Meeting/Program Information

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – Business Meeting and Show and Tell
3rd Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – Program
5th Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – Charity Working
St. Peters in the Woods Episcopal Church
5911 Fairview Woods Drive
Fairfax Station, Virginia

Volunteers 2017-2018

President:Marlene Rosen
Vice President:Barbara Kauffman
Secretary:Donna DeSoto
Treasurer:Joanne Stone
Nominations:Beth Shafer

A copy of the Fairfax QU Bylaws is available HERE.

Fairfax Activities

Our annual auction is held each November at the first meeting of the month.

Please check the event calendar for upcoming programs.

Fairfax has a bee for everyone! Applique bees, redwork bees, 30’s bees, bees that do projects, bees that work on individual projects, art quilt bees…

For information, contact: Sharon Rixman,


With the permission of Pat Sloan, we will be doing her “Solstice Challenge” as our Block of the Month. The quilt has 25 blocks, so it will actually be 2 blocks each month with a final reveal in September 2018 – – or if you are willing, the final reveal can be at the spring luncheon. Let me know……. Pat’s only stipulation for using her pattern is it must be downloaded from her webpage by each of the participants. Below is the URL for the pattens, if it doesn’t work, go to her “ilovetomakequilts” page, then select “solstice challenge” on the menu on that page. The blocks are super simple but there are several appliqué blocks.

If you don’t have access to the internet or a printer, let me know at or at the September or October business meeting and I will print of a set of the measurement pages for you.

She does the quilt two ways, as an asymmetrical setting with different sized blocks, or you can choose to make all the blocks 12×12 and use a standard setting.

These are some of our past Block of the Months that you may still want to do:

Moda Be My Neighbor 

This Block of the Month,  began in September 2016 and includes 16 blocks. All 16 of the blocks have been published and the patterns are free.

The overview of Moda Be My Neighbor with links to all the block patterns including setting instructions can be found at  or you can google search for Moda Be My Neighbor. The links for all the patterns are on this page. 

Make it your own by choosing a theme like holidays or do it in two colors, just solids, scrappy, just batiks or fabrics from your favorite designer. Please bring your completed blocks to the business meeting for show and tell so we can all see your progress and creativity. 

For other ideas, you can search Pinterest for Be My Neighbor or just House Quilts.

On Facebook, search for the hashtag #modabemyneighbor to see what others are doing.

Susquehanna Valley Botanical Quilt

This project is hosted on the blog and follows the pattern which is available from the Virginia Quilt Museum. There is also a Facebook page for this group, Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt Sew Along.


Fairfax made 22 NICU quilts and 20 baby quilts that were delivered to INOVA and donated at our Holiday Luncheon. The children’s quilts will go to the pediatric cancer unit. Also 1 soldier quilt was completed.

If you need a backing please email or call Kathy O’Leary. She has extra wide fabric for backings.

Here are a few of the Quilts of Valor the chapter has made:   PICTURES HERE.


The Fairfax midyear challenge is on technique:  Use applique to upgrade an existing quilted item.

We all have at least one lackluster quilt or wall hanging or runner which is somewhat less spectacular than we hoped they would be.  The challenge is to upgrade such an item using applique.  The applique can be any method and should encourage you to polish up those skills as well.

The end of the Challenge and Show & Tell is May 4, followed by the prize drawing and announcement of the over-the-summer Color Challenge

Here are some of our past challenges.

To see a listing of the books in Fairfax QU’s library, please click HERE.


The Spring Luncheon will be held on June 14 at the American Legion Hall in Fairfax. It will be a potluck, and the theme will be celebrating summer. Patriotic star blocks can be made (two patterns will be available for two versions). These blocks will be collected and donated to make soldier quilts, with an opportunity for participants to win gift cards.


Fall Retreat will be held November 3  to 6, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Winchester.

Spring Retreat 2018 will be at the Hampton Inn in Winchester, VA from April 11 to 15, 2018.

FQU meetings follow the Fairfax School District guidelines. If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, so is FQU; if school is delayed, FQU meets at the normal time.


Newsletters are available for members and are chock full of great news and activities.

Monthly newsletters are distributed to members in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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