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, our NeedleChasers meeting for that day is also cancelled. If the schools have a delayed opening, our NeedleChasers meeting will take place at it's regular time.
Our Next Meetings.......
   

February 28, 2018: Sit and Sew, 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room

Tough Enough Totes and Fabric Greeting Cards

We can never get enough of these items for our Boutique. This year we are adding a technique to make incredibly sturdy covered cotton web handles for the Tough Enough Totes courtesy of our friends at Del Ray Fabrics! Greeting cards fly off our proverbial shelves and we can use as many fun fabric cards as we can make - so join us and stretch your creative muscles to create innovative mini fabric treasures! 

Sewing Machine Needed. Lunch provided.

 

 
 
March 14, 2018: Judy Kirpich - Working in a Series, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Judy practices improvisational quilting, not using appliqué or fusing, but machine piecing and machine quilting all of her large pieces. She likes to work in a series to focus on issues that are emotionally meaningful to her. Judy has achieved fluidity with circles and arcs along with a tension of bars set at angles that make her work fascinating to look at. Her color choices are bold and yet subtle. She will discuss the process of working in series: how she picks her subjects, what's different and the same with the pieces in the series, how she knows when she's done with a series and it's time to move on. 



 
 

March 28, 2018: Sit and Sew, 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room

Notebook Covers

Again, one of the most popular and fun items to sew, we always sell out this item.  Join us to make some of these one of a kind notebook covers and we will be happy to supply you with the measurements for a notebook of your choice!

Sewing Machine Needed. Lunch provided.


 
 


April 11, 2018: Carly Mul - Playing with Fabric and Color, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Carly Mul will be talking about fabric, color and collage. She will define what is a collage, talk about how to make a collage by discussing what fabrics to choose and what colors to select.

Afternoon Scissors Collage Workshop: Noon to 4 PM in Harlow Hall
Cost $15
Registration now open!

Cost includes the instruction and scissors pattern on Pattern Ease along with fusible. You will need to provide fabric scraps in two focus colors. Look for fabrics with big prints with flowers, circles, paisleys, ...  No solids!

Please bring a brown bag lunch. We will start immediately after the meeting! No sewing machines necessary!

Click here for registration form. Send this form and a check to Kim Kellman, 8511 Hempstead Ave, Bethesda, MD 20817 or bring it to the February meeting.

Or pay electronically by going to https.//www.paypal.me/Needlechasers
Write in "notes" that this payment is for the April workshop. The registration form and payment must both be received to complete your registration. You will be notified by email that you are enrolled.

 
 

 

April 25, 2018: Sit and Sew, 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room

 

Reversible Tote

 

Personally everyone on my gift list owns one of these bags (and they usually hint for more!)  Versatile, lightweight and cost-effective for the user, these bags are JUST the thing to give and own!

Sewing Machine Needed. Lunch on your own.

 

 

 

 
 


May 9, 2018: Donna Radner - Working in a Series, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Donna will tell us about her nature-inspired series of quilts made in the past 10 years. She finds inspiration in nature, particularly the ocean, rocks, canyons, and trees, which are important symbols of endurance and survival for her. Beauty and strength in nature interpreted in hand dyed fabrics captivates her. 

Donna has developed a series of fused collages including pleated strips, strong forms and subtle colorations. Sometimes inspired by photos, sometimes by feelings, which these natural forms evoke in her, she works improvisationally, letting the forms and fabrics guide her to create designs that take shape on her design wall.

 
 

 

May 23, 2018: Sit and Sew, 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room

“Spa Day” - Lavender Eye Pillows and Lavender Heated Neck Wraps

Hand Sewers Really Needed!

These are new and exciting items to add to your gift bag of tricks.  Organic lavender will be paired with organic flax seeds to create aromatic AND practical eye pillows to sooth your furrowed brow and heated neck wraps for those times when you just sewed a little too long!

Sewing Machine Needed. Lunch provided.

 
LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2017-2018
June 13, 2018 Field Trip - Web Fabrics and Lunch at Magnolia on the Mill, Purcellville, VA
July 11, 2018 Mary Kerr - Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist
August 8, 2018 Summer Camp - TBD
September 5, 2018 Gloria Loughman - Journeys, along with a 3 day workshop on the 4th, 6th and the 7th of September!
October 10, 2018 Linda Colsh - Presence and Absence
November 14, 2018 Barbara Cline- Amazing Diamond Chains
December 12, 2018 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!