Looks like a busy year ahead for Northern Needles members! Just around the corner is our spring Marathon, three days devoted to working on projects. Circle Monday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 28 (a regular meeting day) on your calendars. This is your chance to leave your project and materials out and ready to go each day. No excuses not to make some great progress.

This year our service project will be making tactile lap quilts for those at the Tri Lakes Nursing Home and Mercy Health. The quilts will be 35 x 35" with each individual block being an 8' square and using a 1/2" seam allowance. We will hand tie the quilts. All "hands" on deck for this one since we will need people to cut, to pin, to sew and to tie. It is a great way to use of smaller pieces of fabric and batting as well as those extra buttons and trims that we all seem to collect. So as you spring clean lay these things aside for our summer work session. Kathy D is coordinating this worthy service project for us.

Another date to circle is Monday, May 8 when we will have a field trip to Tiger Lily Quilt Shop in Utica, NY. Lu Corts will have a ruler demonstration for us that day. And anyone who was on the last field trip to Utica knows that the food choices abound. Stay tuned for details on meeting time that morning.

Think you might like to be part of our group? Please do come to any meeting and look around. You will find friendly people who are very willing to help you learn a new skill or to have you work alongside them. So don't be shy and miss out!

Northern Needles in Long Lake, NY is composed of over 30 individuals who love to work with all kinds of needlework. Check out our calendar for upcoming events!

Our meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 10am to 4:30pm at St. Henry’s Parish Hall in Long Lake, NY. Some of our members come to sew or stitch for the entire day, while others join us for just 2-4 hours. Many of our members, particularly those who love to quilt, bring their sewing machines to our meetings. Others bring hand sewing, knitting needles, embroidery needles, or even counted count stitch patterns. We have all levels of expertise in our group from the beginner seamstress to individuals who make absolutely fantastic intricate quilts. Anyone who would like to attend our meetings is more than welcome to come, and we send out email reminders prior to each meeting to those who have expressed an interest in attending. If, in the future, you decide that you would like to be a member of our group, we do collect annual dues of $20 , which also gives you a discount at Jo-Ann's Fabric store. We donate a portion of our dues each year to the Long Lake Community Food Pantry, and in 2014 after our August, 2014 Quilt & Fiber Arts Showcase we were able to give the Food Pantry all of the money we collected, over $550.

Occasionally, meetings are cancelled if the parish hall is needed for a funeral or a religious event.

Check under "Calendar and Events" for our meeting dates as well as special events.