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Participate in our Community Quilt Project this summer!


A community quilt is a collaborative sewing project where each block is created by a different member of the community. Design and sew a 6.5" square unfinished block of 100% cotton fabric and be a part of our community quilt. Create your block either at home or in The Shop and drop it off at your nearest library location by October 1st to participate. The Shop staff will piece and quilt all of the participant's blocks and display the finished project at the Library in the fall! 

  • Jun. 1 - Oct. 1: Quilt Block Drop Off  
  • Novermber- Quilt Displayed at Central Library 

Please note that quilt blocks will not be returned. If submitted quilt blocks do not meet community standards, staff reserve the right not to include them in the final quilt project.


Shop staff will provide programs and project assistance throughout the summer. For quilters of all skill levels: 

In coordination with our Summer Reading Program, this year's theme is Oceans of Possibilities.

Check out templates, instructions, and resources below.

Questions? Please contact The Shop staff at or (703)-228-7718

Instructions & Templates

A quilt is a multi-layered textile, traditionally made up of two layers of fabric with a filler material. These layers commonly include a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back combined using the techniques of quilting.

To participate in this community quilt we ask that you only submit a block that will be part of the cloth top.

Shop Tools and Supplies

​​​​​​During Open Lab the following are available for public use:

  • Five Brother Model CS6000i Sewing Machines with 60 built-in stitches.
  • One Brother SE400 embroidery machine with 67 built-in stitches, 5 lettering fonts, and 70 built-in embroidery designs for a 4” x 4” embroidery area. You can also upload your own designs to this machine.
  • One Brother 1034D Serger for finishing the edges and hems of a wide range of fabrics.
  • Shears and rotary cutters, assorted cutting mats and quilting rulers, pins, seam rippers, bobbins, and assorted presser feet (including walking feet).

Resources and Inspiration