Falls Church Quilters Unlimited December 2008
Dear Quilting Friends,
As I write this note the day after our November meeting, I still feel exited about all the
upcoming projects and events. The dinner and silent auction on Saturday, December 6 at
6 pm is a great way to kick off the holiday season and do some shopping. I hope all the
bees and individuals will be donating creative, high-quality quilt-related items (Frances
Hart is offering her beach house that comes with quilting dvds). Those who want to
participate in the gift exchange, should bring a gift costing no more than $10 to put under
In the spirit of giving, it is wonderful that FCQU will be donating 17 Quilts of Valor to
Bethesda Naval Hospital in the next two weeks. Pat McKay will arrange to have them
delivered to Marine patients who have served our country. Thanks to everyone who
participated in this project, especially Deb Shelter who coordinated the effort and to
Denise O'Rear who quilted many of the quilts.
I was glad to hear your positive response to the request from Ronald McDonald House at
Fairfax Inova Hospital for quilts. Beth Suddaby and I will meet with the House
Operations Manager to determine the specific requirements (size, style, color, etc.). I will
then present the proposal to Big QU with the hope that several chapters would like
to participate (this is too big a project for just our chapter) I'll keep you posted.
In this time of giving thanks, I'm especially appreciative of our quilt guild - creative,
generous and inspiring friends - and we all find out who our Secret Sister is in two
Quilt of the Month Blocks- November/December—the Halloween house are due
on December 6th. Remember the change in instructions for the piece above and
below the window—1 ½ not 2. January Block of the Month is a star with a
snowball center that forms a snowman face. Background and center provided.
Buttons for the eyes and mouth with come from Amy Loar’s button bottle.
Cat Blocks for Charity Quilts go back to Leslie Jo Waters.
Winter Quilt Blocks—A, B, C went out in November and are due back in January.
Holy Trinity Church on Arlington Blvd, Falls Church
SAVE THESE DATES
March 15, 2009 Spring Quilt IN TBA
June 4, 2009 Annual Meeting Dulles Expo Center
June 5-7, 2009 QU Quilt Show Dulles Expo Center
Starting with the November meeting we have added a fabric swap. Bring a 10
inch carefully cut square from your stash and “Check In” with Denise O’Rear.
She will give you a ticket and at break you can collect a new fabric of the same
style. You may bring a many squares as you want to swap.
December- focus on the Auction, no swap
January- 1930’s fabrics
February- Bright Prints
March- Leaf prints of any color
April- focus on the Spring Auction
June- Red White and Blue
Bee Jobs for 2008-2009
Bee Name Refreshments/Door Prize FC Job BIG QU JOB
Piecemakers February 2009 Spring Auction Sully
Loose Threads January 2009 Holiday Silent Auction Volunteer Coord
Old Sew & Sews/Killer Bees
November 2008 Holiday Clean up Dolls, Wearables,
Ms.Behavins September 2008 Spring Setup/Clean up Donation to Auction
Patchwork October 2008 Holiday Set up Quilt Collectors
PROGRAMS FOR 2008-2009
December 6 Potluck and Silent Auction
February 20 French Fuse Applique
Ann Holmes (www.AnnHolmsStudios.com)
March 20 What Judges Think
Judi Gunter (www.quiltjudge.com)
Guild Scrapbook 2007/08
Our historian is requesting any photos taken at the Quilt Retreat in
November be shared with her for our scrapbook. Remember fun together
and in individual cabins makes us the close knit group we are. Photos
help make those memories last.
2008 Challenge Quilt Reminder--“Romance”
It’s hard to believe that January is almost here. It’s time to finish, ok start.
The guidelines: Create a quilt, wall hanging, or table runner using
“Romance” as the theme. You may decide to include hearts, doves, lace,
flowers, etc; fabrics, designs and shapes that remind you of romance.
Please limit each side of your quilt to a maximum of 48 inches. We will
unveil our “completed” challenges in January 2009 just in time for
Valentines Day. Any questions call or email Theresa DeFore at 703-536-
7611 or email@example.com.
Please remember to bring your final gift to your Secret Pal to the holiday dinner.
You should include a card, and you can sign your real name, revealing your
identity. Hope you enjoyed the renewal of one of our old activities over the past
few months. Theresa and Judy
Remember that Alert Alert in prior newsletters, looking for a bag with 50th Birthday
hearts at the bottom? It was FOUND!! Yeah, one more quilter’s life saved.
HOLIDAY DINNER AUCTION
This is one of our two fundraising activities. Be a part and help pad our Treasury for
a fun agenda in the new year. It will help to have extra $$ as we contemplate adding
a new feature to our annual retreat, in which those who don't "spend the night" can
come enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship of our membership in a large common
room. Also, we need money to lure some top speakers to our gatherings. Put on
your thinking caps and help us have a great display of must-have quilted or fabric
items. Thanks to everyone for participating in the holiday message-signing block. We
hope you will bid on these blocks that will serve as remembrances of our members.
Come with your potluck and your checkbook. You can make shopping for friends
easy this year by getting a lot of it done on December 6. See you there!
Come Prepared with Your Auction Items Ready—use the Auction Bid Form
Donated By: ______________________________________________________
Minimum Bid: _____________________________________________________
Holiday Cards to Wounded and Recovering Soldiers
Walter Reed Army Medical Center cannot accept packages, letters, and holiday
cards addressed to 'Any Wounded Soldier' or 'A Recovering American Soldier'.
The U.S. Postal Service is no longer accepting "Any Service Member" or "A
Recovering American Soldier" letters or packages. However, through a unique
partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc.,
communities across America are invited to mail cards along with personal
messages of support to wounded service members. With the support of the U.S.
Department of Defense and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and with help
from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, the American Red Cross will collect,
review and distribute holiday greeting cards to wounded military personnel. For
security reasons, the Red Cross will be able to accept only holiday cards. Red
Cross volunteers will receive and bundle the cards, which will be shipped by
Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. Then, Red Cross volunteers at the medical
facilities will distribute the cards throughout the holiday season.
Please address your holiday cards to:
We Support You During Your Recovery!
c/o American Red Cross
P.O. Box 419
Savage, MD 20763-0419
Cards must be received no later than December 27. Also, please refrain from using
glitter or any other inserts that would not be appropriate in a hospital environment.
People who want to express their appreciation to American service members may also
consider making a donation to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations
dedicated to helping our troops and their families listed on the "America Supports You"
Officers 2008-2009 Quilt Year
President: Gail Wentzell 703-527-7227 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President: Kathy Chevalier 703-354-9467 Kathleen.email@example.com
Secretary: Arlene Wagner 703-556-0250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Judy Shapleigh 703-532-4305 email@example.com
Historian: Diane Hill 703-534-1961 firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Ed: Beth Suddaby 703-876-2821 email@example.com
Nominating Chair: Rosie Pilkerton 703-573-8042 firstname.lastname@example.org