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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 - 12:30, 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 its regular time.

Our Next Meetings.......

  April 1, 10 AM: Join your fellow NeedleChasers in a Zoom virtual tour of our studios. If you have not received an email invitation and would like to take part, please get in touch with Helen Blumen. You'll find her contact information in the Member Directory in the Members-Only section.

  There will not be a regular April Meeting. The Quilt-a-Thon for charity has been postponed until July 8, 2020

April 15: Pick up kits to sew boutique items on your own. Details to come.  

May 13, 2020:  Julia Graves - "Color Exploration"  10:00 AM General Meeting

Julia Graves of Special Occasion Quilts has been sewing since she was ten.  She has always loved fabric and sewing and needle arts in general and the whole creative process!  Julia did her apprentieship as a quilter by making a quilt for each of her nephews and nieces (there were 35!)  They got to choose their colors, so she greatly expanded her repertoire of color schemes!  Since then, Julia has made many quilts for special people, incorporating various ways to let them know how much they were cared for, especially enjoying color and incorporating information on color.  She has been Artist in Residence at the Empty Spools Seminars in 2019 and is a Gem Quilt Affiliate.
This lecture will discuss how to choose beautiful color combinations for your quilts and provide tips on how to fix color combinations that just don't seem to be working.  Classic color combinations will be displayed by slide show and actual quilts.
  May 14, 2020:  Julia Graves workshop  "Shimmering Triangles"  10:00AM to 4:00 PM
Make this gorgeous quilt that gives the effect of water rippling in a stream.  It is a perfect pattern to showcase beautiful fabric, especially large-scale prints.  You will achieve the shimmer by applying easy to understand color and value concepts that you can use to enhance all your future quilts!   This quilt looks complicated, but it is actually easy to construct.  You will learn a quick piecing method for half-square triangles with perfect points using a Jennie Bowker pattern.  By the end of the day, you should have a design layout for your fabrics, completed several blocks, and understand how to finish the quilt on your own.  This workshop is filling fast. Find the supply list HERE. To register, click HERE.
  June 10, 2020:  Phyllis Hatcher  "Fabric Down Under:  Aboriginal Dot Art in Quilts"
Aboriginals in central Australia have created dot art designs in sand for thousands of years.  See how current indigenous outback artists' dot paintings are now being transformed into fabric used by quilters everywhere.  Discover the true meaning of the fabric designs as they relate to Aboriginal culture and real life today in the desert outback.

Phyllis is also a certified quilt appraiser.  She will be offering half-hour time slots in the afternoon of June 10 starting at 1:00 PM.  The cost is $50 per quilt and includes a full-descriptive evaluation and photograph.  The evaluation and photograph will be mailed to you directly.  A sign-up sheet will be at the monthly meetings.
  July 8, 2020 Annual Quilt-a-Thon (postponed from April).  10:00AM
Under the able tutelage of Debbie Lamb-Mechanick, we will again be teaming up to create donation quilts for local organizations.

LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2020
March 25, 2020  Artisan Boutique Sit & Sew has been canceled.
April 15, 2020  The Quilt-a-Thon will be moved to July 8th.  
April 22, 2020  Artisan Boutique Sit & Sew
May 13, 2020  Julia Graves - Color Exploration
May 14, 2020  Julia Graves - Shimmering Triangles Workshop
June 10, 2020  Phyllis Hatcher - Fabric Down Under:  Aboriginal Dot Art in Quilts and Afternoon Quilt Appraisals
July 8, 2020 Quilt-a-thon
August 5, 2020  Bus trip to the AQS-Lancaster Nook Show
September 9, 2020  Maria Shell - Riffing on Tradition 
September 10-11,2020  Maria Shell - Two-day workshop

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 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 welcome!