Dates and program



Future in-person meetings 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     


Meeting cancellation policy

TQP meetings are NOT canceled just because the schools close due to weather.

If the road conditions are iffy there will be an email sent by 2 pm on the afternoon of the meeting to let members

know if the meeting is cancelled.

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

Color coding of calendar

* listing in red = tentative

* Regular meeting, take place once a month, mostly on the first Tuesday

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

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. 

* Chat Bee, additional meeting mostly on the third Tuesday are currently held via zoom. These more informal chat club meetings often center around a topic and invite open discussions and conversations. 

Meeting starts at 7 pm

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






January 5

Via Zoom: A Community of Quilts

January 17        CANCELLED!             

Community Quilt Bee,    

Topic:  TBD

January 19

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Selecting fabric & colors. Who's really good a picking colors? And where do you shop – good stores? Websites?


February 2:

Via Zoom:   Do Not Meddle with My Treadle     Melissa C.

Do you own a treadle sewing machine that was handed down to you as an heirloom? Do you ever use it for sewing and quilting? Melissa Chase acquired her great grandmother’s treadle machine many years ago, and it holds treasured memories of her earlier years of learning how to sew with it and the influence of her grandmothers on her love of sewing and quilting. Melissa will briefly share her personal story and demonstrate how treadle machines can still be used today to make beautiful sewing and quilting projects.    



Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

A quilter's dilemma – to wash or not? Different products that can be helpful. This topic can lead to a lively discussion.

February 21      CANCELLED!             

Community Quilt Bee

Topic:  TBD


March 2  

Via Zoom: Creativity For All     

Art enthusiast and experienced Flame-work Glass Bead 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!" 

Hear 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 each5other....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.

Visitor fee $5

March 16

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Threads, needles & pins for machine & hand sewing – favorites?

March 21       CANCELLED!             

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  TBA



April 6     

 Via Zoom: Hexies to Pieces   

English paper piecing is a versatile sewing method that is user friendly.  It is quick and portable.  Using a paper template as your guide you can create intricate designs for appliqué, small items and larger ones up to king size quilts.Just a few supplies are needed. Fabric, thread, needle, scissors and your template.  Join Kathy G. for a truly addicting and creative project via ZOOM as we create a mug rug. We will make one flower of the Grandmothers Flower Garden pattern and back with either a matching Hexagon pieced backing or one piece of fabric.  Kathy  will use her vast experience to give helpful tips to cover some trouble areas.   Once you have the basic skill you can explore all the many patterns and options open to this method.

Contact Kathy by March 25 for your template kit at  


April 18           CANCELLED!         

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  TBA

April 20

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Cutting tools & techniques, rulers, rotary cutters, scissors, die cutting machines. What are your experiences/opinions?


May 4  

Exploring Nature with Paper + Stitch

Presenter : David Owen Hastings from Sequim, WA

David’s Journey from Stitching Paper, to Stitching Fabric

This talk starts with a review of David’s stitched paper artwork. He will give examples of where his inspiration comes from, and what his creative process is like. His artwork appeals to those who love organic processes and the beauty of nature, color and texture. David combines his monotype-printed paper with stitching on a vintage sewing machine.

In recent years, David has become enchanted with modern quilting. He will talk about how quilters can find inspiration in the world around us, and how his journey as a maker has taken him from gallery artist into the world of modern quilting.

Find full lecture description and images HERE


David’s creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule. He also loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences and inspiration through travel photos and stories.




David will give a half day workshop in July, find full information HERE



May 18

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Tools for ease and accuracy. What are your favorites?

Have you ever bought something that was a waste of $$?



June 1                   

New River Valley Fiber Groups Picnic VIA ZOOM

The Quilting Party cordially invites you and your fiber art friends to this annual event which will take place virtually so plan a special dinner and get ready for some fun and games.

