Sunday, October 20, 2019

Request for help

My name is Alex Davenport. Currently I am pursuing my PhD in communication studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Previously I attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia for both my BA & MA During that time (2007-2015) I was privileged to work with Mountain Justice on MTR related issues. 

For my dissertation work, I hope to make a quilt memorializing Judy Bonds out of squares donated by members of the community. After I have made the quilt I plan to travel it along one of the routes of the Mountaintop Removal Roadshow; educating the audience about MTRJ Judy Bonds and other figures! and current organizing occurring in Appalachia. After I have traveled with the quilt and defended my dissertation I will donate the quilt to Coal River Mountain Watch. 

If you are interested! please send a quilt square of any size to me (a good size recommendation, if you need one! is 10 "x 10"). I want everyone who wishes to be able to participate, so these squares can run the gamut So far I have talked to people about traditional quilt squares, fabric with appliqu├ęs, t-shirts, preexisting/altered materials, squares with messages in fabric paint/marker and more. Truly whichever medium you feel comfortable in, I would be happy to work with. 

You can also send a letter (that you can choose to sign but do not need to) reflecting on Judy, or anything else you think fits with the project. Even if you do not send a letter you may choose to have your name associated with your quilt square or to remain anonymous! just let me know which you prefer. After receiving your square I will mail you papers confirming your participation in the project that you can keep if you wish. 

My mailing address is 410 N Springer St, #2 Carbondale IL 62901 . I want to ensure that everyone who wants to contribute is able to and am more than happy to provide pre-paid postage. Please contact me if you would be interested in that option. 

If you wish to participate please send your squares no later than December 18. If you want to donate but need a little more time, please let me know- making sure everyone who wants to participate can is very important to me. 

If you have any questions, concerns, feedback) or would like to coordinate further on the project I can be contacted at or 571.243.9108. 

My advisor, Dr. Jonathan Gray, may also be contacted at or 618.453.7570. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Recycling fabric

H&M website has information on a garment collection program. The company will take any textiles from old sheets, worn-out T-shirts to odd socks.  For one bag of garments, the person will receive a coupon for 10% off the next purchase.  The collection box is located next to the cash registers.  The store is located on Fraser Street right across from the Fraser Street parking garage. 
If Scraps and Skeins can't use it, try H&M. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

December Silent Auction and Date

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 or Christmas ornaments and could put some quilt blocks on 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.

CPQG Christmas Joint meeting December 8 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the University Club, 331 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801 · (814) 237-6576.  Parking is located in the rear of the building and there is an entrance in the rear of the building.  Carpooling is suggested. The board agreed to have it as a potluck.  Paper supplies will be provided by the guild. Kitchen facilities are available. There will be a silent auction; Cindy Rutschky will supply the silent auction bid sheets.  Claire Amick will chair the ornament exchange; the ornament must be handmade.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fund Raiser for Tracey Kennedy, Longarmer

Maureen Stathes,, has organized a fundraiser and donations for longarm quilter Tracey Kennedy.  Recently she found out that she has cancer.  Tracey is self-employed with no insurance; if she is unable to work she does not get paid. Please consider donating to this GoFundMe link:,
Tracey quilted our CPQG fundraiser quilt.
If you have questions or would like to donate by some other method than the GoodFundMe link, please contact Maureen.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Toys for Tots Workshop

A  doll quilt workshop is planned for  Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at St. John UCC Boalsburg from 9:30 a.m. till noon. Donations of large yardage materials 28” square, 40 “ square and 40” x 64” are needed (no scraps please). We will be using this donated material to make kits that will include batting for the workshop. Donations may be given to Jill Wisniewski or Debbie Barrick any Tuesday at QBs or give us a call and we’d be glad to pick up your donation.
Please bring your sewing machine with a walking foot and basic sewing supplies. Neutral thread is preferred.  Or, just come.  We will have plenty of non-sewing tasks that speed our output.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Meetings

Evening, October 8:
Member Trunk Show.  Members: dig out your finished quilting projects (old and new) or at least the ones you still have in your possession. Bring them along and tell the story behind the project.  Each person will 2-5 minutes to describe their project and give inspiration and enjoyment to everyone.  We all love seeing each other’s work.
Join us at Mt. Nittany Middle School Library at 7:00 for a brief meeting and then an inspiring event appropriate for all levels of quilters, friends of quilters, and wannabes.
Day, October 16:
Jane Brown on making Ohio Stars blocks for the Happy Valley Quilts of Valor (HVQOV). The workshop will be from 9am to 3pm with an hour break at noon for our regular meeting and lunch.  Bring your lunch or it can be ordered out.  
Please bring basic sewing supplies including a sewing machine, and any blue, red, and white or cream fabric to make an Ohio Star. Some fabric will be provided as will some pre-cuts to make the star. An ironing board and an iron will be available. The block will finish at 12".
Workshop participants are invited to bring any red, white/cream, blue orphan blocks for donation to HVQOV. Sewists are welcome to work on other 12" finished red, white or blue blocks.