Thursday, September 12, 2019

Day Meeting: Learn to make Puffy Tree wall hanging

Click here for supply list and here for instructions.
Wednesday, Sept 18, meet the gang at the Transfer Station at 9:30 and leave at 3:00 with a mostly complete project.  Bring your basic sewing supplies, lunch and socialize from noon to 1:00.
Judy Hackman teaches this class.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mid month news

Good evening CPQG friends,
1. Don’t forget our first meeting of the new year is tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept 10, at 7:00 in the Mt. Nittany Middle School Library.  We’ll be making Christmas ornaments to take home.
2. Other dates to remember:
     a. Sept 16-19 QBs In-town Retreat, no sewing at St. John’s on Sept 17.
     b. Sept 17 CPQG Board Meeting at Super 8 , 11:-12:00
     c. Sept 18 CPQG Day meeting at Transfer Station, Puffy Christmas Tree Workshop taught by Judy Hackman. 9:30-3:00 with a break at noon for lunch and a meeting.
     d. Sept 26 Ditty Bag workshop at Transfer Station
3. Check your Sept newsletter or click here for the programming survey that you should turn in to the Welcome Table at the next meeting you attend. Your VPs really want to know what you are interested in learning.
4. Camp Blue Diamond Quilt Camp Oct 11-14. Click here or contact Hilary Kleckner for more information.
5. News bits due Sept 26 for the October 1 newsletter.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Is Storm at Sea on your bucket list?

Barbara Dann has a class coming up in Huntingdon PA that is filling up quickly!  It's one of her most popular classes - Storm at Sea.
Here's the details - Friday, September 20th from 9:00 am to 4:30 at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.  Click HERE for all the info and to register.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Attention Featherweight Sewers

Claire Amick is interested in leading a workshop to make a zippered tote and workstation for Featherweights.  The "tote" fits inside of the FW case.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  Talk to Claire.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Quilt Camps

Quilt Camps
     QBs In Town---Super 8, Sept 17-19; See Connie Rutschky for details

      Juniata Valley Quilters Guild will host a retreat at Sharp's near Middleburg, PA on September 12-15, 2019. Contact Roxanne Boyer at 570-539-4042 or

     Camp Blue Diamond--Oct-11 at 5:00pm to Oct 14 at noon; See Hilary Kleckner or Lena Shaeffer for details

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Ditty Bag Workshop

Ready  Set  Sew 

Date:        Thursday, September 26th - 2019
Time:        9:30 am .  3:00 pm
Where:        Transfer Station  (,5 mile after the Nittany Mall)

We'll be sewing as many bags as we can to make a shipment to Operation Shoebox in early October.

Light lunch provided -- bring your favorite beverage  --  coffee will be provided

Sewing machines will be available for anyone not  wanting to tote their machine  (Singer Featherweight and Singer 301)

Questions?   Contact Claire Amick

Friday, August 23, 2019

Juniata Valley Quilters Guild

Juniata Valley Quilters Guild will host a retreat at Sharp's near Middleburg, PA on September 12-15, 2019. Contact Roxanne Boyer at 570-539-4042 or at

October 26, 2019, our guild is planning a workshop with Sarah Bond.  The project will be her Pickle Dish.  Cost for non-guild members is $75.  Contact Charity Polshuk at 717-636-2582 or

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Calling all Community Service Sewists

Polly Miller is organizing a Sausage Pillowcase sew-in at QBs on August 27.  Bring your machine and regular sewing supplies.  If you have width of fabric kiddy cotton, bring that too.  Polly has kits made up so join the fun that makes a hospitalized child or teen a little happier during the holidays. Find directions here.
Each pillow is made with three long, straight hems and neutral thread.  We need to have two or three ironing stations set up. If you can bring an iron and mat, that would be great!  Polly will bring a cutting mat and rotary cutter.
These pillowcases will be given to sick children in the Philadelphia area.  Leon Hoover’s young daughter was given one when she was in the hospital. Katie Scalise has been my inspiration for this.
The pillowcases will be washed before they are sent.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Joyce's Yarn Stash

You don't have to be just a quilter.  You can knit and crochet, too.

