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LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2023

February 8, 2023 at 10:00 

DECORATIVE MACHINE STITCHES AND YOU!

In the morning, NeedleChaser Kathy Barden will present a trunk show/talk on how she has used decorative stitches in both full quilts and smaller projects, as well as live demonstrations with her machine showing how you can do the same. In the afternoon, Kathy will conduct a free one-hour mini class that will allow you to experiment with your machine, learning how to make use of those unappreciated decorative stitches. You will go home with a sampler you’ve created for yourself. Click HERE for more details.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated, but masks are optional. We are following the North Chevy Chase Christian Church rules for meetings in their church spaces.

February 22, 2023 at 10:00

FABRIC COVERED NOTEBOOKS

Wait until you get a glimpse of the fantastic notebook covers we’ll be making out of much of the Improv Fabric creations that we made earlier this season!!! A fun project that can be scaled to fit any notebook you like once you have learned the technique. If you want to make one in another size after this session, Debbie will either give you cutting instructions for each piece OR send you the spreadsheet so you can calculate one yourself! Contact Debbie Lamb-Mechanick to sign up.


COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT – Bosom Buddy

Join us to sew up this pattern made available free to customers of By Annie. A fabulous assistive device for anyone who has had breast or abdominal surgery – it adds extra padded protection to your cross-body seat belt, making it more comfortable to drive. If someone in your life needs one of these you are welcome to make and take it home with you! Contact Debbie Lamb-Mechanick to sign up.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated, but masks are optional. We are following the North Chevy Chase Christian Church rules for meetings in their church spaces.

March 8, 2023 at 10:00 THREE HISTORIC QUILTS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Elizabeth Lay will talk about three local quilts, the Woodbourne Quilt (mariner), the Clarksville Quilt (chintz) and the Diamond Crazy Quilt.  Elizabeth recently retired as Curator at Montgomery History.  She specializes in American decoratiive arts with a focus on creative women working between 1915 and 1965.  She has a master's degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-GMU program in Design History.  She speaks regularly for the Smithsonian Associates hosting "Lunch with the Curator" program.


Attendees must be fully vaccinated, but masks are optional. We are following the North Chevy Chase Christian Church rules for meetings in their church spaces.
March 22, 2023 at 10:00 SEWING ORGANIZER PROJECTS

Quilting tools everywhere? Stuffed in a drawer? Takes you an hour to prepare to go to a sit and sew? THIS is the sit and sew for you. Choose 1 of these 3 marvelous projects for all your organization needs:

Dream Bag
A marvelous zipped tote replete with interior pockets, and space for a few organizing trinket boxes. Most importantly you can use this tote to organize your supplies in your sewing space AS WELL as at a workshop because the top folds down easily to reveal the pockets surrounding the bag. Everything to hand; but then when you want to travel – everything zips up neatly into this tapered bag.

Clamshell Bag
We tried 4 different patterns and this is THE clamshell to sew. It goes together easily and opens wide to allow hand sewers to access their items easily – or organizes threads, hardware etc. for machine sewing. You will LOVE this cute little bag for sewing and anything you would like to “contain.”

Sewing Supply Case
A fully enclosed, padded zippered case that organizes all your hand sewing tools in one compact case. This case features zippered pockets, a special place for spools of thread and a needlecase all neatly secured in one pick-up-and-go case you can use at home and on the road!

Attendees must be fully vaccinated, but masks are optional. We are following the North Chevy Chase Christian Church rules for meetings in their church spaces.
March 29, 2023 at 10:00 COMMUNITY SERVICE CUT-A-THON

Starting at 10 am we’ll be pressing and cutting loads of fabric using rotary cutters as well as our accu-cutter machine and packaging kits in preparation for our annual Quilt-a–Thon on May 10th. Please bring your favorite rotary cutter and ruler for this fun event.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated, but masks are optional. We are following the North Chevy Chase Christian Church rules for meetings in their church spaces.

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 normally meet the 2nd Wednesday each month from 10 AM - 12:30, at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. (Click here for directions.) With the pandemic, however, we may meet remotely as conditions indicate. 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 its regular time.

About Our Other Programs........

"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 Harlow Hall at NCCC Church from 10:00 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 the camaraderie!
  • “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 welcome!