Bits and Pieces

October 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #10

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President's Message 

The Mancuso Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks had some wonderful quilts in the Show. Terry Kramzar, one of our Guild members, had 2 quilts in the show. Her “Becket Mountain Trilliums” won a blue ribbon for Wall Quilt, Best Interpretation of a Theme. She also had her “Bike Love” quilt in the show. I loved that one too! Congratulations, Terry! 

Our Guild’s Show and Tell is also so inspiring. It was impressive to see a “Bee” show their Quilted Village quilts. Our Show & Tell is definitely a highlight of the meeting. Check out the website Show and Tell page to see pictures of our most current and some past Show & Tells.

We have had some great speakers, Pat Sloan, Lea McComas, Pat & Arlan Christ.  Looking ahead we have Kathy Loomis in October and Veronica Findley Wolfe in November (meeting location is Paoli Presbyterian in November). The workshops, when offered are very informative and fun. Thanks go to Cheryl Lynch and Kelly Meanix for their great work. Be sure to read the newsletter to keep up on upcoming events! 

When you’re checking in, be sure to pick up a Calico Cutter bookmark, Susan Linton put these together for us! They include a list of the monthly speakers and their website. 

I’m getting ready for the Retreat. I have to pull together some projects to work on in October. I already have some ideas: half square triangles, doing something with the selvages, unfinished projects …there are lots of options! Hope to see you there!

Terry Seeley 

Monthly Programs

Monthly Charity – Coatesville VA
Block of the Month  Hello Jack
Fat Quarter – Leaves

 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


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 1 spot left!

• November 10, 2016 Victoria Findley Wolfe - "Fifteen Minutes of Fun" - wait list only - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE DUE TO ELECTION DAY 

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Retreat - October 2016

Our retreat will be held October 13-16, 2016.  Lee began accepting registrations at the June meeting.  Please click below for more information about rates and other activities planned for the retreat.

Final payments are now due.  Please bring them to the October meeting.  

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

293 pillowcases were collected at our September meeting for Ryan's Smile. A special thank you to our Tel Hai friends for the 107 pillow cases they made.

In October we will be collecting “wish list” items for the Coatsville VA. The wish list includes the following items:

• Personal Care: shampoo/conditioner, liquid body wash, shaving cream/gel, alcohol free mouth wash, deodorant, body lotions, toothpaste, floss, tooth brushes, denture cream, powderpaste and cleaner, brush and combs, razors (disposable or electric)

• Clothing: new/gently used men's and women's clothing, new socks, t-shirts, underwear and wire free bras, slipper socks, new/gently used men's and women's shoes/sneakers/work boots, new/gently used coats/jackets, belts. Note: there is a need for extra large men's clothing

• Miscellaneous Items: forever stamps/stationary, paper/pads/envelopes, gift cards from retail stores and/or prepaid gas cards, phone cards, movie DVDs, coffee/tea, creamer, sugar/sugar substitutes, cosmetics, tissues, suitcases

Looking ahead to November, we will be collecting hats, scarves and mittens for several homeless shelters and the Children's Alopecia Project.  You may purchase or make any type of hat, scarf and/or mittens for children, men and women. For your convenience, a pattern for a fleece beanie is attached.

Thanks again for all your generous donations,  Ann McErlean & Janet Creely 

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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


September 2016


The members  who donated quilts in September are:  Barbara Hayes, Tel Hai 13, Terry Kramzar, Liz Plain, Mary Zoshak, Gail Pickett, Rosemary Lynch and Jane Roberts.
Thank you all!


October brings cooler days and nights (we hope).  Kids Quilts will have new kits for you to make into cosy quilts for the families that come to the Domestic Abuse Center for shelter.  Stop by our table and pick up a new kit to complete – no hurry- finish at your own pace.

See you in October.

 Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano 

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Raffle Quilt

A little less than 3 months remain before we draw the winner of our Raffle Quilt.  Please remember to turn in your tickets.  We do have more tickets, if you would like to sell more.  Please work hard to sell your 30 tickets and as many more as possible. It is a great cause and our goal is to sell all 6,000 tickets we printed.  

We rented a booth at the Malvern Oktoberfest and Bark in the Park.  Thanks to those who volunteered to help staff the booth and sell tickets. 

If you are not going to be able to sell your tickets or don't plan on picking them up, please let us know so we can repurpose them to another seller.   Thanks! 

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

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Education Notes

I strongly encourage each and every one of you to read Lori Kennedy’s blog post on sewing machine safety on her blog The Inbox Jaunt.  She had to have the tip of a needle and thread from her sewing machine needle surgically removed from her finger three years ago.  Her tips for not doing that again are good ones.  You can read it here:

Quilt Show News had a great video with tips for threading needles as our eyes get a little worse every year (not you, of course!).

Let me know if you find a great tip so I can share it here.

Thanks,  Lynne Laino 

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Just a heads up that when you are deleting the Newsletter from your email list please be sure to actually delate it.  Some of our members are instead marking it as spam.  This causes problems on the back end that lead some of the internet email services to block our newsletters going out.  So please make sure you are hitting the delete button.  

Thanks, Chris and Holly 

Upcoming Events  

Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild - Quilt Bazaar Premiere
...And Modern Log Cabin Workshop with Shannon Page (9AM - 1PM)
October 1, 2016
Ridgeview Mennonite Church
3723 Ridge Rd
Gordonville, PA 17529
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Quilt Show and Artisan Boutique
October 7-8, 2016
Sponsored by: Needlechasers of Chevy Chase
Kensington Armory
Kensington, Maryland
Click here for more details

Brandywine Valley Quilters Quilt Show "Quilting, What a novel idea!"
October 15-16
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Click here for more details

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
Click here for more details

The Valley Forge Quilt Show
October 21-22, 2016
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 132 E. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406
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Quilt Marketplace
October 22, 2016
Sponsored by South Shore Stitchers'
Upper Twp. Community Center, 1790 Route 50, Tuckahoe, NJ
Free Admission
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For the Love of Quilting IX
May 5-6, 2017
Sponsored by Penn Oaks Quilt Guild
Griffith Hall - Ludwig's Corner Fire House
1325 Pottstown Pike (Rte 100)
Glenmoore, PA
Click here for more details


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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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