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.......

September 5, 2018: Gloria Loughman - Journeys, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Gloria Loughman will present an entertaining and humorous account of the many challenges that befall a quilting teacher as she travels the world. She will discuss her inspiration and the techniques she uses to create her large landscape quilts, and give advice on how a quilter might set out on one’s own journey.

NOTE: This meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month.


September 4, 6 and 7, 2018: Gloria Loughman Three Day workshop, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in Harlow Hall
Cost: $250

The first day (Tuesday) of this exciting three-day workshop is ‘Color is Magic’. This is a 'stress free' class where students have fun experimenting with color and design.  Participants will begin by studying and experimenting with some structured color schemes.  They will then move on to create a simple landscape quilt that features an unusual palette of fabrics.   The emphasis will be on color choice and value, using colors that may never have been seen before in nature but work harmoniously together for a stunning and different effect. There will be a choice of two patterns, so that the emphasis is on the color selection and not drawing out a pattern.

The second two days (Thursday and Friday) of the workshop is ‘Layer by Layer’. If you are ready to try something different, experimenting with designs, patterns and fabrics, this class will help you take that next step.  Combine elements of landscape in an abstract way to create something unique and visually exciting. Patterns will be available for four abstract designs or you can design your own.  If you decide to design your own, bring some photos, sketches etc. to use as inspiration.

We anticipate that this workshop will be very popular, so sign-up is on a first-come first-serve basis and we will be setting up a waitlist. A check, written to NCCC, is required to assure your spot in the workshop and the waitlist. We will not be accepting electronic or credit card payments for this workshop. You must sign up for all three days of the workshop.

This workshop is full. If you register, you will be put on a waitlist. You will be contacted if a space opens up for you.

The click here for the registration form. 
Please mail your registration and check to Kim Kellman.



October 10, 2018: Linda Colsh - Presence and Absence, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Concepts of place and time figure significantly in the artwork of Linda Colsh. Passing time, lives lived, experience earned show in the characters that people her art. Using surface design on cloth and stitch, Linda portrays older women and men who capture her attention and set her mind and hands to work imagining their stories. This lecture shows where she finds images and how she develops characters and surrounds them with imagined stories and scenarios in a manner that reflects her background as a writer and an artist. Known for using a neutral palette, Linda talks about how living overseas colors her choice of subjects and how she draws on her American roots for the themes of her art. Confronted with major cultural changes and relocations more than once in her life, Linda discusses how those upheavals are reflected in her artwork. Arising from her extraordinary change of surroundings in 2014, her latest work looks more contemplatively both within and without. These changes leave her with deeply felt memories and also make her want to leave marks of her own presence to remain after she has gone. With a look into her studio, Linda will talk about her influences, process and why her art is what it is. 



November 14, 2018: Barbara Cline - Amazing Diamond Chains, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

You will learn how Barbara Cline uses three different techniques to make diamond chains. Barbara will share a trunk show of her quilts and how quilting and piecing is a significant part of her life.

LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2017-2018
December 12, 2018 Holiday Luncheon
January 9, 2019 Demo Day
February 13, 2019 Melinda Lowy - Spice Up Your Quilts with Unusual Fabrics
March 13, 2019 TBD
April 10, 2019 Quilt-a-Thon
May 8, 2019 TBD
June 12, 2019 Day Trip
July 10, 2019 TBD
August 14, 2019 Summer Camp
September 11, 2019 TBD
October 9, 2019 TBD
November 13, 2019 TBD
December 11, 2019 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 welcome!