Bits and Pieces

August 2017

Volume 32, Issue #8

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President's Message 

I have recently returned from a week-end in Emmitsburg, MD for the Mid Appalachian Quilters Annual Retreat.  There is something awe-inspiring in spending three days with 340 women all focused on the love of quilting.   Our speaker was Donna Lynn Thomas, a teacher who has been known to many of us older quilters since the 1980’s.  It was fun to hear how her life had spun out in the years in between then and now.

The subject of Donna’s talk was “Memories.” She showed how her various quilts were made to commemorate a special occasion, a special person, or even just a meaningful fabric and design.  She told us about the importance of using quilts to keep memories alive, and how they put her back in the moment when she sees them.

When I returned, I was visiting with a friend and she showed me a quilt that was made for her.  Fran is a non-quilter, and she was so excited with the end result.  Her husband had passed away about six months ago and she had the quilt made out of his clothes.  There were some T-shirts, some pajama bottoms, other slacks and shirts and all of them had memories of their life together.  She said she could not bring herself to give his clothes to Goodwill, but once she chose what to put in the quilt, she could let go.  Now every time she uses the quilt, she has a feeling of closeness to her husband and the life they shared.

The point is that quilts are valuable in keeping memories alive.  Whether it is a person, a place or an event, the love stays with it. You have a chance to make your own memories.  Why not start re-living the good times through your quilts.  Happy sewing!!

Pat Barton

Monthly Programs

August 9th

• Monthly Charitable Gifts – Pre-kindergarten school supplies for Headstart & West Chester Friends Association

• Block of the Month –  Ladybug and Friends

• Fat Quarter – Don’t bug me bugs, bee and other insects

 Speaker - 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:

September 13th

Speaker - Nancy Mahoney

You can read more about Nancy by visiting her website:

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Workshop Updates

• August 8, 2017 - Linda Poole - Little Bird Painting Workshop.    No sewing machines needed for this workshop!

• September 12, 2017 - Nancy Mahoney - Gumdrops

• October 10 & 12, 2017 - Thomas Knauer - "The Meaning of Things:  The Importance of Quilts in an Era of Excess."

• November 7th - Melissa Sobotka - "Picture Perfect Applique"

If you would like to sign up for a workshop or need more information about workshops please see our Workshop Page

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Ways and Means


Our beautiful challenge quilt winners have been made into notecards and they look fabulous! Please support your guild and consider purchasing one, or two or three boxes for $12 each. They also make a great gift! We are still hoarding ours from the last time we did this! Please get yours now before they are gone, we will not be reordering any.

October Raffle

We are looking for some spectacular donations for our October raffle basket. Please bring them to the Ways and Means table at the August and September meeting. Reminder, please contact Terry Seeley or Kelly Meanix before you bring any donations to the meeting.

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

Monthly Charitable Gifts Update

As reported at the July meeting, we received a very nice thank you note from the Pocopson Home for the "Bingo prizes" collected at our June meeting. They were most appreciative of the assortment and number of items.

Many thanks for your generous donations to the West Chester Food Cupboard – 200.5 pounds!

School Days, School Days!!! Soon it will be time for all the school supply sales. In August we will be collecting school supplies. We will need new or gently used pre-school books, children's blunt nosed scissors, glue sticks, washable markers (24 per pkt.), paper (contruction or unlined white), crayons and stickers, Playdoh, and writing utensils: school materials appropriate for pre-school. New or gently used school bags would also be appreciated. We will be providing these items to the Friends Association of West Chester in addition to the Headstart program.

Looking ahead to September, we will be collection Pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles. In addition, there is a request for handkerchiefs for mothers of children in hospitals. Use pretty, floral or bright patterns, cut 11" by 11" and serge or finish edges and add lace or trim. Click here for the pillowcase pattern.

Ann McErlean and Janet Creely



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New Kids Quilt Committee News

We would like to thank the Kids Quilt Committee members for their dedication and generosity over the past 7+ years.  These ladies: Lorna Milano, Edith Shooster, Sally Wright, Linda Harris, Lin Buchta, Roni Connor, Judy Newby, Marilyn Holmstrom and Mary Ellen Carey have done a wonderful job and it is our hope to carry on this great tradition.

The new Committee consists of: Betty Campbell, Susan Kester, Jacki Frye, Barbara Hays, Janis Zeglen and several members of the Hearts to Hands Quilting Group at the Ridley Park Presbyterian Church.  The group will be meeting on the third Monday of each month for cutting, sewing and any other matters that need attention.

Calico Cutters members are welcome to join the group on the third Monday of each month beginning Monday, August 21st at:
Ridley Park Presbyterian Church
300 N. Swarthmore Avenue
Ridley Park, PA  19078
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

KIDS QUILTS WILL BE ON VACATION IN JULY and resume collections in August!

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CCQG October Retreat

Deposits are now being accepted for this year's retreat!

Click here for more information about the retreat.

Click here for the 2017 CCQG October Retreat registration form.

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CCQG Quilt Show 2018


 July/August 2017

We are moving along with the Quilt Show.  Postcard flyers are out advertising the show.  We have gotten Smithfield Barn to provide us with the accessories for the show floor, and they can be purchased if you would like.  They are antique quilt related items, and will enhance the overall appearance of the show.

We will be collecting mini-quilts and boutique items whenever you have them.  Also, we will be looking for door prize items after the first of the year.  We will wait a little while before we ask again for donations from manufacturers and quilt shop owners who were so generous for our auction.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  If you have a specific job that you would like to take on, please let me know.  There is a lot of excitement being generated,  and I welcome any help you want to give.  Thanks.

Pat Barton

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Education Notes

Every month our Education Chair, Christine Fallon, provides us some tips or information regarding the art of quilting.  For Education Archives by topic, go to the bottom of the Education Notes for the link.

Education August 2017

If you are an owner of a Singer Featherweight sewing machine you may be interested in checking out The Featherweight Shop at  They offer parts and accessories for your machine as well as many helpful tutorials on their YouTube channel (under the channel The Featherweight Shop).  A bonus to shopping on this site is the free shipping that is always offered!

I have recently purchased some small sewing scissors and notions for myself from Tooltron Industries.  I was impressed with their pricing, product offerings and fast shipping.  They have an online store at  Once you sign up for their newsletter you will be notified of all sales and specials.

As a fairly new quilter, I am always looking to You Tube to further my knowledge.  The following channels offer great tutorials:

• You Tube Channel – Man Sewing

• You Tube Channel – SewVeryEasy

• You Tube Channel – GourmetQuilter

Christine Fallon

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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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