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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, 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.) With the pandemic, however, we are currently meeting remotely. 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.
LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2021

March 10, 2021,
at 10:00 AM
A virtual presentation by three Needlechasers members:  Lynne McKay-Atha, Sandra Smith and Dianne Miller Wolman.  

Each member will show us selected quilts and talk about their inspirations for quilting.   Lynne makes pieced, colorful quilts often as part of quiltalongs and blocks of the month, and she will share her quilting adventures.  Sandra is an art quilter who designs both geometric and story quilts using fabrics from around the world.  Dianne is also an art quilter known for her quilts that incorporate lace, neckties, old needlework and other fibers in them. 
April 14, 2021, at 10:00 AM

A virtual presentation by Hollis Chatelain: Influences of Africa

Internationally renowned artist and quilter Hollis Chatelain’s 12 years in West Africa have had a major impact on her work. She will share her discovery of African cloth and the evolution of her art work. She often depicts images that speak of social and environmental issues and political themes. Hollis writes, “My art most often comes to me in my dreams.” She currently lives in North Carolina.

May 1, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

A virtual workshop by Christina Cameli –- Free Motion Design Lab

 

Christina Cameli is an enthusiastic quilting teacher and nurse-midwife from Portland, Oregon. After being introduced to quilting by her grandmother, she learned free-motion quilting and over the next decade began teaching classes and writing books. This sit-and-sketch class is designed to help quilters understand the way free motion designs are made. If you can sketch it you can stitch it! Christina will draw designs on a large pad as students sketch in their notebooks and explore how basic designs can be customized to personal style for endless variations. No stitching during the workshop, but you will have lots of new ideas to bring to your projects following the sketching session. Click here to register for the workshop. Participants are limited to 20. Once we reach that capacity, further names will be added to a wait list.

 

 

 

May 12, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

A virtual Quilt-A-Thon

 

This year we will be creating a Quilt-As-You-Go project for Seniors with Memory Issues. Known as “Fidget Quilts” these easy, fun to sew projects will be COMPLETELY done during our Zoom session with no further quilting needed post Quilt-A-Thon. Each one will be unique with different tactile experiences. You will be AMAZED at how quickly these 9-patch quilts are made. Click here to sign up or go to the Virtual Sit and Sew page under Members only to reserve your kit!!! Registration will close on April 1 to ensure we have the kits completely prepared for your pick up on April 15th.

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!