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

Military Outreach Collection - Update

Our next pack and ship for Military Outreach will be held at the end of August or early September.

This time we are trying to pass our highest number which was 204 boxes. We have received many letters from the chaplains and the soldiers, thanking us for our packages. It means a lot to be remembered when they are so far from home.

Here is our list of items:

  •  Take advantage of Buy one/Get one sales
  •  Purchase packages with multiple items (ie: 10 pks. of powdered lemonade/box; 6 pks. of snack crackers ) 
  •  Ask local dentists to donate samples they receive of toothpaste, brushes & floss
  •  Ask hair salons for small bottles of shampoo and conditioner
  •  Ask your gym to donate protein/energy bars
  •  Bring un-opened travel toiletries from hotels
  •  Beef jerky
  •  Peanuts/pretzels/popcorn
  •  Snack cakes (Little Debbie, Entennmans, Fig Newtons)  (watch expiration dates)
  •  Hard candy (no chocolate) 
  •  Macaroni & cheese
  •  Individual soups in microwaveable cups
  •  Ramen noodles
  •  Hot sauce (heavily requested!!) 
  •  Foot powder (no sprays) 
  •  AA batteries
  •  DVD/ CD 's
  •  Magazines (recent issues)
  •  Mosquito repellent
  •  Note cards, small pads of paper & pens
  •  Socks (BOOT style-white, brown, dark green ) 
  •  Bar soap (Dove, Dial, Irish Spring ) 


  • Knitted 100% wool caps dark colors, (instructions on Warmth for Warriors website)
  • Knitted washcloths (100 % cotton (use a dishcloth pattern) any colors, with loop on corner)

  If you have questions, please contact Roberta Hodge
 [email protected] or 954-974-6417


The Patty Project Needs your help

We are moving right along with The Patty Project. Plans for teaching beginning quilting classes for fourth graders through high school students in our community are being organized. Thanks to those who have already helped us get started. We are now in need of members to serve on committees. Many of you signed up for committees at the General Meeting and we thank you. If you have any interest in a com- mittee now or in the future, sign up now. If you sign up and for any reason you cannot make that date, we will keep you listed since we will be repeating the four les- son classes several times during the year. Call or email Jane Hill at [email protected] or Sue Glasnapp at[email protected]

The committees are as follows:
1. Organize materials to be sold at tag sale
2. Tag sale committee
3. Locate students to be instructed in quilting classes 4. Make up project kits for pillow cases and quilt tops 5. Classroom set-up for teaching lessons (4 per ses- sion)
6. Long arm quilter volunteers to quilt finished tops
7. Locate homeless students to receive finished quilts 8. Teacher assistants for each class
This is a brief explanation for those who are not familiar with the Patty Project. Our first president of the Guild, Patty Trevarthen, passed away last June. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made to the Guild. We also received an NQA grant. These funds must be used locally to create an interest in quilting by teaching young people how to quilt. These classes will be totally funded by the Gold Coast Quilt- er's Guild using these funds. The finished quilts will be donated to homeless children in the general area. Patty's family has donated all her quilting supplies in- cluding her sewing machines to the Guild. We are planning a tag sale in early March. Among the items for sale are Patty's sewing machines and sergers. The available machines are listed are the Patty Project page.

Thanks from the Military Outreach Program

I would like to thank all of you for making our last military outreach care package assembly a HUGE success!!  Enthusiastic volunteers packed 200 boxes for our military men and women serving overseas!  We packed 92 toiletry boxes and 108 boxes filled with food & Easter candy treat bags!  I know these will bring smiles to some of the 7,900+ troops we are currently supporting.

This was made possible with donations from the church congregation as well as individualsand businesses in the communitywho have joined us in this fulfilling project.  So many want to help our military, and we want to reach out to as many as possible to expand this ministry and send boxes to as many troops as possible.

So thank you so much for all of your time and efforts to make this happen!

