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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
For our June, 2021, meeting, we went "behind the scenes at the world's greatest quilt museum." Our guide was Meg Cox, journalist, quilter, and member of the board of the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. We were fascinated to hear the history of the museum and see photos of some of the 8000 quilts in its collection. NeedleChasers' members can find handouts with relevant links in the Members-Only section of this website.
         
We were thrilled to hear from Hollis Chatelain via Zoom for our April, 2021, meeting. On the right below see her Cabbage Coral quilt, which she told us "changed her life," as it was the start of her making her living as an artist. See more of her work at hollisart.com. Thirty-three of her pieces will hang in a retrospective at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, from May 11-July24.

 
During our March, 2021, meeting, three NeedleChasers members presented photos of their work. Each has taken a different yet fulfilling path in creating quilts and pursuing personal goals. Dianne Miller Wolman thinks of herself first an embroiderer and more generally as a quilt artist. View her presentation by clicking here. Sandra Smith took us through her process of creation, avoiding the too regular or predictable. Click here to see her presentation. Lynne Mackay-Atha often collaborates with other quilters she meets via the Internet. Read a blog post from Lynne that recaps her presentation here.
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, https://flyingparrotquilts.com/, 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 Susanne@susannemjones.com. 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.