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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 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 it's regular time.

Our Next Meetings.......

 
October 30, 2019: Sit & Sew - Artisan Boutique   10 AM  Community Room - Lunch provided
PLEASE NOTE:  THIS IS THE FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

"Pop Up Pouches" will be the "it" item in your holiday gift giving pantheon.  These adorable and EASY to make pouches are not  only practical, but fun to make.  You'll work with attaching zipper pulls and flexible foam as a bonus.

Zip Mesh Bags - made of pet mesh in an array of colors and sizes these simple to make items are fabulous for corralling any number of carry along items from gold balls and tees to charge cards and scissors.

Key Fob Wallet - everyone will be sporting these fantastic mini wallets on their key chains!  Consisting of a zippered pouch and a snap-closed slot it is the PERFECT size to carry a credit card, cash and whatever other valuables you need when out walking, jogging or running to the quilt shop.

Key Fobs - Felted Wool and fabric.  Match them up to your Key Fob Wallet or just make one to flag your scissors or rotary cutter.  Bet ewe can't make just one.

 
 
November 13, 2019: Lisa H. Calle - "Trunk Filled With Anything But Junk"  10:00-12:30 Harlow Hall

Come spend a little time with Lisa Calle, the Bernina Ambassador and Award Winning Quilter!  With her humor and down to earth attitude, she will share with you her personal and professional quilting journey.  Lisa illustrates how she has earned renowned success from her initial piece using a 3/8" seam allowance to her latest quilt that won awards at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  As you gain insight on Lisa's amazing craft and her 3 step Divide and Design method, any hesitation you have regarding the patience or talent for quilting will quickly disappear.  So if you doubt whether or not you can quilt with pride, Lisa will give you the confidence and knowledge needed to start.
 
 
November 13, 2019:  Lisa H. Calle "Rulers for Rookies" Workshop - 1:00-4:00 Harlow Hall

So you're not ready for the major leagues when it comes to working with rulers, no worries.  Be ready for three full hours of ruler action.  This workshop is a comprehensive hands-on class incorporating not only straight edges and circles BUT some of the other Quilter's Groove Rulers as well.  Regardless of whether you've never touched a ruler, or feel that your skills can use a little coaching, this class is for you.  Lisa will coach her team of "temporary rookies" while working on an Ohio Star quilt block panel.  She will have you putting your rookie days behind you and feel like you are ready for the pros!

NOTE:  You must have a machine in good working condition and a correct machine quilting foot.
The cost of the workshop is $30 plus a required $25 kit (Preprinted panel, batting, and backing included.  Rulers will be provided for workshop use.)  There is a 20 person limit on this workshop.  Registration IS OPEN!

Click here for the registration form.
 
 
December 4, 2019:   Sit & Sew - Artisan Boutique - NOTE CHANGE OF DATE  10AM - Community Room
Gifts Galore for the Holidays!
 
 
December 11, 2019:  11:00 Holiday Luncheon and Del Ray Pop-Up Shop
Start thinking now for our Ultimate, Over the Top, Best Ever Show and Tell!  We ask each member to bring your favorite quilt to show.  This can be a quilt with sentimental ties, your first quilt, a vintage quilt, one which you are especially proud, or the last one you have completed.  Only you know your favorite.  (And don't tell us quilts are like children and you can't pick.  We know.)  We will call up tables while we are eating our delicious potluck.  We will move this along so everyone has a chance, so plan on being brief
with your remarks.  
Del Ray Fabrics will have their "always a favorite" pop-up shop and we will be collecting for the Capital Area Food Bank.

 
 
January 8, 2020:  Our Annual Demo Day!  10:00 AM
Come rotate between 3 member-taught stations and learn new skills.  More information will become available as this develops.  If you are interested in leading one of the stations, or you have a technique you would like to learn, contact Marty Fry or Joanne King.






 
February 12, 2020:  Quilting in Today's Japan   10:00 AM
Come enjoy our own Maria Naito as she shares her quilting knowledge and experiences from her home in Japan.

  March 11, 2020:  Beads, Buckles, and Buttons! with Karen Fricke  10:00 AM General Meeting

Karen says "my medium is fabric, my method is quilting, and the source of my inspiration is frequently the written word.  It may be a poem, a quotation, a prayer.  The thoughts and feelings ignited by those words form mental images, which I first sketch on paper, and refine until I am satisfied with the design.  The sketch becomes my working pattern.....I enjoy sharing my interest in art quilts as an instructor and lecturer, and as the author of numerous articles for quilting and sewing magazines.  


March 11, 2020:  "Wise Women" Pins Workshop  1:00-4:00PM

Several of our members asked for this workshop and we are happy to provide the opportunity to them and to you!  Create a one-of-a kind piece of jewelry that expresses your wise woman.  Registration information will be posted in the future.
 
April 1, 2020:  Our Annual Quilt-a-Thon for charity  10:00AM  NOTE:  Date Change

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

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.
 


LOOKING AHEAD.... NeedleChasers' meeting line-up for 2020
January 8, 2020
Demo Day 

January 22, 2020 Artisan Boutique Sit & Sew
January 29, 2020 Community Service Sit & Sew
February 12, 2020 Maria Rogers - Quilting in Japan
February 26, 2020 Artisan Boutique Sit & Sew
March 11, 2020 Karen Fricke - Embellishments on Quilts/Dollmaking workshop
March 25, 2020 Artisan Boutique Sit & Sew
April 1, 2020 Quilt-a-Thon NOTE: This is the 1st Wed. of the month due to the Jewish Holiday on the 8th
April 22, 2020 Artisan Boutique Sit & Sew
May 13, 2020 Julia Graves - Color Exploration
May 14, 2020 Julia Graves - Shimmering Triangles

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!