Bits and Pieces

August 2016 

Volume 31, Issue #8

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President's Message -

July was a busy month! There was a wonderful wedding for our son and new daughter-in-law. It was a week of fun, food and festivities! Also, many of our members went to the Mid-Appalachian Quilt Symposium. I’ll have to keep that in mind for next year! I’ve heard good things about MAQ!

Looking ahead, Thanks go to Sandy Jackson for organizing our Hershey Quilt Show bus trip.  Also, watch for information about a Sew-In at Good Will Fire Company September 21. In addition, we have our Quilt Retreat coming up October 13-16. Be sure to talk to Lee Paylor or Sharon Nungester. They are at a table at the Guild Meeting.

Happy Summer! Hope everyone enjoyed the Hershey Show!


Monthly Programs

August 10, 2016 - Lea McComas

Monthly Charity – Back to School Bags
Block of the Month  Fanciful Butterfly
Fat Quarter – All Things Nautical

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.

October 12, 2016 -  Kathleen Loomis, “Bits and Pieces”

Kathy spent her career in Louisville, KY as a newspaper journalist and then a writer and editor. Since retiring she has worked full time as an artist, concentrating on fiber. Kathy will share how her passion for sewing a bazillion tiny bits of fabric has kept her sane for decades, produced a lot of art and won her a free trip to Japan.


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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.


• 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 tickets 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,

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Retreat - October 2016


Retreat Number 12

Our retreat will be held October 13-16, 2016.  Lee will be accepting registrations at the next meeting.  Only $25.00 will hold your place.  At the retreat we each work on our own projects ... some of us do "simple" projects that we don't make or have time for at home, and some of us are able to do more complicated projects, even in the midst of laughter, talking and eating...bring whatever you desire, (even mending is acceptable).  We share and help each other.  Some do work on their challenges, but most come with the project finished.

Please click on Read More below to see more information about rates and other activities planned for the retreat.

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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. All donations need to be collected by the August meeting. Contact Hattie Virgilio if you are able to donate or have questions.

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Monthly Charitable Gifts

School Days, School Days!!! Soon it will be time for all the school supply sales. In August we will be collecting school supplies. We will need new or gently used pre-school books, children's blunt nosed scissors, glue sticks, washable markers (24 per pkt), paper (construction or unlined white), crayons and stickers, Play-Doh, and writing utensils: school materials appropriate for pre-school. New or gently used school bags would also be appreciated. This year, we will be providing these items to the Friends Association of West Chester in addition to the Head Start program. Both organizations have requested that we provide the items in bulk rather than in individual tote bags.

Looking ahead to September, we will be collecting Pillowcases for Ryan's Smiles. Click here for the pattern. For your convenience, the monthly schedule of charitable activities is provided below.

Guild Year 2016 - 2017 Donation List

• August 2016 - Head Start & West Chester Friends Association, Pre-kindergarten school supplies

• September 2016 - Ryan's Smiles, Pillowcases

• October 2016 - Coatesville Veterans Hospital, Wish list items

• November 2016 - Homeless Shelter & Children’s Alopecia Project, Hats, scarves & gloves

• December 2016 - Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Wish list items

• January 2017 - Kid's quilts

• February 2017 - Pembrooke, Brandywine & Pocopson Homes, Walker bags

• March 2017 - Home of the Sparrow, Wish list items

• April 2017 - Jennersville Regional Hospital Maternity Unit, Baby items

• May 2017 - Habitat for Humanity, Quilts

Thanks again for all your generous donations,

Ann McErlean & Janet Creely

In July we donated canned goods and non-perishable food items to the Chester County Food Bank.  Many thanks for your generous donations to the West Chester Food Cupboard – 201 pounds!


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Kids Quilts

Thirty wonderful quilts were donated to the Domestic Abuse Center in July By:  Gail Pickett, Sandy Jackson, Sandi Kwisz, Carol Haas, Linda Phiel, Cissy Howell, Margaret Giunta, Georgette Copes, Rosemary Lynch, Nancy Giloley, Terry Kramzar and Ree Di Guiesppe. We also thank those who dropped off much needed children's fabric.  We can always use fabric prints made specifically for children.  Those fabrics never seem to go on sale and dip deeply into the Kids Quilt budget.  Thank you for supporting Kids Quilts so faithfully.  See you all in August.  Edith Shooster and Lorna Milano

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Membership Update

  Please be sure to pick up your membership cards when you sign-in at the Guild Meeting. Thank you.

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 have fun, try new things and integrate new members into the Guild.   Current scheduled activity details  are listed below - 9 Patch Swap, September Sew In.  Contact Sandy Jackson if you have questions or would like to sign up.

SEW IN - September 21, 2016 

• WACKY WEDNESDAY SEW IN   Come join us for our second SEW IN on Wednesday, September 21st. It is a great time to catch up on your UFO's, start a new project, or work on anything you like!  It is also a great opportunity to get new ideas and tricks from others, see some great projects, and get to know more members in the guild.  We will meet at Goodwill Fire Company (not Goshen) from 9 to 4. Come anytime and stay as long as you would like. Irons, ironing boards, and cutting mats will be provided. You will need to bring your machine and any supplies you might need. An extension cord is helpful, and don't forget the cord for your machine and your foot pedal! You can bring your lunch, or we will be ordering sandwiches from a local deli.  We are asking for a $10 donation to cover the rental cost of the room.  The SEW IN is limited to 20 people so be sure to sign up early. Email Sandy Jackson or speak to her at the meeting.



If you are participating in the swap, please bring your completed patches to the August meeting and give them to Sandy Jackson. At the September meeting you will receive all your new patches and then you can sew, sew, sew! I am hoping that everyone will be done their project using the patches in June of 2017 and that we can share them at the guild meeting. Remember there are lots of ways to cut your patches up to make a unique project. Just check the internet for ideas!

Contact Sandy Jackson here or at the next meeting if you have questions about any special event listed.

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Education Notes

August Education Notes

Here is a great tip I found recently!  If there is a particular thread color that you use regularly for your piecing (mine is Aurifil 2310), buy two spools and extra bobbins the next time you’re low and use the second spool to fill bobbins so that they are always ready!  What a great idea!

Wasn’t Pat Sloan great?  She was so funny, talented and approachable, wish I had gotten a photo with her.  She mentioned that she had published a book for novelty fabrics, What A Novel Idea!  I’m a sucker for novelty fabric and have quite a stash so I was hoping she had the book with her.  Much to my dismay, it is out of print, but I found a new copy on Amazon!  If you are looking for a book of any kind that is out of print, often you can find it on Amazon in the little print “used” under the book photo.  The shipping is always $3.99 but the books are usually a few $$.

Stay cool and quilt!

Lynne Laino 

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Upcoming Events

Crazy Quilter's Quilt Guild Show
July 10 - August 6, 2016
Allentown Art Museum's Community Gallery
Allentown, PA

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

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

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
September 15-18
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456

Boyertown Area Historical Society Quilt Show
September 16, 17, 18
45 S. Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA

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

Brandywine Valley Quilters Quilt Show
October 15-16
Brookhaven Municipal Building
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015

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

PRESIDENT  -  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