Dates and program



take place at

St. Michael Lutheran Church,

2308 Merrimac Road, Blacksburg     

6.30pm socializing and program from 7pm - ~8.30 pm

If not otherwise noted guest fee is $2

Programs are free for members of TQP​

For questions or additional information please contact

Karin at                      


* Mark your calendars for a fun and exciting year of regular quilt guild events provided by program chair Paula     

* listing in red = tentative

* Community Quilt Bee 2020, optional activity co-sponsored by TQP and the Blacksburg Librar

This takes place monthly from 1 – 4 PM at the community room, Blacksburg Library.

Learn the basics of quilting, make new friends, join the community of quilters all while making a table runner. 

Kits will be provided (to include fabrics and batting).  A Basic Sewing Kit (see January bee info below)

will be the responsibility of participants.           

* additional optional activities that might be of interest to the guild member


January 7   

Quilter's Treasure:  Blow Out Sale!

Did Santa Claus bring too many new goodies? Do you need to make space? Start the New Year with a clean

slate AND a clean sewing area.  Bring your overflow and unwanted items and even unfinished projects to the

January meeting and then shop at the treasures others placed on the $1, $3, $5 and $10 tables. Enjoy cookies,

hot chocolate and fun games. All profits will benefit future programs. Any unsold and unclaimed items will be

donated to the Second Time Around Thrift Shop of Montgomery County.Leftover 100% quilting cottons will be set aside for the Stash Blast to benefit the Virginia Quilt Museum on June 27, 2020

January 19                 

Community Quilt Bee,    

Topic:  Components of a Basic Sewing Kit (BSK), the types of threads and needles.

February 4  

Busy as a Bee, a Charity Quilt Bee, That is!  Join fellow guild members for an evening of

community-getting-to know-one-another while working on a charity quilt.


February 16               

Community Quilt Bee

Topic:  Kits distributed. How to read a pattern

March 3      

Tips from a Top Notch Quilter 

                        Marti Snyder 

More info TBA

Visitor fee $5

Additional activity available to TQP members:

March 6           Day Road Trip to 26th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest

Join your fellow TQP members and take a day trip to the Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN! 

We will meet in the parking lot of Sew Biz at 7 am and depart promptly at 7.30 am.  Meals on your own. 

Gas costs to be shared among riders in each car. 

Group admission ticket price to be researched, IF there is interest.

March 15                   

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Rotary Butting Tools and Techniques

April 7          

Creativity For All                                        

Art enthusiast and Flame-work Glass Bead maker for over 14 years Bonnie Scott has recently

moved to Salem, Virginia.  She will share how she came to embrace her new VA license plate "plzwfyr"

(Plays With Fire). Bonnie lives by the Ben and Jerry's of Ice Cream fame motto, "If it's not FUN, why do it!" 

In this presentation she shares how she landed in Virginia with a Mobile Glass Studio that she dreamed up,

inspired and helped develop.

She will share the discovery of how fun leads to creativity in her glass work, in her quilts, in her drawing

and how they all relate to each other....sometimes! She will bring a video of her making a glass bead in real

time and will bring a few samples and tools to explain the process. She makes individual beads,

finished one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessory pieces and she makes glass buttons. She will bring a few

things for sale. Her recent exploration is the use of recycled antique mason canning jars as glass material

to melt into beads and create unique and memorable jewelry.

So come, expect nothing and perhaps leave with a light heart from a life lived in the creative accident lane.

Learn more about Bonnie at


Visitor fee $5

April  19                    

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Hand piecing

May 5         

Show Me the Monet! A lecture with Vicki Clontz

Travel through southern France with Vicki and view villages in southern France, the beautiful architecture

and art of Paris and learn how these classic elements are interpreted in fabric designs. 

French and woad dyed textiles will be displayed.

Vickie’s love of fibers, fabric, wool and folk art shine through in each of the 100+ patterns she

has designed for her company, Annie’s Keepsakes, celebrating 29 years of business in 2019!

Vickie’s unique projects have appeared in magazines across the nation and abroad, and she

brings her easy-going style and award-winning expertise to each of her classes and workshops.

Vickie’s second book, Playful Placemats, was released by Leisure Arts in early 2017, and is filled

with 20+ different placemat designs, all based on the same simple shape! Her first book, Crafty Critters ,

features 20+ quick ‘n easy projects for the beginning sewist or for a special gift.

Her newest book My Pet Crafts was also released in late 2017.

To see more of Vickie’s work and class samples, please visit her web-site and blog.

Visitor fee $5

May 6 and 7  Workshop:

Exploring Textures on Silk with Dyeing and Felting

This two-day workshop with Vickie Clontz is filled to the brim with several dyeing and felting techniques using non-toxic dyes, including silk marbling, stenciling, ice dyeing,  texturizing and resist techniques.  Day 2 will continue the dyeing processes as well as starting on the layout of the finished piece.  Wool bead, boro stitching and more will be demonstrated.  Two full days of creativity playtime await!!

