Bits and Pieces

March 2017

Volume 32, Issue #3

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President's Message

We were fortunate to have good weather last month! We enjoyed a great program. Ruth Bennett, a charter member of our Guild, shared her quilts. She was an early art quilter before anyone knew what art quilting was! She was also published in a few quilting magazines and has won awards for her quilts at various shows. Her quilts were beautiful!  We also had member demonstrations.   Much time went into preparation and presentation. Many thanks go to:  Lucille Willover, Judy Newby, Lee Paylor, Susan Linton, Jean Fox and Jane Roberts. Lots of great information was shared.

We did have a “snow day” the day after Guild. I hope many challenges were started. It looked like a good show of hands of members with ideas and those that had already started the challenge.

It’s that time of year to think about volunteers for next year. Our nominating committee has been formed. They are: Kelly Meanix (chairperson), Pat Barton, Leslie O’Brien, Jackie Fry and Cathy Fasey. If you’re interested in volunteering let us know!

Looking ahead, in April we will be having a 30th Anniversary Celebration. In May our Ways and Means Co-Chairs – Cindy Zencey and Catherine Morano are putting together an Auction/Luncheon.  I always enjoy the Auction. It’s always a fun time spent with friends and supporting the Guild at the same time.


Monthly Programs

• Monthly Charitable Gifts - Home of the Sparrow, wish list items

• Block of the Month - 3-D Pinwheel

• Fat Quarter - Stripes

March 8, 2017 - Victoria Gertenbach 

"Rural Inspiration" - Victoria's lecture will focus on the personal inspirations behind her quilts, gleaned from her local rural surroundings of Northern Lancaster County. She will present a Trunk Show featuring a selection of her amazing quilts, while discussing the stories and construction behind them.  Visit her blog to get a sneak preview:

April 12 - Barb Vedder

"Quilts, The Story of My Life" - The topic of Barb's lecture is her 25-year journey in quilt making and design.  She will present her quilts chronologically to show the evolution of her work from commercial patterns to adaptation to original work.   Barb will share her inspiration sources and how she interprets them in her work in hopes that it will inspire others to tell their own story. Visit her blog to get a sneak preview:

May 10 - Ways and Means Auction

Ways and Means is planning for the auction in May.  For more info, please, visit the Ways and Means page.

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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.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP DATES (Click on the Workshop for more details)

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

                 This workshop is full.  But there is a waiting list you can put your name on.

• April 11, 2017 - Barb Vedder "Hex Vex" - English Paper Piecing

                There are still spots available in this workshop.

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30th Anniversary Celebration Begins!

The theme is "What Calico Cutters Means" to me. 

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

• The special fabric received at the December meeting 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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Ways and Means

May 10th Auction – Donations Now Being Accepted! Ways and Means is hosting the May auction.   Auction and raffle donations of home made, new, or gently used items are needed.  We are hoping that members will also donate classes or services again this year.   Donations do not have to be sewing related.  All donations should be received by the April meeting, at the latest.  Please contact Catherine Morano or Cindy Zencey  if you need to make arrangements for pickup or drop off of your donation. 

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

February 2017 

19 Walker Bags were donated for Pembrook, Brandywine and Pocopson Homes. Thank you to all of you who made one.

Thanks to all who participated in our "quilt-a-thon" this month to make children's quilts for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. There should be a final count of the quilts completed by our next meeting.

Thank you again, for your continuing support of our charitable projects.
Stay warm,
Ann and Janet

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Special Announcements

I have just received some wonderful news.  The Hearts to Hands Quilt Group has volunteered to take over Kids Quilts for next year.  The members of the group consist of:  Cathy Fasy, Jacki Frye, Betty Campbell, Ceily Betson, Barbara Hays and Sue Kester.

I would like to thank these ladies for offering their time on behalf of the children in need.  It proves how caring and sharing our members are.  I look forward to working with all of you next year.

