Meetings 

 We warmly invite members of the quilting community to attend our program meetings. All visitors will be required to pay a fee of $5 at the door.  The guest fee may be applied towards a membership fee that day.  We meet the 2nd Wednesday each month, coffee at 9:30, meeting from 10 AM - 12 noon, at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (click here for directions.) Workshops require registration in advance of the event.

Winter Weather Policy.  NeedleChasers follows the lead of the Montgomery County Public Schools: if school is cancelled, or a delayed opening, then a NeedleChasers meeting for that day is cancelled
Our Next Meetings.......
  May 10, 2017: Donna Clauer Stufft - Journey into Innovative Quilting, 10 AM, Harlow Hall
Donna is an avid quilter who enjoys suffering from a serious fabric addiction. She's been sewing since she was 12, having inherited her love of quilting and the needle arts from her Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. Inspired by their work, she started quilting over 40 years ago. She began to explore innovative "surface design" techniques in fiber and to incorporate them into her quilts in 1997, and this journey led her to "art quilts." Each piece starts as an original acrylic painting on a canvas of cotton fabric, to which borders, batting, and backing are added. Raw-edge piecing adds texture, while free-motion thread sketching enhances detail and color. Stitching through the layers creates highlights on the loft as well as subtle shadows in the valleys. Using brightly bold colors or softly muted shades, she loves to interpret the beauty that she finds in nature. From a distance, her art quilts appear to be traditional paintings; the fact that they are actually quilts made of fabric is not obvious until the viewer gets closer.

The Annapolis Quilt Guild will be bringing their raffle quilt to our May meeting. Their show is set for June 10 and 11.
 
  May 24, 2017: Sit and Sew, 10 AM, Community Room
Bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow NeedleChasers for a morning of sewing.
  June 14, 2017: Field Trip to Material Girls Quilt Boutique and lunch at Casey Jones Restaurant in La Plata, MD

This day trip (8:45 AM - 4:00 PM) will depart from and return to North Chevy Chase Christian Church. We will start our outing with a shopping spree at Material Girls Quilt Boutique, which is an inspiring shop with high-quality fabrics and helpful tools and quilting notions. Once we satisfy our need for fabric we will head over to Casey Jones Restaurant where we will have a private room to enjoy eating and sharing time together. We have three lunch options: grilled chicken salad, vegetarian black bean cake sandwich, or a 100% Angus beef burger. If you have not already selected your lunch item, you will be receiving an email from Nancy Balz asking for your selection.

The $45 fee includes the bus trip and lunch. Here is a link to the registration form.
 
 

June 28, 2017: Sit and Sew, 10 AM, Community Room
Bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow NeedleChasers for a morning of sewing.

 
 

July 12, 2017: Heather Kojan - Traditional to Modern, 10 AM, Harlow Hall

Heather’s lecture will tell us about her grandmother’s quilts – feed sack quilts from the 30’s - 50’s, her own ‘traditional’ quilts and then her migration to modern quilts. She’ll talk about founding the Baltimore Modern Quilt guild, hallmarks of modern quilts, some of her published quilts and she’ll present current works in progress. 50-60 quilts will be presented.



 
 
July 26, 2017: Sit and Sew, 10 AM, Community Room

Bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow NeedleChasers for a morning of sewing.


 
 
August 9, 2017: Pat Dee - Color Your Fabric, 10 AM, Harlow Hall

The “summer day camp” meeting will be a relaxing and light-hearted morning of a little business and the fun of coloring with inksticks, pencils and pens on fabric.  Plan to come to learn about nonrepresentational motifs which can be used to create patterns, try out different techniques, and then take your work home to make into a notebook cover or other small project.  NCCC member Pat “Dee” DiPietrantonio is a certified Zentangle instructor and experienced teacher of small and large groups from Capitol Quilts to the Sandy Spring Museum.  She will introduce us to her method of coloring fabric and drawing to create repetitive patterns and beautiful images.  The method is intuitive and can serve as a warm-up exercise for artists and also as an intentional practice on shifting focus and perspective for quilters.  A materials fee of $5 will cover fabric, inksticks, pencils and all other supplies. We will be passing around a sign-up sheet at the general meetings. So please let us know if you are interested. We will be collecting $5 fee at the meetings also.


