Challenge Quilts

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The 30th Anniversary Challenge quilts have been returned from the Mancuso show and most were returned to their owners at the October meeting. Stephanie Braskey still has a few and will bring them to the November meeting.  If you will not be at the November meeting or would like to make arrangements to get your quilt sooner, please contact Stephanie.

Challenge Quilts for 2018 CCQG Quilt Show

The challenge for 2018 will be “Do Not Touch” mini quilts to hang with quilts at our quilt show in May, 2018. Penn Oaks Quilt Guild had small “Do Not Touch” quilts at their last show and we were inspired by them to use this idea as our challenge this year. I am planning to bring some to the September meeting to give you some ideas. Quilts should be small, about 8″ by 11″. Be creative! Think outside the box!  There will be prizes.

They must be finished by the February meeting with a 4″ sleeve. These quilts will become the property of the guild for future shows or displays. But for posterity, please put a label on the back or at least sign your name.

Stephanie Braskey

Anniversary Exhibition
Our anniversary exhibition Quilts are patiently waiting to be hung in a special exhibit at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. We’ve already been featured in their print media. The show runs from September 14 through the 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. If you visit the show, don’t forget to stop by to admire your fellow guild members’ quilts. Congratulations to all the participants.



“What Calico Cutters Means To Me”

The 30th Anniversary Challenge, with 40 quilts completed, was a huge success. The quilts were fabulous and could have all been winners. Calico Cutters is definitely a group of very creative people.
The ten award winners, voted by the members, were
Best of Show -Cindy Zencey
Best Handwork  – Terry Seeley
Best Quilting – Ann Tumolo
Best Applique – Kelly Meanix
Most Unique Quilt – Stephanie Braskey
Best Modern Quilt – Hattie Virgilio
Best Interpretation of Theme – Cheryl Kusko
Best Piecing – Beth Ann McNutt
Best Use of Color – Nancy Humphreys
Best Traditional Quilt – Linda McCormick
Each winner received a $25 gift certificate to a quilt shop.  Best of show winner, Cindy Zencey, received a $50 gift certificate.
Notecards were made with photos of each of the ten winners. A set of 10 assorted notecards can be purchased from Ways and Means for $12.
The challenge for 2018 will be “Do Not Touch” mini quilts to hang with quilts at our quilt show in May, 2018.  Quilts should be small, about 8″ by 11″.  More details will follow.  Put your thinking caps on!
Exciting  News from Stephanie and Cheryl!

We are so excited! We just heard from the people that run the PA National Quilt Extravaganza and they want to exhibit our challenge quilts. This means that every single one of you can exhibit your quilt in an amazing National level quilt show.

With this opportunity, we have to be mindful of a few things.

  1. Each quilt needs to have a name that you give it.
  2. Each quilt has to have a 4″ sleeve.
  3. Each quilt must be of a design that is copyright free and not from a pattern, unless you have the permission of the designer.

So, let’s get quilting!

P.S.  We are aware some of you may halve already sewn in your hanger and it is not 4″ wide.  Don’t panic!  Simply take a piece of muslin (or other fabric scrap) and tack on a temporary 4 inch hanger!

Any questions, please contact Stephanie or Cheryl.

April Challenge Rules Update

It has been decided that we would like you to pin a piece of fabric over your quilt label to hide your name and info. Also, please bring your quilt in a brown paper bag or any bag that it cannot be seen through.

I just found out that it must have a 4″ sleeve so it can be exhibited at a national show. If you are finished and do not want to add a 4″ sleeve to your quilt, that’s okay, it will still qualify for our guild’s challenge but it will not be able to be displayed at a future show.

And, MOST IMPORTANT, please try to come to the meeting early so we can get the quilts hung as soon as possible.

Thank you. See you in April!

Stephanie Braskey


“What Calico Cutters Means To Me”

30th Anniversary Celebration Begins!

At our December Holiday meeting attendees received a fun surprise. A fat quarter of specially designed fabric (designed by Cheryl Lynch) celebrating our upcoming 30th anniversary celebration was distributed to all the members.  This fat quarter will be the foundation of our upcoming 2017 Challenge Quilt.

See below for all the details!

The theme is “What Calico Cutters Means” to me. Inspiration can be encouragement, education, friendship, creativity,…

  • Must be 15″ by 20″ in a vertical direction.  No landscape. So the height is 20″ and the with is 15″
  • The special fabric must be identifiable somewhere on the front of the quilt.
  • Due at the April meeting where they will be voted on by the members.
  • Quilts must be completed, quilted and bound, with a sleeve and label.Quilt must be an original design, not from a copyright pattern or book. You may use a block pattern that is in the public domain (traditional quilt blocks).  You MAY enter a quilt made from a pattern or book but it will not be eligible to be voted on.

We will keep the quilts from the April meeting until the May meeting so we can photograph them. We will announce the winners at the May meeting. And there is a SURPRISE announcement regarding the quilts at the May meeting.

Categories will be:

  • Best of Show
  • Best Piecing
  • Best Appliqué
  • Best Quilting
  • Best Interpretation of Theme
  • Best Use of Color
  • Best Handwork
  • Best Traditional
  • Best Modern Quilt
  • Most Unique

Those members who were not at the December meeting can get their fabric from Stephanie Braskey at any future meeting or contact Stephanie.

IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE MORE OF THE CELEBRATORY FABRIC: The fabric is listed as Polka Dot Scissors by Cheryl Lynch QuiltsSearching for Polka Dot Scissors didnt work.  Click here to take you to the Spoonflower site.

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:
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And here are some pictures of the whole shebang – just a great example of the creativity and caring of this group!
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