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.


Holiday Stash-Buster Challenge  –  Due at the January 2018 Business Meeting

What’s your favorite holiday?  Chances are you’ve got lots of “decor,” quilted or otherwise, on that theme.  But what about the other ones?  Every year on July third I bemoan the fact that I once again have run out of time to make a wall hanging or table runner for the Fourth of July, and Valentine’s Day is pretty sparse as well.  The lesser holidays deserve some celebration too–Groundhog Day is a personal favorite, or maybe the First Day of School.  Even birthdays should have some glitz–a friend made me a birthday placemat years ago which visits the table every time there’s a birthday in the house.  You get the idea!

So here are the rules:
1.  Choose your holiday or holidays–only one, or as many as you like.
2.  Make a decorative item commemorating the holiday(s):  a table runner, placemat(s), wall hanging, lap quilt, or apron, using what is in your stash.
3.  For each finished item you bring to Show & Tell at the January business meeting, you get to put your name in the basket for a $25 gift certificate, up to four times.  (But you can only win once, even if your name is drawn again.) 

Even if you don’t win the drawing, you now have the gift of being ready to celebrate the neglected holidays in style.  Good luck and get sewing!

Past Challenges include:

Summer 2017 – Crayon challenge – pick three crayons and make something using these colors.

Summer 2016 challenge – Orange/Black. Think beyond Halloween!
Spring 2016 – My Green Thumb

2015 – Virigina’s Beautiful Waters

Summer 2015 – Rain Stick Quilt — make something with 2 1/2 squares and strips from this pattern Youtube tutorial .

Spring 2015 – Tuna half challenge — make something with 2.5 inch squares.

Winter 2015 – Border Patrol Challenge.

Summer 2014: High Fiber Diet Challenge.

Spring 2014: Picture this! There are many things that inspire quilters.  A particular fabric, a color, a song, a friend, a challenge, etc.  The challenge was to find a picture and use it as inspiration to make something.

Winter 2013-14: Party Dress Challenge.

Summer 2013: Create something from a panel.

Summer 2012: No Prints Allowed Challenge!!! The challenge was to dig deep in your stash for those long-forgotten solids you bought years ago and never figured out what to do with them. Check out the results HERE.

Fairfax QU Spring 2012 Design Your Own Block Challenge: HERE

Fairfax QU Spring 2012 Design Your Own Block Challenge: HERE

Fairfax QU Fall 2011 Apron Challenge: HERE

Fairfax QU Summer 2011 Red and White Challenge: HERE

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

The 2017 Spring Luncheon was  held on June 8th at the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA 22152.



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.


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