Wednesday, December 30, 2015

January Schedule at Mermaid Song Quilts!

January, 2016 
Clubhouse Classes  
at The Cedar Key RV Resort
 S.R. 24 in Sumner near Rosewood, FL

Register by calling
Bunny Hand (352) 378-2799 
Cedar Key RV Resort (352) 543-5097

Symphony in Sea
Block of the Month
Monday, January 4

Have you wondered how to use large scale fusible applique patterns? This block of the month class will show you!  You may purchase this pattern at
 the Salty Needle Quilt Shop 
434 2nd St. in Cedar Key, FL
(for a discount!!) 
or bring another fusible applique pattern.  Or use a provided pattern!
Monthly attendance is NOT required.
1 session, $10.


 Beginning Free Motion Quilting

Tuesdays, January 19 & 26

Learn how to quilt your own quilts free motion style on your own home sewing machine.
2 sessions, $35 total

Beginning Quilting

January 6, 13, 20, and 27

 Learn the basics of rotary cutting, piecing, and walking foot quilting.
4 sessions, $45.00 total

Basic Paper Piecing

Thursday, January 28

Make a simple house block to learn this easy technique. Pattern and fabrics provided. 

at the
Salty Needle Quilt Shop

434 2nd St., Cedar Key, FL
Register by calling (352) 543-9779

Portable Ironing Mat

Saturday, January 30

We’re hosting a “Make-It Day”!
Bring a board or wooden folding TV Tray and we will help you turn it into a portable ironing mat. 

3 Yards, 3 Baby Quilts

Fridays, January 15 & 22

Piece the tops the first week, assemble and quilt them the second! An easy beginning project.
$10 each session

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hello, friends! The December classes on Cedar Key are all items that will make great gifts or stocking stuffers!  Hope to see you soon!

December, 2015 Clubhouse Classes  
The Cedar Key RV Resort

Classes held at the Cedar Key R.V. Resort
 S.R. 24 in Sumner near Rosewood, FL
Register by calling
Bunny Hand (352) 378-2799 
Cedar Key RV Resort (352) 543-5097

Jelly Clip Purse

Thursday, December 3  

                              So quick to make, these can be                                 
cute or elegant. 
It’s all about the fabric!

Heart Potholder

Wednesday, December 9

A pretty and fun kitchen accessory.


Casserole Carrier

Tuesday, December 8

 … An amazingly easy gift idea. 
Use one for the many potlucks you know you’ll attend this holiday season. 


 Accidental Landscapes

Tuesday, December 15

 With a few quick cuts, 
you become an artist 
and create your own vacation memories.


Quilting at the Clubhouse

Monday, December 21, 

For needle workers of all varieties.  

Scanner Proof Wallet

Wednesday, December 16

Make a no sew wallet to foil identity thieves.  
Supplies included. 


At the Salty Needle Quilt Shop
434 2nd St.
Cedar Key, FL

Easy Elegant Pillow Cover

Saturday, December 12, 

Do your own decorating at a fraction of department store prices. 


Register by calling (352) 543-9779

Friday, November 20, 2015

Last week at the clubhouse...

Last week we had a wonderful class in paper piecing, Sue, Joe, Katie, and Alma all did a great job and finished their 2 small pieces.  Here's the little house:

Can't you just see these with embellishments? Katie already started adding bushes and a chimney!  

Next week I plan to post pictures of the December projects. 

But for now, here's a picture of the Reversible Bowl Covers and Microwave Potato Bag. We'll make those on November 28 from 11am-2pm. 
That's the Saturday of Thanksgiving week. 
 You could go to the Women's Club sale and head straight for the Cedar Key RV Resort Clubhouse.  (They're about 1/4 mile apart.)for a fun day!
The women's club will have lunch and vendors. I got some really great plants last year and they are thriving. There are usually handmade gifts and yard sale items, too.

As always,
Register by calling
Bunny Hand (352) 378-2799 
Cedar Key RV Resort
(352) 543-5097


Friday, November 13, 2015

Cedar Key Jacket and Quilting at the Clubhouse

This will be a busy week at the Cedar Key RV Resort Clubhouse!  On Monday, November 16, from 10-12 we'll be "Quilting at the Clubhouse." Bring your projects, quilting or other needlework and join us for a nice time together.

Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, November 18 & 19, we'll make the Cedar Key Jacket. There are many looks for this jacket. Bring a sweatshirt one size larger than you usually wear and fabrics that inspire you. Method, a bit of thread painting, and a glitzy binding technique will be taught.
We'll work both days from 11-3. Class is $45.00.

Stay tuned for fun late November and December classes!! 

Classes featured at

Register by calling
Bunny Hand (352) 378-2799 
Cedar Key RV Resort
(352) 543-5097

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Here's a picture of Christy and the beautiful mat carry case she made on Saturday!

It's always such fun to have Christy around.  She's a fabulous seamstress and will put this bag to good use.

