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.......
  March 22, 2017: Sit and Sew, 10 AM, Community Room
Bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow NeedleChasers for a morning of sewing.
  April 12, 2017: Rachel Derstine - My Quilting Journey: Boundaries and Beyond. 10 AM, Harlow Hall
Rachel's PowerPoint presentation will show images of many of her quilts, including photos of the process of how she constructs her quilts. She will also being a few of her quilts to show.

Friendship Star Quilt Guild will bring their raffle quilt to our April 22 meeting, along with details about their quilt show, set for April 28-30 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

April 13, 2017: Rachel Derstine Workshop: Artful Couching. 10 AM - 4 PM, Harlow Hall
A full-day class on piecing a Square-Within-a-Square quilt  (top photo; you an make this quilt as a 42" x 18" table runner or as a 42" x 36" wall quilt out of 6" finished squares) or fusing a Raindrop quilt (bottom photo, 14" x 14"). Then learn he art of couching with yarns to create texture, flow, and extra pizzazz.  Smaller versions of this quilt can be made if the students wish. The class will show you the many ways to use couching for definition and sparkle by incorporating a variety of cording yarns and metallic threads in your work.

Here is a link to the materials list.
The registration sheet is here. Fee is $60

  April 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.
 
  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 biber 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 will select our entrees at a later date when the restaurant's summer menu is available.

The $45 fee includes the bus trip and lunch. Here is a link to the registration form.
 
LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2017
July 12, 2017 Heather Kojan: Traditional to Modern
August 9, 2017 Summer Camp: Color Your Fabric
September 13, 2017 David Taylor: Artistry through Applique
September 14, 2017 David Taylor: Pictorial Hand Applique Workshop
October 11, 2017 Karen Eckmeier: Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes
October 12, 2017 Karen Eckmeier: Happy Villages Fabric Collage Workshop
November 8, 2017 Maria Spetalnik - Organize Your Sewing Room
December 13, 2017 Holiday Luncheon

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!