Bits and Pieces

July 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #7

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President's Message -

 I’m looking forward to a great year! We have many wonderful speakers and workshops scheduled for 2016-2017.I’m so glad I took Jane Davila’s stampmaking workshop – she had lots of good ideas! Pat Sloan will be talking about scrap quilts this month. The guest fee this month is $10.

Reminder:  Starting this month we will open the doors at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30!

I would like to thank the Board for volunteering for this year. We have a great slate of officers! Thanks go to Roni and last years Board.  We are starting a new guild year and if you are interested in getting involved, here are a few opportunities:

• The Board is in the process of organizing a committee to help with the 30th anniversary of the Guild. It would be held next year. We have a few Board members on the committee and we are looking for some help from the Guild. If anyone is interested please let me know!

• Show and Tell ladies are looking to retire. Anyone interested in getting a close up look at quilts? (Holding up quilts)

• Challenge Committee-last years challenge was “Home of the Sparrow”

• Kids Quilts – we have a great committee for this year. Looking ahead to 2017-2018 we will need a new committee!

Let me know if your interested!

The Raffle Quilt was presented at the June meeting and it is beautiful! Thanks go to Terry Kramzer for the machine quilting and Susan Stetler for binding and the sleeve. Remember to pick up your raffle tickets!

I have to thank the ways and means committee for a wonderful auction. Thanks to Sharon Nungester for volunteering to be the auctioneer.  I just got my quilts back from Susie Racobaldo “Quilts on Wawaset”. She donated a $100 gift certificate for machine quilting and I “won”, I love how they turned out. Also, Susan Linton’s class/luncheon made for a wonderful day. She donated a class on Paintsticks.

If anyone knows of a member that needs a note of cheer, support, or sympathy let Hattie Virgillio know. She is our “Sunshine” note writer. Any suggestions for special events (bus trips, etc. ) would also be appreciated.

See you at the Meeting. Doors open at 9 a.m. Meeting at 9:30!


Monthly Programs

Monthly Charity Canned goods to Chester County Food Bank
Block of the Month  Summer Fan
Fat Quarter – Stars

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)

August 10, 2016 - Lea McComas

Lea’s portrait quilts have won international recognition. Discover the influences of history and culture that inspire her pictorial quilts. She will share information about principles of composition, the geometry of faces and how value, color and temperature work together to create realistic pictorial quilts, as well as a brief overview of her techniques for fused applique and thread painting.

September 14, 2016 - Pat and Arlen,“100 Years of Quilting”

The Christs will cover the period of quilting from 1830-1930. Included are approximately 30 quilts that represent style and format changes during this time period. The history of the quilts and the quiltmakers provides an interesting journey through a very difficult time during the growth of our young country.

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There is a long waiting list for many of our classes, if you are not able to make it please let Kelly know so we can give another member your spot. Going forward we will now be requiring you to pay for the class when you sign up. Please check below for more information, supply lists and upcoming workshops.

To obtain details on any of the workshops below, just click on the date/presenter and you will see all of the supplies and descriptions.   Use the "Print Friendly" button to print out workshop details and supply list - you can remove pictures and other things you don't need before printing to save ink and paper.


• July 12, 2016 Pat Sloan  "Wild and Free" - workshop is full, to waitlist contact Kelly, using the link below

• August 9, 2016 Lea McComas - "Thread Painted Portraits"

Look for supply list details using the links above.

For questions or to sign up for a workshop, please contact Kelly Meanix

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Raffle Quilt


Our Raffle Quilt is done and it is stunning!  The quilt is called "Irish Mist" and measures 69.5" wide by 82.5" long. Thanks to everyone who worked on it, especially Susan Stetler who did the binding and Terry Kramzar for the amazing custom quilting,

We began distributing tickets at our June meeting and will continue to do so.  We are hoping everyone will make an extra effort to sell all the 6,000 tickets we had printed.  With a donation to cover the cost of the thickets and Terry very kindly donating the batting and the quilting, we have an opportunity to raise a great sum for the Domestic Violence Center.  If you have any ideas as to where we can sell tickets, let us know! Ticket prices are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Margo Rogozinski, Raffle Quilt Committee Chair.  Contact Margo if you have any questions,

 To view pictures of this beautiful, click on "Read More"

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Retreat - October 2016

Retreat 2016

Next year’s dates are October 13-16, 2016.  Lee will be accepting registrations at the July meeting.  Only $25.00 will hold your place.

Challenges for 2016 Retreat:

• Quilt: Illustrate your first initial of your name—either with fabrics, colors starting with that letter, or do a modern, traditional or fancy depiction of the letter.

• Fashion accessory:   your favorite holiday attire ( sweater, sweatshirt, vest, dress, tee-shirt, or complete outfit)…doesn’t matter what holiday.

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

Such pretty and useful walker bags.  We shared 47 with Pocopson County Home, Pembrooke, and Brandywine Hall.  The activity directors were very grateful.

