Bits and Pieces

July 2017

Volume 32, Issue #7

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President's Message 

Here we go with a new year!  I have been a member of this Guild for 20 years and felt it was time to give back for all the good times I had, and the information I gained.   I am looking forward to this year, and getting a chance to meet even more members than I already know.  In the past I have served as Secretary for five years, done the Newsletter for two, and been President-elect for the past year.  
There have been a lot of changes in quilting over the years from controversy over machine quilting vs. hand quilting to the emergence of long-arm quilting.  The trends in designs and modern quilting have really added a lot to our craft, yet the traditional designs and fabrics are still loved by many. We will continue to try to serve everyone's interests with our programs.
So, let's move into the new guild year with anticipation of good times and good learning.  I will do my best to serve you well.  Thanks.

Pat Barton 

Monthly Programs

July 12

• Monthly Charitable Gifts - West Chester Food Cupboard food donations

• Block of the Month -  White stars on blue or red background - looking for a big turnout, these will be used by the Tel Hai group to make Patriot Quilts 

• Fat Quarter -  Stars

Speaker - Melissa Averinos

Melissa Averinos paints, makes quilts, designs fabric, and writes craft books. She  won a Judge's Choice Award at QuiltCon 2015 for her quilt 'face #1' and won Best In Show at QuiltCon 2016 for her quilt 'My Brother's Jeans'. Melissa loves Atomic Fireballs, pie, unicorns, rust, gardening, yoga, thrift shopping, sad songs and summertime. Melissa is an imperfectionist, a hugger and a good listener. She lives on Cape Cod with her adorable husband, Stuart, and their two golden retrievers. 

You can read more about Melissa by visiting her website:

 August 9 - Linda Poole

Linda M. Poole lives in a beautiful region on the outskirts of the Pocono Mountains, in Milford, Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware River. She has taught throughout the United States and internationally, across Europe, Asia, and French Polynesia. She has developed a new approach to applique called Painted Applique. Her lecture will take us around the world with quilts.

You can read more about Linda by visiting her website:

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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 see contact for each workshop listed below.

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.


• July 11, 2017 - Melissa Averinos - Making Faces

             Contact Debbie Becker to sign up or if you have questions

• August 8, 2017 - Linda Poole - Little Bird – Whole Cloth Painting

             Contact Stephanie Braskey to sign up or if you have questions

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Challenge Quilts


“What Calico Cutters Means To Me”

The 30th Anniversary Challenge, with 40 quilts completed, was a huge success. The quilts were fabulous and could have all been winners. Calico Cutters is definitely a group of very creative people. The ten award winners, voted by the members, were Best of Show -Cindy Zencey Best Handwork  - Terry Seeley Best Quilting - Ann Tumolo Best Applique - Kelly Meanix Most Unique Quilt - Stephanie Braskey Best Modern Quilt - Hattie Virgilio Best Interpretation of Theme - Cheryl Kusko Best Piecing - Beth Ann McNutt Best Use of Color - Nancy Humphreys Best Traditional Quilt - Linda McCormick Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to a quilt shop.  Best of show winner, Cindy Zencey, received a $50 gift certificate. Notecards were made with photos of each of the ten winners. A set of 10 assorted notecards can be purchased from Ways and Means for $12. The challenge for 2018 will be "Do Not Touch" mini quilts to hang with quilts at our quilt show in May, 2018.  Quilts should be small, about 8" by 11".  More details will follow.  Put your thinking caps on!

Stephanie Braskey


Monthly Charitable Gifts

At our June meeting, we collected "bingo prizes" for Pocopson Nursing Home. There was quite a variety from adult coloring books, to scarves, jewelry and many other items. Thank you all for your generosity.

In July we will be donating canned goods and non-perishable food items to the West Chester County Food Bank.
Suggested needs include: peanut butter and jelly, cereal, bottled juice or juice boxes, canned one-dish meals (like Spaghetti O’s), canned meats, chunky soup, rice, paper products, toothpaste. Please no damaged cans or old expiration dates. Please no glass or any fresh or frozen food.

Thank you again for your continuing support,
Ann and Janet

For your convenience, our upcoming schedule of charitable activities is provided below.

Guild Year 2016 - 2017 Donation List

• Aug 2017 -  School supply donations to Head Start Program Coatesville and Friends Assoc West Chester

• Sept 2017 - Ryan's Smiles pillowcases



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kids quilts

Kids Quilts

JUNE 2017

There were 20 quilts donated and delivered in June.

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Calico Cutter October Retreat


Looking forward to our 2017 Retreat, we will start taking deposits at the July meeting.  Our challenge this year is to bring/make something that is quilted with buttons and our accessory will be a Halloween costume (Jackie cannot wear the same outfit this year!!)

Dates: October 12 - 15, 2017
Costs: TBD
Deposits: Accepted starting July 2017
Challenge: Something quilted with buttons on it (must be finished).
Retreat Accessory: Our retreat accessory challenge will be a Halloween costume
Location: Bird-In-Hand Family Inn and Restaurant, 2740 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-In-Hand, PA, Intersection of Rt 340 and Ronks Road,

For more information or to sign up please contact Lee Paylor

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CCQG Quilt Show 2018

QUILT SHOW UPDATE - June 2017   Things are moving along well.  We are searching for vendors and hope to have six at the show.  Roni Connor has agreed to chair a boutique/handcraft booth.  She will give more information about that at the July meeting.  We have begun work on Advertising and plan to have flyers at the Hershey show in July. We are going to raffle off mini-quilts and Terry Seeley and Cindy Zencey will be handling that chore.   You have all year to make a 16 x 24 vertical quilt if you so choose.  It can be any theme you want, it just needs to be completed and will be a donation, not a consignment item. We have the venue and the pipes and drape people lined up, we just need a person to do the floor plan, so if you are good at that sort of thing and would like to head that set-up committee or help on it, please let me know. All of it will come together after the first of the year.  If you volunteered a couple of months back, we will be getting in touch with you as our needs come up.  Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in making this happen.  It will be a fun time and a chance to meet new friends.   Pat Barton

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Education Notes

Every month our Education Chair, Lynne Laino,  provides us some tips or information regarding the art of quilting.  For Education Archives by topic, go to the bottom of this section for links.

Education July 2017

American Patchwork & Quilting had a great tip for jellyroll precuts.  If you’ve ever worked with them, you know that it can be very messy with crumbs everywhere when you handle them.  Use a large lint roller on both sides of the jellyroll before you unroll it to keep crumbs to a minimum.  What a brilliant idea!

Terry Kramzar sent me a great link for needle-size info from a blog she found.  You can print the “Cheat Cards” and keep them handy by your machine for easy reference.  Thanks Terry!

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  -  Pat Barton
MEMBERSHIP - Sue Linton and Lee Paylor  
PROGRAMS - Leslie O'Brien
SECRETARY - Catherine Morano
TREASURER - Lucille Willover
WORKSHOPS - Debbie Becker
WAYS & MEANS - Terry Seeley and Kelly Meanix
COMMUNICATIONS - Kathy Nester and Mary Zoshak

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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