Bits and Pieces

November 2017

Volume 32, Issue #11

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President's Message 


I spent the week-end with my whole family at a wedding and it was wonderful.  It was so great to see my out of town siblings and reunite with their families.

It reminded me that we as quilters are part of a big family also.  Different branches take form as traditionalists, modern quilters, pictorial quilters, paper piecers, appliquérs, etc. but we are all part of one family.  I have been to countries overseas and been accepted as part of the family even though I did not know anyone there.  Quilt shows bring us together to share in our common interest also. I visited a quilt shop in Charlottesville and they welcomed my granddaughter and I like long lost cousins.

When someone in our family is hurting, we share their pain.  Please offer comfort to Ree DiGuiseppe who recently lost her son, David.  When you experience a loss or happy time in your life, please let Hattie Virgilio or myself know so that we can acknowledge that.

I hope you can take time now to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather with the mums and pumpkins in abundance.  Leaves are changing color and falling, so be careful on the roads.  I look forward to seeing you at Paoli Presbyterian Church for our November meeting.

Pat Barton


Upcoming Guild Meeting - November 8, 2017

November 8 - Paoli Presbyterian Church

• Monthly Charitable Gifts- Hats, scarves & gloves for the Homeless Shelter & Children’s Alopecia Project

• Block of the Month - Hearts and Gizzards

• Fat Quarter - Christmas and/or Solids

Speaker – Melissa Sobotka

Melissa began art quilting in 2007 as an experiment, with no training in quilting; just her love of sewing and a background in art.

Melissa will be speaking about “My Quilting Adventure”
You can read more about Melissa by visiting her website:

Due to the Goshen Fire Hall being used as a voting site for the primary elections, the November guild meeting will be held at the Paoli Presbyterian Church.  The address is:  225 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA  19301

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November Bake Sale

Ways and Means would be glad of any baked goods donated for the bake sale which will take place during the November guild meeting at Paoli Presbyterian Church.  Please contact Kelly Meanix for more information.

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Recently the CCQG opinion survey was emailed to the entire membership.  We have gotten many responses but we are hoping to hear from all 150 members!  Your opinion matters.  This is your way to have a voice in the future of the Guild.

Here is a quick link to the survey.  Please send us your thoughts!


Workshop Updates

• 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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Project Day Announced!

What:  Project Day/Sew In: bring your own projects to work on.
When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where: Goodwill Fire Company, 552 E. Union Street
552 E. Union Street
West Chester, PA  19382
Time: 9AM to 4PM
Fee: $10 to cover room rental
Click here for more information!

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Calico Cutters October Retreat - Revisited

Our retreat was great fun and lots of quilting and stitching was accompolished….as well as shopping and eating.

We shared hints and tips with each other and had great fellowship together.

Our quilt challenge of “buttons”:
First place – Nancy Powell
Tied for second place -  Betty Dix and Sue  Nugent

Please bring your “button” challenges to the November meeting for a special show and tell.

Our fashion accessory: Halloween costume
Jackie Frye and Cathy Fasey  as “Remains of Old Quilters”

Dates for next year -   October  11- 14, 2018
Quilt challenge:  “Rick-rack”
Fashion accessory:  Floral (flowers – silk or otherwise or in the fabric)

Dates to come
October 17 – 20,   2019
October  15 – 18,  2020

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

Monthly Charitable Gifts Update

Following our October meeting, 3 large boxes and 20 assorted size bags of clothing, toiletries and other items from the wish list were delivered to the Coatsville VA . The VA volunteers were appreciative of the donated items and immediately started sorting and preparing for distribution.

In November we will be collecting hats, scarves and mittens/gloves for several homeless shelters and the Children's Alopecia Project. You may purchase or make any type of hat, scarf and or mittens/gloves for children, youth, men and women.

Click here for directions for a polar fleece hat and scarf.

For your convenience, a month by month list of the charities we support can be found below.

Thank you for your continued support,
Ann McErlean and Janet Creely

Guild Year 2017 - 2018 Donation List

• November 2017 - Hats, scarves & gloves for the Homeless Shelter & Children's Alopecia Project

• December 2017Wish list items for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

• January 2018 - Kids Quilts

• February 2018F- Walker bags for Pembroke, Brandywine & Pocopson Homes

• March 2018 - Wish list items for Home of the Sparrow

• April 2018 - Baby items for Chester County Hospital Maternity Unit

• May 2018 - Wish list items for West Chester Friends Association

• June 2018 - Wish list items for Pocopson Home



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Challenge Quilts

Challenge Quilts for 2018 CCQG Quilt Show

The challenge for 2018 will be “Do Not Touch” mini quilts to hang with quilts at our quilt show in May, 2018. Penn Oaks Quilt Guild had small "Do Not Touch" quilts at their last show and we were inspired by them to use this idea as our challenge this year. Quilts should be small, about 8″ by 11″. Be creative! Think outside the box!  There will be prizes.

They must be finished by the February meeting with a 4" sleeve. These quilts will become the property of the guild for future shows or displays. But for posterity, please put a label on the back or at least sign your name.

Stephanie Braskey

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Kids Quilts

October quilt donations were made by Tel Hai, Janice Zelgen and Jeanette Walsh.  Also we would like to thank Barbara Hays for her donation of 25 yards of Warm and Natural batting for the Kids Quilts.  Thank you for your generous donations.

The new Kids’ Quilts Committee consists of: Ciel Betson, Betty Campbell, Cathy Fasy, Jacki Frye, Barbara Hays, Susan Kester, Janis Zeglen and several members of the Hearts to Hands Quilting Group at the Ridley Park Presbyterian Church.

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

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Education Notes

Just saw a tip from Bonnie Hunter on Instagram.  She made an inexpensive design wall using two flannel backed tablecloths.  Cheap and portable!

Do you have an empty tabletop gum ball machine?  Cute way to display your button collection in your craft room.

You can use your empty wooden thread spool collection to hold leftover bits of ribbon.  They look adorable stored in a glass jar.

When attending a sewing workshop, I bring along a paper lunch bag and some scotch tape.  Attach the paper bag to your work table.  This makes an easy waste basket for all my scraps and threads and does not take up space on the sewing table.

Knitting needle point protectors are a great tool to use with your scissors when traveling.  No more worrying about the sharp points!

I use a small yellow post it note (size 1 inch) when threading my sewing machine.  Place the yellow post it note behind the sewing needle.  The paper makes it so much easier to see the eye of the needle.  I always have a pack in my travel sewing bag.

-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

*November 2017 meeting will take place at Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 South Valley Road, Paoli, Pa due to polling at our regular meeting place.

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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