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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
  At our November, 2019, meeting, quiltmaker Lisa Calle showed us her "Trunk Filled With Anything But Junk."  The machine-appliqued quilt she is holding in the photo at left is called Swan's Journey. "Get it done," she said in regard to quilting, "progress vs. perfection."

    In addition, our members wowed us during Show & Tell with their creativity. Click on the photo thumbnails below to see larger versions.
Polly Mello brought her "Quilts that Go Bump in the Night" to our October 2019 meeting. She's shown here with her "magnum opus," prairie flowers to which she added critters from her native Texas. We also saw her collection of album quilts with funerial symbols and some scary Halloween-themed works.  
                             
                            Our members brought their own creative works to share at Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.



At our September, 2019, meeting, Arlan and Pat Christ brought a sampling of their 1000+ quilts to share with us. They focused on the vibrant colors of their quilts from the German-speaking communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.
   
                           We also enjoyed seeing our members' projects during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
For our August 2019 "Summer Camp," NeedleChasers' Kim Kelly introduced us to wool applique. What fun we had working with the beautiful fabrics and threads!
We also enjoyed our members' creative work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
Our July 2019 field trip brought us to the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We were thrilled to see Marty Fry's "Ladies of the Sea" and Becky Higgins "Applique Sampler" hanging in the Baltimore Applique Society's display. 





Quiltmaker Lauren Kingsland spoke at our June, 2019, meeting on Gee's Bends quilts. Here she is pictured with one of her own quilts, inspired by the exuberant improvisations of the quilters of Gee's Bend.
   

We also enjoyed the creations of our many talented members at Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
At our May 2019 meeting, quilt artist Rita Verroca shared her love of hand work. We were awed by her prize-winning quilts composed of needle-turn applique and hand piecing and quilting.
We also enjoyed seeing our fellow members' work during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images.
NeedleChasers gathered together at our April 2019 meeting to sew bed-size quilt tops during our annual Quilt-A-Thon. The 18-20 quilts will be going to chronically ill children at HSC Pediatric Center.

We also enjoyed our members' projects during Show & Tell. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images.
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 May 31, 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!