Cedar Key RV Resort managers, Lesa and Joey, were our hosts, and we look forward to seeing them again on Tuesday, October 13, when we will make "Hexagons by Hand"!  Yes, sorry, I know it's a pun on my name!

Above you see some of the things you can do with hexagons.  A Google search will reveal a zillion more!
This is a great travel project, small and yet very rewarding.  With a tiny bit of fabric you can do so much.
Class is $15.00, Runs from 11-2 at the Cedar Key RV Resort.  Kits will be provided or you can bring your own fabrics.  Fat quarters in several contrasting colors are fine.

Email me or call to register.
Bunny Hand

**Don't forget.... Quilting on the Porch at the Salty Needle Quilt Shop on 2nd Street in downtown 
Cedar Key, Tuesday. October 6 at 10am. Stop by to see the quilters!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Find our October/November schedule on the Cedar Key RV Resort website:

Little Landscapes/Seascapes

A class at the 
Cedar Key RV Resort
S.R. 24 west of Rosewood

Make a quilted rendition of a favorite photo or imagine a setting and put it into a window frame.
Materials will be supplied, or you may bring your own.

September 12, 2015

Register by calling
Bunny Hand (352) 378-2799 
Cedar Key RV Resort
(352) 543-5097

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It's almost time for classes to start at the Cedar Key RV Resort again!  Mermaid Song Quilts has been asked to teach again, and I'll be there!

But first, a link to a fascinating video about what happens to clothes recycled from all over the world and sent to India...

I was humbled by the joy on these women's faces.

One joyful thing I accomplished this summer was the design for the Row by Row Experience block given at the Salty Needle Quilt Shop here in Cedar Key.  Don't despair! If you can't get here for a copy, they'll be available for sale in November.  And there are even a couple of wall hangings available for sale.

Thanks for all your love and patience.  I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces around the island soon!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new quilt group

At the Cedar Key RV Resort, 1st and 3rd Mondays, 9:30am til ??? First meeting/sewing session: March 16, 2015

For lack of a better word, we'll just say that a new quilt is forming in Cedar Key!  Stephanie, the owner of the Suwanee Valley Quilt Shop, has encouraged us to have a group/club and will allow us to exhibit in a room at the museum during the quilt show in 2016!  She's challenged us to make mermaid quilts; someone in the group may have a different idea!  Great!  All ideas are exciting!

Meeting/sewing sessions will be on the first and third Mondays starting at 9:30 am.  We'll meet at the Cedar Key RV Resort in their gorgeous clubhouse, where there really is space for everyone.  You can bring a machine or not and come and go as you please.  Here's a link to their website with a picture of their website:

Come one, come all...snowbirds, locals, and friends from other areas! Stitchers just want to have fun!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Quilt show in Trenton!

Saturday, March 21 is National Quilting Day and the Suwanee Valley Quilt Shop in Trenton, FL is hosting its annual show.  The quilts will be hung all over US 129 around the shop and in buildings on Main St (US 129) from 9am-3pm.  Inside the shop and the new museum will be an exhibit of the original quilts from Kaffe Fassett's books!!  

                                                      You can read more about him here:


Here's a glimpse of the display in Trenton!  I could hardly stop smiling!  These quilts are so exciting.
For more information, and a look at quilts on display in the shop, here's their website:

Hope to see you at the quilt show!

Friday, February 27, 2015

A couple more jackets...

We'll keep thinking about jacket through the summer, although the first class in jacket making won't be until fall. I hope it will be too warm for jackets really soon!  These 2 are of the "Dolphin Jacket".

It is backed with scrap fleece that I had lying around.  Used both embroidery quilting and free motion to finish it.  With no closures, it went pretty fast.  Fabric from the Salty Needle Quilt Shop in Cedar Key, FL.  When you see something you like, buy a yard.  It doesn't take much when you use other fabrics with your focus fabric.  Really, It's ALL ABOUT THE FABRIC!!!

More whenever I feel like it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thursday night at The Big Deck!

Just a quick note to say that my band, Shade Tree, will play at The Big Deck's open mic session on Thursday night, February 26, 2015.  That's in Cedar Key on Dock Street, sometime between 7 and 9 pm.  Just a few songs; Kate Talbott-Nagel and her band host it every week.  She's fantastic, got a voice like the young Stevie Nicks!

Oh, you didn't know I had a band?  Well, I like to say I was born to sew and sing!  Hence, Mermaid Song Quilts! We do have a not at all active Facebook Page, and a website that might still be available, I don't even know!  Here I am with Will Ellis, bass player, and David Norden on guitar and harmonicas.

See ya!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Cedar Key Jacket, Take 1

So, having given up my space at the Salty Needle Quilt Shop to spend more time preparing classes and QUILTING!!!, I'm working on bettering my computer skills.  It's a mysterious world, but I'm willing to try!

Today's post is about the Cedar Key jacket.  I made the jacket in 2013.  Actually, I made 2 because Beth Davis had such great dolphin fabric at the shop.  Here's a little movie to see the jacket in construction.  More next week on the finished jacket and when we will offer the class!