Unlimited Treasures 2
3013 Benner Pike, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Hours M-F 10-6 and Saturday 10-4

Joyce has decided that there are some yarns she is never going to get around to knitting and it's time to place them in good homes. Judy Ray visited the shop (nestled in the far back of the Unlimited Treasures). It's small but has some amazingly beautiful yarns and at at least half price. Well worth the stop. AND she keeps adding more and more.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Union County quilt display

Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg is currently displaying Union County quilts 
from their collection.  The exhibit ends in early October.
Tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday at 1:00 pm for $10/adult.
You are advised to call ahead to make sure a tour guide will be available.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Fiber Art by Susan Ball Faeder

To friends and clients near and far: After 30 years in business teaching quilters about Japan through the vehicle of textiles, tours, teaching, and vending, I am happily shifting gears to focus on making my own artwork. 

Please join me in celebrating with a solo exhibit of my new work that includes sashiko, quilting, weaving, and fiber collage -  here in my hometown of Lewisburg, PA, for the entire month of August. 

Japanese Sashiko Embroidery & Patchwork
Fiber Art by Susan Ball Faeder

Library Gallery
Union County Public Library
255 Reitz Blvd.*
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Saturday, August 3rd to Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Open during regular library hours including some evenings

 * Please note specific address. There are 3 libraries in Lewisburg.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A note from Judy Ray

I have your fat quarter fabric for the Guild 2020 Challenge that you selected and paid for. I will bring it with me to the Tuesday morning QB meetings as well as to the Guild meetings when they resume in the fall. If you would like to make other arrangements to pick it up, just contact me and we'll work out other arrangements. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Semstresses against plastic bags project

Micaela Amateau<> is a former art professor at Penn State who is fighting plastic bag use. She is inviting all crafty sewers to design and make unique large cloth shopping bags that will be distributed to the public this fall.
She'd like to get many bags made by end of summer and then have students work on this in early Fall to be distributed before the holidays.
September 6/7th we will have a display/auction at Lemont Art Alliance to publicize the program
Please contact Micaela directly if you are interested in making grocery bags.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Why are batiks so expensive?

Watch this video to see the process of making batik fabric. It's amazingly complicated and detailed. and labor intensive.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Transition of Boards meeting

The transition of Boards meeting will be August 6 at noon (right after QBs) at St. John’s in Boalsburg.  The 2018-2019 Board will hand over the books and reins to the 2019-2020 Board at this meeting.  All Board members and all committee members are asked to attend. 
If you can’t attend, please contact Sue SantaLucia, Barb First, or Lizzy Taylor and make arrangements with your replacement for your transition. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Members' Marketplace

For sale:
2 matching Bernina travel cases. One for machine, one for embroidery module $35.00 
contact Rietta Henderson (info in GreenBook)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Seamstresses on the moon

Ever wonder who sewed Neil Armstrong's spacesuit? Click here to find out.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

2018 - 2019 Orphan Block Challenge

2018 - 2019 Orphan Block Challenge
It was so much fun to see all the different shape-shifting and reincarnations of the original orphan blocks.  There were originally 24 orphan blocks and 18 people showed their final creations during the June guild meeting reveal.  If the orphan block you handed in wasn't shown that's because the receiver didn't finish their project.  Those 6 people still have time to finish.  Show your challenge project at the September guild meeting and I will then let you know whose original block you received.
Please click here and scroll down to see the results. (Carrie Fala)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

December Auction

Even though we skipped our auction fundraiser in 2018. make plans now to attend an donate to help fund your Guild.  Crafty items with quilty references are always welcome.  How about a barn quilt?  (I'd love one.) Maybe you (or someone you love) paints gourds and could put some quilt blocks on some small ones. Or maybe you have an embroidery machine and can make quilt labels. Maybe you have a stash you know you aren't ever going to use.
Be as creative as we know you are. Just don't put your treasures in such a safe place that you can't find it in December.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

International Quilting Day

A thought by Mavis Reynolds a quilter from British Columbia...
Mark this date and let this go viral in the quilting community worldwide...
In my little corner of the world I have started a wave. On March 21, 2020 it is International Quilting Day. In my city of Victoria, BC i am organizing the local quilters to celebrate by hanging quilts outside. Let’s share our passion and create some curiosity along the way. If you’re interested mark down the date. Let’s make this go viral. Let’s make the world a little brighter and a little warmer. Let’s see how far this spreads. It’s not an organized event. It’s organic...each one tells one and I’m sure it will spread like wildfire.
Are you interested??

