Community Service
Our annual Quilt-A-Thon was held this year on February 14th, 2018.
We made twin sized quilts for women residing at one of the House of Ruth Homes. Each recipient will be able to take that quilt with them when they transition to their new homes. Prior recipients of Quilt-A-Thon events 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.
  • Sewers and helpers were all welcome.
  • Prizes were awarded for correct answers to our infamous "Quilting Pop Quizzes" and a special door prize to the team that completed their quilt top first!
  • Lunch was provided by the NeedleChasers Board as our thank you to everyone participating. 

The members of NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase have always held a core value of Community Service.  We have donated hundreds of quilts to not-for-profit organizations as well as volunteering to share our expertise at many varied public events from the National Park Service to the Smithsonian. 

We strive to provide many ongoing opportunities for members to be involved in giving back to the community through quilting.  We try to have projects at every meeting for members to take home or work on at our Sewing Bees (4th Wednesday of the month) at the NCCC Church.

In addition to our Quilt-A-Thon, projects for 2018 include:

Ongoing Support for the House of Ruth KidsSpace; a program we have supported for more than 20 years – providing each child their own nap quilt.  If you are interesting in creating a quilt top for this program Ann Shirley (this program Coordinator) asks that you create a Kid-friendly quilt top that the Wee Bees will hand tied.  Preferred quilt sizes are approximately 35" x 45" or 33" x 35"  

Breast Cancer Pillows for Georgetown University Hospital Lombardi Cancer Center and the SOS (Survivors Offering Support) program,  Many thanks for our friends at Connecting Threads for allowing us to use their design to create our pillows.

Placemat Sets for a variety of organizations serving food-insecure populations such as Nourish Now!  

Drawstring Bags for Children living in Shelters to carry their belongings.

Quilt A Thon 1       

It is our goal to have Community Service project kits available to members at every NeedleChasers meeting.  If you'd like to offer your help or know of other community organizations that could use our assistance, please contact our Community Service Coordinator, Debbie Lamb-Mechanick.
 Wee Bees 

Past Quilt-A-Thons


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

  • To create 18-20 quilts for a local, community-based organization in a marathon sewing session.
  • 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. 
  • February 2016 20 lap quilts to be donated to the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.  Forty-five NeedleChasers participated in this day-long sewing session.  In 2016 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

   

 

 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.

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. 

 

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)
  • Project Linus www.projectlinus.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to donating handmade blankets for newborn to 18-year-old children in need of comfort. Its primary mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” The local Project Linus Chapter has regular monthly meetings on the fourth (4th) Monday of every month, 7-9 pm. These meetings will happen at Shaare Torah, 1409 Main St., Gaithersburg. Bring your Project Linus blanket projects or completed blankets. They have yarn, quilting fabric, and some knitting accessories for you to use in making blankets.   Chapter Coordinator: Carolyn Lichtenstein projectlinus.mc@gmail.com (240) 801-5779