Bits and Pieces

April 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #4

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President's Message 

Welcome Spring! 

What a wonderful time of the year!  Winter is over and the birds are singing.

Life is coming back to the garden and it’s getting our juices flowing about starting new projects, both in the garden and in the quilt room.  Mother Nature has a way of displaying combinations of color and texture that we never would have thought of on our own.

Speaking of color, texture and quilts, our “Birds of a Feather” quilt challenge in March for the Home of the Sparrow was spectacular.  The talent in our Guild is amazing.  Picking a winner wasn’t easy because you wanted to vote for every quilt.  If you looked at our Facebook page, you would have seen how excited Home of the Sparrow was to receive them. I think they were overwhelmed by the beauty and your generosity and talent.

Thank you to Holly and Lee for organizing this challenge and to everyone who volunteered the day of the challenge by accepting quilts, hanging quilts and tallying the results. Most importantly, great thanks to the 42 people who entered this quilt challenge knowing that you would never see your quilt again. It may be some consolation to know that your quilt will be loved and admired by another.

Happy quilting,


Monthly Programs

April 13, 2016 - Kelly Meanix, "How Social Media Influenced My Quilting"

Calico Cutters Quilt Guild member Kelly Meanix will be presenting her insights on how social media has influenced her quilting.  She will also be doing a trunk show of her quilts.  Visit Kelly's blog to see some of her great ideas.

Monthly Charity – VA Hospital Wishlist
Block of the Month – Spring Shoo-Fly
Fat Quarter – 30's Reproductions

May 11, 2016 - Ways and Means Auction and Tea

At our May meeting, we will be bringing you our largest fundraising event of the 2015/2016 year.  We plan to offer an exciting variety of wonderful items for auction and raffle.  Members please bring donations to the April meeting.  See the Ways and Means page for suggestions and donations form.  Ways and Means Page

June 8, 2016 - Jane Davila - " Elements of Design"

Jane is a nationally known quilter who specializes in surface design. Her lecture will focus on the basic elements of good design, including color, texture, line and shape. She will share how to develop an understanding of what we see and like, and apply it to our quilts – traditional, art, and contemporary.  See her website for more information 

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Kids Quilts

Wow, what a great group of quilters belong to Calico Cutters Guild!!

70 beautiful Kids Quilts were donated at the March guild meeting.  There are no idle hands in our guild.

Thank you all:  Kathy Talley, Janet Creely, Nancy Giloley, Rosemary Lynch, Holly Rutkowski, Margaret Giunta, Linda Phiel, Joann Hunsburgher, Charlene Hagerty, Barabara Hays, Jen Linton, Tammie Waggy, Georgette Copes, Pat Barton, Jane Roberts, Elizabeth Young, Shirley Walton and Tel Hai, Barb Sipe, Stephanie Brasky, Nancy Humphreys, Ann McErlean, Bernice Burgess and a few anonymous donors of quilts and fabric.
All deserve many thanks and a ton of praise!

Kids Quilts will return in April with new and colorful kits to put together.  Stop by the Kids Quilts table and pick up a kit,  the need continues.

See everyone in April

2016-2017 Membership Renewals Due 

Renewal forms and payments are now due.  It is extremely helpful to have all the dues payments in no later than the July meeting,  You pay your dues for 2016-2017 at any time by dropping them off at a meeting or mail it to the PO address below.  Renewal forms are on the website and will also be available at the April Guild meeting. If you have paid your dues for 2016-2017 please pick up your new cards at the membership table. New members please remember to pick up your new member packet.  

Website Page for Membership Form 

Monthly Charitable Gifts

April 2016 - VA Hospital Wish List

Many thanks for the packed car load of wish list items and over $150 in gift cards,  for Home of the Sparrow

In April we will be donating to the VA Hospital. Here is the wish list:

Personal Care Items
Liquid body wash
Shaving cream/gel
Mouthwash, alcohol free
Body lotions
Toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes
Denture cream, paste and cleaner
Razors, disposable or electric
New socks, t-shirts, underwear and
wire-free bras
Slipper socks
New coats/jackets

Miscellaneous Items
Forever Stamps/Stationary
Gift cards from retail stores
and/or prepaidgas cards
Phone cards
Movie DVDs
Coffee/Tea, creamer, sugar/sugar substitutes

Upcoming Projects

• May 2016 - Baby Bundles, Jennersville Hospital, low income families

• June 2016 - Walker Bags - Bag pattern available by Walker bag Pattern - these bags will be distributed to local nursing homes.  If you have a suggestion as to where they could go, please forward the name to Jane


Challenge Quilts

2015-2016 Challenge - March 2016

 "Birds of a Feather - In Support of Home of the Sparrow"

This challenge benefitted Home of the Sparrow who provides housing and supportive services to homeless and low-income women who want to improve their lives and become self-sufficient.   We had an amazing response of 42  submissions for this challenge. Our Best of Show was won by Cindy Zencey - one of our newest members.   And our other winners:  Terry Krazmar, Susan Linton, Jennifer Linton and Georgette Copes.  Home of the Sparrow was thrilled when they were dropped off.  Thanks to everyone for participating!   Keep us posted on any other ideas you may have for Challenge quilts.

