Meeting/Program Information

Meeting:  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

Bees on other Tuesdays at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 Glebe Road, Arlington, 10-noon

Officers 2019-2020

President:Joan Trabandt
Vice President:Janet Tomczak
Treasurer:Carol King
Secretary:Alcy Frelick
Nominating:Marge Hughes and Suzie Buck
Programs:Vikkey Anderson
Membership:Cindy Wilson

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 22, 2019, at the McLean Baptist Church,  1367 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.
There are lots and lots of quilt kits, fabric baskets, as well as vintage and new quilts and quilt tops.  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 2019-2020 Challenge is Caution:  Curves and Circles Ahead.

Our 2018-2019 Challenge was “Birds of a Feather”. 

Our 2017-2018 Challenge was a mystery quilt designed by Barbara Hollinger and Nancy Fallone.  They were displayed 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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