In July we will be donating canned goods and non-perishable food items to the Chester County Food Bank. Suggested needs include: peanut butter and jelly, cereal, bottled juice or juice boxes, canned one-dish meals (like Spaghetti O’s), canned meats, chunky soup, rice, paper products, toothpaste. Please no damaged cans or old expiration dates. Please no glass or any fresh or frozen food.

To see pictures of the donated walker bags, click on "Read More" to visit the Charitable gifts page!

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Special Donation Opportunity

Paoli Presbyterian Church is filling a cargo container to be shipped  in September to a mission in Belize.  They are asking for various donations but one that might interest our Calico members is donations of fabric or sewing supplies.  There are many women in Belize that make articles of clothing which is their main source of income. Contact Hattie Virgilio if you are able to donate or have questions.

Kids Quilts

Quilts for the Domestic Abuse Center were donated by:  Jane Roberts, Nancy Giloley, Rosemary
Lynch, Tel Hai Sewers, Elizabeth Young, Delores Holzworth, and Roseann Hartigan.  Thank you
all for your generosity and skills.

Kids Quilts will celebrate the 4th of July by presenting Fireworks worthy kits for you to complete.
We want to Spark your interest in filling the needs of children of families who take refuge at the
Abuse Center.  The kids will get a Big Bang out of your project!

Please stop by the Kids Quilt table and choose a kit to make on a day that is too hot to be outside.  Stay in and be cool at the sewing machine.

See you all in July!

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2016-2017 Membership Renewals 

Thank you to everyone who paid their dues.  The membership cards are ready for you to pick up.  Please take a moment at the Guild meeting to get your cards.

We are currently at our maximum membership and have started a wait list. If you, or anyone you know, would like to be added to the wait list, please contact our membership chairs.

Special Events

Our Events Committee is responsible for providing Guild members with various types of activities outside our regular monthly meeting.  The goal is to to have fun, try new things and integrate new members into the Guild.   Currently Sandy has organized a trip to the Hershey Quilt Show.

HERSHEY BUS TRIP - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - - Full

The trip to the Hershey show is full! If you have signed up, please be at the Park and Ride on Route 113 ( just off the corner of 100 and 113 near Ron's Meetinghouse) in Exton at 8:45. We will leave promptly at 9:00 and return around 4:30. Be prepared for lots of beautiful quilts, shopping and fun! website for the park and ride:


For those who have signed up, don’t forget to bring your Modern Nine Patch for the Swap.  We will be collecting at the July and August meeting.  You will get your twelve new patches at the September meeting.

Contact Sandy Jackson here or at the next meeting if you have questions about either program.

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July Education Notes


Chris Qaddoumi sent me a great site for quilters.  They have help for any project no matter what your skill level is.  After all, we all need help every now and that for that pattern that is driving us crazy, don’t we?  Check it out at this link here:

The 2016 Row By Row is gearing up for the entire summer again!  It begins the first day of summer, June 21st and ends on September 6.  Visit participating local quilt shops and pick up your free pattern for that shop’s Row.  Most shops also have kits put together for a fee and a small printed license plate that you can purchase.  You have until October 31st to finish your quilt for great prizes from each shop.  Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2016 rows from 8 different participating Row by Row shops and be the first to bring it in to a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters!!!  Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize.

Be sure to search out participating shops if you are traveling for vacation this summer.  Last summer there were 2,655 shops across the United States and Canada and this year promises to be ever bigger!  Check out the website for maps and lists of participating shops:

Also, if you’re flying and want to take some handwork, go to your airline’s website to find what restrictions are in place in regard to scissors and supplies.

Happy Summer Sewing!

Lynne Laino

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Communications Update

We thrilled to welcome seven volunteers to help us with the Communications activities - Angela Gray, Cissy Howell, Nancy Humphreys, Rosemary Lynch, Angela Meister, Kathy Nester and Mary Zoshak.   Look forward to some new things happening!!

Upcoming Events

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

Delaware State Fair Quilt Exhibit
July 21-30, 2016
18500 S DuPont Highway Harrington, DE 19952

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

AQS Quilt Week
July 27-30, 2016
The Oncenter
Syracuse, NY

Backyard Annual Quilt Show
September 2016 TBD
(10 am4pm, rain or shine)
Lil’ Country Shoppe
Middletown, Delaware

Harvest of Quilts XIII
September 24-25, 2016
Pine Bush High School
Pine Bush, NY

Kent Sussex Quilt Show
October 21-23, 2016
Sponsored by: Delmarvalous Quilt Guild, Georgetown
Helping Hands Quilt Guild, Dover Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild, Milford
Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave, Georgetown, DE

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Executive Board

CO-PRESIDENTS  -  Terry Seeley
MEMBERSHIP - Debbi Fair and Lee Paylor  
PROGRAMS - Cheryl Lynch
SECRETARY - Leslie O'Brien
TREASURER - Lucille Willover
WORKSHOPS - Kelly Meanix
WAYS & MEANS - Catherine Morano and Cindy Zencey
COMMUNICATIONS - Chris Qaddoumi and Holly Rutkowski 

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