The Quilt Alliance "Go Tell it at the Quilt Show" videos now available

"Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!" is a Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather. One quilt, one person, one video camera, three minutes = another quilt story saved!

Back in October, 2018 quite a few of our members participated in the Quilt Alliance’ program to record quilters stories about their quilts. These videos, 22 in all, are now available on YouTube and can be found on our Videos page.

Please check them out at your convenience! How exciting!

A Heartwarming Pillow Pals Story

Just to show that what we do makes a difference, here is a heartwarming Pillow Pal success story.

This story was sent to us by a happy recipient and is posted with their permission.

“We wanted to stay THANK YOU for making this special gift. It really helped this little girl with her ambulance ride. Sincerely, The Gomez Family”


“It was her 1st ER visit due to anaphylaxis from a nut allergy. She named him Lemmy and it made her very happy. Such a cute idea!”


Call for Entries: Broward Quilt Expo

Dear Quilter,

Our biennial quilt show, Broward Quilt Expo (BQE), will be held Monday, March 4th through Sunday, March 10th, 2019, again at the historic Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

As the Quilt Entry Chair, I would like to invite members of your guild to participate by entering a quilt (or two!) in our show (judging to be held in February). The award-winning quilts receive not only a beautiful ribbon for your quilt, as well as one for you to wear, but also a cash prize.

We have 13 quilt categories this year:

  • Appliqué -Single Maker

  • Appliqué -Two Person

  • Art Quilt

  • Group

  • Intermediate Pieced-Single Maker

  • Intermediate Pieced – Two Person

  • Large Pieced – Single Maker

  • Large Pieced – Two Person

  • Miniature

  • Modern Design – Single Maker

  • Modern Design – Two Person

  • Small Quilt

  • Workmanship

Please visit our website, and click “participate” choosing “quilt entry” for more information.

Our 2017 show included over 200 quilts and we’re looking forward to even more quilts in 2019. Our vendor booths are going to be full, and we’ll have demonstrations and activities throughout Saturday and Sunday. We hope that you’ll not only enter a quilt, but will also bring your friends to see the show and to shop at our vendor booths.

We’ll be offering some great value GROUP-VIP packages this year --- our Admissions chair will be in touch very soon with the details.

We’re hosting workshops Monday through Thursday before the show with teachers Jean Wells and Tara Faughnan. These are also open to your members. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at, or (954) 753-5493.

New Member Luncheon

In an effort to make new members feel more comfortable and allow us to get to know them better, the idea was proposed to have a "new member luncheon". The first of these was held at Ilona's (the current guild president) house on June 10. the welcoming committee included Ilona Farnes, Amy Chiera, and Carol Stoltenberg.  The new members in attendance were Katie Bonano, Thyra Schubert, Maureen Drudi, and Dale McCutcheon.

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Shirts! Shirts! Shirts!

After numerous requests, we will once again be ordering denim and polo shirts with the GCQG logo embroidered on them. Below are style and colors available. Orders will be taken in May, with payment, and shirts will be delivered at the June meeting. Order Form below.
See prices and sizes available below:

Long Sleeved Denim Shirt (Indigo)

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Polo Shirts

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Ladies Silk TouchTM Polo.

Superior wrinkle and shrink resistance with a silky soft hand. 5-ounce, 65/35 poly/cotton pique

  • Flat knit collar and cuffs

  • Metal buttons with dyed-to-match plastic rims

  • Double-needle armhole seams and hem Side vents

Shirt Order Form

Make It Work!!! The Recycling Challenge

This year's challenge is an homage to Sherri Lynn Wood's 2016 "Make Do" Challenge, as well as the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild's 2017 Challenge of the same name. Sherri Lynn Wood's challenge, in brief, was, "Whether you like to follow fixed patterns, or prefer to improvise... I challenge you to make one quilt ... from salvaged clothing, linens curtains or other household materials..." Both the pieces created and the stories behind them were fascinating & touching.

The challenge is to gather up those old, unworn, no longer loved articles of clothing and such that you just can't bear to discard and use them as the literal and figurative source material for your challenge piece and, in the words of Project Runway's Tim Gunn, Make It Work! Think about old shirts, baby/toddler clothes, ties, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, scraps from other quilts, etc, etc. Then, plan and design a quilt or a wall hanging incorporating these items. Consider especially those items that hold a special meaning for you - which is probably why they are still around! Honor and memorialize them by creating a piece made from them, and then tell us the story behind it.

Your piece can be traditional, modern, pieced, appliqued, or an art quilt and can be ma- chine or hand quilted. If the quilting is done by someone other than yourself, this must be indicated on your label and your entry form.

SIZE: Minimum: 30" x 30" or perimeter of 120" Maximum: 54" x 54" or perimeter of 216"

(Size can be anything WITHIN these parameters.)

Your finished piece must be a quilted item consisting of a top, batting, and a back, and it must have a 4" sleeve and a label with your name, name of the piece, and date.

Quilts will be due at the October Guild Meeting on Tuesday, October 16. Judging will be done in late October or November by a certified Judge, and the quilts will be exhib- ited and prizes awarded at the December Guild meeting.
PRIZES; First Place: $300. Second Place: $200. Third Place: $100.

Please fill out the sign-up sheet at the next Guild Meeting or the one attched at the end of this article.

