Community Service
Our annual Quiltathon is held each year in February. In 2017, 27 finished quilts went to Stepping Stones. Such an industrious group of quilters!

NeedleChasers provides many opportunities for members to be involved in giving back to the community through quilting.  Generous giving of our time, talents and skills to local and not-for-profit organizations has always been a hallmark of NeedleChasers.  We have:

  • Donated hundreds of quilts to organizations, shelters, and hospitals
  • Volunteered at needlework and quilt shows, given presentations; and
  • Created quilts and other items to be sold, or auctioned to raise money for non-profit organizations.
Quilt A Thon 1       
NeedleChasers service projects including Wee Bees, our Annual Quilt-A-Thon, Preemie Quilts and one-time events are described below.  If you'd like to offer your help or know of other community organizations that could use our assistance, please contact our Guild President.
 Wee Bees 


In February 2016, NeedleChasers held our annual Quilt-A-Thon and created 20 lap quilts to be donated to the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.  Forty-five NeedleChasers participated in this day-long sewing session.  This year we used a new technique for "half-square triangles" called "Garden in the Park Quilt - Revamped", developed by the Missouri Star Quilt Company; for more information on his block, members can consult our March 2016 newsletter.

At left, Community Services Chair, Tobi Greenblatt, presents the completed quilts to staff of the Hebrew Home. 


Every year NeedleChasers come together.......

  • To create 18-20 quilts for a local, community-based organization in a marathon sewing session.
  • A free lunch is provided to thank everyone for all their hard work.
  • Prior recipients include: IONA Senior Center, HSC Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center Outpatient Hemodialysis Unit Stepping Stones, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

Quilt-A-Thon 2015 Benefits The Greentree Shelter!

  • NeedleChasers presented almost 50 quilts to The Greentree Shelter this spring, representing both our Quiltathon and the tied quilts produced by WeeBees. The quilts are for use in the day care program.
  • Picture at top right:  Community Service chair Tobi Greenblatt admires the finished quilts; center, presentation of quilts to Dahlia Levin of the Greentree Shelter; bottom, sample of quilt for donation to day care program at DC General.
  • At the Cut-A-Thon, we -also produced kits for nap quilts to be donated to the DC General Shelter.  Members will complete these kits on their own.


 Recent Community Service Activities

2013 - 2014 - Projects for CSAAC(Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children)

 NeedleChasers made these colorful placemats for CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children), which provides job training for autistic adults. They will brighten the tables of adults in independent living.
CSAAC clients made these striking blocks for NeedleChasers to assemble into a "house" raffle quilt for CSAAC's 2014 gala dinner
The CSAAC Quilt under construction and completed.

Quiltathon 2013

Our Quiltathon quilts went  to Walter Reed!  Tobi Greenblatt, Community Service chair for NeedleChasers, presents the quilts to Steve Maguire, head of Family Services at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and himself a Viet Nam vet. To see many of the 28 finished quilt tops, click here for our Parade of Quilts.

October 2013 - Cuddle Quilts for Montgomery County Child Protective Services

NeedleChasers came together to complete 18 rag, fleece, and minkee quilts for children being removed on an emergency basis from their homes by Child Protective services.  While the project recipients are a serious cause, we had fun creating together as a guild.  Thank you one and all. 


Preemie Blankets

An ongoing project benefiting the Children's National Medical Center

  • Approximately 100 preemie quilts are donated each year
  • Fast, easy service projects for members who are long on giving but short on time.
  • Kits are available at meetings for members to take home to complete.
  • If you would like to make some Preemie Blankets, click here to download instructions .

One Time Projects

In addition, in recent years NeedleChasers have designed and created original quilts:

  • To support fund-raising for the House of Ruth and the National Foster Parent Association.
  • Worked with Children's International Art Outreach to help refugee children and those displaced by Hurricane Katrina capture their feelings about home.
  • Actively supported QuiltPink, a project that raises money for the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Foundation

Other Charitable Organizations Seeking Quilt Donations
From time to time we receive information from our fellow NeedleChasers regarding charitable organizations that they support or are aware of who would like to receive donations of quilts.  These are not NeedleChaser sponsored activities but rather ones in which our members engage and would like to share with their fellow quilters.  Some groups use donated quilts for patients/clients, others to sell or raffle them for fund raising activities.  The organizations may have specific requirements as to size, fabrics or construction methods.  We recommend contacting the organization listed before embarking on your quilting project.  If you know of any other Washington Metropolitan area not-for-profit organization that can use donated quilts please contact Debbie Lamb-Mechanick with the details for inclusion in this portion of the Website.
  • Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Auxiliary (8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD) is seeking both quilted and knitted items for their "Yarns for Warmth" program that is serving the chemotherapy unit of the hospital.  Anyone who wishes to have their blanket designated only for terminally ill or seriously ill patients can do so by contacting the Auxiliary and letting them know.  They need blankets that are 40" wide and 50-55" long.  These lap quilts become the property of the patient.  The hospital would also appreciate smaller (40" square) quilts for their littlest patients in their Emergency Pediatrics Unit and the Knots for Shots program that serves needy families in the county.  For further information or to make quilted or knitted donation please contact Phyllis Donoghue, President Suburban Hospital Auxiliary. (suggested by Nancy Baltz)