NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
    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 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!