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     


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.

Color coding of calendar:

* 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 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.           

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


June 2   


A Day for Quilts – An Outdoor Community Quilt Show  - June 2, 2020

The Quilting Party will “host” an outdoor and very impromptu

Quilt Show for the New River Valley on

Tuesday, June 2,

from 9 am – 7 pm.

Read more here...



Follow the steps of Virginia quilt makers and how their stories were brought to life in the book, “The Quilts of Virginia: Birth of America Through the Eye of a Needle,” based on the Virginia Consortium of Quliters' documentation days.

Contact for more information

​June 6       Sewing Area / Studio Tour CANCELLED!  

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.


June 21        CANCELLED!                 

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Squaring up blocks

​June 27 Virginia Quilt Museum Stash Blast:   CANCELLED!  

July  7      

Join via Zoom to discover Healthy Quilting For ALL AGES 

Presented by Paula Golden


Proper body mechanics and ergonomic work spaces (computer, sewing, ironing and quilting) are the keys to quilting longevity. Learn ten easy tips to make your workspace healthy and efficient.

July 14

Chat Club will meet via ZOO

Open discussion on various ways of labeling quilts. If possible show samples or be prepared to show your labels. Which pens to you use? Do you embroider or print the text on fabric? What information should go on a label?

July 19       CANCELLED!                   

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  How to add borders

August 3      

Join via Zoom to RE, RE, RE…… recycle, reuse, repurpose  

Presented by Christina Thomas


Take a tour of the kitchen, office supply store, and hardware store in search of things you can repurpose for your sewing and quilting needs. 

This light-hearted but informative take on using items not normally associated with sewing, will keep you intrigued right from the start as  familiar objects will be viewed in a new light.

August 16      CANCELLED!                          

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  How to make a quilt sandwich

September 1 

Join via Zoom: ZOOMING Beyond Borders               


Informal show-and-tell meeting format involving TQP Members sharing quilts they with unique borders.

Travel past the far horizons and view new ways creating your future quilt borders. Look beyond the typical use of a single strip of matching fabric. Members are encouraged to share different border design possibilities during the zoom session.

September 20   CANCELLED!            

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Quilt through three layers

October 6  TBD - watch for update

Liz Doughtery from Free Spirit will talk about Kaffe Fassett,

what inspires his designs and color selections


Visitor fee $5

October 18              CANCELLED!                 

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Binding Basics

November 10  Quilts of Valor TBD - watch for updates

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts. Quilts of Valor has nearly 8,000 members nationwide, who have awarded nearly 200,000 Quilts of Valor to military members.

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

Visitor fee $5



November 8     CANCELLED!            

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  How to add a hanging sleeve to your quilt

December 1 

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    CANCELLED!            

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Create a label to document your quilt

2021 - tentative programs!

January 5

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.

January 17                

Community Quilt Bee,    

Topic:  TBD

February 2:

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

February 21              

Community Quilt Bee

Topic:  TBD

March 2  

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 21              

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Rotary Butting Tools and Techniques


April 6     

  Kathy Gabrysch  – Hexies to Pieces   

visitor fee $5         


April 18             

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Hand piecing

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: postponed from May 2020

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 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 16          

Community Quilt Bee,

Topic:  Machine piecing


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



July 6     

  Clear carry bag with Marti Snyder   

Visitor fee $5          


August 3         

Charity Quilt Sewing evening    


September 7         


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    




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!

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