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NeedleChasers Recent Meetings and Workshops
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!
    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.