Bits and Pieces

January 2018

Volume 33, Issue #1

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President's Message 

 What a wonderful way to start the holidays at our annual Holiday Party.   Thank you so much to Pat Svitek and her committee for getting it together.  Thank you also to the helpers who came to set up on Tuesday night and to the guild members who provided the side dishes and desserts.  Thanks to Leslie O’Brien and Stephanie Brasky for running the Quilto games and to Terry Seeley and Kelly Meanix for putting together the raffle baskets. Special thanks to Mary Zoshak for the thoughtful addition of Christmas music.  From what I have heard, the members had a great time and enjoyed the break from holiday chores to relax and be with friends.

Next month we will be having our charity sew-in.  There will be no business meeting, just announcements if needed.  All of the information about the event is on the website at  It includes the names of people to contact if you have any questions.  The website has a wealth of information about the guild, and is very well done.  Make it a point to check it out now and often.

The quilt show is coming soon, so don’t forget to work on your “Do Not Touch” challenge quilts and your mini-quilts.  If you are cleaning out your closets at year end, Roni can use your new or gently used items for the boutique. Again, check the website for the items that she needs.  It is in the Quilt Show section of the website.

I realize now that I am halfway through my term of office.  I want to say that it has been a pleasure being your President.  I have met so many wonderful people and have admired your generosity in everything we ask for.  So many needy people have benefited from your good hearts.  May you and your families enjoy a wonderful Christmas, Hanukah or whatever holiday you observe, and  a New Year filled with peace, joy and happiness.

Pat Barton

Upcoming Guild Meeting - January 10, 2018

Goshen Fire Company

Monthly Charitable Gifts -  Kids Quilts

There will be no business meeting this month and therefore no
Block of the Month or Fat Quarters

Charity Sew-In

GET READY,  GET SET,  SEW!  Our meeting in January will be the KIds' Quilts and Veterans' Quilts' Sew-In.  If you didn't sign up at the December meeting, you are welcome anyway.  

Volunteers will sew, design and sandwich quilts.  Please bring your sewing machine if  you'd like to sew or sandwich.  Irons, ironing boards, cutting stations and design boards will be available.

Bring a snack or lunch and stay as long as you can, we have until 3:00 to finish.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Fasy (Kids' Quilts) or Gail Pickett (Veterans' Quilts) 

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2018 Workshops

Sign Ups (with payment) are being accepted for the following workshops:

March 13,  2018
Lisa H. Calle- Divide and Design, Get It Done!

April 10, 2018
Anne Loveless - Lake Collage Quilt

If you are interested, please contact the workshop committee.

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Challenge Quilts for Quilt Show due February 14

From Stephanie Braskey

We are down to the wire!  February is the “Do Not Touch” Challenge. There will be three prizes, chosen by members votes. The prizes will be three gift certificates to local quilt shops.

Click here for more challenge quilt details!

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Special Events

2018 Mystery Quilt Day - Thursday, March 1, 2018

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018
9 AM - 4 PM (doors open at 8:45)

Where: Goodwill Fire Company

Click here for details and supply list for our March Mystery Quilt day.

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2018 CCQG Quilt Show

Items Needed for Roni's Boutique at the Quilt Show

Click here for a list of what Roni is looking for to stock her mini quilt shop!

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Mini Quilts Needed for "A World of Quilts" Raffle

Mini Quilts can be turned in at any time to Cindy Zencey or Terry Seeley.

Click here for more details about mini quilt requirements.

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Kids Quilts

The Charity Quilts’ Sew-In is fast approaching.  Please contact Cathy Fasy if you are available to help with the event on January 10, 2018.    We will be working on Kids Quilts and Veterans’ Quilts. 

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

December Charitable Gifts

Thanks to all for your generous contributions at our December meeting for the Domestic Violence Center of West Chester. We had a car full of items from their wish list and over $140 in checks and gift cards. The staff at the Center were overwhelmed with the continuing support of our Guild.

In January, we will be having our "quilt-a-thon" to make children's quilts for the Domestic Violence Center. In addition this year, we will also be working on quilts for the Veterans Hospital in Coatsville.

Looking ahead to February, we will be collecting walker bags, which are given to Pembrook, Brandywine and Pocopson Homes. If you need instructions, there are two posted on our site.

On behalf of the Charitable Gifts Committee, we wish you all a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy New Year.
Ann McErlean and Janet Creely



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Veterans' Quilts

December 2017

Thank you to Mary Zoshak for the beautiful patriotic quilt for a veteran at Coatesville VA . It will be delivered when I have a few more. Thanks for all the donations of fabric, we can make many veteran quilts. Every yard of fabric will make a difference. Hope to see many of you helping at the January  Sew-In.

If anyone is interested in getting together to plan, pool fabric, cut and sew, please contact Gail Picket.

Every quilt is a gift and our veterans thank you.

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Education Notes

Happy New Year!

• January is a perfect time to clean up your craft room. Go through your fabric and donate any that you know you will never use. Give to your guild, another quilting friend or your local thrift store.

• Did Santa bring you a new cutting mat? Don’t throw away your old warped cutting mat. Cut it into a small mat to use next to your sewing machine or to bring to a class.

• When thread basting a quilt, use white thread. Dark thread can leave dark spots on your quilt top.

• The lead in a mechanical pencil is fine enough that sewing thread will completely cover the marked line.

• Leftover pieces of polyester bating can be used in the bottom of flower pots. The water can drain through and it keeps the dirt in.

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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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