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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
The pandemic hasn't stopped us getting together. We've held several "show and tells" via Zoom, then in June 2020, we held our first meeting with a guest speaker. Julia Graves helped us explore all about color.



  While wowing us with her spectacular quilts, Karen Fricke spoke to our March 2020 meeting about the whys and hows of embellishment. You can incorporate almost anything, she said, and proved it by showing her pieces that included beetles! NeedleChasers members can access her tip sheets from the Resources page of the Members-Only section.

             
                 We also enjoyed seeing our members' work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
Our speaker at our February 2020 meeting was NeedleChasers' own Maria Rogers-Naito. We learned about her adventurous travels as a young woman and about her life in Japan after marrying there 25 years ago. We were wowed by her photos of amazing quilts from her visits to the Tokyo quilt show.
           
                    We also enjoyed seeing our members' work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
January 2020 brought our annual Demo Day, with presentations from our members. Marty Fry (above left) showed us how to make a tuffet. Maria Naito (above right) demonstrated making bowls from clothesline, with or without fabric. Joanne King (below left) showed how to finish placemats without binding. And Donna Jacobs and Jane Silberman (below right) showed how to make rugs from jelly rolls.


We also enjoyed our members' creations during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images of their work.
  NeedleChasers enjoyed a festive holiday potluck lunch at our December, 2019, meeting. 
                              

                                   On display were many of the Renaissance Challenge quilts created by our talented members:

                                            And after lunch many quilters brought a favorite project to share:

  At our November, 2019, meeting, quiltmaker Lisa Calle showed us her "Trunk Filled With Anything But Junk."  The machine-appliqued quilt she is holding in the photo at left is called Swan's Journey. "Get it done," she said in regard to quilting, "progress vs. perfection."

    In addition, our members wowed us during Show & Tell with their creativity. Click on the photo thumbnails below to see larger versions.
Polly Mello brought her "Quilts that Go Bump in the Night" to our October 2019 meeting. She's shown here with her "magnum opus," prairie flowers to which she added critters from her native Texas. We also saw her collection of album quilts with funerial symbols and some scary Halloween-themed works.  
                             
                            Our members brought their own creative works to share at Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.



At our September, 2019, meeting, Arlan and Pat Christ brought a sampling of their 1000+ quilts to share with us. They focused on the vibrant colors of their quilts from the German-speaking communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.
   
                           We also enjoyed seeing our members' projects during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
For our August 2019 "Summer Camp," NeedleChasers' Kim Kelly introduced us to wool applique. What fun we had working with the beautiful fabrics and threads!
We also enjoyed our members' creative work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
Our July 2019 field trip brought us to the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We were thrilled to see Marty Fry's "Ladies of the Sea" and Becky Higgins "Applique Sampler" hanging in the Baltimore Applique Society's display. 





Quiltmaker Lauren Kingsland spoke at our June, 2019, meeting on Gee's Bends quilts. Here she is pictured with one of her own quilts, inspired by the exuberant improvisations of the quilters of Gee's Bend.
   

We also enjoyed the creations of our many talented members at Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
At our May 2019 meeting, quilt artist Rita Verroca shared her love of hand work. We were awed by her prize-winning quilts composed of needle-turn applique and hand piecing and quilting.
We also enjoyed seeing our fellow members' work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
NeedleChasers gathered together at our April 2019 meeting to sew bed-size quilt tops during our annual Quilt-A-Thon. The 18-20 quilts will be going to chronically ill children at HSC Pediatric Center.

We also enjoyed our members' projects during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.