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Raffle Quilt

Many of our members are continuing to work on the piecing.  Expectation is that phase will be done by mid-April.  Then on to the quilting.  Tickets are being printed!  So everyone should be thinking about how best to sell tickets so we can really make a great contribution the Domestic Violence Center.



Chris and Holly will be stepping down as Communications Co-Chairs in June of 2017.  So this year we are looking for some volunteers to help in this area so that we have a good transition. We have one wonderful volunteer but need two more.  Please contact Terry Seeley if you are interested!    

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Ways and Means

Spring Event - - - May

At the April meeting, we plan on having quite a few patterns for you to peruse through as well as an assortment of notions.  Hopefully you will find your next project.

At our May meeting, we will be bringing you our largest fundraising event of the 2015/2016 year.  We plan to offer an exciting variety of wonderful items for auction and raffle.  As always, your creative donations are appreciated.  Let your imaginations run wild!!  Baskets and items for auction and raffle can be dropped of starting with the March Meeting.  If you need a pick up please contact one of the Ways and Means Committee members.

The Hospitality Committee will also be asking some of us to contribute to refreshments for this event.

MAY Auction Suggestions

This form should be included with each donation made by a member - Member Contribution Form

DONATIONS: We ask that all of your donations be either new or in particularly good condition.  From time to time, we may include donated items as garage sale table items.

ATTENTION:  Please contact Susan Linton when you have any fabric, patterns, thread, etc. to share.  We always enjoy your donations of fabrics and all other wonderful sewing items, however, we are respectfully asking for you to please give us notice before bringing items to the meeting.  It will help us prepare.

Thank you.
Susan Linton, Catherine Morano, Jennifer Linton, Joan Linton

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 American Soldier Quilts 

Seven quilts were delivered to the Coatesville Veterans Hospital last month.  Thank you to everyone who made a quilt for our veterans, Members make quilts for donation to the veterans at the Coatesville Medical Center.  You can donate a quilt or fabric or blocks in red, white and blue colors.  If your bee would like to make some blocks or a quilt, we would be happy to receive it!  Most of our donations are large lap size quilts.

Please make sure your quilt has a label to make it special and personal. Suggestions: Thanks to an American Soldier/ Calico Cutters Quilt Guild 2015 or your own name or special message. Please support this on going project. If you have any questions contact Kathy Talley.

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Education Notes 

April Education Notes

Do you get Daily Deals emails from Missouri Star Quilt Company?  It’s not always something I’m interested in but they recently had a folding 24” x 6” ruler that I had to have and it was 50% off the regular price of $27.95!  Carrying a long ruler to class or workshops can be cumbersome so I was tickled to add this to my travel tools.  Here is a link if you’d like to check it out:

Since I’m on the subject of tools for classes and workshops, Sandy Jackson came rolling into a workshop a few months ago with one of those cloth wagons that I’ve seen in Costco and Sam’s Club for gardening and such.  It was neatly filled with her sewing machine and all the miscellaneous items that she needed for the workshop.  What a brilliant idea!!  No struggling with your machine trolley plus bags of tools and rulers – everything in one handy wheeled wagon!  Thanks so much Sandy!

If any of you have discovered a new tool, trick or article that you’d like to share, please let me know by using the Contact Us page on the website.

Lynne Laino

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Upcoming Events

ArtQuilts Elements 2016
Wayne Art Center
Wayne, PA

Out of Hibernation
April 16-17, 2016
Berry Basket Quilters
Medford, NJ  08055

A World of Quilts XXXVII
April 30 - May 1, 2016
Northern Star Quilters Guild
O'Neill Ctr - Wester CT State University
Danbury,CT  06811

Quilt Fest 2016
April 30 - May 1, 2016
Colonial Quilters Guild of Bethlehem
Palmer Township, PA 18045

Celebration of Quilts 2016
York Quilter's Guild
May 20-21, 2016
Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center
York, PA

Quilters Unlimited
Virginia's Beautiful Waters
June 3-5, 2016
Chantilly, Virginia

Quilting by the Bay 2016
June 11-12, 2016
The Annapolis Quilt Guild
Annapolis Senior High School
Annapolis, MD  21401

Mid-Appalachian Quilters (MAQ)
July 15-17, 2016
Mount St Mary's University
Emmitsburg, MD

Quilt Odyssey
July 23-26, 2016
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center
Hershey, PA

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Executive Board

CO-PRESIDENTS  -  Roni Connor 
MEMBERSHIP - Debbi Fair and Lee Paylor  
PROGRAMS - Cheryl Lynch
SECRETARY - Pat Barton
TREASURER - Lucille Willover
WORKSHOPS - Kelly Meanix
WAYS & MEANS - Susan Linton and Catherine Morano
COMMUNICATIONS - Chris Qaddoumi and Holly Rutkowski 

Calico Cutters Quilt Guild Information

Meets at 10:00 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