All 200 boxes were taken to be shipped by members of our congregation, enabling us to avoid shipping charges!! What a blessing that was!

I look forward to sharing the thank you letters, emails and pictures with you at our next packing which will be in June.  We will be sending letters to the military personnel in May for Memorial Day.  I will send another email prior to that in case you'd like to participate in that project.

Thank you again for all you did to make this a huge success!

Serving our Soldiers,
Vicky Westbrook, Coordinator
Military Outreach Ministry
First United Methodist Church
Coral Springs, Florida

Pillow Pals Dress-up Contest

Bring your entry to the March Meeting.

The Pillow Pals are having a tea, but don't know what to wear.  You can help by making a Pillow Pal and "dressing it up" and try to win a prize for the most creative outfit.

Here are the rules:

  1. Create a Pillow Pal using the standard pattern.
  2. Embellish, dress, or adorn your Pal in a way that makes them suitably outfitted for a super-special, very fancy, event of the season tea to be held in April.  Note: All decorations/embellishments must be removable so that the Pillow Pals can be donated to children in need in their original form.
  3. Bring your Pillow Pal to the March meeting for judging.  The winner will be decided by an "outside agency".
  4. All entries will be taken to the tea party and photographed with their friends (this could possibly lead to a future modeling contract!!).
  5. Guild members are invited to attend the tea with two more Pillow Pals, dressed or undressed (the Pillow Pals, that is; guild members must be dressed).

This is an opportunity that you won't want to miss. A prize basket with fantastic goodies will be awarded to the winner - it will even include a kit to make another Pillow Pal.

Please support this important community project.

Sad News - Patty Trevarthen

It is with a great deal of sadness that we learned that our dear friend, Patty Trevarthen passed away the afternoon of May 28th.
Patty was under Hospice care for the past week.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, and daughter, Susan.

Patty was one of the founding members ofthe GCQG.

May she rest in Peace! 


Obituary and Funeral plans:

Patricia Ann Futrell Trevarthen, 76, died peacefully on May 28, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida, in her home surrounded by family, friends and her beloved Oliver.  She was in the care of Hospice By The Sea, as she chose to finally surrender her 27-year battle with cancer and join her daughter Julia Ann Trevarthen, who lost her battle with cancer on April 11, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dr. William (Bill) Roy Trevarthen, her daughter and son-in-law, Susan LaNelle Trevarthen and Camilo Jose Mejia, and their daughter Linda Lilibeth Mejia and her brother Jonathan Martinez.  


Patty was born August 2, 1938 in Paducah, Kentucky to Harold Wilmont Futrell and Beulah Mae Boyles Futrell, both deceased.  She is survived by her sisters Martha (Mimi) and Nancy, and brother Harold Futrell.  Her second date with Bill was her sixteenth birthday party; they graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School in 1956, and they married on July 11, 1959. 


Patty was an intelligent, vivacious, fun-loving woman who loved all kinds of crafts, but loved quilting above all else.  She held responsible positions in local, state, regional and national quilting organizations, rising to the office of Vice President of The National Quilt Association. She was devoted to her family, and also to her community. She was a member of the Junior Service League of Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Junior League of Boca Raton, the Garden Club, the Antique Club of Boca Raton, and various other community organizations. 


Patty studied at Duke University, and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City in 1958-59.  She worked first in her family's food brokerage business, the Boyles Brokerage Company, and then as an executive secretary in advertising sales for WHAS radio/TV in Louisville, KY to support the family until Bill's graduation from the University of Louisville College of Dental Medicine. Upon completion of his residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in 1972, the family moved to Boca Raton.


A life-long supporter of education, Patty worked at the schools her daughters attended (Gulfstream and St Andrews), trained and worked as a travel agent, and then was certified as a paralegal at Florida Atlantic University in the mid-1970s.  She worked for the law firms of Scott Dickinson and Lavalle Wachna as a real estate paralegal.  


