Tuesday, May 12, 2015

VCQ in Blackstone

Sue and Elizabeth are active members of the Virginia Consortium of Quilters.  In fact, Sue is currently the President of this state-wide guild which meets quarterly in different spots all over the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our May meeting was held last weekend in Blackstone, VA, at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center.  Since their website is currently being revamped, you can find some information about this facility on their Facebook page.
A beautiful old campus which was a “girls college” over 100 years ago, this facility is ideal for our meetings.  We sleep, eat, and quilt all under one gigantic roof!  Formerly the 2-year Blackstone Female Institute / Blackstone College for Girls, the building and grounds are now owned by the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  It draws 19,000 visitors a year.  The late actress, Bea Arthur of the “Golden Girls", was an alumnus of this college.
It's a step back in time to spend a weekend in this vast Victorian structure with a graceful center stairway, high ceilings, wide hallways and spacious rooms.

We have been scheduling 1 meeting a year here for the last several years and always look forward to returning.  VCQ's purpose is to promote quilting in the state of Virgina, provide education about quilting and community service, and share resources with other quilters in the state.   During each quarterly meeting we have a day of workshops with 3-4 choices, a group working on the community service project, and a Come Quilt with Me Group.  We have a boxed lunch followed by a business meeting, and at the end of the day, show & tell of the days' classes as well as other projects people might bring.  VCQ also has a retreat every other year with nationally known teachers.  If you live or work in Virginia, consider joining us.  More information can be found on the website at www.vcq.org

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