2019 Retreat

Embassy Suites, Phoenix-Scottsdale

July 8-11​​, 2019

Nine Patch Block Lotto



The Block Lotto starts at the April 13th meeting. If you choose to participate, you will receive a nine patch block pattern and the color for the block. For every block you make and turn in, you will receive a lottery ticket. The lottery winner(s) receive a set of blocks to make a top. The lottery will run every other month.

  • May: Disappearing 9-patch block using spring yellow and green. Blocks due at the first meeting in June. Click HERE for the pattern and instructions.
  • July: This month's 9 patch is the Scrappy Disappearing 9 Patch. Colors are red, white and blue. Click HERE for the pattern and instructions. Norma will have a few copies at meetings in case you can't print this at home. 
  • August: 13 Members made 39 blocks. The blocks will be divided into 3 groups of 12 with 3 held for a future top. Each participant will have chances in the drawing based upon the number of blocks she made; e.g. Norma made 3 blocks, Norma has 3 chances in the drawing. We will draw 3 names and each will get a set of blocks. FOR THIS DRAWING ONLY, the member can keep the blocks of make a top for charity. All future 9-patch projects will be for charity. The August patriotic blocs can be turned in for the September drawing and these will be for charity.
  • The next project will be a straight 9-patch in Autumn colors.

Kay R. is in charge of the UFO effort in 2018-19 The fee to join is $5 and you may join at any time during the year. For every completed UFO brought to Show and Tell, you got "1 credit." For example, if you showed 5 items at a meeting, you get 5 credits meaning your name gets entered 5 times. Each credit is a chance for you to win the drawing at the end of the year when a name is pulled from the jar. The winner gets to take home 90% of the total fees collected and the club the remaining10%. The more completed UFOs you shared, the higher your chances of winning!  

Note: You get to decide what "finished" means for your project.

President' Challenge

Guest speaker Ray Steeves presented a trunk show that was enjoyed by all.

2019 Activities

Calico owns a GO! Big electric cutter. It is available for use by Calico members during regular sewing times. Click HERE for the equipment (cutters, mats, etc.) list.

2018-19 UFOs

aka Unfinished Objects

Grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy this slide show of Retreat pictures.

Attendees report that this was a WONDERFUL retreat. A big SHOUT OUT to Linda for her year of planning and work to make this happen. Karen was also instrumental in its success...thank you!



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Charleen M. is in charge of our magazine, book, and pattern sales. Members donate these items which Charleen displays on tables at each meeting. Members may purchase any item for $0.25. Many members find this a great way to "recycle" their materials and often "re-donate" when finished with the purchased item. 

Calico Cut-Ups 

Calico Cut-Ups offers ongoing activities members may choose to join throughout the year. Most can be joined at any time, but some have a specific starting date or enrollment limitation. See each activity description for details. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Retreat pictures.

Magazine, Book and Patterns Sales

​September - May

Jeri has picked "Rainbow of Colors" for her president's challenge theme. Instructions were announced at the February 11th. There are a few more openings so contact Jeri for your fabric. The challenge is due and will be judged in November (note change in date from original October date). 

  • First prize: $75
  • Second prize: $50
  • Third prize: $25 

ClickHERE to download the instructions.