Join us for an ABC Quilt Challenge. We will ask the “hard” quilting questions and see how the group responds. There are no right or wrong answers just different ways of accomplishing our craft. There will be plenty of time for show and tell, to laugh, and socialize.

Please feel free to send images for show and tell.


June 15

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Setting options for sampler quilts. Have you seen any that you love? Do you have a good pattern or a plan?



July 6     

Quilts of Valor Presentation and "Look Ma! No Templates!" (ZOOM)

Quilting with Rulers          Donna Worrell of Sew Biz

Machine quilting with templates can add spice and variety to your quilt tops. The best news is that it isn’t hard to do, even on a domestic sewing machine.  Donna will demonstrate a great way to kick your skills up a notch and add some zing to your quilting! 

July 10 (Saturday)

Live stream 3-hour workshop via zoom

Mini Mid-Mod Quilts

By David Owen Hastings from Sequim, WA  

12pm – 3 pm Eastern Time

Work small, Work smart, look great!

Find full info HERE

July 20

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Batting & stabilizers – what are your favorites? What to avoid?




August 3         

Kaffe Fassett: Glorious Color Liz Doughtery from FreeSpirit via ZOOM

Kaffe Fassett is a world renown icon in many worlds of making: needlepoint, knitting, fabric design and quilting.  In addition, he is a painter and interior designer. Kaffe explores the interplay of color, mood and motif in all of his work.

This lecture & trunk show will present an overview of Kaffe’s aesthetic by featuring many of his quilts and fabric designs. 

August 17

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Quilt backing & basting your quilt sandwich – this can be controversial – how do you do it?

What tools do you use?



September 7     

Clear carry bag with Marti S. 

Our own talented Marti will be guiding us as we make a see-thru sewing kit in one evening. This clear bag will become your favorite pouch for sewing tools or personal packing pouch when traveling. 

Visitor fee $5


September 21

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Selecting quilting designs – any experts out there? Quilt marking with stencils, marking pens, chalk, wash away, air erase, frixion pens – what works good on dark fabric? Any disasters?


October 5

Susan Lapham lecture: Making Something Out of Nothing.

This lecture begins with the story of Susan’s early life in places such as Jerusalem, Casablanca and Carthage and how the people in these often rural and poverty-stricken places make beautiful crafts from the materials at hand. Like pottery from the clay in the ground, baskets from the shoreline reeds, and textiles from the sheep’s wool, we learn about Susan’s minimalist approach taking bits of fabric to gorgeous quilts. In this one-hour virtual presentation, Susan will take you on her creative journey and you will see how her work has developed over the years and how she ‘makes something out of nothing.’


The improvisational quilts of Susan Lapham have been described as a lively dance between steady geometry and sparkling movement. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in prestigious national venues such as Form Not Function, Quilts=Art=Quilts and Quilt National. She has been a maker since childhood and started quilting by making four quilts – one for each of her brothers. Born in Jerusalem, Lapham grew up in the Middle East and North Africa. She received degrees in Cartography and Statistics and has worked for government and non-profit organizations as a mapmaker, statistician and senior executive. She is Director of a 60-year longitudinal study of aging funded by NIH in addition to being an artist.

October 19

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

How do you quilt? By hand or machine? How did you learn?

October 23 

Stash Blast in support of Virginia Quilt Museum

Location TBD, from 10-2. 

We will need about 7-12 local volunteers to help us set up tables and unload fabric before the start of the event and then we will need volunteers during the event to help straighten/organize and put out more fabric.  If those same volunteers could help us break everything down that would be super helpful too. 

Volunteers that can help from 8am-4pm  or part of the time please let Paula know at,




November  9    

The Secret is in the Batting                

Karin Tauber



November 16


Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Binding. By hand or machine? Bias? Piping? There's a lot to talk about . . .



December 7          

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 21

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

Show & tell. How did we do?

2022 TENTATIVE programs


Quilters Treasure: Blow Out Sale TBD

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.


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

Visitor fee $5

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