Bits and Pieces

September 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #9

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President's Message 

Hot + humid = Great Pool Days! I love the summer months but I am feeling that the sunlight is shining at new fall angles, my flower garden is looking like an “English garden” and the school supplies are out in the stores. Wait, so are the Christmas decorations (yikes!). The seasons are changing. It’s time for list making. I have a few (ha, ha) projects on my to-do list. Do you?

I checked one item off my to-do list: I’ve picked up and turned in my raffle ticket money!!  Margo and her crew have done a wonderful job on the raffle quilt. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. The majority of the proceeds from the quilt are donated to the Domestic Violence Center. Let’s show our support!

At our Guild Meetings we can always use some extra helpers for holding up the soldier quilts and kids quilts. Thanks to those who volunteer!


Monthly Programs


Monthly Charity – Pillowcases for Ryan's Smiles
Block of the Month  Garden Preserves
Fat Quarter – Novelty Fabrics


 September 14, 2016 - Pat and Arlen,“100 Years of Quilting”

The Christs will cover the period of quilting from 1830-1930. Included are approximately 30 quilts that represent style and format changes during this time period. The history of the quilts and the quiltmakers provides an interesting journey through a very difficult time during the growth of our young country. Click here for more details about Pat and Arlen.

October 12, 2016 -  Kathleen Loomis, “Bits and Pieces”

Kathy spent her career in Louisville, KY as a newspaper journalist and then a writer and editor. Since retiring she has worked full time as an artist, concentrating on fiber. Kathy will share how her passion for sewing a bazillion tiny bits of fabric has kept her sane for decades, produced a lot of art and won her a free trip to Japan. Click here for more details about Kathleen Loomis

November 9, 2016 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe, “15 Minutes of Play”

Victoria is one of the pre-eminent quilters in the Modern Quilting world. She bridges the gap between traditional and modern, especially when you view her current Double Wedding Ring quilts. Her talk, about her process and how to push your creativity will be accented with loads of quilts. She will share enough to get us inspired, and then send us home to CREATE!  Click here for more details about Victoria.

Note - Location Change (this meeting only) -  
Paoli Presbyterian Church , 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301 

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The membership is full and there is a waiting list. Please pick up your membership cards when signing in at the meeting.Thanks.Debbi

New Sewing Machine opportunity


• Bernina Computerized Sewing Machine QE 150.

• Bernina 830 

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There is a long waiting list for many of our classes, if you are not able to make a workshop or if you are interested in registering please contact Kelly Meanix.

To obtain details on any of the workshops below, just click on the date/presenter and you will see all of the supplies and descriptions.   Use the "Print Friendly" button to print out workshop details and supply list - you can remove pictures and other things you don't need before printing to save ink and paper.


• October 11, 2016 Kathy Loomis - "Improvisational Curved Piecing" - only 2 spots left!

• November 8, 2016 Victoria Findley Wolfe - "Fifteen Minutes of Fun" - wait list only

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Special Events

SECOND ANNUAL SEW IN - September 21, 2016

Come join us for our sew in day on September 21st. The cost is $10.00, and there are only 6 spots available. Start a new project, work on a new one, finish one of those many UFO’s, or get a head start on holiday projects! A gathering of quilters is always a great place to learn a new technique, get a handy tip, see new gadgets, or just talk and laugh and have fun.

We will be meeting at Goodwill Fire Company from 9:00 to 4:00. Come at any time and stay as long as you like. Bring your machine and any supplies you will need. We do have some extension cords, but it is always a good idea to bring one along, and don’t forget the cord to your pedal and machine. A cutting board, irons, and ironing boards will be provided.

You can bring your own lunch, or we will be ordering from a local deli. Snacks to share with everyone are always welcome.

If you want to attend, please contact Sandy Jackson.  

Retreat - October 2016

Our retreat will be held October 13-16, 2016.  Lee began accepting registrations at the June meeting.  Only $25.00 will hold your place.  At the retreat we each work on our own projects ... some of us do "simple" projects that we don't have time for at home, and some of us are able to do more complicated projects, even in the midst of laughter, talking and eating...bring whatever you desire, (even mending is acceptable).  We share and help each other.  Some do work on their challenges, but most come with the project finished.

Please click below for more information about rates and other activities planned for the retreat.

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

24 Large bags filled with school supplies were collected at our August meeting for distribution to the HeadStart Program and the Friends Association of West Chester. Both organizations greatly appreciated the generosity of our members. The items collected will provide many children with the supplies to begin their school year. 

In September we will be collecting Pillowcases for Ryan's Smile. These cheerful pillowcases help brighten the day of  hospitalized children. Just a reminder that fabric/pillowcase should be laundered.   Click here for the pattern.

 Looking ahead to October, we will be collecting “wish list” items for the Coatesville VA. Items requested include but are not limited to mens and womens new t-shirts and undershirts and socks, coffee and cookies (some sugar free) and store cards: Walmart, K-mart, Target.

Thanks again for all your generous donations,

Ann McErlean & Janet Creely 

Soldier Quilts

At the August meeting 24 Soldier quilts were received. There were 20 from the Sew Creative Group at Tel Hai and 4 with pillowcases from Delores Holzarth and Betty Dix. They will be delivered to the Coatesville Veterans Medical Center.