Pat Barton, President-Elect

kids quilts

Kids Quilts

57 varieties!  That is the number of special quilts that were turned in from the January Sew-in during the February Guild meeting.  There are too many members to name here this time, so thanks go to everyone who participated.  What a great effort!

The Guild has received a letter of appreciation from the CEO(Dolly Wideman-Scott) of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County for quilts and items from the agency's wish list.

"Our mission is to provide intervention, programs, outreach and advocacy to prevent, reduce,
and remedy domestic violence in Chester County.  Thank you for helping to make this mission a reality.  With sincere appreciation,"   Dolly Wideman-Scott, CEO

The Kids Quilt Committee

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Education Notes

March 2017 Education Notes

Some of us struggle with getting a label on our quilts and it’s so important to label our quilts.  Bernina’s We All Quilt blog recently reposted a novel way to put label info on your binding.  If you have a machine with built-in alphabets, it’s easy to put a message on your binding!  See how it’s done here:

A cooking friend recently told me about an auction at Bunch Auctions on 202 with sewing and quilting items.  I went online the night before to check it out and was blown away by the sheer volume of items.  There were three Singer Featherweights, 5-10 other machines, rulers, notions, quilts, fabric bolts and more books than I could count.  When I got there, the warehouse area was filled to the rafters with sewing items, clothing and shoes.  I asked the auction employee if it was one woman’s belonging and he assured me it was.  It was absolutely mind boggling!  It turned out that Polly Knowles lived in Exton and was a quilting/sewing teacher and also worked at Winterthur.  She traveled to Europe for research in textiles for them.  She also did needlepoint and knitting and had everything necessary for all of it.  All of the women there agreed that their husbands could not complain about their stashes after seeing Polly’s.  She now resides in a nursing home after a bout of pneumonia last year.  Amazing!

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CCQG Quilt Show 2018

Work starts on our 2018 Quilt Show

February 2017 Update

We are in the search process for a venue for the Quilt Show.  We are looking for a place in West Chester if possible.  After that is found, we will begin setting up the committees so we don't interfere in the work for the May auction.  Please think about joining a committee.  We will need people to work on the Boutique, Programs, setting up and taking down, vendors, raffle baskets and chairpersons for these committees.  I will have specific sign up sheets as we get further along in the process.  Please think about helping out.  It will be a chance to have some fun and meet new people and showcase our talents.

Pat Barton 

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Communications Update

We've been working on making the website the "go to place" for Guild information and we wanted to make sure you were all aware of the large amount of content that is now on the site.   Below is just some of it!  

1 The website is very up to date.  Information that is sent to us is placed on the website first, and then the critical pieces are eventually added to the newsletter.  So look to the website for the most current information. 
2.  Looking for future fat quarter themes or older BOM patterns?  These are available on their respective pages.  
3.  Our front page gives you a quick look at the next meeting's topic as well as additional posts with timely and informative information we think you would find important.
4.  Our By-Laws and General Policies and Procedures can be found in the "About Us" section. 
5.  Our resources section is loaded with information.

•      All of our education articles are archived and almost all sorted into categories.  

•      There are listings of local quilt guilds and stores

•      A listing of local long arm quilters. 

•      We added a list of quilting acronyms the likes of which you have never seen!

•      You will find the full listing of upcoming quilting events in the area (we are no longer publishing this on       the newsletter but just placing a link to the page)  

Check it out!  

Show and Tell 

As part of our Communications program we are often taking pictures of various Guild events.  Most of these are used on the website and some on our Facebook page.  One of the most popular pages on our website are the pictures of each month's Show and Tell.  Always an amazing display of the Guild's talent, we want to make sure we obtain photos of all the various quilts and items displayed.  However, we want to do this without interfering with the normal Show and Tell Process.  Therefore we want everyone to remember the following when going up to the front to display your quilt: 

• Please stand next to your quilt if you want your picture with the quilt on the website page. 

• Please stand away from your quilt if you do not want your picture on the website with your quilt.  

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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