Bits and Pieces

January 2017

Volume 32, Issue #1

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President's Message

 Welcome 2017! To me starting a new year feels like a fresh start. Time to try new things and to finish up some works in progress (lots  & lots of those!).

 I have heard such nice compliments about the December Holiday Brunch and Quilto. A big thank you to all who made the meeting a success. Pat Barton for running the meeting, Cheryl & Kelly for Quilto & entertainment! Roni Conner and her committee for the hospitality. Our challenge “What Calico Cutters Means To Me” was also announced along with receiving a fat quarter designed by Cheryl Lynch. I’m looking forward to the creativity our members will put in designing their quilt. Thanks to Cheryl, Kelly Meanix and Stephanie Braskey for all your work on the challenge.

 On January 12, 2017 we will be having the Kids Quilts Sew-In. It will be held at the Goshen Fire Hall. Our Guild makes kids quilts as our community service project for the Chester County Domestic Violence Center. Come in January to sew, and have fun. It’s a great time to sew and chat with your friends. Remember to bring your lunch.

 January also brings snow. As a reminder, Calico Cutters will cancel its monthly meeting if the West Chester School District is closed or announces a late opening.

 I had a great family vacation in Disney World! Such fun enjoying everything Disney with the grand kids!

 Happy New Year – Cheers!


Monthly Programs


January 12, 2017 - Charity Sew-In for Kids' Quilts (9:30 to 3:00)

Monthly Charity – Kids' Quilts
Block of the Month  Winter Star (Postponed until February)
Fat Quarter – None

NOTE: We will be postponing our January BOM that was distributed earlier to our February meeting.  The February BOM will be distributed in the next week and we will have two drawings at the February meeting.  Maybe you will win both!

GET READY,  GET SET,  SEW!  For the KIds Quilts Sew-In in January.  If you didn't sign up at the December meeting, you are welcome anyway.  If you want to cut 8 inch squares, bring your cutting tools and mats.

The Kids Quilt committee is not supplying quilts to tie this year.

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.

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

Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano

February 9, 2017 - Member Demos

We have the following member demos lined up for your pleasure and education!

• Half Square Triangles              Lucille  Willover Fast

• Flying Geese                           Judy Newby

• Nine patches                           Lee Paylor

• Spray Basting                          Susan Linton

• Applique Prep                         Jean Fox

• Continuous Binding                 Jane Roberts

• English Paper Piecing             Kelly Meanix

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Challenge Quilts


"What Calico Cutters Means To Me"

30th Anniversary Celebration Begins!

At our 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 will be the foundation of our upcoming 2017 Challenge Quilt.  See below for all the

You were all set a "Between" about this Challenge earlier this week and it has all the details.  But her is  a shortened version.  Check the website for more of the details!  

The theme is "What Calico Cutters Means" to me. Inspiration can be encouragement, education, friendship, creativity.  

• Must be 15" by 20" in a vertical direction.  No landscape. So the height is 20" and the with is 15"

• The special fabric must be identifiable somewhere on the front of the quilt.

• Due at the April meeting where they will be voted on by the members.  Winners of the ten categories of prizes will be announced at the May 30th Anniversary Auction and Tea.  

• Quilts must be completed, quilted and bound, with a sleeve and label.Quilt must be an original design, not from a copyright pattern or book. You may use a block pattern that is in the public domain (traditional quilt blocks).  You MAY enter a quilt made from a pattern or book but it will not be eligible to be voted on.

Those members who were not at the December meeting can get their fabric from Stephanie Braskey at any future meeting or contact Stephanie.

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE MORE OF THE CELEBRATORY FABRIC: The fabric is listed as Polka Dot Scissors by Cheryl Lynch QuiltsSearching for Polka Dot Scissors didnt work.  Click here to take you to the Spoonflower site.

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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.


• March 7, 2017 - Victoria Gertenbach "Scrap Bustin' with Improv Housetop and Log Cabin Blocks"

Kelly Meanix will be accepting names and payment at the January Kids' Quilt Charity Sew-In.