 In 1985, Patty and Jane Hill, also of Boca Raton, founded the Gold Coast Quilters Guild.  She was co-owner of The Quilter's Marketplace in Delray Beach, until her initial encounter with cancer in 1988 forced her to sell her interest.  She was a long term member of the Third Monday Quilt Club. 


A memorial service celebrating her life, followed by a reception, will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 4 pm at Grace Community Church, 600 West Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33486.  The family requests donations for the Gold Coast Quilter's Guild, PO Box 2333 Boca Raton, FL33427-2333, in lieu of flowers.


Announcing My QFE


April 20, 2015


Dear Quilt Guild Member,

Today we are delighted to announce the launch of MyQFE.com, a website completely dedicated to quilters and quilting!  It’s an active online community for quiltersfrom around the country to:

  • Sell extra fabric and tools

  • Buy fabric and tools from quilters and stores

  • Share pictures of their quilts & look at what others have done

  • Chat with other quilters to share ideas, information, and experiences

It’s a great place to connect with quilters from around the country and also earn cash for all the extra fabric & tools that you no longer plan to use!  Just click the Fabric or Tools tab at the top of homepage, describe the item, upload a photo, and start selling. 

Please share this important information with the members of your guild. My QFE is a fun, safe place where quilters can meet others who share their passion for quilting.Go to www.myqfe.com - now to join this exciting new community and take advantage of our limited-time introductory offer!

Thanks - Laurie, Dawn, Cathy, Judy, Caitlin, Pattie & John of MyQFE!


Boca Museum Art School New Classes and Exhibits


I hope you’ve been able to enjoy some creative time so far this year.  My upcoming classes, workshops and exhibits offer great opportunities to enrich your creativity.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Hope to see you soon!


The Boca Museum Art School

 The Boca Museum Art School

801 W. Palmetto Park Rd.

Boca Raton, FL33486



Textile Transformations

Wednesday afternoons / 12:30-3:00 pm

Transform plain white fabric into vibrant, colorful works of art through a variety of surface design techniques. Some of the techniques include innovative dyeing, creating stamps and stencils and image transfers. Fabrics can be displayed as beautiful works of art just as they are or transformed into fashion or home décor.


To register:




Term 5

Wednesdays, 12:30 - 3:00 PM
5 weeks, Starts April 22, 2015
Price: $175


Current  Exhibits  

"Beautiful Resilience" received a Judge's Merit Award at:


Art Matters- National Association of Women Artists /Florida Members

Northwood University Art Gallery

2600 N. Military Trail

WPB, Florida 33049


 February 23-May 11

NQA Little Quilt Auction

Sue Glasnapp will be collecting quilts for the auction at the April guild meeting.  Please register your quilt by going to the following link: http://www.nqaquilts.org/forms/lqa-entry-form/

Fill in the form online and click the submit button. You will see a note that thanks you for your donation.  Next you should receive a confirmation email.  It may go in the spam folder, so if you don’t see it, check there.  Print out a copy of the email from the NQA and attach it to your quilt with a safety pin 

The deadline to get your quilt to Sue is April 30th so she can photograph them and get them shipped before the NQA deadline.  If you have any questions, contact Sue at [email protected] or 561 637-7122.

Stitch ‘n Chat Coffee Klatch with Marie Bostwick

Those in Gold Coast Quilter’s Guild who read novels are surely familiar with Marie Bostwick, New York Times bestselling author of the Cobbled Court series about women who develop friendships--and overcome hardships—through their passion for quilting.

An avid quilter, Marie has a new book out in April that conveys her love of quilting—THE SECOND SISTER—and she’s coming to the Vero Beach Book Center on Wednesday, April 1 for a 6 p.m. signing and “Stitch ‘n Chat Coffee Klatch.” Marie would love to get to know the women in your guild and invites you to come to this free event—and bring your needlework! She will tell you about THE SECOND SISTER, show you her latest project and answer your questions—about how she has parlayed her love of quilting into a successful career as a novelist (prepare to laugh a lot!). No reservations necessary!


