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 members’ homes or at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 Glebe Road, Arlington, 10-noon
|Vice President:||Gayle Ropp|
|Nominating:||Marge Hughes and Suzie Buck|
The McLean Chapter Bylaws may be seen HERE.
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.
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 receive 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.
AUCTION/FUNDRAISERS: Each year, our chapter will have an auction of quilt-related items donated by members, or other fundraiser.
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!
CHAPTER CHALLENGE: 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.
2018-2019 Challenge: “Birds of a Feather”. We’ve had some sneak peeks and can’t wait to see them all at the 2020 QU show.
2017-2018 Challenge was a mystery quilt designed by Barbara Hollinger and Nancy Fallone. They were displayed in the 2019 Annual QU Show. This is Nancy’s quilt.
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.
MCLEAN CHAPTER RETREATS: 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!
HOLIDAY & END-OF-YEAR POT LUCK: 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.
BUS TRIPS: 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” EVENTS
“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 QUDigestfirstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletters are available for members and can be accessed HERE.