Bits and Pieces

February 2018

Volume 33, Issue #2

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President's Message 

 Happy New Year, everyone.  Yes, 2018 is here and we are off to a roller coaster weather ride.  I hope everyone is able to stay warm and safe during these icy cold days.

We had a wonderful sew-in last week.  Cathy Fasy, Jackie Frye and their committee provided kits for Kids Quilts, and members put their sewing machines to work. Quilts were sandwiched and tied by others and our design walls were put to good use. Cathy sends thanks to all members who participated and for their donations of fabric and batting.  

Gail Pickett sends her thanks for the help given to her committee of one for Veterans’ quilts. She is very appreciative of all the work that was accomplished at the sew-in.  Veterans’ quilts are well under way, from every stage of planning to kits and sewing, and she thanks you for your support and help.

 February we will have our members’ demos as well as the “Don’t Touch” challenge.  It is another fun meeting and a chance to meet more people.  These not so structured meetings give us a great opportunity to enjoy the easy, social part of quilting and learn more in the bargain.

 The Quilt Show is ready to really get moving.  I will be giving a report at the February meeting in the demo group.  You will have a chance to sign up for a specific job for the show or as an overall helper. Any time you can give will be greatly needed and appreciated.

 So, enjoy your winter with lots of time for quilting.  Let it snow if it must, but we can create warmth and laughter with our quilts!!!

 Pat Barton

Upcoming Guild Meeting - February 14, 2018 - Goshen 

Members will be providing Quilting Demos.

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Monthly Charitable Gifts -  Walker bags for Pembroke, Brandywine & Pocopson 
Fat Quarters - Low volume prints
Block of the Month - Double Hearts
Challenge Quilts - "Don't Touch the Quilts" - due this month!

From Stephanie Braskey

We are down to the wire! February is the “Do Not Touch” Challenge. (Due at the Feb. 14 meeting). There will be three prizes, chosen by members votes. The prizes will be three gift certificates to local quilt shops.

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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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Mini Quilts Needed for "A World of Quilts" Raffle

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

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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

There are a few spots remaining!  The $16 fee includes the pattern which calls for only (3) 1 1/2 yard cuts of three contrasting fabrics!  Do ahead cutting instructions will be coming soon.

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Quilting Boutique at CCQB 2018 Quilt Show

Roni Connor will be running our mini boutique at the May quilt show and is looking for some great items to tempt us all!

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Ways and Means


Are you getting organized in your quilt room this winter? We will be having raffle baskets at our June Meeting!! Please let Kelly Meanix or Terry Seeley know if you have any donations before bringing to the guild meetings! Also, if you are interested in offering a class let us know!

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Kids Quilts

January 2018

Thank you all who attended our January sew in, it was a great day. Everyone had a good time. There were 11 kids quilts completed. We could not have done it without all the help from our wonderful committees.

Another big thanks to the following ladies who arrived at the event with finished quilts:

Suzy Brody
Ginny Gallagher
Kathleen Winters
Kathy Joyce

Kids' Quilts Information

The 2017-2018 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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Monthly Charitable Gifts

January News

Thanks to all who participated in our "quilt-a-thon" this month to make children's quilts for the Domestic Violence Center of West Chester . This year, in addition to the children's quilts, we worked on patriotic quilts for the veterans. There should be a final count of both types of quilts completed by our next meeting.

The charity for February is walker bags, which will be given to Pembrooke, Brandywine and Pocopson Homes. Click here for two patterns.

Thank you again, for your continuing support of our charitable projects.

Stay warm,
Ann and Janet,  Charitable Gifts

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Veterans' Quilts

January  2018 - Thank you from Gail 

Thank you to every one who helped make veteran quilts; from donation of fabric to all the other chores involved. We had many women helping, I am so grateful. Special thanks to Cindy Zencey who had my back. We will see how many quilts get finished and how soon, and then deliveries get made. Keep up the tremendously good work! I am still in need of fabric donations appropriate for veteran quilts, red, white, blue, gold, stars, stripes, flags, etc. I will use smaller pieces for kits..just wait for the surprise each month..I am a dreamer! I know what a group of women from Calico Cutters can accomplish!

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

February 2018

I just took a ride to The Quilt Ledger in Christiana, PA.  They have an enormous selection of Allison Glass and Tula Pink fabrics.  Plus they offer a 10% discount to guild members!!

Remember that your phone’s camera is your best friend when taking a workshop.  Take photos of any class instructions or examples that you may forget later on.

My Ipad is right next to my sewing machine so that I can catch up on my You Tube subscriptions while I am sewing.

Keep your leftover pieces of batting in the original bag.  No more guessing about the fiber content!

Save your holiday address labels that everyone receives in the mail.   Put some in your purse to use at guild meetings for raffle chances or special drawings.

Education ARCHIVES

Visit our Education Archive Pages.  This includes information from past Education postings sorted in topic order.

• Design

• Machine Quilting

• Member Tips

• Organizational Tips

• Quilt Patterns

• Quilting Tips

• Quilt Travels

• Sewing Tips - General

• Special Products

• To Be Sorted

• Tool Tips

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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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