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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
Our October 2020 meeting featured Dallas-area quilt artist Deborah Boschert via Zoom. Her lecture focused on ways to encourage creativity and how to develop a personal style.
In September, 2020, we met via Zoom to hear from innovative quilter Maria Shell, all the way from Anchorage, Alaska. Maria started out as a traditional quilter, but soon found herself making abstract pieced art quilts that look surprisingly modern. She shared her personal journey in and about the traditional, art, and modern quilt movements. We can be all three!

In August, 2020, we met once again via Zoom to hear guest speaker Susanne Miller Jones. She told us how she came to organize quilt exhibits, then shared photos of exquisite art quilts from those events. HERstory quilts (an example at center below) focus on Women's Rights, while OURstory quilts (at right below) illustrate Social Justice. The HERstory exhibit is available to view online by clicking here. Learn more about Susanne at her website.

Order autographed copies of Susanne's books by email to She will mail anywhere in the USA free. Each book is $34.99. Please specify book desired: Fly Me to the Moon: An Art Quilt Journey; HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women; or OURstory Quilts: Human Rights Stories in Fabric. If you order all three, she'll give you $15 off the three of them plus free shipping.

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.