About Us

The Calico Cut-Ups Quilt Guild was created in Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1991, by Ardith Winters, Margeann Ahnquist, and Betty Schmidt. In its second year, membership quickly grew to 77 members. Today, Calico Cut-Ups boasts nearly 150 members, who meet each month to learn, teach, and develop friendships through the common thread of quilting. Calico Cut-Ups is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

It shall be the purpose of this Guild to bring together a membership of people who are interested in quilting for education, fellowship and service. It shall further be the purpose of the membership to use the funds generated by the group, above and beyond the operating expenses of the group, to fund charitable and community projects.
Monthly Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month (except November – no meeting; and December – second Monday at 11:00 a.m.) at First United Methodist Church, Becker Hall, 20 Boyce Drive, at 1:00 p.m. Each meeting consists of a vendor, an informative quilt-related program, a short business meeting, and Show & Tell. Prior to the meeting, members are encouraged to come as early as 11:00 (bring a lunch) to visit, shop our vendor, and possibly see a demo of a technique or a new gadget or tool.
Programs – Most meetings have a program given by a nationally-recognized, regional, or local quilter. Sometimes these speakers give a workshop the same or following day for a fee.
Nametags (often handmade and quilt-related) are worn by each member at regular meetings. Members without a nametag will be fined 25 cents which goes into our Guild treasury.
Dues are set at $25 per year payable by the January Guild meeting.
Yearbook – Each paid member receives a yearbook in February. This yearbook contains a list of officers, meeting information, area quilt shops, and the membership list. Changes to Yearbook information should be forwarded to the 1st Vice President.
Newsletter- A monthly newsletter, The Scrap Bag, may be accessed online by clicking the Scrap Bag tab.  New editions are generally available during the 2nd or 3rd week of each month. Each newsletter includes a summary of the prior month’s Guild meeting minutes, a message from the president, notification of quilt shows, information about Guild activities, and articles of interest to quilters.
Small Groups – Groups of members with like interests meet at their own schedule throughout the month to quilt together in their homes or other venues. These quilters enjoy the time together to work on and compare projects and help one another with new ideas, etc. As new members join the Guild, new Small Groups are formed based on interests. Contact Small Groups Chair for more information.
Special Projects/Donation Quilts – Members of the Guild are invited to make quilts for babies, older children, and adults. Baby and youth quilts are donated to various charities including Benton County Women’s Shelter, NW Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Sunshine School, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department and others. Larger quilts are donated to Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations as appropriate. Items may be made on your own or at third Thursday workdays. Contact Special Projects Chair for more information.
Library – The majority of the library collection is housed at the Bella Vista Library for the enjoyment of all interested quilters, members or not. A growing collection of books is available for members to check out at each meeting.
Questions – Ask any officer or committee chairperson. We’ll try to help in any way.
Weather – If the Bentonville School District is closed, we do not meet.

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