Bits and Pieces

November 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #11

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President's Message

What a great time it was at the Retreat! There were many interesting projects being worked on by members. I’m sure we will be seeing some at Show & Tell. The Retreat is a good time to be able to connect with members, relax and have fun listening to everyone’s stories and dreams!  Maybe some of us got some shopping in too. Thanks go to Lee Paylor and Sharon Nungester for organizing the event.

I’m looking forward to going to the Houston International Quilt Show in November.There are so many wonderful quilts on display, great classes and lectures, and so many vendors. If you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed. 

Congrats goes to Roni Conner, for winning third place for her quilt at the Brandywine Valley Quilt Show!

Our November Meeting is at Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli.  Our speaker will be Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I think you’ll be inspired by her creativity. Please remember to bring some $ to support our bake sale!

December’s meeting will be back at our regular location in West Chester. It will be our December Holiday Meeting. Our Hospitality Committee will have lots of good food and the Bingo prizes sound great. The Challenge committee will also be presenting this years challenge. 

Terry Seeley

Monthly Programs


Monthly Charity–Homeless Shelter & Children’s Alopecia Project - Hats, scarves & gloves

Block of the Month  Hovering Hawks

Fat Quarter – Modern (Geometric prints)


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.

 PLEASE NOTE the following: 

• Location Change (this meeting only) -  Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli, PA 1930

• Members are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 to get good seats as we expect a lot of visitors 

• Guest fee is $10.00 

• Ways and Means is having a Bake Sale!  Bring cash and your sweet tooth to the November meeting.    Items, baked by our very own members, will be packaged for purchase so that you can save them for later or for enjoyment at the meeting.  As a bonus, Hospitality will be providing free drinks.

December 8, 2016 - Holiday Event

Cheryl Lynch and Kelly Meanix are teaming up to make an unforgettable Holiday Meeting. Have you played Quilto? It's fun and we have arranged for prizes that everyone will want. There will be a special party favor that will be the star of our challenge. And of course, there will be yummy food provided by the Hospitality Committee. Take some time out of your hectic schedule and make some time for yourself. You won't want to miss this meeting. 

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Our only remaining workshop is this coming month with Victoria Findlay Wolf and it is sold out. Stay tuned for information on more workshops in the late spring,  If you have any workshop ideas, contact Kelly Meanix.


• 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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Monthly Charitable Gifts

Eight large bags of clothing and five equally large bags of assorted toiletries were delivered to the Coatsville VA following our October meeting. As always, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

In 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. The Children's Alopecia Project suggests a fleece hat/cap. For your convenience, a pattern for a fleece beanie is attached.

Looking ahead to December, we will be collecting "wish list" items for the Domestic Violence Center. The list of requested items will be provided at our next meeting. In addition, we are collecting Acme stamps for Faberware pots and pans for the Domestic Violence Center. Stamps can be given to Ann McErlean or Janet Creely.

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

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Soldier Quilts

We received 28 patriotic quilts from the Tel Hai sewing group and 2 from Delores Holywarth and Betty Dix.  They will be delivered to the Coatesville VA Medical Center.

Kids Quilts

Don't let the families who take refuge with the Domestic Abuse Center go without our quilts next year.  It is time to step up and volunteer to take over Kids Quilts, the current committee is  stepping down in June 2017.
This is a great way for a bee or a group of friends to contribute their time for something that will benefit others.  Our bee has had a wonderful 7 years getting together doing Kids Quilts, but it is time for us to pass on our cutters and boards and piles of fabric to another group.  Come and talk to us at the Kids Quilts table in the coming months.

Kelly Meanix is asking for help moving supplies to the Kids Quilts sew-in in January.  This is not a job to be done by one person, 2 or 3 helping hands would be great.  Please give your name to Kelly at the next meeting or contact her through the Guild e-mail.

In October 20 quilts were donated by:  Rosemary Lynch, Jane Roberts,  Gail Pickett, Mary Ellen Josephson, Nancy Giloley, Rose Morgan, 12 from Tel Hai, Roseann Hartigen and Betty Dix.  Thank you all for your donation of your time and your quilts.

See everyone in November.

 Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano 

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Raffle Quilt Countdown

Only 2 more meetings to turn in your raffle tickets.  The winner will be drawn at our December meeting.  Our quilt has been on the move.  We had a booth at the Malvern Oktoberfest at which we sold tickets.  Thanks to Ann Hill and daughter Rachel, Sue Peck, Mimi Smith and Susan Stettler for helping to staff the booth.  Also, thank you to an anonymous donor who paid the rental fee for us.  Thanks to Roni Connor and Catherine Morano, who took our quilt to the Ladybug Guild Meeting and sold tickets there. Please remember to either pick up your tickets or turn in those you have sold.

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

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Our 12th annual retreat is now a thing of the past. There was shopping, eating, laughing and lots and lots of quilting.  As always our retreat is filled with members willing to share their knowledge and expertise.  So there was lots of learning going on as well.

 Challenge quilt winners at the retreat were:

1st place     Georgette Copes

2nd place    Jackie Frye

3rd place     Suzy Brody

Fashion Accessory/Favorite Holiday Attire winner was Jackie Frye and second place.was her witchy partner Cathy Fasy. 

Thanks to all who came and made this a great retreat weekend!  See the website for details on next year's retreat.

Ways and Means

Ways and Means is having a Bake Sale!  Bring cash and your sweet tooth to the November meeting.    Items, baked by our very own members, will be packaged for purchase so that you can save them for later or for enjoyment at the meeting.  As a bonus, Hospitality will be providing free drinks.

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Education Notes

 November Education Notes

This is a wonderful message received from a newsletter reader who is not a member of our guild:

Hi Terry, I wanted to email you to say thanks for your page, I volunteer with a youth group where we have different activities for local kids. We are starting a sewing and fiber arts program, so we wanted to find some resources to share with the kids. Your page has some great stuff – thanks for all the help!  One of the kids in my group, Bella, found a great resource on sewing: . Can you add this to your list of resources? She has been helping teach some of the younger kids some basic sewing, so I thought this would give her some extra encouragement by sharing her find online. Plus, we thought it would make a great addition for others to learn from. If you have more tips or information for the kids, I’ll make sure to share it with them. Thanks again! Take care, Denise Morales

I’d like to give a big shout-out to Bella for giving us this link.  Please don’t miss it because it’s chock-full of great ideas and tutorials!  Thanks for helping us out and reading our Newsletter Bella!  How wonderful that our Newsletter is helping future quilters!

Thanks,  Lynne Laino 

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Upcoming Events  

Upcoming Events will now be listed only on the website  Click below for the 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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