Here’s a little bit about THE SECOND SISTER, a touching, sometimes humorous standalone novel for Marie that is predicted to be what in publishing we call an author’s “breakout” book:


 Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey’s boss has been elected President. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy must choose between her dream job in the White House and her sister’s dying wish that she come home to small-town Nilson’s Bay, Wisconsin.

 There’s no one and nothing back home for Lucy, only memories of the blame for her sister’s near-drowning that changed Alice forever. But Lucy loved her sweet, simple sister and comes home, if only for a short stay.

Soon Lucy finds there was a lot more to Alice than she had ever known, a town that loved her, fiercely devoted friends who taught Alice to quilt—and a secret buried somewhere in Alice’s sketches and the quilts hidden in a closet. Slowly Lucy is brought into the fold and discovers her sister’s enduring gift—a chance for Lucy to move beyond her difficult past and find what she has long been missing.

For more info about this fun event, call the Vero Beach Book Center772 569 2050 or call the event organizer Nancy Berland, at 800-308-3169 or email her at [email protected]

30th Anniversary Strip Quilt Directions by Jane Hill

This quilt is made of 30 strips of fabrics to celebrate our 30 year anniversary. 

The finished size of the quilt will be 40”x60.  

Cutting:  Cut 30 strips 2 ½” x 40”

These strips must equal 40 inches (cut selvage to selvage) either as one cut or a combination of scraps that will yield a 40” strip. You will need 30 strips cut 2 ½ “ wide. 


Using a ¼ inch seam sew. the strips together.  The finished top should measure 40x60”

Suggestions for creative variations: 

    1.    Choose just two fabrics and alternate them for a horizontal stripe quilt top. 

    2.    Use scraps for all 30 strips. Scraps from one color family works well.

    3.    Instead of 2 ½” strips, cut 7 strips 4 ½”x 40” and 16 strips 2 ½ x 40” or any combination that will equal 30 strips.  Get creative!

Sad News about Arthur Jaffe

Early Sunday Arthur Jaffe, Founder of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University passed away.


Arthur was a dear and special friend. How he loved the Gold Coast Quilters Guild and our "Quilted" books! He took great delight in our members' interest and enthusiasm for the Jaffe Center and his marvelous, exciting, and unique Artist Books. He was especially happy with the passionate way our members embraced the Book Challenge and created such beautiful fabric "Quilted" Books to add to his collection. When his health permitted it, he would attend our Quilt exhibits. He always loved to see what we were creating!

Arthur was 93 years old and lived his life with honor and the greatest of passion and grace. He was an extraordinary man and a visionary in the "World of Book Arts".


A memorial service is being planned by his family and FAU for February 14th.

We'll keep you apprised. 

                                Prepared by Marianne Haycook

2015 UFO Challenge

At the January meeting, this year’s UFO Challenge will be introduced. You have Januaryand February to enroll in the challenge. Our definition of UFO is any pile of fabric or scraps or a partially finished top that can be turned into a finished quilt. Your UFO can also be an idea for a quilt that you will finish this year. For example, your daughter may be expecting a child and you know you’ll make her a quilt. Your UFO can even be something that just needs a binding. The quilt must be made from your stash or your friend’s stash, not a pre-cut Quilt for Caring kit.

Start Date: January 20, 2015

End Date: August 18, 2015 

1. All entries must be registered by completing this form 
listing up to 10 projects. You can also just email your list to Dorothy McDonnell.

2. Register up to 10 projects at any time from January 20th to February 28th. Projects must not be completed quilts.
3. Report each project when it’s quilted and bound. We would like you to show your quilt at Show & Tell, although this is not a requirement. 

You get one chance for each quilt reported as finished, up to 6. One winner will be picked on August 18th. The prize is a $75 gift certificate to the longarm quilter of your choice who is a member of our guild. 

Dorothy McDonnell will assist you by answering any questions you have, including tips on how to finish your project. 

[email protected] or 954-796-7189