NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
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 donnaradner.com.
   

 

















We also enjoyed seeing our members' work during our always enjoyable Show & Tell. Click on the images below to view larger images.
In March 2018, we explored working in a series with Takoma Park quilt artist Judy Kirpich. After visiting exhibits of works by Cezanne and Picasso, she decided "if a famous artist could work in a series, so can I." She's never bored, she said, and she is very much guided by emotion.
   

Members also brought their own creations for Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
January, 2018, brought our annual Demonstration Day. This year's members learned how to use the guild's Accuquilt cutter, how to make Y seams, and multiple techniques for making flying geese.
     
NeedleChasers enjoyed a festive holiday potluck lunch in December. Our members' cooking and baking talents are only equaled by their quilting artistry!

 

After our delicious meal, we enjoyed a show of fashions made by or for our members. What great fun!

   

Maria Spetalnik
, quilt designer and professional organizer, shared her knowledge and experience at our November, 2017, meeting. "It doesn't make any sense to have all this quilting stuff if you can't find it," she said. Maria is shown at right with her "mascot quilt," which she calls "Order in Chaos."
   

We also enjoyed a wide variety of members' creations at Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
Our September, 2017, speaker David Taylor wowed us all with his fabulous quilts and infectious humor. "I love fabric," he said. "There is nothing better than spending the whole day just fondling your fabric. You have to buy as much as you can as often as you can." He's shown at right with his latest creation.  



September also brought the reveal of our STEM challenge quilts. Members were asked to create a work centered on science, technology, engineering, or math. What an innovative group of quilts resulted!


We also enjoyed members' recent works during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.