Kids Quilts

August 2016

The Guild received a letter of appreciation for our donation of thirty quilts and a pack and play in July from Dolly Wideman-Scott CEO of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.  She quoted a letter from a former participant in the DCCC program; " I can't describe the joy I have watching my children ride their bikes, play in parks, and go out to eat.  I am finally free to live my life in peace without looking over my shoulder in fear."   Our quilts and donations play a part in fostering that feeling of safety and normalcy in so many lives.   Keep up the good work.

The August and July heat didn't stop:  Linda Lakitsky, Mary Zoshak, Rosemary Lynch, Terry Kramzar, Betty Dix, Roseann Hartigan, Tel Hai, and Kim McLeren from creating Kids Quilts to be donated to the Domestic Violence Center.  Mary Crampsy and an anonymous donor gave much needed kids fabric.  Thank you to everyone for your efforts.   Kids Quilts will return in September with new and colorful kits to complete.  See you then.     STAY COOL!

 Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano 

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Show and Tell

If we asked our membership what was their favorite part of the meeting, we are pretty sure Show and Tell would win hands down.  We all love seeing the amazing work we complete each month - and be inspired by them!

But, we also always seem to be a little short on time and sometimes seem to be rushing through Show and Tell and not giving our members the time to really show off their work.  So we are asking everyone to remember the "etiquette" of Show and Tell:

1.  Form two lines on either side of the room.  Alternate showing your work from side to side.
2.  Please have your work out of the bag before you get to the front.
3.  Always introduce yourself first, then tell us about your quilt.
4.  Please stand near your work so we can get a great picture without taking up extra time (we find our members visit the Show and Tell page on the website quite often)
5.  Please take your quilt with you and fold it up after you have left the front of the stage,
6.  If you are willing, place your quilt on a table to the back of the room so members can look at your work a little more closely.
7.  All members - if quilts are in the back and available for closer viewing, please keep any food or drink away from the quilts.

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Raffle Quilt


Our Raffle Quilt is done and it is stunning!  Check out all the pictures below.  Thanks to everyone who worked on it, especially Susan Stetler who did the binding and Terry Kramzar for the amazing custom quilting,

The size of our Raffle Quilt is 69.5 by 82.5 inches.

We began distributing tickets at our June meeting and will continue to do so.  We are hoping everyone will make an extra effort to sell all the 6,000 tickets we had printed.  With a donation to cover the cost of the thickets and Terry very kindly donating the batting and the quilting, we have an opportunity to raise a great sum for the Domestic Violence Center.  If you have any ideas as to where we can sell tickets, let us know! Ticket prices are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Margo Rogozinski, Raffle Quilt Committee Chair.  Contact Margo if you have any questions,

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Education Notes

September Education Notes

Crafty Gemini is a blog and website and by the most adorable Vanessa Vargas Wilson.  She also has a youtube channel with great tutorials!  Search youtube for TheCraftyGemini. Well she has just designed two rulers called the 5” Slicer and 10” slicer, perfectly made to use with that size precuts!  Hop on over to her website to see her videos on how to use them and a tutorial on a little zippered case to store them!! Click here to access Vanessa's website.

Please send me any new tips or tools you come across so I can include them here!


Lynne Laino 

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Upcoming Events

Backyard Annual Quilt Show
September 2016 TBD
(10 am4pm, rain or shine)
Lil’ Country Shoppe
Middletown, Delaware
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Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
September 15-18
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456
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Boyertown Area Historical Society Quilt Show
September 16, 17, 18
45 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA
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Harvest of Quilts XIII
September 24-25, 2016
Pine Bush High School
Pine Bush, NY
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Quilt Show and Artisan Boutique
October 7-8, 2016
Sponsored by: Needlechasers of Chevy Chase
Kensington Armory
Kensington, Maryland
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Brandywine Valley Quilters Quilt Show "Quilting, What a novel idea!"
October 15-16
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
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Kent Sussex Quilt Show
October 21-23, 2016
Sponsored by: Delmarvalous Quilt Guild, Georgetown
Helping Hands Quilt Guild, Dover Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild, Milford
Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave, Georgetown, DE
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Executive Board

PRESIDENT  -  Terry Seeley
MEMBERSHIP - Debbi Fair and Lee Paylor  
PROGRAMS - Cheryl Lynch
SECRETARY - Leslie O'Brien
TREASURER - Lucille Willover
WORKSHOPS - Kelly Meanix
WAYS & MEANS - Catherine Morano and Cindy Zencey
COMMUNICATIONS - Chris Qaddoumi and Holly Rutkowski 

Calico Cutters Quilt Guild Information

Meets at 9:30 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at:
Goshen Fire Company
1320 Park Avenue
West Chester, PA  19380

Bits & Pieces is a monthly newsletter for the members of Calico Cutters Quilt Guild. Please forward all material for publication to the Guild mailbox: A copy of the minutes of the previous Guild meetings and Treasurer’s reports will be available at each Guild meeting.

Mailing Address: Calico Cutters Quilt Guild
PO Box 1235
West Chester, PA 19380-0006  

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