Bits and Pieces

May 2017

Volume 32, Issue #5

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Every Spring I fall in love with all the shades of green! It is such a beautiful time of the year. It inspires me to work on something flowery. Maybe a UFO!

Our April Meeting was full of fun and festivities. The 30th Anniversary was a great success. It was nice to hear about the history of the Guild from Marion Mackey. The cake and decorations were beautiful and all enjoyed the challenge quilts. Many of our VIP guests, and members have commented on how much they enjoyed the day.

To everyone who entered the challenge – congrats! How creative everyone’s ideas were. It was fun to see the variations of the challenge fabric used in the quilts and how they represented the idea of “What Calico Cutters Means to Me”. We have a very creative group!

This month we have our Auction and Luncheon. The committee is busy putting together beautiful baskets. I just dropped off a big box of great layer cake fabric that came in the mail. Our May meeting is always fun and entertaining! I hope to bid on some classes.

A few dates to remember: May 3, 4, 5, 2018 – Calico Cutters Quilt Show! See Pat Barton if you would like to volunteer.

Reminder:  Please try to get your membership renewal in as soon as possible for this next Guild calendar year. You can also mail them to our address at the end of the newsletter.

See you at the Auction/Luncheon!


Monthly Programs

May 2017

• Monthly Charitable Gifts - Baby Items (see article below)

• Block of the Month - Tulips

• Fat Quarter - Birds of a Feather

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. Also see article below.

June 14 - Maxine Rosenthal

"One Block Wonders" - Maxine Rosenthal came to quilting via a path that included writing software and refinishing furniture. Fascinated by kaleidoscopes, she explores the patterns that develop when fabric is cut and re-joined to create new designs.  Her book is titled:  One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-a-Kind Quilts.  If you have made a one block wonder quilt, make sure you bring it for Show & Tell.

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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.

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.   

• June 13, 2017 - Maxine Rosenthal - One Block Wonders

• July 11, 2017 - Melissa Aversinos - Making Faces

• August - - Linda Poole, more information coming soon

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Ways and Means

A Sneak Peek into our May 10th Auction!

We hope you are excited about our May 10th auction.  This is our big fundraiser for the year.  We are working hard to provide lots of fun things to bid on and they are not all sewing related!!  When you arrive that morning, be sure to check in right away to receive your auction packet.  Your packet will contain the entire program, your assigned auction number, and instructions.   Cash and checks will be accepted.   We have not finished assembling everything, but below is a sample of some of what will be available for bid. So bring cash and/or your checkbooks and get ready to have fun!


• Paintsticks with Susan Linton

• Lola Pouch with Kelly Meanix

• Learn to Chenille with Ann Tumolo

• Wacky Hand Embroidery with Angela Meister

• Modern Trees with Cindy Zencey

• Cookie Baking and Decorating Like a Professional with Leslie O’Brien

Examples of Silent and Live Auction Items:

• Themed Baskets: Some examples are: Batiks, Peter’s Salon and Spa, Tula Pink, Sewing the Blues, Modern & Improv, Ready for Retreat, Quilt Kits (multiple), Knitting, Picnic, Christmas, Fall, Pin Cushions, Light Box with Applique Patterns, Machine Embroidery programs and thread, Cooking, Car Wash, Audio Books, Beach, Children, Fabrics, QVC tour with bag full of products, Sewing Notions, Machine quilting and accessories, plus more

• Kate Spain large pack of fat quarters

• Gift Certificates for: Long arm quilting, various restaurants, hair salon, quilt shops, canoeing, and museums

• Various Hand-made items: knitted afghan, bags, mug rugs, table runners, quilts, wall hangings +

• Miscellaneous:  Quilt stands, Flynn Machine quilting frame, Bernina Roller bag, Ott Light, Large Light Box +

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Membership Renewal 2017-2018

Membership would like to thank everyone who has already submitted their renewal dues!

For those who are still planning to renew....renewals will not be accepted after the June 14 Guild Meeting.  Please print your renewal forms from the website (link below) since there are a limited number available at the Guild meeting. Renewals can be mailed in to the Guild PO Box or brought to the meeting.  Debbi Fair and Lee Paylor.

• Click here for 2017-2018 Dues Renewal Form.

• Click here for the Guild Address 

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Slate of Officers for 2017-2018

The slate of officers will be voted on at the May meeting. 

• President - Pat Barton

• President Elect - Cindy Zencey

• Membership - Sue Linton and Lee Paylor

• Secretary - Catherine Morano

• Treasurer - Lucille Willover

• Programs - Leslie O'Brien 

• Workshops - Debbie Becker

• Ways and Means - Terry Seeley and Kelly Meanix

• Communications - Kathy Nester and Mary Zoshak

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

At our APRIL meeting, these baby items were purchased or hand made: baby hats, blankets, onesies and other clothing from newborn to 18 month sizes (which are distributed as needed). In addition, baby shampoo, wipes, etc. were donated to Chester County Prenatal Clinic.  This will also be our charity for May.

Thank you again, for your continuing generosity.

Ann and Janet

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Calico Cutter October Retreat


Our dates for 2017 are:   October 12-15, 2017.  We’ll take deposits starting in July, 2017.

Our retreat challenge with be something quilted with buttons on it (must be finished).  Our retreat accessory challenge will be a Halloween costume ( and no, Jackie cannot wear the same outfit!!

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CCQG Quilt Show Planning Information

Thank you to all that have signed up to help with the Calico Cutters Quilt Show which will be held on May 4th and 5th, 2018 at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA. 

Pat is working on setting up committees, and will contact you to see your preferences.  Since 50 people signed up, it will take a little time to get to everyone.  A meeting will then be set up in late May or early June to get started.  Pat is looking forward to working with all of you.  Thanks again 

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kids quilts

Kids Quilts

Two more months to go before a new Kids Quilts Committee takes over.   The current committee knows you will wholeheartedly support the new crew.  We could not have done our job well without your enthusiastic support.  We look forward to lending a hand when they take over in July.

Thanks go to Gail Pickett for donating four kids quilts at the April meeting.

See everyone at the May Guild meeting.

The Kids Quilt Committee.

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Education Notes

May 2017 Education Notes

Chef’s Choice has made an electric, top-rated knife sharpening tool for years and now they have an electric Diamond Hone Scissor Sharpener!  Most of us have a drawer full of scissors and it’s imperative that they are sharp.  It’s not a cheap appliance with a $99 retail price so maybe a few friends can go in on it.  Another plus is that Chef’s Choice is a Pennsylvania company located in Avondale!  Click here for more details.

Solid fabrics are very popular now with the popularity of modern quilts and it can be very difficult to discern which color is which.  When you purchase solid fabrics, use a fineline Sharpie to write name of the color on the selvage edge to make identifying shades easier.

The Penn Oaks quilt guild is having their semi-annual quilt show at Ludwig’s Corner on May 5 & 6.  If you’ve never been, you are missing out!  There are so many beautiful quilts on display, wonderful vendors, raffles to win incredible quilts and gift baskets and great food!  Put it on your calendar for a great time!  Click here for more information

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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