspired by Classic Art"
If you use the PayPal button on the Classes page to pay for the class, no registration form is needed.
If you choose to write a check, you must fill out the Class Registration Form and mail it with your check.

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:


INTERESTING FREE PROGRAMS AND VIDEOS:

Sew Much Soul: Quilting Conference - a free virtual retreat May 20-22, 2022:  10 classes, 8 instructors and more! https://sewmuchsoulquiltingconference.com/sew_much_soul

The Quilt Alliance is excited to announce that their virtual quilt exhibition, Warm Remembrances: Quiltmaking and Memory Making, is now open to the public. This exhibition was created in conjunction with Quilters Take a Moment in September, but now anyone can tour the exhibit and see the amazing quilts, curated by Laura Hopper.

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 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.

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/.