Kit fee (required): $25.00


Kit includes a variety of different silk textiles such as habotai, chiffon, organza, and fibers; wool fibers for felting and wool fabric squares; perle cotton and sari silk to dye; visits to instructor’s “embellishment buffet” including bamboo, silk, and Angelina fibers, curly mohair; use of instructor’s dyes, inks, and marbling and felting tools.

Find registration forms HERE

May 17                       

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Machine piecing

June 2       

New River Valley Fiber Groups Picnic

The Quilting Party cordially invites you and your fiber art friends to this annual event.

Please feel free to bring items for show and tell, the potluck buffet, and any info about your group.

There will be a Silent Auction, friendship, networking, good food - and

in The Quilting Party tradition - chocolate!

Social hour 5:30 - 6 pm

Picnic and Activities 6 - 8.30 pm

NOTE new location:

Blacksburg Recreation Center, Community Room

725 Patrick Henry Dr,

Admission free; donations to Pot Luck dinner, Silent Auction, or  cash donations are appreciated.

​June 6       Sewing Area / Studio Tour

Learn how area quilters organize their stash, “stuff,” and sewing areas to get the most creative work done!  No perfectly dusted houses permitted!  Tickets are available ONLY to the members of The Quilting Party, River City Quilters of Radford, TAVA and the Floyd Quilt Guild.  The $5 / ticket is a fundraiser for the New River Valley Habitat for Humanity projects. 

Hours:  9 – 3 PM


A house block pattern will be given out at each site.

1.  Paula Golden, 2095 Plank Drive, Blacksburg, VA 

2.  Gloria Smith, 2425 Backwoods Lane, Blacksburg, VA  

3.  Christina Thomas, 3605 Millstone Ridge Road, Blacksburg, VA         (C)540.250.1231

4.   Ruth Rosborough, 3401 Belaire Drive, Blacksburg, VA    

5.   MK Burton, 50 Jessie Circle, Christiansburg, VA

6.  Judy Ruggles, 1321 Craigs Mountain Road, Christiansburg, VA

7.   Mary Lough, 400 Country Club Drive SW, Blacksburg, VA

June 21                       

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Squaring up blocks

​June 27 Virginia Quilt Museum Stash Blast:  site  and hours TBD

July  7      

Color - How to Make Your Quilts Sing!    

Learn three easy steps from Paula Golden to make your quilts sparkle and delight the senses with a colorful trunk show of quilts emphasizing each step.

Visitor fee $5

July 19            

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  How to add borders

​August 2       Workshop            

Jared Takes a Wife taught by Bonnie Hunter

Jared Takes A Wife is based on the traditional “Blackford’s Beauty” block.

It is a great block with no inset Y seams and can be made completely from 2” strips and squares. 

In class we will be learning some basic techniques from quick pieced 4-patch units to easy star points.

Anyone from a beginner on up is welcome to take this class.  This is a “power sewing” class and

we hope to get many blocks in one sitting so you have something to show for your fun day at the machine.

Find Registration forms HERE

August 3                  

A Trunk Show with Bonnie Hunter

Trunk shows last approximately one hour + Q&A and will be illustrated with loads of Bonnie's quilts.

                        NOTE CHANGE IN DATE and TIME

NOTE:  This presentation is sponsored by the TQP and Floyd Quilt Guild and will take place 10am

             at the Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd.

             Free to members of TQP and FQG, visitor fee $5

August 16                  

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  How to make a quilt sandwich

September 1 

Charity Quilt Evening, more info to come

September 20 

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Quilt through three layers

October 6 

Liz Doughtery from Free Spirit will talk about Kaffe Fassett,

what inspires his designs and color selections


Visitor fee $5

October 18                 

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Binding Basics

November 10 

Wearable Felt Pin   

Create your own Penny Pin in no time at all. Pre-cut circles in different sizes, a cute button, and

some strands of 12 wt thread will turn a few pieces of felt into a little beauty. Make one for yourself,

give them as gifts, and make them for every season.  Inexpensive, fun, and additive like M&M’s!

Karin Tauber will bring all the materials needed and will demonstrate some simple embroidery stitches.

Visitor fee $5

NOTE: November meeting will take place on the SECOND Tuesday of the month due to Primary Election,

November 8   

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  How to add a hanging sleeve to your quilt

December 3 

Holiday Party and Pot Luck (read more here...)

Our evening in December features a “Pincushion Exchange”: create or buy (~$10) a pincushion, wrap it in true

Christmas style and add your name to the outside. Be prepared for some fun game to get the parcels rotating!

Christmas potluck: bring your favorite appetizer, snack, dessert or any other "just perfect" potluck item.

The guild provides the paper products and cups. There will be plenty of time to laugh, share stories, and socialize.

And let’s not forget CHOCOLATE!

December 20 

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Create a label to document your quilt

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