A: Quilters Unlimited has over 1,000 members. We are comprised of 11 chapters and a parent organization. The chapters are spread all over the Northern Virginia area from Arlington to Haymarket. Our biggest chapter has over 200 members, and our smallest has about 50.
A: We have members from all ages and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome! Some are new to quilting and some have made many quilts. Some of our members are professional quilters and some have yet to finish a quilt. We inspire and help each other. Getting to know other quilters is one of the greatest benefits of joining QU!
A: Well besides providing this website for people to learn about us and help our chapters communicate, Quilters Unlimited hosts a number of events each year. They are:
The Fall Seminar and Workshops – usually held with the opportunity to hear a nationally recognized quilter lecture. Costs are kept low so that all quilters can attend.
The Annual Quilt Show – held late spring. This year’s location will be the Dulles Expo Center. Over 600 quilts, wearables, and group challenges on display. Quilting classes that are open to anyone as well as educational demonstrations and hands-on educational experiences for visitors to participate in. Plus lots of vendors selling quilt and craft-related articles. Something for everyone.
The Annual Meeting – When we install our new officers, and have a chance to hear another top-notch speaker from around the country!
A: Each of the 11 chapters plans and carries out its own programs and activities. You might find a quilt “challenge” project occurring at one meeting. Another chapter might be hosting a fundraising auction (with lots of hand-made goodies!). Most chapters have a short business meeting, and a speaker at each meeting. There’s usually a newcomer’s table or someone to greet and welcome you when you join. (It’s best to call or e-mail ahead to let someone know you’re coming to a meeting.
A: Like many quilters, we like to use our quilting to help others and support our community. Each Chapter chooses ways to support others in their area. This includes hospitals, hospices, Project Linus, Veterans programs, childrens’ services, local police and many others. While no member is required to work on community service projects, many do. And each Chapter can select organizations that are important to their members.
We also support quilting related organizations like the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, the American Quilt Study Group, the Quilters Hall of Fame, and other worthwhile groups that promote quilting.
A: QU began in 1972. We continue to grow and change over time.
A: To join, select the Chapter you want to join (this is your Primary Chapter). Membership is $30 per year. If you want to join more than one Chapter (and many people do), it is only $10 to join each additional Chapter (you will be an Associate member of the additional Chapters). Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Click here for more information on joining QU.