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LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2022-23

September 28, 2022 at 10:00 Artisan Boutique Sit and Sew:  Challenge Yourself Day: Sling Bag, 3 Pocket Vinyl Roll Up, and Divided Basket

Currently Wait Listing (frequently people’s plans change so there is a chance you might get into one of the sessions; also if there is a high demand we may repeat one of the projects at a later date!)

The sewing is not difficult but each project takes a little longer than our usual projects! Each of these items will be taught in a small group so an early sign up to make sure you get to pick your favorite project is essential. Sign Up at the September Meeting to be on the wait list OR email Debbie Lamb-Mechanick.

The Sling Bag will be your go-to everyday hands-free purse. Not only does it have 2 separate zippered pockets but a front pouch to carry your quick-access items and a secure zipped main compartment for your wallets, phone and other essentials. And need we add that it is unisex!

 






3 Pocket Vinyl Roll Up Use the three zipped vinyl fronted pockets for travel essentials including toiletries OR jewelry OR hand sewing tools. Fun to sew and a perfect compact size.






Divided Basket True confession, I use 4 of these throughout my home; in
bathrooms, guest room, sewing room and office. Good for nurseries, house warming or hostess gifts. You will, we guarantee, make ‘em by the dozen.






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.

October 12, 2022 at 10:00 Start to Finish: The quilt design process analyzed by your fellow NeedleChasers

In a session led by Jan Gavin and Fran Card, you will have an opportunity to discuss questions such as
1. What inspires you -- and motivates you to finish a project?
2. How do you develop and refine your design?
3. What do you do when you're "stuck"?

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.
October 26, 2022 at 10:00 Artisan Boutique Sit and Sew: The Franklin Bag & Folded Star Hot Mat


A perfect little cross body bag when you just don’t want to carry a full-sized purse. Yet large enough to contain your phone, card slots for credit cards and a small zipped pocket for your keys! Leather flap with a flip lock mechanism.

CURRENTLY WAIT LIST Only but please feel free to add your name to the list by contacting Debbie Lamb-Mechanick (since we often have people who need to drop off the list). Lunch provided.

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.

November 9, 2022 at 10:00 Aurifilosophy Presentation by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

From the thread makers of Aurifil, a program designed to unlock the mystery of thread, educate and help all users achieve brilliant results! Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, a certified Aurifilospher, will present a fun and informative presentation that will increase your knowledge of thread, tools, uses and tips. Exclusive Aurifil resources and swag for attendees included!

As an active member of the modern quilt community, Sheri collaborates with leading industry organizations such as  Aurifil, Janome,  Art Gallery Fabrics, Oliso, Ruby Star Society, The Warm Company and Windham Fabrics. She designed, created and filmed two segments for Fresh Quilting, a public television show co-produced by the Modern Quilt Guild and KS Productions. For more information about Sheri, check out her website:  https://www.wholecirclestudio.com/ .

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.
November 10, 2022 at 10:00
 Walk the Talk and Quilt It!:  A Workshop by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Do you find yourself asking “How Do I Quilt This”? In this presentation/trunk show and workshop, learn practical strategies for how to plan your own quilting design along with the nuts & bolts of walking foot quilting. The first part of this program will include a presentation and trunk show of Sheri’s award-winning quilts. She’ll describe how she decides on a quilting plan that will enhance the design of her quilt top, rather than compete with it. From there, she’ll review and demonstrate how she prepares for quilting and her tips and tricks for walking foot quilting. Following the demonstration, students will practice their walking foot quilting on small quilt sandwiches.

This workshop also includes a group design discussion— a show & tell of one quilt top by each student and a conversation/consultation on how to quilt it with a walking foot. Students will walk away with skills, strategies, inspiration and confidence to complete their quilts using a walking foot.

The fee for this workshop will be $70 for current members. Click HERE for a link to the sign-up form. Click HERE for a supply list for this workshop.

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.
November 30, 2022 at 10:00

The Julie Bag

This is IT! The best little zipped bag we have ever sewn. It uses one size of a zipper, it comes in 3 sizes and it sews up in no time at all. Better yet, we’ll be making some with waterproof linings to use for your cosmetic travel needs. This will be THE bag you make for every gift need and for every possible use you can imagine.

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.

December 7, 2022 at 10:00

Holiday Party!

Join fellow NeedleChasers for holiday festivities -- a pop-up shop (for last minute gifts), a food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank (to share the wealth), a quilt show-and-tell (to share inspirations from NeedleChasers), and a potluck exchange of holiday treats.

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.  

December 28, 2022 at 10:00

Artisan Boutique Sit and Sew:

Reversible Tote
A perennial best-seller in our Artisan Boutique. This amazing reversible tote rolls up into a small package and is secured with a snap closure so you can keep one handy at all times in your: tote bag, car, luggage, gift closet, etc., etc. A simple but satisfying sew and a fun way to wrap up the year (pun intended!)

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!