Any questions, please contact Judy Shelton. Email: Phone: cell: 732-425-5488; home: 561-732-1456. (Or at the Guild meeting.)


Entry Form

Sad News

Naomi Jacob passed away from Cardiac Arrest On Friday, December 15th.  She had recently had surgery and treatment for breast cancer.  She was a long-time member of the guild, and had moved with her husband Brennan, to N.C.  Her address is in the Roster.  She will be missed. 

Libby Lehman Quilt Auction

Here's a chance to own a piece of quilt history.  

Libby and her husband, Lester, have decided to offer her remaining quilts in an online auction, comprised exclusively of quilts created by Libby.  The opportunity to own one of her quilts has now arrived.  

Go to this website for all the details, and to see the quilts,  but act quickly as the auction closes April 12.



Sad News regarding Ruth Brill

Our beloved Gold Coast Quilters Guild lifetime member, Ruth Brill, passed away today, November 1, 2016 at 9:15 AM. 

Quilting has seen the passing of an era! She was a teacher, friend and inspiration to all who knew her.

Ruth Brill's daughter asked that all GCQG members receive this invitation:

All of Ruth's friends are invited to a reception at the Galuppis Restaurant following her funeral on December 10th.

1103  N.Federal Highway

Pompano Beach, FL

In Memory of Ruth E. Brill

March 17, 1917 - November 1, 2016


Ruth Elsie Brill
Born March 17, 1917 in Green County township of Brooklyn, Wisconsin
Died November 1, 2016 Boca Raton, FL.

The only child of Hanna and William Behnke. Preceded in death by husband Marvin Brill. Survived by her four children: Suzanne McCarter, Mark, Bruce and Robert Brill; grandchildren: Colleen McCarter Bloom, Kathy and Robert McCarter, Owen and Ava Brill, Laura Brill Elmore, Matthew and Charles Brill; and great grandchildren: Thor, Gabby, Ellie, Eammon, Sophie, Herschel, and William. Honorary children Kristina Harmon and Steve Thornton.
(There is a very long version of this obituary on the Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home website.  You may also click on the link below.)

Visitation: Babione - Kraeer Funeral Home

Friday, December 09, 2016

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Funeral Mass

Saturday, December 10, 2016

9:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

380 S Federal Hwy

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

(561) 395-8787

For more information here is the link:


Military Outreach Collection - Update


Please continue to bring Military Outreach items. Next pack and ship is November 19. This time we are focusing on holiday items.

  • Candy Canes
  • Cinnamon Gum
  • Beef Jerky
  • Small Ornaments (Unbreakable, Stocking Size)
  • Christmas Candy (No chocolate)
  • Hard candy
  • Hot Chocolate Packets
  • Apple Cider Packets
  • Sudoku Books
  • Flavored Coffees
  • Flavored Creamers
  • Small Hot sauces or packets of hot sauce
  • Colored Pencils
  • Adult Coloring Books
  • Little Debbie Snacks including holiday ones (watch expiration dates)
  • Individual packets (not cups) of ramen noodles
  • Individually packaged Brownies or Muffins (No frostings please)
  • Decks of Cards
  • Small Games (stocking sized)
  • Crosswords
  • Individual flavored packages for water
  • Lip balm
  • Pens, Pencils, Small Pads or Notebooks
  • Boot socks (White or Brown only)
  • Christmas CDs or DVDs
  • Granola or Protein Bars
  • Christmas Cards or letter to soldier

  If you have questions, please contact Roberta Hodge or 954-974-6417


Retreat Registration Forms are now posted here

Hurry and register for the 2017 Retreat.  There are just a few seats left!

Mail your retreat registration forms (below) along with a deposit check,  and a signed Waiver of LEC Liability. (also below) to:

Stormy Schevis

438 NE 11 Ave

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

 Space availability based on  postmark - mail in early, limited bus seats.

Any questions: / C:954-448-3678


Registration Form

Waiver of LEC Liability

Judy Shelton's Quilt takes first place in SFMQG Challenge

The South Florida Modern Quilt Guild recently held a "Negative Space" challenge, and Judy Shelton's "Just Morse-ing Around"  took first place in the challenge.  This challenge is currently on exhibit until August 13.  Please click here for more information on the exhibit.

Just Morse-ing Around

Just Morse-ing Around

I admit that I’m an incurable punster who simply cannot resist plays on words. I also have a quirky sense of humor, and these two qualities are often reflected in my quilts. This one is no exception.

I wanted to make a minimalist piece with lots of negative space. As I looked at some of my sketches of wide bars and circles, they reminded me of Morse Code. From there I thought what kind of message could my quilt communicate? Well, that’s when the weird sense of humor kicked in, and I just couldn’t resist the play on words that led to “Just Morse-ing Around.” (As opposed to just horsing around.)

Then I had great fun Googling Morse Code and learning all about it. To make it more fun, I wanted the word “Around” (in orange) literally go around. Well, the letters go around in a square, beginning on the left and then going around clockwise. I know, it sounds like a round peg in a square hole; what can I say.

I did all the quilting on my Bernina 820. To make the quilting pop more, I double batted it using 2 layers of Quilters Dream White Cotton batting. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread (#2021, if you’re interested). I chose the three Morse Code colors so the design would reflect the colors of the Modern Quilt Guild.
— Judy Shelton