Meeting/Program Information

2nd Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. – Business Meeting/Show & Tell (September through May)
4th Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. – Program Meeting
Normally at Sangster Elementary School   7420 Reservation Drive, Springfield, VA 22153
(MAP)   (Except as noted in the calendar)

Burke Leadership/Volunteers 2018-2019

PresidentHeidi Osterhout
Vice President AdminBetsy Stone
Vice President ProgramsJessica Berman
SecretaryBonnie Prouty
TreasurerBecky Myers
NominationsSusan Fernandez
MembershipBonnie Ruetenik
 AuctionSusan Fernandez and Linda Cooper
 Bee KeeperNancy Vogel
 Education/DonationsMarsha White
 Summer/June SocialMarilyn Owendoff
 Retreat, FallSandy Kretzer
 Retreat, Spring Sharon Thompson
 Winter/Holiday Social Debbie Bullock
 Sunshine Susan Novack
 Outreach Sharon Thompson
 Web Master Jim Watson

A copy of the Burke QU Chapter Bylaws is available HERE.

Special Notices

If you were at the Burke QU Fall Retreat and Received a Gift card issued by The Quilters Studio please remember that the card expires March 19, 2019.

Burke QU Ways and Means – Quilting on a WhiM Fundraiser – January 23For those of you new to Burke QU, the Ways and Means fabric sale is one of two annual fundraisers that support the incredible programs and events offered throughout the year. The committee selects new ‘color ways’ of coordinated fabrics, cuts them into fat quarters and bundles them and provides a free pattern to get you started!  It’s that easy!!  

Many thanks to Burke members Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts and Kathye Gillette of The Quilters Studio for their generous support to Burke’s Ways and Means! Their beautiful fabrics are featured in our new selections and Kathye also provided hard copies of a variety of free patterns. 

Limited quantities of the new color ways, Shi Shi Hunt Club, Dragonstar Blues, Whisper, Latte, and Raspberry Dazzle, will be available for sale beginning at the January 23 meeting. Each bundle includes 16 fabulous fat quarters that you may create with one of the provided free patterns or in a pattern of your choice. Your designs with the Ways and Means bundles are always amazing and we love seeing your finished creations!  The cost is $50.00 per bundle.  Exact cash or checks are preferred!

Ways and Means Committee:  Susan Fernandez, Meghan Betts, and Linda Cooper


Upcoming Burke QU Speakers and Events

27 Feb –  Business Meeting  This meeting will be at Sangster Elementary School.

13 Mar –  The Burke QU Annual Auction  at Sangster Elementary School. The Auction committee will begin accepting donations for the bag, silent or oral auctions at the business meeting on January 9, 2019 or you can contact Linda Cooper to arrange a drop off time at her house after January 13.

As with last year’s auction, the committee will only accept auction ready items. Please use your creativity to merchandise your donations into vessels of your choice (e.g., baskets, decorative boxes, surprise us!) and include a complete list of the contents for the Silent and Oral auction donations. We receive many donations and it is important to include your name, if desired, or the name of your bee or group for all Oral or Silent auction donations.

Some of the most popular items each year are the bountiful baskets of blocks or fabric collections donated by bees or individuals.  Of course, quilted items including wall hangings, any size quilt or quilt top (new or vintage), long-arm quilting,  tree skirts, clothing, bags and totes and services are always showstoppers.

For questions, please contact Susan Fernandez or Linda Cooper

This meeting will be at Sangster Elementary School.

27 – 31 Mar – Spring Retreat 2019 is coming up! We are exploring a new venue: The Comfort Inn Aikens Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 27 to Sunday, March 31! Yes, we are starting on Wednesday! An extra day of sewing will be your reward for driving a few miles further than Winchester for this adventure. We are exploring the area, offering a Tea Room excursion and possible massages if there is enough interest. We will be closer to different fabric shops: Traditions at the White Swan, Wilson’s Quilt Shop, and the Offray Ribbon Factory Outlet. Of course, you can make stops at your usual wonderful places along the way: Webfabrics, Suzzie’s Quilt Shop, Scrappy Apple, Cloth Peddler, and more.

The Comfort Inn offers free breakfast and has coffeemakers, microwaves, and small refrigerators in the rooms. The ballroom space where we will sew is spacious and well lit. There are many restaurants in Martinsburg, and some are walkable.

Your committee members are Nancy Vogel, Barb Hall, Sue Price, Kathy McCrea, Anne Beebe, and Barb Sherwood.


Recent Burke QU Speakers and Events

On 13 Feb the Burke QU Chapter hosted our very own Judy Gula.  Judy’s talk was on Batik Tambal: Journey to Indonesia.  The journey that Judy took us on was magical and wonderfully colored in Batik’s of Indonesia.  The time we spent viewing her presentation transported us to a country that has a rich history in family art and lovely Batiks.  The indepth discription Judy provided us gave us a much greater appreciation of the time and effort that these people put into their work and the fabulous results that they are able to achieve.  Thank you Judy for an enjoyable evening and for sharing with us your Love of Tambal Batik.  Go visit her shop, Artistic Artifacts. To read more about Judy click HERE. You can visit Judy’s shop (Artistic Artifact) by clicking HERE.  To preview Batik Tambal material on Judy’s Web page click HERE.

On 24 Oct the Burke QU Chapter Hosted Penni Domikis.  Her presentation on “All Scrapped Out” had been greatly anticipated due to mountains of scraps that and  we needed ideas on how to make them into Great looking Quilts.  Penni did not disappoint anyone.  She must of brought over 50 quilts to show us and discuss with us ideas and give us insight into ways to look at our scrap bins that were very exciting.  Penni is a wonderful speaker and her stories that went along with each quilt were enjoyable and fun.  Thank you Penni for enspiring each one of us and sharing your Love of quilting with our delighted quilting members.  To read more about Penni and her Quilting click Here.

On 26 Sept  the Burke QU Hosted  Tamara Carter.  Her presentation was on “Drelspitz: Families and Immagration and the Great Depression”.  T’s talk was inspiring and had the entire group spell bound and excited about her Quilting and the posibilities of what we can do to tell our own family stories with quilts.  Listening to T describe where her family came from and describe joyful experiences that she collected over the years and how she put them into quilts was an amazing opportunity for all who were in attendance.  Thank you T for the coffee and the pens you passed out but truly the gift of speaking and sharing your quilting experience with us was the best gift.  Thank You.

Burke QU is now on Facebook

We are now on Facebook. We have a public page for guild announcements and a members closed group for showing off our quilting talents and communicating about guild business with each other.

If you are a member and on Facebook, head on over to join our group.

Click Here to view some of our Show and Tell

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