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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

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

A virtual workshop, 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. Registration is closed as we have reached capacity for the workshop.

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.

June 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM

A virtual Field Trip to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska with Meg Cox


Meg Cox, an author, journalist and nationally known thought leader on the topics of family traditions and quilting created this presentation to benefit the museum she loves, and she donates the proceeds from the tour to the IQM. She serves on the board of advisors of the museum, and she writes a free monthly e-newsletter called Quilt Journalist Tells All.

Meg will give us a behind-the-scenes tour, opening the vaults and revealing the treasures of this astounding place. She will share masterpiece quilts and break down the steps in mounting an exhibition. IQM boasts a broad and unique collection of American quilts, including the red and white quilts from the 2011 exhibition at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory and quilts from 55 countries.

July 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM

A virtual presentation, Digital Beyond Photos by Susie Monday

Susie Monday is an artist and teacher whose work is inspired by the colors, textures and images of the rich landscape -- physical, historical and cultural - of her home near the Texas Mexican border. She makes contemporary textile paintings, surface-designed art cloth and mixed media art.  In this presentation she will share digital tricks of the trade. She writes, “Many quilters have seen the amazing digital reproductions of photos created by art quilters around the world. But with the use of an iPad, computer or other tablet (even a phone) quilt artists can move beyond photographic reproduction into artistic filters, drawing and painting and amazing patterns.”

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!