2016 – 2017 Challenge

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“What Calico Cutters Means To Me”

The 30th Anniversary Challenge, with 40 quilts completed, was a huge success. The quilts were fabulous and could have all been winners. Calico Cutters is definitely a group of very creative people.
The ten award winners, voted by the members, were
Best of Show -Cindy Zencey
Best Handwork  – Terry Seeley
Best Quilting – Ann Tumolo
Best Applique – Kelly Meanix
Most Unique Quilt – Stephanie Braskey
Best Modern Quilt – Hattie Virgilio
Best Interpretation of Theme – Cheryl Kusko
Best Piecing – Beth Ann McNutt
Best Use of Color – Nancy Humphreys
Best Traditional Quilt – Linda McCormick
Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to a quilt shop.  Best of show winner, Cindy Zencey, received a $50 gift certificate.
Notecards were made with photos of each of the ten winners.


“What Calico Cutters Means To Me”

30th Anniversary Celebration Begins!

At our 2016 December Holiday meeting attendees received a fun surprise. A fat quarter of specially designed fabric (designed by Cheryl Lynch) celebrating our upcoming 30th anniversary celebration was distributed to all the members.  This fat quarter was to be the foundation of our 2017 Challenge Quilt.

Here is a shot of the fabric!

The theme was “What Calico Cutters Means” to me. Inspiration was to be encouragement, education, friendship, creativity,…

These were the specifications:

  • Had to be 15″ by 20″ in a vertical direction.  No landscape. Height 20″; width is 15″
  • The special fabric had to be identifiable somewhere on the front of the quilt.
  • Entrees were due at the April 2017 meeting where they were voted on by the membership.
  • Quilts had to be completed, quilted and bound, with a sleeve and label. Quilt had be an original design, not from a copyright pattern or book. A block pattern from the public domain (traditional quilt blocks) was allowed.  Quilts made from a pattern or book were allowed but were NOT eligible for the competition.

Quilts were kept from the April meeting until the May meeting to be photographed. Winners were announced at the May meeting. And there was a SURPRISE announcement regarding the quilts at the May meeting.

Categories were:

  • Best of Show
  • Best Piecing
  • Best Appliqué
  • Best Quilting
  • Best Interpretation of Theme
  • Best Use of Color
  • Best Handwork
  • Best Traditional
  • Best Modern Quilt
  • Most Unique
Surprise Announcement
Our anniversary exhibition Quilts were hung in a special exhibit at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.  The show ran from September 14 through the 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Congratulations to all the participants.