 
 
August 23, 2017: Sit and Sew, 10 AM, Community Room

Bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow NeedleChasers for a morning of sewing.


 
 
September 13, 2017: David Taylor - Artistry Through Applique, 10 AM, Harlow Hall

 

David Taylor is known for the highly detailed appliquéd images featured in his award winning quilts created by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painterly’ effect. David will present a digital slideshow of his award-winning art quilts and humorous anecdotes about the creative process behind his works. David hopes to inspire quilters through his love of fabric and meticulous attention to detail.

 


 
 
September 14, 2017: David Taylor - Pictorial Hand Applique Workshop, 10 AM to 4 PM, Harlow Hall

 

This workshop demonstrates David’s layered, hand appliqué technique with simple appliqué shapes using freezer paper templates and liquid starch. The class will also cover how he builds his pictorial wall quilts and how to get beautiful details by letting the fabric choices do all the hard work. The fee is $70 plus $10 for the pattern or $30 for the kit (which is the pattern plus pre-washed fabric).

The Pattern only option is $10 and includes full color instructions, full-size pattern, and freezer paper appliqué templates for the 14"x10" humming bird. David's advice is that if you bring your own fabrics, you should research humming bird images online and bring plenty of scraps to create a bird in the colors of your choosing. Visit http://davidtaylorquilts.com/onlineshop.html to view the Summer Garden (humming bird) pattern online.

The Kit option is $30 and includes the pattern as stated above along with pre-washed fabric swatches and background fabric.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants. Once it fills, you will be placed on a waitlist. The registration sheet is here.

 

 
 
September 27, 2017: Sit and Sew, 10 AM, Community Room
Bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow NeedleChasers for a morning of sewing.


 
October 11, 2017: Karen Eckmeier - Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes, 10 AM, Harlow Hall

Karen shares two totally different techniques with the same fun results! She presents her two favorite approaches to playing with fabrics: Fabric collage (Happy Villages) and layered/topstitching (Accidental Landscapes). This lighthearted and informative power point presentation will show you how the techniques evolved and will inspire you to try fabric collage or layered/topstitching in your own creations. 


 
 
October 12, 2017: Karen Eckmeier - Happy Villages, 10 AM, Harlow Hall

This workshop will explore the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to trace ... Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Glue and tulle is used to hold everything down. Step by step your little village will magically come to life.  Finished size 16 1/2 inch square. The fee is $60. We will have registrations available online here at our website by the May 8th meeting and we will have some at the general meeting also.



 
LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2017-2018
November 8, 2017 Maria Spetalnik - Organize Your Sewing Room
December 13, 2017 Holiday Luncheon
January 10, 2018 Demo Day
February 14, 2018 Quilt-a-Thon

About Our Other Programs........

"Brown Bag Meetings"

  • Informal gatherings held directly after the scheduled meetings.
  • May tie into the subject of the program or can be an independent topic of interest. 
  • Past brown bag opportunities have been demonstrations of techniques, discussions of quilting questions, and sharing commentary on quilting DVDs. 
  • We are always open to new topics to explore.
  • Members are encouraged to bring a "brown bag" lunch if desired.

"Wee Bees"

  • 1st Wednesday of each month benefiting various not-for-profit organizations.
  • See Community Service page for further details

"Sit-and-Sew Bees"

  • Generally held the 4th Wednesday of each month 
  • Meet in the community room at NCCC Church from 9:30 am to 2 pm.
  • Sit and Sew - Members come to work on a project of their own or Community Service Projects or just join in for some caffeine and calories!
  • “Boutique Bees” specialty meetings where techniques or projects for the Artisan Boutique are constructed.  Members wanting to sit and sew on their own projects are ALWAYS welcomed!