Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sewing and Shopping -- Join us this weekend!

We've got a big summer weekend planned with sewing in Falls Church and a shopping trip out to Gooba Designs in Burke, VA. Read on for details below and we hope to see you there!  


The sewing day is this Saturday, June 20th at the Falls Church Episcopal Church on Lee Highway in Falls Church, VA.  Bring your machines and current projects and sew the day away with us from 10am until 5pm. Since it’s a new venue for our group, here are some important details about the church:  

Location:  The Falls Church Episcopal is located at 115 East Fairfax St., Falls Church, VA  22046; this is near the large intersection of Rt. 29/Lee Hwy and Rt. 7/Leesburg Pike in the heart of Falls Church City.

Parking:  You’ll want to approach the church grounds from the south on East Fairfax St. and there is a small parking lot directly across from the church on the south side of East Fairfax.  You can access this lot from Douglass Ave. and you’ll see little signs that say “Church Parking” even though it’s not totally obvious that it’s a church lot at first (the larger paved area is shared by lots of other commercial buildings in that area).  See map below:

Room:  We’ll be in the Nicolson Hall/Auditorium on the left side as you look at the map of the church; this is closest to the intersection of Lee Highway and East Fairfax St.  

Entering the Building:  I’ll have a key to the door closest to the Nicolson Hall but most other doors around the church will be locked.  The door isn’t clearly marked but we’ll leave a rock in the door to prop it open while people are arriving and unloading their things.  It’s the first unmarked door that’s off a little path as you walk through the grassy church grounds.  When coming in and out of the door, please try to leave the rock in place so the door doesn’t lock behind you.  Thanks! See the Google street view image below:

Equipment:  Please make sure to bring an extension cord and/or surge protectors with long cords to plug in your machines.  There are only a handful of outlets around the room and it shouldn’t be too much of a problem but I wanted to let people know not to forget their extension cords! And, as usual, bring cutting boards and irons to share if you can. Thanks!

Food and Drink:  Phew!  Now that we’ve made it this far we can focus on other things!  Like sewing and lunch.  ;-)  There is a little kitchenette (and bathroom) right off the room where we’ll be sewing.   The church staff has let me know we are welcome to use it.  So!  If you’d like to bring anything to eat/drink for lunch, that’s totally fine.  Otherwise, we are very close to several options for lunch.  There are lots of short-drive choices on Rt. 7 in Falls Church and there’s also a few things walkable from the church (off the top of my head, what I’m thinking of is a nearby plaza with a Caribbean Plate chicken place and a Dunkin’ Donuts if you need a coffee fix).  And, as always, if people feel like bringing snacks and such to share, please do!

Questions?  Email me at !


And on Sunday, June 21st, we’ve been invited out to Burke, VA to shop with Kristin of Gooba Designs!  You may have read this post about one of our newest business members.  You can check out her Etsy shop from the link in the sidebar.  And, as our luck would have it, Kristin and her family are moving in July and she needs our help to relieve her fabric load!  If you’re happy to oblige, join us between 1pm and 5pm this coming Sunday.  After seeing the great little fabric bundles (see pic below!) and Aurifil thread sets she had at the Denyse Schmidt lecture, I know I’m excited about shopping her inventory!  If you think you may try to make it out to Gooba Designs for this shop stop, email me at and let me know or comment below.  Then I’ll send you the address of Kristin’s home so you can find the fabric.  Kids are welcome if you need to bring them along while fathers are at home catching a siesta for Father’s Day!  

Email me at with any questions and we hope you can join us for at least one or both quilty adventures this upcoming weekend!  


  1. YAY! I'm excited for the opportunity to buckle down and get some sewing done with my sewing friends. Sadly I can't make it to Burke on Sunday but I hope everyone else can help Kristin clear out some inventory.

  2. Hoping to come for both. Sat I can only stay for a few hrs.

  3. looking forward to it! I'll bring a cutting mat/rulers