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.......

May 9, 2018: Donna Radner - Working in a Series, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Donna will tell us about her nature-inspired series of quilts made in the past 10 years. She finds inspiration in nature, particularly the ocean, rocks, canyons, and trees, which are important symbols of endurance and survival for her. Beauty and strength in nature interpreted in hand dyed fabrics captivates her. 

Donna has developed a series of fused collages including pleated strips, strong forms and subtle colorations. Sometimes inspired by photos, sometimes by feelings, which these natural forms evoke in her, she works improvisationally, letting the forms and fabrics guide her to create designs that take shape on her design wall.



May 23, 2018: Sit and Sew, 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Room

“Spa Day” - Lavender Eye Pillows and Lavender Heated Neck Wraps

Hand Sewers Really Needed!

These are new and exciting items to add to your gift bag of tricks.  Organic lavender will be paired with organic flax seeds to create aromatic AND practical eye pillows to sooth your furrowed brow and heated neck wraps for those times when you just sewed a little too long!

Sewing Machine Needed. Lunch provided.


June 13, 2018: Field Trip to WebFabrics quilt shop and lunch at Magnolia's at the Mill in Purcellville, VA

This day-trip (8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) will depart from and return to the North Chevy Chase Christian Church. We will start our outing with a shopping spree at WebFabrics quilt shop, which is an amazing shop with a vast collection of high quality fabrics, useful tools and quilting notions. After we satisfy our insatiable appetite for all things quilting, we will journey over to the lovely Magnolia's at the Mill in beautiful downtown Purcellville. We will have a private room to enjoy our lunch and share our time together. We will select our entrees at a later date when the restaurant has their summer menu available.

Cost is $45 includes lunch and the bus ride. This trip is full. If you register, you will be put on a waitlist. You will be contacted if a space opens up for you.  click here for the registration form.


July 11, 2018: Mary Kerr - Twisted, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

Mary Kerr will tell us about her recent book "Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist". Join in the fun as Mary shares her unique approach that gives us permission to play with vintage textiles in new and exciting ways.


August 8, 2018: Mini Workshop, 10 AM to Noon in Harlow Hall

We are putting together a fun filled mini-workshop meeting where we will learn something new and fun! Stay tuned for details.



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. I will have the patterns 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.


LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2017-2018
October 10, 2018 Linda Colsh - Presence and Absence
November 14, 2018 Barbara Cline- Amazing Diamond Chains
December 12, 2018 Holiday Luncheon
January 9, 2019 Demo Day
February 13, 2019 TBD
March 13, 2019 TBD
April 10, 2019 Quilt-a-Thon
May 8, 2019 TBD
June 12, 2019 Field 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 welcomed!