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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
We welcomed artist and teacher Becka Rahn in March 2019. She shared her work with Spoonflower, the custom fabric business. She's shown here with a 2019 tea towel calendar she designed and had printed at Spoonflower, and she's wearing a top made from a fabric she also had printed there. NeedleChasers members:
Click on the Resources tab in the Members-only section to find a discount code for Spoonflower, good through May31, courtesy of Becka.
                              We also enjoyed seeing our members' work during Show &Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
In February 2019, NeedleChaser's own Melinda Lowry showed us through her own unique quilts how beautifully fabrics other than quilting cottons can be put to use. In addition to using cottons from all over the world, she suggests silk, polyester, upholstery fabrics, velvet, ultrasuede, wool, paper, bark paper--even metal.
We also enjoyed our members work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.
January, 2019, brought our annual Demonstration Day. Members learned from Linda Fasules (left) a technique for easily sewing a block-based quilt top together. Jan Danis (center) discussed"sticks and sleeves" for hanging small quilts. And Coralyn Colladay showed a machine-stitched cathedral window technique. Members can find handouts for all three demonstrations under Patterns, Tips & Techniques in the Members-Only Resources section.

Members brought their own creations for Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
     NeedleChasers enjoyed a festive holiday potluck lunch at our December, 2018, meeting. Our members' cooking and baking talents
     are superb!
    Our November 2018 speaker Barbara Cline is a fifth-generation quilter! We loved hearing tales of her extended family and seeing her clever and versatile designs for diamond chain quilts, star quilts, and more.

           We had a slew of members' quilts to admire at show & tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
October 2018 brought our fabulous quilt show! See photos of the show here. Then at our regular meeting we heard from Linda Colsh, an artist who has lived all over the world. She spoke of how her work examines presence and absence. We learned about her methods for printing on fabric, including the use of Spoonflower.  
 We also enjoyed the work our members brought for Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
In September 2018, we were thrilled to have renowned Australian quilt artist Gloria Loughman with us for four days. We enjoyed hearing about her life and work during our meeting, and twenty of us got to work closely with her during two workshops.

We also enjoyed our members' show and tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images. 

During our August 2018 "Summer Camp," members had a chance to try out one of two techniques. Some of us learned to make ruched roses, while others slashed and recombined their fabrics to make improv blocks we called "shards." Before hand, members shared a wide variety of quilts during the ever popular Show & Tell. Click on the images below for larger versions.
  In June, NeedleChasers set out on our annual field trip. Our expedition took us to WebFabrics in Purcellville, Virginia. Owner Carly Mul, third from left, is shown with NeedleChasers members and the scissors collages they made at the workshop Carly led at our April meeting. After a morning of shopping, we headed down the street to Magnolias at the Mill for a delicious lunch.

In May 2018, we were delighted to hear from our own Donna Radner. She shared her journey from piecing to fusing to pleating, all with uniquely beautiful fabrics from her sizable stash. She's pictured here with two of her quilts, "Grand Canyon Sunset" on the right and Napili Coast on the left. See more of her extraordinary work at


We also enjoyed seeing our members' work during our always enjoyable Show & Tell. Click on the images below to view larger images.