Bits and Pieces

December 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #12

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President's Message

 Last month our speaker, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, was so inspiring with her quilts and quilt methods. I was able to take her workshop and really enjoyed it! A big thanks to all for making the location change work. And, I’m challenging myself to 15 minutes of play-are you?

Congratulations to Cheryl Lynch for a successful booth at the Houston International Quilt Market! Check out her blog for more information on Curvalicious and her cruise in 2017  at

Our December Meeting is back at the Goshen Fire Hall. It is a member’s thank you Holiday Brunch. There will be great food, games & prizes!  We will be having our general meeting and show & tell. Also, the challenge will be announced.  Sounds like a whole lot of fun.

New Activity Alert: Pat Barton is giving some thought to having a Calico Cutter’s Quilt Show. If you were at the monthly meeting you heard about it! Let Pat know if you’re interested in being involved.

Mark your calendar for the January Meeting. It is the Kids Quilts Sew In. We can work on quilts until 3 p.m. for children at the Domestic Violence Center. You will hear more about this from the Kids Quilt Committee.

I’ve already started listening to Christmas music even though pumpkins and turkeys are still decorating my home. With holidays upon us there are many things to be thankful and grateful for this year just within our own Guild: Members who are generous, creative, inspiring, willing to volunteer, & are so encouraging.

Thanks for all you do,


Monthly Programs

Monthly Charity–Domestic Violence Center of Chester County Wish List
Block of the Month –  Holiday Double 9 Patch
Fat Quarter – Red and White/Green and White

December 14, 2016 - Holiday Event

(Members Only Meeting)

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 be hoping to win.  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.

UPDATE:  Our latest copy of the Guild ByLaws have been placed on the website. 

January 12, 2017 - Kids Quilts Sew-In 

This is an important activity for the guild each year, please read about details in the Kid's Quilts section below.

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Hospitality would like to thank everyone who has volunteered to bring cookies to the December meeting. We now have enough volunteers.   Looking forward to a great variety of delicious cookies.  Roni Connor.


Workshop sign-ups will start again in January.  For a sneak preview of the March Workshop click on Read More below - - 

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

Gloves and hats and scarves, oh my! At our November meeting, we collected 14 very large bags with approximately 1,000 items which were distributed to the five designated local organizations. In addition, two large boxes filled with fleece hats, scarves and gloves will go the Alopecia Foundation. 

In December we will be collecting "wish list" items for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. Some of the requested items are new crib and twin bed sheets, paper towels, trash bags, general cleaning supplies, antibacterial hand soap, personal hygiene products, dryer sheers, laundry detergent, pampers size 4 & 5, over the counter medicines, office supplies, and gift cards. A complete list can be found on our web page.

 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.

January is designated for kid's quilts which also go to the Domestic Violence Center.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving. And a heartfelt thanks for your generosity and spirit of giving throughout the year.

Ann McErlean and Janet Creely
Charitable Gifts Committee

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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.
If you have any questions contact Kathy Talley.

Kids Quilts

GET READY,  GET SET,  SEW!  For the KIds Quilts Sew-In in January.
There will be sign up sheets at the December meeting if you are going to come to the Sew-In.  If you don’t sign up you are welcome anyway.  There will be sign up sheets for sewing machines and sewers, sign up if you want to cut 8 inch squares and bring your cutting tools and mats.  There is also a need for people at the meeting to take a quilt kit and lay it out for a top for the sewers to finish also ironers to press the tops.
The next step will be someone to back and batt the top and pass on to the sewer.  We want to keep those sewing machines busy.

The Kids Quilt committee is not supplying quilts to tie this year.  If you want to tie a quilt, pick up a kit at the December meeting and bring it back in January to tie at the meeting.

Don’t forget, Kelly Meanix has a need for help moving ironing boards and equipment from the Good Will Firehouse in West Chester to the meeting at Goshen Firehouse.  It isn’t a job for just one person.   Send her an e-mail or give her a call or see her at the December meeting if you want to offer help.

Bring a snack or lunch and stay as long as you can, we have until 3:00 to finish.

The ladies of Tel Hai have done it again, they made 15 unique (a colorful crayon pattern) quilts.  In addition to Tel Hai, Gail Pickett turned in 6 completed quilts and 7 tops that will be used for the January Sew-In.  We also want to thank:  Mary Ellen Josephson,  Angela Meiski, Sue Peck, Linda Phiel, Jane Roberts, Terry Kramzar, and Janis Zeglen for their contribution of their time  and quilts.   39 quilts to donate where needed this time.

See everyone in December.

 Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano

Volunteers needed

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.

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Raffle Quilt Countdown

Only 1 more meetings to turn in your raffle tickets.  The winner will be drawn at our upcoming December meeting.   Please remember to return your tickets in December.  This is the last chance! 

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

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Education Notes 

One of the biggest trends for quilting right now is using long-arm rulers for quilting on domestic machines.  These special rulers are typically 1/4″ thick to prevent your presser foot from jumping the ruler and breaking your needles.  Also, you need a special thicker presser foot designed just for this.  Bernina has just introduced the #72 Adjustable Ruler Foot designed for these rulers and they have rulers available too.  There is a nice video on the Bernina website showing how the foot works.  There are ruler feet available for other machines as well.  I just saw a class at a shop in Lewes by Mary Alice Fyock so keep an eye out for classes at your favorite quilt shop.

Our own Cheryl Lynch will be cruising and teaching this time next year.  The cruise leaves out of Galveston, TX and cruises the Western Caribbean.  Read all about it here:

If you’re looking for a little gift for your favorite quilter, Moda has the cutest “Merit Badges” with sewing and quilting sayings and icons.  If you were a Girl Scout, this will take you back to your badge sash!!  Sold in sets of three, there are 8 different sets.  They are available at your favorite quilt shop or online.;jsessionid=8668A3138C8FDA8849D466E049E4A617.storefront8080?searchType=keyword&keyword=Merit+Badges&emailAddress=#

Happy Holidays!

Lynne Laino

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Ways and Means

The Ways and Means Bake Sale was a great success!  Thanks to all of our bakers, and to our chef who made the manicotti!  And thanks to everyone who  purchased and enjoyed!   Ways and Means is asking for volunteers to help with the auction in May.  If you are interested, please contact Catherine Morano or Cindy Zencey.  

Quilt Show 2018 ?

Work starts on our 2018 Quilt Show

There are a lot of people happily looking forward to having a Calico Cutters Quilt Show.  Now that we know the guild would support a show, we will begin the process.  First of all we have to find a venue.  Thoughts are to have it in the spring of 2018.  If you know of a place that you think would work for our show, please let us know and we will investigate it.  Also, if you are interested in helping with the hunt for the venue let me know.  We will keep you updated on our progress.

It has been twenty years since Calico Cutters has held a quilt show and we have grown in so many ways. We have so many talented members as is shown in our quilt challenges.  We have a lot to offer to the quilting community, so let’s give them something to remember.  It is a long process to get a show together, but once we get our place, we can go forward with planning the show itself.  We will need lots of help with food, raffles, boutique, hanging and displaying quilts, vendors, door prizes, etc.  You know what it takes to make a fun show, and that is our goal.  We hope to display lots of our wonderful quilts so tune up your machines and plan a special entry.

Looking forward to a fun time and a chance to meet lots of new people.  Thanks in advance for any help you can give.  

Pat Barton 

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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