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Join Us for Our 43rd Annual Quilt Show!

June 3-5, 2016 
Show Hours: Friday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm | Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm |Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151

Admission fee: $10/day. $15/all three days.

For general inquiries about the Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show, please contact Betsy Stone, Show Chair 2016, via email:

Special Exhibits at the Quilt Show

Virginia's Beautiful Waters

Betsy Stone, 2016 Quilt Show Chair, announced the theme of the 2016 Quilt Show challenge is "Virginia's Beautiful Waters".  The challenge is to create a quilt that best expresses your idea of the theme.  It can be an art, pictorial quilt or a quilt in "theme related" colors i.e., blues for ocean, white & green for waterfalls in the woods, green & brown for "Dismal Swamp", etc. 

This exhibit will showcase members' art, pictorial or traditional quilts that best expresses the idea of Virginia's beautiful waters. 

John Kelly of the Washington Post, featured one of these quilts titled "The Bunny Man" in his column on February 24, 2016. To learn more, read the article

Inspired by the National Parks

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, 148 fiber artists, several who are members of Quilters Unlimited, created original art quilts to depict landscapes, flora and fauna of the 59 National Parks.

A portion of these quilts were shown at the International Quilt Festival this past fall in Houston, and all of the quilts then were exhibited at Road to California in January. This is the debut of the entire collection of 177 quilts on the east coast! The collection will continue to travel to a variety of venues through 2017. To learn more about this project, check out the website: or order the book

The quilts to the right were made to honor Rocky Mountain National Park. Barbara Hollinger made the landscape, Nancy Evans did the aspen, and Catherine Kane did the mountain lion. The quilts in the Inspired by the National Parks collection offer a wide range of styles, techniques, interpretations, artistry and materials.

Bring the Kids

Kids of all ages are always welcome at our annual Quilt Show! Why not share your love of textiles with our youth? They'll benefit from quality time spent with you and the opportunity to learn something fun by employing their senses and enjoying up close examples of limitless subject matter, texture and color. Spark their creativity and you'll give them a gift for life!

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to learn about activities planned especially for the younger set.


Quilt Show Class Registrations are Open! 

These teachers will be offering classes at our  2016 Show:

Come to the Annual Meeting Saturday June 4 at 5:30pm 
It's so easy this year!

QU is excited to welcome Susan Carlsona nationally and internationally known quilt artist who will teach classes on her fabric collage technique and be the speaker at the Annual Meeting.  She is the author of Free-Style Quilts and Serendipity Quilts.Check out her website:

She has recently finished a 25-foot quilted crocodile (which luckily has no relative swimming in Virginia’s Beautiful Waters). Susan’s quilts are award winning and amazing.

The meeting will be held in the newly constructed classrooms just to the left of the Dulles Expo entrance.  It will start at 5:30, Saturday June 4, after the Quilt Show closes at 5.  The Burke guild will be providing appetizers and beverages.

There will be a short Big QU meeting with election of officers for next year and recognition of the current slate followed by a trunk show and lecture, Fabric Images, by Susan Carlson.

QU Show Volunteers Needed

Calling all QU Chapter Members! Our Quilt Show continues to be a success because of your commitment as volunteers. There are lots of opportunities to help during the five days of truck loading, set-up, show time and take-down. Most assignments are not strenuous and some are even seated.

To sign up for one of more shifts please click on the button above to go to Volunteer Spot.   This is an easy to use recruitment tool. No password needed. If you encounter any problems with the sign up process please contact the Quilt Show Volunteer Coordinator, Darlene Howke at

Shopping at the Show!

More than 60 companies will be offering fabric, thread, patterns, notions and so much more at our show! View our list of vendors to see who will be there.  

A special thank you to our 2016 corporate sponsors, Quilters Studio, SewBatik, and Traditions at the White Swan. (Vendor questions, please contact

Bus Tour Discounts

Quilters Unlimited welcomes guilds from all of the mid-Atlantic states to attend our wonderful quilt exhibit. To show our appreciation, we offer a discounted admission rate to groups of fifteen or more, coming by bus. Plan to bus with your quilt guild or art group to our next show!

Instructions for making your quilt ready for the show

Please make your label and sleeve by following these instructions.