Meeting/Program Information

Fourth Tuesday (September through May), 10:00 a.m.
     *earlier monthly date in November and December
McLean Baptist Church
1367 Chain Bridge Road,
McLean, VA 22101

Officers 2018-2019

President:Glenda Finley
Vice President:Joan Trabandt
Treasurer:Carol King
Secretary:Cindy Wilson and Gerry Vaughn
Nominating:Marge Hughes and Suzie Buck
Programs:Carole Marti
Membership:Marge Hughes

The McLean Chapter Bylaws may be seen HERE.

Upcoming Events

Please visit our calendar to learn about upcoming meetings, programs, workshops and other events.  Our special events (auction, guest lecturers, workshops) are usually in October, November, January, February, March, and April.

Chapter Activities:

BEES: Our “Bees” meet on the Tuesdays when we have no meeting.  The 1st Tuesday of each month we have a bee at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Arlington.  All other Tuesday bees take place at members’ homes.  Members will received reminder e-mails with the address and directions to the bee each Monday morning. Bees are open to all, and are a great way for new members to become familiar with our chapter. Sew, socialize, get help with quilting questions or problems, and learn from others about new techniques.

“Service Bees”: We gather at the church several times a year to complete quilts to donate to various community organizations.

: Each year, our chapter will have an auction of quilt-related items donated by members, or other fundraiser.

McLEAN QU AUCTION — Our annual live and silent auction will be  at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the McLean Baptist Church,  1367 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.  A terrific item has been added: Judy Hendrickson’s commercial bus company has donated a 8 hour bus trip (seats 29) to be used in the next year.  Start now to plan for a great opportunity for your chapter, bee, church group or group of friends to head out on a day trip!
There are other terrific items as well, including sewing machines (including a Bernina 1230), lots and lots of quilt kits, fabric baskets, as well as vintage and new quilts and quilt tops.  There is an antique treadle machine (delivery included).    Parking is available in front of the church and in the lot on the side street behind the church.  All are welcome to join us for our annual live and silent auction! Bring friends!

: Members may participate in each year’s chapter challenge. Past challenges have included a round robin, stash buster, and recipes as quilts.  Our 2018-2019 Challenge is “Birds of a Feather”. 

Our 2017-2018 Challenge was a mystery quilt designed by Barbara Hollinger and Nancy Fallone.  They should be ready to display in the 2019 Annual QU Show.

2016 Challenge was to take an architectural element, take a picture, and make a quilt top using that feature in the quilt.

2015 Challenge was to create a quilt with an illusion.  Below, Suzie Buck shows her entry.  Many of these quilts were shown together at our Annual QU Show in June 2016.

See photos from the 2015 Challenge HERE.

Suzie Buck

: Held occasionally. Usually day-long get-togethers at McLean Baptist Church, or at a member’s home. Work on your projects, see demonstrations of techniques, share meals, and have a blast!

: A pot-luck luncheon is held twice a year; at our December McLean chapter meeting, and at our May end-of year McLean chapter meeting.

: Occasionally we take an all-day bus trip to the spring Lancaster, Pennsylvania, quilt show. See the show, take an optional side trip to an Amish quilt shop, and have dinner with us. Other chapters may sponsor trips to the Hampton Roads, Virginia, show (February) and the Philadelphia show (September); there is usually space for a few more.


“Big QU” is Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia; Mclean is one of its 11 chapters

QUILT SHOW: In early June, Quilters Unlimited (“Big QU”) holds a show at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center, in Chantilly. This is a non-juried, non-judged show. Entries are open to all QU members. There are also many vendors selling quilting-related items.

SPRING AND FALL WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES: A nationally known quilter gives a lecture and workshops. Open to all QU members.


A weekly information email with quilt-related news. This operates independently of the Quilters Unlimited quilt guild. If you would like to receive this, send an email to

McLean Photo Albums

You are invited to view McLean’s most recent album HERE–Photos from our Annual May Meeting and Challenge Reveal 2016.

To see other McLean QU Albums click here


Newsletters are available for members and can be accessed HERE.

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