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sad News

Barb First's mother, Margaret Mortimer, passed away June 19 at The Oaks in Pleasant Gap.  Arrangements are pending.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Challenge Correction

The size requirement has been dropped from the 2019-2020 Quilt Challenge.  You do not need to make your project an average of 30" on a side.  This opens up the tote bag or wall hanging (among many) option.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Quilt Camp news

Quilt Camps
     QBs In Town---Super 8, Sept 17-19; See Connie Rutschky for details
     Camp Blue Diamond--Oct-11 at 5:00pm to Oct 14 at noon; See Hilary Kleckner or Lena Shaeffer for details

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Congratulations to new Board and best wishes to our retiring Board

CPQG Board for 2019-2020
President Lizzy Taylor (She will be looking for a co-President)
Day Vice President/Program Planner (need a nomination)
Evening Vice President/Program Planner Cindy Rutschky
Secretary Jane Brown
Treasurer Brenda Hameister

We thank Sue SantaLucia and Barb First for their 2 years of CPQG leadership, Susan DeMetrick and Pat Lutz for their wonderful program planning as vice presidents, and Joyce Snider for making sure our bills were paid on time as our treasurer. Jane Brown will be staying on as Secretary; we thank her for that service.

In other CPQG news, Membership voted to reduce meetings to 8: September, October, November, December (joint), March, April, May, and June (joint).  Summer meetings were poorly attended because of vacations, and winter meetings were too often impacted by weather.
Membership also voted to remove the financial need requirement from the workshop scholarship.  The Scholarship Fund had never been used, so the Board recommended this fund be used as an incentive to attend workshops.  Any member may win this incentive once a year by signing up for a workshop.  Winner will be randomly drawn from attendees.

The outgoing Board voted to recognize Bobbie Muscarella as Renaissance Member.  This is a lifetime membership to the Guild to honor her many years of service to the Guild.  She has encouraged a passion for quilting and helps foster goodwill in the quilting community at large.  Ten members are Rennaisance Members.  Bobbie was president of CPQG from 1993-95 and organizes QBs.
The Board also recognized Leslie Demmert with the Presidents' Award, a one-year membership to the Guild for exceptional service during the Guild year.  Leslie manages the newsletter and is now your webmaster.

2019-2020 Quilt Challenge

  1. Must be an average of 30" or more per side
  2. Must show obvious use of the challenge fabric
  3. Must have top, batting, and backing, and be quilted
  4. Must have a finished edge
You may:
  1. Use any technique, style, or design
  2. Purchase more fabric from StitchYour Art Out. Cynthia has put the 2 Challenge fabric selections away for us until Sept 30
Mona Hill is our leader on this. She will have our fat quarters that we ordered and paid for at the September Meeting, or you may make arrangements to pick up your order on a Tuesday at QBs. If you did not order the Challenge fabric at the June meeting but would like to join the Challenge, please mail Mona your $3 per fat quarter and your choice of colors.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

June 11 Meeting Agenda

June 11 – Guild Picnic/Potluck Joint Meeting at Our Lady of Victory Social Hall. Set up at 3:00. Dinner at 6 pm. Meeting after dinner. 820 Westerly Parkway.
The picnic is potluck so dig out your best recipe to serve 8-10. Don't forget to bring a serving utensil for your dish. The guild will provide drinks, napkins, and other necessary items.
Hilary Kleckner needs help setting up at 3:00.

