General Information

Membership

Guests are welcome to attend two meetings prior to joining the guild. The yearly membership fee is $35, due at our August meeting, and is pro-rated if you join during the months of March – May.

Our membership extends to the farthest boundaries of Tampa Bay, with Feather Princesses coming from Duval, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties to regularly attend our meetings and guild activities; plus a few members in other states.

Because of our diversity and broad range of appliqué interests and knowledge, talents, and skills, we get together each month not only at our general meeting, but at four quilt circles, ten specialty appliqué groups, one hand quilting group, one study group and dynamic and inspirational classes and workshops.

We are so grateful for each other and the love that permeates our group; and we keep our feet firmly planted, seeking appliqué opportunities wherever they may be found. Ask our members and they will tell you that we have FUN—because when good friends get together, wonderful things happen.

How to Become a Member

  1. Download our Membership Form here; complete, print, and mail with your check to the Treasurer’s address located on the form.
  2. Attend a meeting and complete the Membership Form at that time.

Meetings

We would love for you to appliqué and have fun with us at our monthly meetings, held the second Wednesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. at:

Carrollwood Recreation Center
3515 McFarland Road
Tampa, FL 33618

A Sit & Stitch is held at 9:30 a.m. and the guild meeting is at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is held at 12 noon, with the General Meeting resuming at 1:00 p.m.  Committee meetings and educational activities such as inspirational demos, may also be held before the guild meeting.


Quilt Circles

The Feather Princesses encourage members to participate in the various quilt circles that have been established, to allow them the opportunity to focus on their main appliqué quilt projects.

Along with our Quilt Circles, we have Specialty Appliqué Groups to allow members to focus on specific kids of applique, and we have a Quilt Study Group to allow our members to focus on specific applique designs and techniques.


Classes

Our specific purpose was—and always will be—to promote, teach, and encourage our love of all types of appliqué; and we have done this by hosting the top appliqué teachers in the country.

We have hosted classes with nationally acclaimed and world renown appliqué and quilting instructors including Elly Sienkiewicz, Mary Sorensen, Jo Coon, Cindy Blackberg, Kim Diehl, Anita Shackelford, Karen Phillips Shwallon, Gwen Marston, Sharon Stroud, Becky Goldsmith, Karen Kay Buckley, Lisa Bongean, Jo Morton, Frieda Anderson, Mark Sherman, Linda Cantrell, Juanita Yeager, Esterita Austin, Beth Ferrier, David Taylor, Irene Blanck, Sue Garman, Kathy McNeil, Nancy Kerns, and Di Ford-Hall—and more yet to come.

Another objective that we have so successfully accomplished was our goal to learn and master appliqué and quilting techniques, to encourage and achieve excellence in our needlework, and to make masterpiece quilts and compete at the national/international level.


Annual Retreat

Every year, a Retreat is held at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. This is a fun way to get away from everyday life and spend four days just finishing UFOs or working on special appliqué projects.  It’s also a great way to get to know the other Feather Princesses members who attend.


Quilt Show

We have hosted four wonderfully exciting quilt shows in the past:

  • Appliqué in Tampa Bay (2007)
  • Appliqué in Tampa Bay II (2010)
  • Appliqué in Tampa Bay III – Reflections (2013)
  • Appliqué in Tampa Bay IV – Spring Fling (2017)

Our next show is February 19-20, 2021:  Appliqué in Tampa Bay V – Fun in the Sun!