Bits and Pieces

May 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #5

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President's Message 

What an exciting meeting May 11th will be! We are having our auction and tea. It's been a long time since we've had a live auction. It's always an adventure to seeing all the raffle baskets, silent auction and live auction items. I have to thank Susan Linton, Catherine Morano, Jennifer Linton and Joan Linton for putting this beautiful auction together.  I know a lot of work goes into planning and executing a day like this.

I would also like to thank Cindy Zencey and her committee for organizing the refreshments for the tea. Thanks also to everyone who made their specialties so that we can all enjoy a delicious meal. Thank you to everyone who donated items and classes to be raffled and auctions off. We wouldn't have this event without all of you; you are such a wonderful Guild.

Thank you too Sharon Nungester for being our Auctioneer this year. I'm looking forward to being there with everyone.  I just can't wait to see what will be available. I'm hoping to find that special something or for a class that will show me something spectacular.  

Happy quilting, 


Monthly Programs


May 11, 2016 - Ways and Means Auction and Tea

Monthly Charity –Baby Bundles, Jennersville Hospital, low income families
Block of the Month Tulip Time
Fat Quarter In the pink – bubble gum, pastels, etc
(There will be no Show and Tell at this meeting)

See the Ways and Means article below in this newsletter for the details.

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

July 13, 2016 - Pat Sloan - “Pat’s Life As A Quilter”

Pat will present a fun and entertaining look at her life as a quilter. Her stories, tips and ideas will inspire quilters to try new techniques. She will show how to use color to highlight the fabrics in quilts and to give it that punch.
($10.00 Guest Fee) 

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• June 7, 2016 Jane Davila "Stampmaking for Quilt Artists"

• July 12, 2016 Pat Sloan  "Wild and Free" 

The Jane Davila Stamp Making workshop still has openings. Workshop is on June 7th, fee is $40.00 with a $15 kit fee.

The Pat Sloan Wild and Free Applique workshop has 6 spots left. Workshop is July 12th, fee is $46.00 and there is no kit fee.

Look for supply list details on the website.

For more information click on any of the workshop dates above.  For additional questions or to sign up for a workshop, please contact Kelly Meanix

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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 -

We are happy to announce that we delivered 21 bags of wish list items to the Veterans’ Hospital in April.  Thanks for your generosity!

May 2016 - Baby Bundles, Jennersville Hospital.  We collect items that can be used to support new mothers at the hospital.  Bundles are created for each new mother - many coming for the migrant worker populations in this area of Chester County,  Items for each bundle include:  blanket (purchase or hand made), onesies, baby shampoo, baby soap, and baby wipes.  Please do not donate baby powder. 

Upcoming Projects

• 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.

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Special Activities

Special Events



We are planning a bus trip to the Hershey Quilt Show on Thursday, July 21st. We will be leaving from the Park and Ride Lot in Exton at Route 100 and 113 (near Ron’s Bar and Grill) at 9:00 and will leave Hershey at 3:00. The cost is $38.00 and includes admission to the show (no waiting in line).

If you have not signed up already and would like to go or you have any questions, please contact Sandy Jackson at

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Kids Quilts -

Twenty one wonderful quilts were donated at the April Guild meeting by: Gail Pickett, Nancy Giloley, Mary Zoshak, Susan Linton, Bernice Bergin, Jane Roberts, Rose Morgan, Sandy Jackson, Sue Peck, Chris Qaddoumi, Barb Sipe and Beth McNutt.  Thank you all for your creative work.

Kids Quilts won't be bringing kits or batting to the May meeting.  We are going to enjoy the raffles, auctions and action, instead of kits we are bringing our checkbooks.  There will be lots of goodies to bid on!

We will be back on duty in June with colorful kits for you to pick up and complete.

See everyone at the May meeting!

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 American Soldier Quilts  

At the April meeting we collected 4 soldier quilts pieced by Dolores Holyworth and quilted by Betty Dix, one from Mary Ellen Josephson, and 14 from the Tel Hai Retirement Community using some of the stars from the July block of the month. I delivered a total of 26 quilts to the Coatsville VA Medical Center which included the 7 collected at the March meeting. 

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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Raffle Quilt


Our Raffle Quilt top is done and it is stunning.  We can't wait for all of you to see it in June.  Thank you to everyone who helped with all the piecing,

It is ready to go to Terry Kramzar for quilting. Terry is graciously donating the batting and the quilting for the project. Susan Stetler has agreed to do her magic with the binding!

And the printing of the tickets were anonymously donated as well. So we will have even more proceeds from ticket sales to donate to the Domestic Violence Center. Now everyone needs to start thinking about how to sell all the tickets we printed up. We printed 6,000 tickets and we are hoping to sell them all! Tickets will be distributed to members at the June meeting.

Margo Rogozinski, Raffle Quilt Committee Chair

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Education Notes

Have you been bitten by the adult coloring book craze? They seem to be everywhere I go. I was recently in Barnes and Noble to browse the quilting magazines and that section was completely taken over by coloring books! I recently saw an ad for a Cotton + Steel Coloring Book by Melody Miller. I found it on Amazon:   I’m sure it will be available soon in your local quilt shop as well.

My very nice Rowenta iron’s steam button stopped working and I hated to just throw it away but it had to be replaced. Instead of getting rid of it, I decided to keep it as a dedicated dry iron now! No worries about the broken steam button anymore or emptying the water tank for dry use!

There were a few questions after Kelly Meanix’s fantastic trunk show and talk last month. Someone asked which blogs she follows. She wanted to let everyone know that when you log onto her blog, if you look on the right side of the page and scroll down, there is an item for “Blogs I Read” and links for them all.

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As announced earlier, Chris and Holly will be stepping down as Communications Co-Chairs in June of 2017.  Two of our members have stepped up to join the Communications Committees; Angie Gray and Nancy Humphreys.  We are still looking for two more members to join the group.  We have all found that work is more fun and less onerous when there are many helpers.  So we hope to hear from more of you soon!  

Also, did you know this about the website . . . 

• There is a post on the front page that lists all the changes and additions made to the website in the past few weeks.

• We have a long list of quilting Acronyms under Resources. 

• We have a list of all the local long arm quilters under Resources as well.

• We post all the pictures taken at Show and Tell as soon as possible after the meeting 

Let us know how helpful you find the various sections of the website and how we can improve and make it more responsive to your needs!  

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Ways and Means May Event 

We wanted to give you a few reminders regarding our upcoming auction and tea event. There will be lots of opportunities to help us provide support to the Guild:


Silent Auction

Live Auction 

So bring cash and your checkbook!  This is our largest and most important fund raiser of the year.  The Program Committee is working on bringing in some great speakers, but we have to be able to pay them!  So please support the Guild at this event.  

Please be sure to check-in and pick up your program book.  The back of the program book has a number that you will use for bidding at the Live Auction.  

And of course we will have food and drink! 

For volunteers of food and drink for the May Auction:

- Please bring the items you volunteered for by 9:30 (if at all possible) 
- If you are bringing food, please include the index card you were given with the item name and ingredients (as information for those with allergies)
- If you don't remember what you signed up for, or have any questions, please call or email Cindy Zencey at 610-864-1712 or

THANK YOU!  To everyone who contributed items for the auction, and committed to bringing food or drink.  And thank you to our amazing ways and means and hospitality committee for working so hard to get this event organized.  

Upcoming Events

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

Trash to Treasure
June 11, 2016, 10 AM - 1 PM
Main Line Quilters
Tredyffrin Townsgip Library

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