We have lots to do at the picnic in addition to socializing, of course. Please bring your Greenbook to use during the 2 votes.
 1.  Accept the slate of officers for the 2019-2020 Board.

       a. President Lizzy Taylor (Looking for a co-President.)
       b. Day Vice President/Program Planner (need a nomination)
       c. Evening Vice President/Program Planner Cindy Rutschky
       d. Secretary Jane Brown
       e. Treasurer Brenda Hameister
2. Although many of the Committee members are remaining, we always welcome new help. We are in particular need of a Refreshments Chair who is the coordinator for this picnic/potluck (only) and a Daytime Hospitality who greets members and guests. Please see any board member to volunteer.
3. The Board recommends a vote on omitting the July and August meetings because of low attendance. CPQG would meet 8 times a year: September, October, November, December (joint, Cookie and Ornament Exchange), March, April, May, June (joint, Potluck and Auction). The Board recommends this vote which will save money on venue, speakers, and programs at meetings which have not been well attended recently.
4. Christmas Party (joint) will be on Dec. 10 in the Middle School Cafeteria. Time: TBD. We will hold our traditional Ornament Exchange and this year add a Cookie Exchange.
5. Claire Amick will speak on membership procedures.
6. Raffle quilt Show and Tell.
7. 2018-2019 (Orphan Block) Challenge Show and Tell by Carrie Fala.
8. 2019-2020 Challenge Introduction by Mona Hill.
9. Presentation of Annual Membership Recognition Award.
10. The Board recommends a vote to revise the wording Scholarship for Workshop in the By-Laws. No one has applied for this scholarship as it stands. The Board recommends omitting the financial need requirement and making it an incentive to attend a workshop. Any member could win this scholarship once a year.
11. Monthly Show and Tell Remember: June is our joint Day and Evening meeting.

Guild Announcements Membership Notes
*You should have received a post with your current information on it. Please bring it to the June picnic along with payment of $35 dues. If you are unable to be at the picnic, please put the post card with any corrections on it and your check for $35 in an envelope addressed: Centre Pieces Quilt Guild P.O. Box 657 Boalsburg, PA 16827 ATTN: Treasurer
*Pictures for 2019-2020 Membership Directory Becky Shirer will be available at our picnic meeting in June for you to have your picture taken (or re-taken) for our 2019 – 2020 Directory. We would like to have all pictures taken more than 3 years ago updated. If your picture was distorted in this year’s Greenbook you should also retake your photo.

2019 Challenge Shhhhhhhhhh! Please keep your challenge under wraps until we have the official show & tell reveal during the June 11th picnic. At that time I'll tell you whose orphan block you received and we will display our finished projects along with photos of the original blocks. So please keep it a secret and under wraps until the reveal. See you at the picnic! Carrie

Sunshine Condolences to the family of former member Marcha Drake who died on June 1. Marcha was president of the Guild in 2002-2003.

Happy June Birthdays to the following Guild member A belated birthday wish to Mona Hill 6/8

Monday, May 13, 2019

May News

May News Reminder #1: Special Board meeting that all members are invited to attend concerning upcoming leadership elections and what will happen to the Guild if no one wants to take over the President, VP (Day), and VP (evening) positions. If this Guild is important to you, please come forward with suggestions and recommendations on how we can continue.

 Reminder #2: Evening Meeting May 14, 2019 – Ann Holte – Making Lancaster Diamond Samples (with apologies for misspelling her name in previous newsletters.)

Day Meeting May 15 – Ann Holte Workshop Getting Started with the Lancaster Diamond Time: 9:00-3:00 Place: Saint John’s UCC, Boalsburg The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Signup sheets will be available at upcoming quilt guild meetings. You may also register by contacting Susan at 814-238-1481 or by email: The fee for the workshop is $30.00 per person. Please make your check payable to CPQG and give them to Susan DeMetrick beforehand or on the day of the workshop. Social time will begin at 12:00 noon followed by a business meeting at 12:30. Please bring your lunch.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Sayings for quilt labels

A good friend is like a warm quilt wrapped around the heart.
A good friend, like an old quilt, is a treasure and a comfort.
Good friends, like quilts, never lose their warmth.
Get more here.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Saving Money

Because all quilters would rather spend their money on fabric than Guild dues, the Executive Committee voted to switch from a fee-based webpage to Blogspot, a Google-based free page.  This will also make our webmaster's life easier in that she can designate committee members to keep up their own pages. This will also look good on mobile platforms.
Currently, the webpage is private and has the Blogspot address.  Upon approval of the Board, these can be changed.