Our service project to make tactile lap quilts for those at the Tri Lakes Nursing Home and Mercy Health will take place on July 12th. 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. Sewers, please bring your machines. There will be stations so everyone will have a task. It is a great way to use of smaller pieces of fabric 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 and will get us organized that day.

For the first time this year, Northern Needles gave a scholarship to a Long Lake School student so that she could attend the Adirondack Quilt Camp. As many of you know, Shirley Ware teaches a class each year for the youngest quilters. We sponsored Palin Hample who made a colorful, hand-tied quilt that she will be showing all of us at a future meeting. What a wonderful way to share our passion for hand work with the next generation!

John, from Gloversville Sewing Center, will be at St. Henry's on August 9th. to clean and tune up our sewing machines. There will be a signup sheet so that he can plan his day. You will need to know the make and model of your sewing machine to sign up. There will also be a slot to indicate if it just needs cleaning or if you are having any problems. This is a major benefit of being a member of Northern Needles; you do not have to travel out of town and we are also given a nice discount over the regular shop price for this service. John is also wonderful about bringing other items up (cones of thread, feet, etc.) if we let him know ahead of time.

Our residency at the Museum (Adirondack Experience is the new name) will be August 15, 16 and 17th. this year. There will not be a Fall and Fiber Fest this year so this is our opportunity to participate. Unlike like year, our residency will not have a specific theme. Just bring some samples of your work and something to work on while there. So check your calendars and plan to devote a day to this since it is a major fundraiser for our service projects. Many thanks to the Museum for extending this opportunity to our group.

Last year having at least three people for each day worked well, especially when we had some members come during the lunch hours to fill in so that no one was left alone at any time. It is a wonderful chance to get others interested in the craft near and dear to you.

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.