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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
At our February, 2021, Zoom meeting we heard from Sylvia Schaefer, who spoke on designing with negative space. Many of us were so inspired by her work that we rushed to her website,, to buy her book, which she generously offered at a discount.

In January, 2021, we kicked off the New Year with a Zoom showing of the quilts that had been entered in our 20/20 Vision challenge. Click here to see them all.

Mary Fons was our December, 2020, speaker via Zoom. We heard about her journey through quilting, including her current passion as editor of Quiltfolk magazine.

In November 2020, we were delighted to learn from Penni Domikis of Cabin in the Woods Quilters. Via Zoom, she showed us all kinds of designs we could make from our scraps.
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!

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.

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.

  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.