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.       


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  

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:

Registration is OPEN

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 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 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

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


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     


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 

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. 

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 19

Chat Bee will meet via ZOOM

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

October 22 (Monday - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE and TIME)

A Trunk Show with Bonnie Hunter

Bonnie Hunter lecture with a trunk show of approx 100 quilts. Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”.  She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. 

When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time piecing scrap quilts, enjoying the peaceful reward of English paper piecing and  hand quilting as much as machine work, and loving life in her wooded surroundings in beautiful rural Wallburg, North Carolina, A suburb of Winston-Salem. 

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


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

Sunday October 21, 2021     

Bonnie Hunter Workshop        Postponed from 2020!  

Registration is OPEN  

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




November  9    

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


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.

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