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

January Update

Santa's sleigh was too small to transport the many items you so generously contributed for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County...we filled two vehicles!. Contributions included over $200 in gift certificates and a wonderful variety from the Center's "wish list". 

In January, we will be working on quilts for the Domestic Violence Center.

We want to thank you all for your support of our monthly designated charities this year and your continued generosity.

Wishing you and your families a Happy, healthy and safe New Year,

Ann McErlean and Janet Creely

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Kids Quilts

Volunteers still 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.

 Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano

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Block of the Month

Our February Block of the Month will be distributed in the next few days.  But since we are not having a meeting in January (but rather our sew-in), everyone should bring in both their January and February blocks to the February meeting and we will do two drawings at that meeting!   Maybe you could win both!

January - Winter Star

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Ways and Means

 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.

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Raffle Quilt 2016

Thank you to everyone who worked on this year's Raffle Quilt.  The result was simply beautiful and a team effort! Gail Pickett sold over 300 tickets and was the winner of the gift card to The Quilt Block  Thanks to Gail for all her hard work!  And our winner is Barbara Gibeck. She lives in Northeast, Maryland and belongs to Ladybug Quilt Guild.   Roni Connor and Catherine Morano attended one of their meetings to sell tickets. She broke her leg the day before winning the quilt.  So our letting her know she won our beautiful quilt was a real boost for her. 

Margo Rogozinski, Raffle Quilt Committee                                                    

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We would like to thank the following people for making the December Guild Meeting such a success.

Our cookie bakers:  Suzy Brody, Debbi Fair, Cathy Fasy, Nancy Giloley, Ann Hill, Nancy  Humphreys, Terry Kramzar, Lynne Laino,  Angie Meister, Sue Peck, Glenda Sickler, Susan Stettler, Hattie Virgilio,Mary Zoshak 

Our chefs: Pat Barton, Gerry Emerson, Sandy Jackson, Susan Linton, Catherine Morano  

And a big thank you to the following people who came in early to setup, worked during the meeting and stayed late to clean up: Pat Barton, Suzy Brody, Ann Hill, Sandy Jackson, Rosemary Lynch, Kelly Meanix, Susan Stettler 

Thank you to the board for all you do for the Guild.  

Education Notes

January 2017 Education Notes

I’m sure most of you have tasted and love Sue Linton’s mouth-watering Cashew Brittle at some of our get-togethers.  She has graciously shared her recipe with us and even included some notes to help us get it right.  She said it’s not her original recipe but has used it for years.  Thanks so much Sue!  Happy New Year and Happy Quilting to everyone!

                                   Lynne Laino

Sue Linton’s Cashew Brittle

• 1 C. sugar

• ½  C. light corn syrup

• ¼  C. hot water

• 2 C. salted cashews

• 1 T Butter

• 1 t. baking soda

In a heavy 3-quart saucepan mix well sugar, corn syrup and water.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves; add cashews.  Continue stirring over medium heat until syrup reaches 295 degrees (hard crack stage) on your candy thermometer.  Remove from the heat; add butter and soda.  Stir rapidly until butter melts and soda dissolves (mixture will foam).  Holding the pan with an oven mitt or a towel, pour the mixture onto a previously greased baking sheet and spread out as much as you can.  Add a pinch of sea salt over the top of the brittle.  Brittle needs to cool and harden.  Then break into pieces and enjoy.


• Before you begin grease your cookie or baking sheet with butter.                                                              

• Use exact amounts.

• A candy thermometer will achieve the best results.

• Continual stirring will keep the cashews from browning too much.

• If you are making more than one recipe run a sink full of super hot soapy water and as soon as you spread your brittle put your pan in along with your utensils and thermometer.  It will be a much easier clean-up.                             

• Altogether it takes no more than 15 minutes to complete this recipe.

• Most important:  This mixture is like burning lava and you do not want to burn yourself!

Stay warm and quilt!       Lynne Laino

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CCQG Quilt Show 2018

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  

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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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